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Canadian Security announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

By Canadian Security Staff   

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Canadian Security is pleased to announce Mark LaLonde is the recipient of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award.

LaLonde most recently served as the Chief Safety & Risk Officer at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver. After six years in that leadership role, LaLonde says he is stepping back, slowing down and returning to local and international security, safety, and risk mitigation consulting, while focusing on family, local volunteer work and mastering the BBQ.

In his role with SFU, LaLonde led a team of over 100 professionals focused on security, emergency planning and response, business continuity, insurance and travel risk management, compliance, environmental health, and safety in support of a community of 40,000 students, faculty, researchers and staff spread across three municipalities.

Over 40 years, he enjoyed a varied professional career in community safety, security, risk management and related public policy. This included municipal policing, faculty at both the BC Police Academy and the University of the Fraser Valley, security and risk consulting in the private sector, a brief foray as management in the private security industry, and work with the United Nations in the areas of police and prison capacity development, crime prevention as well as standards and regulatory oversight of the private security industry.

LaLonde has authored U.N. reports and handbooks in these fields, served on international expert committees with the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime in addition to working with the government of the United Arab Emirates on private security training standards. Over the years, he has worked in locales that include Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Persian Gulf, East Africa and South East Asia.

Throughout his career in public safety, LaLonde has served on numerous committees, written articles and public policy reports, mentored future leaders, sought out mentors, participated in a number of professional associations, developed and delivered educational programs while furthering his own knowledge and skills. This includes seeking out continuing professional development opportunities, participating in industry events and the ASIS CSO Center, and completing a graduate degree in justice and public safety leadership.

LaLonde says he attributes his success to the teams he as worked with, learned from and been fortunate to lead; being an avid reader, especially in areas outside his specific industry; being curious; asking questions; and taking time to listen to others and finding ways to incorporate their lived experience into strategies and tactics that help enhance safety and security.

LaLonde will receive his award at the Canadian Security Honours virtual event, which will take place Oct. 6 at 1PM EST. You can read more about Mark LaLonde in the fall issue of Canadian Security, available in October.

About Canadian Security 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. 6 to acknowledge this year’s winners as well as the 2022 Security Director of the Year, our longest-running award program (16 years and counting), which recognizes senior security leaders across Canada. For more information on how you can attend CS Honours on Oct. 6, please visit

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