Leadership

Position
Chief Constable

John Lo

Biography

Chief Lo was raised on the North Shore and has been a member of the West Vancouver Police since 1995 when he was hired as a Reserve Constable. In 1996, he was hired as a Patrol Constable and has since worked in Patrol, Surveillance, Records, Major Crime Investigations, the Vancouver Police Homicide Team, Professional Standards, Operations, and Administration.  

He was promoted to Chief Constable on March 1, 2021.

Chief Lo holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, a certificate in Management Essentials from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management through Royal Roads University.

Chief Lo led the development of the West Vancouver Police Department’s 2022 – 2025 Strategic Plan.

Position
Deputy Chief Constable

Tom Wolff von Gudenberg

Biography

Deputy Chief Constable Tom Wolff von Gudenberg joined the West Vancouver Police Department as a Police Constable in 2002. Over the course of his career, he has worked in Patrol, Surveillance, Major Crime Investigations, Vancouver Police Homicide Team, Operational Support, and as the Officer in Charge of Operations. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable on April 1, 2021.

Tom moved to West Vancouver in 1986 and is a graduate of Sentinel High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from UBC and a Juris Doctor, also from UBC.

He lives in West Vancouver with his wife and two sons.

Position
Inspector

Nick Bell

Biography

Inspector Nick Bell joined the West Vancouver Police Department in 2004. Over the course of his career, he has worked in Patrol, Surveillance, the Police Academy, Community Service Team, and Corporate Support Services. He was promoted to Inspector on May 24, 2022.

Inspector Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from the University of Victoria, a Master of Arts in Emergency Management from Royal Roads University, and a Master of Laws in International Justice from the University of London. Currently, Inspector Bell is pursuing a PhD in Criminology from the University of Huddersfield.

He lives in West Vancouver with his wife, two sons and their French bulldog, Rudy.

Position
Inspector

Erin Findlay

Biography

Inspector Erin Findlay is the Officer in Charge of Operations. Inspector Findlay oversees WVPD’s 4 Patrol Teams, Traffic, Community Services, Victims Services, Major Investigations, Surveillance, and Secondments/Assignments.

Erin grew up in BC’s Similkameen Valley and graduated from UVic. Upon completing university, Erin lived and worked in Mexico before moving to the North Shore, committed to a career in policing. Erin chose municipal policing in West Vancouver because of the close-knit community engagement that the career offered, something that resonated with her small-town roots.

Erin’s career with WVPD began in 2001 and has been mostly spent in the operational realm with many years of experience on the front line and in major crime/investigations. Throughout her career, she has held leadership positions in Patrol, Major Crime, Professional Standards and Operational Support.

Erin is the Chair of the WVPD Belonging and Inclusivity Committee and is currently working towards a certificate in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion through UBC. Erin believes that the growth and development of people is the highest calling in leadership. She is committed to introducing opportunities for staff to excel and providing the community with excellence in response and investigations for a safe West Vancouver.

Position
Manager of Human Resources

Julie Blais

Biography

Julie Blais was born and raised on the south shore of Montreal.

Julie’s experience in the policing industry goes back to December of 2001, when she was hired by the RCMP and positioned at their Headquarters in Montreal. In June of 2006 Julie moved to British Columbia and transferred to the RCMP Headquarters in Vancouver.

Throughout her time with the RCMP, Julie worked for the Major Case Management Section, preparing electronic disclosure for Crown Counsel on integrated projects with the Drug Section, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET), Integrated Market Enforcement Team (IMET), and the Behavioral Science Group (BSG).

In March of 2013, Julie was hired by the West Vancouver Police Department in the Administration Branch. In 2015, Julie moved to Payroll and Human Resources and went on to earn her Human Resources Management Certificate from McMaster University in August 2019.

Julie was appointed to the position of Manager of Human Resources in April 2022 and continues to work towards her Chartered Professional Human Resources designation.