2019 Award Winners

Emerging Leader Award: Scott Young
Emerging Leader Award: Scott Young, Vice-president, Prairie Region GardaWorld

Scott Young got his start in security as a dispatcher in Edmonton in 2001. In 2006, at age 20, he moved over to an account management role for GardaWorld. Three years later, he took on a business development position, moving to Calgary to help the company expand its presence in different markets.

In 2014, he moved to Vancouver and was appointed GardaWorld’s director of business development, overseeing RFP strategy and business development/marketing initiatives for GardaWorld’s Western Canadian branches. During his time in Vancouver, he became involved with the ASIS International local chapter, serving as their Young Professionals liaison, then chapter chair.

In 2017, a new role took him to Toronto: Senior director, business development, English Canada. In 2018, he moved back home to Alberta as the result of a promotion to vice-president, Prairie Region, for GardaWorld. Currently living in Calgary, he oversees 3,000 security professionals across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He has been recognized twice by GardaWorld for outstanding sales performance.

Young has an MBA from Athabasca University with a specialization in strategy and organizational design. He continues to volunteer his time with associations allied to the security field including the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS). He is also active with ASIS, currently serving as co-assistant regional vice-president for the Young Professionals program in Canada.

Young was named to SP&T News’ Top 10 under 40 list in 2016. In his spare time, he is an active supporter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and enjoys hiking in the mountains with his wife and dog.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Marentette
Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Marentette, Director of Operations, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Robert Marentette is celebrating his 50th year in professional security this year. During his career, he has served in numerous roles from frontline to senior security management. His first 15 years in security encompassed border security, industrial security and contract security. During the last 35 years, his security roles have focused on the protection of cultural property, and he has occupied leadership roles at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. Marentette joined the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ont., 13 years ago and currently serves as director of operations.

Marentette has also served the security industry in several volunteer capacities, including 15 years for the Canadian Society of Industrial Security. Passionate about art protection, he has given numerous presentations in Canada, the U.S., and Europe about art theft.

An art collector himself, Marentette has taken a personal interest in Canadian and First Nations artwork. He likes to spend his free time with his three grandchildren and family.
Community Leader Award: Sean Sportun
Community Leader Award: Sean Sportun, Manager of security and loss prevention, Circle K Stores

Sean Sportun has 26 years of professional experience in the security industry and has spent the last 13 years as manager of security and loss prevention for Circle K Stores Central Canada Division.

During his career, Sportun has consistently volunteered his time and expertise to worthwhile causes and industry associations. In 2002, he joined the Toronto Crime Stoppers volunteer Board of Directors and is currently the program’s chair. He is first vice-president of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and second vice-president of the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners. In 2017, he was a member of the elite security organizing committee for the Invictus Games which were held in Toronto.

Sportun has been recognized numerous times for his volunteer efforts and professionalism. In 2013, he was named Security Director of the Year by Canadian Security magazine’s editorial advisory board.
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