Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Richards

After a diverse thirty-four year career in three separate police agencies, Andy retired in June 2015 as a Deputy Chief Constable in the Greater Vancouver area. Andy came to policing as an educator with an undergraduate degree in that field from the University of British Columbia.

Once in policing, he ultimately specialized as an investigator, supervisor, and leader of complex covert investigations; becoming an expert witness in respect of organized crime in 1997, Andy continues to be sought and utilized as an expert witness in these complex cases. Andy led many of the largest, most successful investigations in the province as an accredited Team Commander. These investigations led to the creation of meaningful tactical and strategic relationships with law enforcement agencies across Canada and around the world. Andy’s work in combating upper echelon organized crime groups earned him a Lieutenant Governor’s Meritorious Service medal and RCMP Commanding Officer’s Commendation in 2014. He is also a recipient of the Governor General’s 30 year exemplary service medal and, in 2011, graduated with a Master of Arts degree in criminal justice from University of Fraser Valley.

Andy’s strengths lie in his critical thinking abilities, as well as his ability to communicate, mentor, and teach. He is a faculty member at the Justice Institute of British Columbia where he teaches third and fourth year courses in Leadership, Police Governance and Accountability, and Aboriginal People and Policy in the Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies program. For the past 4 years he has taught leadership concepts to senior police personnel in China, both locally, and overseas.