Chad Kalyk

Forty Under 40 Winner 2016: Executive vice-president, Paladin Security Group, Age 34

Chad Kalyk is proof positive of the power that translates when an employee emotionally buys into a company.

Kalyk has rapidly risen through the ranks of Paladin Security Group to become executive vice-president, with oversight of the company’s nine branches located throughout B.C. and southern Alberta and more than 3,000 security professionals. He’s credited with helping to increase revenue in B.C. by double-digit percentages each year since moving to Vancouver in 2012.

It’s a far cry from when he joined the company fresh out of university in 2006 to become the lone employee in Paladin’s new Victoria branch office. Establishing a market presence and pounding on doors to establish even a toehold can be extremely difficult, but Kalyk persevered.

“I’m a firm believer in working extremely hard,” he said. “Good things happen to people that work hard.”
Kalyk’s turning point came when he helped Paladin’s visiting chief operating officer work on a request for proposal. Kalyk showed his writing talents and energy; the COO provided an in-depth and compelling overview of the company. Kalyk was hooked.

“That was kind of the beginning of where I really realized, ‘Wow this company is amazing. There are so many things going on and what we’re doing is innovative. It was an epiphany for me that I had a good thing going on here, and if I work hard I might be able to turn this into something.”

His energy and conviction have helped Kalyk quickly climb up every manager and director rung of Paladin’s ladder. His integral contribution to Paladin was highlighted two years ago when he became a company shareholder.
Kalyk says any individual recognition is validation that Paladin’s strong company culture – emphasizing employee satisfaction – is succeeding.

“I still speak to classes of new recruits and talk about the opportunity to learn and grow with us. There’s so much happening in our business. If you work hard and listen to the people mentoring you, you can make a career out of this. I tell them about my story because it shows our philosophy works.”

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