Board of Directors
The board of directors is made up of volunteers who oversee the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. The board is comprised of individuals from a variety of disciplines, including law enforcement, education, psychology, medicine, law, finance, and public service. Board members sit on the board in an individual capacity to provide an independent perspective from their field of expertise and do not represent their employer.
The current board of directors includes:
Kathie King, Chair
Kathie King is a retired RCMP staff sergeant who served in Manitoba for 35 dedicated years. Early in her career, she specialized in child abuse investigations and assisted in developing interviewing techniques that were both compassionate and more likely to result in a conviction than previous practices. She focused her expertise in child exploitation as an investigator and teacher for 20+ years, leading the development of both the very first integrated child exploitation (ICE) unit in Canada, and the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit. As a member of the Children Online Protection Committee, Kathie was involved in the establishment of Cybertip.ca, Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children.
Kathie is a recipient of the Ian Logan Memorial Award for her leadership in the prevention of child maltreatment, the RCMP Commissioners Ensign Group Award as a member of the ICE Unit, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and is a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. She has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2002.
Janet Sigurdson, Vice Chair
Janet Sigurdson is a General Counsel in the Family Law Section, Legal Services Branch, Manitoba Department of Justice. She is responsible for Manitoba’s Central Authority functions under The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. In this role, she has participated in collaborative national and international activities, including being part of the Canadian delegation to The Hague for the Sixth Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1980 (Abduction) and 1996 (Protection of Children) Hague Conventions.
Janet’s main practice areas are child protection, parental child abduction, and adoption. Her work includes, participating in significant legislative and service initiatives with provincial, territorial and federal colleagues, providing advice, training, and litigation support to child and family services staff, and liaising with law enforcement officials and other stakeholders in cases of domestic and international parental child abduction and breach of custody/access orders. Janet has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2002.
Dr. Deborah Lindsay, Secretary
Dr. Deborah Lindsay retired in December of 2019 from her long-time career as a part-time pediatrician, and former Director of the Child Protection Centre (CPC) in Winnipeg. She has been with CPC since the mid-80s, but has always kept an active role in general pediatrics with monthly and weekly pediatric clinics, including at the Manitoba Youth Centre and the Ambulatory Clinic at the Children’s Hospital. In her role at CPC, she was involved in medical examinations of children and youth, as well as education of various medical and professional groups. She has attended court approximately 200 times in child protection cases and has been qualified as an expert witness in both provincial and superior courts in Manitoba, being called primarily by the Crown. She has also acted as an expert witness in child protection matters in other provinces of Canada.
Dr. Lindsay was an Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada in Pediatrics and served as a Member, then Chair, of the Pediatric Test Committee of the Medical Council of Canada. She has served on many committees and boards, including the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre Board of Directors and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2010.
Matthew Pilloud, Treasurer
Matthew Pilloud joined MNP, a national accounting, tax, and business consulting firm, in 2007 and has steadily worked his way up to his current position as Partner. Matt supervises teams in the execution of complex financial audits, helps with tax planning and compliance, and advises clients on financial reporting, business acquisition, and general business matters.
In 2019, Matthew received the Early Achievement Award from CPA Manitoba in recognition of his significant professional accomplishment. He has previously served as President and Director of CurlManitoba and as a committee member with CPA Manitoba among other community roles. Matthew joined the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors in 2019.
Brian Brown has worked in the internal audit profession for more than 30 years, retiring as the Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive for the Canadian Grain Commission in 2019. Prior to entering the public sector, Brian spent 25 years in the private sector leading internal audit functions for several national agribusiness, insurance, and retail companies. Brian has shared his expertise by holding several board positions, including the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) at the local, national, and global levels, and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). He has operated a consulting and education practice focused on internal audit, risk management, and governance, holding faculty positions at The Directors College, IIA, ICD, and the Caribbean Governance Training Institute.
His 40+ years of volunteer experience include serving on several sports and community boards, a long-time commitment to coaching soccer, and as a dedicated leader of child serving organizations. Brian is the recipient of the City of Winnipeg Civic Appreciation Award and the IIA Canada Distinguished Service Award, and has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2009.
Dr. Laura Mills
Dr. Laura Mills is a Registered Psychologist and Certified Play Therapist. She has taught at the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, and the University of Victoria in both psychology and family studies. Dr. Mills provided psychological services at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital Child Development Clinic and the Child Protection Centre, which included assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who likely experienced child maltreatment or neglect. After moving to B.C. in 1999, Dr. Mills provided psychology services to the Health and Resources for Children child maltreatment team and the Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect team. She served as the Psychologist for the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health Ledger House Adolescent Program in Victoria and the Child and Youth Mental Health Program in Duncan, B.C.
She has served on the board of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy and the B.C. Hear the Child Society. Dr. Mills is the Vancouver Intake Facilitator for the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program and has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2015.
Alan Scott is the Chief Risk Officer for the Office of Risk Management at the University of Manitoba, responsible for risk management, security, and environmental health and safety. Before joining the university, Alan spent more than 33 years with the Winnipeg Police Service and retired at the rank of Inspector. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Business Continuity Professional, and holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance. In 2006, Alan was chosen as one of 16 senior Canadian police officers to participate in an Executive Global Studies Program sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), examining police integration and emergency preparation issues at several locations in the United Kingdom.
He is a life member of the CACP and an associate member of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. Alan has been awarded the Canadian Police Exemplary Service Medal twice (1977 & 2007) and is a recipient of the Manitoba Attorney General’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Award (2004). He joined the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors in 2005.
Sue Snider is the Executive Director of Community Safety Partners, a volunteer organization in Ontario that conducts safety programs for all ages, and is a travel agent. A former athlete, coach, and athletic therapist, Sue founded Top Form Athletics in 1988, the first value-based track club in the world created in response to the doping crisis in sport. For many years, she has coached track and field at the national level, as well as hockey. In 2003, Sue became the Deputy Mayor in the Township of Mulmur, a position she held for seven years. She also sat on the board of Child Find Canada from 2003 to 2008.
In 2004, Sue received a Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with Child Find Ontario, and has received the Gary Putnam Award for her commitment to the safety of children from Dufferin Child and Family Services. She has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2010.
Brian Tario is a Business Advisor in Investigative and Forensic Services at MNP. He is responsible for investigations in the areas of due diligence and background inquiries, fraud, theft, secret commissions, foreign corruption, money laundering, and the assessment of risk for clients across Canada. Prior to joining MNP, Brian was a Member of the RCMP. He was involved in numerous national and international investigations involving money laundering, white collar crime, gambling, drugs, smuggling, and the proceeds of crime. As part of the RCMP’s Commercial Crime Unit in Winnipeg, Brian was in charge of the Market Unit where he conducted numerous investigations involving securities, commodities, and investment related activity.
Brian is a Certified Forensic Investigator and a Director of the local chapter (in Calgary) of the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators. Active in his community and profession, Brian speaks to a wide variety of groups on fraud, theft, and money laundering. He has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2005.
Peter Henschel is a retired RCMP Deputy Commissioner. During his 36-year career, Peter was involved in a diversity of policing and law enforcement activities and held a series of senior leadership and executive positions. As Deputy Commissioner, Specialized Policing Services, Peter was responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, and national delivery of a broad range of critical policing services, including National Police Services (NPS), a suite of specialized services delivered to the broader Canadian law enforcement community and criminal justice system. During his tenure, he transformed the governance and service delivery of NPS and oversaw the development of the RCMP’s first Cybercrime Strategy.
Peter is active on several boards and advisory committees. He is also a strategic advisor in the private sector and a strong advocate for diverse leadership and inclusive organizations. Peter joined the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors in 2019.
Michael Susser is a senior executive in the financial services industry with over 30 years of experience in banking, corporate finance, investment management, income tax, and estate planning, and insurance. He is currently the Portfolio Manager, President, and CEO of Quadrant Asset Management.
Michael has volunteered his expertise in the financial sector to help charities successfully achieve their mandates, including as a Trustee with Fort Whyte Alive, the Vice President of the GiftPact Foundation, and on the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights capital campaign. He has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2010.
Senior Management Team
Lianna McDonald, Executive Director
Lianna McDonald is the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P). Since 1998, she has guided the agency from its grass roots origins to a leading organization on the international stage in the fight against child victimization. Lianna spearheaded the creation of Project Arachnid, the world's leading technology for disrupting the online distribution of child sexual abuse material globally.
She works closely with international partners, including survivor organizations, child protection NGOs, and law enforcement agencies. Her expertise in this space is frequently called upon by key groups, including the Five Country Ministerial’s child exploitation task force, the United Kingdom’s Home Office, as well as European Union officials.
In Canada, Lianna oversaw the establishment of Cybertip.ca, the national tipline under the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. Her advocacy efforts with provincial and federal governments have contributed to multiple legislative changes for the protection of children, including the creation of the criminal code offenses related to online child luring and legislation for the mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse material by internet service providers. She was a member of Heritage Canada’s expert advisory council on online safety that advised the government on developing legislation to address harmful online content. Lianna is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) for her continued dedication to the safety of children.
Signy Arnason, Associate Executive Director
Signy Arnason is the Associate Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P). She joined the organization in 2001 and played an instrumental role in establishing and then overseeing Cybertip.ca — Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. For 15 years, she was the Director of Cybertip.ca and now, as the Associate Executive Director, oversees the day-to-day operations of C3P’s frontline services and many programs, including the development and international implementation of Project Arachnid.
Signy regularly presents to senior law enforcement, industry, and government leadership and interviews with media across the country on issues related to child victimization on the internet.
Noni Classen, Director of Education
Noni Classen is the Director of Education at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P). Since joining the organization in 2004, she has led the development of three national education programs to reduce the sexual victimization of children: Commit to Kids, Kids in the Know, and Teatree Tells. Noni works closely with education, sport, and other child-serving organizations across the country to help implement a systems-based approach to safeguarding children from child sexual abuse.
Prior to working at C3P, Noni spent 10 years specializing in academic programming for youth with complex trauma and assisted in the development of a trauma-informed alternative high school. Noni presents nationally on the issue of child sexual victimization and on best practices to help organizations build capacity to safeguard children.
Lloyd Richardson, Director of IT
Lloyd Richardson is the Director of IT at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), where he oversees technical operations for the agency and leads the development of technological efforts to combat the online sexual victimization of children. Lloyd has been central to the advancement of C3P’s major tech initiatives, including Project Arachnid and Cleanfeed.
Lloyd oversees the management of internal systems, networks, and security protocols for the organization. Before joining C3P as the IT and Operations Manager in 2006, he worked for a local internet service provider, focusing on network operations.
Stephen Sauer, Director of Cybertip.ca
Stephen Sauer started with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) as a Cybertip.ca analyst in 2005, and, after three years, moved into the role of systems specialist for the program, which leveraged both his technical background and his knowledge of tipline operations. In 2017, Stephen became the Director of Cybertip.ca, responsible for overseeing its operations and the team of analysts that triage reports to the tipline. He also assists with advancing the organization’s innovative technological developments to battle the sexual victimization of children on the internet.
Stephen regularly liaises with law enforcement and child welfare. Before starting with C3P, Stephen worked for Manitoba Justice.
Monique St. Germain, General Counsel
In her role as General Counsel, Monique St. Germain is responsible for overseeing all legal affairs at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P). This includes conducting legal research, preparing papers and submissions on policy and legislative issues, and working with Crown attorneys across Canada to help ensure the voices of victims of child sexual abuse material are heard in court. Monique has presented at numerous legal education sessions and conferences, and has appeared as a witness for C3P before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, and as counsel for C3P when it intervened in the Supreme Court of Canada case, R. v. Barabash.
Monique was a senior lawyer for a major telecom before joining C3P in 2010. She is the Secretary for the Child and Youth Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, and in 2017, was named one of Canada’s top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer magazine.
Kristin Olson, Director of Finance and Administration
Kristin Olson joined the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) as an accountant in 2010, and after two years, was promoted to Financial Reporting Manager. She assumed responsibilities as the Director of Finance and Administration in 2017, and is responsible for overseeing all budgetary, grant management, administrative, and human resource activities for the agency.
Working with the Executive and Associate Executive Director, Kristin manages the development and execution of the organization’s strategic planning process, helping to implement C3P’s mission of a safer world for children. Before joining C3P, she worked for an accounting firm managing small business portfolios and for a humanitarian non-profit organization.
Jacques Marcoux, Director of Research and Analytics
Jacques Marcoux is the Director of research and analytics for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), where he oversees and directs organizational research needs related to the sexual victimization of children. His team's mandate is to enhance the public understanding of the nature of online harm to children and to arm key stakeholders with evidence‑based research upon which sound policy decisions can be based.
Jacques is formerly an award‑winning investigative reporter with CBC, specializing in data analysis. Previously he worked as a communications and public relations officer in the agricultural industry and in the field of competitive intelligence in the financial sector.
Gord Mackintosh, Director of Government Relations
Gord Mackintosh has had a distinguished career in both politics and law, serving with the Canadian and Manitoba Human Rights Commissions and as Deputy Clerk of Manitoba’s Legislature. As a lawyer, he notably was counsel to Elijah Harper for Canada’s Meech Lake Constitutional Crisis in 1990 and practiced litigation and environmental law.
Gord served 23 years as a Member of the Manitoba Legislature and almost 17 years as a Minister in the governments of Premiers Gary Doer and Greg Selinger. His responsibilities included Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Government House Leader, Family Services and Housing Minister, and Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship.
As a Minister, Gord notably forged strong partnerships to drive nation-leading initiatives to end violence against children and support child victims–mandates that now extend into his role at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.