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.

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.

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.