About Us

Our History

CVIY Division was established in 1937, supporting Canadian Veterans.

Captain Edward Walter, a retired officer of the Crimean War, founded The Corps of Commissionaires in England in 1859 to help veterans make the difficult transition back to civilian life and employment. He convinced friends and acquaintances that the exemplary discipline, loyalty, and dedication to service which veterans possessed could be put to excellent use in business. The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires was eventually founded in 1925, to employ Canadian veterans of the First World War, with the Victoria, the Islands, and Yukon Division founded in 1937.

With the advent of advanced technology and more specialized, highly skilled staff, Commissionaires has expanded to offer a broader range of services. Today, Commissionaires employs 22,000 men and women of all ages and walks of life who serve in 1,200 communities across the country.

Commissionaires is not an agency of the federal or provincial governments. We are a private, self-supporting, not-for-profit organization, continuing a proud tradition that started more than a century and a half ago. By operating in this manner, we are able to fulfill our mandate of providing meaningful work to both ex-military personnel and non-veteran workers, while providing our clients with industry-leading service.

Commissionaires Values Canadian Veterans

What we stand for


Our mission is to provide innovative, best in class security services that exceed our clients' expectations and delivers value to Canadians.


Within the national federation of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, our vision is to be a preferred employer for Canadians, building upon a strong business model of the highest quality and creating new opportunities aligned with the skills of the modern veteran and commissionaire.


To provide meaningful employment that meets the needs of veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, their families, and all others who wish to contribute to the security and well-being of Canadians.

Our Commitments

Commissionaires is committed to a high standard of provide services and uncompromising quality, integrity, and competence.

Each Division of Commissionaires has a voluntary Board of Governors comprised of former senior members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP, along with local business executives. Their duty is to continue the vision of Captain Walters by providing meaningful employment for veterans and non-veterans alike. In this, they are supported by a full-time Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for leading the Division.

To provide services of uncompromising quality, integrity, and competence, we continually audit our services for quality, ethics, and environmental & social impact through ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards. These commitments stand in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for a better future for all, including the protection of the environment, compliance with government regulations, and prevention of pollution. (ISO 9001:2015 v1.7 29 Oct 19)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s shared plan to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet by 2030.

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Commissionaires meets all CGSB training requirements of the standard and has successfully passed the two phases of CGSB program qualification.

Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is a component of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). Its purpose is to provide standards development and assess conformity in support of regulatory and procurement objectives.

CGSB sets standards for training and programs qualification to ensure security officers and supervisors have received the proper level of training to work at federal sites.

Our Services

Commissionaires is happy to offer a truly full-service security experience.

Serving business, private, and Government clients, we offer everything from video installation and live video surveillance to fingerprinting, record checks, and private investigating. No matter what the job, we’ve got you covered! Not sure exactly what you are looking for? Commissionaires can provide security audits and build you a security package custom-tailored to fit your specific needs.

Meet the Team

Our steadfast focus on team culture has made us an award-winning leader in the security sector.

More than just a business, we are a community. Our people are at the heart of what we do. That’s why we are proudly Not-For-Profit, with 90% of revenues flowing back to our employees in benefits, wages, and training. When you succeed, we succeed! Find out more about careers here.


Chief Executive Officer


Director of Human Resources


Chief Operations Officer


Marketing Communications Manager


Recruitment Officer


Chief Financial Officer

Board of Governors

Commissionaires Victoria, The Islands and Yukon Division was established in 1937 with just 16 members. It has grown along with the communities on Vancouver Island by providing a wide range of services to government, businesses, and residential clients.

For over 80 years, the Division has maintained operations and administrative responsibility for security and related services in communities across Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, the Gulf Islands, and Whitehorse. Currently the Division has over 800 employees, making it one of the largest and oldest security enterprises in British Columbia.

All 15 divisions of the Commissionaires are private, self-supporting, Not-For-Profit corporations. Each Division has a voluntary Board of Governors comprised of former senior members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP, along with local business executives. Their duty is to continue the vision of Captain Walters by providing employment for ex-service and RCMP personnel. In this they are supported by a full-time Chief Executive Officer/Commandant who is responsible for leading and managing the Division.

Mr. Al Giesbrecht


Mrs. Carol Navickas


Adele Donaldson

Past Chair, Retired Lieutenant-Colonel

Ms. Phyllis Carlyle


Mrs. Sarah Francescutti


Mr. Colin Smith


Sean Midwood

Governor, Retired Lieutenant-Commander

James Benninger

Governor, Retired Colonel

Mr. Mike Newson


Ross Johnson

Governor, Retired Major CD

Mr. David Collins


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