International Women’s Day: Celebrating Women in Security & Diversity in Practice at Blackbird Security

March 8th is International Women’s Day.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we want to highlight the importance of women in security and the incredible impact women are playing in our organization – especially in leadership roles.

At Blackbird Security, our head office administration team is 85% female - with 66% of our head office management team and 40% of our overall management team (Operations & Administration) being women.

These women are at the forefront of our strategy, playing a pivotal role in creating new processes and policies, while working hard to continuously revamp and update our training practices and maintain operations. Some of the management positions held by women at Blackbird Security include:

  • Western Canada Operations Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Organizational Development Manager
  • Recruiting Manager
  • Saskatoon, Regional Manager
  • Ottawa, Regional Lead

We are thrilled to empower more and more women to pursue a highly rewarding career in security, with many of these women assuming leadership positions thanks to our policy of promoting from within and identifying external female talent.

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Blackbird Security – The Benefits of Female Leadership in Security

The idea that certain careers belong to specific genders is an idea we are happy to see consigned to the past. At Blackbird Security, we’ve long understood the importance of empowering feminine leadership qualities such as receptivity, curiosity, and empathy, and incorporating them into our decision-making process. We believe this makes us a more well-rounded and receptive business that’s attuned to our client needs.

We believe that the female experience and perspective is critical to ensuring our security guards are trained in how to keep all genders safe, while also taking into account the safety issues experienced mostly by women in our communities.

Our Western Canada Operations Manager (Nayomie), for example, oversees all of the Operational Managers across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. As we continue to grow and reinforce our position as Canada’s number one security company, women will play an increasingly large role in our success.

Changing Industry

While Blackbird Security has made significant strides to bring more diversity to the security business, the security industry remains to be male-dominated. Security is one of a number of professions that remains unnecessarily gendered in the public opinion, with many people still perceiving private security as a male job role.

This gender gap is highlighted starkly in the numbers. Across North America, over 75 % of security staff are men. This gap is even greater in other parts of the world such as Europe, Asia and South America where security staff are between 80 and 90 % male.

The truth is, women are playing an increasingly prominent role in security. Across Canada, Blackbird Security employs hundreds of amazing women in frontline security roles. They excel in these positions, providing outstanding security services and impeccable customer service.

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Blackbird Security is Canada’s number one security company. If you’re looking to upgrade your security services, Contact Us and let’s discuss your unique needs. Here are just some of the ways we can help keep your operation safe and secure:

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