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On behalf of the FBI National executive Institute associates, I am delighted to announce this year’s PENRITH AWARD winner is Julian Fantino. Julian’s remarkable career can be largely defined to serving almost forty years in law enforcement, including chief of the London Police Service, York Regional, and Toronto Police Service. He also served as Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police as well as Ontario’s Commissioner of Emergency Management. Julian also served as Past President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and Vice President at Large of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief/Commissioner Fantino is truly one of “Canada’s Finest.”

Julian, congratulations on being elected by your peers for this year’s FBI National Executive Institute Associates’ Penrith Award. The FBI NEIA Penrith Award dinner was held on Thursday evening on May 30, 2013. While our conference focuses on training and research during the three day event, it is an opportunity to recognize and honor a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute, one of law enforcement’s most prestigious awards, for a career filled with public service achievements most of which focused on law enforcement and currently legislative public service. Julian Fantino’s achievements and special recognition allow him to join a select group of recipients the past 24 years. One of the distinguishing hallmarks of the award is that it is truly a judgment one’s peers. While FBI National Executive Institute Associates can nominate a candidate, only the previous Penrith award winners can elect one.

A new hallmark was created, as Julian is the first member elected outside of the United States. Julian Fantino’s career though largely dedicated to public law enforcement, his dedication to the public good is exemplified by his current position in Canada’s House of Parliament having been elected to that legislative body in November of 2010 and re-elected the following year. Though a relatively newcomer to the legislative body, Julian was appointed to serve as Minister of State and Associate Minister of National Defense. He is currently serving as Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation.

Though he is currently entitled to be referred to as “Honorable Julian Fantino,” his colleagues in law enforcement recognized that attribute during his long service in his first profession. Julian Fontanne, born in Italy and emigrated to Canada at the age of eleven, speaking no English at the time, has repaid his country many times over, volunteering and actively involved in local and international victim rights group including an honorary member of the Canadian Crime Victims Foundation; involved in a number of community organization including programs to make organize sports accessible to disadvantaged children; supports the local Hospice in his community and volunteers at a number of senior long term care facilities in his community of Vaughan.

He and his wife, Liviana, have two children and four grandchildren.

On behalf of the FBI National Executive Institute Associates, Congratulations, Julian Fantino, for a well deserved tribute.


Former Penrith Award Winners