Gord joined Commissionaires as a governor with our Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Division in May 2014, and became Chair of the the Division in May 2019. He was acclaimed as National Board Chair at our June 2021 AGM.
Following his retirement as Vice-President for Syncrude Canada Ltd. in 2010, Gord became Chair and Industrial Professor for the Safety and Risk Management Program in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has held numerous senior business and board positions and brings a wealth of safety and risk related background to Commissionaires. Gord continues to provide support in safety, risk management and organization effectiveness to firms and Boards across Canada.
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.
Mark Watson joined Commissionaires as Chief of Staff in July 2020. Mr. Watson’s responsibilities include progressing the Federation’s social mandate, assisting in the implementation of the Federation’s strategic plan, and facilitating interaction and information sharing among the 15 member Divisions. He is accountable to the National Board.
Mark was a career naval officer. He retired in 2019 after three and a half decades of military service, having reached the rank of as a commodore and senior logistics officer in the Royal Canadian Navy.
His leadership and out of the box thinking earned him numerous commanding positions including CEO of Non-Public Funds - a separate operating agency of the government, Chief Logistics Advisor – African Union Mission in Sudan, Executive Director – Canadian Forces Liaison Council with the Department of National Defence, Director General Compensation and Benefits, Director Maritime Material Operation Support, and J 4 Canada Command with the Canadian Armed Forces.
In addition to his professional experience, Mark holds a BA in History and Political Science, a Masters of War Studies, a Masters of Defence Studies, all from the Royal Military College of Canada, and an MBA from Saint Mary’s University. He’s an accomplished author with eight publications, and was awarded the Canadian 125 Medal, the Operational Support Medal, the Canadian Peacekeepers Medal, The NATO Medal with Former Yugoslavian Bar, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Brook Bangsboll served as a Transportation Logistics Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces/Royal Canadian Air Force from 1985 to 2020, and qualified as an operational Loadmaster on the CC-130 Hercules and the CC-150 Polaris in the strategic, tactical and search and rescue roles. He has extensive staff, command, and operational experience, having deployed to various locations around the world, including the high Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy, Rwanda, Ethiopia/Eretria, Qatar, and Kuwait. He enjoyed fascinating tours of duty at NORAD headquarters in Colorado Springs, working in the Command Centre in Cheyenne Mountain and was on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Brook holds a Masters degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and is a graduate of the United States Air Forces’ Command and Staff College. He joined the National Office of Commissionaires in September 2020.
Mark made the shift to communications in 2007 following 13 years in security, risk and privacy management. He became one of Canada’s early adopters of online and social media platforms for research and outreach in public affairs, politics and public opinion. He has provided strategic communication counsel to national and international organizations in a variety of industries and has researched the impact of online activities on reputation, issues management, and relationship building. His 2004 best-selling book, TOUCH, guides leaders of all types of organizations with proven approaches to improving communication and reputation efforts in the digital era. Mark joined National Office in 2017 and quickly embraced the value of veteran and civilian experience.
Richard Beaudoin joined the Canadian Forces as a MARS officer in 1983. He obtained his bridge watchkeeping ticket onboard HMCS SKEENA and later became an Above Water Warfare Director. After some additional training, he served as a Communication officer onboard HMCS FRASER. Richard became an instructor for Naval Communications Officers at the Canadian Forces Naval Operations (CFNOS), and participated in CANUS and NATO operations. He retired after 24 years of service. Richard joined Commissionaires as the Manager of Training and Standards in 2013, and became the National Office’s ISO Programs Lead in 2017.
Lisa was fresh out of school when she joined National Office two weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic. She draws on her mix of marketing, media monitoring, strategic thinking, and brand management experience in her work as a member of the public affairs and marketing team. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Carleton University and an honours diploma in Public Relations from Algonquin College.
Ann joined the reserves in 1985 as a musician and participated in the Changing of the Guard in Ottawa summer 1985 (full-time) and summer 2019 (part-time). She remains active in the Governor General’s Foot Guards and is the longest continuous serving member in the Regiment. She is very proud of her military service including playing Last Post for remembrance services and internments including the internment of Capt. Nichola Goddard and her Great Grand Uncle whose remains from the Great War were found in France in 2008. Ann joined National Office in March 2021, bringing over 25 years of experience in board governance and committee management working with not-for-profit associations and organizations both as a professional and on a smaller scale as a volunteer, and over 20 years of experience managing large events and coordinating event support for conferences, diplomatic and royal visits.
Geoff completed a career of almost 40 years with the Royal Canadian Navy, culminating with a three-year posting to NATO Headquarters in Belgium. He joined National Office in August 2019 as the Operations Coordinator.
Maryam Mustafa is a public affairs and communications professional with experience in the public and private sectors. She is passionate about helping organizations build, enhance and protect their brand, market their products and services, and strategically engage communities, government, employees, customers, media and other stakeholders. Maryam is a trilingual Sudanese-Canadian and a graduate of McMaster University, with an BA (Hons) in Political Science. She joined National Office in 2019.
Blake Patterson has more than 35 years of professional writing, communications, and logistics experience, including 20 years of RCN service as a Naval Logistics Officer and Public Affairs Officer, and private sector experience as a newspaper editor and corporate communications manager. His diverse career has taken him from reporting on small town hockey in Ontario to mining operations in Mongolia, and from covering RCN drug busts in the Caribbean to providing media liaison and communications services for the Canadian Forces Military Police and the Royal Military College of Canada. Blake retired from the RCN in 2021 and assumed his role as the Corporate Services Operations Coordinator at National Office.
After pursuing her CGA designation, Gail applied her skills at local charity “The Children’s Village,” followed by several years in public accounting and a national not for profit servicing the business aviation industry. Gail joined the National Office in April 2013.
Tom joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Reservist in 1971 and component-transferred to Regular Force as a Traffic Technician. Throughout his career he was employed at the NDHQ strategic level with ADM (Mat), Chief of the Air Staff and Director General Transportation, and at the Operational level with Winnipeg's 1 Canadian Air Division for two tours. Tom served as a Task Force Movements Officer on several operations and as an Operational Loadmaster. Tom has had nine postings, three Royal visits, and has been deployed worldwide on a substantial basis. As a Chief Warrant Officer, he served as the Traffic Technician Assistant Co-Advisor and did a component transfer to the Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service where he was commissioned to Captain. He also served as the National Movements Officer, whose duties included the enrolment processing at the Ottawa recruiting office. Retiring after 48 years of exemplary service, Tom joined the National Office in May 2021.