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Our Team

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Mr. Hamilton joined Commissionaires as CEO in September 2018. Previously, he worked for three and a half years in Myanmar where he was CEO of Exera, the country’s leading security risk management firm; for a number of years before that he developed an agro-forestry project based in South Sudan. He began his career in the Royal Canadian Navy and is still active in the Reserve where he holds the rank of Commander. He completed his undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University, earned a master’s degree in law specializing in international dispute resolution from the University of London (Queen Mary and University Colleges), and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College’s Joint Command and Staff Programme.

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Mr. MacIsaac joined Commissionaires in July 2017 following a 28-year career in the Royal Canadian Navy. With numerous appointments at sea and ashore, his final assignments were at the rank of Commander as Director of Maritime Logistics and as the Departmental Security Officer for the Department of National Defence in Atlantic Canada. He holds an undergraduate degree from Acadia University and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College’s Joint Command and Staff Programme. He holds a Professional Logistician designation.

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Mr. Rounds joined Commissionaires in April 2017 following a 30-year career in the Royal Canadian Navy. Retiring at the rank of Commander, his career highlights included serving as comptroller of a half-billion dollar budget for the Vice Chief of Defence Staff, and as Logistics Operations Chief for NATO’s Regional Command (South) Headquarters, where he oversaw logistic support to over 10,000 NATO soldiers in Afghanistan. He holds a commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University, a Professional Logistician designation, and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College’s Joint Command and Staff Programme. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and currently volunteers as Treasurer for the Naval Association of Canada – Nova Scotia Branch.

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Shawn joined Commissionaires in January 2015. He has more than 20 years’ experience managing national and international organizations. He enjoys working as part of a not-for-profit whose customers include the federal government, the Canadian Armed Forces, provincial and municipal business units, utility companies and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. A graduate of Saint Mary’s University and the College of Geographic Sciences, Shawn enjoys exploring Atlantic Canada, discovering forgotten history, and interacting with entrepreneurs. Community involvement is important to Shawn, who has been an active member of several recreational and trail organizations, and a volunteer for Feed Nova Scotia. Shawn has supported cultural awareness and diversity by participating in the Halifax Regional Municipality Community and Race Relations Committee, and the Persons with Disabilities Committee.


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Mr. Moore joined Commissionaires in 2008 following a 32+ year career in the Royal Canadian Navy. During his military career, he attained the highest non-commissioned rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class and was appointed to the rank of Member of the Order of Military Merit. Now as one of our HRM District Managers, Paul is applying his extensive management experience gained in the military, and previously-held roles with Commissionaires, including Site Manager, RCMP H Division Halifax, and Patrol Manager, Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

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Mr. Williston joined Commissionaires in 2018 after a 26+ year career in food manufacturing, with various posts across Canada. Mr. Williston brings extensive management experience as well as subsidiary roles in safety, capital projects, and continuous improvement. He has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick. Harold continues to be an active hockey player, has coached in the Truro Minor Hockey Association, and participated in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

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Rebecca is a professional writer and storyteller. She combines information with emotion to create compelling content that educates and inspires. Her journey at Commissionaires began in July 2021, after working as a business reporter in Halifax for a little more than five years.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from the University of King’s College. She helped bring children's news programming to Canada as a student by making the case for it in articles and on the radio. 

Rebecca is highly introspective and enjoys doing physical activity outdoors to calm her mind. She loves to explore, eat food, and be in the company of good people. 

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Mr. Grant joined Commissionaires in August 2019 to lead commercial and government investigations, as well as Threat Risk Assessments for the Atlantic Region. A specialist in crime prevention, he has a distinguished 35-year career in the RCMP retiring with the rank of Inspector. He served as an intelligence officer with CSIS and has taught criminology and police studies at colleges across the country. He completed undergraduate degrees at Saint Mary’s University and a master’s degree at University of Victoria. While Stephen enjoyed being the father of three boys, he’s finding the role of grandfather more fun with less responsibility!

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Mrs. Howlett is a passionate communications professional with a BBA from MSVU and a Certificate in Digital Media from NSCAD. She joined Commissionaires in 2012 and has ten years of progressive experience in strategic marketing and communications roles from private, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Laura wears two hats in her role – both promotional in nature. She aims to inspire the cause of Commissionaires by attracting employees, as well as advertise the extensive line of services provided by experienced commissionaires.

When Laura’s not writing, or taste-testing as a local poutine connoisseur, she loves to sing! On Sundays she is a worship leader at her church in Halifax.

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James joined Commissionaires in 2011 following a successful career in airport screening operations. He is certified in advanced x-ray technologies, physical searches, and explosive detection trace. His career milestones include developing the Charlottetown Airport Emergency Response Plan and coordinating athlete screening for the 2009 Canada Games and the 2010 Olympics Games in Vancouver. He was a Canadian Delegate to AVSEC Counter-Terrorism Conference Frankfurt, 2010.

Outside of work, James is a Certified Range Safety Officer and a former Canadian National Karate medalist with a 4th Degree Black Belt. His love of fine Italian cheeses helped him make the Guinness Book of World Records in 2014.

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Ms. MacAusland joined Commissionaires in June 2017 as District Manager prior to becoming Contracts Officer in August 2018. She earned undergraduate degrees at Dalhousie University, Université Laval, and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University. Her work draws on acquisition/sourcing experience in Aerospace and Defence, Information and Communication Technology, and Hospitality. She is driven by moving targets, tight deadlines, and her work with clients to ensure professional service, purpose, and positive results.

D/Commr Graham is the former Deputy Commissioner East, responsible for RCMP services in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces, retiring 8 June 2013 after 38 years’ service with the RCMP.  Prior to this appointment, he was the Deputy Commissioner Atlantic Canada and Commanding Officer for Nova Scotia (“H” Division).  He also has served as the Commanding Officer of New Brunswick (“J” Division) and Prince Edward Island (“L” Division).  D/Commr Graham was elected to the CNS Board in January 2011.

C/Supt Bennett was elected to the CNS Board in 2006.  He served with the RCMP for 37 years in a number of positions across Canada, including criminal operations officer in Nova Scotia, and operational and administrative positions in Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland/Labrador.  Since retiring in 2009, he has continued to work in law enforcement and was appointed the Commissioner of Police in Antigua and Barbuda assisting their government in modernizing their police force and developing competency to fight criminal activity, resulting in award of a Meritorious Service Medal.

Cdr Hickey, a former Commanding Officer of HMCS Scotian and naval reservist for 35 years, was elected to the CNS Board in 1996 and served as the Board's first female Chair from 2018-2020. As a partner at McInnes Cooper, Halifax, she practices in the areas of litigation and administrative law. Cdr Hickey is a Past President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.  She currently chairs the Governance Committee for Commissionaires Canada.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) from Saint Mary’s University and an LLB from Dalhousie Law School.

Cdr Armstrong joined the CNS Board in 2014. She served 25 years in the Canadian Armed Forces Personnel/Logistics Branches followed by 10 years as a civilian in Chief of Military Personnel.  She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University, is a graduate of Canadian Forces Command and Staff College and NATO Defence College.  In 2017, Saint Mary’s University presented her with an honorary degree (Doctor of Civil Law, Honoris Causa) in recognition of her service to Canada.

Mr. Carruthers joined Commissionaires in December 2017 following a 37-year career in the Public Accounting profession. During his role as a Partner, he worked with a variety of businesses, government and non-profit organizations, and specialized in Corporate Finance services in the Advisory services practice.  He has an undergraduate degree from Acadia University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator, and a Certified Management Consultant.  He is currently employed as a Director, Client Development at Stonegate Private Counsel.

A/Commr Crampton was elected to the CNS Board in 2019 following a career of over 30 years with the RCMP. She served with the RCMP in seven provinces, including Nova Scotia, where she was the Operations Officer for Halifax District and the Provincial Intelligence Officer. She also served as the Commanding Officer for PEI and in Ottawa as the Officer in Charge of Federal Criminal Operations responsible for Serious and Organized Crime, Border Integrity, Human Trafficking, Cybercrime, and Financial Crime at a national and international level. A/Commr Crampton completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with Honours at Acadia University and later attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education.

Col Curtis, a CNS Board member since 2006, served in the Land Force Reserve for 42 years including Commanding Officer 2 Bn Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton) and Cape Breton Militia District.   He was employed in the G1 Cell HQ Land Forces Atlantic Area before retiring in 2008.  His civilian sales and marketing career spanned 30 years in the telecommunications industry.  He is an active member at Dieppe Branch No. 90 Royal Canadian Legion.  Col Curtis is active in parish work and serves on numerous parish committees.

LCol Espenant was elected to the CNS Board in 2021. She served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 36 years in a variety of nursing, medical planning and health care leadership roles in Canada, the United States and overseas. Prior to joining the military, Anne was a critical care nurse at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax and her career ended full circle as the Commanding Officer of 33 (Halifax) Field Ambulance. Her post-retirement focus has been on community volunteer work where she currently serves as a Broad member of Queens VON Community Corporation, Queens Manor and Queens Home Support, and the Astor Theatre for the performing arts. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta and has completed all courses in the Executive Master of Arts in Leadership and Training at Royal Roads University.

Maj Fleck served 34 years in various roles in the Army throughout Canada and overseas as a Logistics Officer.  Her last role was Commanding Officer at the Joint Task Force Atlantic Headquarters and J3 Ops where she coordinated all domestic operation responses for the four Atlantic Provinces.  She is currently Commanding Officer 3 Intelligence Company (part-time Reservist) and is the HRM Emergency Manager.  Maj Fleck is deeply involved in all aspects of improving community responses from  homelessness to preparedness across HRM.    She completed an undergrad degree at Cape Breton University in Emergency Management and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College’s Joint Command and Staff Programme.

Active in the areas of media relations, marketing, communications, corporate community engagement and public affairs for 25 years, Corinne MacLellan is Sr. VP of M5 Public Affairs and a communications principal with Group ATN.  Ms. MacLellan was a Canadian representative for the Belgian Government during the centennial period (2014-18) and is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Army Museum Halifax Citadel.  She was elected to the CNS Board in October 2018 and was appointed as HLCol for the Halifax Rifles in March of 2019.

Mr. MacRae is the President of RKM Investments which has interests in a number of Nova Scotia businesses. He has served his community in the roles of Honorary Colonel of The Cape Breton Highlanders and as Board Chair of The United Way of Cape Breton, Celtic Colours International Festival, Gaelic College of St. Ann's, as well as Sydney Airport Authority and Chamber of Commerce. Kirk also spent ten years as Board Member of The Royal Canadian Mint and presently sits on the Cape Breton University Board. Mr. MacRae was elected to the CNS Board in February 2020.

VAdm Miller, elected to the CNS Board in 2004, was Board Chair from 2014-2016, and National Board Chair of Canadian Corps of Commissionaires from 2016-2019.  His 38 years of service in the Navy before retirement in 2003 included Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic (1997-2000) and NATO Chief of Staff/Deputy to the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (2000- 2003). VAdm Miller is the Past Chair of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, active in numerous community associations, and an avid musician and actor.  He is currently the Honorary Colonel for VT406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron in Shearwater.

LCol Miller joined the CNS Board in 1994. He served 30 years in the Army Reserves which included Commanding Officer of the Princess Louise Fusiliers, and staff positions in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Area Headquarters. He is a former Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. He practiced dentistry in Dartmouth for 42 years, and was active with the Nova Scotia Dental Association, the Provincial Dental Board, and as President of the Halifax County Dental Society, and taught at Dalhousie Dental School. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Dalhousie University.

Cdr Oland joined Commissionaires in September 1995. With a career in the private sector and the Naval Reserve, he was owner/operator of Accurate Security Services before selling the enterprise to Chubb Industries. He held numerous positions in the Naval Reserve including command positions at sea and ashore, retiring as the Atlantic Regional Advisor to the Commander of the Naval Reserve. Cdr Oland is currently President of Lindwood Holdings Limited. He holds a commerce degree from McMaster University.

During his legal career, Mr. Ruck specialized in labour relations and employment, human rights, occupational health and safety and administrative law. In 1995, he was appointed Ombudsman for Nova Scotia. In 2011 he became the first full-time chair of the Unified Nova Scotia Labour Board. Mr. Ruck has shared his time and expertise with a range of volunteer organizations and is currently Chair of the University of King’s College Board of Governors. He was elected to the CNS Board in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Law from Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Kings College, and Mediation from Harvard University Law School.

RAdm Weadon joined the CNS Board in 2020. He served 35 years with the Royal Canadian Navy with his final appointment as ADM Finance and Corporate Services and Senior Financial Officer for National Defence. Since retirement, RAdm Weadon helps deliver the CPA/CMA accreditation programs. An active volunteer, he serves as National Treasurer of the Navy League of Canada, Royal Military Colleges of Canada Foundation, and Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. He is also Director and Disbursement Advisory Committee Chair for the True Patriot Love Foundation.