Pascal Marchand

Senior Program Manager Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)

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.

Andrew Csinger

Technology Entrepreneur

Andrew Csinger is a seasoned technology entrepreneur directing or advising high-tech firms. He is the founder of several startup companies, and actively pursues university technology transfer opportunities and industry-academic research collaborations. Dr. Csinger holds several patents in internet security, sustainable resource management and related areas. He was Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of British Columbia and is currently with the Engine accelerator at McGill University. Dr. Csinger is a founding member of the Vancouver Institute of Visual Analytics and was on the Board of Advisors of ISSNet, an NSERC-funded research network focused on computer and network security. He has an engineering degree from McGill, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. Andrew is a graduate of the INSEAD International Corporate Governance Program (IDP-C).

Lynne Perrault

Senior Risk Operations Team Lead at Shopify

Lynne Perrault is the Senior Risk Operations Team Lead, tasked with ensuring compliance with Shopify’s payments gateway terms of service and fraud remediation. She was responsible for ensuring that the CRTC enforcement responsibilities designated under the new Canadian Anti-Spam legislation (CASL) are met. Ms. Perrault was a Computer Forensics Officer in the Electronic Evidence Unit (EEU) of the Competition Bureau, which is an independent Canadian law enforcement agency that investigates complaints and monitors businesses for fair practices. Formerly, she worked as Case Officer in the Fair Business Practices branch at the Competition Bureau conducting both criminal and civil investigations resulting in enforcement efforts. She has more than 25 years of rich experience in electronic evidence seizure, open source investigations, interviewing and statement taking, fraud investigations, infringing intellectual property and competitor Intelligence. She has also been involved in policy development and negotiated settlements.

Marie-Josée Hébert

Vice-Rector of Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation at the Université de Montréal

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

Senior director, Security and Innovation Desjardins Group

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

Executive Director of the Information Security Branch Province of British Columbia

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

Assistant Professor of Law and Technology at the University of Ottawa

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.

Benoît Dupont

Professor at the school of Criminology at the Université de Montréal

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

Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carleton University

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

Former Chief Operating Officer and President of Business Development of MITACS (retired)

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.

Gwen Beauchemin

Former Director at Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre CCIRC and Public Safety Canada (retired)

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.