IAPSC Welcomes New Member Blaine Gillam, M.Sc., CD, CPP, FSyI, ABCP, CSC
Mr. Gillam is a disciplined, energetic, and innovative security executive. His career has covered security management, security operations, physical security, information security, policing, risk assessments, incident response, and several other areas of expertise in security and operations.
Within the first year as a member of the IAPSC, Blaine’s goal is to be able to connect and network with fellow members. Learn from the organization and membership and hopefully be able to further his business as a result.
Blaine commenced his security and operations involvement as a Military Policeman with the Department of National Defense where he was a member for 20+ years and developed expertise in Physical Security/Vulnerability Assessments for infrastructure sites across Canada, Bogota, Columbia, and Tokyo, Japan; Information Systems Security Audits; Certifications and Accreditations for unclassified to Top Secret computer systems; and Threat Risk Assessments on critical infrastructure and communication sites throughout Canada.
Since leaving the Department of National Defence in March 2005, Mr. Gillam has worked as a security consultant developing Information and Physical Security policies, measures, procedures, and protocols. In 2007, Blaine began working for The City of Calgary as Security Advisor and Team Lead of Security Operations with Calgary Transit and Corporate Security, respectively until 2018. During Mr. Gillam’s tenure with The City of Calgary, he conducted vulnerability assessments on Transit infrastructure, provided security consultations, and wrote standard operating procedures for The City’s Critical Infrastructure sites including the communications towers, Calgary Emergency Management Agency, Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department, and Multi-Services sites and was a Corporate Security Board Representative with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency.
In 2018, Mr. Gillam began consulting full-time and has conducted numerous assessments on government facilities, private and public companies, hotels, and casino establishments. He has further conducted over 150 Physical Security Plans, Organizational Security Plans, Systems Designs, Threat Risk Assessments, Security Management Plans, and Site Suitability Reports for the Canadian Cannabis Industry at multiple locations across Canada and has conducted RCMP real-time identification assessments.
On a personal note:
What is your dream car?
I don’t have a dream car but the car I currently drive would top my list. VW Atlas. However, if I had to choose a car it would be the new Corvette stingray split window.
Who inspires you?
There are so many. Les Brown (You gotta be Hungry!), Simon Sinek, Tony Robbins, Brene Brown, and so on. My wife also inspires me. She has a tireless work ethic, four degrees, and is involved in so many things, she never seems to get tired.
What’s the last book you read?
The last book I completed was “Obviously Awesome” by April Dunford. I’m currently reading, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz, and “Implementing Physical Protection Systems” by David G. Patterson.
Education and Certification:
Mr. Gillam holds a Master of Science in Security and Risk Management. His thesis was on the convergence of physical and logical security, where it was nominated for the Wilf Knight Award in 2012. He has further obtained his Associate Business Continuity Professional designation and has completed courses through the RCMP in Physical Security and Threat Assessments, ASIS Facility Security Design, Security Training Group’s Critical Infrastructure Protection, is a certified protection professional (CPP), held the certified expert in cyber investigations (CECI) certificate and is a Fellow of the Security Institute in the United Kingdom. Mr. Gillam holds a current Government of Canada issued Secret (L2) security clearance.