Our Team

Gord Winkel joined Commissionaires as a governor with the Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Division in May 2014, and became Chair of the Division in May 2019. He was elected as National Board Chair at the Annual Meeting of Divisions in June 2021.

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 where he continues to work. He has held numerous senior business and board positions bringing a wealth of business-related background to Commissionaires. Gord continues to provide support in safety, risk management and organization effectiveness to firms and Boards across Canada.

Tony Stack joined Commissionaires as a governor with the Newfoundland and Labrador Division in November 2020 and was elected Chair of the Division in November 2021. He is currently the CEO/Director of Education for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.

Tom Bennett was elected to the Nova Scotia Division Board in 2006. He served with the RCMP for 37 years in a variety of operational and administrative positions across Canada.

Since retiring in 2009, he 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. C/Supt Bennett was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his actions.

Brad White joined the NB PEI Division as a Governor in September 2019 and became Chair in May 2023.  Brad served 23 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Armour Officer (8CH) with tours in Cyprus and Germany.  In 1998 Brad left the military and joined the National Headquarters of The Royal Canadian Legion where he served another 21years, culminating in his appointment as National Executive Director in 2009. 

Brad retired in 2019 and he and Thérèse moved to Dieppe NB to be close to their two sons and families.  Retirement life brings the joys of spoiling six grandchildren and of many rounds of recreational golf.

Pierre St-Cyr joined the Division du Québec in 2017 as a Governor where he joined the Board of Directors as head of the Strategic Development Committee. Since 2020, he has been the Chair of the Division.

Pierre retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2015 after completing 37 years of service, where he held various positions of responsibility, including that of Commander of 430th Tactical Helicopter Squadron and Chief of Staff for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. He was deployed 5 times in various long-term UN and NATO missions. His last years of service were as Canadian Defense Attaché in Russia and Ukraine. Pierre is the first Canadian to receive three Meritorious Service Medals.

Linda Colwell joined Commissionaires as a member of the Ottawa Division Council of Governors in 2011, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014 and became Division Board Chair in 2020.

Linda served for 36 years as a Canadian Armed Forces, Air Force Logistics Officer. Since retiring, she has worked as a consultant and volunteered with charities and not-for-profits. Whether advising/coaching, consulting or serving on Boards of Directors, she uses her knowledge of governance, strategic and business planning and policy development to advantage. 

Richard Dickson joined Commissionaires as a governor with Kingston & Region Division in September 2016 and became Chair of the Division in June 2022.

Following retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2015, Richard began working in management consulting, as well as becoming involved in several non-profit organizations. In addition to Commissionaires, Richard is currently the national President of the Canadian Military Engineers Association, and Director of Sail Training at the Collins Bay Yacht Club.

Mike joined the London Division of Commissionaires in 1996 which merged with the Toronto Division in 1998 to become Commissionaires Great Lakes. Joining the Board in 2003, he served as Chairman from 2010-2012. In 2022, he rejoined the Board and in 2023 was elected Chairman after the death of the incumbent. Mike was awarded the Commissionaires Distinguished Service Medal in 2012 and has the third bar to the Commissionaires Long Service Medal. He is a Life Governor. In addition to his CD with two bars, he was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Hoare has led a diversified career in health and human services, the military, post-secondary Education, human resources and consulting. He served 32 years in the Army and Navy in both Regular and Reserve components. His doctorate from the University of Toronto was received in 1996 and he is a longstanding member of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has worked in hospital administration in Northern Manitoba and as a health care consultant in Saudi Arabia and the Philippines.

His volunteer involvement has been extensive in a wide variety of military related organizations, too many to name He served as President and Executive Director, Royal Canadian Military Institute from2016- 2021 and most recently completed six years on the Board of the Naval Association of Canada.

Glenna Swing joined Commissionaires as a governor with the Hamilton Division in November, 2008. She acted as Board Secretary for six years and became Chair of the Division in June, 2022. She was also awarded her Long Service Medal.

Glenna has maintained her ties with HMCS STAR where she serviced with the Reserves for more than 40 years. Glenna also acts as the HLCol for the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and has a long history of service within her community.

Robert Poirier joined Commissionaires as a governor with the Manitoba Division in 2010 and became Chair of the Division in July 2022.

Robert Poirier was raised in Kenora, Ontario and joined the Canadian Army in 1971 as a militia soldier. He served the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery for the subsequent 38 years in the Regular and Reserve armies. As a second career he worked in municipal governments in Manitoba, and owned a business providing emergency management services.

Darwin Forbes joined the Board of the Commissionaires, North Saskatchewan Division in 2012 and was elected Division Chair in 2023. He joined the Audit Committee in 2020, was Chair of the Committee for 3 years and also served as Division Vice Chair from 2020-2023.   

Darwin is an accomplished and focused executive with over 30 years of leadership experience. Following graduation from the University of Regina, Darwin has held senior leader positions and has acquired extensive experience in the Canadian insurance market.  He has a passion to build exceptionally strong, high performing teams and as a leader and mentor, Darwin enjoys coaching and supporting others in sports as well as in business.  He continues to enjoy many sporting activities as a participant such as hockey, golf and Triathlon.  He was honored to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal for service to the community in 2023.

LCol. (Ret’d) Keith W. Prior was born in Regina. Keith was a reserve military legal officer with the Canadian Forces Office of the Judge Advocate General for 22 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel; having been the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General Prairie Region for the final 11 years of his service.

Keith was admitted to the bar in 1975 and became a partner in his law firm in 1978. He retired after 47 years of general practice having a broad range of experience both as a barrister in the Courts, and as a solicitor.  In his early years he acted as defense council and as a drug prosecutor (for just over 10 years); however, his preferred areas of practice were real estate, business law and wills and estates, with an interest in mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution. He also volunteered as a lecturer for Public Legal Education, particularly to retirees, for many years.

Keith has been active in the community, sitting and holding offices on many boards and committees, including the Downtowners Optimist Club of Regina, his Church, his local community association, Regina South Zone Recreation Board, as well as Regina Crime Stoppers. 

Keith has served as a judge for debates for the Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Society, coached and coordinated recreational soccer and received various awards for his volunteerism, and he served as an officer with Air Cadet Squadrons in Regina and Saskatoon.

Tim Grant brings extensive command and staff experience accumulated through his 31 years of military and 11 years of Alberta Government service. He was Deputy Minister of several departments including Deputy Solicitor General and is currently the Public Service Commissioner. A former Commander of Land Force Western Area, Tim also led Canada’s missions in Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Ray Romses joined the board of Commissionaires Southern Alberta in August 2012 and became Board Chair in June 2023.

A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Ray brings extensive command and staff experience accumulated through his 39 years of military service. Since retiring in 2009 he has served on numerous Non-Profit Boards and has brought a wealth of both experience and common sense to them. He is also currently the Colonel of the Regiment of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

Joy Playford joined as a Director in 2019 and was elected Board Chair in June 2020 following a 30-year career with the Business Development Bank of Canada where she served in progressively senior leadership roles with inter-provincial responsibilities,

Joy joined her family-owned Leadership Development and Performance Consulting Firm where she continues to serve as President.  Joy also serves as a Forum Chair for Mackay CEO Forums and is a past-Chair of the Southern Interior Advisory Council of the BC Cancer Foundation.

John A (Al) Giesbrecht joined Commissionaires as a governor with Victoria, The Islands and Yukon Division in June 2017 and became Chair of the Division in January 2022.

John had a career in law enforcement with the RCMP and the Province of BC Gaming Investigation unit working in the areas of Organizing Crime, Anti Money Laundering, and Forensic Accounting.

John served with the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) from 2000-2013 retiring with the rank of Captain.  As a member of the Army Unit, he had the honor of serving as part of Operation Apollo in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Captain(N) Geoff Hamilton, CD, RCN
Chair, National Business Management Committee

Geoff Hamilton assumed the role of Chair of the Commissionaires National Business Management Committee (NBMC) in June 2022, 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.

Geoff is also the President and CEO of Commissionaires Great Lakes, a role he assumed in March 2022 after serving as CEO of Commissionaires Nova Scotia for nearly four years. He concurrently served as Vice-Chair of the Corps’ National Business Management Committee for nearly three years. His return to Canada in 2018 followed international leadership experience including working as CEO of Exera, Myanmar’s leading security risk management firm and developing an agro-forestry project based in South Sudan.

Geoff began his career in the Royal Canadian Navy and is still active in the reserve where he holds the rank of naval captain. 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.

Captain Harry Harsch, OMM, CD, RCN (Ret’d)
Chief of Staff

Captain Harry Harsch has been with Commissionaires since 2015.

Prior to joining Commissionaires, Captain Harsch served in the Royal Canadian Navy for over 36 years. His seagoing appointments included command of the Esquimalt-based minesweeper, HMCS Cowichan, the Halifax-based frigate, HMCS Fredericton, and the Halifax-based destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan.  He also served as Executive Officer of the Halifax-based destroyer, HMCS Iroquois. Notable shore appointments included Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, the Director of Military Careers (Navy) at National Defence Headquarters, Chief of Staff to the Commander of the Navy in Ottawa, the Division Head for Communications, Command and Control at NATO’s Maritime Command Headquarters in Northwood, UK, and Naval Adviser at the Canadian High Commission in London, as well as the Canadian Defence Attaché to Denmark.

Captain Harsch holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Military Merit in October 2007. 

Chris Mitchell, MHS
CEO, British Columbia Division

Chris Mitchell spent his formative years growing up in West Africa, returning to Canada in 1998. From there, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces, Infantry Corps, and enrolled in the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), where he first completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Business Administration. He later went on to receive a certificate in Health Services Management, a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, and finally his Masters in Health Studies – Leadership. In 2010, Chris was awarded the Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation by the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL).

Chris’s strong leadership foundation was established throughout his infantry experience. He later transitioned into military healthcare administration where he lead non-clinical operations and emergency support for the military’s busiest medical clinic. In 2010, Chris transferred out of the military to a new role with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, where he lead a team that developed, administered, and evaluated chronic disease programming. In 2012, Chris moved to Revera Inc. as the Executive Director for the Capilano Care Centre, where he was responsible for leading a blended clinical and administrative management team in delivering exceptional care to residents. He later transitioned to the Provincial Director and was accountable for the strategic direction, performance and welfare of eight Revera long-term care homes in BC.

Chris recently served as a board member of the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA), and had the pleasure of working with a team that developed strategies aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of provincial health systems.

His diverse experience spreads over multiple provinces with government, non-profit, and private healthcare organizations, and has established him as an expert in people-leadership and Canadian business.

Commissionaires Great Lakes was one of the first regional branches of the Canadian Commissionaires, established in the same year as our national organization. For more than 90 years, Commissionaires Great Lakes has protected people and property in Southern Ontario, in both the private and public sectors.

Geoff Hamilton joined CGL as President and CEO in March 2022 after serving as CEO of Commissionaires Nova Scotia for nearly four years. He concurrently served as Vice-Chair of the Corps’ National Business Management Committee for nearly three years. His return to Canada in 2018 followed international leadership experience including working as CEO of Exera, Myanmar’s leading security risk management firm and developing an agro-forestry project based in South Sudan.

Geoff began his career in the Royal Canadian Navy and is still active in the reserve where he holds the rank of naval captain. 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.

Rowan Hamilton joined CGL as the Chief Operating Officer in November 2021. Reporting directly to the CEO, Rowan is responsible for the overall daily operations and will work with the senior leadership team to implement the strategic vision and values of the company.

Prior to joining CGL, Rowan has held senior leadership roles in both business development and business operations with national and multinational security organizations. His diverse background brings a unique perspective, a depth of valuable experiences, and local and national insight. This is Rowan’s second role with Commissionaires having most recently worked in Calgary for the Southern Alberta Division before returning to the GTA in the summer of 2021.

Mark Blevis joined the CGL executive team in February 2022 after nearly five years as Director, Public Affairs and Marketing with Commissionaires National Office. As Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, he is responsible for finance, information technology, marketing and communications, compliance, governance support, and legal.

Mark began his career in IT in 1995 and quickly moved into security, risk management, and privacy, leading security teams and projects at Timestep, Calian, BCE Emergis, and the Canadian Coast Guard. In 2007, he shifted his focus to communications, and issues and reputation management. He was hired to build a Canadian digital public affairs practice for a multinational public relations company after which he ran his own agency for eight years. His 2004 best-selling book, TOUCH, guides leaders of all types of organizations with proven approaches to human leadership and communication in the digital age. In addition to his corporate work, Mark taught communications and marketing classes as part of Algonquin College’s continuing education program.

Hon LCol Glenna Swing, CD
Chair, Board of Governors

Our new Chair has been on the Board for more than 13 years.  A former Naval Reservist and Commanding Officer of HMCS STAR, Glenna  is also involved with the Senate of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry as their Honorary Lieutenant Colonel where is actively promotes women in the military.  Lieutenant-Commander Swing  resides in Ancaster, Ontario with her husband Steven.  Both Glenna and Steve (but mostly Glenna) are actively trying to retire. She and Steven have two sons, Scott and Simon  and are the proud and indulgent Grandparents of 2 year old Brady and two month old Sloan.  Glenna is very involved with volunteer work within her community and very active with her Church.

Don Thompson was appointed CEO of Hamilton Division in May 2022 and brings his passion and drive for excellence to Commissionaires. As Director of Operations for Commissionaires Hamilton, after a successful 2018 highlighted by increased revenues, wide scale client retention, and improved wages for their employees, in 2019 onward Don focused on increasing brand awareness in the marketplace and building a new business model to drive revenue generation.

Don came to Ontario after working in Calgary, Alberta for 19 years in increasingly responsible supervisory and management roles in the security industry, ranging from supporting the operational requirements for G4S Secure Solutions throughout western Canada to working with Paladin Security, Cadillac Fairview, the City of Calgary, the Calgary Stampeders, Flames, and Live Nation Promotions on securing high profile events and providing personal security to visiting celebrities.

Upon retiring from the Royal Canadian Regiment in Baden, West Germany in 1991, Don embarked on a career in the private security sector, working as personal security for the New Brunswick Legislature and the Premier at the time, Frank McKenna; as well as working closely with RCMP detachments on high profile assignments ranging from threat assessment of provincial facilities to securing the Stanley Cup.

With over 30 years of both military and civilian experience in supervisory and management positions across a broad range of market verticals, Don brings a tireless work ethic and constantly looks to improve upon past performance. Don resides in Kitchener, ON with his wife and three sons.

I am originally from Diest, Belgium and currently reside in Ancaster, ON with my wife and son. 

As the newly appointed Director of Operations in Hamilton for the Corps of Commissionaires, I am very excited to bring over 30 years of military and civilian experience in various administrative and leadership roles to this organization. 

After spending more than 20 years in the Belgian Air Force – 11 years at the national level, 11 years at NATO and 1 tour in Afghanistan – I resigned from the Air Force in 2013 to expand my professional horizon. After my military career I worked for the US Mission to the EU and the US Embassy in Brussels, for Nutrien in the USA, and for i3-Technologies Group and Foodmaker in Belgium. My family and I moved to Ontario in the spring of 2021, where I worked at Decathlon until recently.

I am a highly self-motivated and experienced professional with a solid work ethic and proven organizational skills. I speak 4 languages fluently and am convinced that my interpersonal, leadership and communication skills will benefit our organization in the near future.   

Peter Wobschall began his service with the Commissionaires Hamilton as their first Training & Compliance Manager in September 2022. Since graduating Fleming College’s Terrain and Water Resources Management program, he has focused on supporting others and strengthening the community within the nonprofit and municipal government sectors.

During 13 years of service at Green Venture, a community nonprofit focused on sustainability and climate change issues, he started as a Program Coordinator and progressed to Executive Director. Over this time, Peter developed community-based social marketing, project management, policy management, financial management, and leadership expertise while engaging the public and facilitating behaviour change.

Following a transition to the City of Hamilton’s Public Works Department, Peter served six years with the Strategic Planning and Transit divisions where he further developed his leadership and training skills in the roles of Supervisor and Senior Project Manager. Peter’s success in supporting divisional work was reliant on his natural ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to achieve service and process improvements.

Following his service with the municipality, Peter returned to the nonprofit sector and spent two years as Policy & Transition Manager with the Central Student Association. Within this role, he provided organizational governance and Board of Directors support, and was responsible for policy and training management. Peter is pleased to continue working within the nonprofit sector and to be part of the team contributing to the mission of the Commissionaires Hamilton.

I was born and raised in Parry Sound, Ontario. I have accumulated 20 years of experience within the field of security starting from the ground and working my way up the ranks, working for different security companies in Toronto, Ottawa, and Hamilton. As well as a brief periodas a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.

I started my security careerin the late 90’s. During this time, I was able to complete multiple security related courses as well as working in a few distinct positions which included helping to build and manage the Southwestern Ontario mobile division and fleet with GardaWorld. My previous positionwas a member of the senior management team for the Hamilton Central Division in Paladin. I am an ASP certified Use of Force trainer and I have worked as a first response, emergency response mobile operator, and as a K-9 officer. I have participated in coverage for many unique events including the Canadian Open Golf Tours, concerts, and VIP close body protection details.

I am motivated by ambition to achieve excellence with professionalism, devotion to my hardworking staff and dedication to my clients. I will always lead by example – ensuring that I will never ask my staff to do anything that I am not perfectly proficient in performing as well.

I have lived in Brantford for the last 12 years with my wife and 2 full-grown children.

James started his accounting career in 1996 when he obtained his UK accounting designation with the Association of Accounting Technicians and is now a fellow member (FMAAT). His work has seen him hold various positions from Financial Controller to Director of Finance in the manufacturing, nonprofit and charitable sectors. He also is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) with the ACFE and has the payroll designation Payroll Compliance Professional (PCP) with the National Payroll Institute formally the Canadian Payroll Association.

James has been volunteering since 1991 and is currently the Board President of a local nonprofit housing provider in Hamilton. James joined the British Army (Royal Artillery) in 1979 at the age of 16 leaving in 1989, his service has taken him to Canada, Kenya and Germany. He saw active duty in Northern Ireland in 1981 and the Falklands War in 1982. During his spare time, he continues to further his education and is an avid runner and cyclist.

Charlotte Cripps is the current ID Services Manager at Commissionaires Hamilton. She joined the team in July 2021 as an assistant ID Technician and then succeeded the previous manager in July of 2022.

Charlotte began her career in aquatics, where she spent 30 years instructing lessons for all ages, water polo, synchronized swimming, swim teams, examining National Lifeguard Service candidates, and judging University competitions.  During this time Charlotte was able to pursue other opportunities which included therapeutic instruction, pre-hospital emergency training, corporate training, and banking. 

While originally a Hamilton native, she has called the Niagara Region home for the past 25 years.  From her diverse background Charlotte brings a wealth of training experience, an engaging personality, and a natural desire to help.

Ken has been with Commissionaires Hamilton since 2000 starting as a part-time Guard. In 2004 Ken moved to Division HQ into the Dispatcher position then in 2005 he became the Administration Manager. Not only is Ken our Administration Manager but he also fills the position of Quartermaster, Corporate Security Officer and Designated Official for Controlled Goods as the saying goes ‘Jack of all Trades’.

Ken spent 20 years in the Canadian Forces (regular component) then after a few years out of uniform went into the Reserve component as a CIC Officer completed over 37 years in the military after a medical release. Ken continues working with the Cadets as a member of the Army Cadet League of Canada (Ontario).

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario with a moment in North York attending Seneca College for Computer Animation and Multi-media Design.  

After college, Scott returned to his hometown of Hamilton Ontario with his wife and two children.  

Earlier in his life, Scott aimed his pursuits into the creative arts industry, starting from Tattoo Designs, then Commercial Marketing Logo Creation, and eventually published Comic Book Illustrations. Scott’s security career started rather unexpectedly in Hamilton Health Science, which lead way to being the Security Lead for McMaster Children’s Hospital, and that branched out to various avenues, including over 12 years as Building Security for Hamilton’s main Ontario Government Facility, the Ellen Fairclough Building at 119 King Street West.  

The most recent branch on that security career tree is where Scott proudly is now, as the newest Scheduler for Hamilton Division for the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. His goal is to add their 24 years of security field experience, supervisor management skills and a pinch of artistic creativity to this role, and the organization as a whole.     

Brigadier-General (Ret’d) David Patterson, MSM, CD
CEO, Kingston & Region Division

David Patterson joined the Commissionaires in 2019 as Director, Special Services and was appointed as the CEO in March 2022.

David Patterson was born in Lachine, Quebec and considers Montreal his hometown, although he has lived in the Kingston area since 1998. He retired from the military in 2017 after 38 years service in the Army Reserve with service in Africa and Afghanistan as career highpoints. He runs his own battlefield tour company as a second career and is enthusiastic about Canadian military history. He volunteers with the Last Post Fund and is currently the Colonel Commandant of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

Chris Puhach, MBA
CEO, Manitoba Division

Mr. Puhach is an inclusive, values-based leader with experience leading organizational change and continuous improvement. He brings 27 years of public service with the Winnipeg Police Service, 15 of which, in a variety of senior leadership roles.

Having achieved an MBA from Athabasca University in 2021, Mr. Puhach is responsible for the strategic direction, overall leadership and management, policy, and procedures for the Manitoba Division of Commissionaires.

Bob Ferguson
Chief Executive Officer
506 634 8000

Cinnamon Savoie
Head of Client Sales & Services
506 646 2413

Kathy Vair
Director of Human Resources
506 646 2415

Kevin Johnson
Director of Finance
506 646 2418

John Clarke
Training Manager
506 634 7732

Ray Taylor
Head of Operations Support
506 646 2414

Cathie Ryan
Regional Manager, West New Brunswick (Fredericton Office)
506 454 2535

Paul Ford
Regional Manager, PEI (Charlottetown Office)
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Nicole Gautreau
Regional Manager, South-East New Brunswick (Moncton Office)
506 854 0572

Gilles Legere
Regional Manager, North-East New Brunswick

George Garrett
Regional Manager, South New Brunswick (Saint John Office)
506 634 7734

Brad White – Chair
Robert Stoney – Vice Chair
Rahul Chaku – Treasurer
David Peer – Secretary
Jake Bell – Past Chair
Robert Cole
Eric Goodwin
Maurice Belliveau
John Logan
Percy Wilbur

Renald Dufour
Joan Burke

Captain George Forward, CD BA(BComm) MDS RCN (Ret’d)
Commandant, Newfoundland and Labrador Division

Retired Captain (Navy) George Forward served with the Royal Canadian Navy, gaining extensive experience in budgetary, financial and resource allocation, strategic communications, and progressive leadership. He served in command at various levels, in postings including the Director of Military Pay and Allowance Processing, Military Personnel Command (Ottawa); Staff Officer, Strategic J4, Strategic Joint Staff (Ottawa); Commanding Officer, Formation Logistics (Halifax); Task Force Commander, Operation Saturn (Sudan); and Executive Assistant to the Assistant Deputy Minister of National Defence – Finance (Ottawa).

For his service, Captain (N) E.G. Forward has received the Sacrifice Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal with Afghanistan Bar; Special Service Medal with NATO, Humanitas, Alert Bars; Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal; United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur Service Medal; Canada 125 Medal; Queen’s Jubilee Medal; and Canadian Forces Decoration with Bar.

Captain (N) E.G. Forward is a graduate of the College Militaire Royal de Saint Jean, as well as the Royal Military College of Canada where he received both a Baccalaureate in Arts and a Masters in Defence Studies. He is a Certified Supply Chain Professional and has recently completed the Royal Military College of Canada’s Canadian Security Studies Programme. He is an accomplished writer, having published numerous articles and papers, as well as a novel, Pomeroy’s Quay, a copy of which resides in the Princess Royal’s personal library.

George, his family and their two children have returned to his home of Newfoundland.

Commandant
Edward George Forward

Director of Operations & Training
Bruce Vey
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 5
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Director of Administration
A. (Anastasia) Gibbons
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 6
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Director of Finance
Natalie Hiscock
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 7
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Payroll Services Manager
Tracy Rodgers
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 2
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RCMP & Short-Term Contracts – Account Manager
Ryan Pinkham
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 8
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ID Services
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 1
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Account Manager
Peter Morey
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 5
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Account Manager
Jim Hynes
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 5
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Operations Clerk/Quartermaster
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 0
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RCMP G&M Payroll Officer
Lee-Anne Stoyles

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ISO / OH&S
Melissa Tollitt
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Human Resourses Manager
Tina Pennell
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 4
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Recruitment Coordinator
Leah Whyte
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Lorne Gelowitz, Saskatoon Police Service (Ret’d) Chief Executive Officer Commissionaires North Saskatchewan Lorne Gelowitz was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the North Saskatchewan Division of Commissionaires in January 2019. He first joined Commissionaires in 2015, as Vice President of Operations for Saskatoon, Prince Albert, North Battleford, and La Ronge, and represented the Division on National Office Committees including the National Business Working Group, the Business Development Network, and the Communications Network.

Lorne brings over 31 years of proven leadership experience from his distinguished career with the Saskatoon Police Service. At the time of his retirement in 2015, he was serving as Detective Staff Sergeant in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) where he was responsible for criminal operations, staffing, and budgeting for 10 Units within the Police Service. His leadership and dedication have earned him many honours including the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, the Saskatoon Volunteer of the Year Award, the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Humanitarian Award, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, and several Law Enforcement Exemplary Service Awards, including the prestigious Chief of Police Award of Excellence. Lorne was a finalist in the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police “Canadian Top Cop Award,” and has been inducted into the International Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.

In addition to his community involvement, Lorne maintains memberships in the Saskatoon Police Association, both the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Chambers of Commerce, the North Saskatoon Business Association, the Royal Canadian Air Force Association 602 Lynx Wing, the Army Navy & Air Force Veterans Club (ANAVETS), the Royal Canadian Legion and the Canada Remembers Our Veterans Air Show.

Lorne attended the University of Saskatchewan where he achieved a B.A. Adv. Degree majoring in both Political Science and Sociology. He has obtained his Strategic Management in Policing Certification, Senior Police Administration, and both the General and Advanced Certifications in Police Studies.

Lorne and his wife, Deidre, have two married children and four grandchildren. He enjoys travel, golf, time with family and friends, and his new role as grandfather.

Les Speers is responsible for the overall day to day Operations and Contract Management. Joining the Corps in 2002, Les has over 19 years’ experience in security management. Les is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), board certified in security management with ASIS International, Risk Assessments and CPTED Reviews.

Darwin is an accomplished and focused executive with over 30 years of leadership experience. Following graduation from the University of Regina, Darwin has held several senior positions and has acquired extensive experience in the Canadian insurance market. As a leader and mentor, he has a passion to build exceptionally strong, high performing teams. Darwin enjoys coaching and supporting others in sports, as well as in business. He continues to be active in hockey, golf and Triathlon.

Darwin has served as Governor for the Commissionaires, North Saskatchewan Division since 2012. He joined the Audit Committee in 2020, served as Vice Chair 2020-2023 and was elected Chairperson in 2023.

  • Cary Primeau, Vice Chair
  • Darwin Forbes, Past Chair
  • Doug Curliss
  • Joan Steckhan
  • Doug Konkin
  • Janine Harriman
  • Heidy Shockey

Tim brings extensive command and staff experience accumulated through his 31 years of military and 11 years of Alberta Government service. He was Deputy Minister of several departments including Deputy Solicitor General and is currently the Public Service Commissioner. A former Commander of Land Force Western Area, Tim also led Canada’s missions in Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Nick served 28 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and retired from the Regular Army in 2016. Throughout his career as an officer in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), he developed a unique depth of operational experience and honed his leadership skills through multiple overseas deployments and assignments, including time with Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. Nick joined the Alberta Government in 2017 as an Executive Director, leading the Alberta Environment Support and Emergency Response Team (ASERT), as well as the Environmental Enforcement Branch until 2021 when he took on the role of Executive Director, Alberta Wildfire Branch.

Throughout his 28-year career in the Canadian Army Rick developed both leadership and managerial skills while serving across Canada and abroad. His experience in emergency management allowed him to transition to the Alberta Government where he held a several senior managerial positions including several Assistant Deputy Minister appointments. In addition to his professional life, Rick has coached, refereed and administered amateur hockey at multiple levels for both youth and adults in Alberta.

As a former Naval Reserve Officer, Kim represents the Senior Service. Currently she is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service. In addition to her legal background, Kim has been instrumental in bringing Crown Prosecutors into the digital age. Her time as President of the Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Association brings valuable Board experience to Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division.

After graduating from the Royal Military College, John spent several years with the Canadian Armed Forces Military Police before joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Throughout a full RCMP career he was involved in Federal, Provincial, Municipal and Indigenous policing. Since 2017, John has worked in the financial services industry for World Financial Group..

A graduate of the Royal Military College, Tom spent the first part of his career as an Army Engineer, with the appointment as the Officer Commanding of the SSF Airborne & Diver Combat Engineers. Since then he has over 25 years of operations management including the operational restructuring of several businesses as well as establishing, growing and selling several others. His track record of developing people and building relationships is well suited to the Commissionaires.

A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and former Assistant Deputy Minister of Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, Mark is presently a senior executive with Alberta Investment Management Corporation. He brings a wealth of executive, finance and governance experience and knowledge to the Board.

Shane is a graduate of the Bachelor of Management program at the University of Lethbridge and holds a Diploma in Business Marketing from Confederation College. Shane has over 21 years of municipal economic development leadership experience having worked in positions in Strathcona County, the Town of Okotoks and Thunder Bay. He is currently a Senior Advisor with Municipal Experts Inc., a municipal government consulting firm. Shane is the President of the Economic Developers Association of Alberta (EDA) where he serves over 200 economic development professionals across the province.

Darlene is a senior police officer with extensive field and headquarters experience. Her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta, coupled with a Bachelor of Arts and a Business Diploma, provide a diverse skill set applicable to Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division’s Board of Governors.

Shawn is currently a senior personnel services staff officer in the 3rd Canadian Division (Canada’s Army of the West). A former Chief Warrant Officer with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and 3rd Canadian Division Sergeant Major, he brings over 40 years of military experience leading, training and mentoring soldiers at home and abroad.

Paul is currently the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs for Alberta. As a former Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and Commander of the Canadian Army, he brings a vast repertoire of leadership and staff experience to the board developed through a variety of national and international assignments.

Originally from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Mr. Pitcher is a Royal Roads Military College graduate who served seven years in the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent 24 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) before retiring in 2019 at the rank of Inspector. Mr. Pitcher has worked as an international security consultant for the past three years.

Mr. Pitcher deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 and has been a member of the Primary Reserve since 2010. He is a Lieutenant Colonel with the 5th Division in Halifax and served as Operations Officer for the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, Mr. Pitcher was the Community Engagement and Event Lead for the federal government’s apology to the descendants of the No. 2 Construction Battalion.

Mr. Pitcher comes from a family of police and military veterans. He is passionate about Commissionaires and its social mandate to offer meaningful employment to veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, as well as anyone else who wants to contribute to the safety and security of Nova Scotians.

Originally from New Brunswick, Ms. Hachey is a Chartered Public Accountant with more than 30 years of varied experience, including financial reporting, internal controls, budgeting and planning, equity and debt financings, corporate governance, and operational and financial management.

Ms. Hachey began her career with Ernst & Young in Saint John, New Brunswick focusing on audit-related services for clients in several different industries. After two years of working at NB Tel Inc, she moved to Halifax and worked in increasingly senior roles with Emera Inc. and its subsidiaries from 2001 to 2006.

She was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Corporate Secretary of Corridor Resources Inc. for 14 years, and most recently the CFO and Corporate Secretary of Nova Leap Health Corp. 

When not at the rink, gym, or sports field watching her daughter play sports, she loves to cook and spend time with her family and two dogs.

Mr. Wiper joined Commissionaires Nova Scotia in 2021, following a very successful 30-year career in the Royal Canadian Navy. He served on a variety of warships and completed several deployments, including a year in Kosovo as the Task Force Commander, a year in Haiti, and several years with NORAD in Colorado. Upon his retirement from the Navy, Mr. Wiper joined the private sector. He served as Regional Director of Atlantic Canada with Terrapure before joining Irving Shipbuilding as a Director, a role he assumed for five years.

Mr. Wiper holds an undergraduate degree from the Royal Military College. When not at work, Stacey enjoys going to the gym and spending time on the water, hiking trails, or ski slopes with his wife and two daughters.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LCdr Harding served in the Canadian Navy for 24 years, in both the regular and reserve forces. She was Commanding Officer of MAROPSGRU 5 and held a variety of logistic positions at sea and ashore.

A real estate agent for more than 20 years, LCdr Harding is a Broker and Licensed Partner for Engel & Völkers Nova Scotia. She manages seven locations and oversees roughly 100 advisors/staff working throughout Nova Scotia.

LCdr Harding holds an instructor position on the Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC) faculty, with FRI and CIPS designations. She holds a Bachelor of Political Science from the Royal Military College of Canada.

LCdr Harding is active in numerous community charities. She was elected as a CNS Governor in 2023. She also serves on the Boards of CUA, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, A Home for Everyone, and REIC – Atlantic Chapter.

Commodore (Ret’d) Michel Charron is a seasoned business administrator, professional logistician and HR executive with 36 years of distinguished service in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). He joined Commissionaires Ottawa’s executive team in January 2015, where he advanced from Director Shared Services, to Director Human Resources and Shared Services, to Chief Human Resources and Shared Services.

Prior to his appointment to CEO in 2023, Michel led multiple special projects to continually enhance systems and support for recruiting and training, employee and labour relations, occupational health and safety, security clearances and licences, corporate services, IT & IM, fleet and infrastructure management, warehousing, compliance, and special events.

Michel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and certifications as a professional logistician and a human resources professional. He is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff programme and the Canadian Security Studies Programme at Canadian Forces College.

Kirsten is a human resources professional, advisor and executive with 25 years of experience developing and implementing human resources policies and programs. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR).

Since joining Commissionaires Ottawa in 2010 as an Employee & Labour Relations Advisor, Kirsten has been promoted to various human resources management positions with increasing responsibility and scope. She advanced to the position of Director, Human Resources Services and Programs in 2020 and was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer in 2023.

In her current role, Kirsten is providing strategic leadership in the planning and implementation of quality-based, integrated human resources programs—with direct oversight of the Occupational Health & Safety, Recruiting and Staffing, Employee Relations and Labour Relations, and Learning Centre teams. Kirsten is an active and dedicated community volunteer. Throughout her career, she has taken on multiple leadership commitments such as risk and safety director, coach and board member to support charitable causes, engage youth in sports and fitness activities, and fundraise for cancer care and ALS.

Glenn is a bilingual finance professional and executive with over three decades of senior finance experience. A Chartered Accountant and a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, he articled with Price Waterhouse (now PwC). His career has taken him through many industries, including the manufacturing, banking and service sectors. He has extensive experience working with publicly-listed and private companies, as well as not-for-profit (NFP) organizations.

As a volunteer, Glenn sits on several charity boards. These include serving as Treasurer for the John Howard Society of Ottawa, the Vesta Recovery Program for Women, and the Rotel Foundation. He is also a Board member for the Perley Health Foundation.

Glenn has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and a Graduate diploma in Public Accounting from McGill University. He has also taken advanced courses in Risk Management from Dalhousie University.

As Commissionaires Ottawa continues through a period of sustained growth in revenues and number of employees, Glenn’s proficiency in fiscal management, mergers and acquisitions, strategic financial planning, and not-for-profit governance is helping the company continue to grow in financial resilience and sustainability.

Cheryl Fifer joined Commissionaires Ottawa in April 2005 with Fortune 300 company experience. She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science, and completed the executive MBA program in May 2006.

Over the years, Cheryl has been primarily focused on expanding and enhancing the number and variety of services offered by Commissionaires Ottawa. She was first hired to launch and grow the company’s first-ever Business Development, Marketing and Sales Department. By 2009, she was appointed Director of Business Operations—merging her existing responsibilities and resources with those of the entire Operations department.

Today, Cheryl directs a full complement of digital fingerprinting and identification services, criminal and background screening services, threat risk assessments, investigations, specialized security solutions, and more. Cheryl also seeks out new business opportunities and increases the visibility of Commissionaires Ottawa by submitting about 70 major proposals per year. Firmly committed to progress, quality and efficiency, she has proactively realigned processes and adopted advanced technologies to continuously improve support to her supervisors, commissionaires and clients at hundreds of public and private sector sites.

In 2020, Cheryl was named Chief Operations Officer.

Andrée Paige is an integrated marketing and communications strategist, entrepreneur and executive boardroom advisor whose career spans 30 years working in the private and public sectors, through communications networks and as a business owner. During the 22 years she operated a consultancy, Andrée’s business helped more than 80 clients grow (or repair) their brands and public reputations, respond to crises, and advance strategic objectives across multiple industries and sectors.

In January 2022, Andrée changed her focus to become an “intrapreneur.” In her role as a new director, she launched a hybrid Communications and Marketing department that supports not only Commissionaires Ottawa, but also two of its sister companies: ComNet Networks and Security Inc. and ADGA Group. Formally launched on April 1, 2022 with a full team, the Communications and Marketing department is structured to be agile and adaptable to the unique and evolving needs of all three companies.

Prior to her career as a consultant, Andrée served as a Page in the House of Commons and went on to work for various Members of Parliament and private sector business leaders. She was also a recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award: “In recognition of having demonstrated the highest ideals and qualities of citizenship and humanitarian service while in pursuit of excellence in academic, amateur sport, fitness, health and voluntary community service. In so doing has reflected those ideals of courage, humanitarianism, service and compassion, which Terry Fox embodied.”

Marc Parent
CEO, Québec Division

Marc Parent joined Commissionnaires du Québec in August 2015 following a successful 31-year career with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM). Throughout his career as a police officer, Marc rose through the ranks and held a number of senior positions, including that of Director of the SPVM from 2010 to 2015. During his mandate, he established an innovative community-based policing approach aimed at lowering the level of crime, enhancing the integrity and ethic within the Service and better respond to citizens’ security and safety concerns. At the same time, he assumed the North American presidency of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has served on numerous provincial and federal committees where he participated in the development of strategies to respond to emerging threats to public security.  

Marc assumed the overall management of police operations during the 2011 “Occupy Montreal” movement and the 2012 Québec student strikes. In March 2015, he mobilized the entire Montréal community through the creation of the Centre de prévention de la radicalization menant à la violence (CPRV), a first in North America. 

With a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master in Public Administration and as a graduate of the FBI Academy at the University of Virginia, Marc has an in-depth understanding work environments and a unique expertise in risk management. His experience includes the development of customized, comprehensive and socially responsible strategies to prevent and respond to security challenges in a changing environment. A driving force to promote a culture of efficiency, commitment and integrity, Marc offers solutions based on firsthand experience and lessons learned in safety and security.

Jonathan has held positions in marketing, communications and media relations within the Government of Saskatchewan, SaskPower and other organizations since 2004. Jonathan is also a former journalist, having written or spoken for a variety of North American outlets including Radio Canada, the History News Network and CTV. He holds graduate degrees in Professional Communication Management and Business Administration. He volunteers his time on the Boards of SaskAbilities, the Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan and the International Association of Business Communicators.

Jonathan leads the Commissionaires Business Development team, tasked with proactively managing the division’s contracts, exploring new lines of business, and leading communications and marketing for the division, since 2022.

Adam has broad experience in human resource management in the municipal, healthcare and education sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Education and Masters of Human Resources Development from the University of Regina and currently lectures at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Joining us earlier in 2023, Adam leads Commissionaires South Saskatchewan’s recruitment, onboarding, labour relations, disciplinary functions and various training opportunities with his team.

He is Past Rotary of Regina Oskaya, a member of the Elks Club, a Board Director of the Regina Work Preparation Centre, and is Board Secretary for the Kenosee Boys and Girls Camp.

Norm retired from the military after 22 years of service as a drill and gunnery instructor, ballistics expert and notably performing Air Defense Artillery Evaluations with NATO and as training co-ordinator for Improvised Explosive Disposal in Afghanistan.

Norm has also given 22 years of service to Commissionaires and is currently Director of Operations in Regina. All Commissionaires in the southern part of the province, through their supervisor and Operations Managers, report to Norm. For his service to Canada and his community, Norm received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in 2022.

Yvonne has extensive experience in finance and management in the financial services sector and not-for-profits.  She has over 25 years experience working with one of the top 5 banks in Canada in customer service, management and financial compliance. 

Joining us in 2002, Yvonne leads Commissionaires South Saskatchewan’s financial services team in payroll services, benefits, budgeting, compliance, preparation and analysis of  financial statements, and manages all fiscal reporting.

She has been the volunteer lead for the Branch 1 Legions poppy fundraising initiative for the past 4 years, as well as being a recipient of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in 2022.

LCol (ret) Keith Prior; BA/LLB., CD
Chair – Commissionaires South Saskatchewan

Keith was born in Regina. He married Wendy Stoddart in 1978. They have three adult children and one grandson.

Keith was admitted to the bar in 1975 and became a partner in his law firm in 1978. He retired after 47 years of general practice having a broad range of experience both as a barrister in the Courts, and as a solicitor.  In his early years he acted as defence council and as a drug prosecutor (for just over 10 years); however, his preferred areas of practice were real estate, business law and wills and estates, with an interest in mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution. He also volunteered as a lecturer for Public Legal Education, particularly to retirees, for many years.

Keith was also a reserve military legal officer with the Canadian Forces Office of the Judge Advocate General for 22 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel; having been the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General Prairie Region for the final 11 years of his service.

Keith has been active in the community, sitting and holding offices on many boards and committees, including the Downtowners Optimist Club of Regina, his Church, his local community association, Regina South Zone Recreation Board, Regina Crime Stoppers, as well as serving on the Board of Governors for South Saskatchewan Corps of Commissionaires . 

Keith has also served as a judge for debates for the Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Society, coached and coordinated recreational soccer and received various awards for his volunteerism, and he served as an officer with Air Cadet Squadrons in Regina and Saskatoon.

Kevin Haughton joined the board of Commissionaires Southern Alberta in November 2013 and became Board Chair in June 2020.

Kevin is a University of Lethbridge graduate who has worked in the group benefits industry since 2002. Kevin has served on several Boards of Directors. Kevin has also served as a mentor for students at the Haskayne School of Business and continues to work with and support over a dozen charities in the Calgary area.

Ray Romses joined the board of Commissionaires Southern Alberta in August 2012 and became Board Chair in June 2023.

A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Ray brings extensive command and staff experience accumulated through his 39 years of military service. Since retiring in 2009 he has served on numerous Non-Profit Boards and has brought a wealth of both experience and common sense to them. He is also currently the Colonel of the Regiment of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

CVIY Division was established in 1937, supporting Canadian Veterans.

Captain Edward Walter, a retired officer of the Crimean War, founded The Corps of Commissionaires in England in 1859 to help veterans make the difficult transition back to civilian life and employment. He convinced friends and acquaintances that the exemplary discipline, loyalty, and dedication to service which veterans possessed could be put to excellent use in business.

The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires was eventually founded in 1925, to employ Canadian veterans of the First World War, with the Victoria, the Islands, and Yukon Division founded in 1937 with just 16 members. It has grown along with the communities on Vancouver Island by providing a wide range of services to government, businesses, and residential clients.

For over 80 years, the Division has maintained operations and administrative responsibility for security and related services in communities across Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, the Gulf Islands, and Whitehorse. Currently the Division has over 800 employees, making it one of the largest and oldest security enterprises in British Columbia.

Arvind Singh
Manager, Business Development and Investigations

Al Giesbrecht
Chair

Phyllis Carlyle
Governor

Adele Donaldson
Past Chair, Retired Lieutenant-Colonel

Carol Navickas
Governor

Colin Smith
Vice Chair

Alex Dutton
Governor

Mike Newson
Governor

Ross Johnson
Governor, Retired Major CD

David Collins
Governor

Keith Reed
Governor

Jamie Hammond
Governor