Canadian Security Magazine

Who will be Security Director for 2009?

By Frank Shoniker Publisher   

Features Opinion

In these pages in each issue you read about the challenges facing security directors in these challenging times. We recognize that security directors and managers are often the unsung heroes in both the private and public sectors in Canada. With responsibility for an ever-growing list of people and assets, the job of managing a security department is becoming one that demands not only a background in security, but also vital people skills as well as significant business and technological savvy.

We know that security departments and managers are being asked to accomplish more with less which requires more nimble management of limited resources. At the same time, they must ensure the continuing protection of people and assets. 

As the current downturn intensifies, security issues revolving around intellectual property, staff departures and retail theft, to name but a few, are putting increased pressure on the security resources at the disposal of those responsible. 

All that said, to date our team at Canadian Security has received just a handful of nominations for the “Security Director of the Year” award. Strange when we know there are incredibly dedicated professionals out there managing multiple challenges and produce best practices every day.

Nominations for Canadian Security magazine’s fourth annual Security Director of the Year award, sponsored by Anixter Canada, will be accepted until the end of May.  We want to find the individual who best exemplifies leadership and vision in the world of corporate security in these particularly trying times.

For example, take a look at last year’s Security Director of the Year Dwaine Nichol, Manager of Security and Life Safety for the City of Toronto.

As Tyson Johnson, manager, physical security with TD Bank Financial Group commented, “Dwaine stands apart — he has a holistic program that is expansive in its mandate and responsibilities and seems to have built up the program and integrated with many different functions.  For me, the education of his staff was a huge factor. The other thing I liked about the submission is that it is measurable.”

So, do you work with someone who motivates and mentors his or her staff and provides inspiration on the job? Or do you know a colleague who has completed a unique initiative that has produced benefit not only to the security department but the entire company?

We know that “special” security director is out  there so visit and fill in the form. We encourage you to go beyond the space provided and give us as much detail as possible on the individual and his or her career accomplishments and specifically why they should be considered for the 2009 award. Past winners have received multiple nominations or had extensive project descriptions submitted on their behalf. All nominations must be submitted by May 29. You can also mail your nomination to Jennifer Brown, Editor, Canadian Security magazine, 240 Edward Street, Aurora, Ont. L4G 3S9.

Nominees will be reviewed by the Canadian Security editorial advisory board with the winner  featured in the September issue of Canadian Security. An award will be presented at a dinner in October. We look forward to your submissions!

Print this page


Stories continue below