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.

4 tips to protect against ransomware at home and work

July 26, 2017

This post comes from Ted Bruce, the IT Manager with our Nova Scotia Division.


Ransomware is malware (malicious software) for kidnapping data, an computer exploit in which the attacker encrypts the victim's data and demands payment for the decryption.


Ransomware spreads mainly through attachments and links embedded in e-mails, software, and compromised websites. A ransomware program may also be called a crypto virus, crypto Trojan or crypto worm.

Kind-hearted at his “Corps”: James Maillet of CGL awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

July 24, 2017

On June 26th, 2017, Commissionaire James Maillet was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by Oshawa Mayor John Henry, in recognition of his volunteer work and dedication to community. The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is an official Canadian honour that recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians across the country in a wide range of fields.

Our Northern Alberta headquarters is the home of the future, today

July 20, 2017
Special contribution by Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division

In 2013, it was determined that the existing headquarters building in Edmonton would no longer accommodate the continued growth the Division enjoyed in the booming economic climate. By then, the two-storey building we had owned and occupied since 1998 was being modified, piecemeal, to accommodate increasing staff and other high-demand services such as identification services.

Commissionaires at the “Fore” Front of the Atlantic Canada Soldier On Golf Tournament

July 18, 2017

Summer time is a season of celebration, commemoration and brushing up on your golf swing. 

Charitable organizations often host golf tournaments to raise funds and offer their supporters a fun-filled day on the green. Golfers of all ages and (ahem) skill levels show up and most enjoy a few laughs.

Commissionaire makes a couple of tourists’ day at Port of Sydney

July 4, 2017

Cruise season is well upon Nova Scotia – a true sign of our summer!

A wonderful customer service story came in from our Port of Sydney site, where 8 to 17 commissionaires provide security, cruise ship services and boarding control.

One of Commissionaires’ duties is access control of passengers coming on and off the cruise ships. Commissionaire Janetta Keagan was greeting a ship’s passenger coming ashore by wishing the gentleman a wonderful day in Sydney. The discouraged gentleman replied, “I would enjoy it better if my wife could come with me.” 

#RiderNation is protected by Commissionaires

June 28, 2017

Summer is here and Commissionaires are bringing the heat!

Not only does Saturday mark Canada’s 150th, but it is also the official 2017/2018 home opener for the Saskatchewan Roughriders at their brand new Mosaic Stadium!

After a few pre-season games at the stadium, the fans are settling into the new facilities nicely. They’re comforted by the top-notch security personnel providing the best security service in the southern half of the province.

It’s never too late to reward a job well done

June 21, 2017

The International Association of Business Communications (IABC) Canada, Ottawa Chapter, held its final event of the season last night. The event included an award ceremony during which Thornley Fallis received a Silver Leaf award for its work on the Commissionaires’ 2015 Remembrance Day campaign.

The 2015 Remembrance Day campaign was multi-dimensional. It included a national survey, as well as video and infographic elements. The overarching idea behind the campaign was to shed light on both Canada’s modern veteran and the older veterans we typically honour on Remembrance Day.

I have the best job in Regina!

June 16, 2017

South Saskatchewan commissionaire, Norbert Philippe (retired RCMP), won the Deputy Minister’s Commendation Award for his participation in creating a Canada 150 video.

The Agriculture Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Departmental Awards ceremony was held June 15. The program included three categories: Gold Harvest Award, Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Science, and Deputy Minister Commendation Award. 

Thank you, Dan. Welcome aboard, Chris.

June 12, 2017

Dan Popowich, CEO of Commissionaires British Columbia, is retiring Thursday (June 15). Chris Mitchell will take over as CEO and will waste no time transitioning into his role.

Invictus Games Toronto 2017: Our commissionaires have your back

June 7, 2017

Support of veterans is why Commissionaires was founded, and we have never shirked that mission.
--Tom Reimer, CEO, Commissionaires Manitoba

Exciting times are upon us! It’s been just over one-week since I became a commissionaire, and I can’t believe all the interesting activities and initiatives we are participating in, especially those coming in the next few months.