PAST ADVISORY BOARD
René Hamel retired after a 16-year career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Rene was working General Duties, Native Policing Duties, Special "O" (Surveillance), Commercial Crime and Technological Crime Investigations, all in British Columbia.
Before joining the RCMP, he studied computer programming and system analysis at the Herzing Institute in Montreal.
He then completed the CBIS (Computer Based Information Systems) program through the University of Victoria. René also finished all Canadian Police College courses pertaining to Electronic Search and Seizure for a variety of operating systems and networks. He also received training from the FBI academy in Quantico, Va and from ASRDATA in Austin, Texas.
René established and managed the E-Commerce Fraud Investigations group at KPMG Forensic prior to joining the Royal Bank of Canada where he managed the Computer Forensics and Business Intelligence Tools group for RBC Corporate Investigation Services. René joined the Inkster Group where he established and managed the computer forensics service for the group.
A pioneer in the Canadian IT security industry, Norman is one of the most recognized security advisors specializing in forensic investigations for corporate, government and private sector organizations, and as such, he is uniquely qualified to provide strategic direction for the continued growth of Digital Wyzdom's security practice.
Norman brings over 40 years of relevant experience investigating crimes involving fraud, embezzlement, extortion, and theft. Before starting his own consultancy, Norman held a variety of senior management positions at KPMG's forensic practice and Navigant Consulting. In those roles, he specialized in corporate investigations, business intelligence and electronic evidence. He has also directed efficiency reviews of major law enforcement agencies, as well as business recovery planning and security reviews for corporations and international organizations.
A former RCMP Officer and past Commissioner of Canada's largest police force, Norman has been appointed to several high-ranking roles involving national and international security matters. From 1992 to 1994, Norman served as President of INTERPOL.
His notable advisory roles include acting as a Special Advisor to the Auditor General of Canada . Following the events of September 11, 2001, Norman was chosen as Special Security Advisor to the Government of Ontario. He has also served as a key member of the national Task Force on Governance and Cultural Change in the RCMP. Finally, he was recently appointed as Chair of Canada's Advisory Council on National Security.
In 1995, Norman was made an Officer of the Order of Canada , in recognition of his achievements and distinguished service during his career.