CSIS on the rebound
Jennifer BrownFeatures Opinion
Just weeks before the Canadian Society for Industrial Security (the “other CSIS”) was to hold its annual general meeting it was unclear whether anyone was going to step up to take on the role of president. Graham Ospreay had held the position for three consecutive terms during a time when others at CSIS had bailed on the organization following the mysterious departure of executive director Gord Pinder.
However, it’s clear the board of directors were actively recruiting
behind the scenes not only to replace Ospreay, but to create a board of
directors that would provide strong expertise in a number of areas of
keen interest to the private security industry.
During Security Canada Central’s annual expo last month, CSIS met
behind closed doors for their AGM and when they emerged, Kevin Murphy,
senior manager, security operations for Woodbine Entertainment Group
was named president. Murphy is well respected in the industry and has
stuck with CSIS through the tough times and is well-versed on issues
such as regulation.
Ospreay will remain as immediate past-president and chair of the
Canadian Security Certification Authority, which is a board that
oversees the CSIS certification program, ASP. He will also remain the
society representative to government as it relates to the security
industry standards and training on committees related to the Canadian
General Standards Board and Bill 159 in Ontario.
Mike McPherson, general manager of the Saskatchewan Housing Authority
will serve as vice-president of Western Canada and Prairie Region
chairperson; Robert Roy will be Eastern Canada and Capital Region
chairperson and Richard Anderson, general manager of Securiguard
Security Services in Victoria, B.C., will serve as Pacific chapter
chairperson. Also on the board is Roger Miller, vice-president,
operations, Northeastern Investigations: Atlantic Region Chair, and
Dave Brush, National Capital Region Chair. Bob Marentette, director of
security at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, remains on as executive
director and compliance officer and Martin Green of Rouge Valley Health
remains as chairperson of the GTA region.
The board combines expertise from across the country and the members
have a strong interest in monitoring regulation in Canada. In fact CSIS
has named Brian Robertson, a lawyer formerly employed with the Justice
Institute of B.C., now working for the Ontario Lottery Gaming
Corporation, chairperson of the Ontario Region with responsibility for
regulatory affairs. In the New Year, Brian will begin writing a column
for Canadian Security on these issues.
And while the CSIS AGM was closed to members only, I am told the
financial picture is looking brighter and membership is up 47 per cent.
It would seem CSIS is fighting back and far from dead.
A new Canadian Security
We’ve given the magazine a new look with this issue. Art director Jim
Stubbington has created a very modern, reader-friendly design. We have
also added a new columnist — The Business of Security, written by
Canadian Security publisher Frank Shoniker. We hope his column will
provide some insight into overcoming some of the challenges related to
promoting security in an organization. Let us know what you think.
Jennifer Brown, Editor
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