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Nominations now open to recognize Canada’s top women in cybersecurity

Published: March 8th, 2020 By: ITWCWomen in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA)

Toronto, ON: The Women in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA) and IT World Canada (ITWC) are pleased to announce that nominations for the inaugural Top Women in Cyber Security recognition program are now being accepted.

The Top Women in Cyber Security initiative was established to recognize women who have advanced the Canadian security industry.

“We have thousands of security positions going unfilled in Canada every year, with only a small percentage of security jobs held by women,” said Fawn Annan, President & CMO of ITWC. “This is disproportionate by any measure, and it needs to be rebalanced.”

By offering recognition to women working in the field,  other women may be inspired to consider cyber security as a career, which in turn helps address the imbalance,” said Bonnie Butlin, the founder and international coordinator of WISECRA, a global network of female cyber security professionals.

Nominees must be women with more than three years of experience in  Canadian cyber security. Self-nominations are welcomed.

The deadline for nomination is May 8, 2020.  


A stellar list of judges has been assembled to review submissions. They are:

Namir Anani, President & CEO at Information and Communications Technology Council
Rima Aristocrat, President & CIO, Willis College
Robert Beggs, CEO, DigitalDefence
Terry Cutler, Founder & CEO, Cyology Labs Inc.
Francoise Gagnon, CEO of ADGA Group Consultants Inc.
Ali A. Ghorbani, Director, Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity
Le Ha Hang, VP Global Security, CGI
Franca Palazzo, Executive Director, Internet Society – Canadian Chapter
Sharon Polsky, President & CEO, Privacy & Access Council
Sarah ShortreedCTO, ATCO Group
Suzie Smibert, CISO, Finning International

The 2020 award winners will be featured on the IT World Canada website in early June 2020. A special reception acknowledging the winners is being organized.


The Women in Security & Resilience Alliance is a global network that brings women in security and resilience roles together to share ideas and best practices. WISECRA is a sub-network of the Security Partners’ Forum.

Media contacts:
Steve Proctor, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, IT World Canada (ITWC)
Phone: 416-578-5014

Bonnie Butlin, International Coordinator, Women in Security & Resilience Alliance
Phone: 613-266-8048

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