Canadian Banks’ Law Enforcement Award

Last modified: 03 November 2015

Every year the Canadian Banks' Law Enforcement Award recognizes outstanding police performance in fighting crime against Canadian banks. Recipients of this prestigious award have gone above and beyond the call of duty while preventing and investigating crimes against Canada's financial institutions.

Since 1972, the Canadian Bankers Association has honoured 233 Canadian police officers. The Award is presented annually at a formal ceremony at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.


Protecting the security and safety of its employees and customers is a priority for the Canadian banking industry. Crimes affecting our banks range from robbery to high tech and highly organized fraud operations. Together our financial institutions and law enforcement agencies continue to partner in combating crime every day.

For more information on how you can help protect yourself from financial crime, click here.


The awards are presented to all active sworn members of law enforcement (active duty at the time of the incident), including Special Constables and sworn auxiliary Peace Officers.

The CBLEA is the highest award presented by the CBA to a sworn member of law enforcement (includes Special Constables and sworn auxiliary Peace Officers) for exceptional, achievement in an investigation involving the banking industry.1 This would include acts of bravery, courage and demonstrated resourcefulness in order to overcome investigative obstacles and extenuating circumstances to bring an investigation to a successful conclusion.

This award can be presented to an Individual or Group (Team). The criteria for nominations are as follows:

Individual: This award is presented to a member of law enforcement for a unique investigation (not just high profile) involving the banking industry. The officer has displayed exceptional diligence in order to overcome obstacles and extenuating circumstances. This award may also be presented in cases where the officer knowingly placed themselves at great risk (threat of serious bodily harm or death, imminent danger etc.) during the protection of life involving a bank employee, customer or bank property.  

Group (Team):  This award is presented to sworn members of law enforcement working in a group/taskforce/team investigation involving the banking industry. The results of the investigation (project) demonstrate exemplary performance in overcoming extraordinary circumstances resulting in a successful conclusion to the investigation. Examples could include investigations for robbery against a bank (branch) where employees and customers may be at risk, or fraudulent acts against a bank or banks, by an organized criminal group. 

For more information about the criteria for the CBLEA and the nomination form, please click here.

2015 Honourees

The 2015 Canadian Banks’ Law Enforcement Award (CBLEA) has been awarded to the following outstanding police officers:

Left to right: Special Agent John Liau, Corporal Suzanne Krumbhols,
and Detective Sergeant Johanne Grenier.

Detective Sergeant Johanne Grenier – Montreal Police Service

Detective Sergeant Johanne Grenier was the lead investigator on “Project Fausseté.” This case focused on an organized crime group that was masquerading online as a trusted Canadian bank to steal victims’ financial information. Email fraud, also known as “phishing”, occurs when criminals attempt to steal victims’ personal information. Pretending to be from a legitimate company or bank, criminals will send numerous emails to victims requesting them to “verify” their personal information.

Not shying away from this complex task, Detective Sergeant Grenier established her leadership in helping uncover and arrest the phishing ring leader and his five accomplices. Detective Sergeant Johanne Grenier is applauded for her creative skill in monitoring and identifying the numerous phishing culprits in this investigation.

Special Agent John Liau – United States Secret Service and Corporal Suzanne Krumbhols – RCMP

U.S Secret Service Special Agent John Liau and Corporal Suzanne Krumbhols of the RCMP collaborated in a cross-border investigation spanning from Vancouver to Washington State. Fraudsters targeted locations in Canada, primarily popular coffee shops, where criminals would skim debit card information to create counterfeit bank cards for cross-border use in Washington State. The case was triggered by suspicious cash withdrawals at American ABMs with Canadian debit card numbers. 

Through superior coordination and real time communication, Special Agent Liau and Corporal Krumbhols were able to identify the criminal mastermind of this complex fraud ring. Thanks to their innovative thinking and advanced investigative skills the leader and his six co-conspirators were brought to justice.

Questions about the award?

Contact: Malcolm Chivers, Director, Corporate Security
Canadian Bankers Association

For a complete list of honourees, click here 



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