Devon Clunis

Devon Clunis

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Former Winnipeg Chief of Police | Leadership | Workplace Culture Diversity & Inclusion Expert

Devon Clunis is an international business and leadership consultant with extensive Executive Leadership experience. He was Chief of Police for the City of Winnipeg, Inspector General of Policing for the Province of Ontario, and co-authored two children's books on diversity, equity and inclusion. Devon employs a People First principle in all of his work, focused on ensuring individuals' internal and external needs are addressed holistically to meet personal and professional goals. In a time of significant social unrest, Devon engages audiences in community-centric conversations that build understanding and create mutually beneficial paths forward.
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DEVON CLUNIS BIOGRAPHY

Devon Clunis is a renowned keynote speaker, consultant, and coach who has made significant contributions to law enforcement and community building. In 2012, he made history as the first Black chief of police in Canada, solidifying his place in the country’s law enforcement landscape. Clunis, originally from Jamaica, immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 11 and embarked on his law enforcement career with the Winnipeg Police Service in 1987. Over the years, he held various roles within the police force, progressing from patrol officer to community relations and chaplain, eventually reaching the position of superintendent.

During his tenure as the chief of the Winnipeg Police from 2012 to 2016, Devon Clunis faced the challenge of transforming a city known for its high crime rates and gang affiliations into a safer and more inclusive community. He spearheaded internal initiatives aimed at redefining the roles of police officers, reconstructing their purpose, and reinventing their systems with a focus on compassion, humanity, and values. Through his compassionate and community-building leadership style, Clunis achieved remarkable outcomes that were recognized as “nothing short of a miracle” by McLean’s Magazine in 2016.

Leading an organization of over 1,900 employees with an annual budget exceeding $263,000,000.00, Clunis navigated complex work environments and fostered a culture of inclusivity, care, and purpose. His success relied on attracting and retaining highly motivated, results-driven individuals who thrived in team-oriented settings. Beyond law enforcement, Clunis extended his impact by engaging in consulting work with the Winnipeg police after his retirement. In January 2017, he further showcased his versatility and creativity by launching his first children’s book, co-authored with his wife Pearlene, titled “The Little Boy From Jamaica,” which garnered significant attention.

In response to the social unrest following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, Clunis’s commitment to fostering peace led him to accept the role of Inspector General of Police for the Province of Ontario. This marked another significant milestone as he became the first to hold this position in Canada. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Devon Clunis embraced his new role and worked diligently to establish the Inspectorate of Policing, contributing to enhanced transparency, accountability, and public trust within the policing services of Ontario. His dedication and leadership were highly praised by Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, who described him as an “exceptional and transformational police leader.”

Beyond his contributions to law enforcement, Devon Clunis, alongside his wife, utilizes their personal stories, professional expertise, and experiences to empower individuals and organizations in areas such as leadership, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Their goal is to guide others toward a more equitable world where everyone feels a sense of belonging. With a humanized approach to the human experience, they engage in meaningful conversations that challenge oppression and strive to bring awareness to these critical issues.

Devon Clunis continues to apply his proven leadership principles across North America, helping individuals and organizations achieve their aspirational goals. His passion for making a difference in the lives of Canadians and promoting dialogue against oppression drives his work. By combining his rich background in law enforcement, transforming workplace cultures, community building, and compassionate leadership, Clunis has become a beacon of inspiration and a catalyst for positive change.

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Devon Clunis Topic Presentations

Unifying Conversations: Embracing the Power of Diversity and Creating An Equitable Future

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  • Devon Clunis is dedicated to illuminating the path towards “common unity” and excellence in all aspects of our lives. Recognizing that we are more alike than different, Devon challenges the prevailing narratives that fuel a sense of division and seeks to foster understanding and unity.

    In a world where conversations around Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are often difficult and uncomfortable, many feel hesitant to speak up, fearing potential consequences for their personal and professional lives. Devon believes that this fear-driven approach is limiting and disorienting. Instead, he encourages open, safe, and honest discussions that celebrate the diversity of humanity and embrace our uniqueness.

    Devon and his team create safe spaces where diverse perspectives can be shared and understood. They facilitate challenging conversations that promote learning and growth. By unifying rather than dividing, they aim to create a future that is genuinely equitable, diverse, and inclusive. Devon Clunis bring the audience on a transformative journey towards understanding and embracing diversity. Together, let’s break down barriers, foster unity, and shape a future where everyone’s voices are heard and valued.

Embracing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Compassion, Empathy, and Celebrating Our Differences for A Better Future

People Centric Leadership

Reshaping the Workforce: Building Value-centric Organizations

The Diverse Workforce Advantage: Harnessing the Power of Inclusion for Organizational Success

Culture Shifts: Leadership in Navigating Organizational Change

Ethical Leadership: Cultivating A Value-driven and Caring Culture for Effective Engagement

Practical Leadership To Navigate Complexity

Nurturing Learning Organizations To Cultivate Effective Leaders

Defining Purpose: Unlocking Interpersonal Potential

Critical Thinking: Developing Skills for Effective Decision-making

Critical Thinking in Crisis: Navigating Challenges

Community Development: Revitalizing Connections Through Meaningful Conversations

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