Provident heads to the mountains


Whistler, B.C. came onto the radar of many Americans last year, when the beautiful Canadian mountain resort played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

But the community has been on the radar of Vancouver, B.C.-based Provident Security for several years. A number of its Vancouver clients have vacation homes in Whistler—less than two hours from Vancouver—and those customers wanted Provident to provide services to them in that community as well. To do that, according to Provident founder and president Mike Jagger, “we have worked closely with Dow Security, a local Whistler company." Dow provided alarm response service and emergency service for alarm systems on Provident's behalf, Jagger said.

Now, Jagger announced in his company blog last week, Provident on Aug. 31 purchased Dow, which will be rebranded as Provident Security (Whistler) Corp. before the end of the year.

“We saw a lot of potential in Whistler,” Jagger told me this morning. We talked about this new venture by Provident out of the city and into the mountains—a first for the 15-year-old company—and what it means for Provident, and I’ll be writing more about that this week. Stay tuned to our web site!