Devon Clunis

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Former Winnipeg Chief of Police - Leadership, Workplace Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Expert
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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"Devon Clunis is Chief of Police (ret.), City of Winnipeg known as a young immigrant who was aware of the deep social inequity faced by many groups in Winnipeg. Devon Clunis experienced the discomforts of poverty & marginalization & always believed that one person can make a difference and his personal and professional life has been about exhibiting that ideal. "

Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Peak Performance & Productivity
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Management

Speaker Types

  • Community Engagement Events
  • Conference
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Indigenous
  • Inspirational
  • Motivation
  • Politicians

DEVON CLUNIS BIOGRAPHY

Devon Clunis solidified his place in history in 2012 when he became the first Black chief of police in Canadian history. Clunis immigrated from Jamaica with his family in 1975 at age 11 and he began his career in law enforcement with the Winnipeg Police Service in 1987. Clunis occupied several roles and moved up in ranks from patrol to community relations and then chaplain to the superintendent. He served as chief of the Winnipeg Police from 2012 to 2016. Before 2012, Winnipeg was well known across the country for some of the highest amounts of crime and gang affiliation per capita in Canada. Clunis worked internally with his officers to redefine their roles, reconstruct their purpose and re-invent their systems to be more inclusive through a human and compassionate and value-based approach.

Devon Clunis led an organization of over 1900 employees with an annual budget surpassing $263,000,000.00. Success meant learning to navigate complex work environments, attracting and retaining highly motivated, passionate, results-driven, team-oriented individuals, while creating inclusive, caring cultures that gave each individual a sense of purpose and belonging. He defined his approach as a “compassionate and community building” leadership style, and the outcomes he produced were defined as “nothing short of a miracle” by McLean’s Magazine in 2016.

With the help of key difference makers, Devon Clunis was able to achieve success in a culturally challenging setting. The little boy from Jamaica went on to become a Canadian history maker; the first Black Chief of Police in Canadian history. After his retirement, he transitioned to a consulting role with the Winnipeg police. Devon Clunis continued to be a trailblazer in Winnipeg by packing McNally Robinson Bookseller with more than 300 people in January 2017 for the launch of his first children’s book, The Little Boy From Jamaica. Co-authored by his wife Pearlene.

In the aftermath of the social unrest arising from the murder of George Floyd in 2020, Devon’s passion for creating pathways to peace led him to take on the role of Inspector General of Police for the Province of Ontario, working to establish the Inspectorate of Policing, another first in Canada. Devon packed up his life in the middle of the Covid pandemic and moved to Ontario. It proved to be the most challenging chapter of his life lives as Covid isolated him from the anticipated joys of being in Southern Ontario.

Devon was fortunate to work with a fantastic group of individuals, and was happy at the end of 2021 when he guided was able to successfully guide them with a strategy to become more inclusive with a community-first approach. They established the Inspectorate, and it is poised to lead the international policing community in advancing policing excellence for Canadians.

As the world struggles, often failing in the critical areas of leadership, equity, diversity, and inclusion, Devon and his wife use their personal stories, professional knowledge, and experience to help others find a better path. A path to a place where we all belong.  We care deeply about leadership that allows individuals and organizations to achieve their potential, and we all care about creating a more equitable world for us all.

Devon Clunis achieved another first in 2020 when he was appointed as Ontario’s first inspector general of policing in Canada. The province implemented the new role to oversee policing services and improve issues around transparency, accountability and public trust. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones spoke very highly of Clunis during the Oct. 2 release about the new appointment, describing his reputation as, “an exceptional and transformational police leader.”

Devon Clunis applies his proven leadership principles across North America helping individuals and organizations achieve their aspirational goals to bring awareness through a humanized approach to their work and their everyday relationships.  He is passionate to make a difference for all Canadians and to create conversations that combat oppression.

Leadership Principles That Work

  • NO ONE TAKES ON A LEADERSHIP ROLE HOPING TO FAIL. BUT IT HAPPENS FAR TOO OFTEN. DEVON WILL HELP YOU SUCCEED.

    It’s time to get honest about practical leadership.

    The evidence is clear that success in life and business comes down to effective leadership. Learning to navigate the complex social and cultural environment in which we all operate is critical. You can’t afford to leave your desired outcome to trial and error. Wouldn’t it be better to learn from the knowledge and experience of successful leaders?

    At Clunis Consulting, we have extensive knowledge and experience working in complex social and cultural settings, from frontline to executive leadership positions. We will help you learn to navigate, execute, and excel in challenging environments. As Chief of Police in Winnipeg, I led an organization of almost 2000 people and managed annual budgets of over a quarter of a billion dollars. As the Inspector General of Policing for the Province of Ontario, I led the creation of the Inspectorate of Policing, the first of its kind in Canada, aligning the vision of excellence in policing for 45 Police Services and their corresponding Police Services Boards. As an international consultant, I’ve worked with organizations across North America, sharing principles of effective leadership, employee and community engagement, and personal purpose to inspire individual and corporate excellence. Clunis Consulting will prepare you to live, learn, and lead with excellence.

     

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Unifying Conversations: Helping us Understand the Power of Diversity

  • Devon believe in illuminating the path to “common unity” and excellence in every area of our lives. Do you know that we are more alike than different? Think about it for a minute. Yet, most of what we see, hear, and feed on every day fills us with a debilitating sense of difference. We are fractured and hurting. We know there is a better way forward and we want to help you lead the way.

    Our world is struggling to have honest, open, safe conversations about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Many are afraid to speak, fearful that what they say, how they say it, and who they say it to will result in being labelled, cancelled, or cause unimagined harm to their personal and professional lives. This is a disorienting and limiting way to live. Let’s talk about the diversity of humanity and celebrate our uniqueness together.

    We create safe spaces to share our perspectives and understanding. We help people learn and grow through difficult conversations. We unify rather than divide. Together, we can create a genuinely equitable, diverse, and inclusive future.

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Inspiring Keynote Addresses - Achieve your personal and professional potential

  • We are more powerful and effective than we give ourselves credit for. Sometimes, we simply need someone to remind us of that truth. We need to know that our individual actions matter, that what we do can change the course of a single life and impact the destiny of many.

    Devon has spoken to audiences of all ages; in schools, businesses, government, and community gatherings. His messages of hope have inspired many locally in Winnipeg, nationally across Canada, and internationally in the U.S. and the Caribbean. He inspires audience members to achieve personal and professional potential.

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Leadership Development and Training

  • Some organizations flourish. Some perish. Some struggle with mediocrity. Why is this so? Leadership is the key. But what is the key to leadership? We believe that leadership is all about people. Successful leaders know how to value, engage, and care for their people. They know how to ignite their passions and release them to learn and grow without limitations. Leaders with a “people-centric” view will discover the potential of their team to dream, believe, and achieve beyond organizational boundaries. We will show you how to create a culture of caring that brings out the best in everyone around you.

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Customized Leadership Workshops

    • Personal Fulfillment
    • Define your purpose
    • Stay focused
    • Achieve interpersonal potential
    • Ethical Leadership
    • Create a Caring Culture
    • Engage Effectively
    • Development Leaders
    • Set Leaders Free
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Community Enrichment Initiatives

  • Some believe technology is the answer to everything. Technology is a great enhancer, but we must not forget that ultimately, it’s all about people. Our communities are more connected by technology than at any other time in human history. Why are so many feeling disconnected and alone? We must reengage in community building that begins with meaningful conversations. It is indispensable. Let’s have creative community-building conversations that reconnect people to their shared goals. A wealth of great ideas is waiting to be discovered among community members. Let’s listen to one another and learn what we can accomplish together.

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Critical Thinking in Workplace Crisis

    • Assess workplace vulnerabilities
    • Develop physical and psychological resilience
    • Prepare and respond effectively to a workplace crisis
    • Protect people and property
    • Survive and thrive​ after a crisis
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IN THE MEDIA

PODCASTS

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MEDIA INTERVIEWS

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Devon Clunis CAN DELIVER CUSTOMIZED PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF EXPERTISE & TOPIC THEMES

Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Peak Performance & Productivity
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Team Building & Teamwork
  • Business Management

Speaker Types

  • Community Engagement Events
  • Conference
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Indigenous
  • Inspirational
  • Motivation
  • Politicians
  • Racial Justice
  • Social Justice & Human Rights
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