Recognizing the importance of security professionals, especially on the front lines

The Canadian Security Lifesaver Association recently participated in the ASIS International Global Security Exchange conference, leading a presentation on the CSLA’s mission as a supporter and promoter of the bravery and heroism frontline security professionals demonstrate every day.

The presentation, “Recognition for Retention,” was delivered on Sept. 13 at the GSX host city, Dallas, Tex., by CSLA members Jody Reid (chairperson), David Sulston (co-founder and board member) and Steve Hoffman (board member).

Corporate security has evolved over the years to incorporate new technology, new best practices, and updated expectations for security professionals across the industry. What hasn’t changed is the degree to which frontline security professionals meet and exceed their mandate. The CSLA was founded to recognize those individuals who have gone above and beyond in the course of professional duty, saving lives and preventing harm.

Since its founding in 2020, the CSLA has received hundreds of lifesaver nominations from across Canada, detailing incidents in which a frontline professional saved a life. From overdose mitigation and suicide prevention to medical emergencies and thwarted attacks, these professionals have selflessly stepped up to help others. Every nominee is recognized and one winner is selected per quarter, judged by a board of non-partisan security industry professionals.

The GSX presentation highlighted these remarkable accomplishments and the CSLA’s growth as an organization — every year, the number of nominations received by the CSLA has roughly doubled.

“Recognition for Retention” was attended by approximately 100 GSX attendees. For more information on the CSLA, and how to nominate a “lifesaver” visit