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.

Commissionaire receives Edmonton Police Service Dempsey Award

January 18, 2018

Terry Eisenmenger, a Northern Alberta Division commissionaire and Peace Officer, received the prestigious Edmonton Police Service Dempsey Award on December 11, 2017. This award is presented to sworn, civilian and contract employees who have gone beyond their regular duties to make EPS a more effective force. Terry works in the EPS Southeast Division cell block. 

Quebec communities lean on Commissionaires expertise

January 11, 2018

Our social mandate to hire veterans of the CAF, RCMP and police forces across the country means most of our federation’s leaders are veterans. As a result, we are often contacted by the media to provide insight on security-related issues in our communities.

Claude Vigneault, the newly appointed Vice-President Consulting Services with our Quebec Division, was interviewed by Radio-Canada for his expertise in private investigation this week.

Commissionaires lend a hand to communities across Canada

December 14, 2017

With the kickoff to the holidays just days away, it’s common for our focus to be on gift-giving, and at times missing the spirit of the season: the greatest gift of all is giving of oneself and one’s time.

In that spirit, we’re shining the spotlight on some commissionaires across the country who do great things in their communities.

Victoria, the Islands and Yukon

The Divisional Office Staff is putting together a Christmas Food Hamper in partnership with the Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School for a family in need.

Protecting yourself, loved ones and your stuff this holiday season

December 12, 2017

The Home Alone movie series, we’ve all seen it, many of us love it. Although outrageous and comedic, it shines a light on a very serious concern many of us have over the holidays – home security.

While some of us have the, umm… luxury, of our entire family living in close proximity, for others, the holidays require travel to a small northern village that a GPS system barely registers. Some of us escape the cold and enjoy some fun in the sun. Whether you’re out for the evening or gone for a week, home security is a very real concern.

Art Bannagan receives the Commissionaires Distinguished Service Medal

December 8, 2017

Art Bannagan joined the Commissionaires in July 2009 and was assigned to work at the G8 Summit sites in Barrie, Ontario. It quickly became evident that Art was a meticulous, well-organized problem solver who was willing to fill any role requested of him. Art was appointed second-in-command at the site, and his ability to foresee and plan requirements aided in his development of a strong relationship with the client. As the project grew and his Post Commander was reassigned, Art assumed those responsibilities.

Cold weather tips to keep you safe and cozy, all winter long

December 7, 2017

December is full of surprises. It's a month filled with holiday treats, presents and Mother Nature’s favourite cat-and-mouse game, the ongoing “will-it-or-wont-it” regarding snow settling on the ground for the season.

This looming threat of winter divides Canadians-- the Winter-folk and the Summer-folk. Personally, I’m allergic to cold weather, and had the unfortunate-fortune of being born into this great country. Although I am extremely grateful to be Canadian, I could do without the -30 Celsius weather.

T’is the season for awards and recognition

November 29, 2017

We’re pleased to share that BGen (ret’d) Cliff Walker, CD, past chairman of South Saskatchewan Division, was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit-- a prestigious recognition of excellence, achievement and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of the province and its residents, today, November 29.

Episode 12: Career and community go hand-in-hand. Meet Clara Yagos.

November 28, 2017

For episode 12, we spoke with Clara Yagos, a Southern Alberta commissionaire who embodies a well-rounded lifestyle. Her extra-curricular involvement began rather naturally, and wound up having a snowball effect on her life. Now a retired educator and seven-years a commissionaire, she has quite the story to tell.

A full house at Hamilton Division's Annual Awards Dinner

November 27, 2017

Hamilton Division held its annual awards dinner on November 16. Eleven members were awarded Long Service Medals, three earned their first Long Service bar, and two earned their third Long Service bar. The final award of the night was the National Chair’s Commendation, the highest honour within the Federation, which was awarded to Gregory Noakes. Gregory’s life-saving actions that earned him this honour were featured on our blog earlier this year.

Episode 11: Remembrance Day in Northern Alberta

November 22, 2017

The days get shorter. The leaves begin to fall. You begin to spot red poppies on the lapels of Canadians. You know Remembrance Day is on the horizon.

Every year, ceremonies of remembrance are held across the country, each packed with emotion and patriotism. The Northern Alberta Division of Commissionaires is one of the many organizations across the country that volunteers time and energy to plan and oversee a large parade and commemoration.