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Ben Maure – How Canada makes a huge contribution to policing around the world

Episode 95 – Just in time for the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Phil Gurski talks to 30-year RCMP veteran Ben Maure about Canada’s international policing missions.

At a time where the only news about police offices and law enforcement agencies seems to be negative it is time for a more balanced approach.

Phil Gurski talks to 30-year RCMP veteran Ben Maure about Canada’s international policing missions.

The “International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers”, May 29, is “an international day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.”

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About my guest Ben Maure

Ben Maure is a serving Peace Officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He has over 30 years of police experience, most of which has been spent in BC.

In 1999, Ben completed a one-year secondment tour of duty as a United Nations Peacekeeper in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

Ben is the author of Leading at the Edge: True Tales from Canadian Police in Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping Missions Around the World.

About the host Phil Gurski
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Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.

From 1983 to 2001 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment (CSE – Canada’s signals intelligence agency), specialising in the Middle East.

Leading at the Edge: True Tales from Canadian Police in Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping Missions Around the World

Through the stories, the reader is transported to new and fledgling democracies such as Namibia, Croatia, Guatemala, Kosovo, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Jerusalem, Afghanistan and Haiti. The book presents a digest of the experiences of the police officers and illustrates how they have positively influenced their host country in an attempt to make this world a safer and better place to live.


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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

6 replies on “Ben Maure – How Canada makes a huge contribution to policing around the world”

Hello Phil,

Thank you for posting this interview, it was very informative. The RCMP’s engagement in foreign conflict zones is both challenging and rewarding. Certainly Diplomacy, Networking, and Goal setting are cornerstones to these missions. Thank you for providing this perspective on policing.

Thank you for access to this incredible interview. Three things resonated.
1. The first is the affirmation that “policing is a very noble profession…” 2. The second is the importance of continuing missions by RCMP – opportunities may exist in places like the southern Caribbean to explore avenues for training and possibly (with the imminent return of ‘foreign fighters _ sharing experiences in reintegration from war zones.
3. And lastly strengthening diplomacy – the appointment of Canadian Dwane Gibbs as Police Commissioner in Trinidad and Tobago was a masterful stroke in soft diplomacy.
Similar Caribbean Basin initiatives could be explored through diplomatic channels.
Hats off to the men and women in uniform in Canada! Congrats to Ben Maure and the fantastic job being done by the Montreal Police which I can vouch for first hand.

Great interview with Insp Ben Maure! His story sharing is fascinating! Thank you Phil for providing the opportunity for Canadians to hear about how we as Canadian police contribute to peace and security around the world.

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