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Further changes to the RCMP’s Senior Management Team

I am pleased to announce further changes to the RCMP’s Senior Management Team, which address vacancies due to retirements and previously announced appointments:

Assistant Commissioner Steve White, currently Director General, Financial Crime at National Headquarters, is being appointed Commanding Officer “O” Division.

Chief Superintendent François Deschênes, currently Criminal Operations Officer “C” Division, is being promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner and will immediately assume responsibilities as Commanding Officer of “C” Division.

Chief Superintendent Antoine Babinsky, currently Director General Executive/Officer Development Resources, is being promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner and is being appointed OIC, RCMP Technical Operations.

Chief Superintendent Todd Shean, currently Criminal Operations Officer “J” Division, is being promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner and is being appointed Director General, Financial Crime.

Superintendent Mark Fleming, is being promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent and will take on responsibilities as Deputy Criminal Operations Officer (Federal) “E” Division.

Please join me in congratulating François, Antoine, Todd and Mark on their promotions and wishing each of them and Steve all the best as they take on their important new responsibilities.

With these and other recently announced appointments, I believe the RCMP is very well positioned to meet our many challenges and to move forward in our continuing efforts to bring about positive change in the Force.  I count on each of you to assist in this effort and thank you for your ongoing contributions.

William J.S. Elliott


Assistant Commissioner Steve White, Commanding Officer “O” Division

Stephen White joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1986 and has many years investigational experience in federal policing and financial crime.  His duties have included a five-year assignment as the RCMP Liaison Officer in Venezuela, responsible for facilitating law enforcement activity between Canada and 10 countries throughout the southern Caribbean and South America; Director of Interpol Ottawa, responsible for the Interpol National Central Bureau in Canada; Director of the RCMP’s International Operations Branch, responsible for overseeing the operation of the RCMP’s Liaison Offices in 25 countries.  He has also been responsible for the Integrated Proceeds of Crime, Money Laundering and Integrated Market Enforcement Programs.

A/Comm White was appointed Director General of Financial Crime for the RCMP in May 2008. In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing and providing national leadership to all of the RCMP’s Financial Crime Programs.

Stephen has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. He is married to Marie-Claude and they have one son who is attending University of Ottawa.

Chief Superintendent François Deschênes, Commanding Officer, “C “ Division

François Deschênes joined the Force in 1982, and spent the bulk of his career as an investigator in Ontario and Quebec, where he worked in economic crime, customs and internal investigations. He was also a staff relations sub-representative for a few years.

He was commissioned in 2000 and took the helm of the Commercial Crime Section in Montreal. In the wake of 9/11, he was put in charge of national security investigations within the Montreal integrated team. He was then named commander of the Integrated Technological Crime Unit, and subsequently promoted to the position of Assistant Criminal Operations Officer, in “C” Division’s Financial Integrity Program.

In 2007, François Deschênes became the Criminal Operations Officer in “C” Division.

Originally from the Quebec City area, Chief Superintendent Deschênes is married with two children. He obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1997.

Chief Superintendent Antoine Babinsky, OIC RCMP Technical Operations

C/Supt. Babinsky joined the RCMP in 1982, spent the early years of his career as a front‑line police officer in various areas including special operations, commercial crime, drug enforcement, and proceeds of crime. In 2001, he was commissioned and became the Officer in Charge of Special "O" in "C" Division.  In 2003, he was appointed the Regional Informatics Officer for the RCMP Central Region where he was responsible for managing and providing direction to the RCMP's Informatics program in the areas of information technology, information management and operational support. In 2006, C/Supt. Babinsky was appointed as Director General, Systems Operations in the CIO Sector. In April 2010, he was appointed  D.G. Executive /Officer Development and Resourcing.

C/Supt. Babinsky has a degree in Human Science from Collège de Rosemont and a certificate in Police Management from the Université du Québec à Trois‑Rivières.

Chief Superintendent Todd G. Shean, Director General, Financial Crime

After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université de Moncton, C/Supt Todd Shean joined the RCMP in 1986.  His first posting was in Mission, B.C., followed by a posting in Florenceville and then Fredericton, in his home province of New Brunswick.  During this time, he joined the provincial Emergency Response Team, a position he held on a part-time basis for eight years.

Promoted to Inspector in 2001, Todd Shean became Officer in Charge of the Proceeds of Crime Section, then OIC of Operations for the Codiac Regional RCMP.  In 2005, he was promoted to Superintendent and became the OIC, Codiac Regional RCMP.  After three years in this position, he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and transferred to RCMP Headquarters where he served as Director General in the Drugs and Organized Crime Branches.  In 2009, he returned to New Brunswick as Officer in Charge, “J” Division Criminal Operations.

Born and raised in New Brunswick, C/Supt. Shean is married with two sons.