Commissionaires BC is led by the following professionals, upstanding member of our community with a strong commitment to veterans and Commissionaires’ success.
FRANK RICHTER, CGA
Chairman of the Board
Frank Richter has been a member of the Board since September 2007. In June 2008 he became Vice Chairman. In June 2011 Frank was elected as Chair of the Board of Governors.
Frank is a former Chief Financial Officer and Director with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As Assistant Commissioner, Frank was responsible for the administration of the RCMP’s national budget, was a member of the RCMP Senior Executive Committee and provided corporate leadership in the areas of finance, procurement, contracting, real property and strategic planning. Frank is a Senior Advisor with RFP Solutions, an Ottawa-based company that provides public procurement services to government departments and agencies. He acts as an independent fairness monitor, overseeing the bid evaluation process on complex and / or high dollar value procurements to ensure that all bids are evaluated in a consistent, equitable and compliant manner.
Frank lives in Kelowna, BC where he is actively involved in a number of community volunteer activities, including the Okanagan College Foundation and the RCMP Veterans’ Association (Okanagan Division). Frank is also a Director of the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina and participates in Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program that completes tax returns at no cost for low income taxpayers.
DAN POPOWICH, CPP
Commissionaires BC’s 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 as well as 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 of Western Canada overseeing a staff of 800 guards. This 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 in Western Canada for GardaWorld, 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 currently the Past Chairman of the Canadian Pacific Chapter. Dan was recently accepted into the prestigious CSO Roundtable within ASIS International where he is one of six Canadians in this group.