Dates: May 26 - 28, 2024
Location: Cambridge, Ontario
The Steering Committee welcomes a small group of personally selected CISOs, CSOs, public sector representatives and other cyber security experts to participate in discussions focused on the complex cyber security landscape and the issues that confront businesses, critical infrastructure, government, and everyday Canadians, now and in the future.
Using candid, seminar-style discussion, this Forum identifies trends and developments for meaningful dialogue on the most pressing issues of the day.
This elite group, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.
André Boucher joined National Bank of Canada on May 10, 2021, as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). In this role, André is responsible for strengthening the information security program to ensure the protection of information assets and technology. He is responsible for supporting cybersecurity architectures and solutions that enable the Bank’s growth. André also acts as an information security advisor to the executive team by recommending cybersecurity investments, practices, technical expertise and governance.
Prior to joining the Bank, André was the Associate Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, an Assistant Deputy Minister position of the Communication Security Establishment. In that role, he was responsible for the operational integration and transformation of the Government of Canada’s cyber defence teams and security organizations into a unified national cyber security center. He joined the Communications Security Establishment following his retirement from the Royal Canadian Air Force. During his military career, Colonel (Ret’d) André Boucher served as a senior Air Force officer with extensive experience in command, secure technologies and direct support to cyber and air operations. He has led various operational and technical teams in Canada, NORAD and NATO as a communications and electronics engineering officer.
André has extensive experience in leadership, information technology, security and intelligence. He is a leader recognized in Canada and internationally for his expertise, but also for his excellent communication skills, his dedication to collaboration and for enabling success through high-performing teams.
André holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. He also holds a Master of Defence Studies degree from the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. He is also a fellow of the United States National Security Studies Program at Syracuse University.
As Vice-President, Corporate Security & Responsibility, Marc leads a team responsible for managing all facets of Bell Canada’s security, safety, environmental, and sustainability programs. His key responsibilities include security risk governance, information and cybersecurity, personnel security, investigations, retail loss prevention, fraud management, business continuity, and emergency management amongst other things. As part of his functions, Marc is accountable for periodic reporting of the company’s security performance to BCE’s Board of Directors and its committees.
He is an active member of the International Security Management Association (ISMA), the Canadian Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (CSTAC), the Telecom Security Association (TSA), and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Conference Board of Canada’s Cyber Security Centre. Marc is also the Chairman of the Board of CCTX, a non for profit organization created to support the sharing and analytics of cyber threat information across sectors and with other sharing hubs to help protect Canadian businesses, governments, and consumers, and strengthen Canada’s economic prosperity.
Marc holds a Bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Montreal and a Master’s degree in Applied Sciences from Polytechnique Montréal. Marc also holds a diploma from the International Research Centre on Management (CIREM), and he has completed the Director Education Program with the Institute of Corporate Directors and has achieved the ICD.D designation for his commitment to excellence in the boardroom.
Carey Frey is an accomplished cyber security executive with more than 20 years of combined industry, intelligence, and technical experience. At TELUS, Carey leads both the security solutions business and corporate programs to protect the company’s people, assets, and information. Prior to joining TELUS, he served as the Director General of Cyber Defence and the Director General of Cyber Security Partnerships for the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). Carey was responsible for IT security advice and services for Canadian organizations in the private sector. He was also instrumental in bringing security innovation to the Government of Canada and building collaborative cyber security relationships with major information and communication technology companies and Shared Services Canada. A native of rural Saskatchewan, Carey holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Regina.
Rajiv Gupta is the acting Associate Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (the Cyber Centre). In this role Rajiv is responsible for advancing the Cyber Centre’s strategic vision to enable a secure digital Canada.
Prior to this role, Rajiv was the Director General of Cyber Defence Capabilities where he was responsible for the development and operations of sensors, threat discovery analytics and autonomous defence technologies deployed to protect Government of Canada networks. In this role Rajiv was also responsible for achieving national-level cyber security outcomes for Canada through collaborative efforts with industry partners.
Rajiv began his career in 1998 as a software engineer in the telecommunications sector. He later joined the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in 2007 and has since worked in a variety of cyber security disciplines. Prior to his role in Cyber Defence, Rajiv served as the Director of Security Architecture and Risk Mitigation where he was responsible for supply chain risk assessments for the Government of Canada, analytic support to Investment Canada Act national security reviews, and the implementation of a cyber security risk mitigation framework for Canada’s telecommunications sector.
Rajiv holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in engineering and is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
VP CYBERSECURITY & TECHNOLOGY RISK
LOBLAW COMPANIES LTD.
Vivek Khindria is the VP of Cybersecurity and Technology Risk at Loblaw Companies Ltd. Vivek has over fifteen years of experience in North American financial institution technology and cybersecurity, and over five years in telecommunications cybersecurity. He is the elected representative for Canada on the Executive Council for Information Security Forum, a global Fortune 500 member-driven organization focused on security practices, tools, and research.
In 2016, Vivek worked to help create the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX), a non-profit organization that supports the sharing, analytics, and collaboration of cyber threat information across sectors and with other sharing hubs to help protect Canadian businesses, governments, and consumers to strengthen Canada’s economic prosperity.
Vivek currently leads the security program at Loblaw Companies Ltd., which is considered to be one of the most important businesses in Canada with extensive operations in grocery, retail, pharmacy, banking, and ecommerce.
Saj is a Partner with PwC Canada and leads their Canadian Cybersecurity & Privacy practice. He has international experience working with financial institutions in North America, Australia, Asia and Europe helping them from strategy through execution on their cybersecurity program and responding to breaches. He has led numerous consulting engagements to define and execute on business aligned, risk intelligent and sustainable strategies for achieving cyber resilience. He enjoys teaming up and working collaboratively with his client’s executive stakeholders and their team to transform their security, enterprise risk and technology functions to become more integrated and resilient in the digital age. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences, and is regularly sought after by clients for presenting complex cyber security concepts in ‘plain language’ to client executives, boards and audit committees. His core areas of specialization include:
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Sydney, Australia and holds several cybersecurity related professional accreditations.
Linda Van den Brink is the Managing Director of the Specialty Insurance Claim Unit at Travelers Canada. She oversees the team of claim professionals handling all Specialty Claims including Directors & Officers Liability, Errors & Omissions, Crime, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary, Cyber Liability and Kidnap & Ransom.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Dalhousie University, an MSc in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (2009) and she did her articles at a large Toronto Law firm, with a focus on Commercial Litigation and Labour & Employment Law.
Before joining Travelers in June 2017, Linda worked as Senior Claims Counsel handling complex claims in all specialty lines. Linda’s claims experience includes managing large cross-border securities class actions and claims in foreign jurisdictions against large private and public Canadian companies. Linda has also been handling Cyber claims for over 5 years.
Linda has extensive experience and training in the field of alternative dispute resolution in both the private and non-for-profit sectors. Before pursuing her law degree, she worked in the non-for-profit sector as a Mediator. She completed the Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University.
Kate has a background in social services where she treated youth with complex mental health and addictions issues. Her role involved developing detailed, treatment-focused program plans and seeing them through to completion. Kate brings many years of experience in the service industry to her role at Cambridge Forums. In her spare time, Kate enjoys good food and wine, all things true-crime related, and dance parties with her kids.
Built on meaningful interactions and genuine connections, the Forum is the premiere gathering for preeminent leaders in Canadian cyber security.
"This was one of the best collaborative Forums that I have attended. The Cambridge Forum team always organizes top quality events and this one was even better!"Marc Duchesne Vice President - Corporate Security & Responsibility BCE and Bell Canada Montréal, QC
"Excellent event that brings passionate and knowledgeable experts together from across public, private critical infrastructure sectors. Discussion in an intimate format that promotes active exchange of ideas."Joe LoBianco Chief Information Security Officer & SVP Information Security CIBC Toronto, ON
"The Canadian CSF is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with some of Canada's leading thought leaders on the most important topic to the prosperity and security of Canada and Canadians."André Boucher Chief Information Security Officer National Bank of Canada Montréal, QC
"This was the tenth installment of this event and my first time attending. I've been attending technology and cyber related conferences and roundtables for three decades, this has been one of the very best events I've attended! An ideal balance of industry professionals from various sectors provided a fertile environment for topical discussion and debate resulting in both agreement and disagreement, yet all of it with a view to move Canada forward and improve our overall security posture."Kenrick Bagnall Detective Constable - Coordinated Cyber Centre (C3) Toronto Police Service Toronto, Ontario
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