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 is hosting Canadian Armed Forces Day at the RBC Canadian Open

May 17, 2017

Commissionaires is partnering with Golf Canada to host Canadian Armed Forces Day on Saturday, July 29, 2017, as part of the RBC Canadian Open.

All current and former members of Canada’s Armed Forces can register for a free “military pass” that will provide access to the tournament grounds and upgraded access to venues. We’re also inviting immediate family members of our Forces members and veterans to make this a truly memorable day. 

Greg Noakes' quick-thinking saved a life

May 5, 2017

Our commissionaires are known for being committed, passionate and hard-working individuals. They stand out from the pack due to their desire to be a part of something more significant than that as individuals. They care about the communities they live and work in.

Recently, the quick-thinking of Greg Noakes emphasized the values that define Commissionaires.

Ray Mulholland (aka Tinsel the Clown) receives 70th anniversary award of merit

April 21, 2017

Ray Mulholland is known by his colleagues for his role as a top-notch supervisor at the Chalmers Hospital parking facility in Fredericton.

What many people don’t know is that Ray plays another prominent role in the community.

Ray is Tinsel the Clown, known for his mastery of the magic of balloon manipulation.

In 1966, Ray joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corp in New Brunswick and spent the next 29 years serving in the Canadian forces. During this time, Ray was posted in Germany from 1977-81—a time that he recalls as the best four years of his life.

Former commissionaire named one of BC Business' 30 under 30

April 18, 2017

Alistair Vigier, a veteran of the Canadian Army and Commissionaire from 2011-2014 has recently been named one of the BC Business 30 under 30.

Alistair joined Commissionaires Victoria in 2011 where he played a key role on the marketing and business development team until 2014. He had an excellent experience with the team and used the knowledge and insight that he gained to foster his entrepreneurial spirit.

“The Commissionaires were a great stepping stone for me,” said Alistair. “Most of the staff at the office were veterans, so I fit right in.”

Commissionaire Lee Dudas recognized for quick response and attention to detail

April 10, 2017

Commissionaire Lee Dudas was presented with an Administrative Recognition and a commemorative coin for his response to two incidents while working at his site at the Lethbridge Public Library Main Branch.  

Commissionaire Nick Dunning Ensures Veterans Won’t Be Forgotten

April 5, 2017

Even for busy Commissionaires, there is always time to take up a hobby.

Deciding to forgo stamp-collecting and knitting, Nick Dunning creates incredibly lifelike and historically accurate depictions of military battle scenes to honour Canada’s veterans.

Nick’s passion and hobby is fitting. His father spent time with the Royal Canadian Air Force and his mother mastered the fine art of copper-working in India.

But when it comes to his inspiration, Nick finds motivation through his appreciation for Canadian military efforts.

What you need to know when taking a flight with your electronic devices

March 27, 2017

By: Benoit Gagnon, Director, Cybersurveillance and Information Security, Quebec Division

So, you’re ready for your next vacation. Vaccine, check! Passport, check! Airplane tickets, check! Luggage, check! Laptop and camera, check!

Everything is a set, and you are ready to experience the best vacation of your life! Heck, you will even be able to use the flight time to write stuff on your blog and work on those pictures you’ll take during your trip.

Well, concerning that, you might discover an unpleasant surprise when you get to the airport.

Commissionaires Helps Syrian Refugees Find Meaningful Employment

March 8, 2017

Gassan Muhammed arrived for his shift as a security guard at St. John’s City Hall last week. While this sounds like any other day for many workers across the country, this was a special day for Gassan, as it was his first day on the job in his new home: Canada.

Gassan is a participant of the Syrian Refugee Employment Initiative Program, established by Commissionaires Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) CEO Jim Lynch to ensure that Syrian refugees can effectively adjust to their new lives with meaningful employment.

October 9-15 is National Fire Prevention Week

October 3, 2016

This is National Fire Prevention Week in Canada.  The 2016 theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years!”

Fire Prevention Canada provides these facts and tips on installing and testing smoke alarms, and more.


Background screening helps manage risks

September 29, 2016

How can background screening help you streamline hiring processes?

Background screening prospective employees is a key tool in any HR professional’s hiring toolkit – one that’s required to ensure you hire the candidate that is the best fit for your organization.