Calgary CISO Executive Summit

June 18, 2024 | BMO Centre at Stampede Park

June 18, 2024
BMO Centre at Stampede Park


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Calgary's top CISOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Increasing operational efficiencies and productivity within cybersecurity strategies

Making data-driven decisions to move digital business priorities forward

Using AI to improve processes and efficiencies while keeping up with the changing landscape

Calgary CISO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Ross Ballendine

Trimac Transportation
Vice President Information Technology

Jan Bradley

City of Calgary
Chief Information Technology Officer

Shaun Guthrie

Peavey Industries
SVP Peavey Technology & eCommerce

Kelly Hill

Keyera Corp
Vice President, Information Technology

Jason Hinchliff

Cenovus Energy Inc.
CDIO, Vice President Data & IT

Catherine Mendonsa

CISO, Director Information Systems Security & Enterprise Architecture

Olivera Zatezalo

Suncor Energy
GM, Cyber Security & Privacy

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CISO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Calgary CISO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


Executive Boardroom Sessions

Optimize Application Rationalization to Reduce Cost

CIOs are balancing an ever-increasing number of service providers which requires a strong vendor and application rationalization integrated into strategic decision-making. In order to allocate more funds towards innovation and differentiation initiatives, mission-critical systems need to be optimized, cost effective, and flexible.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Incorporate effective contract management
  • Strategies to avoid vendor lock-in
  • Financially optimizing the vendor portfolio

Navigating Cybersecurity's New Frontiers — Strategies for Resilience and Risk Mitigation

In 2024, CISOs face a cybersecurity landscape characterized by evolving challenges and transformative opportunities. Whether balancing the risks and rewards of innovation, investing in proactive threat prevention, automation and AI, or adopting nimble security models that reduce attack surfaces – the right cybersecurity strategies can enhance resilience and help mitigate risks amid rapid change.

Join this session to learn:

  • Crafting cybersecurity strategies for resilience
  • Mitigating cybersecurity risks in a shifting landscape
  • Optimizing team talent and resources to maximize protection

Keynote Sessions

Leading Resilient Teams Through Unpredictable Adversity

Lisa Thompson is a high-altitude mountaineer and former healthcare executive who beat cancer months before standing on the summit of Everest. Lisa later became the first all-American woman to summit K2, which is considered the deadliest mountain in the world. In her talks and book, “Finding Elevation,” Lisa shares the experience of climbing the toughest mountains in the world and the importance of teamwork, resilience and defining boundaries.

Join this keynote session to learn about the importance of:

  • Embracing change and overcoming challenges
  • Creating a supportive environment inside and outside the office
  • Defining clear roles and goals to build a strong, communicative team

Optimizing for Agility – Network and Security Convergence

Integrating a complex ecosystem across all security areas can optimize defenses without simplifying adversaries’ challenges. This approach balances robust security with efficiency, crucial for navigating generative AI and tech advancements. Achieving this requires strategic selection and consolidation of platforms to enhance agility, reduce risk, and maintain cost-effectiveness.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • The composition of an effective security architecture
  • Value you can derive from a converged networking and security platform
  • Common consolidation mistakes people make and how to avoid them

The Bio-Chemistry of Change and Leadership

Only change is a constant — and as IT industry professionals, we need to have the sensitivity to realize that the changes the world, industries, organizations and technologies are going through, have a direct impact on culture and biology. From remote and hybrid work to doom scrolling, organizational traumatic stress has impacted our biology, minds and hormones.

Join this keynote to learn more about:

  • Understanding how societal changes impact human biology and hormones
  • Leading and nurturing the human side of our teams and workplace culture
  • Supporting neurodivergent individuals such as those with Autism and ADHD

Breakout Sessions

Preparing for Battle — Getting Ahead of Security Challenges of Tomorrow

When it comes to GenAI and nascent technologies being rapidly adopted, CIOs and CISOs must be proactive and thorough in their planning efforts and essentially attempt to predict the future. Today, we know data, access control, and IP must be protected while delighting users amid a changing threat landscape. But what does tomorrow bring?

Join this session to explore:

  • How to take advantage of the AI opportunity while also developing a foundationally secure enterprise
  • Ways to ensure your data, policies, and practices are clean and secure to minimize the risk of AI usage
  • Developing guidelines and policies for enabling business leaders, employees, and customers to realize the AI opportunity

Which Side are You On?

Join a friendly discussion and debate with peers to challenge your ideas on cloud and security ease of access. Explore the concept of polarity and determine if you can have the best of both worlds.

Join this session to:

  • Build community through interactivity
  • Expand your thinking on polarizing topics
  • Understand the journey your peers are on

Embracing Innovation Through GenAI Use Cases

The present moment is unlocking GenAI's transformative power, but maturity across organizations varies. Technology executives are now looking to discuss GenAI use cases and organizational readiness.

Join this session to hear from executives who have:

  • Implemented practical use cases
  • Created an environment that’s AI ready
  • Considered security components for AI implementation

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Venue & Accommodation

BMO Centre at Stampede Park

Your Community Partners

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CISO Thought Leaders
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Community Program Manager

For inquiries related to this community, please reach out to your dedicated contact.

Aislin Courtis

Community Program Manager