Toronto CISO Executive Summit

May 31, 2023 | Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

May 31, 2023
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Toronto'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:

Setting expectations and navigating challenges in third-party relationships

Collectively conquering the challenges of the steadily-competitive talent hunt

Charting the trajectory of security executives now speeding toward new responsibilities

Toronto CISO Governing Body

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


Michael Dundas

AVP, Cyber Protection

Sandra Liepkalns

Choice Properties REIT
VP, Information Security & Data Governance

Ranjika Manamperi

Ontario Power Generation
VP Cybersecurity & CISO

Mike Melo

VP Technology Shared Services & CISO

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 Toronto 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.


Breakout Sessions

Gaining the Upper Hand - Offensive Threat Elimination

During a breach, it’s easy to feel like your options are limited. But there’s one recourse you likely haven’t tried – Offense. With the power of your team and the support of cyber law enforcement, you may be able to permanently shift the threat landscape. 

Join this paradigm-destroying executive session and: 

  • Hear why some executives say we’re going too soft on threat actors
  • Take a break from goal tending to consider your potential as a striker
  • Identify and overcome the political hurdles holding you back

Flipping the Asymmetry with Attackers - An Interactive Wargame

It’s time to play!

Preparing for a cyber crisis is imperative and can determine whether it becomes a major catastrophe or a manageable incident. What needs to be done in the first hours of a highly disruptive incident? What are the common options, dilemmas and pitfalls? And how can we get it right? Join our interactive incident simulation, based on a true story. Your decisions as executives will be presented and help shape the future of the victim organization.

During this session, we will:

  • Leverage the wisdom in the room to tackle complex challenges and get ahead of the attackers
  • Understand the impact of technical and stakeholder management decisions on the business
  • Discuss key pitfalls commonly overlooked by security teams

Security Strategies for a Robust Threat Management Program

Despite a dynamic threat landscape and constantly changing malicious TTPs, CISOs must prepare their organizations to thrive in growing complexity. From widely distributed infrastructures to high volumes of tools with different levels of control and responsibility, it can be difficult to maintain true visibility across environments. How can shifting from reactive to proactive threat management be incorporated into your security strategy to help achieve this?

Join this session to learn about:

  • Identifying blind spots due to information fragmentation
  • Understanding the challenges of your full attack surface and lowering those risks
  • Reducing the noise and stress being fed into threat management systems and pressure on teams

What Are We Doing? ⁠— The Current and Future Cyber Insurance Climate

The cyber insurance application process is taking longer and has become more complicated in the last few years. Premiums are rising. Leaders from organizations big and small are questioning the value of Cyber insurance. Don’t struggle alone. Now's your chance to field your questions with a practicing insurance broker, and the executives with whom he partners.

Join this session for:

  • Different perspectives on the changing cyber insurance industry
  • A chance to troubleshoot your cyber insurance concerns
  • Open conversations about the struggles and benefits of investing in cyber insurance

Keynote Sessions

Strengths 2.0 — Applying Design Thinking to Your Strengths and Weaknesses

John K. Coyle is the founder and CEO of "Art of Really Living" and one of the world's leading experts in innovation and design thinking. Through the metaphor of sport, learn how individuals and teams can use innovation approaches to identify and leverage their unique strengths (and design around weaknesses). Become empowered to solve old problems in new ways and achieve breakthrough results. Understand how to apply the “Design Thinking” process to business and personal challenges. 

This will empower you to:

  • Achieve breakthrough performance by focusing on what you do best
  • Decide what to delegate, quit or outsource, and plan to maximize team resources
  • Create higher engagement and more effective collaboration with customers and colleagues

Surviving the Shift — Staying Secure During Mergers and Divestitures

As a CISO once said, "A dog with two owners starves to death." In other words, when mergers and divestitures happen, responsibilities are split and then often neglected - leaving the enterprise vulnerable. The good news is, there are ways to stay ahead.

In this keynote session, you'll hear:

  • Ways of securing your operation in moments of division or change
  • Real, applicable lessons on living through business separation
  • Which key partnerships make the survival process that much easier


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

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Venue & Accommodation

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

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Nick Hall

Senior Community Program Manager