Dates: November 3 - 5, 2021
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.
Ben has 20 years’ experience in the Ontario electricity sector. He has spent time in utility distribution & telecommunications, system operations, architecture, business continuity and disaster recovery, crisis planning, leading sector-wide and inter-governmental task forces, and contributed thought leadership to national efforts aimed to evolve and innovate approaches to cyber defense. Ben is a Board member of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange and previous Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association Security & Infrastructure Protection Committee.
Ben has lead the Security Department at Hydro One since September 3rd, 2019, and is accountable for personnel, physical, and cybersecurity. He is responsible for planning Hydro One’s investments to enable the business to securely execute on its strategy, while supporting the sustainment of a security resilient organization, and effectively reducing risk.
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.
Vivek has accumulated 20 years of IT and security experience in the Canadian Financial sector prior to achieving 5 years at Bell. His experience includes trading floor design, development environments, security testing and assurance, security strategy and benchmarking, security standards and policy, awareness and education programs and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS).
Vivek has a B.Sc. in Physics and is certified to both CISM and CISSP. Vivek is an active member of the global information security organization called Information Security Forum and has given numerous conference presentations on topics ranging from Information Security Privileged Identity Frameworks, In formation Security organizational design and implementing cost conscious security programs. Vivek is currently accountable for Bell’s company-wide Cyber and Information Security Strategy which includes Policy/Standards frameworks, data loss prevention, advanced persistent threat detection, cloud security governance PKI, cyber threat intelligence Big Data Analytics, security information event management systems, digital forensics investigations supplier assurance, and security control, risk and performance reporting and benchmarking.
Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. is Canada’s largest communications company, providing a comprehensive and innovative suite of broadband communication services to residential and business customers in Canada.
Powered by industry-leading investments in media content and broadband networks, Bell services include high-speed Fibe Internet, Fibe TV, Satellite TV, Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile, Home Phone local and long distance services as well as IP-broad band services and information and communicaitons technology(ICT) services.
Bell Media, the newest division of Bell, is Canadas’ premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital media, They include CTV, Canada’s #1 television network, and the country’s most-watched specialty channels. BCE shares are listed in Canada and the United States.
The Bell Mental Health Initiative is a multi-year charitable program that promotes mental health across Canada through the Bell Let’s Talk anti-stigma campaign and support for community care, research and workplace best practices.
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.
Shannon has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Classics from Queen’s University. She has 10 years of experience working in events and hospitality, including organizing international scientific and patient conferences for non-profit organizations and international sporting events, including the 2014 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 101st Canadian Football League Grey Cup. Shannon leads the sponsorship department at Cambridge Forums, working with Forum Directors and sponsors to develop curated opportunities for each Forum. Additionally, she leads the direction on Cambridge Salon events, sponsorship, and development.
Built on genuine interactions and spontaneous connections, the Forum provides a unique opportunity for unparalleled learning and benchmarking alongside preeminent leaders in Canadian cyber security.
"My participation at the Cambridge Forum was extremely valuable. The pertinence of the topics, the engaging format and the diversity of cross-sector thought leadership make it an event like no other!"Marc Duchesne Vice President - Corporate Security & Responsibility BCE and Bell Canada Montréal, QC
"A great multi-dimensional view of complex security issues from some of the leading practitioners in the country. A mix of technology, public policy, academia and operational insights."Scott Totzke CEO ISARA Corporation Waterloo, ON
"Good group of experienced and diverse attendees. Good sharing. Great networking. Great venue."Vivek Khindria Vice President, IT Security & Risk Loblaw Companies Limited Toronto, ON
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The Forum on Canadian Cyber Security is scheduled to take place from November 3 – 5, 2021 at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario. Please see our COVID-19 Precautions page for details on our commitment to safety.