Paul A. Guindon
As a distinguished veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and CEO of Commissionaires Ottawa, Captain (N) Paul A. Guindon (Ret’d) is a highly accomplished individual with over 40 years of military, leadership and executive experience.
Paul served his country for more than 33 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, where he gained advanced knowledge of weapons, missile systems and a wide range of national security protocols. His leadership skills were strengthened during five command appointments and two deployments in a theatre of war. Paul is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax and Le collège interarmées de défense in Paris. He also obtained his Advanced Military Studies Course (AMSC) from the Military Command and Staff College in Toronto.
Since Paul transitioned to civilian life to become CEO of Commissionaires Ottawa in 2004, the not-for-profit, private security organization has tripled in size under his leadership—emerging as one of Ottawa’s largest private employers, a recognized market leader, and a repeat Consumer Choice Award winner for business excellence. In response to ever-increasing private and public sector demand, the CEO has guided ongoing expansions of the company’s range of services, offices and service territory while pursuing a greater number of employment opportunities for commissionaires.
Throughout this period of unprecedented growth, the organization has stayed true to its social mandate to promote the cause of commissionaires, many of whom are veterans, and to create meaningful employment opportunities for all of its employees. To this end, Paul remains focused on finding new and better ways of doing business in response to increased security threats, new standards and laws, continuous technological advances, and greater expectations for training and services.
In the community, Paul serves as President of the Association of Professional Security Agencies (APSA) and is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the Centre for National Security (The Conference Board of Canada), the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), as well as various other security, military and governmental associations.