Bonnie Butlin

Bonnie Butlin, also known around the world as “Canada’s First Lady of Security” is the executive director of the Security Partners’ Forum (SPF), a first-of-its-kind agile international network of security professionals, bridging all domains and disciplines of security.

What makes you a Risky Woman?

I operate in the risk management field - specifically the security and resilience domains of risk management. I am fortunate to be recognized worldwide as a champion for women in the risk management space. For example as a Global Advisory Council member of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM), I work alongside other risk professionals across the globe, including women to help contribute to the risk management profession.

Name your top 3 achievements

  1. Successfully building a global agile network of security professionals;
  2. Successful launch of numerous women in security award initiatives across the globe; and
  3. Being published in a peer reviewed journal, thus contributing to the academic and professional body of knowledge.

What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?

The biggest risk I have taken in my career to date was going back to university to get my Masters degree and re-train in a different area of security after raising my three children.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

People are often surprised as to how mission-focused and approachable I am.

What is the best quality for successful leaders in Risk?

I would say the best quality for successful leaders in risk is having the ability to see both risks and opportunities from numerous perspectives (for example from various gender perspectives).


Security Partners' Forum (SPF)
Co-Founder and Executive Director

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