Canada IT & Security Leaders Forum Agenda

The world now depends on the digital economy. IT is central to the organization’s successful response and there are four pillars of strength required: recoding the institutional DNA, treating security as survival, responding to the new relationship with work, and reducing the bureaucratic burden.

Speaker: Mark Roman, Managing Partner, Info-Tech Research Group

Presented by: Info-Tech Research Group

Zero Trust has got to be one of the most talked about themes in cyber security.  While the term means different things to different people, there are two things that can be agreed on:  it’s a journey worth taking and microsegmentation is a key pillar of that journey. The next question always is how do you get started?

Regardless of the sophistication of ransomware, the end goal is always the same:  get in through a vulnerability and move laterally through your network.  Join this presentation as we help peel back the layers to provide you simple steps to protect yourself from these threats that include:

  • Gaining visibility to where you are the most vulnerable
  • Closing risky ports 
  • Leveraging tools you already have in place without adding layers of complexity

While the journey can seem intimidating, we’ll help you realize that it doesn’t take a team of 100 or a PhD to deploy zero trust microsegmentation that will protect your organization and keep ransomware at bay.

Speaker: Faraz Aladin, Sr. Director, Product & Technical Marketing, Illumio

Presented by: Illumio


Following the success of Isaac Sacolick’s first book, Driving Digital, in this keynote, Isaac will share stories and insights from his new book publishing this summer, Digital Trailblazer: 

Essential Lessons to Jumpstart Transformation and Accelerate Your Technology Leadership. Your business needs more transformation leaders – what Isaac calls Digital Trailblazers—who can lead teams, evolve sustainable ways of working, develop technologies as competitive differentiators, and deliver business outcomes. This keynote highlights who are Digital Trailblazers, how to empower them, and what practices they will need to drive digital transformation.                    

Speaker: Isaac Sacolick, Bestselling Author, Top Social CIO/CDO, Digital Transformation Influencer, Star CIO

In 2021 we’ve seen major changes in the way that cyber-attacks, including ransomware, unfold. While the concerns and challenges are real, there is a framework to assist in enhancing your cyber-resiliency. Join this session to learn about:

  • Recent trends for protecting your organization from malicious attacks
  • Best practices to put your data in a better position mitigate and remediate against ransomware
  • Lessons learned from actual ransomware attacks
  • And more!

Speaker: Jeff Reichard, Vice President, Public Sector & Compliance Strategy, Veeam

Presented by: Veeam


Building a compelling business case for digital transformation is a challenge faced by many technology leaders. It becomes even more complicated when the change beneficiaries are not the funders, and the choice to invest in technology feels like it is taking services from our most vulnerable citizens. Helen Knight, an award-winning leader of non-profit digital transformations will share how she modernized emergency shelters and food banks, and how she uses technology to optimize services for people struggling with poverty. Helen will also share ways technology leaders can use their skills to help people today, and invite you to help solve the challenges ahead.

Speaker: Helen Knight, Transformation Consultant, Helen Knight Consulting

Fast-moving cyberattacks can strike at any time, and security teams are often unable to react quickly enough. Join to learn how Autonomous Response takes targeted action to stop in-progress attacks without disrupting your business. The discussion includes real-world threat finds.

Explore today’s threats and challenges and learn how advances in AI have been leveraged to allow for very surgical actions to be taken autonomously – where humans can no longer react fast enough. 

Speaker: Maria Fung, Technical Manager, Darktrace 

Presented by: Darktrace

In most markets, there is an abundance of open IT jobs with fewer people able to fill them – and the positions are getting more expensive. Working remotely is the norm, but not optimal (usually). There is less off-shoring and more resources are focused locally or within the same hemisphere.

Additionally, we are still not recruiting enough woman and minorities into the rank and file, especially senior IT roles, and we’re losing talent to major tech hubs.

Join us at the roundtable with your peers as we dive into solutions to tackle the following challenges:

  • How do you scale staff / team without losing them to major tech hubs?
  • How do you create more diversity – not only among race and gender – but diversity of thought – Old vs New Thinking?
  • How do we mentor universities to implement actionable steps for supplying more IT talent?

Moderator: Helen Knight, Transformation Consultant, Helen Knight Consulting


Sasha Einwechter, General Manager Information Technology, City Of Guelph

Priya Sirwani, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Fiera Capital

Claude Sam-Foh, Manager, Enterprise Architecture & Governance, Centennial College

These are incredibly turbulent times in the cybersecurity space: threat vectors and volumes are rising exponentially, ransomware attacks are making primetime news slots, and international diplomats are moving cyberwarfare to the top of the priority list. Security teams are at the center of the storm, in a war of attrition against nation states, ransomware gangs, and other well-funded bad actors. How can we ensure that companies and employees remain protected in an ever changing cyber threat landscape? During this session, we will examine the evolution and ever-increasing sophistication of cyber-attacks today. We will look at why current security defenses, including EDR, are failing to identify and prevent these new and sophisticated cyber threats, and how a prevention-first approach is the answer to ensure malware never executes in your environment

Speaker: Matthew Connelly, Vice President of Sales, Deep Instinct

Presented by: Deep Instinct

In today’s world, information is everywhere. While it’s easy to find, collect, and aggregate, the hard part is turning that data into intelligence you can trust. Recorded Future’s Insikt Group understands this challenge all too well, dedicated to using machine + human analysis on the dark web and thousands of other sources to track threat actors and their activities. Join Jared Der-Yeghiayan, Director of Advanced Cybercrimes & Engagements to understand how important machines and humans are to having a powerhouse security intelligence team, and why machines can’t fully automate analysts’ jobs.

Speaker: Jared Der-Yeghiayan, Director for Advanced Cybercrimes & Engagements, Recorded Future

Presented by: Recorded Future

The increase in the number of devices, device types, users, and solutions makes it more challenging and important than ever to manage and secure our environments. Join this roundtable discussion to share your best practices and common pitfalls when it comes to focusing on the fundamentals of asset management and cyber health.


Isaac Sacolick, Bestselling Author, Top Social CIO/CDO, Digital Transformation Influencer, Star CIO


Wayne Cross, Director Cyber Security and Infrastructure, Borden Ladner Gervais

Manon Blanchette, IT Security Director, Desjardins

You’ve just stepped into your new IT leadership role. Your first 90 days in a new IT leadership role should be focused on learning. Investing this time will help you understand the current state, appreciate the culture and inform your strategy. Prioritize these steps to kickstart improvement:

  • Understand your job. Learn the organization and industry you are in
  • Define and revise measurements for success
  • Articulate your vision and strategy
  • Organize people for success
  • Build culture
  • Revise processes for success & delivery, and suitable for the environment and the times
  • Upgrade technologies

Speaker: Michael Barr, CIO, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

Your security team manages risks that affect business units and functions across your entire organization. Security is threaded through every aspect of your business, and your decisions have never mattered more. On a daily basis, you make decisions that affect day-to-day operations, data and system security, executive-level strategy and direction and quite possibly, the future success of your organization. Security leaders straddle the lines of executive, strategic, and tactical decision making, and must be experts at navigating all three of these levels. We’re wearing many hats, often switching between them from meeting to meeting, and it’s imperative that we can effectively communicate and drive decisions that improve and mature our security efforts across the board.

This session will explore ways to enhance engagement with technical teams, business units and executives alike, while still maturing your security program to be more efficient and effective at managing and mitigating risk. Concepts and topics covered will include:

  • The 3 levels of decision making you must navigate on a daily basis and how they impact the rest of the organization
  • Applying meaningful metrics to demonstrate value to executives and mature program operations for optimal effectiveness
  • Finding program gaps where remediation efforts or SLA compliance is lagging, and taking steps to help affected teams improve and succeed
  • How Tenable helps to improve operational efficiency, address threats and vulnerabilities faster, and demonstrate tangible business value at all levels of the organization

Speaker: Nathan Wenzler, Chief Security Strategist, Tenable

Presented by: Tenable

Check back for updates on this session.

Speaker: Steve Magowan,

The world is being challenged by unprecedented and compelling forces: an ongoing pandemic, economic pressures underlined by supply chain issues, rising inflation, interest rate hikes and a potential recession on the horizon. To rise to the occasion, faced with so many challenges, businesses are striving to maintain operational efficiencies and settle into a new modus operandi that strikes the delicate balance between safety of their workforce and productivity. The global talent re-shuffling is certainly not helping. More than ever, leaders have to find means and ways to stay connected to their workforce and sustain employee engagement in a new hybrid setup. These new paradigm shifts are shaking the fundamental core of organizations; their culture is being put to test. This interactive session will highlight the components of culture and sharpen the leadership skills required to tackle this new reality.

Speaker: Akshay Bissoon, CIO &  CISO, Lussier


Sylvie Martineau, IT Solutions and Management Director of SIIATH, Héma-Québec

Alexandre Lupien, CIO, College Ahuntsic

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