8 March 2018 | by Jennifer McNeil-Haddad


Eight Women Leading the Charge in New Brunswick’s Cybersecurity Ecosystem

For International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018, we would like to shine the spotlight on eight women leading the charge in cybersecurity in our ecosystem. According to Information and Communications Technology (ICTC) Stats Canada Labour Force Survey, only one in four people employed in the Information and Communications Technology sector in Canada are women. This figure has been consistent for the past 10 years with little movement. Cybersecurity Ventures estimates the figure to be much lower in the cybersecurity field, closer to 11 percent.  There is a global outcry for cybersecurity talent and a much greater variety of potential roles in cybersecurity than is commonly understood. Our ecosystem is certainly a buzz with all the activity we are seeing and we are taking this time to highlight eight women, on the 8th. Let’s meet a few of the women who are changing the cybersecurity narrative.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian  Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence, Ryerson University @AnnCavoukian 

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Dr. Cavoukian is the creator of – and passionate about – the concept of Privacy-by-Design, the innovative notion of baking privacy into initial product design, rather than scrambling to protect users as an afterthought. The former Privacy Commissioner of Ontario is a frequent and energetic public speaker on all topics related to privacy.

Often equating privacy with freedom, Dr. Cavoukian once referred to her time as Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, in an interview with the Toronto Star as her “life’s work.” In addition to her role as distinguished Expert-in-Residence, for the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson she is also a Senior Fellow, Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University and Faculty Fellow, in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. As advocates of privacy and security, CyberNB was pleased to have Dr. Cavoukian as as guest in our regular webinar series. Access our webinar, The GDPR is Coming: Start With Privacy By Design.

Kathryn Chamberlain  Business Development Officer, Beauceron Security, @_Kachamberlain

Kathryn Chamberlain


Kathryn Chamberlain is a 2017 Venture for Canada Fellow. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in Mathematics from Mount Allison University. She was quick to land the title of Business Development Officer at, New Brunswick startup, Beauceron Security where she is known for employee engagement and organizational behaviour. Kathryn is keenly interested in helping companies develop their cybersecurity culture.


Sandy Fadale CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, CBCP, I.S.P. Senior Security Consultant, Mariner Security Solutions @MarinerInnov

Sandy Fadale

Sandy Fadale is no stranger to leadership and acquiring new skills. She was senior manager with Bell Aliant, a manager at Ernst & Young LLP, and a manager at Visteon Corporation, too, where she led information security and risk advisory practices. During her time serving in telecommunications with the United States military, she was engaged in the use of encryption techniques. She has also been the president of the ISACA® Atlantic Provinces Chapter since 2008. In her current role with Mariner Security Solutions, Sandy is a Senior Security Consultant and teaches several IT professional certification courses. For more details on Sandy and her career, Sandy was recently featured in the Mariner Innovations Blog.

Tricia Harrison  Program Manager, Education Services, Bulletproof, a GLI Company @TLH_BSI

Tricia Harrison 


Tricia Harrison has made it her personal mission to address the global skills gap in cybersecurity professions. As a senior member of Bulletproof’s Education Services team, she is driving a new practice of hosted eLearning solutions. She has taken the initiative to bring in a full suite of educational offerings and the talent to assist both cybersecurity veterans in updating their skills and new candidates just entering the industry. With Bulletproof, she is managing projects dedicated to developing cybersecurity-focused curriculum in public sector instructor led initiatives; establishing standards and direction based on the National Institute for Standards and Technology cybersecurity framework; as well as a comprehensive library of eLearning programs.

Melissa Hathaway  President, Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC (HGS) @CyberReadyIndex

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Melissa Hathaway of Hathaway Global Strategies is a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity. As a former cybersecurity advisor to Obama and both Bush Administrations, she brings tremendous acumen, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation. We are so honoured to have Melissa as a Keynote at the CyberSmart Summit 2018 and have included a more detailed bio on our website.

Sandra Saric Vice President Talent Innovation, Information and Communications Technology @ssaric @ICTC_CTIC

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Sandra Saric is VP of Talent Innovation with the ICTC. As such, she has been a key player in the launch of CyberTitan, a Canadian Cyber Security Youth and Education initiative, which will be hosting their first National Championships, in conjunction with CyberSmart Summit 2018 in Fredericton this May. She is known for her dedication in creating and promoting inclusive Canadian professional environments, nourished by diverse talent, background and education. She is a leader in the movement for increased collaboration among industry, government and education to meet the skills gap and promote the success of Canada’s digital economy. The recipient of a Women in Communications and Technology, WCT Leadership Excellence Award for Diversity, Sandra is often asked to speak on talent inclusiveness, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and the digital labour market.

Dr. Natalia Stakhanova  Assistant Professor, Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Cybersecurity 2014-2019 @cyberlaunch_nb

Dr. Natalia StakhanovaCyberNB

As New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Cyber  Security, a keen advocate for women in tech and co-founder and President of CyberLaunch Academy, Dr. Natalia Stakhanova’s research interests are diverse, but align with a common theme: finding practical solutions for today’s cybersecurity problems. Working closely with industry partners, Natalia has spread her research across Software obfuscation and reverse engineering to securing the Internet of Things. It would seem like Natalia must have always known her career path would be but when interviewed by Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology or SCWIST Natalia confessed, she never planned to be a computer scientist – it’s where here interests led her. To learn more about Natalia and her research read the SCWIST article Natalia Stakhanova and Girls in Computer Science, follow her on Twitter or check out her Professional profile on the UNB website. We are pleased that Natalia will also be joining us for CyberSmart Summit 2018.

Wendy Wagner Partner at Gowling WLG, Ottawa, Privacy & Data Protection Lead @GowlingWLG_ca


Wendy Wagner

Wendy Wagner, Partner with Gowling WLG in Ottawa, is frequently consulted for her expert opinion in various areas of law that concern cybersecurity,  including White Collar Defence and Investigations, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation(CASL), as well as Privacy and Data Protection, of which she is the lead in her firm. Wendy has generously shared her extensive expertise with our ecosystem on various occasions, delivered a webinar with us, been interviewed by our own Heather MacLean on Privacy and Data Protection, and delivered commentary on CTV News with Steve Murphy in the wake of the a cyber bullying incident at Université de Moncton that drew international attention. Wendy has also been a guest in our regular thought-leadership webinar series. You can access all our webinars on our website.

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