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: Christine (Chris) Belliveau

February 13, 2018

We have the privilege of working with individuals committed to their community, the safety and security of those around them, and the federation as a whole. Among them, many demonstrate exemplary commitment to their post. However, it’s not often someone has the opportunity to demonstrate exemplary commitment in their post for 20 years.  

Rodney McAlpine to receive Medal for Bravery from the Royal Canadian Humane Association

February 7, 2018
Original posting date: November 21, 2017

The Royal Canadian Humane Association, Canada’s Bravery Awards Association, has awarded Rodney McAlpine of Great Lakes Division with the Bronze Medal for Bravery. The medal is to be awarded to Rodney for performing an act of bravery in hazardous circumstances, detailed below.

CNS celebrates 80th Anniversary of protecting Nova Scotians

January 24, 2018

On this day in 1938, our Nova Scotia Division opened it's doors for business. Here are eight fun-facts to commemorate it's 80th birthday:  

Attention to detail and quick thinking go a long way

January 23, 2018

Wednesday January 10, 2018 was a momentous day for the City of Saskatoon and North Saskatchewan Division. That day, The New York Times included Saskatoon on its list of 52 places to visit in 2018. A pleasant surprise to many locals, who have been experiencing severe cold weather conditions wreaking havoc on their infrastructure.

Commissionaire receives Edmonton Police Service Dempsey Award

January 18, 2018

Terry Eisenmenger, a Northern Alberta Division commissionaire and Peace Officer, received the prestigious Edmonton Police Service Dempsey Award on December 11, 2017. This award is presented to sworn, civilian and contract employees who have gone beyond their regular duties to make EPS a more effective force. Terry works in the EPS Southeast Division cell block. 

Quebec communities lean on Commissionaires expertise

January 11, 2018

Our social mandate to hire veterans of the CAF, RCMP and police forces across the country means most of our federation’s leaders are veterans. As a result, we are often contacted by the media to provide insight on security-related issues in our communities.

Claude Vigneault, the newly appointed Vice-President Consulting Services with our Quebec Division, was interviewed by Radio-Canada for his expertise in private investigation this week.

Commissionaires lend a hand to communities across Canada

December 14, 2017

With the kickoff to the holidays just days away, it’s common for our focus to be on gift-giving, and at times missing the spirit of the season: the greatest gift of all is giving of oneself and one’s time.

In that spirit, we’re shining the spotlight on some commissionaires across the country who do great things in their communities.

Victoria, the Islands and Yukon

The Divisional Office Staff is putting together a Christmas Food Hamper in partnership with the Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School for a family in need.

Protecting yourself, loved ones and your stuff this holiday season

December 12, 2017

The Home Alone movie series, we’ve all seen it, many of us love it. Although outrageous and comedic, it shines a light on a very serious concern many of us have over the holidays – home security.

While some of us have the, umm… luxury, of our entire family living in close proximity, for others, the holidays require travel to a small northern village that a GPS system barely registers. Some of us escape the cold and enjoy some fun in the sun. Whether you’re out for the evening or gone for a week, home security is a very real concern.

Art Bannagan receives the Commissionaires Distinguished Service Medal

December 8, 2017

Art Bannagan joined the Commissionaires in July 2009 and was assigned to work at the G8 Summit sites in Barrie, Ontario. It quickly became evident that Art was a meticulous, well-organized problem solver who was willing to fill any role requested of him. Art was appointed second-in-command at the site, and his ability to foresee and plan requirements aided in his development of a strong relationship with the client. As the project grew and his Post Commander was reassigned, Art assumed those responsibilities.

Cold weather tips to keep you safe and cozy, all winter long

December 7, 2017

December is full of surprises. It's a month filled with holiday treats, presents and Mother Nature’s favourite cat-and-mouse game, the ongoing “will-it-or-wont-it” regarding snow settling on the ground for the season.

This looming threat of winter divides Canadians-- the Winter-folk and the Summer-folk. Personally, I’m allergic to cold weather, and had the unfortunate-fortune of being born into this great country. Although I am extremely grateful to be Canadian, I could do without the -30 Celsius weather.

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