In August 2004, Captain (N) Paul Guindon retired from military life to become the CEO of Commissionaires Ottawa—which today employs 3,800 security professionals who provide services at hundreds of corporate, industrial, public and government client sites.
By 2006, Commissionaires Ottawa was appointed as the Lead Division of Identification Services on behalf of all Commissionaires offices from coast to coast. Under Paul’s leadership, Commissionaires was among the first to be certified and accredited by the RCMP to participate in their Real Time Identification Project (RTID) – a state-of-the-art digital fingerprint record repository capable of providing immediate criminal record updates and comprehensive information via a direct and secure link. The Identification Services portfolio includes the following business lines: on-site or mobile digital fingerprinting, online or in-person criminal record checks (CRC), certified criminal record checks with fingerprints, complete background checks (which include employment screening and credit checks), a pardon application service, US waivers, as well as oaths and affidavits.
Paul Guindon is a 33-year veteran of the Canadian Navy. During his military career, he developed an advanced knowledge of weapons, missile systems and a wide range of national security protocols. He also honed his leadership skills during five command appointments and two deployments in a theatre of war. Paul is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax and Le collège interarmées de défense in Paris. He also obtained his Advanced Military Studies Course (AMSC) from the Military Command and Staff College in Toronto.
In addition to his national and regional responsibilities with Commissionaires, Paul serves as President of the Association of Professional Security Agencies (APSA) and is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the Centre for National Security (The Conference Board of Canada), the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), as well as various other security, military and governmental associations.