The widespread introduction of new ways of working (teleworking) since the pandemic’s start have disrupted cybersecurity practices. Companies have had to make on-the-fly decisions and implement essentially temporary solutions over the long term. These solutions don’t necessarily take into account evolving threats. Meanwhile, the ingenuity of cybercriminals continues to escalate.
The economic recovery is underway, but cybersecurity issues are still multiplying. Employees are not always adequately trained and cyber naivety is far too prevalent in front of screens. Cybersecurity projects need to be optimized and prioritized now! They can no longer be put on the back burner. It is therefore imperative for decision-makers to realize that cybersecurity needs to be broached in an all-encompassing way in order to guarantee effective cyber-resilience in today’s companies.
Event host, speaker and digital consultant
Now an independent digital consultant, he advises NATIONAL Public Relations' clients on their communication strategies using various digital platforms, whether it is on Internet, social media or applications in a business or crisis management context.
But it was during his 23 years at Radio-Canada that the public discovered him. From 1987 to 2010, he worked as a TV producer and new technologies specialist at Radio-Canada.
Vice-President, Chief Information Security Officer, CISO
Québécor Média inc.
CISO and Vice-President of Quebecor, which includes among other organizations Videotron, Quebecor Media and TVA, Éric Hébert has extensive experience in team leadership, cybersecurity program management, risk management and governance. Wherever he goes, he always tries to instill cultural changes that support information security, and to assuage divergent opinions. His pragmatic approach is much appreciated by CEOs, Directors and the other VPs he works with. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has most often fulfilled the roles of CISO, trusted advisor, or lecturer. He maintains a regular presence in the IT security community and regularly shares his experience and opinions in conferences and interviews.
Director, Information Technology Security Projects Department
Director at Desjardins, Julien Hivon manages several project teams. With more than seven years of experience in security, Julien Hivon has implemented strategic programs and carried out numerous projects in digital, physical security, infrastructure protection and identity and access management. Very involved in the community, he has participated in the implementation of innovative initiatives like CyberEco, the Chair in Cybercrime Prevention at the University of Montreal and the Cybersecurity School. He is regularly invited as a speaker to share his expertise and experience in the field. He holds CISSP and PSPO certifications.
Lawyer specialized in data protection and information security law
Vanessa specializes in personal data protection and information security law. She has Data Protection Officer certification and proven experience supporting organizations with data protection laws. These include the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and other standards applicable to entities whose economic activities depend heavily upon the use of both confidential and personal data. Vanessa helps organizations, especially those in the emerging technologies industry, to proactively manage legal data risks, so that they can build trust with their customers and gain a competitive advantage.
Full Professor at the School of Criminology at UdeM - Scientific Director of the Integrated Network on Cybersecurity (SERENE-RISC)+
Full Professor at the School of Criminology at UdeM - Scientific Director of the Integrated Network on Cybersecurity (SERENE-RISC)
Benoît Dupont is a full professor at the School of Criminology at the University of Montreal and Scientific Director of the Integrated Network on Cybersecurity (SERENE-RISC), which he founded in 2014. Since 2016, he has held the Research Chair of Canada in Cybersecurity. He also holds the Research Chair in Cybercrime Prevention. He sits as an observer representing the research community on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) and on the Council of Researchers of the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NOIRN). He is also part of the College of New Researchers and Creators in the Arts and Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada.
Specialist in cybercrime - President and founder
EM Développement inc.
Emeline Manson holds a bachelor's degree in criminology and specializes in cybercrime. A student of human psychology, she teaches the Certificate in Cyber Investigation at the Polytechnique Montreal and runs a training and support company for entrepreneurs. Her mission is to optimize cybersecurity and digital hygiene in order to prevent years of effort from disappearing with just one click.
Kateri-Anne Grenier has practiced as a lawyer for almost 20 years, during which time she has developed cutting-edge expertise in the field of commercial litigation, particularly in matters of contracts and liability. She has a profound knowledge and understanding of issues related to access to information, the right to privacy, the protection of personal information and cybersecurity.
Senior Director of Cybersecurity and Data Protection
Groupe Santé Biron
With more than 20 years of experience, Rémi is Senior Cyber Security Director for the Groupe Santé Biron. He previously worked in IT security at Radio-Canada and the CHU Sainte-Justine. He recently graduated from Harvard in the "Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age" program.
Co-founder and President
As the President and CEO of NOVIPRO, Yves draws on 30 years of experience to help business with their digital transformation. NOVIPRO was first founded in 1993 and been growing steadily ever since. The company is constantly adjusting to keep up with new advancements in technology and ever-changing market conditions.
Director, Security Practice
Roger is the Director of NOVIPRO’s Security Practice. He has more than 25 years of experience in the IT field and holds various high-level professional credentials in the areas of data storage, operating systems, networking, security, business continuity and specialized software.
With a 20-year career working as an IT specialist for leading international companies, Dominique helps clients get a clear picture of their information asset protection.
Sales Manager & Executive NA PreSales
Stan Wisseman leads the Security Strategist team for MicroFocus’ CyberRes in North America. Stan has over 30 years of information security experience and has built security into products, systems, software, and enterprises. Prior to joining MicroFocus (formerly HP) in 2014, Stan served as the Chief Information Security Officer for Fannie Mae with responsibilities for information security and business resiliency across the organization. With regards to AppSec, Stan started the NoVA OWASP chapter, co-chaired a committee for the DHS Build Security In initiative, led Software Security consulting practices, and helped start the application security program at Fannie Mae.
Joni Brennan is the President of the Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada. She leads the organization in its mission to accelerate the establishment of an ecosystem of trustworthy digital ID solutions in support of Canada's Innovation Agenda and to the societal and economic benefit of all Canadian governments, businesses, non-profits, and - most importantly - citizens.
Vice President, Security Solutions
Scott Register has more than 15 years of experience leading product management and go-to-market activities for global technology companies. In his current role, he is tasked with bringing new security solutions to market across Keysight’s broad solution portfolio.
Calvin Chrustie is a Senior Associate with InterVentis Global, a boutique risk consulting firm of world class ransom negotiators, crisis managers and intelligence specialist focused at providing clients “360 Solutions emphasizing the human element”. Their advisory services are focused where crises, risk and security converge. Calvin spent 33 years with the RCMP specializing in the area of transnational organized crime, intelligence, insider threats and national security. He has extensive experience overseeing sensitive operations involving criminal networks from China, Iran, and led hundreds of international operations as a former Officer in Charge of Major Projects for Federal Policing.
Speaker and IT Security specialist
During his military career with the Royal 22nd Regiment, Steve transitioned from the battlefield to pursuing enemies online, eventually becoming one of the country’s leading cyber operators. He was tasked with training former members of the combat arms team, both soldiers and officers, before being appointed as the leading Information Systems Security Officer at the Montreal base and then at the Royal Military College in Saint-Jean.
Senior Solutions Architect
Gina Scinta is a Senior Solutions Architect with the Thales, DIS, Cloud Protection and Licensing business line.
She has over 30 years of experience in the information technology profession, encompassing pre/post sales engineering support for Commercial and Federal territories. For the past nine years, she has focused on providing solutions for protecting data using world class encryption and key management for data at rest in data centers and cloud infrastructures.
Senior Director of Knowledge Mgmt & Training
Katie McCroskey is a Privileged Account Management SME and currently leads the E-Learning and Knowledge Management team at Thycotic. Katie's team uses an effective combination of leading edge E-Learning solutions and in-person or video conferencing based training to reach a large, technical and geographically diverse audience. Katie revolutionized Thycotic's on-boarding process and helped Thycotic grow at a very rapid pace. Katie has significant experience in the cyber-security industry, working at Thycotic for ten years, she has been successful in several influential positions at Thycotic Software including business development, marketing, and channel management/development.
Philippe Décary has over 20 years of professional experience. He has extensive knowledge of network management and endpoint applications, as well as an excellent understanding of risk assessment, IT compliance, point standardization security domain and security management center termination, design and architecture.
Cyber Security Threat Management Architect
Roghen has 18+yrs CyberSecurity experience, holding various presales and consultancy positions within diverse geographical markets in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. He specializes in complex network design and architecture; data, network and cloud security; PKI and cryptography; threat management; solution integration and project implementations. Roghen is fluent in English and French, and holds degrees in Engineering, Lawand MBA.
Vivienne Suen is a cybersecurity architect helping businesses navigate the complex and ever-changing world of IT Security. A passionate, innovative and entertaining storyteller, Vivienne has been a featured speaker at numerous user groups and conferences advising on technology trends and sharing her expertise with IT professionals across North America. For 15 years, shehas been a trusted advisor to many IBM customers and partners, helping them become advocates and champions of IBM.
Security Channel Manager, Partner Sales
John Beal is the IBM Security Partner Manager for Canada. He has 25 years experience with IBM in both hardware and software sales. For the last eight years, he has been fighting cybercrime by enabling IBM Businesspartners with IBM Security Solutions.
Principal Technical Engineer
Christer Swartz is the Principal Technical Marketing Engineer for Illumio. He has spent many years in the Networking industry, beginning with a small startup called Cisco, where he was an early CCIE. He has worked for both Enterprise and Service Providers as a Network and Security architect, for both Data Center and Cloud network deployments. He worked for Netflix on the design and birth of their Internet video-streaming architecture, and for Palo Alto Networks on designing deep security across the entire Ci/CD pipeline. He currently works for Illumio, focusing on architecting Workload Security in Data Center and Hybrid-Cloud Network fabrics. Network Security has traditionally been an after-thought in the Networking industry, with Scalable Cloud architectures and Security often perceived as a binary choice. Security can, and needs to be, de-coupled from traditional networking priorities.
Director of Cybersecurity Strategy
Brian Reed is our Cybersecurity Evangelist at Proofpoint. He comes to Proofpoint from Gartner where he focused on a wide variety of topics - cloud security, data security, incident response, insider threats and security awareness.
Since 2015, he published over 50 thought-leading research notes at Gartner, including Cool Vendors reports, Market Guides for Digital Forensics and Incident Response Services and Security Awareness Training, Risk Management research, as well as the last two Gartner Magic Quadrants for Enterprise DLP.
Previous to Gartner, he spent over 15 years in a variety of business development, product management, sales and system engineering roles, at companies including Sourcefire (acquired by Cisco), HP, McAfee and Internet Security Systems (acquired by IBM). He is well known in the information security industry and has spoken at numerous Gartner events, as well as other industry events globally. Brian also serves as an advisory board member and holds a BA degree from The University of Georgia and an MBA from Kennesaw State University.
CyberSecurity Technical Specialist
Polly is an establishedtechnical consultant with over sixteen years of IT professional experience and 12 years specializing in data security.In this area she has held many roles, including the Director of a major Canadian financial services company leading the enterprise-wide Data Security Program. Polly isa recognized subject matter expert in designing and implementing integrated data security solutions to meet challenging business and compliance needs, and is also a frequent contributor to the IBM Guardium technical community who has helped to update technical certification exams, write articles, and build product demos.
Security threat management associate partner
Daina Proctor, recently named as one of Canada’s TOP 20 Women in CyberSecurity, is the Canadian national lead for IBM’s Security Intelligence and Threat Management practice. In her role she leverages her global industry insights and seasoned delivery experience to enable and evolve business security strategies through threat management and intelligence programs. She has spent more than 15+ years leading and growing information security programs, from technology stack through operating models. Through escalating leadership positions with companies such as Nortel and CGI, and now IBM, Daina has grown and built security operational strategies and competencies in the Nordics, the Netherlands, UK, Australia as well as here at home in Canada. As an avid outdoors and sports enthusiast and mom to adult children, Daina balances her time between technology and being outdoors with her family.
Sales Engineer, Greater Montreal Area
Having worked at Commvault for over two years, Eric is extremely knowledgeable about the technology market having been in the industry for over 20 years. Eric has spent time at some of Canada’s top solution providers – Compugen, MicroAge, Bell and Insight. He brings over 23 years’ experience in the IT industry, out of which more than half is career focused within the fields of data and information management, enterprise storage, disaster recovery and cloud.
Eric’s passion, product knowledge, and broad field experiences have enabled him to translate Commvault technology and vision such that their value is easily understood in the market and amongst client and partner families. He knows technology and loves to tackle customers problems.
Outside of work he enjoys fishing, being out on the water and is an avid saltwater reef aquarium builder.
Jerome has been working as a system engineer for Commvault for 7 years now to help our customers secure, protect and use their data to derive true business value from it.
He brings 23 years’ experience in the IT industry, including within the fields of data center and storage architecture, information management, cloud, disaster recovery, and finding the most efficient path to deploy those projects for both public and private sector clients across Canada.
As a generalist, he masters many aspects of IT infrastructures and is good at finding clever ways to use the technology to help my customers achieve their goals.
He enjoy working his way to success in the small project as much as in the very large and challenging ones.
Director of Enterprise Security
David Masson is Darktrace’s Director of Enterprise Security, and has over two decades of experience working in fast moving security and intelligence environments in the UK, Canada and worldwide. With skills developed in the civilian, military and diplomatic worlds, he has been influential in the efficient and effective resolution of various unique national security issues. David is an operational solutions expert and has a solid reputation across the UK and Canada for delivery tailored to customer needs. At Darktrace, David advises strategic customers across North America and is also a regular contributor to major international and national media outlets in Canada where he is based. He holds a master’s degree from Edinburgh University.
General Manager, AWAKE Security
Rahul is the VP/GM for Security at Arista Networks and has a proven track record of establishing and building disruptive technologies. Rahul came to Arista through the acquisition of Awake Security where he served as the CEO. Prior to Awake, Rahul was the Global CTO at Cylance, a pioneer of AI-based security. He drove the vision and strategy that led to a major disruption of the endpoint security market. Before that, Rahul was EVP of products at Bromium, a leading endpoint virtualization-based security start-up. He was also a key leader at McAfee driving the advancement of the Network Intrusion Prevention technology. Rahul is a frequent keynote speaker, author of numerous security publications, and was named one of Silicon Valley’s 40 under 40. Rahul sits on multiple advisory boards including Cylance.
Identity & Access Management Professional
Ali is a leading Identity and Access Management professional with over 12 years of experience in the IAM domain. He comes with a vast experienceof designing the IAM roadmap and implementation plan for organizationsfrom different industries across various geographical locations. In his current role as a Technical Specialist for IBM, he helps customers tailor theirIAM solutions based upon their unique operational models and requirements.
Channel SE Eastern Canada
After working in pre-sales at Orange Cyberdefense, David joined fortinet in 2018. He holds the role of security expert preventes, in charge of the channel for Eastern Canada.
Expert in Pre-sales Security
With over 11 years in the telecommunications industry in various roles as an SE and Solution Architect, Guillaume joined Fortinet last February as the Pre-Sales Channel SE for Eastern Canada.
Expert consultant in security assessment and intelligence
The Northgate Group
Former executive and senior intelligence officer for CSIS. With over 40 years of experience, Michel is one of Canada's best known national security experts, both nationally and internationally. An author and media commentator, he has worked on every continent and is regularly called upon to provide assessments of emerging risks and threats. He is known for his straightforward approach and simple security solutions.
Chief Security advisor
Joseph is Microsoft’s Chief Security Advisor focused on the Healthcare and Life Sciences in the US where he supports Microsoft customers on industry-related cybersecurity and compliance matters. He acts as an extension of Microsoft’s customers’ security teams by routinely providing them with security advice, guidance, and recommendations for their digital transformation initiatives and helping them safely move data-sensitive workloads to the Cloud.
Sr. Sales Engineer Eastern Canada
Sebastien Rho is a senior cybersecurity specialist for Proofpoint in Eastern Canada. He is in charge of increasing the security posture of companies' data, no matter where they are located. He advises his clients in the choice of the security solution, according to the needs of the company. He was a specialist for a national manufacturer in the protection of workstations. He has an excellent analysis of the situation, and a "there is always a solution to a problem" mindset. He has worked with several large companies in the greater Montreal area.
Soc-as-a-service Advisor, Sr. Technical Engineer
Brian Rauls is a Cybersecurity Advisor that specializes in Soc-as-a-service. Brian views the overall threat landscape from a unique, vendor agnostic lens, and has held several technologist roles over the past 16 years. Brian is currently a member of InfraGard, which is a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector for the protection of U.S. Critical Infrastructure. Through seamless collaboration, InfraGard connects owners and operators within critical infrastructure to the FBI, to provide education, information sharing, networking, and workshops on emerging technologies and threats.
Security Awareness Evangelist
Nathan Caldwell has been a marketing leader in the tech world for nearly 10 years. He served as the keynote producer and head of video marketing for one of the largest MSP software companies, where he was a producer and coached tech leaders in executive speaking. In his latest adventure, he helped create Arctic Wolf’s Managed Security Awareness solution. When he’s not fighting cyber bad-guys Nathan loves to speak about his book, Empowering Kindness, and enjoys taking his four kids to theme parks and visit his homeland of Canada.
Cybersecurity strategist and foresight
Rayna Stamboliyska is a strategist and foresight practitioner focusing on cyber diplomacy and resilience, including issues related to cybersecurity, strategic autonomy and data protection. An award-winning author for her most recent book "La face cachée d'Internet" ("The dark side of the Internet", Larousse 2017), Rayna is also an IoT hacker and a staunch proponent of open source, data and science. She has extensively explored the impact of data and technology in conflict and post-conflict zones in the MENA region and Eastern Europe. Rayna has experience in advocacy and community building for open source, data, and science. She has served in various executive positions and has consulted for international organisations, private companies, governments and non-profits, interfacing with public sector actors and guiding them through innovative policy-making processes. Energetic and passionate, Rayna has grown to become a recognised information security speaker committed to educating those outside of the industry on security threats and best practices. She is an associate professor at Sciences Po Paris and a Board Member of the Women4Cyber Foundation.
Vice President IT & Digital
A member of the Master management team since 2018, Martin-Charles Pilon has been working in the field of new technologies for over 20 years. Throughout his career, he has closely followed the developments in the field and has been able to adapt his technology management to the realities of the market and the business objectives of companies. Recognized for his dynamism, his curiosity and his expertise in technology management, he excels at transforming ideas into concrete achievements. Motivated to surpass himself, he mobilizes and encourages his collaborators and partners to strive for excellence.
Senior Solution Engineer
Hank Carr is a senior solution engineer for large-scale implementations. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, primarily in IAM, Hank has mastered business strategy development, solution design, team development and technology transformation. With his experience, Hank has not only the technical skills required but also the project management expertise to deliver cybersecurity projects. In addition to his field experience, Hank holds 28 cybersecurity certifications, allowing him to offer his clients solutions adapted to all types of business needs.
Sales Manager, Eastern Canada
Francis Mongrain is Director of Sales for Eastern Canada at Saviynt with over 17 years of sales experience. Having worked with numerous clients, both private and public, in the field of technology and cybersecurity, Francis is well versed in the area of cloud security including governance, identity management and privileged access management. He has also been a key player in large-scale digital transformation projects, which has allowed him to develop his ability to navigate at all levels of an enterprise organization.
Antoine Aylwin is a partner at Fasken and devotes a significant portion of his practice to the protection of personal information, cybersecurity and access to information, whether as counsel, breach coach or in litigation. He is recognized by several legal directories in these areas. He is also co-leader of Fasken's national privacy group, the firm of the year in 2021 in privacy according to Best Lawyers in Canada.
Lawyer specialized in privacy, data governance, cybersecurity, and commercial law
William is an associate at Fasken and specializes in privacy, data governance, cybersecurity, and commercial law. He assists emerging technology companies in identifying and managing their compliance risks and in drafting and negotiating contracts across a wide range of innovative industries, including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, EdTech and others.
Senior Solutions Specialist
SAS Customer Advisory, Fraud & Security Intelligence Division
Minister of the Economy and Innovation
Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development
Senior Solutions Specialist
SAS Customer Advisory, Fraud & Security Intelligence Division
With over 15 years in the industry, Wesley’s focus is on leveraging technology to solve problems that plague organizations particularly in the fields of fraud, compliance, and continuous monitoring. He works primarily with customers in Government with a focus on Public Safety, Intelligence, Finance, and Healthcare. He also works with Financial Services, Retail, and Manufacturing. Using Advanced Analytics with AI and ML, he helps customers design and implement solutions that leverage data, improve efficiency and effectiveness, and continually improve to support the organization’s mandates.
After beginning his career as an enterprise architect building solutions in the healthcare field, he then spent 8 years in technical consulting designing, leading, and working on large scale implementations of enterprise solutions. During his time at SAS he has architected and implemented solutions for law enforcement, intelligence gathering, insider threat, anti-money laundering, customer due diligence, and continuous monitoring including fraud typologies such as procurement, application benefits, and insurance fraud.
Minister of the Economy and Innovation
Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development
Mr. Fitzgibbon holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the École des hautes études commerciales (HEC) in Montreal and is a Certified Professional Accountant in Quebec.
Previously, Mr. Fitzgibbon held positions in finance, corporate development and business development at Telesystem International, Chase Capital Partners Hong Kong, Domtar and Tapis Peerless.
He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in audit and consulting services.
In recent years, Mr. Fitzgibbon has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, WSP, Héroux-Devtek, Transcontinental Group, Cycle Capital Fund, Neptune Technologies, Lumenpulse and Arianne Phosphate.
A businessman committed to his community, Mr. Fitzgibbon has also been involved in several organizations, including, until recently, the Fondation du Dr Julien.
Partner Account Manager
Technical Solutions Engineer
Over the last 14 years Carmen has been involved in the networking and m2m space and most recently was a part of Arrow components division with a focus on connectivity and IoT platforms. Carmen prides himself on building PoC’s in lab environments and breaking them so that he can learn how to fix them and anticipate partners issues with new technology.