Toronto CISO Inner Circle

September 27, 2023 | Vantage Venues

September 27, 2023
Vantage Venues

Collaborate with your peers

Join Toronto's top CISOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Securing AI, Automation and New Technology

Navigating Legal and Compliance

Empowering the Business to make Faster, Smarter and more Secure Decisions

Toronto CISO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Michael Dundas

Global Head (AVP) of Cyber Protection, Architecture and Engineering

Sandra Liepkalns

Choice Properties REIT
VP, Information Security & Data Governance

Ranjika Manamperi

Ontario Power Generation
VP Cybersecurity & CISO


September 27, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Securing the Next Frontier

Assaf Afek-Levy headshot

Assaf Afek-Levy


GFL Environmental

Taher Afridi headshot

Taher Afridi

Deputy Chief Compliance Officer


Aamir Bhaijiwala headshot

Aamir Bhaijiwala

Director Information Security

Chartwell Retirement Residences

Elena Carroll headshot

Elena Carroll

Director, Information Security

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

Alpha Chan headshot

Alpha Chan


Toronto Police Service

Wayne Cross headshot

Wayne Cross

Director, IT Security and Operations

Borden Ladner Gervais

Agnelo Dias headshot

Agnelo Dias

VP, Information Security & IT Risk

IGM Financial

Brent Fawcett headshot

Brent Fawcett

Head of Information Technology / CISO


Marjorie Hechavarria headshot

Marjorie Hechavarria

Director Cyber Defense

John Hancock

Nadeem Hussain headshot

Nadeem Hussain

Director, Information Security (CISO)

Grant Thornton LLP (Canada)

Abdul Karim headshot

Abdul Karim

Director IT Security & CISO

Unity Health Toronto

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Raj Utraja

VP of Technology & Chief Information and Security Officer

Gore Mutual Insurance Co.

Cybersecurity is heading into another season of massive change. With the explosion of generative AI, new regulations from the SEC and the continued increase of advanced attacks, CISOs must guide the enterprise safely through this next evolution. Add in economic uncertainty and the business's need to improve efficiencies, increase productivity and support business growth, and you have CISOs rising up to face their next big challenge.

Simply adding technology is not enough to increase speed and agility across the enterprise, and it certainly doesn't make the business more secure - In fact, it can open the enterprise up to unknown risks. CISOs must support and empower the business to securely invest in the right tools to maximize effectiveness and make faster, better and more secure decisions.

Securing AI, Automation and New Technology

  • What goals does your company have around investing in AI and automation? What security challenges are you facing when it comes to those goals?
  • What is your opinion on generative AI adoption and how do you effectively communicate your position to the CEO and the board?
  • What business opportunities or threats does the increased use of generative AI pose? How do you assess organizational preparedness? How are your vendors using AI?
  • How are you using AI to bridge your skills and talent gaps?

Navigating Legal and Compliance

  • How are you moving toward a more cohesive, enterprise-wide security and compliance posture?
  • How are you preparing for and navigating updated and potential new regulations coming from the SEC, OSFI, Bill C-26, etc.?
  • How are you building a supportive working relationship with your legal team and regulators?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.



Parking Lots Nearby

P1 - 150 KING ST. W

Enter from Pearl Street off of York Street or University. 

P2 - 48 YORK ST.

Enter from the left lane off York Street (one-way northbound).


Enter from the right lane of University Avenue (southbound) at Front Street. Taken the lane under the “Front St./Eastbound sign and look for the down ramp to the left. After entering, drive to the far end (north) and go to the upper level before parking. The staircase entrance to King Street will bring you to street level right across King Street from the Sun Life Tower.


Enter from the right lane off Adelaide Street (one-way eastbound). There is an aboveground parking garage on the south side of Adelaide between John Street and Simcoe Street.


Enter off Wellington Street (one-way westbound) under Roy Thomson Hall. This is the underground parking for Roy Thomson Hall just west of Simcoe Street off Wellington Street. After parking, walk through the Roy Thompson Hall box office onto King Street and follow the signs to the St. Andrew’s subway.


From right lane of University Avenue southbound, turn right onto Pearl Street. Our look-alike neighbour at 200 King Street West has one level of pay and display parking. We are located across University Avenue in the Sun Life Financial Tower. Space may be limited if arriving after 8am. There are reasonable evening rates.

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