Russell Security Services Inc. (RSSI) was established in 1990 by Mr. Lloyd Russell (CD), a retired Canadian Forces member and former senior security manager with Burns International.
Having firmly established the brand name in Central Ontario, in 2007 the Russell family sold the corporation to Mr. Joe Maher, a former Toronto Police Services sergeant with many distinguished years in a senior management role with a large multi-national security agency.
Now in continuous operation for over 27 years and still privately owned and operated, RSSI maintains offices in Toronto and Barrie, with satellite locations from London to Ottawa.
Achieve sustainable, smart
growth through organic means
Maintain client satisfaction through management responsiveness
and frequent interaction with client and employees
Selectively bid on contracts where
we can achieve a high level of success
Senior Management Team
Joe MaherPresident and CEO
Joe brings well over 30 years of policing and security experience to RSSI. During his police service in the Metropolitan Toronto Police department, he dealt with many of Toronto's most sensitive criminal and security issues. He then spent two decades with the world's largest provider of security services, attaining a senior executive position and having responsibility for the largest portfolio of security contracts in Canada. Joe’s management, training and leadership experience complement his superlative security credentials, and allow him to deliver outstanding security service to a diverse clientele. Joe currently acts as a Director-at-large for the Association of Professional Security Agencies (APSA).
Don LeschukVice President, Operations
Don has amassed over 20 years of experience in the contract security industry in both Alberta and Ontario, along with 5 years in the Corrections field. Prior to his appointment at RSSI, Don was Vice-President, HR, Training and East Region at a large GTA security agency, and a Regional Vice-President at the world’s largest security services provider. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alberta with specialization in organizational behaviour and new ventures. A member of ASIS International (Toronto Chapter 193), and member / past chair of IAHSS Ontario (International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security), Don coaches a men’s hockey team and kid’s fastball team, as well as frequently supporting the Durham YMCA.
Grant BuhrVice President, Administration
With 28+ years of contract security and management experience, Grant provides active support for both special projects and ongoing initiatives. Joining RSSI after studying Computer Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Grant has fulfilled a number of roles within the organization. His current responsibilities include Accounting, Payroll and IT Departments, along with effective management of resources, financial budgets, core procurement and budgeting processes, and provision of industry-specific legal and regulatory advice. Currently Vice President of the Association of Professional Security Agencies (APSA), Grant is also a member of the ASIS International (Toronto Chapter 193), a member of the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS) and past Executive Director of the Ontario Strongman Association (OSA).