CyberSmart 2018

May 15 & 16
Fredericton, New Brunswick


MELISSA HATHAWAY, President of Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC (HGS)


Melissa Hathaway, President of Hathaway Global Strategies, LLC (HGS), is a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity and brings a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public and private sector clients.

Ms. Hathaway consults governments, global organizations, and Fortune 500 companies on cybersecurity, enterprise risk management, and technology assessment. She helps organizations understand their most critical assets, services and data, and maps cybersecurity risks to the organization’s business, financial and risk objectives, and advises clients regarding industry leading practices, emerging cyber threats, policy initiatives, regulation, legislation, court decisions or other industry matters that may affect their current and future business. To assist clients in such evaluations, Ms. Hathaway developed a proprietary methodology, known as the Cyber Readiness Index – Enterprise Edition (CRI-E), to evaluate and measure an organization’s preparedness levels for certain cybersecurity risks. She applies the CRI-E and provides a compelling and actionable review of an organization’s networked environment and business operations. She has applied the methodology to global companies from diverse industries, including from defense, technology, insurance, financial services, and life sciences sectors.

Ms. Hathaway also advises clients on go-to-market strategies, competitive analysis, merger acquisition due diligence, and investment opportunities for key leap-ahead technologies and companies in the cyber field. Having served on the board of directors for two public companies and three non-profit organizations, and as a strategic advisor to a number of public and private companies, Ms. Hathaway brings her clients a unique combination of policy and technical expertise, as well as board room experience that allows her to help clients better understand the intersection of government policy, developing technological and industry trends, and economic drivers that impact acquisition and business development strategy in this field.”

DAN STEIN, Branch Chief for Cybersecurity Education and Awareness(CE&A), USA Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)

Dan Stein, Summit Speaker

Dan Stein is the Branch Chief for Cybersecurity Education and Awareness (CE&A) in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS), Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. CE&A oversees the nationally-focused Federal Virtual Training Environment and Cybersecurity Training Events Program, DHS’s partnerships with the National Security Agency on the National Centers of Academic Excellence programs and with the National Science Foundation for the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) and the National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign.

Mr. Stein has supported DHS cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development programs for over ten years and has supported federal information security efforts for over fifteen years. Mr. Stein graduated from the U.S. National War College with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. He also holds two master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester.”


RODNEY PETERSEN, Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

Rodney Petersen

Rodney Petersen is the director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. He previously served as the Managing Director of the EDUCAUSE Washington Office and a Senior Government Relations Officer. He founded and directed the EDUCAUSE Cybersecurity Initiative and was the lead staff liaison for the Higher Education Information Security Council. Prior to joining EDUCAUSE, he worked at two different times for the University of Maryland – first as Campus Compliance Officer in the Office of the President and later as the Director of IT Policy and Planning in the Office of the Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He also completed one year of federal service as an Instructor in the Academy for Community Service for AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps.

He is the co-editor of a book entitled “Computer and Network Security in Higher Education”. He received his law degree from Wake Forest University and bachelor’s degrees in political science and business administration from Alma College. He was awarded a certificate as an Advanced Graduate Specialist in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland.”


Olivier Crouzet

With a scientific background, Olivier Crouzet got a Master degree as an IT engineer. During scholarship, he acted both as a technical assistant and a teaching assistant. After 2 years as system administrator in the 3rd French Internet service provider, he joined Nicolas Sadirac to develop during thirteen years a well-known IT school witch became a French leader with 4000 students. He designed the pedagogical model, and made it evolve. Based on this educational success, a new IT school ’42’ is created in 2013, along with Nicolas Sadirac, Kwame Yamgnane and Florian Bucher, promoting an even more advanced training methodology, called Peer-Learning.

Olivier Crouzet designed this model: 100%-project-based, without any teacher, lecture, nor knowledge transfer. Students debate, exchange ideas, try, fail, try again, to reach the goal, and finally evaluate their peers. Founded and funded by Xavier Niel, owner of one of the four french telecom company, ’42’ is totally free for the students. In this spirit of social opening, Olivier Crouzet, while still evolving the pedagogical model of the school, is also promoting evolution in the French education system through various conferences.”

OWEN PIERCE, Program Manager, National Research and Education, AustCyber

Owen Pierce

Owen Pierce is the Program Manager for National Research and Education at the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd (AustCyber). AustCyber is a federally funded, industry led initiative of Australia’s federal government announced in Australia’s 2016 national cyber security strategy. AustCyber’s mission is to develop and foster a vibrant Australian cyber security ecosystem.

Owen has extensive experience working in Australia’s higher education and vocational sectors. Prior to joining the AustCyber, Owen was the Manager for International Partnerships at Australia’s number 1 ranked university, the Australian National University (ANU). He came to the ANU from RMIT University in Melbourne, Victoria where he held a variety of positions driving the university’s global performance and strategy and international engagement. Owen has a deep interest in data analytics and using data to derive insights that support evidence based decision making. He is bilingual in Spanish and English and holds a Master in International Relations from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor in International Studies from Deakin University.”

ADAM HENRY, Principle Director, HENRY Strategic, an Adjunct Lecturer, UNSW Canberra Cyber and Australian co-lead for the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA)

Adam Henry Summit Speaker

Adam P. Henry is Principle Director at HENRY Strategic, an Adjunct Lecturer at the UNSW Canberra Cyber and Australian co-lead for the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA). He is a cybersecurity education, skills and workforce development expert and researcher. In April 2018, he spoke at the Australian Cybersecurity Centre (ACSC) Conference on Mastering the Cyber Security Skills Crisis: Creating a Cyber Workforce based on his soon-to-be-released research.

He has extensive experience in digital leadership and transformation, developing, leading and executing technology business solutions and strategies. He has collaborated with stakeholders to prudently leverage technology to transform and simplify business processes while delivering significant policy initiatives and implementation.

Previously Adam presented at the Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) International Conference: Realigning Cybersecurity Education – Mastering the Cybersecurity Skills Crisis: Realigning Educational Outcomes to Industry Requirements in 2017. He also wrote a piece in the Australian Financial Review, Growing a cyber-security workforce at home published on the 6th November 2017.”

SHIRLEY MCKEY, Executive Director, Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC)

Shirley McKey, Summit Speaker

Shirley McKey is the Executive Director of the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC). Funded through the Networks of Centres of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization program and hosted at the University of Montreal in Montreal, Québec SERENE-RISC is a knowledge mobilization network created to improve the general public’s awareness of cybersecurity risks and to empower all to reduce those risks through knowledge.

Prior to joining SERENE-RISC in 2014 Shirley completed a six-year term as Director of Operations for the Internetworked Systems Security Network (NSERC ISSNet), a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada-funded Strategic Research Network hosted at Carleton University in Ottawa.”

HEATHER RICCIUTO, BBA, PMP®, Global Leader of IBM Security’s Academic Outreach Program

  1. Heather Ricciuto, Summit Speaker

Heather Ricciuto is Global Leader of IBM Security’s Academic Outreach Program, partnering with educational and research institutions around the globe to develop top cybersecurity talent and close the skills gap. She is the co-leader of IBM’s Women in Security Excelling (WISE) Business Resource Group. With 825 members, WISE aims to bring awareness and change to the cybersecurity gender gap through education, events and youth outreach. Heather is particularly passionate about inspiring our youth to aspire to careers in STEM, and about driving awareness around the cybersecurity skills and gender gaps. She is a proud Co-Founder of #IBMCyberDay4Girls, a program designed to build cybersecurity awareness amongst middle school girls. To date the #IBMCyberDay4Girls program has touched the lives of approximately 800 girls in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa. In 2018, the program will expand to reach an additional 1000 girls around the globe as part of IBM’s #SkillsBuild challenge.

Heather enjoys both writing and public speaking. She has been called upon to speak at industry-leading events, such as SIGCSE, GTEC and NICE K12 on the topics of the cybersecurity skills gap, the gender gap, the importance of cybersecurity education in K12, and IBM’s New Collar initiatives. She regularly contributes to, IBM Security’s online publication, via blogs, news articles and podcasts, and she has been interviewed by other online publications, including CSO Online and ISMG Network.She is the proud recipient of two IBM Diversity and Inclusive Leadership Ambassador Awards for her work in the advancement of women in technology in the area of Supply Chain management.

Heather strives to inspire others by sharing her passion for leadership and learning. She believes that if we are not learning, we are not growing. Her passions include workforce diversity, the advancement of women, volunteering, continuous learning, travelling, and spending time with her family.”

WILL MARKOW, Manager of Client Strategy and Analytics, Burning Glass Technologies

Will Markow, Summit Speaker

Will Markow is the Manager of Client Strategy and Analytics at Burning Glass Technologies where he leads Burning Glass’s research into emerging job market trends, skill gaps, and workforce development opportunities. Will’s research with Burning Glass is routinely featured in national media outlets – such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post – and he has lead dozens of custom research projects for educational institutions, workforce development organizations, private employers, and government agencies.

Prior to joining Burning Glass, Will analyzed the energy sector for multiple policy institutions and clean technology startups, with a special emphasis on the solar industry and the impact of energy policy on small businesses. Will graduated summa cum laude from Bentley University.”

WOUTER VEENSTRA, Manager Outreach and Partnerships, Secretariat of the Global forum on Cyber Expertise

Wouter Veenstra, Summit Speaker

Wouter Veenstra started in 2015 as a Senior Advisor at the Secretariat of the Global forum on Cyber Expertise based in The Hague, the Netherlands. In his current role as Manager Outreach and Partnerships key responsibilities are to identify and connect key stakeholders on Cyber Capacity Building, to interest them to join the GFCE and to connect them on cyber topics based on their wants, needs and means. Stakeholders are from all continents and are mainly governments but also include international and intergovernmental organizations as well as private corporations, academia and the tech community.

After finishing his MA in Economic History at Leiden University in 2001 Wouter worked at the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice until 2015 working a.o. as a staff employee to the Minister of Justice and the last 7 years as a Policy Advisor on Civil Aviation Security at the National Coordinator on Counter Terrorism. As a result he has extensive experience on policy making and international relations.”

DAVID JARVIS, Security and CIO Lead, IBM Institute for Business Value

David Jarvis, Summit Speaker

David Jarvis is the Security and CIO Lead at the IBM Institute for Business Value – which provides research and strategic insights to make businesses smarter. He is responsible for developing and executing a research agenda that explores strategic business and technology topics around cybersecurity.

He is the author of numerous research studies covering leading practices for Chief Information Security Officers (CISO), cybersecurity skills and education and additional security-related topics. He has testified before committees of the United States Congress on cybersecurity education and his research has appeared in Forbes, TechRepublic, DarkReading, SC Magazine and numerous other publications. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Business Studies and Economics at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, where he teaches classes on strategic foresight and cybersecurity for business leaders.”

COLLEEN MERCHANT, Director General of National Cyber Security, Public Safety Canada

Colleen Merchant, Summit Speaker

Colleen Merchant has a rich background in science, technology and security. She began her career in 1986 at the Johnson Space Centre, where her time was spent in the Mission Control Centre as a flight controller specializing in multi-body trajectory analysis and rendezvous flight dynamics. In 1993, she moved to the Canadian Space Agency where she was responsible for the development and implementation of their manned space flight control centre and integration of civilian and military space programs at DND.

Ms. Merchant moved to the Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC) in 2004, and then joined the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s (TBS’s) Chief Information Officer Branch in April 2011 as the Executive Director of Government Security.

Ms. Merchant returned to the Canadian Space Agency in September 2013 where she was the Director of Programs and Integrated Planning, and is now the Director General of National Cyber Security at Public Safety Canada. Colleen received her Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida and completed graduate studies in Theoretical Physics from Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht, the Netherlands and the University of Houston.”

COMMANDER DAMIEN CHOUINARD-PRÉVOST, Senior Staff Officer for Cyber Personnel Development, Canadian Armed Forces

Commander Damien Chouinard-Prévost, Summit Speaker

Commander Damien Chouinard-Prévost joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1998 as a Naval Combat Systems Engineering Officer. He served his three sea-going postings in HMC Ships REGINA and VANCOUVER. He also served two years at Sea Training (Pacific) where he helped operationally train HMC ships on both coasts. His shore assignments included sub-section head in the Halifax Class Modernization and Frigate Life Extension project, and Combat Systems Engineering Officer in the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton. He also spent time in the Canadian Surface Combatant project as the Statement of Work Integration Team Lead and Integrated Program Manager.

On promotion to Commander, he returned to Ottawa as the Senior Staff Officer for Cyber Personnel Development. Commander Chouinard-Prévost graduated with a BEng in Computer Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), completed a MEng in Engineering Management at the University of Ottawa, graduated from the Joint Command and Staff Programme, and received a Master of Defence Studies from RMC.”

JAMIE REES, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist, NB Power, Chair on the ICTC National Cyber Security Leadership Council on Youth and Education

Jamie Rees, Summit Speaker

Jamie Rees centers his professional life on championing cybersecurity as an industry, a profession, and a provider of value to organizations. As a result his career has been one of firsts, creating new positions and award winning programs along the way. He has spent the past 16 years in senior roles, cultivating organizational security cultures and developing business enabling security programs in telecommunications, financial services, government, and utility verticals.

As an invited speaker, he has shared this experience at premiere security events around the world including the ISF World Congress, and the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit; however he is just as likely to be found discussing cybersecurity opportunities with teachers, students, scout troops and other local organizations. He is often called upon for comment on the state of the cybersecurity industry and has been featured by news outlets such as the Financial Post for his paradigm challenging views. Jamie shares, with the teams he has directed, the North American CSO 50 Award, and the IT Association of Canada Ingenious Award for technology projects demonstrating outstanding business value. He was also recognized by the (ISC)2 ’s Information Security Leadership Awards for significantly contributing to the enhancement of the information security workforce in the Americas.

Jamie currently works for a NB Power as the senior cybersecurity strategist. He is also a member of the editorial advisory boards for Canada’s CSO Digital magazine and the UK-based Cyber Security: A Peer-Reviewed Journal, a member of the adjudication panel for SC Media Trust & Excellence Awards, and serves as chair on the ICTC National Cyber Security Leadership Council on Youth and Education.”

JANET AUSTIN, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick

Janet Austin, Summit Speaker

Dr. Janet Austin, BCom (UNSW), LLB (UNSW), LLM (Sydney), PhD (Osgoode) is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick. She teaches Cybercrime, Criminal Law, Corporate and White Crime and Securities Regulation. Her research interests include cybercrime in securities markets and issues in relation to the exchange of information between international law enforcement agencies. She is the author of Insider Trading and Market Manipulation: Investigating and Prosecuting across Borders, (Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, UK, 2017).

Prior to joining UNB Dr. Austin taught at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and spent many years as a senior prosecutor at Australia’s federal prosecution service, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, where she conducted significant prosecutions for white collar crime. During her career she also practiced as a lawyer for Australia’s corporate and securities regulator and for private commercial law firms.”

DAVID T.S. FRASER, Partner, McInnes Cooper (Canadian privacy and internet law counsel)

David Fraser, Summit Speaker

David Fraser is a partner with McInnes Cooper, Canadian privacy and internet law counsel to some of the world’s best known brands. He regularly advises a range of clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – in all aspects of technology and privacy law. An advisor to both private and public sector clients in implementing compliance programs for Canadian privacy legislation, he is also called upon for his expertise in contract negotiations, policy reviews, pre-launch product reviews, complaints and legal perspective on data breaches. A frequently invited speaker, David regularly provides opinions on matters of privacy law for both Canadian and international clients and acts for complainants, as well as respondents, in matters referred to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Past President of the Canadian IT Law Association, former Chair of National Privacy and Access Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, David has been included in every edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the category of Information Technology law. He is listed among the world’s leading lawyers in Internet and eCommerce Law in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” by Lexpert, named one of Canada’s top 24 legal social media influencers in The Lawyers Weekly (2011) and was a finalist for Canadian Lawyer magazine’s “most influential Canadian lawyers.” He was appointed as a “Privacy By Design Ambassador” by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and has received an Outstanding Young Canadian Award by the Junior Chamber of Commerce International – Halifax Chapter.

Active in the Halifax technology and legal communities, David is a member of the Joint Data Access Committee of the IWK Health Centre for Women and Children in Halifax, an associate of the Institute of Law and Technology, faculty member of Dalhousie Law School, sits on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, is a regular contributor to the Canadian IT Law Association’s newsletter and is secretary and director of Digital Nova Scotia (formerly ITANS). He is also the author of the popular Canadian Privacy Law Blog (”

SANDRA SARIC, Vice-President, Talent Innovation at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Sandra Saric, Summit Speaker

Sandra Saric is Vice-President, Talent Innovation at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). Sandra leads strategic initiatives that promote capacity building and collaboration with industry, government, K-12 and post-secondary education. By leveraging talent, diversity and inclusion, she has built skill-developing, educational and career pathways for youth, global talent, women, and diverse groups in Canada’s digital economy.

In this capacity, in 2015, Sandra received a WCT Leadership Excellence Award for Diversity and in 2017 was recognized as part of hEr VOLUTION’s 150 Women in STEM and frequently speaks on topics that address talent inclusiveness, STEM education and the digital labour market. At ICTC, she has also been instrumental in launching a new Canadian Cyber Security Youth and Education initiative – CyberTitan – to prepare youth with cyber security skills.”

ROBERT (BOB) HOLMES, Chief Scientist, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Robert (Bob) Holmes, Summit Speaker

Robert (Bob) Holmes is the Chief Scientist at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Limited (CNL). CNL is the premier science and technology lab in Canada and is managed by Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA). Dr. Holmes has enjoyed a distinguished career of 40 years in nuclear technology beginning in BNFL in the UK with development for the Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (THORP), moving through support for waste management and disposal initiatives and the UK advanced reprocessing program before leading the BNFL Corporate Research Laboratory. Dr. Holmes then headed the Waste Management and Disposal R&D programs for the Engineering, Waste Management and Decommissioning Group, for which he was also the Technology Director. In parallel he became the Chief Scientist for the BNFL group at a time when BNFL acquired Westinghouse Government Services and Westinghouse Electric Company. In 1999 he moved to BNFL Inc. where as well as retaining his group chief scientist role he was the Technology Director for BNFL Inc. and technical lead for the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Plant (AMWTP) one of BNFL’s major projects for the US Department of Energy.

In 2006, BNFL Inc. was acquired by EnergySolutions in Salt Lake City and Dr. Holmes continued his role as Chief Scientist, leading several projects including an initiative with Korean Nuclear Fuels. Dr. Holmes has a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Manchester. He carried out post-doctoral research at the University of York in the UK before joining BNFL. He was awarded a DPhil from DeMontfort University for a major contribution to science, a significant history of publication and being a role model for young scientists. He has served on major committees such as the IAEA waste management advisory body and lead national and international initiatives, for example the UK-Russian nuclear research program. Dr. Holmes brings this experience and qualities to the transformation of CNL.”

ALI GHORBANI, Director of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, and an IBM Canada Faculty Fellow

Ali Ghorbani, Summit Speaker

Dr. Ali Ghorbani has held a variety of positions in academia for the past 36 years and is currently a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, the Director of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, and an IBM Canada Faculty Fellow. He has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada, from 2008 to 2017. Dr. Ghorbani is also the Director of the Laboratory for Intelligence and Adaptive Systems Research. He has spent over 26 years of his 36-year academic career carrying out both fundamental and applied research in the area of cybersecurity, machine learning, and web intelligence at UNB. His current research focus is Cybersecurity, Web Intelligence, and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Dr. Ghorbani is the co-inventor on 3 awarded patents in the area of Network Security and Web Intelligence and has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles during his career. He has supervised over 170 research associates, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students during his career. His book, Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems: Concepts and Techniques, was published by Springer in October 2010. He is the co-founders of the Privacy, Security, Trust (PST) Network in Canada and its international annual conference. Dr. Ghorbani is the co-Editor-In-Chief of Computational Intelligence Journal. He has developed a number of technologies that have been adopted by high-tech companies. He co-founded two startups, Sentrant and EyesOver in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Dr. Ghorbani is the recipient of the 2017 Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur Award.”

PIERRE PHILIPPE FERGUSON, Professor of mathematics and physics, Université de Moncton

Pierre Philippe Ferguson, Summit speaker

Dr. Pierre Philippe Ferguson is responsible for putting into operation the Université de Moncton’s cyber security certificate through the UdeM Continuing Education Network. He has been a member its board of directors since 2017. This new online certificate will begin in the fall of 2018. Its focus is the security of information for businesses, and more specifically, the security of networks, systems and data, and the risk management of information security.

Dr. Ferguson is also a professor of mathematics and physics at the Shippagan campus since 2013. After completing his BSc and MSc in physics at the Université de Moncton, he received his PhD in physics from Dalhousie University. His thesis was on negative electrode materials for lithium ion battery, to which he published several papers and patents. Involved in his community, he is currently the president of the board of the Coopérative Régionale de la Baie, a cooperative grocer with annual sales revenue over $10 million.”

MATTHEW MCGUIRE, UNB Ph.D. student, NB Digital Literacy Lead

Matthew McGuire, Summit speaker

Matthew McGuire is an acclaimed global educator and PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. His area of research is rooted in media ecology, examining the interrelations of digital media and youth in the unique New Brunswick landscape.

Currently, McGuire is leading the development and implementation of a digital literacy framework for the province of New Brunswick. He also serves as a part-time professor of Music and Technology in Education at UNB. These are the types of endeavors, combined with McGuire’s ability to create authentic learning spaces where youth are empowered to harness and enhance their own learning, that have earned him national recognition in Canada. He is the recipient of the Minister’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2011) and the Prime Minister’s Excellence in Teaching Certificate (2012). When McGuire is not actively delivering lectures and workshops, he can be found either at the rink playing hockey or at the cottage spending time with his wife and two daughters.”

NATALIA STAKHANOVA, Assistant Professor and the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Cyber Security, University of New Brunswick

Natalia Stakhanova, Summit Speaker

Natalia Stakhanova is an Assistant Professor and the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Cyber Security at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. Her work revolves around building secure systems and includes mobile security, IoT security, software obfuscation & reverse engineering, and malicious software. Working closely with industry on a variety of R&D projects, she developed a number of technologies that resulted in 3 patents in the field of computer security.

Natalia Stakhanova is the recipient of the UNB Merit Award, the McCain Young Scholar Award and the Anita Borg Institute Faculty Award. She is a strong advocate of Women in IT and co-founder of CyberLaunch Academy, an initiative that aims to promote science and technology among children.”

FRANCIS CASTONGUAY, Director General, Partnerships and Risk Mitigation

Francis Castonguay, Summit speaker

Francis Castonguay is the Director General, Partnerships and Risk Mitigation at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), responsible for providing IT Security advice, guidance and services to Canadian critical infrastructure organizations and for advancing collaborative relationships with private industry for the purpose of strengthening cyber security practices in Canada.

Before joining CSE, Francis led Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services team in the National Capital Region (NCR), 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).”

MARK FLYNN, Director Cybercrime, Federal Policing Criminal Operations, RCMP

Mark Flynn, Summit speaker

Supt. Mark Flynn is the Director Cybercrime for Federal Policing Criminal Operations in the RCMP. He is responsible for the governance and oversight of priority cybercrime investigations that fall under the RCMP’s Federal Policing mandate. This includes extensive collaboration with RCMP teams, domestic and international policing partners, private sector and other government departments in an effort to ensure the RCMP is making a difference in cybercrime.

He has over a decade of experience in covert electronic surveillance and works extensively with domestic and international partners. He also has experience working as a front line investigator in general duty policing and specialized investigative units where he was an investigator in a broad range of investigations. His experience extends to policy work in legislative reform, the National Wiretap Expert Committee, delivery of training to police and prosecutors and instruction and moderation of executive officer leadership training.”


Mike LeBlanc, Summit speaker

Having built three companies, IC Global, Ensemble and Blue Spurs from the ground up, Mike LeBlanc is recognized as both a technical and business leader across the industry. His focus on education began during his tenure as President of IC Global in 1998. During that time, he was responsible for developing Learning Management Systems for eLearning which was acquired by Skillsoft. He went onto take a role in Chalk Media to develop a technology that delivers rich media educational content to mobile devices that was acquired by BlackBerry. He owns several patents on methods of educational content delivery to mobile devices.

Through Blue Spurs, Mike has been focused on education. In 2015, he led an initiative teaching coding and development to high-risk First Nations students in New Brunswick. Most recently, Mike worked with the Government of New Brunswick to develop the Blue Kit, a low-code, hands-on solution educational IoT & Cybersecurity start kit that helps raise awareness among K-12 and post-secondary students. In the summer of 2017, the Blue Kit was awarded the Amazon Web Services Global City on a Cloud Innovation Award for Partners in Innovation.”

CHARLES BAZILEWICH, Senior Years Technology Education, Network and Cyber Security, Sisler High School, Winnipeg School Division

Charles Bazilewich

Charles Bazilewich has over 14 years of experience providing technical and education solutions to secondary and post-secondary education systems in Manitoba. Charles has dedicated his Technology Education career to empowering students to pursue post-secondary and entry-level career opportunities in Manitoba’s skilled IT workforce. Charles thrives when developing technology education programs. He was a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work in establishing Sisler High School’s Network and Cyber Security Academy as Canada’s Leading technology education program that has a proven track record in fostering student excellence and achievement. Charles was invited to join the curriculum development team for Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning. This experience was essential in creating the Senior Years Technology Education Networking and Cyber Security provincial framework for the province of Manitoba. Charles continues to grow initiatives at postsecondary through program evaluations and course facilitation with the University of Winnipeg Professional, Applied and Continuing Education, Network Security Diploma program. Recently Charles transformed Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology’s Lifelong Learning Institute into a blended delivery model for their Cisco Networking Academy courses. Charles aspires to make further contributions to Manitoba’s education system through his graduate studies at the University of Manitoba. His research objectives aim to explore existing education organizational structure that support career and technology education implementation across Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subject areas.”

PIERRE CLAVET, Sectorial Advisor in IT, Technologies & Natural Sciences, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick

Pierre Clavet

Pierre Clavet is the Conseiller sectoriel – TI, Technologies et Sciences naturelles (Sectorial Advisor in IT, Technologies & Natural Sciences) for the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB). He’s been travelling through the IT and Education field since 2000, from working in London, to Montreal and coming back to l’Université de Moncton in 2005 to do his Master’s in Education focusing on integrating technology in the classroom to enhanced the learning experience. He has worked in various organizations from Universities to LMS providers, always related to using technology to access and enhanced learning opportunities.

In his role at CCNB, Pierre is focus on building partnerships at the provincial, national & international level, understanding where the job market is at and predicting where it is going to be.”

KEITH SMITH, Vice President, Threat Intelligence, R9B

Keith Smith

Keith Smith is the vice president of threat intelligence at R9B. Mr. Smith is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of refined threat intelligence systems and products, providing timely, accurate, relevant and predictive cyber threat intelligence for customers.

He is a retired veteran of the United States Army and Intelligence Community with over 20 years of experience in military and civilian special intelligence operations, training and leadership. His multidisciplinary background includes assignments as a HUMINT core collector and a senior SIGINT analyst for the Department of Defense. He is fluent in numerous Eastern European languages, including Hungarian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Slovak, Polish and Czech. Prior to joining R9B, Mr. Smith held a variety of operational and leadership assignments in sensitive overseas locations.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in international business from Texas A&M Central Texas, an Associate of Arts degree in general studies from Central Texas College, and an Associate of Arts degree in Russian studies from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. He also holds several IT industry professional certifications.”

ROBERT ESPOSITO, Teacher and co-founder of Sisler’s Network and Cyber Academy

Robert Esposito is a Teacher and co-founder of Sisler’s Network and Cyber Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  With over fifteen years of experience in both the private and public information technology sectors, Robert has been instrumental in developing one of Canada’s leading technology education programs. The program provides a talent pool for employers seeking skilled employees within various IT industries. Robert’s students have achieved tremendous success competing in a variety of local, national and international technology competitions, which ultimately led to his contribution in developing the CyberTitan program.”

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