SINET Canada


2019 Agenda
(2020 To Be Announced)

September 12, 2019

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

Trusted Information Sharing Programs & Fusion Centers Designed To Address Tomorrow’s Threat

Abstract:  Increasing your organization’s resilience in today’s cyber threat environment is something most companies realize cannot be done on your own.  Cyber defence, data integration strategies, trusted collaboration and information sharing models and fusion centers require a team effort along with best practices and automation. These collaborative efforts are more than just sharing indicators of compromise.  The panelists will explore some of the successful collaboration models that have emerged, i.e. working with the Canadian Cyber Center for Security.

Bob Gordon, Executive Director, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)

Susan Berezny, Director Information Security, Royal Canadian Mint
Ben Blakely, Vice President & Chief Security Officer, Hydro One
Larry Zelvin, Executive VP & Head, Financial Crime Group, Cyber, Fraud, & Physical Security, BMO Financial Group
Clark Smith, Head of Cyber-Fraud Threat Management, TD
Bradford Wilke, Acting Assistant Director, Stakeholder Engagement Division, US Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

9:25 AM – 10:05 AM

Actions That Are Mitigating The Exploding Business of Cyber Crime

Abstract: Cyber Criminal groups and actors today are sophisticated and have a broad range of capabilities. Defenders often struggle to keep up, and some are concerned that the criminals will outpace them. This panel will give their thoughts on mitigating attacks and will discuss questions such as:
-What approaches might be viable, or are currently being used to disrupt Cyber Criminal activities or supply chains?
-Is there a tipping point that we think will drive stronger actions or closer cooperation amongst Law Enforcement and Intelligence communities globally?
-What advice would you give to organizations who are currently being targeted or may be the target of Cyber Criminal groups?

Iain Paterson, Managing Director, Cycura Inc.

Michael D Ambrosio, Deputy Assistant Director, US Secret Service
SGT. Alexandre Beaulieu, Operational Non-Commission Officer in Charge of Operations, National Division Cybercrime Investigative Team, RCMP
Rick Haier, Advisor, PWC & (Former) Chief Security Officer, eHealth Ontario
Joe LoBianco, VP of Information Security, CIBC
Robert Wong, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

10:05 AM – 10:20 AM


10:20 AM – 11:00 AM

Mitigating and Managing The Disruption Created In Today’s Global Supply Chain – i.e USA, China

Abstract: In the 5G world, companies no longer control their environments. What are the impacts of managing privacy in this dynamic and connected environment? This esteemed panel will discuss many of the questions on industry minds such as:
Do we rebuild an entire new supply chain due to lack of trust? What do companies need to know today in order to keep them relevant and not being out innovated? Where is the digital world headed? What do you say to your CEO when asked about doing business in China and how the Trade War affects our business? What are the data transportation risks and opportunities? What type of threats from foreign nations are looming on the horizon?

Carey Frey, Chief Security Officer & Vice President, TELUS Security

Andrew Loschmann, President & Chief Technology Officer, Field Effect Software
Dr. Bartosz Wojszczyk, Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors, SPARQ Global
Olivera Zatezalo, Chief Security Officer, Huawei

Alf Zugenmaier, Professor, Munich University of Applied Sciences & Vice-Chairman of Security Group of 3GPP SA3

11:00 AM – 11:40 AM

Why Current Security Models Continue To Fail Us and How to Improve on Them

Abstract: Prevailing security tends to be niche oriented vs. potentially more effective macro level implementations. This panel will discuss whether current security models and products are falling short or if we simply aren’t utilizing them effectively. Panelists will be asked about their involvement and perceptions regarding contemporary solutions, where they see gaps and/or shortcomings, and how we can address them. The panel will also discuss whether stitching together the micro level data gives us the ability to react faster to possible incidents with greater confidence, as well as examine how technology teams are somewhat obsessed with shiny toys and seem to ignore boring but critically important basics.

Jason Barr, Chief Information Officer & Chief Information Security Officer, Aptean

Ray Boisvert, Associate Partner, IBM
Sandra Liepkalns, Chief Information Security Officer, LoyaltyOne
Greg Murray
, Chief Information Security Officer, Rogers
Nadine Nally, Lieutenant Colonel, Cyber, Battalion Commander, United States Army
John Weinschenk, General Manager, Enterprise Network & Application Security, Spirent Communications

11:45 AM – 12:25 PM

Vetting Emerging Technologies – How CISOs Identify, Evaluate and Purchase Solutions

Abstract: How does one keep up with all of the emerging technologies coming to the marketplace? It’s just one of the many challenges all security executives face, but a very important one, as being slow to adopt or adopting an inadequate solution may put one’s organization in jeopardy. How do CISOs & CSOs identify and evaluate new tech? This panel will discuss some of their methodologies and the lifecycle of security products, as well as share some of the best ways for vendors to interact with them.

Jay VanDerwerken, President, CyberSourcing

Paige Adams, Group Chief Information Security Officer, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
Paul Beckman, Chief Information Security Officer, US Department of Homeland Security
Zia Shah, Chief Information Security Officer and Managing Director, KPMG Canada

12:20 PM – 12:25 PM

Announcement of the 2019 SINET16 Winners

12:25 PM – 1:25 PM

SINET Connects: Networking Luncheon

1:25 PM – 2:05 PM

Balancing Privacy, Physical and Digital Risks In The 21st Century

Abstract: Where does the balance currently rest between privacy and physical/cyber security in the various industries? This panel of executives will discuss how they address privacy concerns around security measures when implementing security processes within their organizations. Hear their responses to questions such as: How do you navigate risks in your industry and what challenges do you face around privacy issues that arise while attempting to mitigate threats? What do you see as the most concerning and pervasive cyber and/or physical risks in your areas of expertise? And, how would you recommend physical security and cybersecurity leaders best align to tackle risk and manage privacy concerns for their business?

Nick Gicinto,Vice President, Executive Guardian, RiskIQ

Imran Ahmad, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Russell Bentley, VP Product, Digital Shadows
Mike Bryant, Corporate Security Manager, M&T Bank
Robin Gould Soil, (Former) Head of Conduct and Chief Privacy Officer, HSBC Canada
Hauke Vagts, Security & Compliance Specialist, Google Cloud

2:05 PM – 2:20 PM

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


Securing the Cloud – Perceptions and Reality


This interactive session will walk through several critical questions around cloud security and poll the experienced talent in the room using an anonymous survey tool. The results will be discussed, as well as a security practitioners perspective on the reality versus perception. The result will be an essential primer for anyone securing or using cloud. The take away for participants will include understanding potential gaps in their cloud security programs and a pulse of the Canadian benchmark on the maturity of cloud security as a practice, as well as insights into capabilities that are needed or need to be developed to manage the risks of using cloud.

2:20 PM – 3:00 PM

Best Practices That Help Identify, Monitor, Measure and Manage Insider Threat Risk

Abstract: Hear directly from security leaders about how they define, prioritize, manage, and address the wide range of critical insider risks faced today. This discussion will focus on identifying and answering the important questions: What exactly are we trying to protect – the endpoint, the user, the network or the data? How do we balance defending against malice vs negligence? How do we approach monitoring and surveillance in an increasingly privacy-conscious, and increasingly regulated, era? How do we identify all the tools we need in a chaotic insider threat solution landscape? Attendees will come away with the comprehensive insights and guidance needed to continue to build and shape effective insider threat approaches.

Christy Wyatt, Chief Executive Officer, Absolut Software

Jason Hall, Chief Information Security Officer, Enbridge
MK Marsden,
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Zytara
Richard Rushing, Chief Information Security Officer, Motorola Mobility
Julian Waits, Sr. General Manager, Cyber BU, DEVO

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM


3:15 PM – 3:25 PM

SINET Thinks Forward with Rick Geritz, Chief Executive Officer, LifeJourney


How Cybersecurity Disrupted The Golf Industry 


As leaders in CyberSeurity, we take data from our networks and apply machine learning and human heuristics to reduce risk and improve performance. Rick Geritz CEO of SwingAI shows how cybersecurity has transformed the golf industry by applying the same rules to human performance in golf.

3:25 PM – 4:05 PM

Workforce and Skills Development, Attracting, Hiring & Retaining Talent

Abstract:As the demand for cyber workers continues to grow, so does the need for contemporary tactics to attract and hire new employees, as well as develop and retain existing team members. This panel of cyber executives will discuss various programs that they utilize to expand their teams both in size and skill set, as well as compensate for shortages that may exist within their organizations and the labor force.

David Machlis, Founder, Intercast Staffing

Jamie Rees, Chief Information Security Officer, Energie NB Power
Sundeep Sandhu, Senior Director, Information & Cyber Security, Rogers Communications
Mike Webber, Chief Information Officer & Chief Information Security Officer, Blackberry
Dr. John Zangardi, Chief Information Officer, US Department of Homeland Security

4:05 PM – 4:45 PM

A Conversation with Nadav & Risk Executives: Building Trust Through Confident Security With Your Employees, Customers and BOD’s

Abstract: “Trust” is at the core of the debate about how our digital economy should function.  This panel will discuss How can enterprises maintain trust while pushing technology to the cutting edge? What are the different models of trust enterprises should aspire to? Is the goal of achieving 100 percent trust in our hyper-connected, multi-dimensional online world feasible?
Opening Remarks by Nadav Zavrir, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Team8

Mads Mihailescu, Chief Technology Officer, &  Impact Team Leader, Georgian Partners

Glenn Foster, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, TD
Karl Larson,
Director & Chief Information Security Officer, Corporate Security, TELUS
Nadav Zafrir, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Team8

4:45 PM – 5:25 PM

What Type of Solutions Do I Need That Are Not Available On The Market Today?

Abstract: I need 20 solutions but have budget for 5. How do entrepreneurs move from the “nice to have” to the “need to have” list? CISOs are barraged with an overload of solution providers and it is difficult to filter through all the noise, what is real and what is not. Learn how CISOs prioritize, early adopt, hear what types of solutions are important to them and what styles of salesmanship works and what does not and how a company’s culture is an important part of this equation. And are there times when an organization decides to build it because they can’t buy it? These panelists will discuss how they approach vendor meetings and how they challenge these companies to articulate ROI, value and why they should care.

Fiaaz Walji, General Manager/Country Manager Canada, SentinelOne

Omkhar Arasaratnam, Executive Director, Head of Data Protection Technology, JPMorgan Chase
Matt Broda, Technical Fellow, Security, Bell
Sahba Kazerooni,
Chief Information Security Officer, Aviva Canada
Bobby Singh, CISO & Global Head of Infrastructure Services, Toronto Stock Exchange
Vladimir Skoric, Senior VP, Immersive Labs

5:25 PM – 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Robert Rodriguez, Chairman & Founder SINET

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

SINET Connects: Networking Reception

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