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 celebrate O Canada!

October 10, 2017

Thursday October 5, the evening we’d all be waiting for—well, many of us, anyway. It was finally the book launch date of the highly anticipated, “O Canada! A celebration of 150 years,” at Ottawa City Hall.

The venue was elegant and there was the perfect amount of sweet and savoury snacks, alongside local wine and cheese. The room was abuzz with attendees including sponsors, dignitaries, and, of course, the people who made this project possible represented by Michael Curran and Kimothy Walker.

Invictus is more than an event; Invictus is a mindset

October 5, 2017

“I am.” That’s a very powerful phrase. These two words, “I” and “am,” together, followed by specific characteristics, give people the power to define themselves. The effect of this kind of mind-over-matter is not to be downplayed. It can deliver the strength you need to stand up when the world seems to be conspiring to keep you down.

Podcast: Commissionaires and Invictus Games a natural fit

October 1, 2017

The eight days of Invictus Games Toronto 2017 were packed with action, inspiration and emotion. It's hard to believe the 2017 edition of the Games is now over.

The crowds gathered to see the competitors arrive at the Air Canada Centre and the sold out stands inside the arena were loud and proud, cheering on everyone who participated in the games and the staff and volunteers who made the Games happen.

Podcast: Transitions and purposeful work

September 28, 2017

This episode features excerpts from an interview with commissionaire Russ Treadwell, and a speech delivered by Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan.

Russ Treadwell has been a commissionaire for three years. He joined our Northern Alberta Division after seven years of service, leaving because, as a single dad, he wanted to make sure his son had a connected and caring upbringing.

Podcast: It takes a village

September 27, 2017

It's hard to believe we're already half way through #GuardingTheGames.

It turns out that many months of careful planning and coordination is critical to ensuring everything runs as smoothly as possible with 1,500 volunteers, 550 athletes (from 17 countries), plus family, friends and the public.

Thankfully, Talyanna Bossokova, Associate Director Client Services, and Russell Dalton, site supervisor at the PanAm centre, were here to help us with the answer. Listen to find out some of the elements for our success.

Podcast: Finding perspective while #GuardingTheGames

September 26, 2017

Welcome to episode 4 of the Commissionaires podcast!

We had the pleasure of chatting with Jermaine Griffith, a commissionaire on site at the Pan-Am centre who has been profoundly impacted by The Invictus Games Toronto 2017.

Additionally, you'll hear from a few more commissionaires and their fantastic stories, however their interviews were faced with some minor technical difficulties. The commissionaires you hear from are, in order:

Podcast: Meet some #IG2017 commissionaires

September 25, 2017

It's day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 and competition is in full swing. 

We're thrilled to share some stories from our commissionaires #GuardingTheGames. We've spoken with new and long-time commissionaires, both veteran and civilian about how their experience with #IG2017 has been, and what being a part of the games means to them. They blew us away with some of their remarks.

Podcast: You will be inspired

September 24, 2017

General (Ret'd) Walt Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veteran Affairs, kicks off this show. For this episode, we recap the first day of competition with a focus on the powerful statements made at the kick-off press conference. Included excerpts from the press conference (in order) are:

  • Melanie Harris, competitor with Team Canada
  • Vadym Svyrydenko, competitor with Team Ukraine
  • Mike Myers, celebrity ambassador
  • Michael Burns, CEO of Invictus Games Toronto 2017

Podcast: The Pilot

September 22, 2017

In addition to sponsoring and providing security for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 (#IG2017), we're trying something new and launching our own podcast!

Running—nature’s cardio. A look back at this year’s Canada Army Run

September 18, 2017

The Canada Army Run arrived one weekend prior to the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, an 8-day event which allows ill and injured war veterans to compete in sports on an international stage. Stay tuned for upcoming posts and details of the events happening Sep. 23-30.Incessant pounding on your joints, blisters forming on your heels, chaffing, sweating, and killer shin splints. Add a 30+ Celsius humidex into the mix. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to spend your Sunday?

Turns out, at least 22,000 people wouldn’t have it any other way!