Toronto CISO Inner Circle

March 26, 2019 | The Spoke Club

March 26, 2019
The Spoke Club

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

Adam Evans

Royal Bank of Canada
VP, Cyber Operations & CISO

Bobby Singh

Toronto Stock Exchange
CISO & Global Head of Infrastructure Services

Jeff Stark

IGM Financial Inc.
Vice President Technology Risk & CISO

Stephen Weston

Canadian Tire
VP, IT Governance & CISO


March 26, 2019

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

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Digital Transformation in a Security-Conscious World

Salman Ashraf headshot

Salman Ashraf

Director IT Security and Risk

Travelers Canada

Keith Benedict headshot

Keith Benedict

Director IT Security, Audit and Compliance

Postmedia Network Inc

Andrew Faber headshot

Andrew Faber

Director of Information Security

Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Robert Fritz headshot

Robert Fritz

Director, Cybersecurity

Emera Inc.

Ian Gacayan headshot

Ian Gacayan

Technical Information Security Leader

Procter & Gamble Company Canada

Joe Quigg headshot

Joe Quigg

East and Canada Area Director, Security and Risk


Chris Russel headshot

Chris Russel


York University

Ravi Sivapalan headshot

Ravi Sivapalan

Director, IT Architecture & Information Security


Isaac Straley headshot

Isaac Straley

Chief Information Security Officer

University of Toronto

Digital transformation is more than a buzzword. It’s the upswell calling all organizations to adapt in order to be continuously and competitively relevant. CISOs who aren’t in tune with their organization’s digital strategy and landscape place the business, its customers and partners at risk. While rapid changes in technology (cloud, IoT, applied AI) place the business at risk if it fails to embed security and the CISO into its digital planning. Join your peers to uncover ways to design security-first approaches that can scale – rather than sink – your digital journey, from operations and service delivery to product development and innovation.

Secure By Design?

  • Where and how does security currently feature in your organizations’ digital strategy planning (roadmapping, hiring, product development)? Where should it come into the equation?
  • What areas of your organization are being most impacted by digital initiatives?
  • How are you defining digital transformation -- within security; in your organization? Your industry?

Organizing for Digital Transformation

  • Do you employ DevSecOps processes? What’s working and how?
  • Selecting a risk assessment process – how do you decide what fits your digital business needs? What frameworks do you use to evaluate digital opportunities?
  • How are you navigating the impact of legal and regulatory mandates on digital business initiatives?

Investing in a Secure, Digital Future

  • What new opportunities – and security measures – have your cloud transitions opened up?
  • Where are you applying/looking to apply capabilities like AI and machine learning to solve evolving security concerns in future (adaptive authentication, insider threats, advanced attacks)?
  • With whom in the business do you collaborate to explore and maximize new business opportunities (AI, quantum, blockchain)?
  • How can CISOs plan and allocate for anticipated digital needs in 2 years? 5? (talent development, ensuring critical infrastructure in place)?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

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

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour


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Toronto CISO Program Manager

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

Nick Hall

Senior Program Manager