Defending Against Cyber Threats: A 2-Part Virtual Panel Event

November 22, 2021 | 2:00 – 4:30 pm ET


With the digital transformation in full swing, cyber threats against businesses and critical infrastructure continue to increase—sparking a critical and ongoing discussion on the ever-evolving threat landscape and potential solutions.

Cyber espionage is one of the most pervasive menaces afflicting the innovation economy. Universities are battling a series of IP theft vectors. These rising threats, and beyond, must be addressed to ensure the security and prosperity of both the economy and ourselves.

On November 22, join us for a fascinating series of hybrid panels delving into the top cybersecurity issues of this pivotal current moment.

Panel 1 will deep-dive how to protect businesses and critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Panel 2 will tackle the challenge of IP theft in Canadian academia and the growing threat of cyber espionage against Canada’s innovation economy.

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Robert W. (Bob) Gordonis the Strategic Advisor at the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX).  The CCTX is Canada’s private sector organization for the sharing and analysis of cyber threat information and enabling collaboration across all sectors.  Most recently, Bob was the Executive Director of the CCTX.  Prior to this, he was a Director, Global Cyber Security at CGI.  Bob also enjoyed a long and successful career in the Federal Government, which included being the architect of Canada’s first Cyber Security Strategy for which he received the Deputy Minister’s Achievement Award.

Bob has had a unique career in a number of Canada’s security, intelligence, and law enforcement organizations:  Public Safety Canada, Communications Security Establishment, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  He held senior executive positions, including at the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister level.  He was responsible for science and technology, information management/information technology, and internal security programs (personnel, physical and information technology).  Bob has also provided operational leadership in investigating and analyzing the full range of threats to the security of Canada, which included leading the CSIS Counter Terrorism program.

Bob is a member of the Board of Directors for Quantum Safe Canada, a member of the Advisory Council on the Modernization of Microdata Access with Statistics Canada, and the Advisory Board for the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program with the University of Guelph.

Kush M. Sharma — is an award-winning leader and executive with over 20 years of private and public sector experience across six industries. He is an active member of the cyber community, was named Global Enterprise CIO of 2020 related to digital architecture innovation, and has led teams through breach response first-hand. Kush has a strong reputation as a trusted advisor known for innovation, partnerships, and service delivery. He also has broader leadership experience leading technology, change management, and digital transformation teams.

Kush is the Founder and Principal of a boutique cyber consulting firm. Prior to this, he was selected and served as the inaugural CISO for the City of Toronto and inaugural cyber executive for Saputo. He was accountable for establishing vision, strategy, and transformation of the cyber organization. As a Management Consultant with Accenture and Deloitte, he was an advisor for organizations from the Fortune 500, to SMEs, to all three levels of government.

Kush also has experience leading and managing the cyber components of 20+ Digital Transformation programs over his career. These ranged from 2-10 years in length with investments between 20M-1B. He has worked with diverse teams both onshore and offshore spanning multiple continents/countries within a 24/7 operating model.

Dr. Richard J. Harknett — is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science and Chair of the Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy at the University of Cincinnati. He co-directs the Ohio Cyber Range Institute, a state-wide organization supporting education, workforce, economic, and research development in cybersecurity. He served as Scholar-in-Residence at US Cyber Command and National Security Agency in 2016-17, where he contributed to the core development of cyber persistent engagement and several US strategy documents. He briefs on Capitol Hill and with other US government agencies and has presented in 11 countries and made over 100 media appearances. He has held two Fulbright Scholar appointments in Cyber Studies (Oxford University, UK) and International Relations (Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria). He has authored over 60 publications in the areas of international relations theory, international security, and cyber security studies. He is an avid Liverpool Football Club supporter.

Shawn M. — is a career intelligence officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).  Currently serving as the Director General of the Service’s Cyber Operations Division he has more than twenty years of experience in both domestic and foreign assignments.  Prior to his career with CSIS, he spent more than 6 years as an infantryman in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Soviet Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa and a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Calgary. 

Amalia Barthel — is a Privacy Consultant & Advisor, and a Lecturer and Academic Programs Advisor for University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies.

With a solid background in IT, Risk, Audit, Controls, Compliance, and Project Management, Amalia has been in the Privacy compliance and engineering space for 16+ years. She is a passionate advocate for protecting personal data of individuals. For the past 6+ years, Amalia has been helping multinational companies, as well as small and medium-size in the top 20 industry sectors, realize the most benefits through the lawful use of collected personal data, through an innovative risk-based, low impact approach to assessing and building privacy compliance programs uniquely suitable for each client.

Amalia is the Lead Contributor for the “Privacy Management in the Digital Enterprise” Certificate Program with the School of Continuing Studies at University of Toronto (Canada), based on COBIT 5/ 2019 and the ISACA Privacy Principles. As part of this program, Amalia has initiated a not-for-profit Privacy Mentoring Program in partnership with the ISACA Toronto Chapter, to assist the students in her courses gain hands-on practical knowledge in privacy operations.

Amalia is the Co-Founder of Managed Privacy Canada (MPC), the leading Privacy as a Service practice in Canada. She is a Director on the Board of the KnowledgeFlow Cybersafety Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on teaching children and youth to combat cyberbullying and build a safe internet for all. Amalia is based in the Toronto area in Canada and can be reached through LinkedIn or email (

Dr. Ramesh Rajaduray — is a co-founder and vice-chairman of IIPCC Greater Toronto Area. He is a registered US and Canadian patent agent, and accomplished IP and technology professional with 14+ years of experience in providing intellectual property services. In his consulting and in-house roles, he has advised and assisted C-level executives in patent matters and worked in a technical consulting capacity with external counsel and patent agents in both North America and Europe. He has assisted in implementing IP strategy for companies of various sizes, as well as working with third-party service providers in performing services such as patentability searches, patent drafting and prosecution, IP litigation, IP licensing, and patent acquisition.

He also worked in optical network research in collaboration with organizations such as Intel Corporation, United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), JDS Uniphase, Cisco Systems, and Stanford University.

Dr. Rajaduray received his Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with 1st Class Honours, and a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Accounting and Finance from the University of Western Australia.”

Scott Smith — is a twenty-five-year public policy veteran, engaging governments at the local, provincial, federal and international levels. Scott is currently working with several technology start-ups in the security and privacy space, most notably as President of Canada and as a business development consultant for Prior to this, Scott was the Senior Director of Innovation and Intellectual Property Policy for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  As a subject matter expert on issues regarding technology, privacy and security, innovation, and intellectual property, Scott has written numerous white papers on data governance, cyber security, artificial intelligence, privacy, and intellectual property. Scott has frequently been called upon for testimony before Parliamentary Committees, is a sought-after speaker at industry and government events, and has acted as a media spokesperson for the organizations he represented.

Mary Jane Dykeman — is a managing partner at INQ Law. In addition to data law, she is a longstanding health lawyer.

Her data practice focuses on privacy, artificial intelligence (AI), cyber preparedness and response, and data governance. She regularly advises on use and disclosure of identifiable and de-identified data. Mary Jane applies a strategic, risk and innovation lens to data and emerging technologies. She helps clients identify the data they hold, understand how to use it within the law, and how to innovate responsibly. In her health law practice, Mary Jane focuses on clinical and enterprise risk, privacy and information management, consent, capacity and substitute decision-making, as well as clinical matters. She has acted as general counsel to two Toronto teaching hospitals and was instrumental in the development of Ontario’s health privacy legislation.

Mary Jane regularly consults on large data initiatives and use of data for health research and quality purposes. Her consulting work extends to modernizing privacy legislation and digital societies, and she works with Boards, CEOs and CIOs on the emerging risks and trends in data. Mary Jane also speaks on AI, cyber risk and how to better engage and build trust with clients and customers whose data is at play. She is a frequent speaker and writer on health law and data law.

She is part of Osgoode Professional Development’s faculty on each of their privacy and mental health offerings, past chair of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto board, and Deputy Chair, Canadian Blood Services Research Ethics Board. She is on the advisory and data governance committees at T-CAIREM, the University of Toronto’s Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine.

Sara Wilshaw – A senior government executive of 26 years, Ms. Wilshaw is Canada’s Chief Trade Commissioner and Assistant Deputy Minister at Global Affairs Canada. She leads a global team that helps Canadian business find new customers, troubleshoot market access, sell their products, and grow their businesses ( Sara also leads work across global trade support services including export finance, foreign investment and responsible business conduct.

Prior to her current role, Sara served as Director of Operations, Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat at the Privy Council Office. In this role she provided strategic analysis and advice to the Prime Minister, the Clerk of the Privy Council, the National Security and Intelligence Advisor and the Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor on matters concerning Canada-U.S. relations, Latin America, Trade issues, Climate Change, Human Rights and the UN.

Prior to joining PCO, Sara led the North America Bureau at Global Affairs Canada during the renegotiation of NAFTA as Director General. She was previously appointed to represent Canada as Consul General in Dallas, and as Senior Trade Commissioner in New Delhi, India, and she has extensive experience in trade promotion and negotiations, including at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the Embassy of Canada in Japan.

Her headquarters experience at Global Affairs Canada includes both functional and geographic, as well as foundational work on the Global Commerce Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility for the Extractive Sector, modernization of the Trade Commissioner Service, trade policy consultations and communications, as well as human resources.Ms. Wilshaw is a graduate of York University’s International Relations and Economics program. She is married and has two children.

 Bonnie Butlin — Bio coming soon.