The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco is a Canadian advocacy group formed with the participation of businesses, law and order organizations and individuals concerned about the growing danger of contraband cigarettes. Our members share the goals of working together to educate people and urge government to take quick action to stop this growing threat. Media inquiries about the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco may be directed to 1-866-950-5551.
The NCACT receives funding from membership fees and from direct contributions from its members. A significant portion of that funding comes from the Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers Council (CTMC) whose members are Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.; Imperial Tobacco Canada; and JTI-Macdonald Corp.
Ron Bell is the National Spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco.
Ron Bell has an extensive law enforcement career, both in operational and investigative capacities. Ron retired from the Winnipeg Police Service after a 30 year career, with the majority of it having been spent working in specialty units including Homicide, Drugs, Intelligence, Surveillance, Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit, and as a 10 year member of the Emergency Response Unit.
Since 2012 Ron has worked with the Province of Manitoba Finance and Taxation Special Investigation Unit as an Investigator and Supervisor, with the primary focus being Contraband Tobacco and its financial and health implications to the community. A respected member of the Inter-Provincial Investigations Council of Canada, Ron has lectured across Canada to various law enforcement agencies and interested citizens on Public Private Partnerships, Inter Agency Co-operative Investigations, Tobacco the New Currency, Tobacco and Alternative Investigational Techniques and the Benefit of Retail Compliance Enforcement.
Gary Grant is a decorated retired police officer with the Toronto Police Service and current director and founder of Toronto Crime Stoppers. Gary’s career in policing started in 1968 when he joined the Toronto Police Department right after high school. His passion for community policing saw him assume a wide range of positions while working in law enforcement including stints as Staff Sergeant with the Public Complaints Investigation Bureau, Co-chair of the Toronto Police Chinese Consultative Committee and Aboriginal Consultative Committee as well as Staff Superintendent of Operational Services. As his career grew, his leadership and success saw him assume roles with increasing responsibility including that of Interim Deputy Police Chief for the Toronto Police Service in 2005. Gary is a passionate supporter in the fight against contraband tobacco, and has been a vocal proponent of increased government intervention and involvement in the cause.
Pierre Primeau brings a range of experience in law enforcement to the role of Spokesperson with the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco. Mr. Primeau is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where he served for over 27 years as an officer and civil servant.
In the early 90s he was involved in an RCMP undercover storefront operation in Montreal posing as a currency exchange, business manager. The four year investigation (Projet Compote) lead to the arrest of over 46 individuals, seizure of assets in the amount of more than $10 million and changes to the Canadian Criminal Code.
Later at National Bank of Canada, he elaborated an Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing training program for all 18 000 employees. Mr. Primeau has also been recognized as an expert witness in a Courts of New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec in the matter of money laundering.
In 2008, he was recruited as a liaison investigator with the US Department of Homeland Security at the US Consulate General in Montreal.
For many years, Mr. Primeau has been lecturing and training investigators at many Law Enforcement locations around the world including Department of Homeland Security (Port of Miami), Jamaican Police Academy, Canada Customs (CBSA), and Revenue Canada, to name a few.