Chris Ibey, President & CEO of Purple Potties, is an Ottawa based entrepreneur. Purple Potties was created when he observed potential clients being frustrated with other porta-potty rental companies not delivering or removing rental units on time to meet their needs or not maintaining the level of cleanliness clients and their patrons expect.
Chris founded TOERSA Security (toersa.com) in 2008 when he saw a need for a higher level of professionalism and customer service in the security industry. TOERSA employs over 600 team members annually and close to 1,000 during peak event season. Chris continues to be the President & CEO of TOERSA Security. With a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Human Resource Management and over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, Chris puts a strong focus on employee training and developing the best behaviors in team members.
He is also the President & CEO of ARX Fencing & Logistics, a temporary fence rental and traffic control company founded in 2018. ARX was founded when a need was recognized in the hospitality and special event industry. A need for a safer, more thoroughly planned, site setup by way of an analysis of patron and vehicular traffic flow. The two main branches of ARX, vehicle mitigation and temporary fencing were both born from recognizing the need for a solution presented by issues at special events and current events around the world. Vehicle attacks on pedestrians in places like the Berlin Christmas Market in 2016, Edmonton Police in 2017, and the Toronto van attack on Yonge St in 2018 were key examples for a need for greater safety considerations where crowds gather. The addition of temporary fence rental products came from the team’s experience re-designing special event sites for optimum patron ingress and egress.
Chris has been invited to provide expert witness testimony for court cases involving crowd safety at festivals, gun violence in night clubs, over-service at bars, intoxication at festivals, intoxication at sporting events, and overall patron safety. Chris was also a panel discussion moderator and contributor for the 2017 Canadian Music Week.
For major event planning and execution, he has worked closely with local Police Services, Public Transit Officials, AGCO Inspectors, Engineers, Paramedic Services and occasionally on Parliament Hill with the Parliamentary Protective Service (RCMP) and the Prime Minister’s Protective Detail. Chris has worked with RCMP for planning public protest response/prevention during pharmaceutical conferences, public addresses given by ambassadors, and education policy summits. He has also provided protective details for corporate executives, foreign Royal Family members, foreign ambassadors, celebrities, professional athletes, and Olympians. Chris also had a role in planning for patron safety for the NHL Centennial Classic and the CFL Grey Cup in Ottawa.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys social time with friends, travelling, reading and occasionally time at the gym. Chris sees incredible potential in Purple Potties’ ability to help many clients by providing clean units to meet their needs, delivering and servicing on time and keeping units in good repair.
We hope you will be part of this journey as we continue to grow and serve more clients!