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Job title of nominated professional (or team name)Co-Founder & Executive Director
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)Security Partners' Forum
Company size (employees)50 to 99
Headquarters RegionNorth America

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Bonnie is globally recognized as a though leader across the various domains in security including cybersecurity. Bonnie has worked with numerous professionals and associations across the globe to help increase the number of women in security (including the cybersecurity fields). The importance of her efforts and achievements were acknowledged in 2015 when, one of the largest online security websites named Bonnie as “Canada’s First Lady of Security.”
Bonnie worked with Grant Lecky (2017 Cybersecurity Excellence Award winner) to create the Canadian Cybersecurity Alliance, which has brought together more than 100 cyber-related professional associations, providing an unparalleled, contextualized understanding of the cyber landscape and cyber issues.
Bonnie’s efforts have done more than simply bring people and organizations together. She has been an inspirational catalyst for the growth of individual organizations. By way of just one example, here is a message from Australia: “Thanks to Bonnie the Australian Women in Security Network has really taken off (Jacqui Chau Lostau – Founder of the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN).” She has been identified as an inspiration to young women entering the profession, and has engaged in mentoring and speaking engagements for women and young professionals across the globe in both the physical and cybersecurity domains.

Brief Overview

Bonnie helped co-found the Security Partners’ Forum (SPF) the first-of-its-kind truly agile network of security professionals within NATO and partner states which acts as an information sharing nexus for hundreds of security & related associations, companies, educational institutions and individuals across the globe. She also helped launch other sub-networks within the SPF including the Women in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA), which consists of dozens of Women in Security & Resilience-related associations and groups from across the globe and the Canadian Cybersecurity Alliance Canadian Cybersecurity Alliance (CCA), an agile network of more than 100 professional associations with a vested interest or affected by cybersecurity, and confirmed to be the first of its kind globally, providing unparalleled contextual understanding of the cyber landscape in Canada and internationally.

To date Bonnie has received 9 international awards and accolades including being named in 2017 to the Canadian Who’s Who, a list of outstanding Canadians from business, academia, politics, sports, the arts, and sciences who have made significant contributions to life in Canada.

It should also be noted that Bonnie’s contributions and professional excellence are now being recognized outside of the security and resilience domains. For example, business groups are now reaching out to Bonnie and asking her to speak and/or write on leadership and mentoring beyond the security profession. Bonnie is certainly recognized as a leader, but I will quickly point out that she leads with a much-respected and genuine professional modesty, being very much “about the goal and not the role”. Her strong academic background in national security & international affairs combined with her rare intellect, integrity, compassion, and dedication are a catalyst for her many achievements.