Commissionaires nationally is a private, Canadian, not-for-profit company with 15 independent divisions encompassing 50+ offices and more than 20,000 employees. The British Columbia division was established in 1927 with the original mandate of creating meaningful employment for former military and RCMP members. Today, we have broadened that mandate to “give back to all those who serve and have served our community and country.” Commissionaires BC is comprised of a well-trained, diverse team over 1,150 strong servicing 110 communities across mainland BC. We provide the best solutions and highest quality of service in the industry.
Commissionaires was built with the core methodology to serve the Federal Government of Canada while mandated to provide meaningful employment to veterans. Throughout our history, we have safeguarded Federal infrastructures and provided customer service as Ambassadors to all those who utilize these facilities. Our marketplace and client portfolio over the past 88 years has changed tremendously. Our clients demand, now more than ever, flexibility, implementation of technology, customer service, and cutting edge training programs. Resulting from our organic growth with commercial contracts, our portfolio has shifted from 100% Federal contracts to 38% Federal and 62% Commercial. This expansion has provided Commissionaires the opportunity to change and adapt our service offerings to better serve our clients and deliver a relevance in the marketplace that is second to none.
We have transformed our organization by developing two new for-profit companies; Kinetic Security and Lexxon Training, to better service our clients and provide choice and flexibility to both the security and training marketplace. Both companies provide Commissionaires the benefit of attracting a new diverse workforce and the capability of training them beyond our clients’ expectation.
Dan Popowich, CPP - Chief Executive Officer
CEO Dan Popowich brings a dynamic blend of law enforcement, security expertise and entrepreneurial spirit. Dan's career in security has stretched over 40 years. His breadth of experience demonstrates a lifelong commitment to both the business of security as well as the provision of an essential community service. Dan is progressive in his outlook, remaining current with security and risk management trends and business opportunities.
Dan got his start with the RCMP in 1972. After seven formative years working as a constable in the Vancouver Lower Mainland, he established his own security company in Alberta. Under his leadership and direction, the operation became the largest security provider in Calgary with revenues exceeding $12 million. In 1999, the company was sold to a major American security provider where Dan supported the transition as Vice President Western Canada overseeing a staff of 800 guards. Career opportunity took him next into the international arena where he lent his security expertise to Canadian Nexen, a global energy provider with significant operations in the Republic of Yemen. There his experience was put to the test during a terrorist attack on a French oil tanker that garnered international attention. Dan was responsible for mobilizing marine forces in response.
In 2005, Dan joined BC Hydro as Chief Security Officer where he was tasked with spearheading the development of a fully integrated security program for over 400 facilities and providing critical infrastructure protection. During his tenure, he successfully won executive approval to implement a five year $40M anti-terrorism plan and three year $12M property and building security plan. Dan continued in a consulting capacity with BC Hydro working on Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics where his expertise in critical infrastructure protection was key. Prior to joining Commissionaires BC, he acted as Director of Major Accounts, Western Canada for Garda World, a primary worldwide security enterprise.
Dan furthers his passion for security and risk management as a long time and active participant in American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International. A Certified Protection Professional since 1985, he is the past Chairman of the Canadian Pacific Chapter.
Lt(N) Stuart Evans, CD - Chairman of the Board
Stuart Evans became a member of the Board in 2012 and in June 2014 was elected as Chair of the Board of Governors.
Stuart’s high-tech career began in the mid-80s in the electronic security field, initially in retail as Technical Services Manager with a Vancouver alarm company and later as Regional Sales Manager with a national alarm equipment distributor. During the 1990s, he worked in manufacturing, service management and business management, predominantly in BC’s high-tech industry. In 1998, Stuart concentrated his focus on the power electronics industry, primarily working in sales and business development. Stuart has held positions ranging from Account Manager to Director in various businesses ranging from start-ups to global corporations. He is currently a business management consultant, specializing in sales & marketing strategy for the high tech industry. Stuart’s volunteer work includes serving on the board for the BC Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and as a file reviewer for the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC.
Stuart joined Canada's Naval Reserve as a Boatswain in 1991. In 1994 he joined the officer corps as a Naval Control of Shipping Officer and in 2005 he converted to Intelligence Officer. He’s served with Canada’s contingent in international exercises in Canada, as well as the USA, Chile and South Africa. His current appointment is Deck Officer in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Discovery.
Stuart received his MBA from Royal Roads University and he has a Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. He received a Diploma in Engineering Technology from the BC Institute of Technology and holds the designations Applied Science Technologist (AScT) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC).