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Canadian Security announces 2020 Emerging Leader award winner

By Canadian Security Staff   

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Josh Darby MacLellan

Canadian Security magazine is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Emerging Leader award, Josh Darby MacLellan.

Originally from the U.K., Darby MacLellan started his career in Canada with a co-op placement as a global threat intelligence analyst at a financial institution in Toronto. He says the experience of analyzing information on physical security threats around the world sealed his decision to remain in Canada and pursue a career in the security sector.

Roles in crime risk analysis, risk management and intelligence followed as Darby MacLellan transitioned to a new financial institution. There, in the organization’s security department, he learned how private sector organizations protect their people and assets. Eager to learn more about how companies defend their information, he was motivated to transition to the cybersecurity domain. Staying true to his analyst intelligence roots, he joined their cyber threat intelligence team last year where he assesses cyber threat actors’ campaigns against his organization and its clients. (For more on Darby MacLellan’s transition to cybersecurity, read his article in the Summer issue of Canadian Security magazine.)

Darby MacLellan became involved in ASIS International after attending the organization’s GSX conference in 2018. He joined ASIS’s Young Professionals (YP) Council and secured the YP Committee Chairperson position at the Toronto chapter, as well as Assistant Regional Vice President representing YPs for ASIS Canada. In April 2020, he joined (ISC)2 Toronto Chapter’s communications committee.

Committed to life-long education, Darby MacLellan was part of the first cohort to gain the Associate Protection Professional (APP) certification from ASIS and has set his sights on the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation from (ISC)2.

About CS Honours

Canadian Security first launched its awards program honouring lifetime achievers, community leaders and emerging professionals in 2018 to help celebrate the magazine’s 40th anniversary. The program, known today as Canadian Security Honours, is now an ongoing recognition program under the Canadian Security umbrella. Canadian Security will host a virtual awards program on Oct. 1 to acknowledge this year’s winners as well as the 2020 Security Director of the Year, our longest-running award program (14 years and counting) which recognizes senior security leaders across Canada. For more information on how you can attend or get involved in CS Honours on Oct. 1, please visit

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