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Mathieu Lemay

Mathieu (“Matt”) Lemay is the CEO and Co-founder of Lemay Solutions Consulting, Inc., which specializes in rapid deployment artificial intelligence solutions in the fields of fintech and natural language understanding. Matt has over 10 years of experience in team management, design consulting, and Cloud solution architecture, with a a degree in control systems engineering. He has worked with various start-ups in the medical, clean energy, and finance spaces.

Mohammad Qureshi

Mohammad became the Ontario Public Service’s first CISO in January 2018.  He had joined the Treasury Board Secretariat on April 2016 as the Head of Cyber Security where he focused on increasing cyber security acuity across the OPS, and capably led the OPS response to a number of significant international cyber issues, ensuring the OPS response was both strategic and effective.  Prior to joining TBS, Mohammad was the Vice-President of I&IT at the Ontario Clean Water Agency where he lead many successful I&IT initiatives.  Mohammad holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and has completed the Executive Program at Queens University.

Dean Shivji

Dean Shivji is the Senior Advisor to the CAE at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Dean’s career with the federal government has spanned over 15 years, covering a wide range of areas including program compliance, grants and contributions, corporate planning, measurement and reporting, enterprise risk management, internal control, and risk-based audit planning. He previously managed a number of technical/vocational institutional development projects in various developing countries across numerous sectors. Dean has delivered multiple presentations for the IIA, the Financial Management Institute, and the 2015 Infonex Public Sector Big Data & Analytics conference in Ottawa. In all cases, strong audience responses and feedback were received.

Dean is currently working with deep learning to discover new insights for the Internal Audit community. ESDC is leveraging the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) to develop a proof of concept deep learning (or AI) solution. The AI solution will interact with the unstructured data found in audit reports to allow users to identify, visualize and analyze risk linkages. Moreover, the AI solution will leverage ESDC’s documented audit universe, which has captured the organization’s auditable entities in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

Eli Fathi

Eli Fathi is a serial entrepreneur with several successful exits in launching innovative technologies in North America that serves global markets. Eli has founded or co-founded companies that currently employs over 350 people and have generated over $500 Million in salaries and other benefits to the economy since their inception.

Eli currently is the CEO of MindBridge AI, a company providing advanced anomaly detection solutions. MindBridge combines data science with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to uncover and associate anomalies and suspicious patterns in financial data.

Previously, Eli was the Co-founder and co-CEO of Fluidware Corporation from inception until the acquisition by SurveyMonkey on August 2014.

Eli has been involved with the community in general and the high tech community in particular by serving on a number of diverse NGO Boards. He is involved with various academic institutions in various capacities, had served of a number of task forces on commercialization and was the chair of a number of major Conferences in Ottawa. Eli was appointed to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Board in 2016 and served on the Ottawa Community Foundation Board from 2012 to 2017. Eli serves on the Board of C-Com, a publicly traded company on TSX-V.

Eli has been recognized by his peers and the community with a number of awards including the University Of Ottawa Faculty of Engineering Alumni Award Of Excellence for 2002, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) award for Private Sector Innovation and/or Leadership in Advanced Technology in 2013, Algonquin College Alumnus of the year award for 2016 and the 2016 Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur award for Canada.

David Long

David Long is the CEO and co-founder of SageTea. David started out is career in the US, working in various companies, as a software programmer. His journey began when he left Merril Lynch after 9/11 and sought to answer the following questions: What if the more routine, repetitive parts of software programming could be automated? What if you could just type in your requirements in plain English without having to use an awkward programming language. And what if it created a finished application?

After 10 years of research, it turns out that grammar can be translated from English to a graph to software; and so was born Text to Software®, a tool that uses a simple seven table database system to store information, much like DNA does. Just seven tables rather than hundreds or even thousands of tables that are an industry standard.

Under David’s leadership, SageTea is providing software development solutions several client organizations including in the Canadian Federal Government.

Hassan (“Hash”) Qureshi

Hassan (“Hash”) Qureshi is a Partner at MNP LLP. Hash helps his clients of all sizes unlock their digital potential through business and risk advisory services and data dynamics consulting services. Hash has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, risk management, information security and enterprise architecture. He has worked as an operational IT professional, security lead, enterprise architect and network engineer. He previously spent 7 years with Ernst & Young,10 years at Cognos and over 10 years with the Department of National Defence. Hash was previously a Captain in the Canadian Air Force. He is a Professional Engineer, a Certified Management Accountant and holds professional designations in corporate governance, program risk, information systems audit, risk management and IT governance.

Jason Green

Jason Green is a Principal at Hexigent Consulting, a cyber security, digital investigation and forensic services company based out Oakville, Ontario. He is an experienced security executive with a proven record in the delivery of strategic security services, and has operated internationally in the investigations and information/cyber security fields since 1988 . He works with clients to assist with digital investigative matters, provide security thought leadership, develop and execute strategic plans, identify and address security and technology issues, and respond to incidents, with a view to reducing risks and optimizing efficiencies. His background encompasses digital forensics and investigation, governance, risk and compliance, operational security design, security assessments, social engineering, and controls design and review. Experience highlights include:

Crisis management/incident response: Provided guidance and direction to multiple enterprise organizations as to the applicability, efficiency and practicality of their current procedures, as well as providing tactical response services relating to incidents ranging from HR matters and litigation support, through to fraud, identity theft and data exfiltration.

Incident response: Coordinated a national response to a nation state attack targeted at components of Canada’s critical national infrastructure. The engagement initially focused on the disruption of attack, before the methodical collection and examination of digital evidence took place to provide insights into the attack vectors and methods employed by the threat actors.

Incident response/cyber investigations: Led investigations into a high profile, media aware, data leakage and collusion issue for a national client. Digital forensic and investigative techniques resulted the team successfully identifying the specific source of the leak and those involved.

Cyber investigations: Led the digital forensic and investigation team for a large national security consulting organization where he defined, coordinated and directed large scale complex investigations which resulted in many successful criminal prosecutions and civil litigation wins.

Farooq Naiyer

Farooq is  the CISO of the largest research and education network, The CISO role at  ORION has been born out of a collaborative initiative supported by ORION and five of their client Universities and three Colleges.  The role  provides this community with strategic security thought leadership, while bringing them tangible working programs and tools for compliance, risk management, a governance framework as well as delivery of broader shared security services.

Farooq brings rich experience of more than 15 years in the area of cybersecurity, privacy, technology compliance and assurance.

Prior to joining ORION Farooq was part of the Cybersecurity and Privacy team at PwC in Canada where he led several cyber security engagements.  Prior to that Farooq had led IT Assurance teams for a leading retail giant in Canada. He has also held leadership roles in leading financial institutions in the Middle East and south Asia. And has prior had association Big 4 consulting firms in south Asia.

He has strong academic background with BSc (Hons) (Computer Sciences) He holds various leading certifications in the area of Information Security and IT assurance which include CISA , CRISC , ISO 27001 Lead Auditor , COBIT , PCI – QSA ( Quality Security Assessor) , PCIP and have attended numerous international and local training with regards to Information Security Management and IT audit & Compliance.

In recognition of the IS initiatives undertaken as the CISO of DIB Bank he was awarded the CSO Compass Award in 2010.

He has delivered lectures at some of the leading universities in South Asia on IT Audit, Information Security Management and IT Compliance. And conducted several workshops in the same area.

He was selected as the Community Leader for “Information Security Management” at the cybersecurity conference at Las Vegas – USA organized by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the local chapters of Information Systems Audit and Control Association – in the past.

Craig McGuffin

Craig R. McGuffin, CPA, CA, CITP, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, Principal of C.R. McGuffin Consulting Services, has more than 30 years of experience in the field of computer and network controls and security. He has a background in computer science and has worked as an information systems auditor, governance and risk manager, security consultant, and security manager, obtaining experience in all major computing and networking environments. He is also the co-author of two books on networking technology.

Craig is an award-winning and extremely popular speaker on the use of computer technology, controls and security, delivering core knowledge and practices through university courses, training seminars and conferences on six continents.

Alex Tapscott

Alex Tapscott is a globally-recognized writer, speaker, investor and advisor focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on business, society and government. He is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World, which has been translated into over 15 languages.

Alex Tapscott’s work has been featured in TIME, Fortune, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and dozens of other publications. His TedX San Francisco talk: Blockchain is Eating Wall Street has been viewed almost 400,000 times

In 2017, Alex co-founded (with Don Tapscott) the Blockchain Research Institute, a multi-million-dollar think-tank that is investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities and use-cases. Alex currently sits on Advisory Board to Elections Canada, the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums. In November of 2017, Alex and Don Tapscott were recognized with the Digital Thinking Award from Thinkers50, as part of their Distinguished Achievement Awards.

Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (cum laude) and is a CFA Charterholder. He lives in Toronto, Canada.