SINET Canada


2018 Agenda

October 25, 2018

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

General Session

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM

Introductory Remarks
Rick Geritz, Chief Executive Officer, LifeJourney

8:35 AM – 8:40 AM

Welcome Remarks
Robert D. Rodriguez, Chairman & Founder, SINET

8:40 AM – 9:25 AM

Microsegmentation and the Future of Cyber Security in A Cloud-Based World

Abstract: If properly done the future of modern data centers and robust cloud security will enable microsegmentation to allow rules and policies that can be assigned to workloads, VMs, or network connections. This means that only necessary actions and connections are enabled in a workload or application, blocking anything else. With IT running fast to the cloud it will be important to understand which vendors will be embraced to deliver this critical functionality, and how long will enterprises wait before making this effort but also getting this done correctly. Our panel of experts will detail their experience with deploying security and microsegmentation in a virtualized and multi-cloud environment.

Jason Clark, Chief Strategy Officer, Netskope

Johnathan Nicholson, Chief information Security Officer, Interac Corp
Bobby Singh
, Chief Information Security Officer, TMX Group
Andrew Wertkin, Chief Technology Officer, BlueCat Networks

Larry Whiteside Jr.
, Chief Information Security Officer, Greenway Health
Dustin Wilcox, VP & Chief Information Security Officer, Anthem, Inc.

9:25 AM – 9:50 AM

Fireside Keynote Address: How A Great Service Culture Can Be Your Market Differentiator

Moderator: Robert Rodriguez, Chairman & Founder, SINET

Keynote Speaker: Christian Clerc, President Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts

9:50 AM – 10:35 AM

Leveraging AI to Take The Asymmetrical Advantage Over the Adversaries

Abstract: As our use of artificial intelligence continues to grow, so do the benefits and the challenges.  This panel will discuss the complexities of AI’s future. What are AI’s vulnerabilities, how will it be secured, and will we be able to stay ahead of the adversaries?

Sam Visner, Director, National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research Center

William Brierley, Chief Information Security Officer & Data Scientist, MindBridge Analytics
Neil Desai, Vice President, Magnet Forsenics
Rob Knoblauch, Vice President, Enterprise Security Services, Information Security & Control, Scotiabank
Iain Paterson, Managing Director, Cycura Inc.

Bob Tapscott,
Author, Blockchain Research Institute

10:35 AM – 10:50 AM


10:50 AM – 11:35 AM

What Type of Solutions Are Most Needed to Protect Critical Infrastructure?

Abstract: The security of critical infrastructure is top priority to cities, countries, and industries.  Many organizations are looking at the risks and challenges, and they are trying to identify the possible solutions.  This panel will discuss the needs of critical infrastructure, the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), and how to prioritize the possible security solutions.

Galina Antova, Co-Founder & Chief Business Development Officer, Claroty

Ben Blakely, Senior Manager, Information Security, IESO
Sanjay Chhillar, Smart Grid Cybersecurity, Siemens
Carey Frey, Chief Security Officer, TELUS Business Solutions
Tyson Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, CyberNB
Jamie Rees, Chief Information Security Officer, NB Power

11:35 AM – 12:15 PM

The Pros and Cons of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies: Their Economic Impact, Security Concerns and How Will This Shape The Future

Abstract: Cryptocurrencies and cryptotokens are a half-trillion dollar market and are likely to grow even larger. With over 1,500 cryptocurrencies and cryptotokens, and a thriving ICO market, combined with an ever-more interested regulatory community, this panel of diverse experts will address questions such as:

  • When will enterprises adopt blockchain in a mainstream fashion, and which blockchain will it be?
  • How will regulators handle privacy oriented currencies such as Monero and Zcash, and what is the impact on Anti-Money Laundering compliance?
  • The global center for Ethereum blockchain development is in Canada, in Montreal.  Will the Ethereum blockchain ever transition from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake?
  • How can cryptocurrency and cryptoasset forensics, security and anti-money laundering technologies be applied to financial institution threat intelligence and anti-money laundering?

Bob Tapscott, Author, Blockchain Research Institute

Mike Brown, Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, Isara Corporation
Taher Elgamal,
Chief Technology Officer, Security,
Dave Jevans, Chief Executive Officer, Ciphertrace

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

SINET Connects: Networking Luncheon

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Why Are Canadian Public and Private Institutions Not Buying Canadian Cyber Solutions?

Abstract:  There are many Canadian cyber solution suppliers to choose from, so why are many organizations in Canada choosing foreign products and services? What is driving the purchases- Superior technology? Pricing? Difficulty selling to the Canadian government? Other? This panel will give their thoughts on why Canadian businesses  are not buying Canadian.

Benjamin Bergen, Executive Director, Council of Canadian Innovators

Stan Engelbrecht, Director of Cyber Security, D3 Security
MP Randeep Sarai, Member of Parliament for Surrey-Centre
John Scott,
Chief Executive Officer, 2Keys Corporation
Gene Villeneuve,
Senior Vice President, Tehama Business Unit, Pythian
Greg Wolfond, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, SecureKey Technologies, Inc.

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

SINET Thinks Forward with Vivek Khindria, Vice President, IT Security & Risk, Loblaw Companies Ltd

Topic: Security Practitioners Perspective on the Cyber Security Challenge in Canada

2:15 PM – 2:55 PM

Models That Are Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals

Abstract: The global workforce will need tens of thousands of additional cyber security workers over the next decade, just to meet the industry’s ‘business-as-usual’ demand forecasts. This panel will look at some of the key issues around the cyber security workforce and look at how can we make better use of our existing talent as we develop education programs to produce more cyber security professionals. What are some of the key skills that employers should be looking for in their workforce, and how do we best utilize these skills?

Aliza Lakhani, Chief Executive Officer & Dean, Northeastern University, Toronto Campus

Terry Halvorsen, Chief Information Officer & Executive Vice President, IT Mobile, Samsung Electronics
Edward Kiledjian, VP of Information Security, Compliance & Chief Information Security Officer, Opentext
Tyson Macaulay, Chief Product Officer, Infosec Global
Marc MacKinnon, Deputy to National Cyber Risk Managing Partner, Deloitte Canada
Aman Raheja,
Chief Information Security Officer, BMO Financial

2:55 PM – 3:35 PM

How To Be A CISO’s Partner and Not An Annoyance: Building a Purpose Driven Culture

Abstract: CISOs are barraged with an overload of solution providers and more innovations enter the market every day. There is a lot of overlap and the noise is difficult to filter through. What is real and what is not? Hear directly from CISOs about the most critical issues they are facing today and how they prioritize initiatives. They will discuss their tips for how they quickly evaluate new technology, and how solution providers can partner with them to get to the right solutions for their businesses.

Tim McKnight, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, Thomson Reuters

Samer Adi, Head of Information Security & Internal Controls, Indigo
Jason Barr, Chief Information Officer & Chief Information Security Officer, Aptean
Ruchir Kumar, Director-Cyber Security Governance, RBC Royal Bank
Christian Schreiber, Chief Information Security Officer, Canada, BNParibas
Cory Weech,
Vice President, IT Security and Infrastructure, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

3:35 PM – 3:50 PM


3:50 PM – 4:30 PM

What Investment Trends Are Gaining Traction In The Venture Capital Community

Abstract:  Unlike Silicon Valley, Canadian innovators have found Canadian investors to be risk averse. Early stage funding can be difficult to find.  This panel from the venture capital/investment community will discuss the challenges they see for Canadian cybersecurity entrepreneurs, as well as the emerging technologies in which they see an interest, the things that turn them away from potential investments, and ways they see enterprise companies and government helping to improve the investment landscape.

Robert D. Rodriguez, Chairman & Founder, SINET

Mads Mihailescu, Chief Technology Officer & Impact Team Leader, Georgian Partners
Rich Osborn, Managing Partner, TELUS Ventures
Ken Taylor,
Chief Executive Officer, KYVR

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

How Can We Stay Ahead of the Threat and Attack Curve

Abstract:  It used to be a three year window that CISOs had as they tried to stay ahead of the threat and attack curve in order to protect their networks but this is no longer the case. This window has shortened to one year and even less as the adversary continues to move at warp speed and with little or no barriers to slow them down. Technological advances in AI and Machine learning are advancing the security field but is also allowing bad guys to scale and move faster. How do we keep technology, frameworks, policies, processes current in order to and stay ahead of these nefarious actors? The complexity of our environments are making it harder to secure and the bad guys are leveraging their community to gain the asymmetrical advantage over us.

Fiazz Walji, Country Manager Canada, Sentinel One

Robert Blumenthal, Chief Identity Officer, EnStream
Matt Broda,
Technical Fellow-Security, Bell
Diana Burley, Professor, George Washington University & Executive Director & Chair, Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection
Richard Rushing, Chief Information Security Officer, Motorola Mobility
Mike Spanbauer, Vice President, Security Test & Advisory, NSSLabs

5:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Closing Keynote

Keynote Speaker: Scott Jones, Head, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Topic: Collaborating for Canadian Innovation in Cyber Security

5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Robert Rodriguez, Chairman & Founder SINET

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

SINET Connects: Networking Reception

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