The Canadian Pacific Chapter of ASIS International, the global association of security professionals, recently elected a new chairperson for 2016: Scott Young, GardaWorld’s Director of Business Development for Western Canada.
Scott joined GardaWorld in 2006 as an Account Manager and has assumed ever greater responsibilities since then. His career has included stops in Edmonton and Calgary, and he now resides in downtown Vancouver.
The ASIS Canadian Pacific Chapter counts about 300 industry people from across British Columbia among its membership. It promotes networking as well as professional development and education. Certification programs include:
Certified Protection Professional (CPP)® — demonstrated knowledge and experience in all areas of security management;
Professional Certified Investigator (PCI)® — demonstrated education and/or experience in the fields of case management, evidence collection, and case presentation;
Physical Security Professional (PSP)® — demonstrated experience in physical security assessment, the application, design and integration of physical security systems, and implementation of physical security measures.
For the past five years, Scott has taken an active role in the ASIS chapter. Most recently he served as the chapter’s Young Professional Liaison, a position responsible for reaching out to younger entrants to the region’s security industry.
At age 29, Scott reflects a new generation and type of security professional. “Traditional ASIS membership has drawn largely from the ranks of former law enforcement officers he explains. “Going forward, we see lots of opportunity to expand our chapter base with people who choose to make private-sector security the focus of their career right from the start. I’m excited to be involved at this point in security’s history, as we continue to professionalize our industry.”Women are another demographic that Scott seeks to attract. “We have a chapter subcommittee focused on Women in Security and building our female membership,” he says, adding that greater diversity is welcome from other Canadian ethnic groups, too.
He points to the First Nations as an example of other communities that the ASIS Canadian Pacific Chapter could connect with. “Our outreach would be similar to what GardaWorld currently does to bring more First Nations guards into its Protective Services ranks,” Scott says.
In addition, Scott wants to expand the range of private-sector industries that are represented by the chapter membership. “The majority of our current active membership base is contractors and service providers,” he explains. “I’d like to entice more end-users to our events and expand our reach to new market verticals. I also believe that our event speakers and topics apply to a broader spectrum than just those with a security focus. Property Managers, Operations Managers, Facility Managers, and even leasing and marketing managers would benefit from the educational opportunities we provide.”
Scott starts his 2016-2017 term on January 1st. He took time to point out the strength of the new ASIS Chapter executive team, saying, “It really is an all-hands-on-deck approach, a team effort.”
In fact, he’ll need his fellow Chapter executives’ help, particularly as he juggles his new ASIS responsibilities with his day-to-day GardaWorld duties, plus finishes his graduate business studies. After he completes his M.B.A. in March, he plans to study towards the CPP credential.
For more information on ASIS International, please visit: www.asisonline.org.
For information on the ASIS Canadian Pacific Chapter, please visit: www.asis-canada.org.
For more information how to improve security of your organization’s people and assets, visit garda.com/protectiveservices.