The Future of Cyber Security Symposium October 16

In support of Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM), an internationally recognized campaign held each October to advocate the importance of cyber security, Alberta Innovates is pleased to present:

The Future of Cyber Security Symposium


The future of cyber security is interwoven with emerging trends in information and operating technologies. Our lives and the devices on which we rely are becoming increasingly interconnected, including personal goods as well as industrial, commercial and government systems. Most of the data will reside in the cloud, and most processes will be automated with reduced user control and access. This will lead to incredible societal progression, but also a new cyber threat environment that we are only beginning to appreciate. With the escalating pace, complexity, diversity and impact of cyberattacks, it is clear that we need more sophisticated resources, tactics and strategies to address this issue.

We welcome all cyber security stakeholders interested in learning more and networking. We have an outstanding line-up of speakers including:

  • Jason Chen, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. Mach 37. Jason Chen is a business strategist, entrepreneur, and early stage venture investor with more than 18 years of experience leading business planning and consulting engagements for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and multi-national organizations in both the private and public sector. He brings his experience as a Techstar Entrepreneur-In-Residence and as the Director of their Startup Next Cybersecurity DC pre-accelerator program that was designed to provide cyber startups with expertise and mentorship. Jason is the founder of VentureScope, where he advises early stage startups and entrepreneurs. He also cofounded HackEd, a cybersecurity hands-on-keyboard cybersecurity training company, and WeatherAlpha, a weather data analytics company.
  • Marius Ghinescu, Director, Engineering and Technology, Raytheon Canada Limited. Marius is the Director of Engineering and Technology Innovation at Raytheon Canada. Marius is responsible for strategic Technology Innovation activities including outcome based strategy definition, innovation portfolio management, programs execution and impact assessments. Marius has over twenty years of international experience in the defense and commercial industries, occupying leadership roles on complex programs in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and ASEAN countries.Marius has a proven innovation track record for early adoption and pragmatic deployment of complex digitally intensive technologies using Open Innovation and System of Systems (SoS) methodologies. His major strengths include strategic planning, operational leadership and business development for sustainment and growth. He is naturally focused on identifying convergent opportunities, connecting diverse technical architectures, products and innovation frameworks as well as building highly collaborative teams.
  • Thomas P. Keenan, Professor, University of Calgary
  • Brad Pawlak, Partner Development Manager, Microsoft Canada. With over 22 years’ experience in business applications, Brad brings a wealth of knowledge in the advancement of technology and business solutions. Over that period, he has worked with large enterprise accounts to small business. His passion lays with helping Canadian small and midsized businesses gain competitive advantages in leveraging world leading business models supported by technology. Brad is active in mentoring future business leaders and advancing the Microsoft partner ecosystem.
  • Robin Winsor, President & CEO, Cybera. Robin is a technology leader and entrepreneur who has led several
    organizations from start-up to international success. Before joining Cybera as President and CEO in 2010, Robin invented and developed the world’s first direct digital x-ray system, and holds multiple patents in the medical,
    well-logging and seismic industries. He is a past recipient of a Manning Innovation Award, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to Canada.
    He is a staunch advocate for transparency and lower cost information sharing through advancements in technology.

Additional speakers to be announced.

If you cannot attend in person, please attend the live stream webinar via the link below. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the organizer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Cyber Security Webinar

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

09:00-12:00 (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)

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Conference ID: 22342414


UC developing professional graduate certificate programs

UCalgary CPSC is developing professional graduate certificate programs that will be of interest to infoSec professionals, especially those who want to further their education and earn recognition without committing to a full masters program.  Programs will include practical components featuring tools and utilities that students might actually use in the "real" world. Program developers seek suggestions for such tools and utilities. Especially, what are the common tools that are frequently used in professional infoSec environments?   


SPIE Bursary Awarded

The SPIE Bursary for study at the University of Calgary was recently awarded to Rey Jr. Italia of Calgary. This is the second year Rey has won the award. The award contributes 2,200 $ to further the studies of a Computer Science student with a concentration in Information Security. It's available to undergraduate students in third or fourth year on the basis of financial need and academic merit.
Rey emigrated to Calgary in 2011 from the Philippines with his mother and older sister. His father had preceded them, working for Cargill Meats, and brought his family over after he was established. Once Rey graduates, with his sister's help, it will be her turn to get an education and re-enter the workforce. It's the classic story of immigrant family bootstrap-to-success, and contribution to the adopted country.
Rey finished his high school at St. Mary's and went on to major in Computer Science at the University of Calgary. He is now in his fourth year. Congratulations Rey and family!