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Challenges to Cyber Resiliency Series – Diversity in Cyber Security

Are you interested in hearing about women and diversity in cyber security? Join us for the second panel of our Challenges to Cyber Resiliency Series to hear our panel of experts discuss the challenges facing diversity in cyber security and the importance of incorporating people from different backgrounds and experiences into the cyber field.

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Our Speakers

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. 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.

Chantal Bernier leads Dentons’ Canadian Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group. She is also a member of the Firm’s Government Affairs and Public Policy group. With Chantal on board, Dentons is proud to be the only law firm in Canada with a former privacy regulator as a practicing lawyer. During her nearly six years at the helm of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), Chantal led national and international privacy investigations in the public and private sectors, as well privacy audits, privacy impact assessment reviews, technological analysis, and privacy policy development and research.

In her Government Affairs and Public Policy practice, Chantal leverages her many years in high-ranking positions at the Government of Canada to provide her clients with strategic counsel. Her experience as a senior executive also uniquely positions her to understand corporate management challenges in both the public and private sectors to find solutions that serve corporate interests and comply with the law. She serves clients in French, English, Italian and Spanish, and is very active at the international level.

Chantal has served on the Advisory Council on Modernization of Microdata Access for StatsCan, the Steering Committee on Canadian Data Governance and Standardization Collaborative, and the Advisory Panel for Business Council of Canada’s Data Drvien Economy Project.

May Sarout is the Global Head of Identity & Access Management (IAM) at Scotiabank, and leads the bank’s Enterprise IAM group, a team of ~100 information security professionals providing IAM services for Scotia’s 90,000 employees.

May is an innovative IT and Cyber Security leader with extensive experience in application development and support, program delivery, data analytics, application security, and Identity & Access Management. She has developed strategies and lead several large enterprise programs within the Financial Industry.

May is passionate about environmental sustainability and reducing our ecological footprint.

Marc Lijour is the Vice-President leading Capacity and Innovation Readiness initiatives at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). Marc started his career as an Educator, teaching Mathematics and Computer topics in several countries. He played a leading role at the Ontario Ministry of Education during the revision of the Technological Education curriculum and the launch of the Ontario e-learning Strategy.

In recent years, Marc worked in the private sector for IT companies leading the 4th Industrial Revolution, such as Cisco Systems, Savoir-faire Linux, and ConsenSys. He worked closely with startups and large organizations alike to create exponential business value driving economic and social growth. Marc is passionate about new technologies and helping people and organizations innovate. He contributes to several industry program advisory committees for leading postsecondary institutions in Canada.

Marc holds degrees in Mathematics, in Computer Science, and in Management (MBA in Technology and Innovation). He serves on the board of multiple not-for-profit organizations in the Tech industry, such as La French Tech Toronto, TechConnex, ColliderX, and the Toronto French Business Network.


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