AMVIC welcomes new leads to its investigations team

EDMONTON, Feb. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council is proud to introduce two new highly qualified leads to its investigations team.

Derek Blackman-Shaw is AMVIC's investigations team lead for Edmonton and north/central Alberta. Gordon Bull is AMVIC's investigations team lead for Calgary and south/central Alberta. The two leads bring extensive experience in management, law enforcement, compliance and regulatory inspections and investigations.

Blackman-Shaw spent 25 years with the Winnipeg Police Service, the latter years as sergeant. He was chief inspector for Alberta Ministry of Transportation's dangerous goods branch where he coordinated inspection activities of approximately 700 provincial law enforcement officers to ensure consistent application of the acts and regulations. He also developed and implemented a progressive discipline policy for the branch. Most recently Blackman-Shaw managed the security division at Assiniboine Park Conservancy in Winnipeg.

"Derek joined AMVIC in December, his excellent leadership skills and strong commitment to AMVIC's mandate have already been very evident," LuAnne Sirdiak, senior manager of AMVIC investigations said.

Bull spent 22 years with the Calgary Police Service. He finished his career there as a staff sergeant who managed an integrated team of law enforcement investigators from Calgary Police Service, RCMP and the Canadian Border Services Agency.  Most recently Bull was a partner in a private investigation agency specializing in law firm support, criminal and civil investigation.

"Bull's investigative skills combined with his management experience make him a significant asset to AMVIC," Sirdiak said, "He has just started his role with AMVIC-- I look forward to working with him to ensure automotive businesses in this province abide by the law."

LuAnne Sirdiak became AMVIC's senior manager of investigations in March 2013. Sirdiak has an excellent understanding of Alberta's judicial system. She held a Justice of the Peace appointment for 15 years where she made independent judicial decisions regarding the detention of accused persons. Sirdiak started her career as a paralegal with the Alberta Provincial Courts-- she later became a court manager.

Outside of the courts Sirdiak has managerial experience involving a variety of large projects. She was the Chief Financial Officer of a development corporation, she implemented Alberta's first rural Victim Services Unit and she has extensive experience with non-profit organizations and municipal boards.

"We have an excellent investigative team in place. It is a well-rounded team that is second to none in this province," John Bachinski, executive director of AMVIC said.

In 2012/13 AMVIC added four new investigator positions to bring the total to 15 divided between Calgary and Edmonton. All AMVIC investigators are peace officers with authority to lay charges under the Fair Trading Act and its regulations as well as the Criminal Code.

"We have increased enforcement, we have added a compliance team to inspect businesses and we have implemented a consumer services unit to better assist consumers with questions and concerns," Bachinski said. "That combined with the addition of Blackman-Shaw and Bull puts us in a better position to effectively regulate Alberta's automotive industry."

About AMVIC: The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) is the automotive regulator authorized by the Minister of Service Alberta to enforce and administer the following legislation in relation to automotive business: the Fair Trading Act; the Automotive Business Regulation; the Cost of Credit Disclosure Regulation, and the Internet Sales Contract Regulation. AMVIC's mandate is to provide consumer protection in Alberta's motor vehicle industry. AMVIC publishes valuable information and tips for consumers, businesses and salespeople at www.amvic.org.

SOURCE Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC)

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Laura Lowe
Manager of Communications and Education
Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council
780-468-0476
LLowe@amvic.org


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