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.

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[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.

Mike Davidson, TeraMach
Mike is one of our key senior architects who works in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer under Peter Fu. He is responsible for the research, architecture and go-to-market strategy for TeraMach’s Cloud and Security practices across Canada.  As a technology advisor, he supports our customers with their critical business and digital transformation initiatives.  His cross-functional role supports many aspects of our organization, from research and development, strategic business alliance management, client engagements, workshops and presentations to leading strategic projects and initiatives.  He has been a member of the TeraMach/Pivot family for the past seven years and is an overall nice guy.

Ajay Sood, Symantec Canada
With over 20 years of real-life, in-the-trenches business experience in the IT security space, Ajay is a seasoned veteran when it comes to introducing disruptive security brands to the Canadian market.  He currently serves as the Vice-President and General Manager for Symantec Canada where he is on a mission to evangelize the importance for entities to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to architecting and operating their cyber security defenses.  You can follow him on Twitter at @akssecure.

Kevin de Snayer, Calian
Kevin de Snayer is the Sr. Cyber Solutions Advisor for Calian’s Cyber Resilience Office.  He has spent the last 2 decades working with and leading a team of security specialists assisting Government, Academia and Commercial organizations with their security integrations and policy.  Kevin spent time on both the National Rugby League and Olympic Luge Team. He brings that same passion and ability to push the boundaries of failure to the world of cyber security.


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.

Jason Besner, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
Jason Besner is currently the Director of Cyber Threat Evaluation Centre (CTEC) within CSE’s IT Security program. Upon the establishment of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Jason will assume the role of Director Threat Assessment, Reporting and Planning within the Incident Management and Threat Mitigation Directorate. As Director Threat Assessment, Reporting and Planning Jason will be responsible for creating reporting products, both at the operational and strategic level, analysing data, trends and statistics.

After joining CSE in 2003, Jason has had multiple roles in SIGINT, ITS and CSIS with increasing responsibility. He has significant experience working within the Security and Intelligence (S&I) community and has been seconded to partner organizations through the course of his career prior to joining CTEC. Jason holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Management with a concentration in Information Systems, from the University of Western Ontario.

Tiago DeJesus, Quantum Cyber Defence
Mr. de Jesus received an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics from l’Université de Montréal before obtaining a Masters in theoretical physics from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He later attended McGill University where he completed a PhD in nano-electronics. After his doctorate, he worked in the financial sector on Bay Street in Toronto, where he developed risk management models for the global portfolio for one Canada’s “Big Five”. He left the financial world to start-up two high-tech companies that developed state-of-the-art computer simulation software for chip designers.

After his time as an entrepreneur, he came to Ottawa to pursuit a career in National Security. He joined the RCMP’s National Security program where he worked as a Senior Intelligence Research Specialist for the Critical Infrastructure Criminal Intelligence (CICI) unit. There he became the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the National Security Criminal Investigations (NSCI) program. In this role he was the RCMP’s National Security lead for the Cyber Triage Unit (CTU), which was responsible for analysing cyber attacks and supporting national security criminal investigations.

He also managed multiple Science & Technology (S & T) security projects funded by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), including Canada’s first cyber security research project involving Industrial Control Systems (ICS). He later worked to set up an ICS test-bed at NRCan, which evolved into the National Energy Infrastructure Test Centre (NEITC). Dr. Alves de Jesus is also a Civilian Expert for NATO’s Rapid Response Team.

Today, he is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Quantum Cyber Defence, a cyber security start-up.

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.

Murad Hemmadi, The Logic
Murad Hemmadi is an Ottawa-based reporter for The Logic, and covers business and innovation policy and scale-ups. He previously covered politics and wrote a daily newsletter for Maclean’s. He started his journalism career at Canadian Business, covering the technology sector, and editing, a publication focused on entrepreneurship and small- and medium-sized enterprises.

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.

Francis Castonguay, Canadian Centre of Cyber Security
Francis Castonguay is currently the Director General, Partnerships and Risk Mitigation CSE’s IT Security Program. Upon establishment of the Canadian Centre of Cyber Security, Francis will maintain in his existing role and responsibilities as Director General, Engagement and Risk Mitigation . The Engagement and Risk Mitigation directorate will be responsible for providing IT Security advice, guidance and services to Canadian critical infrastructure organizations and for advancing collaborative relationships with private industry to strengthen cyber security practices in Canada.

Prior to joining CSE, Francis led Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services team in the National Capital Region, providing cybersecurity advice to government and private sector organizations. Prior to this, he served as a Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer for the Royal Canadian Airforce. During his military career, Francis led operational cyber teams at the Canadian Forces Network Operations Centre (CFNOC), managed the Department of National Defence’s domestic and international telecommunications services and was the Commander of the Canadian Forces Cyber Task Force, responsible for developing interdepartmental and international partnerships. Francis also deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina where he led the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) IT security team providing secure networks and communications for 19 participating nations.

Francis holds a Bachelor of Sciences (Computer) degree from le College militaire royal (CMR), a Master’s certificate in Program Management from York University and a Master of Defence Studies degree from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC).

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.

David Millar, IBM
David Millar has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the IT industry, successfully working with channel partners, IBM’s hardware division, and a host of infrastructure services. For the past eight years David has held a variety of leadership roles in IBM’s Security organization where he has helped IBM to become a major Canadian security vendor by focusing on helping clients to reduce their risk posture through the combination of people, processes and technology. For both personal and professional reasons, David has been dedicating time to building a program with an external partner here in Canada to help solve the massive skills shortage by recruiting and training adults on the autism spectrum to become cyber-crime super-heroes!  David is presently CISSP certified and is working towards his CCSP accreditation in 2018.

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.

Dr. Ashraf Matrawy, Carleton University
Dr. Ashraf Matrawy is a Full Professor at the School of Information Technology, Carleton University. He is also a senior member of the IEEE and a licensed P. Eng. in Ontario. Dr. Matrawy is a Network co-Investigator of Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC). His research interests include reliable and secure computer networking, secure virtualized infrastructures, and IoT. In addition to his academic work, he did consulting work for different industrial and government organizations.

He serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials journal. He has served as a technical program committee member of IEEE CNS, IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, IEEE LCN, and IEEE/ACM CCGRID. Dr. Matrawy has more than 10 years experience in undergraduate and graduate curriculum development for the Network Technology programs at Carleton University. He served as associate director for the School for three and half years and as coordinator for the undergraduate network technology program for six years.

Jeff Tasseron, Canadian Commercial Corporation
As Director of business development for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) & Security sector, Jeff is responsible for establishing and sustaining strong client relationships with Canadian exporters working in the ICT, public safety & security domains, and assisting them to access government procurement markets in other countries through CCC’s unique contracting model.

Jeff is a retired Naval Aviator and Royal Canadian Air Force Colonel. Trained as an Air Navigator, his operational background includes extensive deployed sea service with the Royal Canadian Navy, flying the CH-124 Sea King helicopter.  He commanded 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Halifax.  When not flying, he held senior staff appointments as Director Canadian Forces Transformation, Director Joint C4ISR, and Special Advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff.

Upon retirement, he joined General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada as the Senior Manager of Air & Naval business development.  In this position, he was responsible for qualifying opportunities, building pursuit strategy, and capture management. He then briefly joined KPMG as the Director of Defence Advisory Services, providing specialized defence and security consulting expertise, before taking on his current role with CCC.

Jeff graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989 and the Royal Military College of Canada with a Master of Arts (MA), War Studies (Academic) in 2010. He holds a certificate from the US Naval Postgraduate School in Defence Resource Management and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. Jeff is bilingual in both French and English, and is an avid but only modestly-skilled squash player.

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.

Vikas Arora, Export Development Canada
Vikas joined EDC earlier this year from EXFO (NASDAQ/TSX) where he spent 10 years as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO); where he was responsible for steering EXFO’s technology roadmap; more specifically strategic technology and business initiatives including acquisitions and integration into a wide array of eco-systems such as mobile/fixed Network operators, Webscale players, Equipment Vendors, System Integrators and Fortune 500 enterprises. Prior to joining EXFO, Vikas was Co-Founder and CTO of iPine Networks; he subsequently oversaw the acquisition of iPine by Nakina. Vikas is also a Nortel Networks veteran, where he spent 10 years holding various leadership roles both in Ottawa and in the UK.

Vikas personifies management and integration of technology, strategy, creativity and leadership, and in 2004 was named by editors of Ottawa Business Journal to its annual “Forty Under 40” list. Vikas serves on the Advisory Group of the ICT Sector with Global Affairs Canada and Private Sector Advisory Board (PSAB) with the National Centers of Excellence  (Govt. of Canada).

Vikas holds a Computer Engineering degree from G.B. Pant University in India as well as a Master’s of Science (Computer Science) Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

David Messer, Edelman
David Messer is a Vice President in Edelman’s Public Affairs practice shuttling between the Ottawa and Toronto offices.

David excels at helping stakeholders understand government motivations, policy and priorities – and develop strategies to engage and have an impact. With Edelman he focuses primarily on helping ICT organizations understand and navigate bureaucracy to realize business opportunities inside the Federal and Ontario governments.

David was formerly Vice President – Policy with the Information Technology Association of Canada, where he worked closely with startups, global multinationals and senior government leaders to grow the tech industry in Canada. He has deep expertise in a wide range of policy areas including cyber security, privacy, innovation / economic development, IoT, smart cities, trade policy, and government procurement.

David has seven years’ experience working in the Governments of Ontario and Alberta where he worked primarily on cross-government regulatory modernization initiatives. He spearheaded major reforms to the Ontario Regulatory Policy and worked to transform Ontario’s regulatory tactics and culture to reduce unnecessary burden for business.

Ashley Lukeeram, RSA A Dell Technologies Company
Ashley is accountable for RSA’s overall business strategy in Canada. He leads a team of cybersecurity experts in helping Canadian organisations address cybersecurity and risk management issues through RSA’s portfolio of solutions and services.

He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry, including management, consulting and technical roles. Along with a Masters degree in Information Technology from Cranfield University UK, Ashley also holds several industry certifications such as CEH, CISSP, CRISC and CompTia Security+.

Ashley has been part of the Industry Advisory Board of Reboot’s “Privacy and Security Conference” and is currently an active member of ITAC’s cybersecurity group as well as the SERENE knowledge mobilization network.

Chris Wharram, Shared Services Canada
Chris Wharram has over 27 years of experience in the Canadian Federal Government.  He spent over 19 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Naval Combat Systems Engineering Officer.  In addition to experience Radar, Navigation, Weapon and Sensor systems, this is where Chris developed a passion for communications, specifically IT communications systems.  He was directly involved in the engineering and installation of the first deployed networks on HMC Ships, post 911 in support of the War on Terror.

Upon retiring from the CAF in 2010, he assumed a civilian position within DND’s Information Management Group as the Chief Network Engineer and was charged with rationalizing and evolving DND/CAF’s command and control systems.  In 2013, he joined SSC and was tasked with developing a pan governmental, Secret Infrastructure Program, within the Cyber and IT Security Branch (CITS).  He then moved into CITS Infrastructure Security Directorate, where he established an Engineering and Integration team and now occupies the role of Director of Cyber and IT Security Planning and Capability Development.  Over the past 2 budget cycles, this program has secured over $400 million in project funds for priority IT security initiatives and is currently initiating 5 individual projects in support of this program.

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