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Meet Lars Johnston: Visionary Leader and CFO of Calgary Lock & Safe

Lars Johnston, Owner, CFO, Calgary Lock & Safe

At Calgary Lock & Safe, we pride ourselves on having a leader who envisions a more secure world, and actively works to make it a reality. Lars Johnston, our Owner and CFO, is the epitome of a visionary leader with a heart for his team and a passion for making security simple and accessible for everyone.


A Leader with Vision

Lars Johnston is not your average CFO. He’s a leader who dreams big and works tirelessly to achieve those dreams. His vision is clear: to uncomplicate the complicated in the world of security. Whether it’s advanced access control systems or large property management solutions, Lars strives to make these complex systems turn-key for those who need them. His goal? To ensure everyone feels safe and secure without the hassle of convoluted security measures.


Connecting with the Team

Lars believes that a strong team is the backbone of any successful company. He goes above and beyond to ensure he’s connecting with everyone at Calgary Lock & Safe. From the leadership team to our skilled locksmiths and the Customer Experience team, Lars makes time for one-on-one meetings, fostering a culture of openness and mutual respect. This hands-on approach ensures that everyone feels valued and heard, creating a cohesive and motivated team.


Embracing Core Values

Under Lars’ leadership, Calgary Lock & Safe lives and breathes its core values: Relentless Learners, Energetic Professionals, Surprising Compassion, and Intentional Kindness. These values aren’t just words on a wall; they’re integral to our hiring and performance review processes. Lars believes in putting great people in the right positions to cultivate talent and create opportunities. His commitment to these values is evident in every aspect of our operations.


The Entrepreneur Operating System and Radical Candor

Lars is a firm believer in the Entrepreneur Operating System (EOS) from the book Traction, a framework that has been pivotal in his career. EOS emphasizes putting the right people in the right roles, and Lars has masterfully implemented this at Calgary Lock & Safe. Additionally, Lars practices Radical Candor, a communication approach from a book of the same name that combines care with directness. This means our team always knows where they stand and how they can grow, fostering a culture of transparency and continuous improvement.


The Lockies: Celebrating Excellence

To celebrate our team’s hard work and dedication, Lars created the annual Calgary Lock & Safe awards night, fondly known as the Lockies. Inspired by "The Office's" Dundie Awards, the Lockies recognize team members who exemplify our core values. It’s a night of fun, celebration, and recognition, highlighting the incredible contributions of our team.


Cultivating Entrepreneurship

Lars doesn’t just lead; he also lifts others. He actively supports colleagues in establishing their own businesses by offering coaching, assisting with creating corporations, and providing tax planning and returns. His experiential business advice and personal support have helped many budding entrepreneurs realize their visions. Lars genuinely cares about the success of others and will go to great lengths to help them achieve their goals.


Life Beyond the Office

When Lars isn’t at Calgary Lock & Safe, you’ll likely find him on a golf course. An avid golfer, Lars has played some of the world’s most spectacular courses, including the legendary Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland, known for its challenging layout and storied history in the British Open. Beyond golf, Lars enjoys playing hockey with his team, the Spiders, participating in local slowpitch games, and spending time at Century Downs Racetrack in Calgary.


Leading Calgary Lock & Safe to New Heights

Under Lars’ leadership, Calgary Lock & Safe has grown to become the largest locksmith company in Calgary and one of the largest in Canada. His visionary approach, dedication to his team, and commitment to our core values have driven this success. Lars Johnston is not just a leader; he’s a mentor, a visionary, and the driving force behind our company’s growth and culture.


With Lars at the helm, we’re excited to continue reaching new heights and making the world a safer, more secure place for everyone.


Want to learn more about how Calgary Lock & Safe can help secure your property? Contact us today to experience the vision and leadership that have made us a leader in the industry. Because with Lars Johnston leading the way, you can trust that you’re in good hands.

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