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Vancouver International Security Conference
"Emergency Management/Public Safety Transformation - Meeting the Challenges of 2010 and Beyond"

November 30 - December 1, 2009

Marriot Pinnacle Hotel
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Mohammad Akif

Mohammad Akif is the National Security and Privacy Lead for Microsoft. He has worked in the industry for over 15 years and has published a number of books and articles. Mohammad spends a significant amount of time working with Microsoft's major customers in the financial, energy, healthcare and public sectors to help improve their security postures and refocus their IT security departments away from yesterday's threats and onto the modern threat landscape. He is a frequent speaker at security conferences in Canada and worldwide.

Chantal Bernier

Chantal Bernier was appointed Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada with primary responsibility for the Privacy Act, the federal public sector privacy law. The appointment is effective December 8, 2008.

Prior to this, Ms Bernier was Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Safety and Partnerships Branch, at Public Safety Canada. Previously, she had served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Socio-Economic Policy and Programs, at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada from 1999 to 2002 and Director of Operations, Machinery of Government Secretariat, at the Privy Council Office from 1998 to 1999.

Ms. Bernier is a lawyer who specializes in public law. She started her career in the federal government in the Department of Justice Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Sherbrooke and a Masters in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Konstantin Beznosov

Konstantin (Kosta) is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of British Columbia, where he founded and directs the Laboratory for Education and Research in Secure Systems Engineering ( His primary research interests are distributed systems security, usable security, secure software engineering, and access control. Prior UBC, Dr. Beznosov was a Security Architect with Quadrasis, Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc, where he designed and developed products for security integration of enterprise applications, as well as consulted large telecommunication and banking companies on the architecture of security solutions for distributed enterprise applications. Dr. Beznosov did his Ph.D. research on engineering access control for distributed enterprise applications at the Florida International University. He actively participated in standardization of security-related specifications (CORBA Security, RAD, SDMM) at the Object Management Group, and served as a co-chair of the OMG's Security SIG. Having published a number of research papers on security engineering in distributed systems, he is a co-author of "Enterprise Security with EJB and CORBA" and "Mastering Web Services Security."

Peter Brozintsky

Peter has been with the RCMP for 12 years and in Information Technology in British Columbia since 1986. His primary interest for several years has been emergency planning, business continuity, and critical infrastructure protection in Metro Vancouver and B.C. Specific areas of concern are Social Engineering & Insider Threat, Robotic Networks, Wireless Network Insecurity, and SCADA and Industrial Control Systems. Peter has completed numerous courses at the Canadian Police College, the B.C. Institute of Technology, and the Justice Institute of B.C. He has presented to the Westcoast Security Forum, EPICC Forum, MISA B.C., and to the RCMP Counter Terrorism Information Officer Course.

Kalvin Falconar

Mr. Falconar is an information management specialist with 23-years of experience working in the technology sector. In April of 2008 he took on the responsibility of the business development and growth of the CA Security Business Unit across Western Canada.

He is a graduate of architecture, a certified information systems security professional, a certified project manager and a lean six sigma practitioner.

Gregory Garcia

Gregory (Greg) is President of Garcia Strategies, LLC, a strategic business and government affairs advisory services firm, representing large and small companies contributing to the national cyber security mission.

Greg was the nation's first Presidentially-appointed Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Communications (CS&C) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, from 2006-2008 and led the strategic direction of CS&C.

He established the Office of Emergency Communications, which collaborated with stakeholders across the country to develop a first-ever National Emergency Communications Plan and 56 state and territory plans to drive interoperable emergency communications for our federal, state and local first responders.

Garcia worked to integrate the Nation's overall cyber and communications security strategy to align with the evolving architecture and risk profile of our national information infrastructure.

Jamie Graham

Chief Jamie Graham was appointed Chief Constable of the Victoria Police Department, the 12th in its history, in January, 2009. He was previously the Police Chief of the Vancouver Police Department from 2002 to 2007. Jamie served almost 35 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, holding a number of command, investigative and executive positions in British Columbia and Alberta. He has lectured extensively on leadership, security issues, crisis management, mental health and workplace wellness.

Jason A. Henry

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Jason A. Henry is the Program Management Oversight Unit Chief within the Law Enforcement Support and Information Management Division, Office of Investigations (OI). The Program Management Oversight (PMO) Unit serves as the portfolio management office providing programmatic oversight for advanced technology (AT) and information technology (IT) law enforcement initiatives and systems for ICE Office of Investigations (OI). As a DHS Level 3 Certified Acquisition Program Manager, SSA Henry also serves as the IT/AT Portfolio Manager, providing strategic and tactical integrated decision-making authority for information sharing initiatives and activities through collaboration with LESIM, LEISI and the OCIO.

SSA Henry also serves on the DHS Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) Advisory Council, where he provides key advisory support related to operational requirements related to information sharing, compatibility and interoperability of the network with other relevant networks, databases, and regional, state and/or local law enforcement entity systems.

Constantine Karbaliotis

Constantine is Symantec's Information Privacy Lead. In this role, he manages the company's internal compliance, and the development and implementation of privacy programs, policies and initiatives within Symantec. Reporting to Symantec's Chief Information Security Officer, Constantine's expertise is instrumental in ensuring that Symantec maintains the strictest possible compliance with privacy legislation and standards around the world. Constantine received his law degree from Queen's University in 1984, and was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1986. He practiced law for ten years, and has worked in IT to implement solutions relating to law and technology for thirteen years.

Derek Manky

Derek Is the Project Manager, Cyber Security & Threat Research and plays an essential role on Fortinet's FortiGuard Global Security Team. In this role, he provides proactive threat mitigation solutions through security research and development. Using his development experience and malware knowledge, Derek has designed and implemented security tools as well as several automation systems which ensure customer protection through robust detection, global alerts and crucial information on malware trends and methodologies.

Bud Mercer

Bud joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1976. He has extensive policing experience at the City (municipal), Provincial, Federal and International levels. In the last 7 years he has served at Command and Executive levels within these business lines. In these various capacities, he has represented the RCMP while working and pursuing educational opportunities in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

In October 2007, Assistant Commissioner Bud Mercer transferred to his current position as the Chief Operating Officer for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Integrated Security Unit.

Bud is married and has four children. His wife is a Civilian Member of the RCMP and is the Manager of one of the RCMP's Operational Communication Centers. Bud and his family live in the Lower Mainland in the Province of British Columbia.

Richard Noguera

As a leader within Information Security Services, Rich is responsible for implementing security controls within all aspects of Symantec. Leveraging ISO 27001 as his controls framework, Rich actively partners with the Business and IT to assess and implement risk management within their processes and technologies. Prior to joining Symantec earlier this year, Rich was a Director at McAfee and established the Risk Management function they have in place today.

Brian Phillips

Mr. Phillips brings more than 35 years of experience in security, strategic planning and operational readiness to his role as Director, Public Safety & Security at Bell. A certified management and project management consultant, he provides information communications technology solutions to organizations responsible for delivering public safety. As part of Bell's Vancouver 2010 Team, he designs and develops leading edge technology solutions that support emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, and cyber security.

Mr. Phillips' has been involved in planning the security and facilitation for a number of major world events, such as the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, economic summits and royal visits to Canada.

Mark Pires

Following a twenty year career in the United States Army, Mark Pires joined Signet Research and Consulting. Mark has helped Signet translate Army practices to successful application in civilian and government sectors. He is an expert on the Army's After Action Review (AAR) methods for organizational learning. Mark has used that expertise to assist a wide range of organizations turn lessons into lessons learned and improved performance. He has extensive experience in strategic and operational planning, leader development, creating agile teams, and improving bottom line results. Mark is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army's School of Advanced Military Studies. He has led organizations from platoon through battalion.

Darryl Plecas

Dr. Plecas holds the RCMP University Research Chair in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) where he has worked for 30 years He has served as an Associate of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy at the University of British Columbia, as an Expert Observer to the 10th United Nations Congress on the Prevention and Treatment of Offenders, and on three occasions as an invited participant at the annual meetings of the United Nations Scientific and Professional Advisory Committee. In 2006 he was appointed to the Board of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and in 2009 to the Board of the BC Crime Prevention Association. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 research reports, international journal articles, and other publications addressing a broad range public safety issues. In 2005 he received the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Award for Public Safety and in 2006 he received the Order of Abbotsford. He holds two degrees in criminology from Simon Fraser University, and a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of British Columbia. In the summer of 1995 he completed the Management Development Program in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and is a two-time participant and presenter to the Oxford Roundtable.

Denny Prvu

Mr. Prvu is a Sr. Principal Security Consultant with CA Inc. Security Practice with over 15 years experience in Networking and Architecture Technologies. During the past 5 years he has focused primarily on user Web and Identity Access Management systems and their integration with applications used by today's organizations. As an active member of the ITAC Identity Management group Mr. Prvu has also played vital role in planning, architecture and implementation phases during deployment of Identity and Access Management technologies with large corporations as well as Government bodies in North America.

Jonathan Ratel

Jonathan is a consultant providing expert assistance on security and justice reforms, Courts reform and prosecutions in conflict regions and fragile democracies.

Jonathan has worked as a deployable civilian expert in the Middle East (Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan), central and eastern Europe (Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro) and South Central Asia (Afghanistan), including assignments with the Canadian International Development Agency, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Department for International Development and UK Stabilization Unit.

He has particular expertise in complex prosecutions as past Legal Advisor, United Nations, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, International Prosecutor, Special Department for Organized Crime and Corruption, State Court for Bosnia Herzegovina and UK Justice Advisor, British Embassy in Baghdad and Crown Counsel in Canada. Jonathan is a past Chevening scholar for advanced legal studies at the London School of Economics.

Jonathan is presently working on counter narcotics with the British Embassy in Kabul.

Kevin Roberts

Headquartered in Winnipeg, Seccuris focusses on information assurance through consulting and managed security services. Kevin Roberts, Director of Professional Services and a senior consultant with over twenty years of progressive leadership experience in the design, development, and delivery of a wide range of information technology services. Mr. Roberts holds a B. Eng (Hons) in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Sheffield, England. He has completed the Mid-Management Program of the I.H Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, and is a certified SABSA Practitioner.

Winn Schwartau

Winn is the president of Interpact, Inc., a security awareness consulting firm, and the author of many books including "Information Warfare", "CyberShock", "Time Based Security" and "Internet and Computer Ethics for Kids". His popular speeches entertain government and commercial audiences on three continents.

Wes Shoemaker

Wes was appointed Deputy Minister for Public Safety on June 1, 2009. As Deputy Minister, his portfolio includes Emergency Management BC (EMBC), the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, Gaming Investigations, Insurance Corporation of BC, as well as having oversight of the Business Practise and Consumer Protection Authority.

Previously Wes Shoemaker was Associate Deputy Minister of EMBC which was instrumental in the establishment of the BC Flood Protection Program and in enhancing the level of emergency preparedness in the Province not only related to the 57 known and identified hazards in the Province, but also with respect to business continuity planning in government. In 2008, EMBC as a member of the Central Coordination Group received the Premiers Award for Excellence for Cross Government Integration, particularly to acknowledge the leadership provided during the response to the 2007 floods.

During his 25 years in the emergency services, Wes Shoemaker was a firefighter/emergency medical technician, fire investigator, emergency medical and fire dispatcher, was a Deputy Fire Chief in the cities of Edmonton and St. Albert, and was also the Fire Chief and Regional Fire Coordinator in the City of Hamilton. He is a Harvard fellow, has an MBA, and has participated on many community and professional boards and associations.

Bobby Singh

Mr. Bobby Singh has 15 plus years experience in IT security with extensive experience in risk management, business operations, public relations, consulting and auditing. As the Director of Information Security for eHealth Ontario (eHO), Mr. Singh's role involves ensuring that security is built-in both at the organization-level and to eHO products and services. He provides leadership in the development and promotion of security standards and practices within eHO and in the healthcare sector in the province of Ontario. Mr. Singh has broad experience developing and implementing security programs for public and private sector organizations. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and round tables. Prior to joining eHO, Mr. Singh has held positions at Bank of America and Deloitte were he focused on delivering security services to clients and developing their security practice. Mr. Singh received his MBA from University of Pittsburgh and holds CISSP, CISM, CISA and CPA designations.

Stephen Skoronski

Having worked in various Information Security roles through the past 10 years, Stephen uses his experience to help organizations enhance their awareness and operational effectiveness towards Information Security threats. Stephen's professional certifications and industry experience have developed expertise in; governance & audit, architecture and security policy development.

Kelly Sundberg

Kelly is a tenure-track faculty member at Mount Royal University in the Department of Justice Studies and formerly an investigator with the Canada Border Services Agency. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in Justice and Public Safety Leadership from Royal Roads University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Kelly's research focuses primarily on issues of border security within Canada, Australia, the United States and other Commonwealth countries. His publications have addressed issues of border and national security in the post-9/11 era, and has presented on this topic at the Academy of Criminal Justice Science.

Terance Tack

Terence Tack is a Senior Systems Engineer with Radware specializing in security. Mr. Tack has nearly 30 years of experience in IT and security in a number of technical, operational and management roles. His background includes designing and managing the security infrastructure for an ASP data centre hosting over 50,000 clients, consulting to numerous FP500 and public sector organizations across North America, and founding and running an IT Risk Management Services company.

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