Telus Vice-President and Chief Security Officer named Canadian Security Director of the Year
The editorial advisory board of Canadian Security Magazine has chosen Gene McLean, Vice-President and Chief Security Officer at Telus Communications as Security Director of the Year.
By Jennifer Brown
Nominations came for security directors and managers in the public and
private sector including banking, large utilities, post-secondary
institutions, health care and manufacturing.
The award honours the individual who best demonstrates leadership and vision in the world of corporate security.
“We received an impressive number of nominations for a group of
extremely qualified and experienced individuals from across the
country,” said Jennifer Brown, Editor of Canadian Security Magazine.
“After considerable deliberation with the editorial advisory board, it was
determined Mr. McLean best exemplifies qualities of a senior-level executive in the security industry."
McLean received five nominations — more than any
other nominee — and those who nominated him include professionals and
peers from organizations such as KPMG, The Canadian Bankers Association
and the Society for The Policing of Cyberspace.
Those who nominated McLean cited his “calm and determined leadership” during the 2005 labour
dispute at Telus as well as his on-going work on a smart card project in which a
multitude of card access systems will be consolidated onto a single
card access. That will then roll into the logical access for the IT
component of the employee work base.
has also created the Information Protection Centre within corporate
security at Telus, which works closely with the Telus IT department to
help ensure that the company’s corporate information assets are
“In accordance with Gene’s
security philosophy, there is no divide or fragmentation between
physical and information security at Telus,” said one of McLean’s nominators, Richard Cohen,
President, RSC Strategic Connections, an independent advisory firm on
national and international security issues.
First runner up
was Leo Manos, Director of Security Services with the Fairmont Royal
York Hotel in Toronto, who was nominated for his significant work in upgrading the security systems within the facility. Second runner up was Bob Gauvreau, Manager of
Corporate Security with the City of Ottawa who was nominated for leading a parks protection initiative within the city.
The competition was sponsored by Anixter, a leading
supplier of communications products used to connect voice, video, data
and security systems.
“We were thrilled to have Anixter
sponsoring the first ever Canadian Security Director of the year and
they extend their congratulations to Mr. McLean,” said Frank Shoniker,
Publisher of Canadian Security and Director of Sales and Marketing for
McLean will be featured in the September issue of Canadian Security Magazine
and presented with his award at the ASIS International Conference in
San Diego, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2006 and at Security Canada Central in October at
the Toronto Congress Center.