Victoria, The Islands & Yukon Division
Commissionaires Victoria, The Islands & Yukon provides security services on Vancouver Island, as well as in the Gulf Islands, Haida Gwaii and the Yukon. We are headquartered in Victoria BC and have 1000 employees, many of whom are veterans of the Canadian Forces and RCMP. We are a values based organization with a mission to bring peace of mind to our clients with high quality security professionals and other security related technological and administrative services. Our core strength is the individual commissionaire on duty who brings a disciplined and service-oriented culture to the workplace. We are trusted everyday by 200 clients and we continuously strive to be the best employer in our industry. As the largest security provider in our region, we draw from over 70 years experience protecting Canadians and their assets.
Commissionaires Victoria, The Islands & Yukon Offices
Captain(N) John Dewar
CEO, Commissionaires Victoria, The Islands & Yukon
John Dewar was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Commissionaires Victoria, The Islands & Yukon division on 1 April 2012.
Prior to joining Commissionaires, he was Vice President, Strategic Services for Upper Lakes Shipyards and the Marine & Industrial Division of the Upper Lakes Group. He was responsible for strategic planning, business development, marketing, government relations and project management of key initiatives.
He served in the Royal Canadian Navy, rising through the ranks from sailor to Captain, commanding Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships CHIGNECTO, MIRAMICHI and HURON. On exchange with the United States Navy, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal on behalf of the President for his contribution to multinational naval operations.
His executive level responsibilities in the Service included appointments as the Director of Maritime Strategy, Director General Maritime Development and Operations and membership on the Naval Board of Canada.
Upon leaving the Navy, he joined Lockheed Martin, working primarily in South America. Thereafter, he conducted an independent consulting practice for several years, providing strategic advice on corporate planning, government relations and business development for defence and hi-tech companies, before joining the Upper Lakes Group.
John Dewar is a graduate of Royal Roads Military College (B.Sc. - Physics and Physical Oceanography), the University of British Columbia (M.Sc. - Physics), Canadian Forces College (Command and Staff Course and Advanced Military Studies Course) and the Lockheed Martin Institute of Leadership Excellence (Management Strategies).