By Neeru Panjwani, Manager - Human Resources

At A.S.P, we recognize and appreciate the importance of creating an environment in which all employees feel valued, included, and empowered to do their best work and bring great ideas to the table.

We recognize that each employee’s unique experiences, perspectives, and viewpoints add value to our ability to create and deliver the best possible service to our clients and partners.

In the last quarter, we founded our Diversity and Inclusion Committee. With a mandate to identify the strengths, issues, and opportunities within our organization, the committee is made up of employees and members of the leadership team. In our first few meetings, we’ve been talking about ways to identify needs and areas of concerns in the business and we’ve been exploring policies and practices affecting diversity and inclusion.

A.S.P. Diversity and Inclusion Committee and members

The “A.S.P. Diversity and Inclusion Committee” was launched on October 22, 2020. Committee members are:

  1. Debbie Ciccotelli – Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
  2. Andrew Catney – Resource Planner
  3. Melicia Gregory – Security Guard, TPIA (Acting Employee Chair)
  4. Avtar Bhamra – Security Guard, CIC
  5. Felice Marinelli – Supervisor, CIC
  6. Katrina Stachurski – Canine Guard, CIC
  7. Radowan Chowdhuri – Security Guard, YYC
  8. Tony Magill – Security Guard, YYC
  9. Zeeshan Shah – Security Guard, YYC
  10. Ramakrishna Malkapuram – Trainer, TPIA
  11. Sarah Jessop – Administrator, Human Resources (Secretary, D&I Committee)
  12. Giselle Lopez – Accountant
  13. Petra Nash – Executive Assistant
  14. Neeru Panjwani – Manager, Human Resources (Employer Chair)
  15. Asad Abbas – Service Delivery Manager, CIC
  16. Natasha Stephenson-Belle – Manager, Resource Planning
  17. Cliff Sampogna – Director of Operation, Residential and Commercial Division
  18. Vince Bozzo – Sr. Director for Aviation
  19. Sarah Northrup – Director, Human Resources

The Committee’s Mission Statement

Advancing the A.S.P. mission of providing strategic, agile and responsive security services, the committee, made up of employees and members of the leadership team, will identify needs and areas of concerns and explore policies and practices affecting diversity and inclusion. We recognize that diversity in ideas, background and experience are essential to meeting our goals.

The committee will participate in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives aimed at:

  • Creating an inclusive environment where everyone is respected, valued and given every opportunity to succeed;
  • Fostering a culture where leaders do what’s right;
  • Creating opportunities to support diverse employees;
  • Educating our A.S.P. teams on diversity issues; and
  • Improve employee engagement and feeling of belonging.

Diversity and Inclusion Survey and Feedback

As our first step, we conducted a company-wide Diversity and Inclusion survey. The survey was centred around researched concepts of Inclusion, such as fairness, belonging, and voice. It was aimed at measuring the degree to which our culture creates an inclusive environment where people of all cultures, backgrounds and identities can thrive.  We are happy to share the results of the survey with all of you.

The feedback from employees validated our belief that our employees share the same view as the management and that they support us in developing a safe work environment all our colleagues. Having said that, the survey feedback has given us insight into areas of opportunities, which will be taken up by actions from the committee and the leadership team in developing strategies and policies to address them.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Contact

We are happy to tell you that you can reach out to the committee at inclusion@security-asp.com. We encourage anyone to reach out if you would like to get any further information on Diversity and Inclusion at A.S.P.

Even in a diverse and open organization like ours, we know that there are still real challenges. Across our organization, we share moments with our co-workers, clients, and the public every day. It’s easy to overlook moments during your day that may seem routine, but that’s how systemic discrimination finds a way into our workplace. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, we encourage you to speak with your manager or write to inclusion@security-asp.com.

We are in the process of developing a Diversity and Inclusion framework and policy to further build and reinforce our commitment to this initiative. The mission of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee will be to foster an environment that attracts the best talent, values diversity of life experiences and perspectives, and encourages innovation in pursuit of mission. We look forward to your support in realizing our mission.


By Sarah Jessop, HR Administrator and Jasmine Khimany, HR Manager - CIC/RES

It is our pleasure to introduce and welcome the following new team members to A.S.P. We are confident that with their rich experience and excellent professional attitude, they will contribute to the growth and success of A.S.P.

Laurel Woodhouse – Health and Safety Manager

Please join us in welcoming Laurel Woodhouse to the A.S.P. team as our Health and Safety Manager! Laurel brings with her over 10 years of experience in the field of occupational health and safety, having worked in both advisory and consultancy positions. Laurel’s strong knowledge of both provincial and federal legislation has proven to be invaluable for A.S.P. already, as she has begun advising and supporting our commercial, aviation and office divisions. Laurel is a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC), and we have no doubt that her expertise will allow A.S.P. to achieve our health and safety goals. Her approachable, caring and confident attitude make her a great fit for the A.S.P. management team.

Karim Khamisa – Site Manager, Greater Sudbury Airport

Karim Khamisa has joined A.S.P. as our Site Manager for the Greater Sudbury Airport. He will be responsible for operations management, employee management, client and customer relations and government relations at YSB.

Karim has a strong operations management background in the hotel and hospitality sectors, having worked for the Four Seasons, Holiday Inn and the Chateau Lacombe Hotel, to name a few. His diligence, strong organizational skills and personable approach will allow for a seamless transition into the Site Manager position at YSB.

Yemisi Joshua – Payroll Specialist

Yemisi Joshua has joined A.S.P.’s Accounting department as a Payroll Specialist. She has broad international experience in the accounting field, particularly in the areas of payroll administration, bookkeeping, accounts payable and customer service.

Yemisi has already hit the ground running in our Burlington office, assisting with recent pays and a variety of administrative tasks. She possesses an M.Sc. in Finance and Management from the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom and she has completed the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) program at Sheridan College. Yemisi’s flexible nature and positive attitude are just a few of the valued traits she will be bringing to her role.

Opeyemi Adeniji – Front Desk Administrator, Burlington

Opeyemi Adeniji has joined A.S.P. as our Front-Desk Administrator in our Burlington office. He will be responsible for supporting the entire organization by managing a variety of administrative tasks and front-desk responsibilities.

Opeyemi brings strong experience in managing complex administrative duties to the role, having worked as an Administrative Assistant for the last six years. Opeyemi graduated with an MBA in International Business from Cardiff Metropolitan University and he possesses strong technical skills. His calm and friendly personality will undoubtedly be a wonderful addition to the A.S.P. team.

Keba Walters

Keba Walters has joined the HR Team as a Recruiter in our North York office. She is responsible for full-cycle recruitment for the security contracts at our Residential/Commercial Division. Keba brings strong experience in screening, interviewing and hiring practices. Prior to this role, Keba worked as a Recruitment Consultant at Bilingual Source, where she successfully sourced candidates using social media and job boards. Keba is currently in the process of getting her Bachelor’s degree in Arts, English Language and Literature from York University and HR Management certificate from Fleming College.

Shakerah Bennett

Shakerah Bennett has joined the HR Team as a Recruiter in our North York office. She is responsible for full-cycle recruitment for the school crossing guard contract at our Residential/Commercial Division. In her previous role working as a Human Resources – Recruitment Specialist at Eagle Professional Resource Inc., Shakerah worked closely with the Account Managers to identify and understand the client needs to initiate and deliver recruitment campaigns. Shakerah possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Management Studies from University of the West Indies and a Graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from Centennial College. Shakerah is working on her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) designations.

Ryan Durkin

Ryan Durkin has joined A.S.P. as Training Coordinator in our North York office. Ryan brings over 10+ years of security experience and has 7+ years of experience working as a Trainer. Prior to A.S.P., Ryan worked as a Self Defense Instructor at First Nations People, where he provided awareness and practical self-defence training to Youth, Seniors, Nurses and security personnel. He is a motivated, resourceful and tactful communicator with the ability to build productive relationship with persons of all levels, cultures and background. Ryan has completed Business Administration Management from George Brown College.

Amy Strachan

Amy Strachan has joined A.S.P. as an Administrator for the crossing guard contract at our Residential/Commercial Division. Amy brings strong experience in administration and has worked in health care and food industries in her previous roles where she managed administrative processes and prepared key reports and documentation along with other administrative tasks. Amy graduated with a certificate in Immigration Consulting from CSIC-e-Academy and HR Management certificate from Seneca College.


By Neeru Panjwani, Manager - Human Resources

It is our pleasure to introduce and welcome the following new members in our team. Please join us in providing a warm A.S.P. welcome to all the new members. We are proud to have you all as part of our team.

Uzoma (Zoma) Ogbonna, Technical Writer

Zoma has over 14 years of Technical Writing experience and prior to joining A.S.P., held the position of Senior Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Workplace Safety & Insurance Board. Zoma holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and Ethics from the University of Toronto as well as a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Zoma has a wealth of expertise and experience in developing RPF proposal documents as well as corporate and operational policies, plans and procedures. Zoma’s project management and process review experience will be a definite asset to the company and her bubbly personality combined with her collaborative approach makes her a great fit to the A.S.P. family.

Zoma Ogbonna

Nadia Onorato, Recruiter, Toronto Pearson Airport Division

Nadia will be responsible for the full recruiting lifecycle. She is based out of our Mississauga office. She has over 10 years of Recruitment and HR administration experience for positions at Toronto Pearson International Airport and is well-versed with the new hire requirements at the airport. Her relative experience in airport experience will be an asset to our company.

Nadia Onorato

Rachel Raposo, Service Delivery Manager, Res/CIC Division

Rachel has over 8 years of experience in the security industry. She comes from GardaWorld where she held the position of Security Manager and managed a large group of security officers across the GTA. She is responsible for day to day operations of the security service contracts for RES/CIC division. Rachel has strong people and process management skills and has handled all aspects of security and operational procedures.

Rachel Raposo

Resource Planners

Varunpreet Saini, Harpreet Saini and Alanna-Marie Cole joined the Resource Planning team as Resource Planners. Varunpreet is responsible for handling scheduling for the aviation division and Harpreet and Alanna help the Residential and Commercial division. Alanna comes with extensive customer service experience, having worked at Walmart, CAA and American Airlines. Harpreet brings strong analytical skills along with proficiency in data processing as she has worked as a Scheduling Coordinator and Underwriter in her previous occupations. Varunpreet has worked as Customer and Technical Support representative in her previous roles which enabled her to build strong interpersonal, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Alanna-Marie Cole

Brian Joly, Training Manager, Res/CIC Division

Bryan comes with 15 years of experience in education and development. He spent nearly 10 years as a Special Education Educator at the Toronto District School Board, and Durham District School Board. Bryan worked with countless students in modifying lessons, content, assignments and quizzes to meet the needs of each individual learner. Bryan has earned his reputation as a motivational facilitator and has used Differentiated Learning principles to create learning content to successfully created positive learning environments for everyone.

Bryan Joly

Sonika Ramachandran, HR Administrator, Res/CIC Division

Sonika has about 3 years of work experience in recruitment and human resources dealing with employee relations, maintaining files on HRIS and health & safety. She completed her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from University of Toronto and is currently pursuing her CHRP certification.

Sonika Ramachandran


By Neeru Panjwani, Human Resources Generalist

A.S.P. believes that all employees should be treated fairly. We promote employment equity in the workplace to ensure that women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities are well represented at all levels of our organization. Our employment equity program ensures that our hiring and promotion practices are based on qualifications and ability.

As part of our employment equity program, the organization is also required to collect and submit information about our workforce that is covered under Canada Labour Code (Federal Employment Law) annually. Identification of our employees as a member of a designated group (Women, Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities and Visible Minorities) will help us create an accurate picture of our workforce and will assist in developing and implementing programs to support and celebrate our diversified workforce. The programs will be applicable to all our employees irrespective of whether they are covered under Federal or Provincial legislation.

In order to collect the information from our federally regulated employees, you will be contacted via email by the HR department and will be requested to complete a questionnaire. Please be advised that the completion of the questionnaire is voluntary, and you may select the “prefer not to answer” option. However, it will be mandatory to submit the signed form, even if you choose not to fill out any additional information.

The responses that you provide on the form will be retained for statistical purposes only; your confidentiality is protected. We encourage you to review, update and correct information about yourself at any time. Your information will not be used for unauthorized purposes.

The information you provide is collected under the authority of sections 18 and 42 of the Employment Equity Act to enable our organization to collect workforce data, comply with employment equity legislation and implement employment equity in the workplace.

Your information will be grouped with other employees’ data and shared with the Labour Program of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for the purpose of complying with employment equity legislation under the Legislated Employment Equity Program. [Under the Legislated Employment Equity Program, the aggregate employee information will be shared with the Canadian Human Rights Commission and with the general public.]

The information you provide may be used and/or disclosed for policy analysis, research and/or evaluation purposes by ESDC. However, these additional uses and/or disclosures of your personal information will never result in an administrative decision being made about you.

Remember, your participation is appreciated and will help us create an accurate picture of our workforce and assist us in developing and implementing programs to support and celebrate our diversified workforce. Watch for an email from HR about where you can go to complete your questionnaire!


By David Ramlagan, Training Coordinator, Aviation Security

For Access Control and Escort/Surveillance Guards who are interested in applying to different security roles within Toronto Pearson, below is a brief summary of the contracted security services that A.S.P. provides. Please check our website https://www.security-asp.com/ in the current or internal opportunities sections.

Catering Security:

Gate Gourmet is the facility that prepares the in-flight meals for passengers on various airlines. The Gatehouse Guard at this site is responsible for ensuring authorized vehicles enter the compound. The Patroller looks out for signs of theft and suspicious activity. The front-desk receptionist assists our client with administrative tasks and ensures that authorized individuals enter the food processing area.

Airline Security:

Airlines such as Emirates and British Airways use A.S.P.’s services during the time between an aircraft’s arrival and departure. Guards are positioned on the boarding bridge to verify individuals going into the aircraft such as catering, cleaning and airline personnel. They may also be positioned on the airside for aircraft surveillance, or in the bag room to ensure luggage is not tampered with.

Door Patrol:

These employees are mainly responsible for ensuring the PSL doors are locked and secure by conducting regular patrols in specific areas. When a door alarm is activated, Door Patrollers must respond, investigate, and secure the door.

Vehicle Patrol:

Responsible for parking lot patrols by observing for signs of theft, vandalism or any suspicious activity. They ensure that the integrity of the PSL barriers around the airside is maintained by checking for any openings or debris along the fences. They also provide transportation assistance for GTAA personnel to deliver various supplies.

Supervision:

Our supervisor team is vital to carrying out the delivery of security services to our clients, by ensuring that the security personnel are aware of the on-site procedures and are complying with company and legislative policies. They provide direct support to the security guards, assist with scheduling and coordinate with GTAA clients to accomplish various tasks.

Specialists:

This security group is recognizable within the terminal by their grey shirts and tactical vests. Their main responsibility is to identify and determine the root cause of anyone displaying suspicious behaviour and respond accordingly. They also monitor restricted areas to identify employees who are not in their designated workspace.

Canine Explosive Detection (K9):

The members of this security team are accompanied with trained dogs that are able to detect various forms of explosive material. They are called on to respond to unattended items and to conduct sweeps of high-risk airport areas.


By Paul Parkinson, Director, Finance

The Ontario government is making changes to its OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare program.

The changes affect OHIP-insured children and youth who are 24 years of age and younger.

What’s changing?
Children and youth with drug coverage through a private health benefits plan will access prescribed medicines through their private plan, as they did prior to the launch of OHIP+. Those with significant out-of-pocket costs, despite having a private plan, may apply for additional financial support through the Trillium Drug Program.

What’s not changing?
Children and youth with no drug coverage through a private plan will remain eligible for OHIP+. They will continue to receive drug benefits without co-payments or deductibles.

If you have any questions, please review the Ontario government’s amendment at http://health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/dr ugs/opdp_eo/notices/exec_office_20190227. pdf.


Dy Paul Parkinson, Director, Finance

Do you have a discrepancy on your paystub?

To help us streamline and resolve your concerns quickly, we ask that you provide a clear response to what may be the problem, and to follow these steps before reacting:

  • Review your paystub closely.
  • Employees will often claim that they weren’t paid Holiday Pay from a statutory vacation. This is usually the first line on the paystub labelled “Holiday Pay.”
  • Change in a pay rate will result in more than one line on the paystub, reflecting the hours to be paid at the specified rate.
  • Feel you have missing hours? Check your employee portal and compare the number of worked hours vs. the total hours on the paystub. If there is a difference, please bring the difference up with your immediate supervisor by completing a payroll discrepancy form.

As good practice, be sure to check your employee portal often and bring to your Supervisor’s attention any differences right away so no adjustment is required after payroll is complete.

We process over 1,000 paycheques per pay! By reviewing the paystub closely and checking the employee portal often, together we can reduce the number of issues and ensure a quicker response to concerns that do come up.


By Paul Parkinson. Director, Finance.

Employees, as we wind down 2018 and look forward to 2019, we remind you that if you
reached the maximum contribution for the EI and CPP deductions, they will appear again in the first payroll runs of 2019.

Make sure to plan for this slight drop in the net pay.

The team would like to express our extreme gratitude to all employees for your patience as we moved to the new payroll system in May and ironed out the initial issues following the deployment.

If you have suggestions about the paystub, please send us an email ataspaccounting@security-asp.com and we’ll take them into consideration.

There will be one more change to the scheduling system. We will be moving to a pay period that starts on a Sunday at 00:00 and ends on a Saturday at 23:59.

Previously, if you started the shift on the Saturday night

and it ended on the Sunday, you would be paid for the whole shift on the pay
period. Moving forward, that shift will be split at midnight between theSaturday and Sunday and the hours worked will be paid in the pay period that they were worked. For example, if you started Saturday at 22:00 and worked until Sunday at 08:00, you will now have 2 hours (22:00-24:00) in the one pay period and 8 hours (00:00-08:00) in the next.

We’re doing this to streamline the processing of payroll and reduce errors that occur on statutory days.

In closing, thank you for all the hard work and efforts put in by all employees to make A.S.P. the success that we are today.

Enjoy the holidays!


By Sean Gallagher, Recruitment

It is with great passion and respect that I announce that we are doing security and customer service hiring in five different airports in two different provinces.

The company is growing at a rapid pace, which means we need more A.S.P.-caliber employees and referrals have always proved to be a successful model for our company.

We are looking for all types of personalities and experienced security and customer service representatives. If you know anyone interested, even with very little experience that can meet our expectations, please feel free to pass on our recruitment e-mails.

A.S.P. will also be looking for leaders in all areas of its supervision, specialist positions, management or HR. It’s a great time to be working for A.S.P. and I am proud to be a part of the front line of hiring.

Please have your referrals e-mail the appropriate recruiter for the positions they are interested in.

Contact Susana Borosic (sborosic@security-asp.com) for Pearson Airport Access Control, Supervisors and Specialists.

Contact Sean Gallagher (sgallagher@security-asp.com) for Ottawa Airport, Calgary Airport, Sudbury Airport and for customer service rep positions.

Looking forward to what growth 2019 brings us!

By Sean Gallagher, Recruitment


By Paul Parkinson, Director, Finance

RBC Group
Advantage Savings Program

How your plan works:

As an eligible employee, you may set up your Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan (Group RRSP) account, which allows you to contribute directly from your paycheque.

Financial Advice

To establish your plan, you will meet with an RBC Royal Bank advisor who will assist you in selecting from a diverse range of investment options. Your RBC Group Advantage Participant’s Guide to Group RRSP provides more information on your options and requirements.

Eligibility

You are eligible to join the plan if you are a full-time or part-time employee.

Contributions

Please speak to your Human Resources to determine how much you would like to
contribute. Once you’re registered with RBC, we will make the payroll deductions from your pay and make a direct deposit to your RBC RRSP account.

Spousal Options

You may choose to direct all or a portion of
your contribution.

MyTime Portal – Prevent Payroll Discrepancies

As an A.S.P. employee, you will have access to your MyTime portal that shows your schedule along with the hours you have worked. Check your portal frequently to ensure that we have the correct hours recorded including the paid sick days. These should be resolved before the payroll cut-off to ensure you’re paid correctly rather than creating confusion and resolving on the next pay.

As an A.S.P. employee, you will have access to your MyTime portal that shows your schedule along with the hours you have worked. Check your portal frequently to ensure that we have the correct hours recorded including the paid sick days. These should be resolved before the payroll cut-off to ensure you’re paid correctly rather than creating confusion and resolving on the next pay.

To access the MyTime portal, go to the A.S.P. home page (www.security-asp.com) and click on the “EMPLOYEE PORTAL” link in the top right-hand corner.