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 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: www.linkedin.com/in/mansurhasib. To access more content or to contact Dr. Hasib, visit: www.cybersecurityleadership.com.
TERESA DUROCHER is currently Vice President, Governance and Delivery for the Identity and Access Management (IAM) group at Citizens Bank in Rhode Island. 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.
One of her many roles at Fidelity Investments was 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.
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.
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)
JEAN-MARIE PELLETIER – Training Coordinator
Jean-Marie Pelletier has been working with the Collège communautaire du Nouveau Brunswick (CCNB) for over 23 years. He completed a B.A. specialized in Business, Economics and English at the University of Moncton and a B.Ed. at the University of Maine. He also holds a Certificate in Educational Technology, a Master’s Certificate in Project Management and a Certificate in Quality Audits.
Besides a 3-year period overseeing the Quality System in Miramichi and later in Bathurst, most of his career at CCNB has been spent designing, customizing and ensuring the delivery of training to New Brunswick’s business clients and individuals through the Continuous Education Dept.
Throughout his career, Jean-Marie has had the opportunity to serve Aboriginal communities on different training projects. Since 2012, his work has been almost exclusively for this clientele. First Nations are very interested in the latest technologies and innovations and want to be on the cutting edge of the latest developments. For this reason, Jean-Marie has helped CCNB’s efforts to be first in the Atlantic Provinces with customized programs in Mobile Apps Development, Big Data, Software Testing and Cybersecurity thanks to the clairvoyance of its Aboriginal partners.
The respectful relationships that has been established with Aboriginal communities and partners has motivated CCNB to establish an Aboriginal Partnerships sector which Jean-Marie manages since 2015. On average, CCNB serves over 250 Indigenous clients per year with sales of around 1,5M$.
FRANK POST – Senior Director, Cybersecurity
Frank Post is a seasoned technology and security executive with over 25 years of global experience in commercial, telecommunications and managed services sectors. Frank is responsible for our service delivery teams at Difenda.
Before joining Difenda in 2017 as the leader of the Cloud Security practice, Frank was the head of managed services at a high profile MSSP where he expanded the managed infrastructure practice there to include a world-class Security Operations Centre and a DevOps practice supporting customers operating in public and hybrid Cloud configurations. Providing services to the standard of ISO, SOC, PCI DSS, NIST and CIS certifications was a requirement in order to serve the many customers in government, healthcare, banking and other regulated industries.
Frank also has 15 years of IT management experience in the finance, insurance, and legal sectors, where he architected, deployed and managed corporate network environments to the highest degrees of confidentiality, integrity and availability.
Frank is a member of the board and SOC Operator SME for the Critical Infrastructure – SOC project that is commissioned by the Government of New Brunswick to establish a model for protecting critical infrastructure at a provincial and national level.
ANDREW JEFFERIES – Co-founder and VP of Security Services
Andrew Jefferies is a co-founder and VP of Security Services at Bulletproof, where he leads the Governance Risk and Compliance Division as well as the Security Operations Center. His primary focus is business and service development. Andrew’s proudest moment, in his VP role, was hearing a customer say “Wow, you actually know what you are talking about! You don’t usually get that at the executive level.” While he is equally comfortable at the boardroom table, he is truly a geek at heart.
Outside of Bulletproof Andrew enjoys sailing the cold waters of the Atlantic with his family, playing a bit of music, and getting lost in the woods.
LEO VAN DUYN – Workforce Development, CTC Education & Awareness, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Leo Van Duyn is in Cybersecurity and Tech Controls Workforce Development at JP Morgan Chase & Co, where he has been at for the last twenty-one years. Prior to his appointment in Workforce Development, Van Duyn served as a Perimeter Infrastructure Security Risk Manager, Information Risk Manager, Vulnerability Management coordinator, Network Operations Engineer and line of business representative on the corporate vulnerability and security management forums. He is a graduate of DeVry University where he studied business operations.
OLIVER WINKLER – Business Leader, Strategy and Innovation, Siemens Canada
Oliver Winkler is Business Leader, Strategy and Innovation, at Siemens Canada. In this role, he leads the development of major strategic opportunities at the corporate level in areas as diverse as cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, energy sector, and smart infrastructure.
He also spearheads Siemens Canada’s innovation-focused activities in terms of developing relations and partnerships with start-up companies and innovation key players such as NRC, OCE, and MaRS. Oliver holds a PhD in physics from Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, Germany, and an MBA from Wilfrid-Laurier University.
HON. MARY E. WILSON – Minister of Economic Development and Small Business Minister responsible for Opportunities NB
Mary Wilson was elected to the Legislative Assembly on September 24, 2018 to represent the riding of Oromocto-Fredericton-Lincoln and was sworn into Cabinet as the Minister of Economic Development and Small Business and Minister responsible for ONB. Prior to being elected, Ms. Wilson was employed by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), where she spent 20 years working with independent business owners and entrepreneurs in the Fredericton and Oromocto Area.
She has had over 12,000 meetings directly with independent business owners that has given her a unique insight into the opportunities and challenges facing this sector. She is intimately aware of what businesses need to create jobs in our province. Prior to this, Ms. Wilson worked in the private sector for 16 years as an insurance broker and most recently entered the real estate world as a REALTOR®. She has an ability to relate and communicate with people and advocate on their behalf – all important qualities of a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
As a lifelong resident of Oromocto and member of a military family, she has a unique understanding of the sacrifices of the military and their families. Ms. Wilson and her husband Rob have two adult children, son Bill and daughter Bobbi.
FAHD GULZAR – Canada Public Sector Programs Lead, Amazon Web Services
Fahd Gulzar leads efforts to develop and localize cloud computing education and adoption programs for the Canadian Public Sector including government, health care, education and non-profit. In this role, he focuses on workforce development, promoting diversity and inclusion, education and cybersecurity.
Prior to joining Amazon in 2018, Fahd led large-scale fraud and anti-money laundering implementations at SAS Institute, a leading data analytics firm. Fahd is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with experience in risks, methods, and preventative framework of money laundering and terrorism financing. Fahd is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) with proven results in incorporating Agile framework in multi-million-dollar initiatives and national cloud computing programs. Fahd has a Bachelors of Applied Science, Electrical Engineering, from the University of Waterloo and holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University. Fahd is fluent in multiple languages including French.
RANDY PURSE, CD, PhD, CTDP, Director, Cybersecurity Standards at ITAC – Information Technology Association of Canada
Randy Purse is cyber security training and education specialist, workforce development advisor, senior learning advisor, and academic. After 36+ years in the Canadian military and with the Communications Security Establishment/Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Randy has assumed the role of Director of Cybersecurity Standards with the Information Technology Association of Canada where he is the project lead for their national cyber security workforce development initiative. He also recently joined the Cybersecure Catalyst Training and Education team at Ryerson University as a consultant and facilitator. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family, write, read and continues to research and pursue topics of interest in learning and technology.
Bill Newhouse is the Deputy Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), and Security Engineer at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).
Both NICE and the NCCoE are part of the Applied Cybersecurity Division in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
As the deputy director of NICE, he leads and promotes efforts to foster, energize, and promote a robust network and an integrated ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development that can more effectively secure cyberspace and is lead author of the NICE Workforce Framework, NIST Special Publication 800-181.
At the NCCoE, he is leading the drafting of practice guides that address broad technology gaps in cybersecurity implementations that affect areas of risk in the retail, hospitality, and Federal sectors. These projects rely on insight and passion from members of various industries who share a common goal of addressing cybersecurity risk by demonstrating that commercially available technologies can be configured to improve the ability of sectors to address cyber risk.
Additionally, Mr. Newhouse promotes cybersecurity R&D coordination efforts as a co-chair of a federal cybersecurity interagency working group and as a regular representative of NIST at Federal cybersecurity focused R&D working groups.
Mr. Newhouse is a graduate of both the Georgia Institute of Technology and George Washington University and has been with the federal government for over 30 years.
ROBERTO GAUVIN is an Education Specialist and School Entrepreneur at CyberNB a special operating agency of OpportunityNB. He has been the principal of the « Centre d’ @pprentissage of Haut-Madawaska (CAHM)« , a K to 8 francophone school located at Clair in New Brunswick Canada. He holds a baccalaureate in secondary education (major in mathematics and minor in physics) from the University of Moncton, a post-baccalaureate and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Manitoba. His career in the field of education began in 1988 as a French immersion teacher. He worked in western Canada as a French immersion science teacher and as a vice-principal of a middle and a secondary school. In September 2000, he had the chance to return home and to become the principal of the CAHM.
MIKE O’BRIEN – Mayor, City of Fredericton
There are three common threads that weave through Mike O’Brien’s rise to become Mayor of Fredericton – a lifetime of public service, a visionary insight, and a compassion for the less advantaged. Combined with his love for his community, these traits resulted in a City stronger and more inclusive than it otherwise may have been.
Professionally, he made his mark as a professional engineer. But to some older Frederictonians, he may be better known for his days as part of the famed Fredericton Condors, where his pitching took him all the way to a national title and the NB Baseball Hall of Fame.
But it was his work away from the ball diamond that distinguishes his greater legacy. Mike’s dedication to his community began in his youth. Throughout the years he has served on numerous economic, recreation, school and hospital boards. But of all the social issues he has tackled, the one he is most passionate about, is homelessness. As the founding Chair of Fredericton’s Affordable Housing Committee and later as Chair of the Community Action Group on Homelessness, Mike has been in the forefront of promoting Housing First, a proven model to eradicate chronic homelessness in his City. This effort has put Fredericton on the path to being the first City in New Brunswick to eliminate chronic homelessness.
Hand in hand with his community service in the non-profit sector, Mike also has a distinguished record of elected service. After first being voted to City Council in 2001, he was re-elected in the subsequent three elections, then in 2016 was elected Mayor. While the script for his accomplishments in the Mayor’s chair is still being written, his achievements as a Councillor include two that will serve the City particularly well, well into the future.
As Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee, Mike oversaw the adoption of the City’s visionary long-term fiscal plan, and the adoption of the Lean process improvement program. Combined with his focus on social programs aimed at inclusion and leaving no one behind, these two initiatives have positioned Fredericton as one of the most progressive and fiscally responsible communities in the country.
WILLIAM KIERSTEAD is a 34 year career educator, recognized both nationally and internationally for his commitment to 21st Century learning and technology integration. He has been a classroom teacher, administrator of two high schools, a district supervisor and a Director for 21st Century Research for the New Brunswick Department of Education. More recently he was an Education Specialist with Opportunities New Brunswick at CyberNB. He is now a Consultant with Authentic Education Consulting and focuses on workforce development partnerships between public education, industry and post-secondary.
William believes strongly that public education is a primary driver of economic growth and talent pipeline development. Therefore it matters what, when and how we teach. Learning must be authentic, relevant and purposeful in meeting the demands of existing and emerging economies. Students must have credible resources for making career choices well before graduation. As such, there is a role for industry and post secondary to partner with public education to create more obvious pathways to careers for students as early as middle school.
DAVE TRASK, P. ENG
Principal Engineer, Cyber Security, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Dave joined CNL (formerly Atomic Energy of Canada) as a Control Systems Designer. After almost 30 years of experience with process control systems for mission critical applications, Dave is now the Principal Engineer for Cyber Security at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization. He supports senior leadership strategy decisions related to Research and Development activities and in this role founded CNL’s National Innovation Center for Cyber Security (NICCS) that focuses on protecting industrial systems for the nuclear industry. Dave leads research on cyber security in the supply chain, asset qualification, cyber security operations centers, SCADA systems for operating remote Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), cyber security best practices, and the development of an anomaly detection system for ICS environments. Research outcomes inform government, regulators, standards, and utilities.
ANGELA McALLISTER is a cyber security professional who has been working in the field of cyber security for more than 13 years. She is the Supervisor of the Academic Outreach and Engagement team at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. The Cyber Centre is the single unified source of expert advice, guidance, services and support on cyber security for government, critical infrastructure owners and operations, the private sector and the Canadian public.
Prior to her current role, Angela held the positions of Communications Security Technologist, Information Technology Security Analyst, and Information Technology Technical Writer. Angela is also a professor of communications, electronics, and computer applications at two Ontario colleges. Angela holds a Bachelor of Technology, a Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology, and a C.E.T designation. She is currently studying to obtain a Master of Technology Management.
JOSH LAMONT graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick in 2008. He worked for the Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute (ADFI) from 2008-2015. During his employment with ADFI, he served in the positions of Project Officer, Project Manager, and General Manager. His primary role was to assist Atlantic Canadian dairy producers to become more profitable through the development and implementation of research and extension programs. Josh was recognized in 2017 for this work and his contribution to Canadian Environmental Stewardship by receiving the Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Pin.
Josh currently works for the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) as the Business Development Manager for the Fredericton and Woodstock regions. In this role he works with community organizations, businesses and not-for-profit groups to assist them in understanding their training needs, develop and implement training opportunities with the goal to upskill and enhance New Brunswick’s workforce. In 2018 Josh worked with NBCC to reposition its Post-Graduate Cyber Security Program and develop a micro-credential Badged Program based of the internationally recognized NICE framework.
RICHARD WUNDERLICH has been with Siemens since 1988 and heads a consultancy in an operating company called Smart Infrastructure. Richard and the consultancy are focused on the contributions that Siemens can provide to the energy sector through transformation enabling the “Future Energy System”.
Since joining Siemens, Richard’s roles have included various industry sectors and a posting in Germany. He plays key roles having launched R & D and new customer offerings. He has held responsibilities that include Canada, North American and global including account management, business development, customer service, Marketing & Strategy, Program Management and corporate functions.
He has been focused exclusively on the energy sector since 2005 and has over the past few years enable various product developments and launched various new lines of business, most recently Critical Infrastructure Protection for Energy and Industry for Cyber Physical Systems. Richard’s perspectives on integrated processes, supply chain and customer service provide fresh approaches to support the new paradigm of a smart and secure energy world.
After finishing at Mount Allison in 2005, ADAM BINET went on to get his Bachelor of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s in 2006. Upon completion of this, Adam moved to Moncton, NB to begin his teaching career where he has been ever since. In the time since starting teaching in School District 2 (and now in Anglophone East), Adam has taught at several different high schools and middle schools. He has taught virtually every technology course offered from grade 6-12. Adam also completed his Master of Education Information Technology at Memorial University in 2014.
For the past five years, Adam has been the lead technology teacher at Harrison Trimble High School, teaching courses such as Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Technical Support and Digital Production. Adam has also been the faculty advisor of the “Sound and Light Team” in charge of the auditorium and all other A/V needs in the school. Adam has also sat on two provincial curriculum development committees and had a hand in developing “Cybersecurity and Technical Support 110” as well as “Cybersecurity 120”.
Adam continues to be a lifelong lover, promoter and practitioner of all thing’s technology. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for CyberNB and EECD to help continue to develop and deploy cybersecurity educational opportunities (both curricular and extracurricular) for students throughout NB and fostering the pipeline of skilled students for cybersecurity jobs in the province.
Director, Innovation & Infrastructure, Opportunities NB
David is an accomplished project management professional with more than 25 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors.
David is a certified project and programme manager. He has managed projects and programmes across diverse range of areas from Information Technology, Healthcare, Business services, Distribution and the Public Sector. He has been a contributor to Project Management knowledge and PMI standards since 2005.
David brings a proven success record in project leadership in innovative projects for companies such as Panasonic, Reed Exhibitions, Medicsight and the Government of New Brunswick.
David has delivered innovations in business practices, medical practices and shared services. He is currently the Programme Director for CyberNB – a Government of New Brunswick initiative to establish New Brunswick as the Canadian Epicentre for Cyber Security.
Originally from the UK, David Immigrated to Canada and New Brunswick in 2005. He became a Canadian Citizen in 2010.
Deputy Minister, CEO Opportunities NB
Stephen Lund is a dynamic leader and expert in economic development with over 30 years of experience in banking, venture capital and international finance.
Since 2015, Stephen has been the CEO of Opportunities NB (ONB), the lead business development organization in New Brunswick, and Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Small Business. Under Stephen’s leadership, ONB has consistently exceeded results and outperformed every other Canadian economic development agency on a per capita basis. And its results exceeded every similar organizations in the province over the past 20 years. ONB has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers for three years in a row and one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2018.
Stephen has been recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada five times in a row, was named one of the top 500 most influential people in Financial Centre worldwide, and has been inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO Hall of Fame.
Stephen earned a prestigious X ring from St. Francis Xavier University, holds an MBA from Queen’s University, obtained an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and completed executive level studies at Harvard, University of Chicago and Queen’s.
VP Marketing, Cyberbit
Sharon Rosenman leads marketing for Cyberbit, the market-leading provider of Cyber Range platforms. In his current position Mr. Rosenman has participated in the rollout of multiple cybersecurity training and simulation centers across North America, Europe and Asia. Sharon held multiple leadership positions in Israeli technology startups for over 20 years, among them in the cybersecurity space and in the video gaming space, where he led the production of flight simulation games under the Jane’s brand. Sharon holds a bachelor degree in film and television and computer science from Tel Aviv University.
BRIAN GRAY is a career educator who has also held posts at the university level and most recently, 17 years in public education at the ministry level where his responsibility ranged from curriculum in skilled trades and technology to innovation and partnerships. Brian is a tireless advocate for education and industry working together for the benefit of students. He has been able to alter the course of public education in his home province through his proven track record of innovation and challenging the status quo.
DILLON DONAHUE is the Skills Framework Specialist at CyberNB, working in Workforce Development. Dillon works closely with Industry and Academia to make sure New Brunswick is well positioned to help close the workforce gap faced in cybersecurity.
Dillon was born and raised in New Brunswick, and after moving around the country for many years is happy to be back home. Dillon graduated from both St. Thomas University Bachelor of Arts and Education programs, majoring in Science and Technology Studies.
Prior to taking on his role at CyberNB, Dillon was a teacher in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, British Colombia teaching grades one to twelve. While teaching in British Colombia, Dillon developed and taught a Skateboarding course offered to students in grade nine, the first of it’s kind in the Province. Although there are days where Dillon misses the classroom, he enjoys his role at CyberNB and the amazing opportunities cybersecurity brings to his home province.
DARRYL ESAU, Bulletproof Vice President of Learning Services, brings over 25 years of expertise in corporate education to his division at Bulletproof. Prior to joining the Bulletproof team in 2009, Darryl had worked as an executive for a national corporate training company.
With a global fortune 500 clientele, Darryl manages a talented team of over 30 full-time staff, from Halifax to Kamloops, BC. Darryl has a respected career track record of growing business, innovation, and creativity now focused on blending Learning Services with Bulletproofs well established Security and Consulting Services, as well as marketing his division as a stand-alone service.
RYAN MURPHY is a New Brunswick educator currently working with EECD and CyberNB’s education team. A graduate of Mount Allison University and University of Maine, Ryan has spent most of his career as a classroom teacher at St. Malachy’s Memorial High School – home of two consecutive CyberTitan National Finalist teams. He has recently transitioned out of the classroom and is working to develop curricular and extra-curricular cybersecurity training programs for students and teachers across the province.
Through the CyberDefence Hub, Ryan is helping to deliver cybersecurity education to New Brunswick middle and high schools, regardless of a school’s location or ability to provide the necessary technical or human resources. As a founding organizer of the New Brunswick CyberDefence League, he is responsible for creating challenging and engaging competition activities for schools at all levels of cybersecurity program development. Ryan frequently acts in advisory roles for education programs, including several EECD Curriculum Development Advisory Committees, and most recently as Chair of ICTC’s Secondary School Advisory Committee.
CHRISTIE STRUCKMAN covers the complex challenges of organizational change and business transformation with a focus on the people perspective. Her areas of coverage include culture change, organizational change, the role of the CIO, leadership and management practices. Ms. Struckman is a member of Gartner’s Leadership, Culture and People team in the CIO Research group.
Prior to joining the Research team, Ms. Struckman worked as an Executive Partner in Gartner’s Executive Program providing guidance and advice to CIOs in multiple industries on most technology and strategy initiatives. Before joining Gartner, she had ten years of experience in organizational and leadership development in the high-tech industry and public sector. She worked for nine years in customer service, backroom IT services, IT change management and strategic programs in the IT organization at Intel. She was also a professor focused on the business school topics of organizational behavior, change and leadership.
She has a bachelor’s degree in decision science, a master’s in systems management, and a PhD in Organizational Behavior.
ASHLEY MATAYA is a Workforce Strategist with Opportunities New Brunswick and CyberNB with a focus on education and talent attraction within the field of Cybersecurity. Ashley knows that industry needs are used to shape not only curriculum but also migration trends all over the world. Ashley herself relocated to New Brunswick from Toronto one year ago, because of this growing industry and is helping others do the same.
The Cyber ecosystem in the province of New Brunswick is unlike any other in the country, and the needs for talent continue to grow. Cybersecurity education in the province starts in Kindergarten to grade 12, and then continues into post-secondary. The province of NB is committed to generating the talent at home as well as bringing in a new workforce from all over the world to further enrich workspaces.
Ashley has over 10 years of experience in talent management and HR with two BA degrees in Women’s studies and International Development from Trent University. She has stayed true to her match making roots that she learned from recruitment and head hunting and continues to use these principles to help Cybersecurity companies find the best talent here in New Brunswick.
JACEK (JACK) B. KOWAL is currently a Portfolio Manager within the Directorate, Knowledge and Technology of the Center for Security Sciences with Defence Research and Development of DND. Previously he was with the Technical Investigation Service (TIS) within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Since 2004, Mr. Kowal has worked for the RCMP specializing in various engineering and IT roles in the area of embedded systems design, software development, GIS systems, cyber, high-availability IT infrastructure within technical investigative domains. He has a wide breadth of experience managing projects within the Science & Technology community, has led multiple technical teams to success and managed program delivery for mission critical IT and Operational services.
Mr. Kowal brings over 15 years of experience from his role in Ottawa at the Technical Operations Directorate. He focused on partnership development and external funding within the Government of Canada, academia and industry in order to leverage RCMP investigative capacities in a technologically complex world. He also provided project management guidance, portfolio management services, and often led special projects for various internal clients. He has collaborated with other government departments as a RCMP representative for the Innovation Agenda including the BCIP Program Review at ISED, SBIR consultations, as well as providing input to the Innovation Solution Canada (ISC) Memorandum to Cabinet.
Prior to joining the public service, Mr. Kowal was part of the Ottawa high-tech sector working for Nortel, and two start-ups. Mr. Kowal has volunteered as the Director of Finance of a national charity while leading youth leadership programs. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Business from Carleton University, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a PRINCE2 and Management of Portfolio (MoP) practitioner and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to Canadians.