Commissionaires Blog

Welcome to Commissionaires’ blog! As a leading security provider and Canada’s largest private sector employer of veterans, we’ll keep you up-to-date on security industry news, security tips and techniques, and profiles of our team members.

Welcome to the team, Mr. Bryan Payne!

April 20, 2020

Born in Toronto, ON and raised in Edmonton, AB, Bryan is a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces having served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Surface Operations Officer in Frigates, Destroyers and Underway Replenishment Vessels.  After his retirement in 2012, Bryan moved to Manitoba such that he could continue to fulfill roles in the public service of Canada in both the Federal Public Service, the University of Manitoba’s College of Medicine as the Program Manager for Undergraduate Medical Education and most recently as the Executive Director, Infrastructure at Manitoba

You could be our newest Marketing Coordinator

January 7, 2020

Our National Office is hiring its newest Marketing Coordinator. Are you interested in working alongside enthusiastic, creative professionals?

Welcome to Ottawa, Laura!

December 10, 2019

Laura Howlett, the marketing and communications superhero with our Nova Scotia Division is visiting us at Commissionaires National Office in Ottawa for the very first time! As she approaches her eighth year with Commissionaires, we decided to catch up with her to find out more about her career and to get a brief reflection on her time with the organization thus far.

Welcome to the team, Geoff!

November 18, 2019

Geoff McTigue is one of the newest members to join our National Office (CNO) team. He started in August following a 40-year career with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was posted in Halifax, Esquimalt, Ottawa, Kingston, Mill Cove (NS) and most recently, with NATO in Belgium. He served in a wide range of operational and staff positions which culminated earlier this year in Mons, Belgium as Canadian Forces Europe’s formation Chief Warrant Officer.

Welcome aboard, Captain George Forward.

October 25, 2019

Retired naval captain George Forward took the helm as CEO of our Newfoundland and Labrador Division last month. He’s a highly accomplished military professional who brings over 30 years of leadership and executive experience, a career that took him around the world and back again to Canada.

Exactly one month into his new position, we had the opportunity to ask George a few questions on this new chapter of his life and career.

Ottawa Division Donates $500,000 to Support Homeless Veterans in Ottawa

October 4, 2019

Veteran homelessness is a significant problem. In Ottawa alone, Soldiers Helping Soldiers has encountered over 375 homeless veterans over the past 3 years, and the Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) reported more than 600 veterans are currently living on the streets, many struggling with physical health, mental health and addiction issues. The City of Ottawa has recognized homelessness amongst veterans as an issue requiring swift action.

NorQuest College Commissionaires Recognized for Act of Compassion

September 25, 2019

Adapted from an article issued in the NorQuest College Intranet

Two Commissionaires from Northern Alberta division were recently presented with a Commissionaires Coin, awarded to those who go above and beyond in their duties. They were faced with a challenging situation while on duty at NorQuest College but managed to respond with understanding and kindness.

Three Commissionaires receive Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation

August 9, 2019

The Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Hon. Lawrence MacAulay presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to 29 recipients at a special ceremony in Hamilton on July 29, 2019. The commendation was awarded for outstanding service to veterans and dedication to remembrance, part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to recognizing individuals who go selflessly dedicate themselves to the well-being, care and remembrance of veterans.

Among the recipients are three with affiliations to Commissionaires:

Avoid the summer daze – health tips for the season

July 19, 2019

We’re well into the summer months with their outdoor fun and festivities. Our beaches, camp grounds, parks, etc., draw countless visitors as we soak up the sun. However, we’ve been experiencing, and continues to experience, extreme summer heat waves. Extreme heat can have a variety of negative impacts on our health and safety.

If you take the following simple precautions, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe, and drastically decrease the chances of being negatively affected by a heat wave:

“Dressing down” for Charity

July 12, 2019

Somewhere on the outskirts of Napanee, on the right side of Hwy 2, is a little haven for our wild, furry friends; the Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre (SPWC). Since 1994, the SPWC has been helping thousands of injured and orphaned birds and animals and releasing them back into the wild once they’re ready. Not only does the centre provide these animals with the medical attention and care they need, it offers advice and assistance to property owners on how to deal with wild animals in the most humane ways.