Deputy Chairperson: Daryl Churney

Daryl Churney was appointed Executive Director General, Parole Board of Canada (PBC) on April 3, 2018 and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Chairperson of the PBC on May 17, 2022.

Mr. Churney began his career as a Policy Analyst with the then Department of the Solicitor General of Canada in 2001 and has developed extensive experience in criminal justice public policy, legislative reform, litigation management and strategic policy and governance.

The Deputy Chairperson (DC) is the most senior public servant at the PBC and is accountable, through the Chairperson’s delegated authority, as the chief operating officer for all Board policy, programs, planning, national operations and the provision of all corporate services. The DC provides corporate leadership for the integrity of the parole, clemency, record suspension and expungement activities conducted by the Board, and serves as the Chairperson’s key interlocutor with other Federal/Provincial/Territorial governments and central agencies on all matters of PBC operations on a national basis and plays a key liaison role between partners and key stakeholders.

As DC, Mr. Churney has guided the PBC through significant milestones including a comprehensive review of the Board’s policy framework; the reframing of Board operations during the COVID-19 pandemic; a renewal and expansion of the Board’s outreach program; the development of a hybrid work environment; the harmonization of conditional release operations; renewal of the Clemency Program; and the advancement of numerous frameworks to strengthen the PBC’s responses to women offenders and marginalized offenders in the parole process.

Before joining the PBC, Mr. Churney served as Director, Portfolio Policy and Governance at Transport Canada, and prior to that he served as Director, Corrections and Criminal Justice Policy at Public Safety Canada. Over his career, Mr. Churney has led more than three dozen major law reform projects, has served as Co-Chair of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Working Group on High Risk Offenders, and has managed one of the largest Governor-in-Council appointment portfolios in Government. Mr. Churney has also gained extensive experience working closely with a number of Indigenous communities across Canada on land claim matters, border crossing and security issues and the management of government assets.

Mr. Churney has appeared as an expert witness before committees of the House of Commons and the Senate. He has extensive experience working with GIC appointees, Minister's Offices, parliamentarians and voluntary sector partners active in criminal justice. From 2016 to 2018, Mr. Churney was Director-At-Large for the St. Leonard’s Society of Canada and Chair of its Policy Committee.

Mr. Churney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Arts in Legal Studies from Carleton University and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the Institute on Governance.

Daryl Churney - Executive Director General

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