Governor General Julie Payette grants patronage to Commissionaires

Commissionaires is honoured that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette has agreed to serve as our Patron.

“We are humbled by the continued recognition of Commissionaires’ contributions to Canada and Canadian society,” said Commissionaires National Board Chair Vice-Admiral Duncan E. (Dusty) Miller, CMM, MSC, CD, RCN (Ret’d). “Our commitment to providing meaningful employment for veterans is written into our social mandate. It’s the heart of our organization.”

The idea of forming a Canadian version of the British Corps of Commissionaires was first proposed by the Governor General of Canada, H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught, in 1915. The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires was eventually formed in 1925, specifically to employ Canadian veterans of the First World War. The Right Honourable John Buchan, Governor General of Canada, became the Corps’ first patron in 1937. Viceregal patronage has been an 81-year tradition since then.

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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, Commissionaires employs 22,000 people from coast to coast to coast. It offers a wide range of security services including professional guarding, monitoring and surveillance, threat risk assessment, non-core policing, by-law enforcement, digital fingerprinting, criminal and employee background screening, investigations, and security training. Commissionaires is a completely self-funded, not-for-profit organization that serves a diverse range of public and private sector organizations.  


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