Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Toronto CISO Community

Tom Bornais



Tom Bornais is the CISO at NAV CANADA and has more than 30 years of IT experience, the bulk of which he spent in the aviation domain, an area he still finds fascinating to this day. 

After college, he began his career with Digital Equipment Canada, worked at IBM, and ultimately started working as an IT consultant, before becoming a full-time employee with NAV CANADA for the last 20-plus years. 

A fun fact about Tom is that he enjoys playing live music with his four other band mates.

Learn more about the Toronto CISO community here.

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

With respect to cyber, after a few years as a system and network administrator, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to train as a computer forensics investigator, and I have had the cyber bug ever since.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

My guiding leadership principle is empowering others to be successful.

What is the greatest challenge CISOs face today, and how are you addressing it?

The greatest challenge is ensuring business innovation is matched with appropriate risk treatment and controls, a challenge given how quickly the digital world, and the cyber threatscape, are changing.

What is the key to success for someone just starting out as a CISO?

The key to success is to actively listen, ask questions and build trust.

How do you measure success as a leader?

I measure success as a leader based on how well teams perform and how engaged they are.

What is the value of being a member of the Evanta community?

Collaboration with similar challenged leaders is valuable.


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