Garda founder named one of 'Canada's Entrepreneurs of the Decade'

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2009) - Garda World Security Corporation, one of the most trusted Cash Logistics, Physical Security and Global Risk Consulting firms in the world, announced today that its founder and CEO Stephan Cretier was named as one of "Canada's Entrepreneurs of the Decade" by Profit Magazine, a leading Canadian business publication, in its December 2009 issue.

"These 11 remarkable CEOs have built hugely successful firms by shaking up their industries," the magazine said in its article profiling the business executives representing a broad cross-section of businesses throughout Canada.

"Over the past decade, Garda has used debt-fuelled acquisitions to grow from obscurity to No. 5 worldwide," the article noted, "with operations spanning cash logistics, consulting and investigation, pre-employment screening and physical security." The article also pointed out that Mr. Cretier's "ultra-aggressive acquisition strategy" enabled the company "to grow quickly to the size needed to deliver what clients increasingly demand: one-stop shopping for security services."

"I am delighted with this great honor," Mr. Cretier said. "Every day, I try to instil a strong entrepreneurial culture at Garda; our 45,000 professionals are true Garda Ambassadors who apply that spirit to everything they do. It is what drives our success and brings innovation to our industry. Rogers Media Inc., publisher of "Profit Magazine, is to be commended for celebrating the accomplishments of the top entrepreneurs of the past decade and providing strong examples that will inspire the entrepreneurs of the future."