Ashley Cooper is the President & CEO of Paladin Security Group Ltd, one of Canada’s largest full service security companies with offices from coast to coast.
Ashley started working with Paladin as a security officer while he was completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of British Columbia. It was through this experience that Ashley learned the business from the ground up, recognizing the importance of security officers to the success of the organization.
Upon graduation, Ashley began managing the four-person company and then acquired it a short time later in what would be his first acquisition in the security industry. Today, Paladin Security has over 7,000 service driven employees serving a customer base that includes hospitals, college campuses, governments, office towers, shopping malls, oil & gas facilities, hotels, residential high-rises, and industrial / manufacturing facilities, among others.
In 2012, Ashley was recognized as the Ernst & Young Pacific Regional Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2013, Paladin Security was recognized as a Best Managed Company (formerly 50 Best Managed) through Deloitte and CIBC. In 2013, Paladin Security was also named as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures through Waterstone Human Capital. Additionally, in 2013 Paladin Security won BOMA Customer Service Awards in both Vancouver and Edmonton, before being recognized on the national front as the Pinnacle Award Winner for BOMA Canada in Customer Service.
Most recently, Ashley won the 2014 British Columbia CEO of the Year Award for medium sized private companies in addition to being named Canada’s Most Admired CEO for mid-market companies in 2014 through Waterstone Human Capital and MacKay CEO Forums.