Commissionaires appoints first female chair of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Board of Governors

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Murratte Graves was appointed Chair of the Commissionaires New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (CNBPEI) Division Board of Governors during its Annual General Meeting on June 5, 2019. Her appointment for a two year term marks the first time a woman has been appointed Chair of this Board.

Graves has had an impressive career which includes a combined 25 years in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and Regular Force, and 31 years with Irving Oil. Her leadership roles include Commanding Officer 31 (Saint John) Service Bn, Director Strategic Purchasing, and Project Director for several major projects and Maintenance Manager of Irving Oil Refinery. In 2007, Graves was appointed the Honorary LCol for 31 Service Battalion (now 37 Service Bn) until 2013, then Honorary Col for 37 Service Battalion until 2016.

Graves earned a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. She completed the Queen’s University Executive Program and several Leadership and Management courses throughout her civilian and military employment.

“LCol Graves brings a wealth of experience and energy to this role,” said CNBPEI CEO Ian Sweet. “She is equipped to continue the good work and leadership of our outgoing Chair, Brigadier General (Ret’d) Eric Goodwin.”

As a not-for profit, CNBPEI’s 17 Board Governors graciously volunteer their time to strategically lead the organization. Governors include former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and several police services, as well as members of the business community.

Graves has served on the Board for the past eight years, recently serving as Vice Chair and Chair of the Executive Committee.

“We have a very strong Board of Governors and Management Team that will continue to work through the challenges of meeting our Social Mandate – providing meaningful employment for veterans,” said Graves. “I am delighted to be part of this team and provide leadership as we endeavour to achieve our goals over the next two years.”


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Commissionaires New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (CNBPEI) is a member of Commissionaires, a federation of 15 independent divisions serving Canada from coast-to-coast. For over 70 years, CNBPEI has been the leading private security provider and the largest private sector employer of veterans. It employs more than 850 commissionaires across the two provinces, and offers a wide range of security services including professional guarding, administration, training, investigations, threat risk assessments, non-core policing and a full line of identification services. The completely self-funded, not-for-profit organization returns 90% of revenue to employees in the form of wages and benefits. Clients include an array of public and private sector organizations.

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