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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

Beyond Service: Devon Riley (Ottawa)

April 16, 2018

When he found himself seeking inspiration to get his life on track, Devon Riley turned to the Canadian Armed Forces. He signed up to be a reservist, and is experiencing “the best of both worlds.” He enjoys the flexibility of having a full-time job as a commissionaire, and still do his part as a soldier. 

When we spoke to Devon, he told us about the significance of the Commissionaires culture including the focus on training, and what he refers to as "the best part of this job…[being] appreciated for everything you do and [being] well-respected."

Director of Business Development, Kingston & Region, receives a Chief of Defence Staff Commendation

April 13, 2018

In a March 23 ceremony at CFB Kingston, James Ostler of our Kingston & Region Division, received a Chief of Defence Commendation.

James was the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Armed Forces Task Force deployed on a Peacekeeping Mission to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, from 2015 to 2016. This was a period of heightened tensions and a rapidly deteriorating security situation.