Behind the Paladin Security name lies a great team who tirelessly work hard bringing forth intricate and extensive security programs, providing industry-leading client service. Meet one of the individuals responsible for one of Paladin's largest vertical, Chief Operating Officer Don MacAlister.
Don MacAlister, BA, CHPA, is the current Chief Operating Officer for Paladin Security and brings with him nearly 40 years of experience in the security industry. In the beginning of his career, Don learned the fundamentals of security while working in the federal prison system, before moving on to university security as a precursor to his more than quarter century experience in both private and public sectors of Healthcare Security. As the Executive Director of Integrated Protection Services, Don oversaw security and parking for 27 hospitals and over 300 community sites in the Vancouver-area, and led emergency management for Fraser Health, before joining the Paladin Family in 2011.
On his healthcare career, Don says it has been the most rewarding work of his life.
“To be able to really feel like we make a difference in people’s lives, to create a safe environment where they can receive care, is simply an amazing feeling. I have had the privilege of working with clinicians and healthcare staff from all walks of life and share their passion of purpose. My work in public sector healthcare, and now with Paladin has allowed me to help grow the profession of healthcare security, not just here in BC, but across the country and into the US. What we do is so important.”
Don is considered an international leader in Healthcare Security, has served on the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) Board of Directors and has received several IAHSS Foundation awards. In addition to his active membership in IAHSS and ASIS international, Don also serves on the IAHSS Guidelines Council and is the co-author of Hospital and Healthcare Security, 6th Edition, the recognized industry-leading textbook, serving to guide current and future leaders in this field.
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