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.

Commissionaire Spotlight: Jean-Daniel Roy, Ottawa Division, Gatineau, Québec

August 16, 2017

Jean-Daniel joined the Ottawa Division as a second-generation commissionaire in 2009, after completing CEGEP (post-secondary school). Initially assigned to provide access control, Jean-Daniel, J-D to his colleagues and friends, quickly proved himself to be highly adaptable, reliable and efficient.

A perfect celebration: A special night for commissionaires working at Mosaic stadium

August 14, 2017

As we’ve noted before, Commissionaires Southern Saskatchewan Division has the honour of doing on-field security at Mosaic Stadium every time the Saskatchewan Roughriders hit the gridiron (yes, we’re jealous). Yesterday was different.

CFL team host Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) appreciation events throughout the season. In Saskatchewan, we—Canada’s largest employer of veterans—get to be an integral part of the event. Our veterans who worked at the game donned their military honours.

Out with the old, in with the new—but never forgetting where they came from

August 11, 2017

Moving out of a 200 year-old building into a brand new one with a completely modern look and feel is no small change, but it’s a welcome one for Commissionaires Nova Scotia Division.

Moving isn’t all about taking casual Friday to a whole new level with, as CEO Bruce Belliveau affectionately calls it, “Pirate rig”. As anyone who has gone through an office move knows, it’s business-as-usual-while-simultaneously-packing-up-your-things.

Protecting Saskatoon inside and out

August 10, 2017

69 years running and the forward momentum continues!  Shortly after celebrating their 69th anniversary with Commissionaires, North Saskatchewan Division is stronger than ever, winning the Mobile Patrol contract with the City of Saskatoon performing Alarm Response and Boiler Checks.

North Saskatchewan Division has a longstanding partnership with the City of Saskatoon. In addition to the newly-won contract, the Division recently provided traffic control for the third consecutive year at AG in Motion, the largest agriculture exhibition for progressive farmers in Canada.

Golf tournament raises $63,000 purse for Soldier ON

August 4, 2017

The second annual Soldier On golf tournament took place Thursday last week at the Fox Creek golf course in Dieppe, NB. Twenty teams—each including one participant of the Soldier On program—came together to enjoy a round of golf and beautiful weather. The real goal, though, was to raise funds to support this invaluable program that helps soldiers overcome their physical and mental health injuries through sport. Some of the ill and injured soldiers present will be competing as members of Team Canada at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017.

Training and Instinct Saves a Life

August 1, 2017
National Board Chair’s Letter of Commendation Awarded to two brave Nova Scotia Division commissionaires.

Commissionaires work at various levels of risk and intensity, with one major goal deeply woven into the atmosphere of the location and job description— protecting Canadians.

A special day for those who serve

July 31, 2017

The weather was perfect for the RBC Canadian Open this past Saturday. Thousands of people gathered at the Glen Abbey golf course in Oakville, Ontario to watch Bubba Watson, Ernie Ellis, and other pros including Canadians Graham DeLaet and Mackenzie Hughes compete for the title.

4 tips to protect against ransomware at home and work

July 26, 2017

This post comes from Ted Bruce, the IT Manager with our Nova Scotia Division.

WHAT IS IT?

Ransomware is malware (malicious software) for kidnapping data, an computer exploit in which the attacker encrypts the victim's data and demands payment for the decryption.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Ransomware spreads mainly through attachments and links embedded in e-mails, software, and compromised websites. A ransomware program may also be called a crypto virus, crypto Trojan or crypto worm.

Kind-hearted at his “Corps”: James Maillet of CGL awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

July 24, 2017

On June 26th, 2017, Commissionaire James Maillet was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by Oshawa Mayor John Henry, in recognition of his volunteer work and dedication to community. The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is an official Canadian honour that recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians across the country in a wide range of fields.

Our Northern Alberta headquarters is the home of the future, today

July 20, 2017
Special contribution by Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division

In 2013, it was determined that the existing headquarters building in Edmonton would no longer accommodate the continued growth the Division enjoyed in the booming economic climate. By then, the two-storey building we had owned and occupied since 1998 was being modified, piecemeal, to accommodate increasing staff and other high-demand services such as identification services.

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