Dan Popowich, CPP
Lexxon Training’s President, 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 the business of security as well as the importance of training as a critical success factor. 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 GardaWorld, a primary, worldwide security enterprise.
Dan furthers his passion for security and risk management as a long time and active participant in the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International. A Certified Protection Professional since 1985, he is currently the Chairman of the Canadian Pacific Chapter.
With more than 25 years experience in HR management, Suzanne has demonstrated strong leadership and a proven track record as an energetic, dedicated and resourceful business leader. She has extensive experience in all areas of HR management including strategic planning, organizational change management, recruitment, performance management, communications, employee relations and compensation and benefits.
Suzanne has worked in key HR management roles in Ottawa and Vancouver at Canada Post Corporation, Fujitsu Consulting, BC Rehabilitation Society and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She now holds the position of Vice President Human Resources for Commissionaires BC and BCCC Enterprises Inc., parent company to Lexxon Training.
Suzanne possesses an undergraduate Arts degree in Business Economics, Certificates in Conflict Resolution (Negotiation and Mediation) and is a Certified Human Resources Practitioner (CHRP).
Senior VP Finance
Shaheen Sidi, a Certified General Accountant, joined Commissionaires BC in 2001 after more than a decade of working in financial management, primarily in private practice. Additionally, in 2011 Shaheen took on the role of Senior Vice President of BCCC Enterprises Inc., the parent company to Lexxon Training.
Shaheen rose from junior accountant to controller while working for a variety of organizations, including Offshore Systems (listed on the TSE), Con-Space Communications (listed on CDNX), SFG Technologies, and the Organized Crime Agency of BC.
As a dedicated sales professional, Mr. Kowalchuk has over fifteen years of sales experience working with companies in technology, real estate development, and financial services. His experience has covered many levels within the organizations he has served from national account manager to vice president of sales.
In 2011 Michael took on the dual role of Director Sales for BCCC Enterprises Inc., parent company to Lexxon Training, and Director Sales for Commissionaires BC where he is actively engaged in applying his experience and expertise in driving new business.