Canadian Security Magazine

Virtual Summits
Women in Security 2023
May 17, 2023 at 1:00pm ET

The Advance: Women in Security virtual event, presented by Canadian Security and SP&T News, is designed to promote gender diversity in one of Canada’s most critical and growing economic sectors. Companies and businesses from all corners of the security industry — manufacturers, guard companies, vendors, distributors, dealers, system integrators and end users — are increasingly hiring more women for all roles, from front-line positions to senior management.

Register today to be a part of this important event that will spotlight the accomplishments of successful women in Canada’s security industry, encourage more women to join the sector and raise awareness of organizations that are taking a leading role.



1:00PM - 1:05PM
Welcome message and introductions

Speaker: Neil Sutton, editor, Canadian Security & SP&T News

Breaking free: Strategies for overcoming fear and achieving your full potential

Speaker: Claudia Velandia, Canadian sales director, Delco Security

What would your life be like if you knew how to overcome fear? In this session, you can gain a better understanding of fear, how it works in your mind and how it impacts your life and your decision-making. Through Claudia's thought-provoking questions, you can start to recognize the ways in which fear may be holding you back or causing you unnecessary stress and anxiety.

Claudia's session will provide you with practical tools and strategies for facing and overcoming fear. By learning these techniques, you can develop greater resilience and confidence, which can help you make better decisions, improve your relationships, and achieve greater success in life.

Overcoming fear can profoundly impact your well-being and peace of mind, leading to greater overall happiness and fulfillment in life.

Empowering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Corporate Security

Speaker: Maria Teresa Septien, Chair of the Board of Trustees, ASIS Foundation

ASIS Foundation chair, Maria Septien CPP will be sharing key findings on the first-ever Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) report, Empowering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Corporate Security 2022. The report highlights DEI challenges within corporate security and suggestions towards building a culture that respects and celebrates the diversity of its workforce; recruiting, developing, and retaining diverse talent necessary to address the challenges faced by the security profession. Valuing and leveraging a diverse workforce, and developing and retaining talent with different life experiences, will undoubtedly bring better and more strategic solutions to the world of security.

2:30PM - 2:45PM
Coffee and networking break

Panel Discussion: Women in security — The professional journey

Moderator: Anita Brunet, VP Sales, U.S. Security & Locking Solutions, Wesco; National President, CANASA
  • Shawna Isaacson, Regional Sales Mgr – Western Canada, CDVI
  • Val Michetti, Regional Acct Mgr – Western Canada & Pacific NW, HID
  • Christine Hammond, General Manager, Wilsons Security
  • Roxanne Smith, Account Executive, Paladin Technologies
  • Shelby Ballantyne, Director, Strategic Programs, Telus
  • Sara Mueller, Technician, Zenwire
The security industry, like many others, is facing staffing shortages as senior employees get closer to retirement. To continue to thrive, the profession must attract new generations of workers, embrace diversity and appeal to a broader demographic. Women in security, from new graduates to established professionals, share their career journeys and discuss next steps for the future of the industry.

3:30PM -3:35PM
Closing remarks

Speaker: Neil Sutton, Editor, Canadian Security & SP&T News

Advance Women in Security: Tanya Turner, Salto Systems

Frequently Asked Questions About Women in Security 2023

When & Where?

Women in Security 2023 will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on May 17, 2023 at 1:00pm ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of May 17, 2023.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.