Published: March 6th, 2021 By:

    Who will be named to the 2021 Top Women in Cybersecurity Honour Roll?

    The search is on again for Canada’s top women in cybersecurity.

    IT World Canada (ITWC), the Women in Security & Resilience Alliance (WISECRA) and the Canadian Women in Security Forum have joined forces to launch the second annual Top Women in Cybersecurity recognition program.

    The Top Women in Cybersecurity initiative was established to recognize women who have driven the Canadian security industry forward. In 2020, the honour roll opportunity attracted more than 170 nominations from across Canada and all sectors.

    “Although while women hold only a small fraction of the available positions in cybersecurity positions, that is changing and there is an appetite to celebrate their impressive achievements,” said Fawn Annan, President & CMO of ITWC. “It would have been very difficult not to do this again.”

    Why nominate?

    “We are looking for women who are advancing and shaping the industry and making a difference for Canadians through their work and commitment to enhancing cybersecurity,” says Bonnie Butlin, Founder and International Coordinator of WISECRA, a global network of more than 60 women in security and cybersecurity organizations globally. “This initiative is not only a celebration of exceptional Canadian women but also a celebration alongside outstanding women in cybersecurity and security from around the world, who are being similarly recognized by WISECRA and its partners.”


    “We are pleased to have the support of the Canadian Women in Security Forum, a new organization that has grown significantly in the last year, and reflects the growing interest in the profession,” said Butlin. 

    Sponsors of the program and celebration on July 28 are Aptum and VMware. Additional supporting organizations include the Women in Cybersecurity (Ontario), Willis College, and the WIT Network.

    Eligibility requirements

    Nominees must have worked in cybersecurity for at least the last three years to be eligible. Women nominated or honoured in 2020 are eligible to be nominated again in 2021. Members of the 2021 judging panel are not eligible for nomination.


    The nomination deadline is April 16, 2021.

    About the judges

    Fawn Annan and Bonnie Butlin will co-chair the initiative.

    The high-profile judging panel, which includes two 2020 honourees consists of:

    • Sherry Rumbolt, National Information System Security Officer, National Defence 
    • Vanessa Henri, Lawyer, Fasken Law
    • Steven Barry, Senior VP, CIRA
    • Suzanne Grant, CEO, CATA Alliance
    • Susan Bowen, CEO & President, Aptum

     The honourees will be acknowledged at a special virtual celebration on July 28, 2021.


    For more information

    Steve Proctor
    VP Marketing and Communications
    ITWC |
    416 578 5014

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