By Sanya Chen, IM Group Communications –
On 16 April 2018, Brigadier-General Frances Allen was awarded the Women in Communications and Technology Leadership Excellence Award, Public Sector Leadership category.
The Women in Communications and Technology Leadership Excellence Awards recognizes and celebrates powerful female leaders who have distinguished themselves in any sector of communications and technology.
In the early 1980s, BGen Allen was one of the few women in the military working in the communications and technology domain. She excelled in her career as a Communications and Electronics Engineering (CELE) Officer and rose to her current rank of Brigadier-General, making her the first female general officer within her trade.
With a diverse career spanning over 34 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces, she is currently the Director-General Information Management Operations (DGIMO) and the Joint Force Cyber Component Commander (JFCCC).
In Major General Loos’ endorsement letter, he says “BGen Allen … has skillfully ‘bent technology to her will’ all along the way, to ensure the latest advances were weighed and applied to the cyber security tasks at hand.”
Her mentorship and advocacy for change is an inspiration to both men and women. The effects she will leave behind will serve Canada beyond her service, and for decades to come. You can read more in her biography. Congratulations BGen Allen!
If you have someone you wish to nominate, please refer to the ADM(IM) awards and recognition page.
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