Klassen has achieved nearly four decades of international trade and development experience throughout his career including: trade promotion, trade policy, personnel policy and management, multilateral and bilateral issues and relations, logistics and organization, investment policy development and promotion and science and technology cooperation. He has participated in various multilateral bodies including the GATT, OECD (trade committee) and APEC. In 1997, when Canada chaired the APEC process, Klassen was responsible for policy development and coordination across the full range of APEC activities and was Chair on the APEC Working Group on Organizational Change.
Klassen was responsible for the development and coordination of bilateral negotiating strategies in the Tokyo Round Conference; Chief negotiator for the first Canada-EU Science and Technology Agreement; Chief Negotiator on Canadian interests in Chinese Accession to the WTO; Chief Negotiator for the Canada-EFTA Free Trade Agreement; Chief Negotiator for the Canada-Alberta Framework Agreement of the Kananaskis Summit; negotiated the First Nations agreement in the context of the Kananaskis Summit; developed framework investment cooperation agreements with Germany and Japan and provided oversight of Science and Technology Agreements with China and India.
Malyniwsky has held the position of Chief in the Supply Reduction Section of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Organization of American States (OAS) since 1996. Prior to this, he held positions as Executive Secretary to Canada’s Drug Strategy Secretariat; Policy officer at the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada; Chief of National Narcotic Inspection Services Division of Health Canada; Consultant to the International Narcotics Control Board, and as a Physician Prescribing Investigator for Health Canada.
Jeffery is an international expert in the drug recognition field. He holds a Master of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta and has 40 years of experience in progressively senior roles. Until 2003, he served as either a member of the Alcohol and Toxicology sections or as section head of the Toxicology Services for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Forensic Laboratories. Additional experience includes: technical drug advisor to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Drug Abuse Committee; member of the Addictive Drug Information Council of British Columbia (ADIC); and, adjunct professor in Criminal Justice for the Drexel University online program (2010, Philadelphia).
Hickman is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted police (RCMP) with over 37 years of service and rank of Chief Superintendent. His diverse policing experience includes all phases of operational, administrative and protective duties. He has vast experience in reorganization and restructuring, development and implementation of managerial reviews, audits, risk assessments and restorative justice. With leadership roles in all aspects of the RCMP, Mr. Hickman has provided extensive liaison with elected officials at every level, ranging from senior federal government, provincial offices and enforcement as well as Canadian military, foreign officials and dignitaries. In August 2001, Mr. Hickman was appointed as the G8 security coordinator for the summit held in Kananaskis. This represented the largest police security operation held in Canada up to that time and during the post-9-11 period of escalating global violence at international summits. In his retirement, Mr. Hickman has worked as a consultant for both government and numerous companies and has acted as a board member for public, government and non-for-profit boards.