Masters of Ceremonies
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 12 years.
Director Risk Management Services, Thompson Rivers University
Steve's responsibilities include: leading the University's enterprise risk management strategy, overseeing the insurance portfolio, directing security services, design and development of Thompson Rivers' emergency preparedness policies and procedures, as well as oversight of the University's Occupational Health and Safety unit. Steve holds the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) and the Canadian Insurance Professional (CIP) designations. He is an active member of RIMS having served on the RIMS Board of Directors as the Society's Vice President. Currently, Steve is the Vice Chair of the RIMS Canada Council.
President and Vice-Chancellor, Thompson Rivers University
Brett Fairbairn joined TRU in December 2018, becoming the university’s fourth president and vice-chancellor. He holds a D.Phil. and a B.A. Honours (First Class) from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, where he attended as a Rhodes scholar. He is also a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, most recently as a visiting researcher at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Brett became involved in university leadership during his lengthy faculty career at University of Saskatchewan, and was Provost and Vice-President Academic from 2008 to 2014. For his last five years at USask, he was a professor at the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy, teaching about ethical leadership in democracy and public service, social economy, and co-operatives in the new economy. He is a strong believer in community-based research, active citizenship, and has a history of serving in community voluntary leadership roles.
Speakers and Panel Members
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.
Immediately prior to his appointment, Commissioner McEvoy was seconded from his position as Deputy Commissioner at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC), a role he had held since 2013, to the Information Commissioner’s Office in the United Kingdom. From September 2017 to March 2018, he helped lead the ICO’s investigation into Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.
Since taking office at the OIPC, the Commissioner has embarked on a series of investigations and programs aimed at strengthening access to information and protection of privacy. In February 2019, he released a ground-breaking investigation report into how BC’s political parties collect and use the personal information of BC voters. One month later, as part of the OIPC’s efforts to educate BC organizations, he launched PrivacyRight, a comprehensive program for the private sector, to help approximately 1 million BC firms, non-profits, doctor’s offices, trade unions, and other organizations understand their obligations under the province’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).
The global flow of trade and data requires privacy regulators to work together nationally and globally. A national and international leader in the privacy authority community, Commissioner McEvoy heads the OIPC role of Secretariat for the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), a forum for privacy and data protection regulators in the Asia Pacific region.
Commissioner McEvoy began his career at the OIPC in 2007, authoring more than 50 rulings under provincial access and privacy law. He was a public school trustee for 12 years, a role that included two terms as President of the British Columbia School Trustees' Association and one as President of the Canadian School Boards' Association. He also served on numerous committees of the Greater Victoria United Way and chaired its 2009 campaign.
Commissioner McEvoy 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. He is married with two daughters and is a charter member of the Victoria Grey Leafs' old-timer hockey team.
Having held a variety of senior sales and business development roles with a number of security vendors, technology start-ups and Canada’s leading telecommunications providers, Justin is a 30+ year veteran of the technology industry in Western Canada. For the past 13+ years, the threats cyber-criminals, hacktivists and rogue nations pose to society, have led him to focus his career in the area of Cybersecurity.
Justin currently holds the position of Regional Sales Manager for CrowdStrike, the world’s fastest growing provider of incident response, threat intelligence, endpoint protection, detection, & response solutions. Prior to CrowdStrike, Justin held senior cybersecurity sales roles with Cisco Systems, Fortinet and Forcepoint (formerly Websense).
Justin is an active member of the Western Canada IT security community and is keenly interested in working within and outside of the security and privacy communities to foster a collaborative environment among like-minded professionals. To that end, he currently serves as a member of the Government of BC’s Provincial Security Advisory Council (PSAC) and is a senior member of the board for ISACA Vancouver. ISACA Vancouver is a professional organization with 650+ members representing the IT Security/Audit/Risk/Governance professions. Justin believes strongly that the team ISACA Vancouver has assembled is in the best position to direct cybersecurity resources and training where they are needed most.
It’s exciting to work collaboratively with industry peers, partners and customers to solve security problems and minimize organizational risk. There's never a dull day in the IT Security space!
Tamara Hunter, Associate Counsel, leads DLA Piper Canada’s Privacy, Data Protection and Security practice in Canada and is based in the firm’s Vancouver office. She has 17 years’ experience advising and representing clients on privacy, data protection and security and on access to information matters.
Tamara has extensive experience advising on privacy compliance issues, anti-spam law compliance, information security breaches, privacy impact assessments and has conducted numerous proactive privacy reviews and audits (including as a global team member for global clients), and has developed and provided information security breach plans (both proactive and responsive), breach reports to privacy regulators, as well as privacy training. Examples of Tamara’s client work in these areas include organizations such as hotel/restaurant chains, retail financial institutions, retail clothing chains, logistics suppliers, insurance providers, medical device suppliers, minor sport associations and public utilities, as well as several educational institutions and professional regulatory bodies.
Tamara has represented numerous organizations (both private sector and public sector) before Canadian privacy regulators, including the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Alberta and the federal Office of the Information Commissioner. She has been lead counsel on numerous inquiry proceedings before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia. Tamara has represented organizations in litigation related to privacy and data protection issues before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Canada.
Tamara also regularly advises and represents the privacy regulator in British Columbia. She has been named by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia as a qualified lawyer approved to act on its behalf in matters relating to privacy protection law, administrative law and access to information law. She has represented the OIPC on numerous judicial review proceedings in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Tamara is ranked by Chambers Canada 2018 in the area of Privacy & Data Protection. Tamara is also recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (Privacy and Data Security Law, Administrative and Public Law, and Corporate and Commercial Litigation) 2019 and 2020, and was recognized for 2020 as “lawyer of the year” in Vancouver for Privacy and Data Protection. She is Distinguished® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Andy Cheng is the Enterprise Territory Manager for Western Canada at Tenable Inc., the Cyber Exposure Company. Andy has over 20 years in the IT and Information Security space and got his start by creating his own business post high school and growing a paging and cellular business from inception to 6+ retail locations in Western Canada with over 2 million dollars in annual revenue. His background ranges from sales of endpoint, networking and data center solutions to public and corporate enterprises in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Over the last 6 years, Andy has worked at different global cybersecurity organizations that provided 30+ security solutions and services including PCI audit, penetration testing, managed security, incident response and professional services. Security technologies that Andy has sold in Western Canada Enterprises include endpoint, secure web gateway, network and web application firewalls, security awareness education, MFA, SIEM and Governance, Risk and Compliance solutions.
Bryan Joyce has over 20 years IT operations and information security experience in multiple industries including the IESO managing their critical cyber infrastructure supporting Ontario’s electrical grid. Bryan is currently the CISO at Compugen Inc., one of Canada’s largest IT service providers. At Compugen, Bryan’s role includes responsibility for internal cybersecurity as well as providing security expertise on many customer engagements. Included in Bryan’s recent projects are multiple high security Federal and Provincial government projects with hybrid deployments both on premise and in the cloud.
Director Internal Audit TRU
B.Comm.(Laurentian) CPA, CA; CRMA; CFE; CFF with over 25 years of audit and finance experience.
Dina joined TRU in March 2006 and assumed the Director of Internal Audit role in 2014. She started the Internal Audit department at TRU and has become a trusted advisor and collaborator with many departments. She previously worked for Weyerhaeuser in various roles for 11 years. Prior to that, Dina did her articling at Price Waterhouse Coopers, accounting firm, in their Toronto, Vancouver and Kamloops offices.
Givonna De Bruin
Givonna De Bruin has over 25 years of experience in external and internal auditing and is the Corporate Director, Internal Audit for Interior Health based out of Kelowna. Interior Health provides hospital care, long-term care, community care, mental health and substance use and public health services to over 750,000 residents across the southern interior region (including Kamloops). Working with a specialized team of professional auditors, she has led a variety of performance, financial, compliance and information system audits identifying emerging risks and improving healthcare services. On behalf of the Board of Directors, Givonna is also the steward of the Safe Reporting Ethics Hotline.
Director, Internal Audit, Technical Safety BC
Willa is currently the Director of Internal Audit at Technical Safety BC, an organization known for its innovative approaches to regulating technical systems and equipment. She is a seasoned audit professional with over 25 years auditing experience and is a regular advisor to both Management and the Board of Directors on risk, compliance, operational improvements and governance. Willa holds a Bachelor Arts degree in Economics and a Certificate in Human Resources Management, along with multiple professional designations. She was the 2012 recipient of the Top Talent Award for demonstrated strategic leadership and academic performance in the Certified Management Accountant Executive Program.
Lance Knittig is a consulting engineer with Palo Alto Networks, providing security operations expertise throughout North America. His background includes incident response, forensics, security architecture and program management while building teams for both the largest enterprises and the fastest startups.
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Piotr Baltakis is a manager in the Information Technology department at the City of Kamloops. His current portfolio includes managing Infrastructure, software engineering, systems architecture, and information security. Piotr Graduated from TRU in 2001 and began his career in Vancouver during the dot com era. He later spent time at BCLC before moving on to the City of Kamloops. Piotr is passionate about spending time with his wife and 2 children. In his spare time, he loves to golf and play tennis.
Brian Malerby is a technology enthusiast and an information technology professional. Experienced in Microsoft systems with his primary focus in directory services, certificates, scripting, and their productivity suite. A believer in least privilege access and security best practices against the odds, advocating for information security at all levels and across all factions. Outside of his day job as a systems analyst for Interior Health Brian has an executive role within the Hospital Employees Union Kamloops Thompson Local, Kamloops Ridge Runners, Kamloops VMware User Group and participates in Kamloops Dev Meetups. In his free time which is mostly driving and running he listens to audio books with the current topic trend of communication science.
Hugh Burley has broad Information Technology experience which includes network, desktop, central servers, project management, supervision, and management. Since 2003 Hugh has been concentrating on Information Security and have achieved professional accreditation with the CISSP, GSEC Gold, CIPP/C, CISA, CISM, and CRISC designations. Hugh is the Director of Information Security for Thompson Rivers University where he has been leading the information security program since 2007.
Zoë Armer is the Program Manager within UBC’s Cybersecurity team, providing program, project and portfolio management supporting the three major pillars to effective Cybersecurity – People, Process, and Technology. As a member of UBC’s Privacy and Information Security Management Leadership Committee, Zoë and her team helped to build the Privacy Matters @ UBC initiative, which aims to increase the awareness of privacy and information security at UBC.
Wellness Centre Specialist, Thompson Rivers University
Information Security Analyst, Thompson Rivers University