Calgary CISO Virtual Executive Summit

June 16, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm MDT

June 16, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm MDT

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Calgary CISO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

Building data and analytics capabilities for better business decisions

Creating digital business offerings to generate new revenue

Developing a comprehensive digital security strategy

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Ross Ballendine

Calfrac Well Services
Director, Information Technology

Brian Bench

CNOOC International
CIO & Vice President – Global IT

Steve Biswanger

Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer

Jan Bradley

City of Calgary
Chief Information Technology Officer

Shaun Guthrie

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
Senior Director, Information Technology

Kelly Hill

Keyera Corp.
Vice President, Information Technology

Jason Hinchliff

Husky Energy
VP & Chief Information Officer

What to Expect

Connect with your CISO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


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

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CISO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Calgary community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


June 16, 2021

8:00am - 8:45am  MDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Developing a Strategic Approach to Applications Rationalization

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Penny Rae


Alberta Health Services

According to Gartner research, CIOs will increase their enterprise software spending by nearly 9% in 2021. As they upgrade legacy software and expand their offerings, technology leaders must pay careful attention to business alignment in order to maximize the value of their applications, advance key digital initiatives, and remain agile in the face of constant change. 

Join this keynote to discuss best practices around:

  • Aligning your application footprint with your enterprise’s strategic objectives
  • Formulating principles for modernizing your application portfolio
  • Creating architectures that can evolve to meet ever-changing business requirements

8:45am - 9:00am  MDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  MDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

IT in the Driver’s Seat – Technology Propels the Business

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Mark Bryant


PCL Construction

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Shaun Guthrie

Senior Director, Information Technology

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association

As IT continues to outpace its past as a cost center, the CIO has become a catalyst for the digital business and the opportunity to drive value has never been greater. As IT leaders forge bold new paths for the enterprise, they must also navigate the vagaries of innovation, engage and develop a new generation of talent, and redefine the processes that facilitate transformation. Join your fellow CIOs to discuss business leadership in an age of technology and explore strategies for embracing your role at the heart of the revenue center.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Fostering a culture of innovation and managing risk while encouraging exploratory initiatives
  • Shifting the IT mindset to think in terms of quantifying business value and devising metrics to measure success
  • How to source and fund revenue-driving projects

9:00am - 10:00am  MDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Metrics That Matter – Confidence and Resilience in Your Security Program

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John Burger

CISO and Vice President of Infrastructure


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Keegan Bridgman



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Tolu Oni

Manager, Cyber Security & Governance

United Farmers of Alberta Co-Operative Limited

CISOs say that what they need most in their security program is confidence that people, processes and technology are working and effective, and that controls are in place to ensure resiliency in the case of a major event. But how do you measure that, and how do you effectively communicate across your organization’s leadership and the board?

In this discussion, you will learn:

  • Why traditional metrics fall short of communicating security risk and value
  • Which metrics have meaning for both boards and security teams
  • How the right metrics will benefit the business and win investment for security

10:15am - 11:15am  MDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Navigating a People-Centric Approach to Security

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Ryan Kalember

EVP, Cybersecurity Strategy


With remote work, organizations around the world are at a greater risk of cyber threats than ever before, and cybercriminals are taking advantage of the situation. In this session, you will examine the biggest challenges security leaders face, and why a people-centric approach to security is everyone’s biggest opportunity to better protect their organization.

In this session, you will explore:

  • How remote work and the move to the cloud has changed the nature of threats to data
  • The ways in which organizations are building controls to better understand and protect their employees
  • The impact of changing behaviors, employee culture and workplace environment on people risk
  • How today’s threats are informing your data protection practices/controls

10:00am - 10:15am  MDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  MDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Driving Business Value With Cloud Security Innovation

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Troy Davidson

Director Cybersecurity Strategy, Governance and Advisory


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Luke Sagoo

Director, Digital Risk & Cybersecurity

AltaGas Ltd

Whether you are just moving into the cloud, researching more options within the public cloud, or building your own private cloud, most leaders agree that this is the future of infrastructure as a service. But can CISOs have it all – both increased productivity and cost benefits within a secure cloud?

During this peer discussion you will explore:

  • Automation, orchestration, AI and machine learning cloud strategies
  • Nuances for hybrid on- and off-premise systems 
  • Ways to incorporate the cloud into a fully articulated security strategy

11:15am - 11:45am  MDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

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Jan Bradley

Chief Information Technology Officer

City of Calgary

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CIO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Calgary community. 

11:45am - 12:00pm  MDT Break

12:00pm - 1:30pm  MDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

June 16, 2021

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Program Manager