The Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS) Board announced that Mark Welch has been appointed to the board by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario for a three-year term.
“I am honoured to serve the community of Durham Region as a member of the Police Services Board,” said Welch. “I look forward to participating in the board’s deliberations and to helping build relationships that enable clear communication and foster greater trust.”
“Mr. Welch’s background and expertise will support the board’s ability to make informed, effective decisions,” said Board Chair Bobbie Drew. “We welcome him and the business experience he brings to the board table.”
Welch will be sworn in as a board member at the next meeting, which will be held on November 15.
The DRPS Board is the civilian governing body of the Police Service. Its responsibilities include establishing objectives for policing in consultation with the Chief of the Police, setting policies for the effective management of the police service, and hiring and monitoring the performance of the Chief of Police. The Board consists of seven members, three appointed by the Province of Ontario and four chosen by Regional Council.
Welch has spent more than 10 years in the financial services sector working in IT delivery and as a manager of business transformation. He is a graduate of York University with a Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies, and also holds a Master of Science degree in Project Management. He is an avid basketball fan and enjoys travelling, both locally and internationally.
Vice-chair appointed to OMERS Board
DRPS Board also announced that Vice-Chair Garry Cubitt has been appointed by the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards (OAPSB) to the OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) Sponsors Corporation Board, effective January 1, 2023, for a 3-year term.
“Vice Chair Cubitt will serve as an excellent representative on behalf of the Durham Regional Police Services Board and Police Boards across Ontario,” said Bobbie Drew. “He is an expert in governance, and his knowledge and understanding gained through decades of experience will enhance OMERS’ capacity to deliver positive financial results for its members in the years to come.”
OMERS is one of the largest defined benefit pension plans in Canada, with more than $121 billion in assets under management. The Sponsors Corporation represents the interests of sponsors,
stakeholders, members and beneficiaries of the OMERS Pension Plans. Through informed decision-making and leading governance practices, the Sponsors Corporation ensures that the OMERS Pension Plans remain affordable, meaningful and sustainable in today’s complex and fast-changing world.
“I am honoured to be chosen to serve as a member of the OMERS Sponsors Corporation Board representing the OAPSB and the employers of municipal police members across the Province,”
said Vice-Chair Cubitt. “OMERS has a meaningful impact on the lives of so many retirees, and I am committed to supporting the Sponsors Corporation’s role in providing financial stability and security to those who dedicated their careers to municipal public service.”