Biography, Cameron (Cam) Kowalski
Cam Kowalski was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario where he joined his hometown police department, the Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Police in May 1984. Cam left Ontario for the west coast in the summer of 2001 joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where he currently holds the position of Client Services Manager for the Richmond Detachment which is the 3rd largest detachment in the country.
Cam has spent time in British Columbia at the North Vancouver detachment, Richmond detachment and the Criminal Intelligence Section where he was part of an investigative team in one of the largest outlaw motorcycle gang investigations in Canadian history. In the spring of 2007, Cam was recruited by the 2010 Integrated Security Unit in charge of preparing the security plan for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. As lead aviation planner, Cam was responsible for the airspace design in one of the most complex airspaces in North America which included the access and egress procedures for controlled or restricted airspace. Cam also led the Federal Aviation Technical Working Group (FATWG) which was the multi-agency, multi-national committee responsible for the execution of aviation plan and included; NORAD, FAA, Transport Canada, NAVCANADA, CBSA, and CATSA. While in the midst of planning the 2010 Olympic Games, Cam was brought to Ontario by the planning team responsible for security for the 2010 G8-G20 Summits to lead the air operation planning for the Summits managing both portfolios concurrently. The two events’ airspace defense plans received accolades for the successful execution of the operational plans with a less than 1% airspace incursion rate per aircraft movement.
As a result of Cam’s leadership of the aviation security plan he was awarded a divisional commendation, the meritorious service medal of British Columbia, was one of only 2 RCMP members to have received a commendation from the Chief of Defense Staff for the Canadian Forces and received a personal letter of thanks from President Barack Obama.
In 2011 Cam developed an operational plan for responses to laser attacks on aircraft occurring at YVR. Since then, Cam has been an advocate on the program speaking throughout Canada. The program developed in Richmond has been cited as a best practise by NAV CANADA and has been nationally endorsed by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police as the model for operational response.
Cam resides in North Vancouver and is the President of JetStream Management Group where he provides consulting expertise on leadership and project management.