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.

Three Commissionaires receive Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation

August 9, 2019

The Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Hon. Lawrence MacAulay presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to 29 recipients at a special ceremony in Hamilton on July 29, 2019. The commendation was awarded for outstanding service to veterans and dedication to remembrance, part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to recognizing individuals who go selflessly dedicate themselves to the well-being, care and remembrance of veterans.

Among the recipients are three with affiliations to Commissionaires:

Avoid the summer daze – health tips for the season

July 19, 2019

We’re well into the summer months with their outdoor fun and festivities. Our beaches, camp grounds, parks, etc., draw countless visitors as we soak up the sun. However, we’ve been experiencing, and continues to experience, extreme summer heat waves. Extreme heat can have a variety of negative impacts on our health and safety.

If you take the following simple precautions, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe, and drastically decrease the chances of being negatively affected by a heat wave:

“Dressing down” for Charity

July 12, 2019

Somewhere on the outskirts of Napanee, on the right side of Hwy 2, is a little haven for our wild, furry friends; the Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre (SPWC). Since 1994, the SPWC has been helping thousands of injured and orphaned birds and animals and releasing them back into the wild once they’re ready. Not only does the centre provide these animals with the medical attention and care they need, it offers advice and assistance to property owners on how to deal with wild animals in the most humane ways. 

The Business of Cyber Security

July 11, 2019

Jean-Phillippe Décarie-Mathieu, head of cyber security with our Quebec Division, was recently interviewed by CTV News Montreal and the Canadian Press. He stressed the importance of having competent cyber security experts working in-house and acknowledged the difficulty involved in having a full-time specialist. Far too many small businesses lack the resources they require to protect themselves and their customers from cyber criminals. These businesses need to be better equipped with the people and tools necessary to combat ever-present threats.

The Walk of the World

July 4, 2019

More than 40,000 civilians, Armed Forces members and cadets from almost 60 countries will meet in Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, on July 16th to participate in the 103rd International Four Days Marches Nijmegen. Once a training program for Dutch troops years before the First World War began, the Nijmegen March, as some people call it, is now considered to be the world’s largest walking event. It offers a true challenge of physical and mental endurance for those who volunteer to participate.

Spring Forward

March 11, 2019

It may not look, or feel like it yet, but spring is just over 2 weeks away. The first true hint came yesterday when we all (well, hopefully everyone remembered to) turn our clocks ahead one hour.

This is also the perfect time to perform some other home maintenance tasks.  By associating clock changes with these basic chores you can help establish a routine, ensuring they’re done twice a year, and not overlooked.

Here’s a “spring forward” must-do list:

Change the batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors.

Commissionaires recognized as one of Canada’s best employers: Forbes

March 1, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, Forbes Magazine has ranked Commissionaires among Canada’s top 300 employers, appearing third in the Business Services and Supplies category. Commissionaires has been the only security company to appear on the list for two consecutive years.

Seeing the future through green-coloured glasses

February 11, 2019

Thursday, February 7th brought about a first for Commissionaires as our Newfoundland and Labrador Division drove away with its brand new 2019 Chevy Bolt Electric Vehicle. CEO Jim Lynch was presented the keys Thursday at an event held at the car dealership, Hickman Auto Group, in St. John’s. Among those present was St. John's Mayor Danny Breen, and members of the Commissionaires Board of Governors.

This electric car will now be a part of the Division’s Mobile Patrol fleet and will be used as part of its bylaw enforcement work with the City.

Cybersecurity is no longer a luxury

February 6, 2019

“Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anybody else use it and get a new one every six months.” – Clifford Stoll

It’s hard to imagine a time when cybersecurity wasn’t a concern. Doing so is like trying to explain to millennials a rotary-dial was phone physically wired to the wall, and that email was only possible through 300 baud modems that caused busy signals for extended periods of time. In fact, cybersecurity is so important that yesterday’s Safer Internet Day comes on the heels of last week’s Data Privacy Day, and during DND’s National Security Awareness Week.

NAB Division recognizes employees of the month

February 1, 2019

NAB Division CEO John Slater (left) and Vivian Elzen

NAB Division recognized two recent recipients of its “Employee of the Month” award in the January edition of its employee newsletter.