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Top 10 under 40: Brine Hamilton, GardaWorld



By any measure, Brine Hamilton has a full plate. A busy father of four, Hamilton works as an operations manager and health-care security specialist for GardaWorld, volunteers for the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) on the organization’s board of directors, teaches at Fleming and Seneca colleges, and hosts a health-care security podcast.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, his professional work has stepped into overdrive as hospitals look to schedule more guard shifts, yet he has still managed to maintain his other interests. The podcasts (interviews with health-care experts) are posted weekly and Hamilton’s security management and crime prevention college courses are currently being conducted over distance learning.

Hamilton started his professional security career at the age of 23 as a mall security guard then site supervisor. Like many who start out on the frontline, he had ambitions to join law enforcement. But all that changed when he went to work at Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN) and he became immersed in health-care security. When he started a family, he also began to focus more on security as a vocation.

Hamilton worked at UHN from 2007 to 2016, joined Baycrest Health Sciences for a year, then went to work at Mississauga’s Trillium Health Partners as a security coordinator. He joined GardaWorld in 2018.

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Hamilton got involved with IAHSS in 2014, becoming chair of its Ontario chapter in 2017 before taking on a board role with the larger international organization in 2018. Currently, he supports IAHSS’s guidelines council as board liaison and focuses on the organization’s international strategy as well.

His podcast, “The Healthcare Security Cast,” launched in late 2019, has featured a variety of guests, including career coach Diana YK Chan; Nelson Price, a health-care security director in Anchorage, Alaska; and risk assessment expert Caroline Ramsey-Hamilton who, in early February, provided some key indicators of what a Coronavirus lockdown situation might look like.

“The main thing was, I wanted another medium to get information out there, and engage the health-care security professionals that may not be members of IAHSS,” says Hamilton of the podcast. “I wanted to create some educational opportunities for myself and provide them for the community as a whole.”

Hamilton has spent most of his career working for individual health-care organizations, but he says his current role at GardaWorld allows him to engage with the industry more fully.

“I see myself growing in my current role with the company I am working with now and having a larger, more regional role supporting health-care security,” he says.