Raised in Scarborough and the son of a police officer, Bill Blair learned at an early age that “serve” comes before “protect” for a reason. He served 39 years with the Toronto Police Force, the last decade as its Chief of Police.
Bill has demonstrated his ability to unite and engage others through his numerous roles in provincial, national, and international policing forums. He served as President of both the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police, receiving the distinction of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. He was honoured in 2013 by the Canadian Tamil Congress for his leadership and tremendous service to the people of Toronto.
Bill is dedicated to many social causes, having worked with some of Toronto’s most respected and effective organizations, such as Covenant House, the United Way, and the Children's Aid Society of Toronto. He is the proud recipient of the 2011 Beth Sholom Brotherhood Humanitarian Award. Bill served on the Board of Directors of the Scarborough Hospital Foundation, and was Vice-Patron of the Good Neighbours' Club, a day centre for older, homeless and unemployed men.
Bill served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada from December 2015 to September 2017.