CATA Cyber Council

Lynda Calvert

Professor of Journalism at Seneca@York

With her background in journalism and cyber security policy, Lynda Calvert is an expert in communication and education strategies around cyber security. Lynda is a graduate of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto (MGA 2012). At the Munk School, she specialised in cyber security issues, writing her thesis on Canada's vulnerability to cyber war. She has also been a consultant for the federal government on domestic and international Internet governance policy issues. Before attending the Munk School, Lynda had a distinguished career as a National Reporter with CBC Television News. For ten years, Lynda travelled extensively across Canada to report on every subject imaginable - from Alberta's oil patch to Bay Street to northern Labrador. Lynda speaks and has studied in both English and French. She is currently teaching journalism courses to both college and university students at Seneca College in Toronto.

Peter Hammerschmidt

Director General¸ National Cyber Security, Public Safety Canada

Peter Hammerschmidt is the Director General¸ National Cyber Security at Public Safety Canada. Throughout his Public Service career, Peter has acquired significant experience in a broad range of complex policy and program issues, in a variety of policy and coordination roles at the Department of National Defence, Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a Major in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a Master of Arts with a concentration in Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Gary Perkins

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Executive Director, Information Security Branch, Government of the Province of British Columbia

Gary Perkins is the CISO for the Government of British Columbia. As the Executive Director of the Information Security Branch, Perkins is responsible for providing cybersecurity services in support of the province. He has more than 18 years of experience in information technology, risk management and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the BC Government, Perkins worked in the private sector as chief of staff for security at TELUS and, earlier in his career, led teams responsible for incident response, operations, delivery and architecture for both corporate and managed security services customers. A CISSP since 2004, Perkins also holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University's Management of Technology program.

John Proctor, CD, CISM

Vice President, Global Cyber Security, CGI
Greater Toronto Airports Authority

John Proctor, VP, Global Cyber Security, is responsible for CGI’s global security portfolio and overall cyber strategy, which involves CGI’s 1400+ security professionals around the world, and is also accountable globally for Commercial Managed Security Services for CGI. John is based at the Canadian Security Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Ottawa, which comprises over 200 security and privacy professionals, a 24/7/365 Security Operations Centre and one of three accredited security evaluation test centres in Canada. The CoE delivers security and privacy services to Canadian and global organizations, including a large number of Canada’s major corporations, financial institutions, Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments.

With over 22 years of experience in the British and Canadian forces prior to joining the private sector, John is a qualified Intelligence Officer, HUMINT operator, Hostage/Crisis Negotiator, has served as aircrew flying helicopters in the Royal Navy, and spent six years working with Canadian Special Forces. John draws upon his unique technical background mixed with his individual and organizational behaviour expertise to support the people and organizational pillars in cyber security and privacy.

Known for his ability to communicate effectively with both a technical and a business audience, John has quickly become one of CGI’s global cyber security subject matter experts and is a sought after speaker at numerous industry conferences and CGI client events. John is a member of the Department of Foreign Affairs ICT Advisory Board, is CGI’s advisor to the Canadian Council for Chief Executives Cyber Security Advisory Council and is a panel member for the Canadian Cyber Security Network for Innovation under the Networks of Centres of Excellence.

Danny Timmins, CISSP

CEO/President, NCI

Danny Timmins is the CEO/President of NCI, a Cyber Security Company in Canada for the last 15 years. Danny is responsible in setting the long term direction, vision and overseeing the operation at NCI, a market leader in Cyber Security Services and Solutions.

Danny’s leadership not only extends to business, he has also been involved in the community for over 24 years as a volunteer.

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