Applied Arts Award
Humber College, 1998
An experienced veteran with a 20-year service record, Gwen Boniface made headlines when she was appointed the first woman commissioner of the Ontario Police (OPP) in May 1998, becoming one of only three women in Canada to hold the top position in policing. A graduate of Humber College's Law and Security Program, Gwen started out as an OPP constable and progressed through the ranks serving in the First Nations and Contract Policing Branch, the Organizational Development Bureau, and most recently as Chief Superintendent, Western Region. Her success shows that the sky is the limit - today she provides leadership to over 6,000 OPP members.
A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Gwen is one of only five appointed to the Law Commission of Canada and has appeared before the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs addressing sentencing provisions, gun control, and The Young Offenders Act. A director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, she provides expertise to various legal committees of both the Ontario and Canadian associations and has the honour of being an Associate member, by invitation, of the First Nations Chiefs of Police. Gwen is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Law School and guest lecturer at York University and Osgoode Hall Law School.
Gwen M. Boniface exemplifies the potential of college graduates to succeed in today's challenging world. It is with great pleasure that we present Gwen with the Premier's Award for a Graduate of Applied Arts.