Pascal Marchand

Senior Program Manager

Mr. Pascal Marchand is the Senior Program Manager, Networks of Centers of Excellence for Canada (NCE) and SERENE-RISC Portfolio Manager. Its role is to guide and advise the network SERENE-RISC as well as to analyze and interpret policies for the needs of this network by taking part in the meetings of the Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining the NCE, Mr. Marchand held a number of project and program management positions with non-profit, pan-Canadian organizations.

Marie-Josée Hébert

Director

Marie-Josée Hébert holds a diploma in nephrology from the Université de Montréal and has postdoctoral training at Harvard University. She is a renal nephrologist and researcher at the CHUM, a professor at Université de Montréal's Faculty of Medicine and holds the Shire Chair in Nephrology and Renal Transplantation and Regeneration.

She is also Co-Director of Canada's National Transplant Research Program and has founded major interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research groups. Her work has enabled the discovery of new mechanisms at work in the rejection of transplanted organs. In 2015, Dr. Hébert won the Dr. John B. Dossetor Award from the Kidney Foundation of Canada in recognition of her outstanding contributions to kidney disease research. Marie-Josée Hébert is also Vice-President, Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation.

Jean-Sébastien Pilon

Director

Jean-Sébastien Pilon M. Eng., CISM, CISSP. is a Senior Director, Information Security, Desjardins Group.

Graduated from Université de Montréal and a master's degree in electrical engineering from École Polytechnique, Jean-Sébastien Pilon has been active in the field of information technology for more than 20 years. The beginning of his technology career started by developing several applications as an application architect at Giro, during which he worked for reputable companies, including IBM and Desjardins, gaining experience in exploiting technologies, the management of information security and the valorization of innovation. During the course of 2015, he successfully propelled a project born of collaboration between several Desjardins Business and IT sectors. In December of the same year, Desjardins Lab was launched. Since 2001, he has passionately participated in the sharing of university knowledge by taking on the responsibility of lecturer at HEC Montréal. Co-founder of the certificate program in information security at HEC Montréal, he pursues his academic mission by teaching the architectures of technological systems and the security of information.

Gary Perkins

Director

Mr. Gary Perkins is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Government of British Columbia. As the Executive Director of the Information Security Branch, he is responsible for providing cybersecurity services in support of the province. He has over 18 years experience in information technology, risk management, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the BC Government, he worked in the private sector as chief of staff for security at TELUS and, earlier in his career, led teams responsible for incident response, operations, delivery, and architecture for both corporate and managed security services customers. A certified information systems security professional (CISSP) since 2004, Mr. Perkins also holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University's Management of Technology program.  

Florian Martin-Bariteau

Director

Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau is an Assistant Professor of Law and Technology at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section and Director of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. As a legal scholar, his research focuses on Intellectual Property and Technology Law; with a special interest for Trade-marks, Blockchain, Secrets and Whistleblowers.

Peter Levesque

Director

Dr. Peter Levesque is the President of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization. Peter has 20 years experience working with governments, research institutes, and professional associations on issues of knowledge mobilization, including exchange, management, social media, transfer and translation. Peter is an experienced speaker, facilitator, and writer on knowledge mobilization, education, innovation, community and other complex social issues.

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Benoît Dupont

Scientific Director

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Dr. Benoît Dupont holds the Canada Research Chair for Security, Identity, and Technology, and also the Research Chair in Cybercrime Prevention, is a Professor at the School of Criminology at the Université de Montréal.

Benoît researches the organizational and technological aspects of changes in the public and private security sectors including identity theft, bank fraud, information pirating, telecommunications fraud, and emerging cyber security policies. Professor Dupont’s other research interests include governance of security, community policing, and public-private networks of security. He also has expertise in policing in Quebec and has co-authored several books on the subject. 

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Sonia Chiasson

Deputy Scientific Director

Dr. Sonia Chiasson is the Canada Research Chair in Human Oriented Computer Security and a Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carleton University. Her main research interests are in usable security: the intersection between human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer security. Her current projects are on user authentication, usable security for mobile devices, and improving end users' mental models of computer security, and collaborative security code reviews. Before moving to Ottawa, she was a full-time instructor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan and a member of the HCI Lab.

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Jim Brookes

Chair

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Mr. Jim Brookes is former Director of Business Development of Mitacs (retired), and worked in a variety of senior positions in Business Development, Marketing and General Management in the telecommunications sector. As Vice-President of Local Services at BC Tel/TELUS, he grew a $2 B market. While with TELUS he also served as Vice-President of Business Transformation.

He has served on a number of other national research network boards and was the founding Chair of the Board of the Internetworked Systems Security Network (ISSNet), a national research network in Internet Security.

Paul Beesley

Director

Mr. Paul Beesley started his policing career in 1986 as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) where he was assigned to various front-line policing duties. In 1996 he became a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and served as a detachment detective, a violent crime analyst, a financial crimes investigator and a homicide investigator.

As a member of the OPP, Superintendent Beesley’s cross-command leadership experience includes tenures as a Manager in the Professional Standards Bureau, the Director of the Anti-Rackets Branch, the Director of Organized Crime and as the Director of Behavioural, Forensic and Electronic Services.

Superintendent Beesley represents the OPP on provincial, national and international committees on policing issues that include Cybercrime, Organized Crime, Financial Crime and Intelligence. Superintendent Beesley holds a Master of Science from the Centre of Financial and Management Studies (CeFims) at University of London, England.

Gwen Beauchemin

Director

Mrs. Gwen Beauchemin is a consultant and Chief Executive Officer of Tillet Consulting. Her career spans over 30 years and includes Bell Northern Networks, Nortel, the Government of Canada and Payments Canada. Mrs. Beauchemin is an advisory board member to the cyber security programs at Northern-Eastern University & University of Toronto and Algonquin College. In addition, Mrs. Beauchemin is on the Advisory Board of Quantum Safe Canada. She holds the CISO accreditation and has an Honours Bachelor of Computer Science from Carleton University. She has been recognized for her technical leadership.

In 2016, Mrs. Beauchemin left civil service to become the inaugural Chief Information Security Officer at Payments Canada.