Toronto CISO Inner Circle

March 13, 2018 | Storys Building

March 13, 2018
Storys Building

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Toronto CISO Inner Circle.

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

Strategies for a risk-aligned, resilient organization

Developing and investing in the security workforce of tomorrow

Creating business value and supporting agile business operations

Toronto CISO Governing Body

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


Zaki Abbas

Brookfield Asset Management

Ana Andreasian

Director Technology Services and Solutions

Michael Castro

Loblaw Companies
Head of Information Security and Risk Management

Raheel Qureshi

SEB, Inc.
Security Advisor

Stephen Weston

Canadian Tire
VP, IT Governance & CISO


March 13, 2018

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Prioritization in the New Risk Landscape

Mohsen Azari headshot

Mohsen Azari

Senior IT Security Manager

Walmart Canada Corp.

Zaki Abbas headshot

Zaki Abbas


Brookfield Asset Management

Derek Browne headshot

Derek Browne


Northbridge Financial Corporation

Adam Evans headshot

Adam Evans

Vice President Global Technology & Risk Management

Royal Bank of Canada

Sahba Kazerooni headshot

Sahba Kazerooni

Chief Information Security Officer

Aviva Canada Inc.

Priya Sirwani headshot

Priya Sirwani

Chief Information Security Officer


Mary Ann Fitzsimmons headshot

Mary Ann Fitzsimmons

Director, Canada

Carbon Black

With demands coming from every angle, CISOs have to be strategic about resource allocation and where and how to invest in new technologies, approaches and tools.

How do you budget for a breach? Threat intelligence is part of the picture, but in this shifting regulatory environment, CISOs must choose how and what to safeguard across their portfolios.  

Join this dinner conversation and explore practical ways to manage and prioritize your security investments – from developing future CISOs to ensuring new business initiatives are not left vulnerable. Hear how your peers navigate competing priorities and leave with fresh ideas for funneling your best resources in the right direction.

Discussion Topics: Prioritizing Innovation, Aligning on Risk

  • How do you ensure that business and security priorities are in line with each other? What works, and where does this balancing act break down?
  • What criteria do you consider when prioritizing and allocating security resources? What areas are creating the biggest challenge? What unique demands of your industry impact this process?
  • Once you determine your priorities, how do you move from awareness to readiness to execution? How do you plan for multiple scenarios?
  • How do you enable value beyond protecting assets? Who are you enabling value for – Customers? Employees? Vendors? The public?
  • How do you get the business to see changing regulations, including GDPR, as a high priority responsibility of the entire C-suite, and not just the CISO, legal or privacy teams?
  • What are you doing to identify and divest processes, initiatives and tools that are overly time- and resource-heavy?
  • How should you best secure rapidly evolving innovation, such as the Internet of Things? What criteria do you use to choose where to focus investments in privacy and innovation?  
  • How can you push innovation within security and show wins when there’s such a long horizon for such innovations?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

7:00pm - 8:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour


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Senior Program Manager