Program - 2021 Annual Workshop

2021 Serene-risc Workshop

Event: 12th Annual Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Venue: Online - Order your ticket here.


The 2021 Serene-risc Annual Workshop will take place online, on October 20, 2021. The event will bring together researchers, professionals and decision-makers from industry, government and academia for a conversation on the state of Canadian cybersecurity. This 12th workshop will be the last one, as the network concludes its funding cycle and new national initiatives are ready to launch.

PROGRAM - Download the program in pdf

10:00 AM / Opening words
Benoît Dupont (Université de Montréal)

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10:30 AM / Session 1 – Keynote
The State of Cybersecurity: Current Failures and Emerging Solutions

Sasha Romanosky (RAND Corporation) followed with a discussion Keynote with Vanessa Henri (Fasken Martineau DuMoulin)

After decades of practitioner experience and research, the cyber security field still faces many fundamental problems which, collectively, reduce our ability to measure, communicate and manage cyber risk. In this talk, I will describe some of these failures and challenges that persist within the cyber security industry. However, I will also discuss some of the emerging solutions that attempt to fill these gaps, including cyber insurance, software bill of materials (SBOM), Cyber NTSB, Bureau of Cyber Statistics, cyber insurance, and other data-driven efforts, and I will discuss why I think these may (or may not) succeed.

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12:00 PM / Lunch break

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13:00 PM / Session 2 – Interactive Debate
Improving SME cybersecurity

Pascal Fortin (KPMG), Claudiu Popa (Knowledge Flow Foundation), Fiona Westin (SERENE-RISC), Jasmin Guénette (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)

The recent wave of ransomware and supply-chain attacks has demonstrated that SMEs remain exposed and vulnerable to sophisticated risks for which they are still under-prepared.  What policy and practical measures can be implemented to help them improve their awareness and capacity to protect against these risks?

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14:30 PM / Coffee break

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15:00 PM / Session 3 – Interactive Debate
Cybersecurity R&D in Canada

Jennifer Quaid (Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange), Atty Mashatan (Ryerson University), Sinead Tuite (ISED), Michele Mosca (University of Waterloo)

To leverage the economic opportunities that cybersecurity offers Canada and keep up with the constant innovation deployed by malicious attackers, much closer collaboratives ties must be developed and sustained between academic researchers, industry, and government stakeholders. What has been achieved to date in Canada, what has held us back, and what gaps need to be filled?

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16:30 PM / Closing remarks
Benoît Dupont (Université de Montréal)


Scientific Committee

  • Sonia Chiasson, Carleton University (Chair)
  • Benoît Dupont, Université de Montréal (Chair)
  • Saeed Abu-Nimeh, Seclytics
  • Jean-Ian Boutin, ESET
  • Luc Dancause, Sapiens conseils
  • José Fernandez, Ecole Polytechnique Montréal 
  • Richard Frank, Simon Fraser University
  • Christian Leuprecht, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Helen Tang, Defence R&D Canada