Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie
Founding President & Board Member-CIO Association, Simon Fraser University
Security Advisor, Securonix
Darrell Arms, security advisor for Securonix, has delivered highly secure enterprise technologies for the GSA, Qualcomm, Invitrogen, Callaway Golf, Foundstone and VeriSign, among other companies and institutions.
Previously, Arms has consulted with company executives and senior technologists on complex security issues involving the use and management of technology to meet regulatory and compliance measures for the organization. He uses a holistic approach to solving each and every problem and is considered an industry thought leader within topics that include securitization of consumer data both in the U.S. and abroad.
Arms holds a bachelor of arts degree from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in information security from Capella University.
CIO, HSBC Bank Canada
Senior Manager of Cybersecurity, Canfor
Dr. Alma Barranco-Mendoza
CIO, Canadian Space Society
Dr. Alma Barranco-Mendoza oversees the comprehensive technology needs of the Canadian Space Society since 2013, including the fully cloud-based enterprise architecture and back-office systems, the national e-commerce website, the Canadian space asset map, and leads the program management, cloud, security and social media strategies as part of the CSS senior executive team.
Prior to this role, Barranco-Mendoza has held senior leadership roles at NerdForce, a global technology and cloud solutions provider, as chief marketing and information officer and VP of business development for Canada, and at Trinity Western University as CIO. She is a sought-after speaker, academic, and, amongst other awards and merits, she is the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan 2015 CIO Impact International Award in enterprise social networking, and is a finalist in the 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the technology, science and research category.
She holds a Ph.D. in computing science, specialized in artificial intelligence and analytics, from Simon Fraser University and M.Sc. and B.Sc. honors in computer science and mathematics from Trent University. She also completed independent courses in business administration, marketing and sales from Trinity Western University.
AVP, Information Security & Risk, HSBC Bank Canada
Peter Buckley is AVP, information security and risk for HSBC Bank Canada, where he ensures that the bank is aware of current and future threats to the availability, integrity and confidentiality of information and systems in an ever increasing cyber footprint. As a second line risk steward, Buckley is accountable for all types of information and cyber risk across Canada.
Buckley joined HSBC in 2007 and has over 11 years of banking experience working in a diverse number of security functions within the organization. Working on global teams for much of that time has honed strong interpersonal communication and remote team communications with colleagues in Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Mexico.
Buckley holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa.
ISO, Thompson Rivers University
Michael "MafiaBoy" Calce
President, Optimal Secure
Michael Calce is Canada’s most notorious white hat hacker, a cyber-security expert and author of “How I Broke the Internet and Why It’s Still Broken.” In February of 2000 at the age of 15, Calce launched a series of high-profile denial-of-service attacks against large commercial websites, including eBay, Amazon and E*Trade. It has been estimated that these attacks cost the organizations upwards of $1Bin lost revenue. Today, he is the president of Optimal Secure, a Montreal-based cybersecurity firm specializing in penetration testing.
Assoc. Director, Information Security Mgmt., University of British Columbia
VP Product Management, Einstein, Salesforce
Marco Casalaina, VP of product management for Salesforce Einstein, is in his second stint at Salesforce. From 2005 to 2010, he was one of the original developers of the Service Cloud product and subsequently its product manager.
Previously, he was VP of applications at RingCentral, where he ran RingCentral’s contact center and collaboration business units. Prior to that, he was VP products at machine learning startup KXEN, which was acquired by SAP AG in 2013.
Casalaina holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Cornell University.
Author and Leadership Expert
Justin Constantine is a former Marine and attorney and is now an inspirational speaker and leadership consultant. He survived a gunshot wound to the head while serving in Iraq. Constantine wrote his first book, “My Battlefield, Your Office;” which focuses on teaching mid-level managers how to lead people. Constantine is also a Presidential Leadership Scholar and leads a team at the US Chamber of Commerce focused on employment for wounded warriors and caregivers.
Constantine retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Constantine deployed to Iraq in 2006 with the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a Civil Affairs Team Leader while attached to an infantry battalion. While on a routine combat patrol, he was shot in the head by a sniper and survived. For his service in Iraq, he earned the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon and Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
More recently, he worked for several years with the FBI as an attorney on a counterterrorism team. In 2012 the Virginia Legislature passed a commending resolution highlighting Constantine’s continued support of veterans and other wounded warriors. Constantine was named a Champion of Change by the White House, and also awarded the prestigious inaugural 2014 Lincoln Award.
Kevin Desmond, CEO of Translink, is an experienced executive with a career built in the public transportation industry.
Previously, Desmond was general manager of King County Metro Transit serving the Seattle metropolitan region. At Metro, he oversaw a mix of transit modes, including buses, trains, vanpools and paratransit vans, as well as approximately 5,000 employees. In his 12 years of tenure, he helped to grow ridership by 44 percent and launch the ORCA Card, as well as light rail, streetcar service and several bus rapid transit lines.
Prior to that, Desmond was VP of operations and development at Pierce Transit in Tacoma, Washington. Before relocating to the West Coast, he acted as chief of operations planning for New York City Transit, which included bus and subway operations. He also served as Deputy Director in Mayor Koch’s Transportation Office and Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Desmond has a master’s degree in public administration from New York University. He serves on the board of directors for the American Public Transportation Association and is the first chair of the organization’s sustainability committee.
Vice President, Business Technology, Boston Pizza International
Cavin Green, VP of business technology for Boston Pizza International, is responsible for delivering support, solutions and innovation to all stakeholders, including business functions, franchisees, front-line employees and over 40 million guests each year.
Previously, Green held managerial and consulting positions elsewhere in the food service field.
Green attended SAIT, Athabasca University and the University of British Columbia and holds his PMP designation.
CIO, The Provincial Health Services Authority
Director Enterprise Systems and Deputy CIO, Thompson Rivers University
Manager, Enterprise Architecture & Security, City of Surrey
CIO, Best Buy Canada
Director, Technology and Communications, Board of Education School District #38
Ray Jung, director of instruction for technology and communication services at the Richmond School District in British Columbia, has been involved in technology for public school systems in B.C. and in California since the mid-1980s. His background in teaching as well as assisting the business end of the education system gives him the unique advantage of being able to provide leadership, direction and support for the school district in both education and operation areas. His current responsibilities include acquisitions, policies, security, software development, project management, communications and training.
Jung also serves as the chair of the Common Student Information Systems Consortium and as an executive to the Educational Resources Acquisition Consortium. Both organizations serve the technology and curriculum needs of public and independent schools across BC and beyond.
Jung holds and a B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia and an M.S. in educational computing from Pepperdine University.
Director of Technology & CIO, Vancouver School Board
Director, Operational Risk & CISO, Central 1 Credit Union
Director, Information Security, Teck Resources Limited
CIO, University of Victoria
Wency Lum is the CIO for the University of Victoria.
Previously, Lum was the CTO for the British Columbia government’s social sector, moving into that position after holding a number of senior positions in the BC government’s IT shared services organization, where she gained experience in ERP systems, business transformation, large IT projects, corporate software asset management, contract negotiation and cybersecurity.
Prior to joining the BC Government, Lum was a senior IT consultant working in IT audit and security in a variety of industries across the United States. She started her career as a systems specialist with the United Nations, working and travelling in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Lum holds a bachelor of science from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Victoria.
VP, Transformation & Information Services, BC Pensions Corporation
CIO, Douglas College
Ian McLeod, CIO at Douglas College, is a seasoned IT management professional with over 35 years of experience managing and directing a wide range of application and infrastructure environments. He has extensive, specialized knowledge and experience in the education sector, both post-secondary and K-12.
Previously, McLeod was director of IT services at Camosun College for five years, director of ITS at BCIT for another five and director of information management services at school district #36 in Surrey for 11 years.
McLeod has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Regina and holds certifications from CIPS, ICCP and the Chair Academy.
Futurist, Singularity University
Marjan has over two decades of experience working with Fortune 500 organizations to align their business, technology, and people practices. Specifically prescribing strategies for leaders from around the world on how to think more imaginatively about the future and embrace the mindsets, skills and behaviors to bring those futures to life. At Singularity University, programs to help educate, inspire, and empower leaders globally to apply exponential thinking and technologies. Marjan is also a frequent speaker on the future of business in this exponential era of disruption.
Marjan Mohsenin is Director of Strategic Relations at Singularity University, a global, future-thinking innovation ecosystem and accelerator headquartered at NASA's research center in Silicon Valley.
Practice Leader, CEB Global
Andrea Moreland is a practice leader overseeing the membership program from CEB, now Gartner, who supports heads of applications. Her work focuses on helping members overcome challenges in adopting agile and development operations approaches, encouraging high-performing business analysts and delivery talent and increasing the business impact of the applications portfolio.
Previously, Moreland worked on CEB’s IT infrastructure benchmarking services and outside of CEB as a consultant to telecom providers in emerging markets.
Moreland holds a master’s in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor of arts in economics and French from Washington University in St. Louis.
Sr Professional Services Consultant Red Team, Cylance
Matthiew Morin, senior incident response consultant at Cylance, is primarily responsible for overseeing a vast majority of Cylance’s incident response engagements occurring across the United States as well as maintaining and developing Cylance’s unique incident response methodology and toolset.
Morin has five years of technical experience in various capacities within information security. Previously, he was tasked with penetration testing, strategic table-top exercises and compromise assessment engagements, making him an extremely well-rounded resource available to every Cylance client. Prior to that, he was an associate in Stroz Friedberg’s Security Science organization where he was responsible for conducting penetration tests and enterprise risk assessments, as well as interfacing closely with the Stroz Friedberg Incident Response team.
From creating organization-wide information security policies to architecting and implementing network intrusion detection systems, Morin has proven to be a valuable asset in technical and strategic scopes.
He holds a B.S. in computer networking and information security with a specialization in cybersecurity and a minor in computer and digital forensics from Champlain College.
Chief Information Security Officer, Hootsuite
George Pajari is CISO of Hootsuite, where he is responsible for information security, risk management and IT general controls.
Previously, Pajari was the cloud security architect at Hootsuite, and before that, manager of network operations for Glentel's national digital radio service. He is a member of the British Columbia Government's provincial security advisory council and one of the organizers of the Vancouver BSides security conference.
Pajari holds a bachelor of science from Queen’s University and his professional certifications include CISSP-ISSAP and CISM
Chief Data Architect, Finning International
Nathaniel Payne, chief data architect for Finning International, leads global business, engineering and analytics teams that build and manage intelligence and technology solutions deployed across multiple continents. This includes cloud, analytics, real-time data, artificial intelligence, dynamic application and large-scale systems.
Additionally, Payne is instructor for the school of business at British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he designs and teaches upper level courses covering topics that range from statistics to simulation analysis. Previous positions include senior director of data analytics for Cymax.com and senior data architect for Cardinal Path.
Payne holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Simon Fraser University, a master of science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.
Sr. Manager, Enterprise Information Protection, Best Buy Canada
David Royer, senior manager of enterprise information protection for Best Buy Canada, is an information security leader with more than 20 years of experience in IT and information security.
Royer has successfully established information security programs in various industry verticals such as retail, SaaS, datacenter, hosting and internet service providers, and has a proven record of aligning security requirements to business objectives. Previously, he worked as an IT security consultant.
Royer holds a bachelor of science degree from Université Laval.
Manager, IT Security, Corix Group of Companies
Senior Director, IT, Canfor
David Trent has been an IT professional for more than 20 years with experience as a consultant, services vendor and CIO. He is currently the General Manager of IT for Canfor Corporation, one of the world’s largest producers of sustainable lumber, pulp and paper. In his role he has a mandate to integrate and transform the organization’s business systems and its IT organization.
Prior to Canfor, Trent was Director of IT and CIO for Methanex Corporation, a delivery manager for Avanade, director of sales technology at Intrawest, and operated a mid-sized digital consultancy serving clients across North America. Trent holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Simon Fraser University and is a CPA.
Chief Privacy Officer, University of Victoria
Bill Trott has been the University of Victoria privacy officer since 2008 and is currently the chief privacy officer. Previously Trott worked as the director of integration for ehealth privacy and legislation for the Ministry of Health in British Columbia from 2007—2008. He was the acting director and a portfolio officer in the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia from 1994—2007. Previously he was with the Offices of the Ombudsman in British Columbia and Ontario; Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office, Province of Ontario; and the Community Legal Assistance Society in Vancouver, B.C.
Trott graduated from the Faculty of Law at University of Victoria and was adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law at UBC. His publications include “Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy” in Annual Review of Law and Practice, The Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C., and a chapter in “A Legal Handbook for the Helping Professional,” second and third editions.
Director - Endpoint Detection and Response, Tanium