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.

Celebrating 30 years of Esprit de Corps

November 1, 2018

Esprit de Corps is, and has always been committed to serving the Canadian military community.  

The publishing team uses its platform to shed light on the challenges faced by serving and veteran members of Canadian Armed Forces. They believe in sharing the unfiltered truth of those who have fought for our country, and they don’t shy away from showcasing the realities veterans face as they transition into civilian life. They do all of this in an ever-evolving media landscape.

NBPEI commissionaires receive surprise commendation from General (Ret’d) Walter Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada

July 31, 2018

It was a regular Friday shift for the commissionaires working at the Daniel J MacDonald (DJM) building, home of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) HQ in Charlottetown. That is, until the Deputy, Associate and Assistant Deputy Ministers of VAC, General (Ret’d) Walter Natynczyk, Lisa Campbell, and Elizabeth Stuart approached the Commissionaires desk.

Commissionaires take on the heat for Canada Day

July 4, 2018

Commissionaires across the country ran security operations for various Canada Day festivities, regardless of the record-breaking temperatures.

As they do each year, our Ottawa Division eagerly took on the largest operation of them all, Canada Day in the Capital.

Beyond Service: Jim Merritt (Edmonton)

June 3, 2018

Jim Merritt followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfathers when he enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1979. His 34-year career took him down many routes, starting as an air frame technician, then switching gears to become a cook. He retired in 2013 as a Chief Warrant Officer.

Two years after leaving the CAF, Jim joined Commissionaires and is now the Mobile Patrol Supervisor for our Northern Alberta Division.

Beyond Service: Fred Babineau (Halifax)

May 21, 2018

“I was what they called an Army brat – because my dad was military – so I guess I was following in his footsteps.”

Becoming a member of the CAF was almost a rite of passage for Fred Babineau. He served with all three elements—four years with the Army, 26 years with the RCAF, and six years with the RCN. He was deployed during the Gulf War, and spent time in Alert, Resolute Bay, Gulf Port Mississippi, RV 87 - Wainwright Alberta as a Fire fighter, and NATO.

Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance 2018

May 17, 2018

The 19th annual Ceremony of Remembrance for Ontario’s fallen police officers took place at Queen's Park in Toronto on Sunday May 6. Police officers from across Ontario, the United States and Europe gathered in Toronto on Sunday to be part of the commemoration. This year, the Commissionaires Great Lakes Ceremonial Unit was invited to march in the parade.

Commissionaires among the finalists in BBB of Saskatchewan Torch Awards

May 15, 2018

Many of our divisions across the country are accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Our South Saskatchewan Division was a finalist at the April 30 BBB of Saskatchewan Torch Awards Ceremony held in Regina.

The Torch Awards were established to recognize the actions of businesses that display ethical decision-making and integrity in business practices resulting in a positive impact in our communities.

Beyond Service: Bruce Riopelle (Ottawa)

May 14, 2018

Bruce Riopelle has been a commissionaire with the Ottawa Division for 23 years, nearly matching his 24 years served in the military.

Though he had earned a Canadian Forces Decoration medal and a rosette, colleagues noticed his decorations didn’t match his service history; he was missing a second rosette. Earlier this year, the Commanding Officer of CFS Leitrim, the site at which Bruce works as a commissionaire, personally presented him with his rosette, and allowed him to be Acting Sergeant Major of a parade squadron that day. 

Cheers to a great career! BC Division says farewell to one of its longest-working detention guards

May 10, 2018

In all, four CEOs led our BC Division during Harold Dean’s 22 years as a commissionaire. During his tenure, Harold spent 20 years on the graveyard shift at the 100 Mile House RCMP Detachment. He also worked as the Manager, Detention Guards - RCMP, ensuring the viability of this very important contract.

Harold has built a rapport with our RCMP clientele and his peers.

Beyond Service: Gerry Blais (Ottawa)

May 7, 2018

After 36 years with the military, seven ribbons, and three rosettes, joining Commissionaires was natural for Gerry Blais. In fact, he credits his career in the military as being the reason he joined the Federation.

Gerry, who joined our Ottawa Division in 2016, stressed two things when he spoke with us.

First, ribbon bars do not showcase domestic responsibilities, commitment and service. This includes the role of the military in assisting during emergencies like ice storms and floods on Canadian soil.