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.
Gary Grant is the National Spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco. He is also 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.
As the spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco, Michel Rouillard has broad experience in community relations, public affairs and high-level international corporate relations. With an extensive background of over 30 years in various positions with the Sûreté du Québec, Michel joined the Coalition because he has personal experience with the negative impact access to illegal cigarettes can have. Originally from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Michel is from a family of small retail business owners. Following his training at the Institut de police du Québec in Nicolet, Quebec, Michel joined the ranks of the Sûreté du Québec in 1974 as an officer in the region of Montreal, Quebec. Assigned to a variety of tasks including the Cultural Community Division, he was transferred back to Estrie to head the Community Relations Unit in the early 1990s. Promoted to sergeant, Michel held a position in the Audit and Planning department before moving to the coordinator position at the International Relations Secretariat for the 2001 American Summit in Quebec City. Michel spent the last four years of his police career as Protocol Director of the Sûreté du Québec’s International Relations department.