Security Exercise Director
Mr. Macdonald retired from the Canadian Forces Military Police in December 2007 as the Canadian Army Provost Marshal; the culmination of a thirty-seven year military career that included police operations, criminal investigations, command and senior MP Staff appointments, and operational task planning and deployments on CF domestic support operations, such as the Winnipeg Floods in 1997 and the Eastern Ontario Ice Storm in 1998. He led Canadian Military Police in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1998, and in 2004, served at the NATO Headquarters in Kabul Afghanistan as the NATO International Security Assistance Force Provost Marshal.
Mr. Macdonald joined Public Safety Canada in 2008 as a Senior Program Manager in the Emergency Management and National Security Branch, where he was assigned to support the Privy Council Office (PCO) as the Exercise Director for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC, and the G8 / G20 Summits in Huntsville and Toronto, ON. The 2010 Winter Olympic preparatory exercise program was described by the PCO as being the largest multi-jurisdictional major event exercise program ever undertaken in Canada.
As the Exercise Director, Mr Macdonald managed an Exercise Design Team (seconded to PCO from DND – comprising approximately thirty exercise planners and writers) and was responsible for the planning, coordination, development and execution of two major exercises (SILVER and GOLD) that were designed to test the three main pillars of the 2010 Winter Games governance structure (Vancouver Olympic Committee, the RCMP led Security and Intelligence partners and the Integrated Public Safety partners) by examining the integrated responses of several municipalities, several BC provincial ministries, multiple federal government departments and agencies (including the integration of a major multi-national military component), International engagements (the US, the UK and other interested Olympic participant countries) and the private sector (utilities stakeholders, transportation companies, etc.) to a series of scenarios developed within the context of a simulated Olympic operations environment. Mr Macdonald’s responsibilities included overseeing the planning, coordination and chairing of all exercise planning conferences (routinely in excess of two hundred participants) that were necessary to build the exercise in a manner that enabled it to meet strategic exercise objectives as well as individual participant requirements.
Mr Macdonald holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Police Leadership and Management from the University of Leicester in the UK and is a graduate of the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College.