Gordon Winkel Confirmed National Board Chair
June 21, 2021
Gord Winkel, MSc P.Eng was confirmed as National Board Chair of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires at the Annual General Meeting earlier this month. Mr. Winkel succeeds Col. Chris Lythgo, CD (ret’d) whose two-year term concluded.
Learn more about Gord and his new role.
April 30, 2021
After 14 years of service with Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division as a dispatcher in Operations, commissionaire Danielle Urichuk is moving on. We thank Danielle for her service and dedication and wish her all the best.
Employee of the Year 2020
April 15, 2021
CEO John Slater (photo right) recently presented Commissionaire John Schmaus (photo left) with 2020 Employee of the Year honours. John Schmaus joined the Division in Traffic Safety Detachment in 2013 and during this time has consistently given beyond what is required of him on a daily basis. He is held in high regard by management, staff and our contract holders for his uncompromising work ethic, his commitment to results and the success of the operation, and the integrity in which he deals with his role and with others.
Commissionaires Distinguished Service Medal Presented
April 14, 2021
We congratulate Dean Hamm, Director of Operations at HQ, who was recently presented with the Commissionaires Distinguished Service Medal (CDSM). Dean joined the Division in 2016 after a 24 year career with the RCMP. A Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Dean has consistently reinforced Commissionaire’s reputation for quality service, demonstrated outstanding leadership and management, and delivered solid advice to counterparts in other Divisions that has had a positive effect on the greater Corps. His efforts are in the best tradition of the Corps of Commissionaires.
Honorary Employee of the Month
April 13, 2021
Commissionaire Sammy, the new wildlife control and alert dog at Primrose Lake Evaluation Range (PLER), an isolated area near Cold Lake, was nominated as honorary Employee of the Month for April. Sammy is being recognized for his always pleasant demeanor and professional attitude towards his work. He greets oncoming commissionaires with tail wags and kisses, and constantly reassures staff and contractors that the PLER camp area is safe and free of bears, coyotes, wolves, lynx, angry beavers, cougars, and more. He is always well turned out and wears his uniform (bandana) proudly, serving 24 hours a day, seven days a week without a complaint and just the odd bark. He only asks to be petted, scratched, played fetch with occasionally and kept fed and watered. Sammy is a great employee worthy of the Commissionaire of the Month award.
Supporting the Veterans Association Food Bank
April 9, 2021
John Slater, CEO of Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division, presents John Kennedy, Assistant Operations Manager of the Edmonton Veterans Association Food Bank, with a cheque for $12,000 in support of Veterans and their families.
We Will Remember Them
November 11, 2020
We have a rich, longstanding tradition of honouring military personnel and veterans on Remembrance Day. While we cannot gather as we have in previous years, we will not let COVID-19 prevent us from reflecting on their sacrifice and continuing to pay tribute to the Canadians who have lost their lives in military conflicts. We invite you to watch one of the ceremonies that will be streaming live in the Edmonton area.
Building Dedicated to Veteran and Colleague
October 26, 2020
A small group of distinguished guests, colleagues and friends gathered at Commissionaires Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Division headquarters in Edmonton to commemorate the dedication and naming of the building in honour of decorated WW II veteran and respected commissionaire, Don Murphy.
Long-Serving Board Member Retires
September 1, 2020
Geoff Kliza (left) recently retired from the Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division Board of Governors and received his Commissionaire Long Service Medal from Chair Gord Winkel (right). Geoff spent twelve years on the Board and we thank him for his commitment and service to this organization!
Operation Rescue Bald Eagle
August 20, 2020
Commissionaire Cpl Lisa England (left) was recently commended for her keen observation and willingness to go that extra step while performing her daily duties at 4 Wing Cold Lake. While conducting a mobile patrol, Cmre England noticed an injured Bald Eagle. She alerted Alberta Fish and Wildlife and coordinated with 4 Wing Operations Support Squadron (4 OSS) Combat Operations Center (COC) for necessary clearances for a capture/rescue. Cmre England also directly assisted with the rescue efforts. The eagle was successfully captured and monitored overnight by Alberta Fish and Wildlife prior to taking it to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton.
Book Your Ident Services Appointments Online
August 10, 2020
Whether you require digital fingerprinting, a criminal record check, are looking for record suspensions (pardons), require waiver services or if you need a Commissioner for Oaths, you can now schedule your service appointment online. Check it out.
Recognizing 25 Years of Service
July 23, 2020
As a company, the most important assets Commissionaires have are its people. Every year we award Service Pins to recognize long-serving personnel. Recently, Arnie Webber, who works at Edmonton Garrison 7 CFSD (Canadian Forces Supply Depot), was presented with his 25-year Service Pin. Congratulations and thank you Arnie for your commitment to the Corps.
COVID-19 Update on Identification Service Offerings
June 22, 2020
Please contact our office at 780-451-1974 ext. 269 for our available Ident service offerings. At this time we are not accepting walk in appointments.
June 16, 2020
It is with sadness that we say farewell to Don Murphy who passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at the age of 96 years. A decorated veteran, Don was one of the last serving WW II veteran commissionaires in Canada. Don enlisted in 1942 and from then until 1945, he was assigned to the Royal Marine Commandos. His distinguished wartime record began in Burma in the Pacific, included amphibious landings in North Africa and Sicily, a submarine raid on Norway and the D-Day landings, going ashore at Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was en route back to the Pacific Theatre when the war ended. Don joined Commissionaires in Victoria in 1975. He continued his career with Commissionaires in Edmonton in 1981, where he worked until his retirement in June 2014 at the age of 91. During his 33 years with the Corps, Don held both field and management positions including serving as the Division training officer for a period. His personable demeanor made him welcome wherever he was assigned. As a Commissionaire ambassador he contributed immensely to Northern Alberta Division’s reputation for quality people. He will be greatly missed.
Congratulations 2020 Long-Service Awardees
May 26, 2020
For more than 20 years now, Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division has held it’s annual Awards Banquet to recognize and thank our long-serving commissionaires. Due to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, the banquet, originally scheduled for April 3, had to be cancelled. So in lieu of the event, Contract Managers took time to meet with, congratulate and present 39 individuals with awards for 12, 17, 22 and 30 years of service. We appreciate the commitment and dedication each of these individuals has shown to the Corps. Photo: Shaun Parsons receives his 17 year bar.
Commissionaires Awarded CEO Commendation
May 22, 2020
Commissionaires Edwin Gegalow (left) and Darlene Mulle (right) were recently presented with CEO commendations for providing exceptional support on the job.
During a shift at 4 Wing, Commissionaire Gegalow observed an F18 venting aviation fuel in 3 Hangar. His attention to detail, willingness to get involved and promptly report his observations up the Chain of Command mitigated what could have been a large unwitnessed fuel spill and prevented damage to all other property housed in the hangar.
On short notice, Commissionaire Darlene Mulle stepped in to cover the Supervisor position with the Security Escorts at 4 Wing, ensuring the staff were assigned their duties and monitoring crew performance throughout the day. She exceeded the client’s expectations in ensuring all policies were followed, including new policies concerning COVID-19, by displaying a keen ability to adapt to changing environments quickly and seamlessly. During this period of heightened sensitivities and stressors, Commissionaire Mulle has been the epitome of grace, tact and diplomacy when dealing with clients, contractors, DND and CAF personnel.
Both Gegalow’s and Mulle’s professionalism, dedication and actions are in keeping with the best traditions of the Corps and we are extremely proud of you.
March 18, 2020
Digital and ink fingerprint services have been suspended until further notice but we continue to offer CPICs (Name Based Criminal Record Checks). These criminal record checks can be done online. We continue to offer Scan to Digital services for out-of-country fingerprints and will continue to work on our existing Record Suspension (Pardon) and US Waiver files. If you have any questions regarding our Scan to Digital or Pardon and US Waiver services please call 780-451-1974 ext. 269.
March 13, 2020
Please be advised that Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division has implemented portions of our Business Continuity Plan with regards to the COVID-19 Pandemic and are following the Government of Alberta’s “Best Practice Guideline for Workplace Health and Safety During Pandemic Influenza” as our primary source of advice. We are communicating directly with clients as situations require, and we advise all our members to remain calm and follow the guidelines in regards to personal safety. Members/employees are directed to the Employee Hub (login) section of this website and the Alberta government’s website for further COVID-19 information.
Security Team Receives CEO Commendation
February 27, 2020
Commissionaires Robert Hagerty (left) and Ben Corneau (right) along with the entire Bravo security team at the Industrial Heartland Petrochemical Complex outside Fort Saskatchewan were awarded CEO Commendations on February 27. Robert provided CPR and Ben called first responders to a choking incident around Christmas time. Their quick and knowledgeable actions saved the person in distress from further harm while reinforcing the quality of our service in the mind of our client.
Support for Military Family Resource Centre
February 24, 2020
Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division recently donated to the Camp Wainwright Military Family Resource Center (MRFC). This is one of three MFRCs supported, the others being CFB Edmonton and 4 Wing Cold Lake. Commissionaire Chief Warrant Officer John Smith, the Wainwright Detachment Commander is seen presenting the cheque to Angela Enman, the Executive Director of the Wainwright MFRC.
Spreading Some Holiday Cheer
December 11, 2019
Commissionaire Joe Rizutto is spreading the Christmas Cheers at Government Centre Bowker Building. If you’re in the neighbourhood, stop by and say hello.
Photo Gallery: Remembrance Day 2019
November 11, 2019
Several thousand people gathered at the University of Alberta Butterdome on November 11, 2019 to mark Remembrance Day and pay tribute to Canadians who have lost their lives in military conflicts. Here are a few photos from this special day.
Commissionaires Receive Chamber Business Award
October 28, 2019
Commissionaires Northern Alberta Division (CNAD) received the BOYA for Outstanding Not-for-Profit Business at the Cold Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards (BOYA). The award was presented by the Cenovus sponsor to Doug Button, CNAD Cold Lake Region Contract Manager. Commissionaire John McCormack, RangeControl emergency call centre supervisor, also received a Certificate of Excellence in Customer Service for his dedication to our company and RangeControl. We are very proud to be recognized by the business community.
NorQuest Commissionaires Recognized for Compassion
September 23, 2019
Recently, two Commissionaires responded with kindness and understanding when faced with a tricky situation at NorQuest College in Edmonton. Read the story.