Senior Advisor (Police Reform), Asia-Pacific Unit (Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar)
Everett Summerfield is a member of DCAF’s Asia-Pacific Unit and the Key Expert Police Reform for the 2016-2021 EU-funded MYPOL project “Support to the Reform of the Myanmar Police Force.” Everett holds one of two permanent long-term consultant positions based in Myanmar as part of DCAF’s contribution to this project. He was also involved as the governance lead in the first EU project to support the reform of the Myanmar Police Force (2013-2015).
Everett is a former police officer with 39 years of service for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), retiring as a Chief Superintendent in early 2014. During his time at RCMP, he has served in a range of duties and commands in various locations throughout Canada (Alberta, Northwest Territories and what is now Nunavut, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan) as well as liaison officer and advisor with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. His international service has included a posting with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo as Head of Training (1999-2000), a secondment to DCAF as the Manager of its Police Program (2009-2011), and two tours of duty in Afghanistan – the first with the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan as Head of Program Directorate (2008-2009), and the second as the Canadian Police Commander in Kabul, Afghanistan, with responsibility for all Canadian civilian police programs and personnel in Afghanistan (2011-2012).
Prior to joining the RCMP in 1974 he served in the Canadian Armed Forces for six years, with the Military Police and Canadian Airborne Regiment at various locations in Canada and Cyprus (1974). He has a diverse background in Operational Policing, Operational Support, Training, Administration, Project Management, Human Resource Management, International Policing and Senior Executive Management.