ISSA Canada News




ISSA Canada News:

You may subscribe to ISSA Canada Newsletter by clicking on the "Sign Up" Button on the bottom of this page.

Brookfield Global Integrated Systems (BGIS) Embraces CIMS-GB

(Whitby, ON – November 7, 2018) ISSA Canada Canada is pleased to announce that BGIS, a leading provider of real estate management services, has recently adopted ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) as part of its cleaning subcontractor pre-qualification requirements for future RFP’s where possible. This cleaning standard, known as CIMS-GB, will form part of the evaluation criteria for BGIS’s future janitorial service contracts.

The CIMS-GB certification was established to help meet the growing demand for greener, more sustainable facilities and the achievement of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Implemented as the sixth dimension of the CIMS program, CIMS-GB designation offers cleaning organizations a certification that is closely tailored to provide customers with precisely what they need to secure points under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB: O&M) Green Building Rating System, while greening their overall operations. CIMS-GB certification demonstrates an organization’s capability to assist customers in achieving LEED EB: O&M points and offers assurance that they are prepared to partner with them in the LEED process.

“We are excited with this opportunity to show leadership in our industry by recognizing the professionalism and quality assurance that an ISSA certification brings to the clients of the corporate real estate cleaning industry, and we are pleased to incorporate this standard as part of our cleaning subcontractor requirements,” said John Castelhano, AVP Strategic Sourcing, North America.

Having been recently named to Canada’s Clean50 list for 2019, BGIS continues to raise the sustainability bar by providing innovative and sustainable solutions to their clients.

“Environmental sustainability is a core part of BGIS’s operating philosophy and values,” said Gord Hicks, CEO, BGIS. “As an organization, we will continue to ensure that our subcontractors and suppliers maintain high environmental standards which may include the CIMS-GB certification for the cleaning industry.”


ISSA Canada is the body resulting from the merger of ISSA with the Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (CSSA) in May 2017. With over 9200 members, including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers and associated service members, ISSA is the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide. The association is committed to helping its members change the way the world views cleaning by providing members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line.

For more information, please contact Mike Nosko at (905)665-8001, toll free: (866)684-8273, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISSA Canada Forms BSC Council

(Whitby, ON – January 15, 2018)ISSA Canada is pleased to announce that it has formed a Building Service Contractor (BSC) Council to strengthen the line of communication between the association the BSC sector. The purpose of this council is to provide input and consultation to ISSA Canada in order to improve the value of the association to building service contractors.

Comprised of eight BSC representatives, the council will meet quarterly to discuss matters which are top-of-mind with the facility service provider sector of the industry. The inaugural BSC Council meeting was held in October 2017.

The council is comprised of the following members:

  • Chris Boutsalis – Impact Cleaning Services Ltd.
  • Peter Dobrowolski – Bee Clean Building Maintenance
  • Dimitri Kourkoutis – J & A Cleaning Solutions Ltd.
  • Michael Kroupa – United Services Group
  • Yamire MacDowell – Granite Club
  • Joseph Park – Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
  • Mike Nosko – ISSA Canada Executive Director
  • Ken Hilder – ISSA Canada BSC Council Chair

If you are interested in participating on the BSC Council, please contact Ken Hilder at (905) 431-4812 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Canadian Training Dates Announced

(Whitby, ON – January 15, 2018)ISSA Canada is pleased to announce that it has confirmed CMI Train-the-Trainer and CIMS I.C.E certification training to the Canadian marketplace.

The CMI Train-the-Trainer course provides all the tools and skills needed to develop a successful training program for an organization. Whether you’re a building service contractor or facility manager, Train-the-Trainer’s three-day program covers the core principles of cleaning, and the best practices for supervising and implementing the training program.

The CMI Train-the-Trainer program will be held:

  • April 17 to 19 at NaceCare Solutions, 1205 Britannia Rd. E. in Mississauga, ON; and,
  • August 21 to 23 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr. in Vancouver, BC.

Additionally, ISSA Canada will host two sessions of the CIMS I.C.E. (ISSA Certified Expert) program. Training to become an ISSA Certification Expert positions an individual as an indispensable resource. Becoming an I.C.E.-certified professional arms an individual with information about the critical factors that can be used to help customers – or one’s own organization – meet demands from the highest management levels. In fact, past attendees have saved their customers and their organizations more than six figures annually by helping them comply with CIMS and achieve certification to the CIMS standard.

The CIMS I.C.E. Program will be held:

  • May 8 at the Richmond Hill Country Club (Regency Room), 8905 Bathurst St., Richmond Hill, ON; and,
  • September 11 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3205 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC.

For more information or to register, please visit:


ISSA Canada to Host Quebec Region Golf Tournament in 2018

(Whitby, ON – December 11, 2017)ISSA Canada - Quebec Region will host its annual golf tournament on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Club de golf le Blainvillier.

Designed by famous architect Graham Cooke, Le Blainvillier is among the most challenging golf courses in Quebec. Those who consider playing golf like taking a walk through nature will appreciate the friendly atmosphere in this course’s beautifully-wooded surroundings. Whether you are a golf enthusiast or an occasional player, you will be delighted.

TRIBUTE TO A PIONEER For several years, the Quebec Chapter has taken this opportunity to honour one of its industry pioneers for his / her contribution to the growth of the ISSA Canada. This year, the association wishes pay tribute to Yves DeMontigny for his contributions over the many years he has been involved in the business. The following individuals have earned this distinction in past ceremonies:

  • Mr. Eugène Paradis
  • Mr. Av Morrow
  • Mr. Marcel Boudreau
  • Ms. Lise Laliberté
  • Mr. Claude Bouchard
  • Mr. Jean Larose
  • Mr. Pierre Hébert
  • Mr. Pierre Labbé
  • Mr. Jean Beaulac
  • Ms. Lyse Paradis
  • Mr. Robert Gendron
  • Mr. Robert Ducharme
  • Mr. Yves Gratton


It has been proven that a round of golf between clients and suppliers reinforces the business relationship in a relatively informal fashion. As in years past, we remind you that the ISSA Canada golf tournament is open to end-users who would like to participate as a guest.

Why not take advantage of this excellent opportunity – at a reasonable cost – to invite clients to discover one of the most prestigious golf courses in Quebec. Reserve your foursome… it’s an invitation that won’t be turned down.

For more information, contact Richard Bolduc at (819) 322-1789, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.