Commissionaires Victoria, the Islands and Yukon (CVIY) Appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Victoria, British Columbia – Commissionaires Victoria, the Islands and Yukon (CVIY) today announced the appointment of Mark Breslauer as its new CEO effective 15 May 2023.

Breslauer has led two Vancouver Island-based organizations, first serving as President and CEO of a commercial/retail office supply company and then in his most recent position as CEO of United Way Southern Vancouver Island (UWSVI). He succeeds Gary Paulson who was the divisional CEO for the past seven years and will be retiring in June 2023.

“On behalf of the Board of Governors and all Commissionaires, I welcome Mark to the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires,” said Al Giesbrecht, the Chair of the CVIY Board of Governors. “His combined community leadership, not-for-profit (NPO) experience, and extensive private sector business experience will support our strategic goals and social mandate of providing meaningful employment to veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP and their families.”

Breslauer holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba and has completed numerous executive programs across the country over the course of his career.  His business acumen, inspirational leadership and expertise in the NPO and private sector brought positive results to organizations through his roles as CEO and in senior positions in operations, strategy, marketing, and business development.

In 2022, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce recognized his community commitment, teamwork, and impact with UWSVI winning the NPO of the year award. Breslauer is an active mentor and guest lecturer with the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. He has worked across diverse industries with successful brands at a local, national, and global level.

“I am very excited and honoured to lead CVIY in our mission to provide fully integrated security and innovative technology solutions to our clients, promote workforce professionalism, and maintain an environment of trust and value for our customers, employees and business partners,” said Breslauer.

About The Corps of Commissionaires

Commissionaires is Canada’s premier security provider and the largest private sector employer of Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP veterans. Founded on the core military values of dedication, responsibility and sense of mission, it employs 22,000 people from coast to coast to coast. The completely self-funding, not-for-profit national organization generates more than $700M in annual revenue, of which approximately 90% is returned to its employees in the form of wages and benefits. 

About Commissionaires Victoria, the Islands and Yukon (CVIY)

CVIY is one of the fifteen private NPO divisions making up the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and operates throughout Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and the Yukon. It is headquartered in Victoria, BC and has 800 employees, of which approx. 50% are veterans and 50% are non-veterans, all of whom are highly regarded Commissionaires. We are a values-based organization with a mission to bring peace of mind to our government and commercial clients with well-trained, high quality private security professionals. 

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