The APG has a permanent and a rotating Co-Chair. The permanent chair is held by Australia, as host and supporting member jurisdiction of the Secretariat, and the rotating chair is appointed for a two-year term by the membership. The current Co-Chairs are Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney (Australia) and Associate Assistant Deputy Minister Julien Brazeau (Canada).
Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney (Australia) - appointed 2019
Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney has been a member of the Australian Federal Police for 31 years. Prior to joining the AFP, Ian worked as an accountant, obtaining the status of Certified Practicing Accountant. Ian has diverse experience with the AFP in national and international economic and organised crime investigations, and has participated in a number of taskforces involving Federal and State law enforcement agencies. Roles have included Coordinator of the AFP narcotic strike teams in Melbourne, Manager of the AFP Adelaide Office, and AFP Senior Liaison Officer in China.
Ian was awarded with the Australian Police Medal as part of the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his distinguished service, particularly in the areas of law enforcement liaison in Asia, and for his role in national investigations.
Associate Assistant Deputy Minister Julien Brazeau (Canada) - Appointed 2022
Mr Julien Brazeau is the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of Canada’s Department of Finance in Ottawa in the Financial Sector Policy Branch. In that role he leads the Department’s work on financial crimes and security, among a number of financial sector policy-related files.
In addition to roles in the private sector as partner with Deloitte Canada’s Financial Services group and as counsel with one of Canada’s leading corporate law firms, Julien has previously held a number of roles within the Government of Canada including Director General, Financial Services Division, where he led the Department of Finance’s work on financial sector innovation and modernization. Julien has also served as Associate Deputy Commissioner, Competition Bureau where he led the Bureau’s competition policy and advocacy efforts.
Mr Brazeau's priorities for the APG over the next two years include: (1) enhancing understanding in the APG of issues relating to beneficial ownership of legal persons and legal arrangements; (2) implementing a robust programme to mitigate risks associated with grand corruption in the region; (3) raising greater awareness of the continuing risks of terrorist financing; and (4) building on the significant programme of digital transformation and data analytics implemented by the Malaysian Co-Chair, Deputy Governor Marzunisham Omar, over the last two years.
Previous rotating Co-Chairs have come from the following APG members:
- Philippines, Department of Foreign Affairs, 1998-2000;
- Malaysia, Central Bank of Malaysia, 2000-2002;
- Korea, Korea Financial Intelligence Unit, 2002-2004;
- Japan, Japan Financial Intelligence Office, Financial Services Agency, 2004-2006;
- Indonesia, Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, 2006-2008;
- Singapore, Commercial Affairs Department, 2008-2010;
- India, Directorate of Enforcement, 2010-2012;
- China, Anti-Money Laundering Bureau of the People’s Bank of China, 2012-2014;
- New Zealand, Ministry of Justice, 2014-2016;
- Sri Lanka, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, 2016-2018;
- Bangladesh, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit, 2018-2020;
- Malaysia, Bank Negara Malaysia, 2020-2022.