Christine Silverberg: Calgary’s First Female Chief of Police

Christine Silverberg: Calgary’s First Female Chief of Police

Christine Silverberg is an accomplished lawyer and former chief of police who has built distinguished careers in both public safety and law.  Christine began policing in early 1972 in Ontario with the then Mississauga Police Department, later regionalized into the Peel Regional Police Service.  She served with Peel until 1990 when she was appointed to a senior position with the Policing Services Division, Government of Ontario. In 1993, Christine was appointed Deputy Chief of the Hamilton Wentworth Regional Police Service and in 1995 appointed as Chief of the Calgary Police Service, in Alberta, the first woman in Canada appointed to a major city police service.   When Christine retired from policing in 2000, she embarked on a legal career, for several years practicing with a national law firm before launching her own legal practice. Christine now represents diverse client groups in the areas of civil advocacy and litigation and offers vast experience and insight into managing and resolving difficult situations.

Christine has held numerous executive positions on Boards and Committees throughout her career and is a member of professional associations and organizations crossing both legal and policing practice.  She has also received numerous awards for her community work and professional endeavours, including being selected as part of the YWCA sesquicentennial project as one of 150 women who have had the most significant impact on Calgary over the last 150+ years, one of Alberta’s most influential people, Police Chief of the Year, Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction.  

Christine is widely recognized for accomplishments in diverse multi-cultural, multi-racial and aboriginal communities, and has been a leader and advocate for women’s rights throughout her career.  She has presented at conferences nationally and internationally and authored numerous law articles across a broad spectrum of subject areas.

Christine Silverberg will be speaking on the reflections of the week during the IAWP’s closing ceremonies. For more information on Ms. Silverberg, please visit her website at


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