Commissionaires Blog

Welcome to Commissionaires’ blog! As a leading security provider and Canada’s largest private sector employer of veterans, we’ll keep you up-to-date on security industry news, security tips and techniques, and profiles of our team members.

An appreciative client recognizes two NL Division commissionaires

January 10, 2019

This article was written by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (NL), an appreciative client of our Newfoundland and Labrador Division.

Meet Spencer Allen and Todd Jackson. Anyone who drives up to the North Atlantic Fisheries Center (NAFC) will definitely know their faces but you are probably not aware of their meaningful addition to the work force at DFO. 

North Saskatchewan Division CEO to focus on his golf game

January 8, 2019

After 10 successful years with the Commissionaires, North Saskatchewan Division CEO Mike Cooper begins his retirement, today, catching up to his wife who retired last May.

Mike came to Commissionaires after an impressive 22-year career with the RCMP, and nine years with the Saskatchewan Provincial Government. He admits to knowing very little about Commissionaires and said as much when he faced the hiring panel tasked with hiring a new CEO of our North Saskatchewan Division.

‘Tis the Season to Think About Safety

December 20, 2018

The holiday season is a time for spending quality time with (and spoiling) our loved ones. It’s very easy to get caught up in the jubilation brought on by great company. Thankfully, Commissionaires is always thinking about you and your safety. To help you avoid any unpleasant surprises this holiday season, we have compiled a list of some safety tips for you to consider.


Five commissionaires to receive The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

December 7, 2018

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is an honour awarded to Canadians with long serving, voluntary commitments to their community. “It recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. They embody the caring country we aspire to build.”

In 2018, five commissionaires were nominated and selected to receive the medal. 

Celebrating 30 years of Esprit de Corps

November 1, 2018

Esprit de Corps is, and has always been committed to serving the Canadian military community.  

The publishing team uses its platform to shed light on the challenges faced by serving and veteran members of Canadian Armed Forces. They believe in sharing the unfiltered truth of those who have fought for our country, and they don’t shy away from showcasing the realities veterans face as they transition into civilian life. They do all of this in an ever-evolving media landscape.

NBPEI commissionaires receive surprise commendation from General (Ret’d) Walter Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada

July 31, 2018

It was a regular Friday shift for the commissionaires working at the Daniel J MacDonald (DJM) building, home of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) HQ in Charlottetown. That is, until the Deputy, Associate and Assistant Deputy Ministers of VAC, General (Ret’d) Walter Natynczyk, Lisa Campbell, and Elizabeth Stuart approached the Commissionaires desk.

Commissionaires take on the heat for Canada Day

July 4, 2018

Commissionaires across the country ran security operations for various Canada Day festivities, regardless of the record-breaking temperatures.

As they do each year, our Ottawa Division eagerly took on the largest operation of them all, Canada Day in the Capital.

Beyond Service: Jim Merritt (Edmonton)

June 3, 2018

Jim Merritt followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfathers when he enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1979. His 34-year career took him down many routes, starting as an air frame technician, then switching gears to become a cook. He retired in 2013 as a Chief Warrant Officer.

Two years after leaving the CAF, Jim joined Commissionaires and is now the Mobile Patrol Supervisor for our Northern Alberta Division.

Beyond Service: Fred Babineau (Halifax)

May 21, 2018

“I was what they called an Army brat – because my dad was military – so I guess I was following in his footsteps.”

Becoming a member of the CAF was almost a rite of passage for Fred Babineau. He served with all three elements—four years with the Army, 26 years with the RCAF, and six years with the RCN. He was deployed during the Gulf War, and spent time in Alert, Resolute Bay, Gulf Port Mississippi, RV 87 - Wainwright Alberta as a Fire fighter, and NATO.

Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance 2018

May 17, 2018

The 19th annual Ceremony of Remembrance for Ontario’s fallen police officers took place at Queen's Park in Toronto on Sunday May 6. Police officers from across Ontario, the United States and Europe gathered in Toronto on Sunday to be part of the commemoration. This year, the Commissionaires Great Lakes Ceremonial Unit was invited to march in the parade.