Thank You for Joining us for CyberSmart 2017



As cybersecurity grows as a significant global challenge, the growing gap between Canada’s cyber workforce demand and supply offers our country both a challenge and an opportunity. CyberSmart 2017 had convened leaders from industry, academia and government to identify and discuss priorities for a Canadian cybersecurity education and workforce development strategy.


There is not a day that goes by that cybersecurity is not in the news. As a result, Cybersecurity is one of the most important issues for Canada’s business, government and society as a whole. Regardless of where we live, work and play our lives can be impacted. CyberSmart 2017 was the first summit in Canada, to our knowledge, that was specifically designed to promote collaboration between industry, academia, government and youth in identifying the key actions required for a national cybersecurity workforce development strategy.

Our goal was to:

  • Promote Canadian awareness of cybersecurity threats as well as opportunities.
  • Close the gap between Canada’s cybersecurity workforce supply and demand.
  • Identify and build consensus on national education and training standards and a workforce development framework.
  • Directly engage some of Canada’s youth in the development of a national cybersecurity education and workforce strategy.
  • Build national networks in cybersecurity education and workforce development.
  • Recognize Canadian leaders in cybersecurity education and workforce development.

The Summit netted more than we could have hoped for. The energy, the conversations and the true desire for next steps and an action plan were all achieved. For more information the Six Take-aways from the Summit, visit our blog.

John Kershaw and Heather MacLean


Our two-day event has been specifically designed to promote dialogue and maximize opportunities for collaboration in identifying the actions required to move forward on a Canadian Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development Strategy. By convening cybersecurity thought leaders from across Canada we will all have the opportunity to identify both the challenges and opportunities as well as share existing best practices that can be applied to Canada.

Download the Agenda (PDF format).


Fred Kaplan, Best-Selling Author of Dark Territory, Featured Keynote;
Rodney Petersen, Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), United States;
Namir Anani, President & CEO, Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), Canada;
Peter Henschel, Deputy Commissioner, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Specialized Policing Services.

Stephen Lund, CEO, Opportunities NB;
Colleen Merchant, Director General of the National Cyber Security Directorate, Public Safety Canada;
Allen Dillon, Managing Director, CyberNB;
John Kershaw, Director, CyberSmart, CyberNB;
Ken Taylor, President, International Cyber Security Protection Alliance – Americas;
Chris Treadwell, Assistant Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD);
Jamie Rees, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist, NB Power and Chair on the ICTC National Cyber Security Leadership Council on Youth and Education;
Sandra Saric, Vice-President, Talent Innovation, ICTC (Information and Communications Technology Council);
Ron Fabela, Solutions Architect, Dragos, Inc.;
Ronald Bushar, Vice President for Global Government and Executive Director for Services Innovation, Mandiant;
Michael Morris, Chief Technology Officer, Root9B;
Sandy Bird, CTO for IBM Security;
Dr. Nur Zincir-Heywood, Director of Dalhousie Network Information Management and Security (NIMS) Lab;
Nathan Beach, Senior Manager, National Security Service Delivery, Amazon Web Services (AWS);
André Boucher, Director General Cybersecurity, Partnerships Branch;
Natalia Stakhanova, Assistant Professor and the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Cyber Security, UNB;
Benjamin Kelly, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Apple Distinguished Educator, Global Minecraft Mentor, New Brunswick STEM Teacher;
Hon. Brian Kenny, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development;
Hon. Donald Arseneault, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister responsible for Official Languages, Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation;
Sonia Chiasson, Canada Research Chair, Human Oriented Computer Security, Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carleton University, Ottawa.


  1. Canada’s Cybersecurity Workforce Training Requirements: Industry and Customer Perspective (Darryl Esau, Director of Education Services, Bulletproof)
  2. The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (Dr. Ali Ghorbani, Director of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity)
  3. Canada’s Multi-disciplinary Model for Cybersecurity
  4. A Digital Literacy Strategy for Public Education



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