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MNO citizen Bonnie Butlin (Photo source: Natocouncil.ca)M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Bonnie Butlin, co-founder and Executive Director of the Security Partners¡¯ Forum (SPF) and International Coordinator of the Women in Security and Resilience Alliance (WISECRA), recently won the 2015 Professional Security Magazine¡¯s Women in Security Award (Security Manager Category), a prestigious award British historian Baroness Rugh Henig calls the ¡°Oscars of the Security industry.¡±
Butlin was recently described as ¡°[a] dynamic individual [who] has perhaps without intention, become a role model,¡± in an article by Victoria Heath, a writer for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Association of Canada.
The most remarkable aspect of Butlin¡¯s career is her many achievements in an industry with a high ratio of men to women. According to Heath¡¯s article, women only make up 4 per cent of United Nations Peacekeepers and only 11 per cent among Information Security Professionals.
¡°No doubt, the daughters of today and tomorrow will thank Bonnie and other women like her, for giving us dreams to chase, grounded in their real achievements,¡± Heath wrote.
In 2013, Butlin was named one of Security Magazine¡¯s ¡°Most Influential People in Security¡± and was inducted into the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame in 2014. This year, she also won CSO Magazine¡¯s Compass Award and announced as a finalist for the 2015 Executive Women¡¯s Forum Women of Influence Award in the category of Private Solutions Provider.
Butlin is a board member of The Vimy Report, an online publication focused on informing Canadians and leading discussions on security and defence issues.
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