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Kidnapping survivor to address ASIS Toronto

ASIS Toronto has announced its speaker line-up for its 20th annual best practices seminar, to be held April 18.


March 25, 2013
By Canadian Security

CBC reporter Mellissa Fung is the main speaker for the event. Fung drew the attention of the world when she was kidnapped in 2008 while on assignment in Afghanistan and held captive for 28 days. News of her kidnapping was kept under wraps at the time, due to a media blackout requested by the CBC, but came to light shortly after her release. She has since published a book, Under An Afghan Sky, detailing her experience.

Fung will provide a first-hand account of her experience at the best practices seminar, including the training and preparation she went through prior to her assignment and its effectiveness in helping her cope with her ordeal.

Joining Fung on the agenda will be: Alan Bell, president of Globe Risk International Inc. (“Security Planning When Operating in Hostile Environments”); Robert Hasting of Carleton University (“Achieving Sector Resilience Through Enhancing Physical Protection: An Analysis of the Canadian Banking Sector”); Mike Howard, chief security officer at Microsoft Corp. (via webinar); Mark Lalonde, director of CKR Global Risk Solutions, (“It’s Not Business As Usual, A Canadian Perspective”) and ASIS International’s 2014 president elect, Richard Widup.

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