James Malizia

    James is the Chief Security Officer at the Bank of Canada.  The nature and scope of his responsibilities include strategically leading Corporate Security Services and ensuring the mitigation of security risks to the Bank and protecting its workforce. He also oversees the continuity of operations focused on supporting the resilience of the organization. This includes playing a key role in developing an Enterprise Security Risk Management approach and ensuring the appropriate oversight of the second line of defense required to defend against cyber-attacks and other key security risks.


    James’ former responsibilities as an Assistant Commissioner with the RCMP Federal Policing Operations included oversight of national security, terrorism, serious and organized crime, as well as corruption, financial crime and cyber-crime investigations as well as Protective Policing, Major Events Security and Aviation Security.  Throughout his career, James has worked in a variety of roles nationally and internationally.  He holds his Master of Leadership and Management in Policing and continues his involvement in the program as a Senior Fellow.


    In recognition of his many contributions to the policing profession and service to the community, James is the recipient of several awards including Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces as well as the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.


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    Milo's Story

    Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

    The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

    It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

    “For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.


    *While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy