Cybersecurity challenges for Canadian businesses

Breakout session: 1:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

The cybersecurity landscape is rapidly changing. The quantity, complexity, and ubiquity of these cyberattacks mean that no business is safe–no matter how small.

For small and medium-sized businesses in Canada this presents a unique set of challenges. While large enterprises have the resources and systems required to protect their businesses, smaller Canadian businesses can feel outgunned and vulnerable. The new regulatory environment in Canada, combined with the growing privacy and service expectations from consumers, have created a gap in Canada’s cyber preparedness. This panel will explore challenges, solutions and opportunities for Canadian SMEs.

Bonnie Butlin, Security Partners’ Forum
David Shipley, Beauceron Security Inc.
Scott Smith, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Tony Olsen, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
Dave Chiswell, Canadian Internet Registration Authority (moderator)

Bonnie Butlin
Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Security Partners’ Forum (SPF)

The Security Partners’ Forum is the first-of-its-kind agile international network of security professionals, bridging all domains and disciplines of security. Bonnie also currently serves as part of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network in Cybersecurity. 

Since 2013 Bonnie has received 20 international and national-level awards, accolades and honours related to leadership, security and resilience including the prestigious “Women of the Decade” Award presented at the Women Economic Forum in 2018. 

Bonnie also currently sits on a variety of committees, working groups and editorial boards, such as the Cybersecurity Journal (Henry Stuart Publications).
Bonnie’s educational achievements include a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Carleton University; a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary; a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Security Executive Leadership from the Burrill Green Business School (UK); and a certificate in Strategic Planning & Leadership for security at the University of Georgetown (in partnership with the International Security Management Association). 

David Shipley
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. 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.  

Between July 2012 and May 2017 David helped lead the multi-year effort to transform UNB’s approach to cybersecurity.  David led UNB’s threat intelligence, cybersecurity awareness and incident response practices before founding Beauceron Security.

His experience in managing awareness programs, risk management and incident response helped shape the vision for the Beauceron platform. 

Scott Smith
Canadian Camber of Commerce

Scott Smith is the Senior Director, Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Director of the Canadian Intellectual Property Council. In this capacity, Scott leads the Canadian Chamber’s advocacy activities in the areas of intellectual property protection, innovation and industry productivity, the digital economy and research and development issues.

Scott is a delegate on the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on the Digital Economy and the B20 Task Force on the Digital Economy. Leading a coalition of industry associations on the subjects of Canada’s anti-spam legislation and changes to Canada’s privacy legislation, Scott has written and spoken extensively on the subjects of data security and consent.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Scott held senior management positions in the energy sector, automotive sector, municipal government and the environment sector. Scott has a B.A. in Political Science from Bishop’s University and a M.A. in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Tony Olsen
Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Tony Olsen is responsible for the Technology Transfer group in the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, a part of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). In this role, Tony and his team deliver Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy by partnering with the private sector to secure vital cyber systems outside the Government of Canada. Tony has extensive experience in Canada’s cryptologic mission, both national and international, totalling almost four decades of performing or leading technical analysis, intelligence analysis and cyber operations.  A retired military veteran Tony has been awarded numerous military and civilian honours. 

Dave Chiswell
VP, product development, Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

Dave Chiswell is the vice-president, product development at CIRA. In this role, he leads CIRA’s pursuit of new product and service offerings that are complementary to its core .CA registration service.

Dave is a seasoned technology veteran with extensive experience in the Internet industry. He joins CIRA after four years with Storm Internet Services, including three and a half years as CEO. Dave has also held senior level positions at Efficient Networks in Dallas, Newbridge Networks/Alcatel in Ottawa and Virginia, and at as CEO of its Domain Group.