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.

Commissionaires among the finalists in BBB of Saskatchewan Torch Awards

May 15, 2018

Many of our divisions across the country are accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Our South Saskatchewan Division was a finalist at the April 30 BBB of Saskatchewan Torch Awards Ceremony held in Regina.

The Torch Awards were established to recognize the actions of businesses that display ethical decision-making and integrity in business practices resulting in a positive impact in our communities.

Beyond Service: Bruce Riopelle (Ottawa)

May 14, 2018

Bruce Riopelle has been a commissionaire with the Ottawa Division for 23 years, nearly matching his 24 years served in the military.

Though he had earned a Canadian Forces Decoration medal and a rosette, colleagues noticed his decorations didn’t match his service history; he was missing a second rosette. Earlier this year, the Commanding Officer of CFS Leitrim, the site at which Bruce works as a commissionaire, personally presented him with his rosette, and allowed him to be Acting Sergeant Major of a parade squadron that day. 

Cheers to a great career! BC Division says farewell to one of its longest-working detention guards

May 10, 2018

In all, four CEOs led our BC Division during Harold Dean’s 22 years as a commissionaire. During his tenure, Harold spent 20 years on the graveyard shift at the 100 Mile House RCMP Detachment. He also worked as the Manager, Detention Guards - RCMP, ensuring the viability of this very important contract.

Harold has built a rapport with our RCMP clientele and his peers.

Beyond Service: Gerry Blais (Ottawa)

May 7, 2018

After 36 years with the military, seven ribbons, and three rosettes, joining Commissionaires was natural for Gerry Blais. In fact, he credits his career in the military as being the reason he joined the Federation.

Gerry, who joined our Ottawa Division in 2016, stressed two things when he spoke with us.

First, ribbon bars do not showcase domestic responsibilities, commitment and service. This includes the role of the military in assisting during emergencies like ice storms and floods on Canadian soil.

Commemorating the Battle of Atlantic, 6 May 2018

May 7, 2018

The Battle of the Atlantic service is held annually on the first Sunday of May. It remembers the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and Canadian Merchant Navy whose lives were lost during the Battle of the Atlantic, as well as all others who died in naval and maritime air service.

Spring awards season is upon us!

May 4, 2018

Annual recognition of exceptional and long serving employees is important for every organization. It’s crucial to recognize individual efforts and commitment to the organization. Most importantly, annual awards ceremonies and banquets give employees a much needed opportunity to get together and celebrate a successful year.

Imagine being beaten by someone for doing your job

May 3, 2018

Security work is not as simple as many people would have you believe. Our uniformed commissionaires must be alert, constantly assess situations for potential issues, position themselves accordingly, and respond as necessary.

While most people respect and appreciate the services we deliver (guarding, bylaw enforcement, etc.), some view people in uniform as a nuisance to be overcome—sometimes with physical violence.

“I can still hear the sound of my mom when she was told”

April 27, 2018
The title of this post is a quote from Allen Martin on his mother’s reaction when she was told her son, Glenn, had been killed in the Westray Mining Disaster.

Beyond Service: Dianne Higgins (Ottawa)

April 27, 2018

“Don’t stop looking for something to do, because life is just beginning, post military.”

Dianne was first in the military for three years as a field medic in the mid-70s. She joined the Air Force as a clerk, and then remained with the CAF for over 20 years.

North Saskatchewan Governor is presented with the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

April 17, 2018

Governor General Julie Payette presented North Saskatchewan Division Governor Joan Steckman with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, this morning.

For the past 30 years, Joan has made significant contributions to improve the lives of her fellow Canadians. She has spent many years working with the Girl Guides of Canada, and the Riverside Kiwanis Club. In addition to those organizations, Joan makes a point to consistently support youth, veterans, and organizations that encourage community engagement.