The Stephan Crétier Foundation is a Canadian charity established in 2006 by Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery. Global citizens residing in Dubai since 2010, Mr. Crétier and Mrs. Maillery have not forgotten their Canadian roots.

The Foundation’s mission is to give back to the community by supporting selected Canadian not-for-profit organizations. Furthermore, the Foundation’s initial efforts are aimed toward developing and operating the Bolo Program, an innovative results-driven project focusing on public safety awareness as well as the assistance of citizens in locating individuals wanted for major crimes in Canada. Stephan Crétier is the Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of GardaWorld, one of the world’s leading private security corporations with over 65,000 dedicated professionals active in 35 countries.

Bolo Program

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Giving Back

One does not build one of the world’s largest private security corporations without being passionate about public safety and security. Beyond his philanthropic activities, Mr. Crétier is an entrepreneur who has yearned for several years to give back to the community through his passion and expertise.

Through the Bolo Program, the Stephan Crétier Foundation has launched a unique and innovative project fully dedicated to public safety.

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Keeping our Communities Safe, Together

Canada is one of the safest countries in the world because Canadians understand their collective responsibility to look after each other. But Canada is not immune to security issues, and all Canadians have a role to play in keeping our communities safe.

Few Canadians know that tens of thousands of arrest warrants are currently outstanding in the country. Hundreds of these warrants are for major crimes, such as murders, sexual assaults, terrorist activities, and crimes against children. Individuals indicted or convicted of these serious offences represent threats to our communities, and they must face justice.

Keeping our Communities Safe, Together

Canada has the benefit of being one of the safest countries in the world, in part because Canadians understand their collective responsibilities to look after one another. But Canada is not immune to major crimes and security issues, and all Canadians have a role to play in keeping our communities safe.

Few Canadians know that tens of thousands of arrest warrants are currently outstanding in the country. Hundreds of these warrants are for major crimes, such as murders, sexual assaults, terrorist activities, and crimes against children. Individuals indicted or convicted of these serious offenses represent threats to our communities, and they must face justice.

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A Breakthrough Initiative

The Bolo Program is a breakthrough initiative leveraging social media and technology to encourage citizens to be on the lookout for individuals wanted for major crimes in Canada. The term ‘BOLO’, which stands for “Be On The Lookout”, is commonly used to designate an individual who is actively wanted.

The Program acts as an amplifier to police requests for the public’s assistance on most wanted cases, making sure citizens are aware of such notices, so they can report sightings and submit tips to help the police arrest suspects for major crimes.

Learn more and help keep Canada safe by visiting the Bolo Program website.

Major Donations

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Vimy Foundation

The Vimy Foundation preserves and promotes Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory in the battle at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was the very first occasion all Canadian Corps divisions had to fight together, with soldiers coming from across the country. Their victory greatly contributed to Canada being recognized on the world stage and is considered by many as a turning point in the development of today’s Canadian national identity.

Stephan Crétier leads a corporation honoured to employ thousands of veterans around the world. GardaWorld has been committed for years to welcoming veterans into its ranks, not only for operational roles, but also at various levels within the organization. The company offers these military men and women additional training and leverages their expertise in protecting and serving citizens.

As part of Mr. Crétier’s commitment to highlight the sacrifice of our veterans, the Stephan Crétier Foundation was proud to be a major contributor to the development of the Visitor Education Centre at the Vimy Memorial in France. The Visitor Education Centre was inaugurated in 2017 to underline the 100th anniversary of the battle.

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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

On May 10, 2018, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts announced a major donation from Stephan Crétier and Stephany Maillery. This important contribution will enable the Museum to realize a large-scale project that celebrates diversity and fosters intercultural dialogue through art: the Stephan Crétier and Stephany Maillery Wing for World Cultures and Togetherness, to be inaugurated in one year’s time.

This new wing will showcase the Museum’s archeology and world cultures collection, one of the largest in Canada. From a fresh, intercultural perspective, the new wing will integrate numerous works by artists from yesterday to today from every continent – including new acquisitions – that together reflect the richness and diversity of our universal heritage. At the heart of a humanist, socially engaged museum and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, these new galleries will open the way to addressing disciplines and social issues beyond the discourse of art history, and will promote dialogue and understanding of one another.

“These values of celebrating diversity are deeply held convictions. In our work, we meet people every day from all backgrounds and cultures, all around the world, from the Americas, to Europe, to Africa to the Middle East. Art is often the gateway, the universal language by which we can understand others and discover and appreciate their many facets and subtleties. In fact, art is a very powerful topic of discussion for uniting people, and we are convinced that the MMFA’s new wing will be a catalyst for dialogue,” share Stephan Crétier and his spouse Stephany Maillery.

In addition to their exemplary donation to the MMFA’s Wing for World Cultures and Togetherness, the couple also lent their invaluable support to the presentation of the exhibitions From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present and Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art (on view May 12 to September 16, 2018) as well as to the exhibition Connections: Our Artistic Diversity Dialogues with Our Collections, set to open at the Museum in August 2018.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

On May 10, 2018, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts announced a major donation from Stephan Crétier and Stephany Maillery. This important contribution will enable the Museum to realize a large-scale project that celebrates diversity and fosters intercultural dialogue through art: the Stephan Crétier and Stephany Maillery Wing for World Cultures and Togetherness, to be inaugurated in one year’s time.

This new wing will showcase the Museum’s archeology and world cultures collection, one of the largest in Canada. From a fresh, intercultural perspective, the new wing will integrate numerous works by artists from yesterday to today from every continent – including new acquisitions – that together reflect the richness and diversity of our universal heritage. At the heart of a humanist, socially engaged museum and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, these new galleries will open the way to addressing disciplines and social issues beyond the discourse of art history, and will promote dialogue and understanding of one another.

“These values of celebrating diversity are deeply held convictions. In our work, we meet people every day from all backgrounds and cultures, all around the world, from the Americas, to Europe, to Africa to the Middle East. Art is often the gateway, the universal language by which we can understand others and discover and appreciate their many facets and subtleties. In fact, art is a very powerful topic of discussion for uniting people, and we are convinced that the MMFA’s new wing will be a catalyst for dialogue,” share Stephan Crétier and his spouse Stephany Maillery.

In addition to their exemplary donation to the MMFA’s Wing for World Cultures and Togetherness, the couple also lent their invaluable support to the presentation of the exhibitions From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present and Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art (on view May 12 to September 16, 2018) as well as to the exhibition Connections: Our Artistic Diversity Dialogues with Our Collections, set to open at the Museum in August 2018.

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Founders

Stephan Crétier

Named Entrepreneur of the Decade by Profit Magazine in 2011 as one of eleven remarkable Canadian CEOs, Stephan Crétier is the Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of GardaWorld Security Corporation, a $3 billion full-service security provider with 65,000 dedicated professionals operating in 35 countries around the world.

Stephan Crétier founded GardaWorld in 1995 with an investment of $25,000 from a second mortgage and grew it to become one of the five largest security providers in the world. Today, the company is Canada’s market leader in security and pre-board screening services, the largest cash services provider in North America, and one of the leading providers of security and international risk mitigation services in Africa and the Middle East. Crétier is always on the lookout for ways to increase his company’s reach and showcase Canada’s expertise abroad.

He expanded his influence within the industry by becoming the first Canadian appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Security League (Ligue internationale des Sociétés de Surveillance) in Switzerland. He also plays an active role as a board member of several organizations, including the Montreal Economic Institute, a leading free-market think tank; the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, one of the most visited modern art museums in America and a Smithsonian institution based in Washington, DC; and TransCanada Corporation, one of North America’s leading energy infrastructure companies headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Active in the community, Crétier has chaired numerous successful charity events and in December 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Stéphany Maillery

Born in Le Mans, France, Stéphany is co-owner of Roy Estate, a high-end boutique winery in Napa Valley which has received acclaimed reviews by Robert Parker from The Wine Advocate.

Long considered one of Canada's most influential supermodels, Stéphany worked in Europe alongside fashion designers such as Armani, Valentino, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana. She graced the pages of prestigious magazines, including Vogue and Elle. Despite her success in the fashion industry, Stéphany decided to join the renowned Actors Institute in London in 1997.

Always looking for new personal challenges, Stéphany embarked on a series of extreme expeditions: in 2005, she climbed Mount Washington in the middle of winter; in 2008, she took on the Rose des Sables Rallye in Morocco, turning her trip into a fundraising initiative benefiting Famijeunes, a community organization in the Saint-Henri/Petite-Bourgogne district of Montreal. In 2010, she tackled the Sahara Desert once more and took first-place honors in the renowned Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. Always on the lookout for new adventures, she scaled the famous Meru and Uhuru summits of the Kilimanjaro plateau in Tanzania and repeated the feat on the peaks of Ecuador and Peru at more than 15,000 feet and took on the summits of Nepal in the fall of 2013. In 2017, she completed the grueling (half) Marathon des Sables, a competition consisting of three marathons in four days in the desert.

In the spring of 2013, Stéphany Maillery was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Leadership

Max Langlois, General Manager

Maxime Langlois joined the Stephan Crétier Foundation in 2017. In addition to overseeing the Foundation’s daily operations, Mr. Langlois leads the newly created Bolo Program, a public safety innovation project encouraging citizens to be on the lookout for Canada’s most wanted.

Mr. Langlois has spent his whole career working in the fields of security and international relations. He started his career at Global Affairs Canada working on public diplomacy initiatives. He subsequently completed an internship in the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York City, during which he focused on policing issues as well as the humanitarian crisis resulting from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Maxime Langlois subsequently joined the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) in Lyon, France, where he worked on transnational crime cases, cooperating with police officers from around the world. He later became Director, Corporate Services at Aviation Strategies International, a Montreal-based consulting firm providing security and management advisory services to airports. This position took him around the globe, working in countries such as China, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Langlois holds a master’s degree from the Royal Military College of Canada as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

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