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.

Commemorating the Battle of Atlantic, 6 May 2018

May 7, 2018

The Battle of the Atlantic service is held annually on the first Sunday of May. It remembers the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and Canadian Merchant Navy whose lives were lost during the Battle of the Atlantic, as well as all others who died in naval and maritime air service.

Spring awards season is upon us!

May 4, 2018

Annual recognition of exceptional and long serving employees is important for every organization. It’s crucial to recognize individual efforts and commitment to the organization. Most importantly, annual awards ceremonies and banquets give employees a much needed opportunity to get together and celebrate a successful year.

Imagine being beaten by someone for doing your job

May 3, 2018

Security work is not as simple as many people would have you believe. Our uniformed commissionaires must be alert, constantly assess situations for potential issues, position themselves accordingly, and respond as necessary.

While most people respect and appreciate the services we deliver (guarding, bylaw enforcement, etc.), some view people in uniform as a nuisance to be overcome—sometimes with physical violence.

“I can still hear the sound of my mom when she was told”

April 27, 2018
The title of this post is a quote from Allen Martin on his mother’s reaction when she was told her son, Glenn, had been killed in the Westray Mining Disaster.

Beyond Service: Dianne Higgins (Ottawa)

April 27, 2018

“Don’t stop looking for something to do, because life is just beginning, post military.”

Dianne was first in the military for three years as a field medic in the mid-70s. She joined the Air Force as a clerk, and then remained with the CAF for over 20 years.

Beyond Service: Gilles Plouffe (Gatineau)

April 23, 2018

Gilles has been a dedicated commissionaire since 1990. He joined our Ottawa Division shortly after his retirement from the RCMP and has since earned a Commissionaires Long-Service Medal for his years of service to the federation, and a Queen’s Jubilee for his decades of community involvement.

North Saskatchewan Governor is presented with the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

April 17, 2018

Governor General Julie Payette presented North Saskatchewan Division Governor Joan Steckman with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, this morning.

For the past 30 years, Joan has made significant contributions to improve the lives of her fellow Canadians. She has spent many years working with the Girl Guides of Canada, and the Riverside Kiwanis Club. In addition to those organizations, Joan makes a point to consistently support youth, veterans, and organizations that encourage community engagement.

Beyond Service: Devon Riley (Ottawa)

April 16, 2018

When he found himself seeking inspiration to get his life on track, Devon Riley turned to the Canadian Armed Forces. He signed up to be a reservist, and is experiencing “the best of both worlds.” He enjoys the flexibility of having a full-time job as a commissionaire, and still do his part as a soldier. 

When we spoke to Devon, he told us about the significance of the Commissionaires culture including the focus on training, and what he refers to as "the best part of this job…[being] appreciated for everything you do and [being] well-respected."

Director of Business Development, Kingston & Region, receives a Chief of Defence Staff Commendation

April 13, 2018

In a March 23 ceremony at CFB Kingston, James Ostler of our Kingston & Region Division, received a Chief of Defence Commendation.

James was the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Armed Forces Task Force deployed on a Peacekeeping Mission to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, from 2015 to 2016. This was a period of heightened tensions and a rapidly deteriorating security situation. 

Beyond Service: Angela Jacklin (Ottawa)

April 9, 2018

Angela Jacklin balanced family life and a military career throughout her 32 years of dedicated service to the CAF. Although she was never posted in theatre, she spent two years at sea, and was an instructor at various points in her career, teaching QL3 and QL6 finance courses, among others.

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