Children Now participated at the EXPO Soccer Event held on October 17, 18, 19, 2014 at the Complexe Multi-Sports in Laval. Mr. Luciano Bentenuto, loyal volunteer with the registered charity, Children Now, discussed violence, bullying and intimidation during the Expo Soccer Montreal Event on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm. before over 600 highly qualified coaches coming from all the regions of Quebec. Mr. Bentenuto also addressed the essential values that are needed in order to promote a healthy environment for the development of our youth.
Mr. Luciano Bentenuto is a Criminologist by profession and past president of the Professional Criminologist Association of Quebec. In 1999, he was seconded to the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada as the National Manager responsible for the Gangs portfolio and was certified as a Gang Specialist by the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago.
He has been a Peace Officer within the Federal Public Service for over 28 years. Mr. Bentenuto has worked up the ranks within the Correctional Service Canada and for the past 15 years has held the positions of Correctional Officer, Federal Parole Officer and National Manager for Gangs and Organized Crime before being promoted to Deputy Director for the Security Intelligence Division, Security Operations Division and Departmental Security (DDSO).
As Deputy Director within the Security Branch at Corrections Canada, Mr. Bentenuto led several high profile portfolios related to a myriad of facets that included, management of Organized Crime groups, National Security cases, International Fugitives and Witness Protection cases, Emergency Management, Business Continuity Planning, Security Awareness Program , Use of Force, Security Escorts, Searching, Urinalysis, Drug Dog Detection Program, Perimeter Security, Dynamic Security, Use of restraints and Chemical agents.
Among the awards received throughout his career are: Corrections Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and a Commendation from the Commissioner of Corrections in recognition for his outstanding commitment to the enhancement of working relationships among CSC and its partners in the criminal justice system, both Nationally and Internationally and the Teamwork Award for his contribution in the development of the Kingston Immigration Center with regards to the Security Certificate Cases.