The Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) proudly presents the 4th Annual Collaboration Event

February 12, 2020  |  Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. ON

Theme: “Give and Take: why helping others drives our success”, based on the highly acclaimed book written by Adam M. Grant, PhD, Sociologist and top-rated Wharton Professor.  The research concludes there are three styles of social interaction; givers, takers and matchers. Despite popular myth, givers enjoy the most success in the long run and in fact create a contagious positive working environment driving exponential team success. The CCTX is a collection of givers, empowering trust and success.   Join us for a day of giving, learning and sharing excellence.

With CCTX membership more than doubling in the past year, we are moving to a larger facility for 2020 – The Beanfield Centre 105 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto.  More space – more sessions – more value.

This full-day event will feature a variety of guest speakers, breakout sessions and a Sponsor Gallery. Complimentary full breakfast and lunch will be provided, along with an end-of-day networking reception.

Link to Agenda

Link to Speakers


Attendance is for CCTX Members & Associates and is included as part of annual membership. The number of free tickets is determined by the category of your membership.  Additional tickets may be purchased for a fee.

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

We look forward to welcoming you at this event!


  • “One of the better security conferences I’ve been to in the last few years.”
  • “The speakers were more engaging than ‘bigger’ conferences.”
  • “Excellent panels of speakers. Valuable perspectives. Good exhibits. Well organized.”
  • “Good variety of content and lots of partners to interact with.”


Results from the CCTX 2019 Collaboration Event

Andrew Cheung

Dr. Ali Ghorbhani, Director of the Canadian Institute for Cyber Security

Lion’s Den 1st place winner

2020 Passport Winner










Featured Speakers and Panellists

Nikolas Badminton, Futurist: How can Canada lead in cybersecurity as a national community

Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected researcher, futurist, author, and teacher with over 35 years of coding, research, writing, speaking, and technology implementation experience. His mission is to drive world leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. He provides expertise in new technologies and promotes exponential thinking with a critical, honest, and optimistic view that empowers you to plan for today, tomorrow, and for the future.




Sandy Bird is the co-founder and CTO of Sonrai Security helping enterprises secure their data in the cloud. Previously, Sandy was the co-founder and CTO of Q1 Labs, which was acquired by IBM in 2011. At IBM Sandy become the CTO for the global security business and was responsible for the security division’s strategic technology direction. During his 5 years at IBM, Sandy worked closely with research, development, marketing and sales to develop new and innovative solutions to help the IBM Security business grow to $2B+ in annual revenue. In 2012 Sandy was named “Innovator of the Year” by the Canadian Innovation Exchange and in 2014 was honored to become an IBM Fellow, which is the highest honor a scientist, engineer, or programmer can achieve at IBM. Sandy has extensive experience in all areas of security with a passion for building large scale analytics platforms. Sandy is a member of the board of advisors for the Canadian Institute for CyberSecurity and enjoys being involved in the Canadian Cyber Security Ecosystem. Prior to IBM and Q1 Labs, he held a variety of technical positions at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in information technology, development and administration. Sandy studied Electrical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick and is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence for the UNB Technology Management & Entrepreneurship.


Brian Black, Senior Principle Architect & Technical Evangelist

Brian is a Philadelphia based Principal Security Architect with 15+ years of experience in Cyber Security and Intelligence. Brian leads Deep Instinct’s security engineering team, overseeing North and South American territories. He is a thought leader and technology evangelist with a wealth of knowledge on AI, Deep Learning, and Machine Learning. In his off time he can often be found on the lecture circuit giving talks around online security and state sponsored threat actors.



Bruno Couillard, Co-founder, President & CTO of Crypto4A

With more than 30 years in the security industry, Bruno Couillard, P.Eng., brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of technology and cybersecurity. He served 10 years as a Telecommunications Officer in the Canadian Forces followed with service for the Canadian federal government where he worked on multiple high assurance security designs and evaluation projects. He also held senior security consultant roles with the Canadian Cryptographic Modernization Program and the Canadian delegation on NATO standardization committees. Bruno is best known for his leading role in the development of the Luna hardware security module (HSM) and as the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Chrysalis-ITS (now owned by Thales). Bruno contributed in defining the PKCS#11 Standard, the API to cryptographic tokens, and has authored patents on security of root key transfer; time stamping; time synchronization; amongst others, and continues to develop new ones to this day. With Crypto4A, Bruno is developing the next generation HSM to address the impending quantum computing era while providing a modern cybersecurity environment for applications deployments adapted for cloud and edge computing. He is recognized as a thought leader in the cybersecurity and key management space and determined to continue improving the underlying security of our evolving digital world.


Dr. Ali Dehghantanha (CISSP, CISM)

Dr. Ali Dehghantanha (CISSP, CISM) is the director of Cyber Science Lab ( and Director of Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. His lab is focused on building AI-powered solutions to support cyber threat attribution, cyber threat hunting and digital forensics tasks in Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial IoT, and Internet of Military of Things (IoMT) environments. Ali has served for more than a decade in a variety of industrial and academic positions with leading players in cyber security and AI. Prior to joining UofG, he has served as a Sr. Lecturer in the University of Sheffield – UK. He is an EU Marie-Curie Fellow alumnus and an IEEE Sr. member. He received his Ph.D. in Security in Computing in 2011 and his M.Sc. in Security in Computing in 2008. 


Wadah Ely Aalaoui   GM, Enterprise Networks & Cloud, Bell Canada

Wadah Ely is the GM of the Networks & Cloud Connectivity Practice at Bell Canada, Canada’s #1 provider of broadband network and communications services to business and government clients. Wadah joined Bell in February 2018 after serving as Global VP at Ericsson for the Vodafone Group Partnership. He has held various senior leadership roles, being based in 4 continents, and brings over 18 years experience in Sales, Product Management, Operations, and Strategy in the Telecom & IT industries. Wadah is a Fulbright Fellow, and holds an MBA from Georgetown University and an Executive Management degree from The Wharton School of Business.


Dominique Gagnon   GM, Cybersecurity, Bell Canada

Dominique Gagnon is the General Manager of the Cybersecurity Practice at Bell with over 25 years of practical and educational experience in IT. Prior to Bell, Dominique was the VP Consulting Services at CGI managing the government vertical and leading the Canadian Cyber Security Center of Excellence Sales, Delivery and Operations. Dominique has expertise in P&L management, business engineering, strategic engagement management and infrastructure management with a focus on cybersecurity.  He has negotiated, implemented and managed numerous large outsourcing contracts and led transformations and transitions for several large organizations. Dominique also served for 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces.



Dr. Ali Ghorbani

Dr. Ghorbani has held a variety of positions in academia for the past 38 years and is currently a Professor of Computer Science, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, and Director of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, which he established in 2016. He served as the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick from 2008 to 2017. He is also the founding director of the laboratory for intelligence and adaptive systems research. He has spent over 28 years of his 38-year academic career carrying out both fundamental and applied research in the area of machine learning, cybersecurity, and Critical Infrastructure Protection. Dr. Ghorbani is the co-inventor on 3 awarded patents in the area of Network Security and Web Intelligence and has published over 280 peer-reviewed articles during his career. He has supervised over 180 research associates, postdoctoral fellows and students during his career. His book, Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems: Concepts and Techniques, was published by Springer in October 2010. He is the co-founder of the Privacy, Security, Trust (PST) Network in Canada and its international annual conference. He served as the co-Editor-In-Chief of Computational Intelligence: An International Journal from 2007 to 2017. He developed a number of technologies that have been adopted by high-tech companies. He co-founded two startups, Sentrant Security and EyesOver Technologies in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He is the recipient of the 2017 Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur Award, and Canadian Immigrant Magazine’s RBC top 25 Canadian immigrants of 2019.


Chris Hallenbeck, Tanium, CISO for the Americas

Chris Hallenbeck is CISO for the Americas at Tanium. Chris provides security leadership and operational insight gained from over 20 years in both public and private sector.  His focus is on helping Tanium customers ensure that the technology powering their business can adapt to disruption. 

Chris came to Tanium after almost 7 years of government service at the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). At US-CERT he designed and built their incident response capabilities, and restructured the team’s focus toward strategic remediation with a goal of building more resilient organizations. Over countless IR engagements both with government and private sector victims a common theme emerged: a lack of emphasis on IT security hygiene. 

Prior to joining US-CERT, Chris worked for RSA Security/EMC as a security engineer and with AOL/Time Warner on their global incident response team. He started his career as a Unix sys-admin at Binghamton University. When not chasing electrons he prefers to be 20-30 meters under the sea.


Mark Holub, Security Solutions Architect, Policy Compliance, Qualys

Mark Holub is a Subject Matter Expert for Qualys’ policy compliance solution. With 20 years of experience across IT Security, Compliance, and IT Audit, he has helped small, medium and large enterprises with establishing strong governance and control environments. He has significant experience with building Information Security and Audit programs.






Karl Klaessig, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Security and Risk

Karl is ServiceNow’s Senior Director of Product Marketing for Security and Risk and has over 15 years of experience in product positioning and marketing of enterprise security platforms, most recently from Product Marketing roles at RSA and McAfee, where he was responsible for the positioning of their security operations and automation platforms. While at RSA and McAfee he managed product positioning, launches, analyst relations and development and delivery of sales tools and online webinars. 


Maulik Limbachiya, Threat Intelligence Consultant, Team Lead

Maulik Limbachiya is a graduate from The George Washington University with a BA in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Information Systems and International Business working in the cyber security industry. He is the NA East Team Lead at Recorded Future and is focused on building threat intelligence programs for clients.  Before Recorded Future, he worked at Deloitte US working to create threat intelligence programs in the federal government and private sector. Maulik currently works remote out of NYC.




Paul J. Martinello B.Sc., MBA

Paul Martinello joined Energy+ Inc. in January 2013.  In his role as Vice President, IT Services, Paul provides leadership oversight to all aspects of the information technology services provided to the organization.  This includes providing input on strategic direction, IT business planning and budgeting, cybersecurity, capital planning, infrastructure architecture direction, software architecture oversight, IT risk management and technical project oversight.  Paul has over 30 years of experience in the Information Technology services business, including 7+ years in the energy sector as well the telecommunications, corporate security and financial services sectors.  Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration degree from McMaster University.  He also attended the Queen’s University Executive Programme and the MIT Technology Leadership Program.


Joe Mauko – Vectra AI – Regional Manager (Canada).

Joe Mauko is a former nationally ranked athlete & Canadian Olympic contender who brings agility & discipline coupled with over 11 years of Information Security sales experience & strategic account management, including complex enterprise cybersecurity wins in Canada, USA and EMEA. Specialty areas include: Security Risk & Compliance, Managed Security Services across multiple vendor platforms, Security Orchestration & Remediation, Proactive/Reactive Incident Response, Network Forensics and Digital Brand Surveillance.



Michele Mosca (DPhil University of Oxford, 1999)

Michele Mosca is jointly appointed with the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo. He is a founding member of Perimeter Institute, as well as co-founder of IQC. He is a Professor in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization of the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics. He co-founded the quantum-safe cryptography training program CryptoWorks21, the not-for-profit Quantum-Safe Canada, and the ETSI-IQC workshop series in quantum-safe cryptography, which brings together a broad range of stakeholders working toward globally standardized quantum-safe cryptography. He co-founded evolutionQ Inc. in order to support organizations as they evolve their quantum-vulnerable systems and practices to quantum-safe ones, and softwareQ Inc. to provide quantum software services and tools. His research interests include quantum computation and cryptographic tools that will be safe against quantum technologies, and he is globally recognized for his drive to help academia, industry, and government prepare our cyber systems to be safe in an era with quantum computers. Mosca co-authored the respected textbook An Introduction to Quantum Computing. He has received numerous honours, including the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2000-05), Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computation (2002-12), University Research Chair at the University of Waterloo (2012-2019), Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), SJU Fr. Norm Choate Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), and a Knighthood (Cavaliere) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2018).


Keith Rayle, Senior Security Strategist

Keith is a Senior Security Strategist at Fortinet with over 20 years of operational and consulting security experience. His experience includes executive level security consulting to large corporations, including program/portfolio creation and management. He has provided board level reporting, security strategy creation and implementation, and global business security integrations. Mr. Rayle has also acted as CISO for several large corporations. He has led large, technical multi-project teams at the program level, with oversight of multiple simultaneous and complex implementations of technical security integrations. He has designed and implemented all aspects of corporate security portfolios.


John M. Scott, CEO 2Keys Corporation, Chair, Crypto4A Technologies Inc. 

John is the CEO of 2Keys Corporation, now a subsidiary of Interac Corp. John is also the Chair of the Board of Crypto4A Inc. a post-quantum security company, a member of the Law Society of Ontario, a past Chair of the Trust Framework Expert Committee of DIACC, and a frequent speaker on technology and law. For 22 years 2Keys has provided a range of digital security and identity outcomes for the Canadian Public and Financial Sectors with a primary focus on identity and access management policies, operations, technologies and monitoring. 2Keys is ISO 27001, 27017 and 27018 certified, a Privacy by Design Ambassador, a DIACC, CIO Strategy Council and Kantara member, and possesses a commensurate range of security designations, accreditations and clearances.


David Shipley, Chief Executive Officer, Beauceron Security Inc.

David is a recognized Canadian leader in cybersecurity, frequently appearing in local, regional and national media and speaking at public and private events across North America. He helped build and refine the security awareness and incident response practice at the University of New Brunswick. Beauceron was born from that work. David is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Information and Communications Studies as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick.





Sam Smagala, Manager Cyber Security MNP – BAISc, OpenFAIR, CSIH, GRID, GIAC Advisory Board

Sam Smagala is a Manager for MNP’s Cyber Security team. Sam has a passion for national security so he has gained the SANS GRID certification (GIAC Response and Industrial Defence) and achieved a high enough mark on the testing that GIAC asked him to be part of the GIAC Advisory Board, where he provides guidance and discussion on SANS course content and test materials. With less than 1000 people having this GRID certification, Sam’s skills are sought after. Sam spends a lot of time studying attacker behaviours and mentality, ultimately tying it back to incident response. Sam also has a deep understanding of information and operational technology security, networking, risk & compliance, offensive security. This knowledge allows Sam to quickly and knowledgeably inspect system architectures, identify vulnerabilities, assess risks and recommend safeguards to reduce and mitigate risk to information assets. His understanding of security and privacy policies, processes, procedures, and other controls allows him to assess and make recommendations on the non-technical aspects of information security within an organization.



Daniel Tobok is an internationally-recognized cyber security and digital forensics expert as well as a serial entrepreneur who has created and successfully divested a number of cyber security companies. 

He has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in all facets of cyber intrusions and hacking incidents as well as forensic digital investigations including investigations of theft of intellectual property; all types of e-lures including phishing, pharming, and spoofing emails; Anton Piller orders; e-discovery to respect the chain of custody in investigations; information technology department and website breaches; investigations of rogue and disgruntled employees and fraud, embezzlement and extortion investigations. 

He eats, sleeps, and breathes cyber security. He has personally participated in more than 2,500 computer forensic investigations and more than 2,000 security audits and risk analysis engagements. Tobok works for and advises executives and corporate counsel at Canada’s top corporations and private companies and has consulted to the private and public sectors in North America and Europe. 

Tobok is a tireless educator about the increasing frequency of cyber threats, the threats to business, the loss of privacy and the need for constant vigilance. Reporters, editors and producers have sought his opinion and commentary on security breaches and breaking security stories. He has been interviewed by The Financial PostThe Globe and MailThe Lawyers WeeklyThe Law Times, CTV, CBC, CityTV, and Global Television.


Anthony Toric

Anthony leads the Canadian Sales Engineering team at BlackBerry and has spent the last 10 years in various technical roles within the company working as a trusted advisor to BlackBerry’s customers in securing all end points and cybersecurity.  This team works closely as the bridge to help enable customers to leverage BlackBerry technology and also enable customers to maximize their investments in technology they already own, while improving their security posture.   Prior to BlackBerry, Anthony has built his career with  technical roles in mobility and traditional IT roles, with roles in Software Development, Product Management, Security and Consulting Services.   Anthony is also currently working on his Master’s Degree in cybersecurity.



Bridget Walshe, Director of Cryptographic Security and Systems Development

Bridget Walshe is the Director of Cryptographic Security and Systems Development at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.  Since starting in the cryptographic field in 2003, she has served in various positions across the Communications Security Establishment, including as a Mathematician, where she conducted applied research in cryptography and provided advice and guidance on the use of Cryptographic algorithms by the Government of Canada. In subsequent roles, she has had the opportunity to lead mathematicians and computer scientists in developing complex, cryptographic solutions.  Bridget has been a part of the Cyber Centre since it’s launch in October 2018.


Nathan Wenzler, Technical Security Director

Nathan Wenzler is the Technical Security Director at Tenable, the Cyber Exposure company. Nathan has over two decades of experience designing, implementing and managing both technical and non-technical solutions for IT and information security organizations. He has helped government agencies and Fortune 1000 companies alike build new information security programs from scratch, as well as improve and broaden existing programs with a focus on process, workflow, risk management and the personnel side of a successful security program.

As the Technical Security Director for Tenable, Nathan brings his expertise in vulnerability management and Cyber Exposure to executives and security professionals around the globe in order to help them mature their security strategy, understand their cyber risk and measurably improve their overall security posture.


Stephen Weston, VP IT Governance and CISO, Canadian Tire

Stephen is currently the Vice President of Store Technology, formerly the Vice President IT Governance and CISO at Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC). Stephen has over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field with 10 of those years in a Cyber/Information Security related role.  Stephen has held a variety of senior leadership roles in technology and is known for driving strategic change and innovation. Stephen is an active member in the cyber security community. Stephen began his career at Electronic Data Systems(EDS), where he led technology initiatives for clients in the automotive and financial sectors.


Ron Winward, Security Evangelist, North America

As a Security Evangelist at Radware, Mr. Winward is responsible for developing, managing, and increasing the company’s security business in North America. Ron’s entire career has been deeply rooted in internet and cybersecurity. For over 20 years, Ron has helped design complex solutions for carriers, enterprises, and cybersecurity providers around the world. Ron is an industry-recognized expert in the Mirai IoT botnet and its modern variants. Ron conducted theindustry’s first complete analysis of the Mirai attack vectors, producing forensic examples for public distribution of each attack and the specific impact each attack had on networks. His work on IoT attack analysis has been presented at conferences worldwide and has been referenced by NIST. Prior to joining Radware, Ron was Director of Network Engineering for a global datacenter provider and ISP. In this role, Ron oversaw the growth and development of a global network infrastructure that delivered services to other ISPs, hosting providers, and enterprises around the world. During this time, Ron assisted some of the world’s top businesses in mitigating cyberattacks on their infrastructure, cultivating an extensive knowledge in DDoS attack methodologies. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and has earned many technical certifications throughout his engineering-focused career. Ron acutely understands the impact of technology and security on business and is enthusiastic about their interrelation.



Stay tuned as we confirm additional speakers!