Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Everyday Executive Protection

There has been an increase in conversation as of late regarding the level of safety and security most Canadians are used to. Convoy WorldWide is often asked to comment. Most often ConvoyWW's comment is, no comment. However, this is what Convoy WorldWide has to say...

In most western countries many people are able to live in healthy communities. Communities that lend to the feeling of safety and security.

The reality is even those communities are not as safe as they seem. Have you ever crime mapped your area? Read the district reports on crime in your neighbourhood? Looked past all the glamour of the Urban landscape to see what lies beneath the streets?

Often the real facts and figures show that many are struggling to make ends meet. As our world shrinks, resources dry up and relationships dwindle, yet there is still the basic human need to feel connected. With the hyperspeed of online connectivity vulnerable minds are easily influenced and infatuated.

That is where the real risk increases. The risk to corporations and the economics of it all are very real. While it is respectful to speak of corporate and online security, it is the risk to public safety that has shown the most significant increase. The computer is not often a hero. The real hero's, history has shown is the frontline, the first responder, the first on site.

The conversation of personal safety and security detail is something Corporations, Families, Communities, and Individuals must consider in this increased climate of risk.

Executive and Personal Protection is not something seen just in the movies and documentary's or for government leaders. It does take constant vigilance to keep situational safety while out in public, even without a specific threat Security Detail assumes there is always risk. Whether you are conducting business or enjoying pleasure Personal Protectors use their life long experience and training, their talents and unique skills to constantly assess and reassess every aspect that factors into your safety and protection while on your Security Detail.

Even here in Canada, you will find the need for personal security services. The powerful executive who likes to fly under the radar and conduct business efficiently. The gala event with special guest and the must have VIP transportation. The client's dinner and night out on the town. The trip abroad. A snow storm. Something as simple as a shopping trip and everything in between. There is a mutual trust built between the client and the personal protector, a trust that will bring peace of mind in todays changing world.

We all have People worth Protecting. The days of innocence may be behind us, now is the time to be informed, make responsible decisions and take action to ensure that what matters most is properly protected before the need arises.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Intelligent Details

Short film has always been a passion of mine.

The opportunity for influence and instant impact. 

I Came across "Intelligent Details"

I have been tickled, Intelligence, Detail, Art of the Car, Technology and Film Making.

Thank you Bentley, just the thought of the what's under the hood, V8... horsepower.... litres...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Social Presser | World Ice Cross League

World Ice Cross League

The World Premier launch of the World Ice Cross League is taking place this September, 2014. The World Championship Cups of World Ice Cross League (WICL) tour will take place this December 2014 & January 2015 with over 10 tour races around the world. 

World Ice Cross League website launching September 2014 has all the information you need.

Look for upcoming events, like the one coming to Calgary, January 2015. Learn how to adapt your own outdoor rink for Ice Cross with tips and tools. Even find out how to create your own Team, from the little leagues to the pro show. Think you have what it takes, there is a Draft. Check out how to become an Angel Ambassador. Order Swag from the online store. Meet Event host Leah Drake. The website is something to see.

#FOMO you can find WICL on Facebook and Twitter

WICL connects with community's around the world. It engages youth, welcomes their friends, families to share in the next here and now professional world class sport league. Be active, be entertained, be a part of the dream, be ready to ride the rush, live your future now with
World Ice Cross League, the Hottest Sport on Ice

Friday, May 16, 2014


It would be good if you could 'make it stick'.

Those words from my respected colleague lingered in my brain.

I was looking for a 'job', I could hardly say the word. That's what happens when you have had your own business or take positions that suited my situation for 'fun'. Like the summer I spent in paradise taking photo's... different story. The reality, after years of success, I was ready to find 'a something new'. An opportunity, one that would use all my talents. A situation where my education, training and my commitment to excellence would shine through.  A position that would honour my life experience and open the doors for a world of possibilities...

Like a designer dress, one that makes you feel like a million dollars. The fit just right, you hardly know it's there. Every step, forward motion ready to meet the world.

So one day everything is the same, you know the pace of evolution. Then the next day, that changes.

Just like me our world is evolving. The pace of success, stardom and power can be overwhelming. For both the person and the people. Often change needs to be managed. As creatures of habit rapid change comes with risks.

Most recently I was reading a article of a politician that required Close Personal Protection. It explained how a Special Unit was formed to provide Executive Protection Detail. It went on to explain the basics of the Detail and the general costs. It also highlighted that it was a significant stress on public resources. There was a strong public reaction to the story. The first was, why are we using public resources for this? The second questioned if it was necessary.

I do believe that with open communication, connectivity and travel the world is indeed a small place. Our lives are not so isolated any more. There is now more than ever a 'in your face' pop culture. This culture is one that accepts instant reaction, reflex as normal. At times that lack of moment to evaluate the reality or repercussions of knee jerk action puts people at risk. The other side of the coin, history has shown that many premeditated attacks are based on a strong psychological reaction that connects with the aggressor. Often an interpersonal relationship with the victim doesn't even exist. Is Close Personal Protection necessary? When risk assessment says it is, it is.

The cost to create a entire new unit within an existing government, public force is a stress on the system and takes away from resources that were previously allocated. The costs associated with these stresses added up and in this specific case the cost were passed on to the politician. Not exactly the best circumstance for any of the parties involved. At Convoy World Wide our costs are to cover you, your specific detail.

Convoy World Wide provides Close Personal Protection. ConvoyWW understands the need for everyone to be safe. Our Detail Unit of Personal Protectors & Transporters create an environment where everyday business, be it personal or professional may carry on as usual.

I love life, how sometimes when you open the door, the future walks through to find you. It is with great respect for the industry, the company that I have found a fit for me. Feels like yoga wear, familiar, ready and willing, looks like a designer dress I can wear anytime and everywhere.

Convoy World Wide ~ Elite and Discrete ~ Private Protection & Transportation Service Agency.

Connect with me for conversation, it is a on trend topic. PP&T's / Bodyguards and their place in our everyday lives. When you look closely you will see they, we are everywhere.

Cara Azevedo
VP Development


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What's my Point.

So many points, I will be brief.

My official position regarding the highly debatable cycle track.

I do not believe that the 'track' is a fiscally or physically sustainable infrastructure.

I believe that the 'track' will increase risk of gridlock, greatly reducing safety response times.

I believe that everyone has a right to bring forth ideas.

I believe that government has a responsibility to enable ideas to be presented and considered.

I believe that everyone has a right to debate ideas.

I believe that during debate dishonorable conduct is completely useless and shows signs of weakness.

World Class City? Lets see how it is done in New York City.

I have been quite verbal with regards to my thoughts on the Cycle Track. I have made many very specific points highlighting the challenges associated with the 'track'.  I have received positive feed back regarding my points. Those that are truly connected with me understand my 'points' very clearly, those that lack the information perhaps should try listening and learning. Practice engagement with respect. Experience the positive results of conduct with character.

The current status of the debate.

It was originally presented as a 22 million dollar infrastructure. That conversation quickly evolved into a 11 million removable infrastructure.

The conversation is continuing compromise to perhaps a North South Track and a Stephen Avenue route. Possibly the elimination or alternate of 1ST SE portion. It would also be in the best interest of everyone if Chinatown was to remain completely unaffected and removed from all plans.

In general I believe that government has the responsibility to govern for the masses. So if I do the math.

A community that represents less than 2 percent of the complete population. Even less than 2 percent of that population is represented in the downtown core and even less of that population is gender proportionate year round.

That leaves over 98 percent of the population to be considered as key stakeholders in this debate.

The thing is, this proposed infrastructure is not a new creation or an evolution of existing infrastructure.

It is a deconstruction of infrastructure that currently serves 100 percent of the population. Ultimately it is a take away from the Many to serve the Few. At the expense of All.

Really, that's fair? ...

We all know that safety is a major concern. Everyone needs to be responsible for their own safety.

I do believe that a continued commitment to cycling in our City needs to be supported. I believe that the City of Calgary and the various departments associated with this conversation will continue to incorporate cycling into its master plans.

I look forward to the integration of cycling into the new communities. I believe the Private Developers are doing a stunning job of creating complete communities that consider all factors of positive sustainable spaces. 

It would be in everyones best interests if the City did the right thing for a 100 percent of the population. They are elected officials with a responsibility of representing all citizens.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Woman's Vote 2015 #canpoli

It came up in conversation the other day, that I'm a Justin Trudeau fan. Time to clarify!

Let me explain a few things about me. I have never attached to a political party. I support valuable candidates in which ever party they may be running in. I have bought party memberships, membership brings voting privileges that enable me to support valuable people. Fundamentally, I believe in minority governments.

Most recently I supported the moves of the Liberal Party with regards to the Senate. I have been studying the Senate and completely agree that a major overhaul is in order to restore it to it's intended purpose. The Senate is what makes Canadian government a democracy not a dictatorship.

On the Conversation of the Women's vote

Obama recently ran two successful campaigns in the past election. Yes 2!. He ran the standard conflict and contrast to the Republican's and he ran the grassroots Women's Vote.

It was enough to hold office even though everything pointed to Obama losing his Power. All the experts predicted this would be the end of Obama with the economy and the Obama Care mess. The odds were a no brainer.

Not how I saw it. I watched him roll out the women's vote after he had established his stance. I have a very keen understanding of influence. The strategy employed was methodical and very deliberate.

I see Trudeau using the exact same marketing plan. I'm not buying it.

Justin Trudeau is NOT the Women's vote.

Justin believes that Women are dependents not worthy of income splitting. He believes that it is too costly to leave the hard earned family dollars in the hands of the Mother. Nothing in his history of politics suggests that he has taken any action to increase the quality of life for Women. The only moves he has made with Women is to use them in his marketing plan to sell you on his vote.

Most recent stunt. Or shall I say, step in the political strategy. Is to invite women to run for the Liberals in the upcoming election. Personal note, this is the point that as a women in politics, I'm offended.

The reality here. In fact the Liberals have long ago identified and solidified the candidates that they believe have the best chance at winning a seat. They have picked the markets they are going after and filled the spots with influential men. The large budgets have already been allocated. Many of the liberal campaigns have been launched and are already fundraising.

I could go on about marketing and strategy, it will be all so predictable to me. The strong male stance, the sensitive caring husband. The I honour my wife (new baby). Appeal to diversity (pot), the Corporate 'I got your back' (men on the pay roll) blah blah blah. He's even been to Washington (selling oilsands), Marketing Plan... Do you know how much your vote costs? Ask Justin he knows.

Relationships are built on safety and trust, Justin you and I are already separated.

A message from the UN Women

This is a real supporter of women, she's compassionate and concerned. 

The only one to have earned the Women's Vote is Jason Kenney.

Jason Kenney has a long standing history of standing for Women's human rights. He just does it. With out question or appoligy. He doesn't need an AD campaign paid for by you, to bragg about doing his job. With consistency he has taken real action to improve the rights of women.

Jason Kenney was the one, who made it so all Women becoming citizens of Canada would show their face during immigration ceremonies. Previous to Kenney's actions Women were becoming Canadian Citizens in the most inhuman of circumstances, completely veiled in darkness. Kenney understood the power of the message such a simple change would make. Now every women that becomes a citizen of Canada knows that from the get go. They are worthy of being seen.

Jason also supports the concept of income splitting. He is able to see past the greed that is big government. The reality is that supporting women and valuing them with cash dollars, will mean that more money stays in the hands of young family's. I can't think of anyone situation that needs a few more dollars in their pockets than a young family. Un thinkable that the Liberal government would rather take your hard earned money than believe that your family is valuable enough to be supported by not taking from you that which you have earned!

The Leadership race for the Canadian Progressive Conservative Party is just getting underway. The sooner Harper steps aside the better for all of us. The selling of Canadian sovereignty in FIPA is unforgivable, to me it was the ultimate sign of Harpers weakness. Canada needs a leader that can see the Big Picture, Be Powerful enough to take Action with Grace and Forethought. A leader that has the history of standing for the right thing. Jason Kenney has that history.

Vote Count

Citizens have a voice, make sure the one that represents you, really represents you. Our land needs real statesmen and women to govern this country. Not just a bunch of poster boys, and girls used as fillers. 

Find me on twitter and join in the conversation.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

P&G Thank You, Mom | Pick Them Back Up | Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

The Set, the Stars, the Cast, the Crew

On a very dark and cold night we ventured to help tell the most important story in sports.

Okay, I have a bias. Having raised two hockey players this story rings true to me.

Anyhow about the bias, a great project to be a part of.

These are some rare behind the scenes of Ten48's talent and a working set in the middle of the night.

Seriously I had a camera, of course I was going to capture. These are just a few of the shots from that bitter cold night.

The Sports Photogs
Cara Azevedo 
Cole Grey 
Cole captured Cara and Cara captured Cole. 

Shawn Mutch
Half Pipe in the night, up close and personal 
The Star 
Becca and Asher arriving like the Royalty they are.

Every Project I work on brings something new to the treasure chest. It was a thrill working with you all and so many other local talents. This project contained a few golden moments indeed!