Daniel Demers joins GardaWorld as business set to expand
Daniel Demers has joined GardaWorld as strategic advisor to the company’s CEO, Stéphan Crétier, and is spearheading an initiative that will see the Montreal-based guarding company significantly expand its security offerings.
By Neil Sutton
Demers was president and CEO of Reliance Protection from 1997 until the company was bought by ADT in 2015. Demers operated an independent consulting firm until recently joining GardaWorld.
“The industry kept coming back to me,” says Demers of his time away from the security business. “I kind of feel that there’s unfinished business — that I’m not done with what I started.”
Demers says he met with Crétier, who is also the founder of GardaWorld, and was intrigued by the proposition that the company might add new security services. “When I met with him, we clicked. It didn’t take very long for me to accept an offer and join GardaWorld,” he says.
Privately-held GardaWorld has been very active on the acquisition front, says Demers. The prospect of adding an electronic security aspect to its already substantial guarding operations is an enticing one, he says. The company is currently exploring more operations in intrusion systems, access control, video surveillance and analytics. “More and more, as technology evolves, and business needs evolve, what we’re finding is it’s complimentary,” says Demers.
“We’re kind of looking at this from the perspective of a brand-new start-up. Would there be interest in potential monitoring … and other solutions that could be done quickly by acquisition? Yes, absolutely. It’s not like we’re set on a traditional way of doing things. We want to look at things with a brand new set of glasses,” he adds.
Demers says it is too soon to predict the exact makeup of this new venture “but one thing for sure is the GardaWorld name will be very up front.”