Bonnie Butlin

Bonnie Butlin

Co-Founder & Executive Director , Security Partners’ Forum


Bonnie is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Security Partners’ Forum (SPF), the first-of-its-kind agile international network of security professionals, bridging all domains and disciplines of security. Under the SPF banner Bonnie created the Women in Security and Resilience Alliance (WISECRA – which engages a growing network of women in security and resilience associations/groups globally), and the Canadian Cybersecurity Alliance (CCA), which has since become the largest inter-association cyber initiative in history.
Since 2013 Bonnie has received numerous international and national-level awards and accolades related to security and resilience including the prestigious “Women of the Decade” Award presented at the Women Economic Forum in 2018. Some of Bonnie’s other awards and accolades include:

• Cover Feature in the June / July Special Edition of Sovereign Magazine titled “Canada’s First Lady of Security”

• Ranked #1 on IFSEC Global’s “Top 50 Influencers in Security & Fire 2017” (Security Management, Education and Thought Leadership); and

• Appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network in Cybersecurity in 2017.

Bonnie is regularly sought after as an international speaker based on her expertise on topics including leadership, security, resilience and other related fields,. Bonnie was a guest-lecturer at the National Security College in Canberra, Australia. In 2016 Bonnie addressed the Parliament of Canada and the Senate on Cybersecurity in Canada. In 2017 Bonnie was invited to participate in the invitation-only 2017 Halifax International Security Forum. Most recently Bonnie spoke at the Economic Club of Canada on a panel discussion as to the current state of cybersecurity and implications for Canadian business.
Bonnie also currently sits on a variety of committees, working groups and editorial boards, such as the Cybersecurity Journal (Henry Stuart Publications) which she was recently published in as part of their Women in Cybersecurity Special Edition (Summer 2018).
Bonnie’s educational achievements are numerous including the following a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Carleton University; a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary; a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Security Executive Leadership from the Burrill Green Business School (UK); and most recently an Advanced certificate in Strategic Planning & Leadership for security at the University of Georgetown (in partnership with the International Security Management Association (ISMA)).