Gordon Winkel, P. Eng., MSc.
Chair, National Board of Directors
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.
Brigadier-General (Ret’d) , A.T. (Tony) Stack, OMM, CD
Member, Newfoundland and Labrador Division
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.
Chief Superintendent (Ret’d) Tom W. Bennett, LSM, MSM, BPS
Member, Nova Scotia Division
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.
Colonel (Ret’d) James (Jake) Bell, CD
Member, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Division
Jake Bell joined the NB PEI Division as a Governor in June 2006 and became the chair in June 2021. Jake served 22 years in the Regular Force with PPCLI with operational tours in Germany, Cyprus, Former Yugoslavia, and Eritrea. In 2002, Jake retired from the regular army and returned to his roots as a Reservist. In 2015 Colonel Bell retired from his final position as the Chief of Staff Reserves.
Jake worked abroad as a training and security consultant, mainly in Africa. He was also contracted in Eritrea by the Legal advisor to the President and has testified as an expert witness for the Claims Commission at the Hague. Jake also worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierre Leone for the Dallaire Initiative and UNICEF.
Colonel (Ret’d) Pierre St-Cyr, MSM & Bars, CD
Member, Québec Division
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.
Brigadier-General (Ret’d) L.J. (Linda) Colwell, OMM, CD
Member, Ottawa Division
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.
Colonel (Ret’d) R.N.H. (Richard) Dickson, B.Eng., M.Eng., MMAS, CD
Member, Kingston and Region Division
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.
Colonel (Ret’d) Gilbert (Gil) W Taylor CDSM
Member, Great Lakes Division
Gil Taylor joined Great Lakes Division (Toronto) in 1993 and was elected Chair in 2012 and again in 2020. He is a Life Governor. Gil is a recognized, award winning producer/director/writer/theatrical producer/author. He is owner of Intercom Films Ltd. Founding member Academy Canadian film and television. Gil was a principal producer with DND for 30 years is currently a frequent columnist Sun Media papers.
Volunteer work: Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Royal Canadian Military Institute, HCol Tor Scots, commissioned into Queen’s York Rangers, UNICEF (Volunteer of the Year), World Wildlife, Sunnybrook & Grace Hospitals, President Legion 165, Last Post Fund (Ontario President and National Director). Received CLSM (3 bars), Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
Lieutenant-Commander (Ret’d) Glenna Swing, CD
Member, Hamilton Division
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.
Colonel (Ret’d) Robert Poirier, CD, MA
Member, Manitoba Division
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.
Mr. V. (Vance) McNab
Member, North Saskatchewan Division
Vance McNab joined the Commissionaires North Saskatchewan Board in 2015 and was elected Division Chair in May 2020.
Vance is a member of George Gordon First Nation in Treaty 4. Having spent summers working in the field of Archaeology at Wanuskewin and other sites, his first job after graduating was with Wanuskewin as Director of Visitor Services and then Director of Marketing before leaving to join the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), where he is currently the Vice President of Marketing.
Vance has served on numerous Boards and Committees including the Museums Association, Aboriginal Tourism Team Canada, and Tourism Saskatchewan. In 2015, he attained a Chartered Director designation from McMaster University. More recently, he has rejoined the Wanuskewin family to sit on the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Board.
W.G.(Bill) Stoddart CFP (Ret’d)
Member, South Saskatchewan Division
Bill Stoddart joined Commissionaires as a Governor with South Saskatchewan Division in February 2008 and became chair of the Division on July 1st, 2020.
Bill worked for 20 years in the Service Industry as a manager, general manager and owner. Bill then spent 27 years in financial services as a financial planner dealing in Securities, Group Benefits and Estate and insurance Planning.
Bill has served on the board of United Church Housing Corporation for 16 years and sits as Past Chair.
Major-General (Ret’d) Tim Grant, OMM, MSC, CD, ICD.D
Member, Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories & Nunavut Division
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.
Member, Southern Alberta Division
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.
Member, British Columbia Division
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.
Captain (Ret’d) J.A.(Al) Giesbrecht CD CPA-CGA
Member, Victoria, the Islands and Yukon Division
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.
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 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.
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.
Great Lakes – GTA, London, Barrie
President & CEO
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 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.
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
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, G. 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.
CEO, Hamilton Division
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.
Director of Operations
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.
Training & Compliance Manager
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.
Account Manager, Hamilton Western Region
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.
Cathy grew up in Grimsby, Ontario. She has raised 2 wonderful children with her husband of 33 years. She loves to travel and experience different cultures with her family and friends.
Cathy attended Mohawk College to study Finance and Accounting. She started her accounting/finance career over 30 years ago. She has worked in many industries and has enjoyed her accounting career greatly. Cathy says: “I am new to the Security Industry and am enjoying working at Commissionaires Hamilton. The staff are friendly, and very professional. I look forward to the years ahead with my new work family.”
Scott Patrick Purser
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.
Kingston & Region
Brigadier-General (Ret’d) D.A. (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.
Bryan Payne (Ret’d) CD MBA
CEO, Manitoba Division
Born in Toronto, ON and raised in Edmonton, AB, Bryan is a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Surface Operations Officer in frigates, destroyers and underway replenishment vessels.
Following his retirement in 2012, Bryan moved to Manitoba where he served roles in the federal public service, as Program Manager for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Manitoba’s College of Medicine, and most recently as Executive Director, Infrastructure at Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. Bryan established himself in leading and managing a capital infrastructure program representing in excess of $1.5 billion in public investment.
Bryan has been recognized as a highly motivated, results-driven, independent professional with experience successfully leading teams through dynamic change and a track record of understanding and meeting complex organizational needs. He is a team builder who has demonstrated experience in building and growing networks of influence and expertise while continuing to serve Canada, through positively motivating, inspiring, and leading change.
Bryan earned his Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ottawa in 2009. He has a keen interest in entrepreneurship, systems design and organizational behaviour.
When not otherwise engaged in professional pursuits, Bryan spends the remainder of his time enjoying his home in Winnipeg with his wife Kathryn.
New Brunswick & PEI
Chief Executive Officer
506 634 8000
Director of Business
506 646 2413
Director of Human Resources
506 646 2415
Director of Finance
506 646 2418
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Head of Operations Support
506 646 2414
Regional Manager, West New Brunswick (Fredericton Office)
506 454 2535
Regional Manager, PEI (Charlottetown Office)
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Regional Manager, South-East New Brunswick (Moncton Office)
506 854 0572
Regional Manager, North-East New Brunswick
Regional Manager, South New Brunswick (Saint John Office)
506 634 7734
Board of Governors
Jake Bell – Chair & Chair of Executive Committee
Brad White – Vice Chair & Chair of Executive Committee
Joan Burke – Vice Chair of Executive Committee
Robert (Bob) Nice – Treasurer
Rahul Chaku – Assistant Treasurer
David Peer – Secretary
Newfoundland & Labrador
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.
Edward George Forward
Director of Operations & Training
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 5
Director of Administration
A. (Anastasia) Gibbons
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 6
Director of Finance
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 7
Payroll Services Manager
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 2
RCMP & Short-Term Contracts – Account Manager
(709) 754-0757 Ext. 8
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RCMP G&M Payroll Officer
ISO / OH&S
Human Resourses Manager
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Chief Executive Officer, Saskatoon Police Service (Ret’d), North Saskatchewan Division
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.
Director of Operations
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.
Vance McNab, a member of George Gordon First Nation in Treaty 4, was born in Lestock and spent his early years growing up playing hockey and ball in small town(s) Saskatchewan where his mother taught school. He graduated from Punnichy High School, worked in the north for a period and then attended the University of Saskatchewan, achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography.
Having spent summers working in the field of Archaeology at Wanuskewin and other sites, his first job after graduating was with Wanuskewin in its early development. He became their Director of Visitor Services and then Director of Marketing before leaving to join the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), where he is currently the Vice President of Marketing.
Vance has served on numerous Boards and Committees over the years, including the Museums Association, Aboriginal Tourism Team Canada, and Tourism Saskatchewan, where he was Board Chair for his last two-year term. In 2015, he attained a Chartered Director designation from McMaster University. More recently, he has rejoined the Wanuskewin family to sit on the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Board.
Vance joined the Commissionaires North Saskatchewan Board in 2015 and served as Vice Chair from 2017-2020. He was elected Chairman in May 2020.
Other Board Governors
- Darwin Forbes, Vice Chair
- Doug Curliss
- Doug Konkin
- Joan Steckhan
- Janine Harriman
- Cary Primeau
- Heidi Shockey
Northern Alberta, NWT & Nunavut
Major-General (Retired) Tim Grant, OMM, MSC, CD, ICD.D
Board Chair, Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Division
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.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Slater, MBA, CPHR, CD, MSM
CEO, Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Division
Prior to joining the Commissionaires, John was the Executive Director of The Military Museums in Calgary. His nearly 32 years with the Canadian Forces included command and staff appointments throughout Canada and overseas. John is the Past Chair of the Northern Alberta Chapter of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS).
Board of Governors
Tanya Bowerman, MPA
After graduating from Royal Military College of Canada and serving in the Canadian Armed Forces for three years, Tanya began a career in the Alberta Government focused on business planning and performance reporting. She is the recipient several times over of the Premier’s Award of Excellence and is currently a doctoral student at Royal Roads University.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Rick Brown, CD, ICD.D
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.
Kimberley A.L. Goddard, BA (Honours Econ), LLB
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.
John Harrison, BA
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..
Tom Keogh, M.Eng, P.Eng, PMP
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.
Mark Prefontaine, MA, CFA, ICD.D
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.
Shami Sandhu, ICD.D
Over the last 20 years, Shami’s vast business experience includes real estate, franchising, technology and aviation sectors. His extensive past board experience includes Edmonton’s Food Bank, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and, most recently, Chair of the Edmonton Police Commission. Shami is the recipient of the Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 and the Alberta Centennial Medal.
Darlene Savoie, LLB
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 Stevens, MMM, MSC, MSM, CD
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.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Paul F. Wynnyk, CMM, MSM, CD, MA, MBA, BEng, rmc, FCAE, P.Eng.
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.
Barry Pitcher, CD
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Glenn MacIsaac, CD, PLog
Chief Operating Officer
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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.
Robert Rounds, CD, CPA, PLog
Chief Financial Officer
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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.
Spike Bullen, CD
Manager, Atlantic Operations Centre & Mobile Patrol
Mr. Bullen joined Commissionaires in 2018, following a 34-year career in the Royal Canadian Navy. Retiring at the rank of Chief Petty Officer, his naval career included thousands of days at sea, service in schools and staffs, two postings to the vaunted Sea Training Group, and the inception and execution of a leadership mentoring course for up-and-coming naval Chiefs seeking both to preserve and modernize the Royal Canadian Navy. In 2011, he was awarded the Robert I. Hendy Award for his contribution to maritime affairs and his service promoting the Sea and Navy League Cadet programs in the Atlantic region and nationally, ensuring that cadets were engaged and included in the presentation and consecration of the Queen’s Colours, Freedom of the City, and the International Fleet Review. Since 2019, Mr. Bullen has served as Manager, Mobile Patrol, responsible for the mobile patrol service line, fleet management and operations for the organization, and since 2021, as Manager, Atlantic Operations Centre, responsible for day-to-day operations of the secure 24/7 workforce scheduling and dispatch centre located at corporate headquarters in Bedford.
Jeanette Graves, CD, CSP
Manager, RCMP Detention Guards & NMSO Contracts
Ms. Graves joined Commissionaires in 2004, following a 20-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces – Resource Management Support. Retiring at the rank of Warrant Officer, she served a one-year term as a Parking Enforcement Officer for Commissionaires before competing successfully for the position of Valley District Manager, a portfolio that she would develop and grow over the next twelve years. In 2017, she was seconded to the position of Manager, Atlantic Operations Centre, where she oversaw 24/7 region-wide dispatch service and support, employee onboarding and assignment, backfill scheduling and deployment for all client sites in Nova Scotia. In 2021, Ms. Graves’ in-depth knowledge of operational and administrative financial support saw her redeployed to the dual role of Manager, RCMP Detention Guards, responsible for the Nova Scotia operations of Standing Offer M4000-205076/001/MCT for guard services on behalf of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Manager, NMSO Contracts, with oversight of call-ups against the National Master Standing Offer (NMSO) and Supply Arrangement for guard services on behalf of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).
Kevin Nolan, CD, BA
Cape Breton District Manager
Mr. Nolan joined Commissionaires Nova Scotia in May 2022 after more than 22 years in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Naval Warfare Officer. Originally from Ingonish, Cape Breton, NS, Mr. Nolan completed an undergraduate degree at St. Francis Xavier University before joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1999. He deployed on numerous domestic and international missions throughout his military career. He served on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Brandon, St. John’s, Regina, Charlottetown, Iroquois, Toronto, Athabaskan and Montreal. A graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Programme, Mr. Nolan served as the Executive Officer of HMCS Toronto and HMCS Montreal. Mr. Nolan’s final posting was to the Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre in Halifax, NS, where he was the Director of Above Water Battlespace. A proud Caper, Mr. Nolan is delighted to work for CNS and with the outstanding commissionaire community on Cape Breton Island.
Valley District Manager
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.
Paul Moore, MMM, CD
HRM District Manager
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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.
Northern District Manager
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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.
Marketing & Communications Specialist
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.
Contracts Development Officer
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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.
Chief Superintendent (Ret’d) Tom W. Bennett, LSM, MSM, BPS
Chair, Board of Governors
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.
Douglas G. Ruck, QC
Vice Chair, Board of Governors
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.
Deputy Commissioner (Ret’d) Steve W. Graham, OOM, BA, MBA
Past Chair, Board of Governors
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.
Commander (Ret’d) Heather J. Armstrong, CD, BComm, DCL
Governor, Committee Chair
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.
John E.L. Carruthers, BBA, FCPA, FCA, CBV, CMC
Governor, Committee Chair
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.
Commander (Ret’d) Marjorie A. Hickey, CD, QC
Governor, Committee Chair
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.
Assistant Commissioner (Ret’d) Joanne Crampton, M.O.M
Governor, Committee Chair
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.
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) John W. Miller, CD, DDS
Governor, Committee Chair
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.
Colonel (Ret’d) Gary Curtis, CD
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.
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Anne Espenant, DMSM, CD
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.
Lieutenant Colonel Erica Fleck, MMM, CD
LCol 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. LCol 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.
Corinne MacLellan, Honourary Lieutenant Colonel, BPR
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.
Kirk MacRae, ICD.D
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.
Vice Admiral (Ret’d) D.E. (Dusty) Miller, CMM, MSC, CD
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.
Commander (Ret’d) Richard H. Oland, CD, BComm
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.
Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Bryn Weadon, CMM, CD, FCPA, FCMA
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.
Ottawa, Northern ON, NW QC, Windsor
Captain Paul A. Guindon
CD RCN (Ret’d) – CEO, Ottawa Division
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.
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.
Monique Goffinet Miller, MA
CEO, South Saskatchewan Division
Monique Goffinet Miller is the former Chief Executive Officer of Saskatchewan’s Provincial Capital Commission and Director of Government House. Monique has also held positions within the Office ofthe Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the LegislativeAssembly of British Columbia. As a former broadcaster, Monique workedin television, radio and print.
Monique has been a Governor of the South Saskatchewan Corps of Commissionaires since 2019. Monique received the Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service to the Crown and community as the Chair of the Monarchist League of Canada’s largest branch, in Victoria, BC, from 2011 to 2016. While living in BC, she also served as Fundraising Co-chair for the Victoria Immigration and Refugee Centre Society during the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Currently, Monique serves as the Treasurer of the Canadian Capital Cities Organization and has been a guest speaker on Leading Organizations through COVID Pivoting at the National Capital Commission’s lecture series.
Monique Goffinet Miller holds a master’s degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University. She is the proud wife of an RCMP Corporal posted to ‘Depot’ Division and mother of a 17-year-old son.
Board Chair, Southern Alberta Division
Kevin is a University of Lethbridge graduate who has worked in the group benefits industry since 2002. Kevin has served on several different Boards of Directors and currently sits as chair of the Southern Alberta Corps of Commissionaires. 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. Kevin can be found spending his free time with his wife & 2 children or hard at play with his baseball and hockey teams.
Chief Executive Officer, Southern Alberta Division
Charles is an engaging and collaborative leader who helps companies achieve organizational goals by leveraging his extensive experience in program management, agile methodologies, business strategy and operational excellence. He co-founded and led a start-up training technology company to attain recognition as one of “Canada’s Top 50 Defence Companies” within five years. Charles was a finalist for EY’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Canadian Prairie Region.
Charles is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Commissionaires Southern Alberta. Prior to joining the Commissionaires, Charles held a variety of leadership positions with companies in the defence and technology industries including General Dynamics Canada, Nortel Networks and C4i Training and Technology. Charles served as a communications officer in the Canadian Army with a number of operational units in Western Canada as well as peacekeeping duties in Croatia and at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Charles holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada; a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College; and a Master Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. Additionally, Charles has his P. Eng and PMP designations.
A long time Calgarian, Charles is married to Marva and they have two sons. He enjoys a variety of activities in the mountains near Calgary and volunteering with his son’s Air Cadet Squadron.
Victoria, the Islands and Yukon
Navy Captain (Ret’d) Gary A. Paulson, CD MSM
Chief Executive Officer
Gary Paulson joined the Commissionaires Victoria, the Islands and Yukon (CVIY) as the Chief Executive Officer on the 15th of September, 2016. Prior to joining the Commissionaires, he was the Vice President Operations and Harbour Master at the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
Gary Paulson began his career with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1984. Until his retirement at the rank of Captain (N) in 2004, Gary served in the RCN for over 29 years commanding Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships, Huron, Calgary and Algonquin. He was presented the Meritorious Service Medal award by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of his exceptional leadership and professionalism.
With over 32 years of proven leadership and expertise in the marine industry both as a sea-going Naval Officer and as a port executive, He was responsible for all commercial and marine port operations, marine project development planning, security and environmental stewardship for the Port of Prince Rupert. He successfully launched Prince Rupert Port Authority‘s Environmental Stewardship program in partnership with Coast Tsimshian First Nations.
Gary Paulson holds an MBA from Royal Roads University where He specialized in Executive Management. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto.
Mr. Greg Martin, MBA
Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Craig Dubyk, MBA, CHRP
Chief Human Resources Officer
Ms. Ye Li, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Arvind Singh
Manager, Business Development and Investigations
Lieutenant-Commander (Ret’d) Keith Guinchard, CD
Manager, ISO and Quality Assurance
Captain (Ret’d) Chris Poulton, CD, CPO
Manager, Public Relations