2023 BCWLE Conference & Awards Luncheon

BCWLE’s second annual conference is coming up on April 13th, 2023 at the Coast Langley City Hotel & Convention Centre.


Our keynote speaker, Michelle Douglas, served as a military police officer in the Canadian Armed Forces until she was honourably discharged in 1989 as part of the military’s “LGBT Purge”. Michelle brought a landmark legal challenge that formally ended the military’s policy of discrimination against LGBT service members. Thus began 30 years of social justice and human rights activism. As a survivor of Canada’s LGBT Purge, Michelle will share the experiences of those affected by this devastating policy of discrimination. The LGBT Purge was one of the longest-running and largest-scale violations of human rights of any workforce in Canadian history – and few people know about it.

Inspector Jillian Wellard and Superintendent Jeanette Theisen, lead investigators from the RCMP, will discuss the 2019 search of two BC murder suspects responsible for the deaths of Chynna Deese, Lucas Fowler and Leonard Dyck. The manhunt spanned four provinces over 23 days, captured international attention and ended with an intense search in northern Manitoba. This investigation involved hundreds of RCMP officers and required a coordinated effort with the Canadian Armed Forces, the FBI, the Australian police and community members.

Retired Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich will share some lessons that he has learned as a leader as well as help identify when you may be ready for the challenge of leadership.

Retired Assistant RCMP Commissioner Dan Malo
and Regional Sales Manager Sam Dhanoya will present a training session on Axon technology. 

Important Information

Discounted rooms available for $155/night, use reference code GF9481 to book. Promotion expires March 12, 2023.

There are NO cancellations, however your ticket is transferable if you are not longer able to attend.

Please select the “with donation” ticket option to make a donation to Mamas for Mamas. Mamas for Mamas supports caregivers in crisis by providing support through innovative approaches to financial barriers.

If you would like to purchase a block of tickets, please send a request by email to membership@bcwle.ca.

Who Can Attend the Conference?

BCWLE members get early access to tickets at a special member-only rate. Non-members who fit in one of the following categories are also welcome to attend by purchasing a non-member ticket:

  • Peace Officer (current or retired)
  • Law Enforcement Educator
  • Civilian Member of Law Enforcement Agency (current or retired)
  • Student in Study of Law Enforcement
  • Potential Application to Law Enforcement Agency
  • Active Volunteer with Law Enforcement Agency
  • Associate (persons with training, experience or other professional attainments in the law enforcement or related field, or members of our partner organizations)

Event details


Thursday, April 13, 2023


8:00 am - 4:00 pm


$150 for BCWLE Members; $180 for Non-members; BCWLE Members with Donation to Mamas for Mamas: $170; Non-members with Donation to Mamas for Mamas: $180


Coast Langley City Hotel & Convention Centre
20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley