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.

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!

Grand Opening of a new home for Commissionaires Nova Scotia

September 15, 2017

Thursday Sept. 14, saw the start of a brand new season for Commissionaires Nova Scotia (CNS) with the official opening of their new Headquarters in Bedford Commons.

There was an excited buzz in the air while CNS HQ staff worked as a team to prepare for guests’ arrival at 3 p.m. The staff were eagerly awaiting His Honour, The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and Honorary Patron of Commissionaires Nova Scotia-- who they knew would be unveiling a dedication plaque. He was joined by Her Honour, Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc.

Commissionaires Recognized with Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

September 14, 2017

Commissionaires is more than a security company. A large number of commissionaires across the country volunteer their personal time to help improve their communities in one fashion or another.

A few commissionaires with our Great Lakes Division were recently awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, an official Canadian Honour that recognizes the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers. The three commissionaire recipients are, Maj. (Ret’d) Hal Buller, CD, Capt. (Ret’d) John Atkin, CD, and  Mr. Stephen Atkin.

Commissionaire spotlight: Denis Valee

September 12, 2017

On a hot, Thursday morning in Dieppe, New Brunswick, the atmosphere is upbeat, spirits are high and tournament organizers are eagerly awaiting the Soldier On golf tournament activities to begin at the Fox Creek Golf and Country Club. Through the double doors, a man dressed in a clean, pressed, sharp Commissionaires uniform walks in. Denis Valee immediately reports for volunteer duty at the event.