Biographies

Michael McEvaoy

BC Information and Privacy Commissioner

Michael McEvoy was appointed Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC by unanimous motion of the Legislative Assembly. He began his six-year term as an independent Officer of the Legislature on April 1, 2018.

Prior to his appointment, Michael served as Deputy Commissioner for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC). He played a key senior leadership role in the enforcement of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Michael was responsible for leading and managing systemic investigations and developing policy papers and guidance for organizations and public bodies. He also led BC’s efforts to collaborate with regulatory authorities throughout the Asia Pacific region. Prior to accepting the role of Deputy Commissioner, Michael was the office’s Senior Adjudicator.

A public school trustee for 12 years, including two terms as President of the British Columbia School Trustees’ Association and one term as President of the Canadian School Boards’ Association, Michael also served on numerous campaign committees of the Greater Victoria United Way and chaired its 2009 campaign.

Michael obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Manitoba in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1980 from the University of Winnipeg. He has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1986.


Laurel Wale

TRU Privacy and Access Officer

Laurel Wale is the Privacy and Access Officer at TRU. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, along with Privacy Professional Designations from the Canadian Institute of Privacy Professionals (CIAPP), and is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Laurel is also a member of the Privacy and Access Council of Canada, and a member of the Post-Secondary Access and Privacy Professional’s group. Laurel has been working in the area of Privacy and Access for over 11 years.


John Cuzzola

Director of Information Technology School District 73 and Sessional Lecturer TRU

John Cuzzola teaches “Ethical Hacking” to working students. When vulnerabilities are discovered students may be afraid to report or quickly dismiss the problem due to their junior status. In an interactive presentation to senior management a series of questions are asked. Are we too dismissive? Perhaps arrogant? Are you putting your own system at risk? What mechanisms do you have in your organization to allow staff to report potential problems?


Tamara Hunter

Associate Counsel, DLA Piper

Tamara Hunter is a member of the firm’s litigation group. She practises in the areas of freedom of information and privacy law, administrative law and professional regulation law. She acts for a variety of professional regulatory bodies on matters involving registration, professional disciplinary proceedings and related litigation.

She has conducted numerous hearings before professional disciplinary tribunals and has represented professional regulatory bodies before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.


Craig Neal

IoTs Panel member

Craig Neal is the Industrial Security Architect for Teck Resources, Canadas largest diversified mining company. He is also the Chairman for the Autonomous Haulage Systems Working Group sponsored by the Mining and Metals Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MM- ISAC). Craig has worked for Teck for 22 years. In that time he has held roles in SCADA and Industrial Control System support and development and for the past decade, industrial cyber security. Craig holds a CISSP, CSSA and MCSE certifications.


Dave Zylyk

IoTs Panel member

Dave Zylyk is the Regional Manager in the Okanagan for Graycon (Ricoh IT Services). Dave has been with Graycon for over 5 years starting as a Solutions Architect and PreSales Engineer. With a broad range of IT infrastructure skillset: compute, virtualization, network and security, Dave’s passion stems from the business perspective... how technology can support and deliver agility to companies. Passionate about the experience, Dave leads his teams toward building great relationships driven by providing clients tangible business value.


David Burkholder

IoTs Panel member

David is the Associate Director of Technology Services at Thompson Rivers University. His portfolio is responsible for Classroom Technologies / Video Conferencing, Learning Management Systems (Moodle and Blackboard) and Network Services ( voice and data services). David has been at TRU since 1989 in a variety of roles.


Maggie Fung

IoTs Panel member

Maggie Fung joined Thompson Rivers University (TRU) as Associate VP Digital Strategies & CIO in 2018. Maggie has 25 years’ experience working in BC’s higher education sector. Prior to joining TRU, Maggie held a number of progressively senior IT positions at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), eventually serving as Chief Information Office. In addition, Maggie has served as the President of Higher Education Information Technology BC (HEITBC); as a Board Director for BCNet; as a Senator at KPU; as a Board Director for the Vancouver Chapter of the CIO Association of Canada; and as a Mentor for the Women in Leadership Foundation. Maggie holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, a Master of Business Administration from York University and is a certified LEAN Greenbelt.


Hugh Burley

IoTs Panel member

Hugh is the Director Information Security at Thompson Rivers University and the ISO for BCNET, the Provincial Research Network. He has been leading the information security program at TRU since 2007 and has served in a variety of capacities in regional and national working groups and boards. He holds current Information Security, Risk, Audit and Privacy professional certifications.


Patrick Davis

CIO and VP Business Technology at BCLC

Patrick leads the Business Technology team that oversees the technology and systems that support BCLC’s operations. From the purchase and validation of lottery tickets at one of our over 4000 retailers, to managing a complex network of 12,000 slot machines across the province, Patrick is responsible for the technology that serves as the backbone for the business. His team develops and integrates innovative new technology, and enables the company to adapt quickly to changing business needs in support of its ongoing financial success.

Patrick’s responsibilities include software development and certification, enterprise architecture, the program management office, the technology infrastructure for lottery, casino, bingo and online gambling, as well as back office systems.

Patrick joined BCLC in 2003 and most recently served as Director, Enterprise Architecture. He also held the role as Director, Program Management Office.

He is a certified Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute and sits on the Software Engineering Advisory Committee at Thompson Rivers University. Patrick also chaired the 2015 Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games Organizing Committee.


Ben Smith

Field Chief Technology Officer, RSA

Ben Smith is Field Chief Technology Officer (Field CTO - US) with RSA, a Dell Technologies business. With 25 years’ experience in the information security, networking and telecommunications industries, he regularly consults on RSA’s security and risk management solutions. His prior employers include UUNET, CSC, and the US Government, along with several technology-oriented startups. He holds industry certifications in information security (CISSP, risk management (CRISC), and privacy (CIPT), and has presented on RSA’s behalf internationally at cybersecurity events sponsored by Gartner, FS-ISAC, SANS, IANS, CERT/ SEI, ISSA, (ISC)2, ISACA, MWCA, RMA, BSides, ASIS, InfraGard, HTCIA, ICI and other organizations.

Session abstract: Organizations of all sizes are under attack today, and one common challenge is how ill–prepared we all tend to be while responding. This presentation will review how to recognize and think about digital risk management generally, and address lessons learned and how to most effectively combine people, processes, and technologies in the midst of a breach response.


Brian Lamb

Director of TRU’s Learning Technology and Innovation team

Brian Lamb is the Director of TRU’s Learning Technology and Innovation team. LT&I build and maintain Open Learning’s online courses, and also provide learning technology support for TRU’s face-to-face and blended learning programs. He is also a co-founder of the OpenETC, a collaboration amongst BC’s public post-secondary institutions that use open source tools for learning.


Aaron Konig

Sales Engineer, Varonis Systems Inc.

Aaron joined Varonis Systems in 2018 with the goal of helping organizations build and maintain trust by improving security posture and protecting sensitive data. For over a decade, Aaron has specialized in the production, sales and support of data-centric enterprise software, regularly speaking at local, regional and international events.

DCAP - The Modern State of Insecurity

Online security is in a constant state of flux; we face threats today that are entirely new to those we dealt with only a year or two ago. Yet at the same time, we’re still dealing with the same fundamental threats we were decades ago with the likes of SQL injection and ransomware dating as far back as the 80’s. This dichotomy also plays out in the sophistication of attacks we’re seeing today with news headlines announcing nation state backed espionage with equal regularity to Amazon S3 buckets exposing everything to the public due to simple configuration errors.

In this talk, you’ll see how these threats are evolving and which ones we need to be especially conscious of in the modern era. It looks at real world examples of both current and emerging threats and talks about actionable steps we need to take as an industry to stem the flow of data breaches and other malicious activity. The Modern State of Insecurity is a scary yet necessary lesson on how we’re still getting security wrong today.