ITAC Cyber Security Technology Summit

Tuesday, October 30 - 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Shaw Centre, Trillium Room, Ottawa




On October 30, 2018, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) will host a full-day event to showcase the Canadian cyber technology sector. The purpose of this event is to bring senior leaders from Government and the representatives from the Canadian cyber industry together for a full-day discussion around the issues facing Canada, and the solutions available to them.

It’s important to note that this event will align with Public Safety Canada’s Cyber Security Awareness Month and will highlight detailed information about the new Government of Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy.

[in order of appearance]

Kevin Peesker, Microsoft Canada
Kevin Peesker is President of Microsoft Canada responsible for leading a world class team who delivers transformative outcomes for Canadians. Through Microsoft’s partner ecosystem, citizenship efforts and employee engagement programs, Kevin’s objective is to empower every person and organization across Canada to achieve more. A proven transformational leader with more than 28 years of experience in technology that has taken him to over 70 countries, Kevin has held leadership roles in finance, marketing, operations, sales, and general management. Kevin is passionate about the development of teams, building customers for life and driving collaboration between government/industry and technology. He focuses his time with Microsoft’s customers, partners and teams, traveling extensively so he can hear first-hand how Microsoft can better serve each stakeholder as a true technology partner.

Andre Boucher, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
Mr. Boucher is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister for Operations of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS) which is part of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Boucher was the Director General of the Cyber Security Partnerships Directorate, and was responsible for providing IT Security advice, guidance and services to Canadian private sector organizations. In this position, Mr. Boucher led strategic and collaborative cyber security partnerships to raise the cyber security maturity across the entire Canadian ecosystem of critical infrastructure and provinces. Mr. Boucher also worked as the Director of the Information Technology Security Review Programs at CSE, operating distinct targeted programs aimed at mitigating the important risks within the Supply Chain.

Professor Stephanie Carvin, Carleton University
Stephanie Carvin, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, a serious mover/shaker in Canadian international security academia and formerly of the National Security Advisor team in PCO.

Claude Theoret, Nexalogy
Claude Theoret is the founder of CEO of Nexalogy, a social data discovery startup and a Canadian leader in Social Data Intellgience. A former Astrophysicist he worked at the inception of bigdata, having his first website in 1994 and working with big data before it had a name.  He is one of the top 40 startup mentors in the worldwide Founder Institute network.

Previously, Claude was an astrophysicist with expertise in the management of innovation. One of the founding members of McGill University’s astronomy department, Claude was ranked first in the astronomy and astrophysics postdoctoral fellowship competition in Québec. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the Collège de France as a member of the prestigious HESS Collaboration. After teaching as a professor of physics and statistics at the American University in Paris, Claude focused his analytical expertise on Co-Word Analysis, Actor Network Theory and their practical applications.

Michael South, Amazon Web Services
Michael South was born in Denver, Colorado and enlisted in the United States Navy as an Aircraft Electronics Technician (AT) in 1991.   He was commissioned in 2001 where he served as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) until 2004, and then as an Information Professional (IP) until his military retirement in 2016.  He received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, a Space Systems graduate certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School, and Joint Professional Military Education certificate from the Naval War College.

Michael’s most notable leadership positions in the Navy included the Operations Officer for all Navy networks and communications in Europe, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Navy in Asia, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Japan, and as the Officer in Charge for a unit in Spain.  He has been recognized with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) / U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) Copernicus Award in 2008 and again in 2013 for innovative technical leadership supporting military operations.  He has also been awarded several personal and campaign medals throughout his career.

After leaving the Navy, Michael served as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the city of Washington, DC, where he led the management of a robust Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) program.  His strategic work implemented the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) for shared IT services to improve overall security and compliance through a programmatic approach.  He also built strong cross-agency relationships and led the development of the city’s first Cloud Adoption Strategy, program-specific planning efforts, and implementation of commercial cloud services – using security and compliance as an enabler to the government business.

Joining Amazon Web Services (AWS) in late 2017, Michael now serves as the Americas Regional Leader for the public sector’s Security & Compliance Business Acceleration Team (SeCBAT) out of Herndon, VA. In this new role, he supports customer executives who want to better understand how they can achieve their business objectives and maintain, or even improve, their security and compliance in the Cloud.

John Hewie, Microsoft Canada
John Hewie is National Security Officer with Microsoft Canada leading the company’s strategy in country to develop trust in Microsoft technology and services. In this role John is responsible for managing security programs with governments, threat intelligence sharing agreements, cloud compliance with Canadian regulatory and legislative requirements, organizational personnel screening, coordination with local law enforcement, and engaging broadly with the Canadian security community on a diverse set of cybersecurity topics.

Mike Brown, ISARA Corporation
As ISARA Corporation’s Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, Mike Brown is focused on the technical vision and direction for ISARA Corporation.

Mike was most recently the Vice-President of Security Product Management and Research at BlackBerry, where he co-founded the product security practice and was responsible for the vision and execution of security for all BlackBerry products. Mike has spoken at global security events including RSA, CTIA, GTEC, Bloomberg, APECTEL and InfoSec Europe. He holds a Masters of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, focusing on cryptography.


Nils Swart, Cisco
Nils Swart is Senior Director of Product Management in Cisco’s security business unit. He oversees product management and technology strategy for Cisco’s application and workload security products and solutions.

Prior to joining Cisco, Swart was head of product for Skyport Systems (acquired by Cisco), where he delivered to market a SaaS solution for securely running on-premises workloads that would never move to a cloud. In addition Swart held senior positions in managing business development for an SDN startup, and for technology strategy / product management for enterprise and service provider network products at Juniper Networks. Swart, an advocate for security as a foundational element of any infrastructure, has spent many years successfully navigating the intersection between customer pain, technology advances, and market realities.

Randy Purse, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
A retired Naval Officer and Training Development Officer, RANDY PURSE is the Strategy Advisor for Cyber Security Training and Education working within the Learning and Innovation Hub at the newly established Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. He also holds the portfolio for Academic Analysis and Coordination for the nascent Academic Outreach program at the Cyber Centre. He has his PhD in Education with a specialization in collective and work place learning and has published in the fields of learning and security.

John Millar, Digital Boundary Group
John Millar is the President of the information technology security assurance firm Digital Boundary Group (DBG).  John earned an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University (1993) and a law degree from Western University (1993).  He also has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Manitoba (1974).

Prior to founding Digital Boundary Group, John practiced law in the High Tech and E-Business Practice Group of Harrison Pensa LLP, having been a founding member of the group. He remains a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Information Technology Section and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. John has over 30 years of senior level management experience with national and international companies.

He is a member of Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences – Security Degree Program Advisory Council, is a past Governor of the University of Western Ontario and is past Chair of Fanshawe College’s College Advisory Committee – Information Technology.  John is also an Associate Member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is an active member of the I.A.C.P. Computer Crime and Digital Evidence Committee.

ITAC Members – individual – $150 + HST
ITAC Members – table – $1,050 + HST
Non Members – individual – $250 + HST
Government – individual – $150 + HST

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For more information about sponsorship and showcase, contact Janet Tite.
For more information on the planning, please contact Nevin French.

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