Multi-disciplinary executive, HEC alumni trained in Executive Management as well as UQAR alumni in People Management in the Workplace, Mr. Simard has more than 29 years of experience as a police officer with the Sûreté du Québec serving the population, 22 years as an executive. He served 15 different functions and ranks in 8 major regions of the Province of Quebec (Québec, Côte-Nord, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Lanaudière, Laurentides, Mauricie, Montreal and Laval). He fulfilled operational roles during major events that marked the Province of Quebec (Oka Crisis, Summit of the Americas, Saguenay Flood, Hurricane Katrina, etc.) Mr. Simard worked in collaboration with several Indigenous Police Forces over the course of his career and joined the association as Executive Director in April 2021.
Hailing from Lachine, Québec, Chief Dulude is the 7th member of his family to serve as a police officer. His great-grandfather was the first of his bloodline to join the police forces and, as of today, Shawn is the last of his family tree to have followed those footsteps.
Shawn began his career in 1993 with the Dorion Police Department as a patrol officer; over time, the department merged with the Sûreté du Quebec; that is when Shawn developed his skills and began moving up the ranks.
From 2004-2010, he worked his way up from Sergeant to Deputy Director of Valleyfield detachment. Then, in 2010, he made the decision to move to Havre St-Pierre to be promoted as Director where he was able to work with the First Nations of Mingan and Natashquan.
After serving 15 years in the Sûreté du Québec, Shawn chose to retire in 2017 and began a new chapter in his career as Chief of Police of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service.
In the spring of 2018, Shawn was first elected as secretary of the Quebec Association of First Nation and Inuit Police Directors, and then, later elected as president of the same organization in 2019, and more recently elected as vice-president of the Eastern Region of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association. The FCNPA is a national organization that focuses on the advancement and sustainability of self-administered First Nations’ policing in Canada, by aiding and developing innovative methods to enhance public safety and wellness, while embracing our communities’ unique cultural and traditional values.
Mr. Duchesneau is a seasoned professional who thrives on big challenges. However, it is the concrete and measurable impact on his community’s well-being that he loves above all and motivates him to this day.
Over the past 20 years, his dynamism, integrity, and rigour have allowed him to move up the ranks of the Service de police de Wendake from patrol officer (2002-2009), to Detective Sergeant (2009-2017), to Director (2017 -today) all the while becoming a positive and influential leader both with the citizens of the Huron-Wendat Nation as well as his police forces peers in the Province of Quebec.
Committed and motivated to meet the needs of his community, Mr. Duchesneau also sits as a member of the Training and Research Committee of the École nationale de police du Québec (ÉNPQ), Co-President of the Réseau intersection, and vice-president of the Quebec Association of First Nation and Inuit Police Directors (QAFNIPD) in order to actively participate in promoting the police profession.