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ASIS Canada to host three conferences this spring

By Jody Reid   

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ASIS Canada has an exciting year ahead! Chapters across the country are organizing exciting new events, attracting new members and engaging a growing number of volunteers.

Three major events happening this spring are:

  • Chapter 156 Edmonton/Northern Alberta: FORTIFY Conference, April 19-20, 2023
  • Chapter 193 Toronto: Best Practices Seminar, May 3, 2023
  • Chapter 190 Canadian Pacific: The Future of Security Conference, May 25, 2023

Denis O’Sullivan (left), first chair of the Edmonton chapter, receives notice of the chapter’s creation from Donald Murphy in 1983. (Image: ASIS International)

2023 FORTIFY Conference: 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Edmonton FORTIFY Conference kicks off the year as a celebration of the first chapter of ASIS in Canada! With a focus on celebrating past and future connections, the event continues in the tradition of connecting members and the raising professionalism in the industry.

Attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate and reconnect at the 40th Anniversary Reception, participate in two full days of education sessions, and visit the packed trade show floor. Earn up to 12 CPE credits.


With speakers on the agenda like ASIS International president Tim McCreight, CPP; past-president Dave Tyson, CPP; and 2022 Ron Minion-Canadian Security Pioneer Award winner Dr. Glen Kitteringham, CPP to name a few, the sessions are expected to be jam-packed with thought-provoking and conversation-starting lessons. Topics will include Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM); Cybercrime in 2023; and Staff Retention, Training and Career Progression, among many others. This conference has something for all security practitioners!
For registration, hotel and travel information visit

Toronto Best Practices Seminar

ASIS Toronto Chapter’s 2023 Best Practices Seminar will return for the 27th year. The focus this year is on the post-pandemic: Digital Transformation, a new era in the security industry. With the physical security landscape evolving and violent crimes on the rise, security is a critical asset in society today.

Sessions will include applying Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles with a different lens; the convergence of cybersecurity and physical security; the recruitment of talent; technological security advancements like artificial intelligence (AI), cloud applications, robotics and SaaS models; and an overarching focus on how to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion to help to drive these changes.

The schedule will be loaded with learning, networking opportunities and sponsor displays. This event is expected to sellout at the 200-seat capacity, in a new venue: the Arcadian Loft downtown Toronto.

Registration information can be found on the ASIS Toronto website:

The Future of Security Conference

The Canadian Pacific Chapter in British Columbia is hosting a one-day symposium with the theme of The Future of Security. Opening the day with Tim McCreight, CPP and rounding out the morning sessions with vice-chair of the ASIS International North American Regional Board of Directors Mark Folmer, CPP, the day is packed full of star power!

The symposium will include engaging topics such as the use of data in decision-making; industry certification and association support; the value of partnerships; leadership competency of the future; mental health and crisis response, and the convergence of IT and physical approaches to security.

With 100+ attendees expected, this is a great opportunity to reconnect with acquaintances and meet new contacts.

Watch for event registration at If you’re an ASIS member, look for details on the Head West Contest from your local chapter. Two lucky members will receive an expenses-paid trip to one of the ASIS events in Western Canada this spring.

Jody Reid is the Regional VP (Calgary), Region 6C, for ASIS International.

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