Since June 1st, 2007, Ronald Bain has served as the Executive Director for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. The mandate of the OACP is to promote effective and competent policing in Ontario; to coordinate police training and education; to provide a timely and efficient flow of information to its members; and to address membership concerns and priorities through a unified voice to government. Ron has been an active member of the OACP for over two decades, and for many years, held the office of Vice President on the Board. Upon his retirement as a police officer, he was awarded a Life Membership of that organization.
Previous to this, Ron served Ontario as the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services from 2004 to 2006. Reporting to the Deputy Minister of Public Safety, he was in-charge of the Policing Services Division. Ensuring that Ontario is protected by a world-class law enforcement network, the Division is responsible for promoting policing excellence through the development of professional standards, guidelines, and new programs, effective training initiatives, and the provision of advisory and liaison services to the police community,
As a result of his appointment as ADM, Ron retired from the Peel Regional Police
holding the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. Included in his various assignments was an 8-year term in the Homicide & Missing Persons Bureau, two of which he was the Bureau Commander. He has been engaged in policing for over forty years, having served with Metropolitan Toronto and Parry Sound Police before joining Peel Regional Police in 1979.
In 1996, Ron was seconded to the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services, where he served as the Chief Investigator for the Bernardo Investigations Review headed by Justice Archie Campbell focussing on the now infamous serial-sexual assault and multiple-murder case. The Review paved the way for the implementation of the Ontario Major Case Management system for major crime investigations.
On July 21st, 2003, he was asked by the Premier of Ontario to be part of the Independent Commission investigating the SARS emergency in Ontario. Ron was asked to return as a Commission member in October 2006 and served through to its completion and release of the report; Spring of Fear.
His professional development has included numerous courses and seminars, including both the National Academy course and the Executive Development program of the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Virginia and the Strategic Command Course at National Police Training, Bramshill, England in 1999. In March, 2000, he became a graduate of the University of Cambridge, England in Applied Criminology and Police Studies. In June of 2012, Ron was awarded an Honourary Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree from Humber University. He has lectured extensively on change management, police leadership and executive development, major crime investigations and major case management both nationally and internationally.
By an Ontario Government Order in Council, Ron was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario. He has served as one of the Public Representatives on that Board since 2008.
Ron and his wife, Judith live on and operate a small hobby farm in Marmora, Ontario. In 2013 Ron was the recipient of the OACP Presidents Award for his dedicated service to the OACP.