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Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute Annual Conference

October 2, Federation Hall

Registration for this conference is closed. 

Elevating global cybersecurity

Our global economy depends on the digital systems that empower our everyday life. While our digital society holds tremendous promise for increased prosperity and innovation, it also exposes us to growing security breaches that put personal privacy and our social agency at risk.

Join cybersecurity and privacy experts as we examine the current threat landscape of cybersecurity and the future workforce needs for privacy and cybersecurity professionals. You will meet global thought leaders and experts transforming cybersecurity and protecting our privacy.


Registration and networking breakfast | 9 a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks | 9:30 a.m.

Kick-off the day with inspiring remarks from Charmaine Dean, vice-president, research and international at University of Waterloo and Florian Kerschbaum, executive director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute.

Cybersecurity requires collaboration | 9:40 a.m.

New threats often require new solutions. BlackBerry’s vice-president of advanced technology development, Sarah Tatsis, explains the importance of collaboration between researchers and industry professionals to meet privacy challenges head-on and strengthen cybersecurity.

Networking break | 10:30 a.m.

Build connections with researchers and meet industry leaders over coffee.

Does privacy exist in the digital age? | 10:45 a.m.

Sociologist and legal studies expert, Jennifer Whitson, leads a discussion on the legal and technological safeguards protecting our private data and explores whether we need to do more.

Panel includes: Adam Molnar (University of Waterloo), Andrea Slane (Ontario Tech University) and Ian Goldberg (University of Waterloo)

Tech for good | 11:45 a.m.

How do we integrate values into technology? Marcel O’Gorman, professor and director of Waterloo’s Critical Media Lab, shares how we can infuse ethics into our thinking about digital technologies to produce positive social outcomes and increase user trust.

Lunch | 12 p.m.

Can the internet be saved? | 1 p.m.

Tyson Macaulay, chief product officer at Infosec Global, leads a discussion with fellow global industry experts on the future of the internet and what successful cybersecurity will look like 10 years from now.

Panel includes: Cathy Gebotys (University of Waterloo), Nick Buwalda (Symcor), Michael Radford (BlackBerry), Dinah Davis (Arctic Wolf), Aaron Shull (Centre for International Governance Innovation) 

Networking break | 2 p.m.

Build connections with researchers and meet industry leaders over coffee.

Beyond the hype: the future of blockchain | 2:10 p.m.

Originally built as a way to secure cryptocurrency transactions, blockchain is getting a lot of attention. Vijay Ganesh, a professor and researcher at the University of Waterloo, will lead a discussion with blockchain experts to look beyond the hype to a promising future.

Panel includes: Nadia Diakun-Thibault (Transport Canada), Richard Ma (Quantstamp), Sergey Gorbunov (Algorand) and Plinio Morita, (University of Waterloo)

The future of cybersecurity | 3:10 p.m.

Final remarks by Stephen Watt, dean of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, will wrap up the day’s conversations and share what’s next for the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute.

Wine and cheese reception | 3:20 p.m.

The conversations and networking opportunities continue at the reception and poster session.

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Federation Hall
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario

Call for posters


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Suggested accommodations

Delta Hotel
110 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario

Directions from Delta Hotel to University of Waterloo campus

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Via ION Light Rail Transit


Please contact: Krista Hrin