Commissionaires Ottawa acquires local telecom firm ComNet

Digital fingerprint
In recent years, Commissionaires Ottawa has expanded beyond providing security guards and into new fields, notably digital fingerprinting services. (Stock image, for illustrative purposes only)

The region’s largest security services firm says the acquisition of an Ottawa-based cable and networking firm will expand its client offerings and help recruit former members of the military and RCMP.

Commissionaires Ottawa said this week that it’s purchasing ComNet, a local telecom firm with offices in Montreal and Kingston that specializes in voice, data, networking hardware and fibre optics, among other areas.

ComNet will keep its name and staff, but operate as a subsidiary of Commissionaires Ottawa. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Commissionaires Ottawa is a not-for-profit with a mandate to provide employment to military and RCMP veterans. It currently employs some 4,000 individuals in the National Capital Region – where its security guards have a visible presence at government buildings – as well as other locations in the Ottawa Valley, northern Ontario and southwestern Ontario.

The size of its workforce makes it the region’s largest security services company and, along with Bell Canada, one of the top private-sector employers, according to OBJ research files.

In recent years, Commissionaires Ottawa has expanded beyond providing security guards and into new fields, notably digital fingerprinting services.

While this helps the firm win more business, it’s also helping to attract a new generation of workers, according to Commissionaires Ottawa CEO Paul Guindon.

He noted that modern-day veterans can leave the military at any age – sometimes as early as their 20s and 30s.

“As more and more Gen X and millennials join our ranks with strong technical skills and training, we can now offer them … more jobs and different kinds of jobs than ever before,” he said in a statement.