Our staff are the driving force behind our success. We recruit and assign personnel who are exceptionally motivated to manage day-to-day security operations as well as crisis situations. Our highly qualified personnel are capable of performing a variety of tasks and managing complex issues, and roles and responsibilities often extend far beyond established security and policing duties.
In many cases, their past military or RCMP service provides them with well-developed skills and knowledge that enhances the execution of their day-to-day duties. Our personnel are service-oriented, dedicated and professional.
They possess an unmatched work ethic, are exceedingly loyal and they bring the highest degree of discipline and maturity to each assignment. We are committed to the highest standards of training, which includes the Commissionaires Security Guard Course and Supervisor Program, both of which meet Canadian General Standards Board Criteria and the Alberta Security Services Act. On-going specialized training courses also ensure our personnel not only maintain but improve the essential skills needed to manage any workplace challenge.
Our Chief Executive Officer
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Slater, MBA, CPHR, CD, MSM
Prior to joining the Commissionaires, John was the Executive Director of The Military Museums in Calgary. His nearly 32 years with the Canadian Forces included command and staff appointments throughout Canada and overseas. John is the Past Chair of the Northern Alberta Chapter of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS).
Our Board of Governors
Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division is overseen by a volunteer Board of Governors. These exceptional individuals bring a wealth of senior military, police and executive experience to the Board.
CHAIR, Gord Winkel, MSc, P.Eng
A former Vice President of Syncrude Canada Ltd., Gord is currently the Director and Chair for the Dave and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management Program at the University of Alberta. He has held numerous senior business and board positions and brings a wealth of safety and risk related background to Commissionaires.
VICE CHAIR, Major-General (Retired) Tim Grant, OMM, MSC, CD, ICD.D
Tim brings extensive command and staff experience accumulated through his 31 years of military and 11 years of Alberta Government service. He was Deputy Minister of several departments including Deputy Solicitor General and is currently the Public Service Commissioner. A former Commander of Land Force Western Area, Tim also led Canada’s missions in Bosnia and Afghanistan.
Tanya Bowerman, MPA
After graduating from Royal Military College of Canada and serving in the Canadian Armed Forces for three years, Tanya began a career in the Alberta Government focused on business planning and performance reporting. She is the recipient several times over of the Premier’s Award of Excellence and is currently a doctoral student at Royal Roads University.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Rick Brown, CD, ICD.D
Throughout his 28 year career in the Canadian Army Rick developed both leadership and managerial skills while serving across Canada and abroad. His exceptional experience in emergency management allowed him to transition to the Alberta Provincial Government where he held a number of senior managerial positions including several Assistant Deputy Minister appointments. In addition to his professional life, Rick has coached, refereed and administered amateur hockey at multiple levels for both youth and adults in Alberta.
Assistant Commissioner (Retired) Marlin Degrand, M.O.M
Marlin is currently an executive director with the Government of Alberta, following a 30 year career with the RCMP as K Division’s Assistant Commissioner in charge of Alberta Operations. His numerous leadership and managerial appointments at the municipal, provincial and federal policing levels make him an ideal addition to Northern Alberta Division’s Board.
Erwin Kilotat, MEng
Erwin is a former Military Engineer with widespread knowledge in Federal Environmental and Energy management programs. Since retirement, he has devoted himself to teaching ESL and assisting immigrants in their transition to Canadian society.
Mark Prefontaine, MA, CFA, ICD.D
A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and former Assistant Deputy Minister of Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, Mark is presently a senior executive with Alberta Investment Management Corporation. He brings a wealth of executive, finance and governance experience and knowledge to the Board.
Shami Sandhu, ICD.D
Over the last 20 years, Shami’s vast business experience includes real estate, franchising, technology and aviation sectors. His extensive past board experience includes Edmonton’s Food Bank, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and, most recently, Chair of the Edmonton Police Commission. Shami is the recipient of the Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 and the Alberta Centennial Medal.
Darlene Savoie, LLB
Darlene is a senior police officer with extensive field and headquarters experience. Her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta, coupled with a Bachelor of Arts and a Business Diploma, provide a diverse skill set applicable to Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division’s Board of Governors.