Roll-out of 5G Technology: Threats, Opportunities, and Subject of Debate

Monday, June 15, 2020 10:30 am - 10:30 am EDT

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Join our Defence and Security Foresight Group (DSF-G) webinar on the roll out of 5G technology in Canada. Our panelists will discuss the importance of 5G adoption to Canada’s competitiveness and its digital economy. They will also discuss some of the arguments found in public and security sector debates about the threats and challenges of foreign ownership of this key infrastructural development. As different countries will experience unprecedented digital change connecting more of our critical business applications and infrastructures to the Internet — driving innovation and GDP growth, 5G technology will be essential to our economic growth.  However, along with these opportunities comes unprecedented vulnerability. This panel will highlight the associated risks of 5G deployment and adoption and will explain what risk mitigations are being explored by countries and companies globally. 


Melissa Hathaway
Melissa Hathaway, Hathaway Global Strategies LLC

Melissa Hathaway is a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity and consults governments, global organizations, and Fortune 500 companies on cybersecurity, enterprise risk management, and technology assessments. She is globally recognized as a thought leader in this field and has spent the last decade developing relationships with the highest levels of governments and international institutions — advising UN, NATO, the ITU, the OAS, and other key institutions and governments. She teaches at universities around the world and has distinguished affiliations with Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and Technology, the Center for Asymmetric Threats Studies — National Defense College, Sweden, the Digital Science Institute — European School of Management and Technology, Germany, and the CyberLaw Research Program at Hebrew University in Israel. She also leads research initiatives at the following internationally recognized think tanks: the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in the United States; the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada, and the Kosciuszko Institute in Poland.

Ms. Hathaway served in two Presidential administrations where she spearheaded the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barak Obama and led the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative for President George W. Bush. She built a broad coalition from within the Executive Branch for two Presidents, developing a cybersecurity strategy covering unprecedented scope and scale that will now facilitate revolutionary improvements for the United States to secure and defend its critical national infrastructures. She received the National Intelligence Reform Medal, September 2009 and the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, December 2011 for her leadership.

Ms. Hathaway has extensive commercial experience too. She is President of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC and has served on the board of directors for three public companies and three non-profit organizations. She provides strategic advice to a number of public and private companies and brings her clients a unique combination of policy and technical expertise, as well as board room experience that allows her to help clients better understand the intersection of government policy, developing technological and industry trends, and economic drivers that impact acquisition and business development strategy in this field. Ms. Hathaway has a unique understanding of the problems and solutions and publishes regularly on cybersecurity matters affecting companies and countries. Most of her articles can be found at the following websites: and https://

Ms. Hathaway has a B.A. degree from The American University in Washington, D.C. She has completed graduate studies in international economics and technology transfer policy, and is a graduate of the US Armed Forces Staff College, with a special certificate in Information Operations.

Stephanie Carvin
Dr. Stephanie Carvin, Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

Stephanie Carvin is an Assistant Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. Her research interests are in the area of international and national security, and technology. Currently, she is teaching in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, technology and warfare, and intelligence and national security. Stephanie holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and published her thesis as Prisoners of America’s Wars: From the Early Republic to Guantanamo (Columbia/Hurst, 2010). She is the author of the forthcoming: Stand on Guard: Reassessing Threats to Canada’s National Security  (University of Toronto Press: 2020). She is also the author of Science, Law, Liberalism and the American Way of Warfare: The Quest for Humanity in Conflict (Cambridge, 2015), co-authored with Michael J. Williams. In 2009 Carvin was a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University Law School and worked as a consultant to the US Department of Defense Law of War Working Group. From 2012-2015, she was an intelligence analyst with the Government of Canada focusing on national security issues.

David Everingham
David Everingham, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Ericsson Canada Inc.

Mr. Everingham has been with Ericsson since 2003. He has broad experience in the wireless telecommunications sector, having held senior positions in Radio Network Engineering & Solution Management & Relationship Sales, serving Ericsson’s customers in Australia & North America.

Since January 2019, Mr. Everingham serves as CTO for Ericsson Canada, with responsibility for technology & solution management across the Ericsson portfolio.

Mr. Everingham holds a Master’s in Engineering Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.

An Australian native, he presently lives with his wife and two children in Toronto, Canada


Bessma Momani
Dr. Bessma Momani, University of Waterloo

Dr. Bessma Momani is Full Professor and interim Assistant Vice-President of International Relations at the University of Waterloo. She is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Innovation and non-resident at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, DC, and a Fulbright Scholar. She was a 2015 fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and also previously served as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and as a non-resident fellow at the Stimson Center, and was a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center.

Bessma currently sits on the board of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the University of Waterloo’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute. She is also an adviser to the National Security Transparency Advisory Group at Public Safety Canada.

Bessma has received a number of awards and prizes for her research and work. She has been awarded multiple Insight Development Grants, Insight Grants and Connection Grants funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She is currently the leader of a three-year-funded Department of National Defence network called the Defence and Security Foresight Group tasked with providing policy-relevant advice to the Department of National Defence.

In recent years, Bessma spearheaded the Pluralism Project with Trudeau Mentor Jillian Stirk, which explored the link between diversity and economic prosperity and the role of globally connected citizens. This has led to a multi-million-dollar funding grant from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on a pilot project bringing visible minority women into the Canadian economy.

Bessma has authored, co-authored and co-edited numerous books. In addition, she has written more than 80 scholarly papers or book chapters examining the IMF, the World Bank, gender and diversity, petrodollars, the political economy of the Middle East and the geopolitics of the Arab Gulf and the Middle East, and published in numerous journals.

As a political analyst on the Middle East, international affairs and the global economy, Bessma has written editorials in The Globe and MailThe New York Times, Time, Newsweekthe National Post and the Toronto Star. She is also a regular media contributor, having done thousands of live interviews, with CNN, CBC News, CTV, Al Jazeera, CGTN, TRT World and BNN Bloomberg.