AFI Vice President Appointed to the Provincial Review of Training Regulations for the Security Industry

TORONTO, February 9, 2012/MILTON, ON- AFI International, North America’s leader in crisis management and response, is pleased to announce that Desmond Taljaard, its national vice president of operations and security services, has been selected as the sole representative for the CSIS at the Provincial Review of Training Regulations for the security industry.

Taljaard was appointed by the society based on his extensive experience and impeccable industry credentials. Prior to joining AFI, he held many high level security roles both in Canada and abroad, including operational air marshal for an international airline, police hostage negotiator and detective inspector in Internal Affairs with the South African police service. Mr. Taljaard has also taught in the Police and Public Safety Institute at Algonquin College in Ottawa and is an active member of the CSIS national capital region chapter.

The scope of work for the provincial review will be broad ranging, from the development of the Ministry’s Specialized Use of Force Training Program to providing advice and expertise on the ongoing implementation of the PSIS and its regulations. A total of eight key stakeholder organizations will be represented at this discussion table.

“The appointment of Desmond by the association as its sole representative for this important project is a direct acknowledgement of Desmond’s professionalism and expertise within our industry,” says Peter Martin, president of AFI International.

“I know that Desmond will solidly represent the society and I thank him for his interest and commitment to our profession,” says Robert Marentette, executive director of the CSIS.

AFI International Group provides elite security, risk management, business continuity and investigative services to protect people and property both during labour disruption and regular business operations. AFI also offers an assortment of pre-crisis planning and premium security solutions to businesses representing nearly every industry. For more information call 1.800.313.9170 or visit

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