Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Toronto CISO Community

Alfio Costantino

Director, IT Infrastructure, Support and Security

Canada Cartage

Alfio Costantino is a seasoned IT professional with over 25 years of experience in the retail and logistics industries. He is currently the Director, IT Infrastructure, Security and Operations at Canada Cartage, a leading provider of transportation and logistics solutions in Canada. He joined the company in July 2022 and is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the operations and activities of the IT infrastructure, Cyber Security and Service Desk teams.

Prior to joining Canada Cartage, Alfio was the Director of Infrastructure Engineering at Walmart Canada, where he led the design, implementation and maintenance of the IT infrastructure for over 430 stores, distribution centers and corporate offices across the country. He led Walmart’s IT systems, enhancing the performance, security and scalability of the company’s digital platforms. Alfio started his career at Walmart in 1999 as a Network Analyst and rose through the leadership ranks within the IT infrastructure space.

Alfio is passionate about technology and innovation and enjoys learning new skills and leading teams to improve efficiency and effectiveness through transparency, communication and enablement.

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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

I have always been a techie at heart. I enjoy working in the IT infrastructure space and spending my career supporting, designing, implementing and (early on) managing and leading teams within the infrastructure space. Security has always been a key factor in anything infrastructure services brings online. Recently, I had the opportunity to expand my leadership role to include Cyber Security.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

My guiding leadership principles are listening to understand and enabling the team for continuous learning and improvement.

With disruption being a key theme of recent years, where do you see the CISO role going in the next 1-2 years?

All business innovations have a digital technology touch point to create data and digital footprints. Therefore, IT leaders need to have a broader understanding within the organization and industry. They need to blur their responsibility to learn the ever-changing internal and external customer needs.

Be an ambassador to build and expand the data-driven decision-making culture we currently live in. As a Cyber Security leader in the increased cyber crime world,  it is critical to be a partner in all business areas to balance and protect company digital assets and the people they serve. 

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a CISO?

Ensure you have a mentor to challenge you. Keep your word. Be humble and acknowledge  your limitations.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.

I enjoy woodworking, vegetable gardening and do-it-yourself projects.

What is the value of joining an Evanta community? 

The value of joining the Evanta community is to learn and connect with peers of all industries, generations and cultures.

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