John Lamont (pictured, right) has stepped down after 17 years serving Jewellers Vigilance Canada (JVC) as director of loss prevention.
Lamont will continue to serve as a consultant to the JVC’s crime prevention program, which he founded in 2000. He was formerly a detective with the Metro Toronto Hold-up Squad and director of loss prevention with Zales Canada.
In his place, the JVC has appointed Don Cardwell. Detective Sergeant Cardwell recently retired from the York Regional Police after 30 years of service. He has also done stints with search and rescue, criminal investigations, and drugs and vice. He has been assisting Lamont in a volunteer capacity for the last year.
“The entire Canadian jewelry industry owes a debt of gratitude to John for his service,” said Brian C. Land, general manager of the Canadian Jewellers Association, in a statement. “John’s efforts have literally retired criminals, prevented violent crimes, and safeguarded the trade’s assets.”
The Canadian Jewellers Association and Jewellers Vigilance Committee Canada merged last year.
(Images courtesy of Canadian Jewellers Association)