Vice-Admiral Duncan Miller was appointed Chair of the Commissionaires National Board of Directors in June 2016. He joined Commissionaires Nova Scotia in 2004 where he served as a Governor for 12 years, the last two as Chair.
Miller is a distinguished veteran. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1965 while attending Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, QC, graduating in 1968. He served in uniform for 38 years, retiring in 2003.
During his naval career, Miller’s extensive operational experience included command of two warships, the Bay-class minesweeper HMCS Cowichan and the Annapolis-class destroyer HMCS Nipigon. He also served as the Commander of the First Canadian Destroyer Squadron.
During the 1990 Gulf War he was the Canadian Naval Task Group Commander and the Commander of the Combined Allied Combat Logistics Force, the only non-U.S. officer to hold a major command appointment during that conflict. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross and subsequently co-authored a book with Sharon Hobson of Jane's Defence Weekly, The Persian Excursion, about the Canadian Navy’s contribution to the war.
Major command and staff appointments ashore included Commandant of the Maritime Warfare Centre, Defence Adviser in the Privy Council Office, Commander of the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in London, UK and the Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic.
Miller’s last posting in uniform was as Chief of Staff and Acting Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic for the NATO Headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, tasked with the security of the Atlantic sea lanes. He commanded the NATO AWACS air surveillance over North America post 9/11, which included the responsibility for the protection of Air Force One. He was awarded the United States Legion of Merit as a Commander.
His many volunteer activities included Chair of the Premier of Nova Scotia’s Medal of Bravery Advisory Committee (2012-2015), the Lieutenant-Governor’s Arts Advisory Committee, Board of Directors for Pier 21 (1999-2010), Chair of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust (2004-2009), Director of Walter Callow Transport for Veterans and a member of a number of groups actively supporting veterans.
He is also in a number of musical groups such as the Phoenix Community Choir, the Nova Scotia Men’s Choir Nova Voce, and the Rataplan Players, which raises funds for theatres.
In December 2015 he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the RCAF’s 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron based in Shearwater, Nova Scotia.
Paul Guindon assumed the role of Chair of the Commissionaires National Business Management Committee (NBMC) in June 2018, where he represents and leads a nation-wide alliance of 15 Commissionaires CEOs. The committee’s focus is to find new and better ways of doing business in response to increased security threats, new standards and laws, continuous technological advances, and greater expectations for training and services.
This is Paul’s second tenure as Chair of the NBMC. He also served in that role from 2008 to 2013 before transitioning to Chair of the National Steering Committee for Non-Core Policing.
Paul is a highly accomplished security professional with over 47 years of combined military, leadership and executive experience. He served more than 33 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, where he commanded HMCS Ville de Quebec, the Fifth Canadian Maritime Operations Group and the Canadian Fleet Atlantic. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax and le collège interarmées de défense in Paris. He also completed the Advanced Military Studies Course at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto.
In 2004, Paul launched his second career as CEO of Commissionaires Ottawa. Within the first decade, the Ottawa Division tripled in size under his leadership, emerging as one of Ottawa’s largest private employers and a repeat Consumer Choice Award winner for business excellence.
Today, Commissionaires Ottawa employs about 4,000 security professionals who provide services at hundreds of locations in the National Capital Region, the Ottawa Valley, throughout Northern Ontario and also in parts of Southwestern Ontario.
In the community, Paul is Past President and a current member of the Association of Professional Security Agencies (APSA). He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and various other security, military and governmental associations.
Harry Harsch joined the Commissionaires team as Chief of Staff in January 2016. Mr. Harsch is responsible for leading the Commissionaires’ national business strategy and supporting its 15 member divisions. Reporting to the Commissionaires National Business Management Committee, Mr. Harsch is responsible for building strong relationships with key decision-makers within the Federal Government and national commercial clients.
Mr. Harsch retired from the Royal Canadian Navy in 2012 as a naval captain, having commanded HMC Ships Cowichan, Fredericton and Athabaskan. He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, the Chief of Staff to the Commander of the RCN, as the Naval Adviser at the Canadian High Commission in London, UK and the Canadian Defence Attaché to Denmark.
Mr. Harsch holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Military Merit in 2007. He is the Chairman of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Education Foundation, Vice-President Maritime Affairs with the Navy League of Canada and is a long-standing trustee with the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust.