CyberSmart 2019


DR ELLEN OCHOA, Veteran Astronaut, Former Director of NASA Johnson Space Center, Independent Board Director


Dr. Ellen Ochoa Ochoa is a STEM speaker for our generation. She’s a history-making astronaut, a brilliant inventor, a gifted corporate leader who left her mark on the culture of NASA, a role model for women executives, a hero of the Hispanic community, and a lodestar for discussions about females and minorities pursuing scientific and technical fields. On stage, she brings it all together—draws lessons from her life—in a down-to-earth style that has engaged hundreds of audiences across the country.

In 2013, Dr. Ochoa was named the 11th Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, becoming the first Hispanic and the second female director to hold this prestigious position; she retired in 2018. An active astronaut since 1991, two years later, Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discover. In total, she has flown in space four times, logging nearly 1,000 hours, leading onboard scientific activities, and serving as flight engineer during the launch, rendezvous, and entry phases of the mission. Dr. Ochoa is the recipient of many honors, including NASA’s highest awards, the Distinguished Service Medal and the Presidential Distinguished Rank of the Senior Executive Service.

In the corporate world, Dr. Ochoa has provided executive guidance to a variety of organizations. She is on the boards of Service Corporation International and Mutual of America, is the Vice Chair of the National Science Board, and chairs the Nomination Evaluation Committee of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. She has served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board and the Stanford University Board of Trustees. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Latino Corporate Directors Association, and Women Corporate Directors.

Within the halls of higher education, Ellen Ochoa has received honorary doctorates from the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University among others. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the National Academy of Inventors. She earned a B.S. in Physics from San Diego State University, and Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. Prior to her astronaut and management career, Ochoa was a research engineer. She holds three patents for optical systems. She is also a classical flautist and has played with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. There are six schools named in her honor, and several books written about her.


MATT WILCOX,  Founder and CEO, Fifth Domain


Matt Wilcox is a cybersecurity expert and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Australian cyber operations training technology company Fifth Domain. Matt began his career in 2008 at the Australian Signals Directorate working in cyber operations. In 2013, Matt began consulting to organisations within the Australian intelligence community. Then in 2015, Matt founded Fifth Domain and began creating and teaching courses in offensive and defensive cyber operations. Matt’s professional focus is on cyber operations workforce development. Specifically, collective team-based high-fidelity cyber operations scenarios. Today, Matt and Fifth Domain work with academia, government, and industry to develop training technologies, analytics, and scenarios that will help develop workforce skills.

OWEN PIERCE, Program Manager, National Research and Education, Australian Cyber Security Growth Network LTD (AustCyber)


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.

EMMANUEL ST-AUBIN, Director, National Cyber Security Division, Public Safety Canada


Emmanuel is a trusted and professional civil servant with more than 17 years in the public service. He has experience in leading and managing complex issues and initiatives during organisational changes. He has experience, in policy, in security, strategic planning, as well as in delivery and results management, governance, and project management. Emmanuel is also recognized as an innovative leader, willing to take calculated risks, and comfortable in thinking outside the box.

Emmanuel St-Aubin joined Public Safety Canada in June 2018 as Manager, Policy and Issues Management, for the National Cyber Security Directorate, but has since February 2019 accepted to act as Director for the Cyber Security Division. Before joining Public Safety, Emmanuel worked at the Canadian Space Agency where he managed the Project Management Office, the Safety and Mission Assurance Office, as well as the Strategic Planning and Governance Office.

Emmanuel has a bachelor’s specialized in Communications Studies from Concordia University, Montreal, and 10 years of experience in the private sector as journalist, marketing and technical writer, and graphic designer. Emmanuel also completed his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at l’École nationale d’administration publique (ÉNAP), Gatineau.

SANDRA SARIC, Vice President, Talent Innovation, ICTC


Sandra Saric leads initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion, and collaboration with industry, government and education on strategies and actions to leverage talent and build capacity in Canada’s digital economy at the Information and Communications Technology Council. As an inclusion advocate in Canada and globally, Sandra has particularly focused on initiatives that involve the recruitment, integration and advancement of global talent, women, Indigenous persons and youth in ICT.
In this capacity, in 2015, Sandra received a Women in Communications and Technology Leadership Excellence Award for Diversity and frequently speaks on topics that address inclusiveness, digital skills and education, and the digital labour market and in 2017 was named as one of 150 Canadian women in STEM. At ICTC, she has been instrumental in launching a Canadian Cyber Security Youth and Education initiative – CyberTitan – to prepare youth with cyber security skills. Sandra also serves as an advisor on the Planning for Canada Advisory Group; Hire Immigrants Ottawa Employer Council of Champions, and the WEC/IOE Global Forum for Migration and Development Business Mechanism.

DONNA MILGRAM, Founder & Executive Director, Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS)


Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) and has dedicated her career to helping women succeed in fields that have been traditionally dominated by men. She developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators’ nationwide increase the number of women in their STEM/CTE programs. Ms. Milgram has been a Principal Investigator on 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants including the CalWomenTech Project, which was highlighted by the NSF for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness and chosen as 1 of 3 model projects by the American Association of University Women. Ms. Milgram also has extensive experience helping law enforcement agencies with recruitment, integration and retention of women police officers. She has twice been a trainer at the FBI Academy for police chiefs on this topic and has authored two articles in Police Chief Magazine.

PETER MEEHAN, Co-Founder, Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA) and SVP International and Partnerships, iQ4 Corporation


Peter Meehan is a co-founder of the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA) and SVP International and Partnerships for iQ4 Corporation, a leading technology platform company with solutions for Enterprise Workforce Optimization, Mobility and Retention and for Academic Outreach and Career Pathways, which align Education to Industry’s “Workforce Readiness” needs. His submission to PESC (Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council) won the PESC 2017 best practices award, firmly positioning iQ4/CWA as a leader and mainstream player in virtual-internships and pre-apprenticeships, which accelerate and scale workforce ready candidates. He’s is frequently on industry speaking platforms and panels, including the 2017 World On-Line Learning Conference, Toronto and 4-successive years at the NIST/NICE (National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education) Conferences. These thought leadership platforms have been fundamental in growing the CWA initiative from 14 people in 2015 to a movement being adopted globally by over 1,000 CWA members from >400 firms. He is passionate about diversity and inclusion to attract and develop young women and ex-military into the Cyber/Risk. His successful career in sales, marketing and international management follows a career in Management Accounting.

DR MANSUR HASIB, CISSP, PMP, CPHIMS Program Chair, Cybersecurity Technology, The Graduate School University of Maryland University College (UMUC) State University – Global Campus


In 2017 at a ceremony in Austin, TX, (ISC)2 named Dr. Mansur Hasib a “Rock Star” of cybersecurity and presented him an electric guitar along with the (ISC)2 Americas Information Security Leadership Award (ISLA) for leading the implementation of the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology degree program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC). In 2018 the Global Cyber Startup Observatory based in Europe inducted Dr. Hasib into the Hall of Fame. In 2018 SC Magazine awarded UMUC Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program award. UMUC is contending for this award once again in 2019.
Dr. Hasib also won the 2017 Cybersecurity People’s Choice Award and the 2017 Information Governance Expert of the Year Award. He has 30 years of experience leading organizational transformations through digital leadership and cybersecurity strategy in healthcare, biotechnology, education, and energy. He served as Chief Information Officer for 12 years. His seminal book Cybersecurity Leadership (available in ebook, paperback, and audio) has been widely acclaimed by practitioners and scholars alike and is listed among the best IT and cybersecurity books of all time. In 2013, as part of his doctoral work, Dr. Hasib conducted a national study of US healthcare cybersecurity and published the book Impact of Security Culture on Security Compliance in Healthcare in the USA and became one of the first few in the world to earn a Doctor of Science in cybersecurity.
Additionally, with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics and a Master’s degree in Political Science, Dr. Hasib brings a unique interdisciplinary perspective to anything he discusses. Dr. Hasib enjoys table tennis, comedy, and travel and has been to all 50 states of the USA. Follow him on Twitter @mhasib or LinkedIn: To access more content or to contact Dr. Hasib, visit:

TERESA DUROCHER, Vice President, Governance and Delivery, Identity and Access Management (IAM) Group, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island


Teresa Durocher is currently Vice President, Governance and Delivery for the Identity and Access Management (IAM) group at Citizens Bank in Rhode Island, where her team manages application integrations into the access request, approval, and review systems and all of the center operations for IAM, including governance, metrics and reporting, risk and regulatory management, communications, process improvement, strategy and external engagement. Teresa graduated from the University of California (Davis) with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and received a commission in the US Army through the ROTC program. During ten years as a military intelligence officer, she spent time at both strategic and tactical units overseas and in the US, and then settled on the south coast of Massachusetts.

Over the next 10 years, she held a variety of business development & financial positions with Prudential, New England Financial and the Catholic Distance University in Virginia. In 10 years at Fidelity Investments, Teresa worked as a technology project manager transitioning the access management to a role-based program, implementing the authorization reporting platform, and procuring and deploying a third party proxy voting system. She was the program manager of Fidelity’s online fraud detection system and the Director of Implementation for the Enterprise Customer Protection Program before assuming the role of Director, Engagement and Innovation for Fidelity’s Enterprise Cybersecurity organization. In that role she was responsible for the security education and awareness program for over 40,000 associates world-wide, and supported cybersecurity skills development for information security personnel based on the NIST Cyber Security Framework and NICE Cyber Security Workforce Framework. In addition, Teresa managed the group’s relationships and engagements with internal business partners and external organizations to include universities, peer firms, and industry organizations to influence the information security posture, gain best practice benchmarking, and enhance recruiting efforts.

Teresa was a member of the RI Governor’s Cybersecurity Commission and is a founding member and mentor for the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance. She formerly represented Fidelity at the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC), the Purdue CERIAS advisory board, lead the Fidelity chapter of the Executive Women’s Forum (EWF), and represented the Cybersecurity group on the Enterprise Women in IT steering committee. She attended the Post Graduate Intelligence Program at the Defense Intelligence Agency, passed the Certified Financial Planner exam, and held the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation.

She and her husband John have eight children and live in Marion, MA

RIMA ARISTOCRAT B.M.A., M.Ed.– President/CEO, Willis College; Founding Director, BHT CAIP; Founder/President, TeKnoWave Inc; Founding Director, VFTP Canada NPO; and Director, Elevate International

As an educator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and keynote speaker, Rima Aristocrat has been bridging the skills gap between education and industry for more than 40 years. She has 4 daughters, 4 granddaughters, 1 grandson and has been an invited guest speaker at many local, national and international conferences. Rima Aristocrat is a President & CEO of 153-year old Willis College offering industry-led, job-ready skills training and education, enabling adults to transition into careers in business, healthcare, technology and Cybersecurity.
Since 1866, Willis College has been a leader in recognizing and responding to emerging job market demands through the development and delivery of comprehensive, industry-led hands-on skills training programs to help meet the needs of the business world. She is the founder of the Canadian Association of Immigrant Professionals, founder and president of the TeKnoWave Inc. – Canada’s First National Aboriginal IT Training Initiative, founding director of the Veteran Friendly Transition Program, founder of the Willis Cybersecurity Academy, founder of the Willis Women in Technology and A Soldier’s Hero for Military Spouses Scholarships. She is the only Canadian represented on Microsoft’s Education Advisory Council, has been frequent invited guest speaker and has appeared on many magazines as the cover page stories. She has received numerous national and International recognitions for her contribution to post-secondary education including 2018 Global Cyber Startup Observatory Cyber Hall of Fame Canada, France and US Slides.

Publications/Articles: Aristocrat R., (1995) Adult Learner Back in Classroom. Ottawa. Aristocrat R., Wilson K., (2000) Building a Canadian e-Learning Model, a private training perspective.
Personal Philosophy: “We as human beings are merely travelers between birth and death, marks we choose to leave along the journey, are up to us.” Aristocrat Rima (1991)

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