Marc Kneppers

Marc Kneppers

Chief Security Architect, TELUS

Security was not the original plan. Marc started in Astrophysics, getting degrees from the University of Calgary and Western Ontario before finally quitting with his MSc to scrounge for money in the private sector. Luckily, the Internet was waiting. Starting as a UNIX system administrator and working his way through Internet services, dot coms and the core networking teams, Marc ended up as the Security prime for TELUS’ core networks. With a nod to his 20 years of experience in IT/networking security Marc was appointed a TELUS Fellow and is now the Chief Security Architect for TELUS.

As Chief Security Architect, Marc has responsibilities for security oversight and strategy across all of TELUS’ technologies and portfolios. He represents TELUS on Canadian national infrastructure forums and industry boards with membership in international security forums and vendor advisory boards. Outside of work, he lives in Calgary with his wife and 2 children, skis, bikes and plays in a band.

David Masson

David Masson

Country Manager, Canada, Darktrace

David Masson is Darktrace’s Country Manager for Canada and has over two decades of experience working in fast moving security and intelligence environments in the UK, Canada and world-wide. With skills developed in the civilian, military and diplomatic worlds, he has been influential in the efficient and effective resolution of various unique national security issues. Dave is an operational solutions expert and has a solid reputation across the UK and Canada for delivery tailored to customer needs. In recent years he has advised many government institutions on Insider Threat, helping them to reduce their vulnerability and level of risk. He holds a master’s degree from Edinburgh University.

      

Marius Ghinescu

Marius Ghinescu

Director, Engineer & Technology, Raytheon Canada Limited

Marius Ghinescu is responsible for day-to-day Systems Engineering and strategic Technology Innovation activities at Raytheon Canada. This includes outcome-based strategy definition, innovation portfolio management and new programs pursuits and execution.

Marius has over twenty years of international experience in the defense and commercial industries, occupying leadership roles on complex programs in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and ASEAN countries.

Marius has a proven innovation track record for early adoption and pragmatic deployment of complex digitally intensive technologies using Open Innovation and System of Systems (SoS) methodologies. His major strengths include strategic planning, operational leadership and business development for sustainment and growth. He is naturally focused on identifying convergent opportunities, connecting diverse technical architectures, products and innovation frameworks as well as building highly collaborative teams.

Marius travels frequently to various locations within Alberta and internationally and whenever possible he is pursuing his interests in fly fishing and scuba diving.

    

Tom Keenan

Tom Keenan

Award Winning Journalist, Public Speaker & Author on Cyber and Technology

Tom combines a deep technical knowledge with lively insights into the social and cultural aspects of technology. He was educated at Columbia University, receiving BA, M.Sc., MA and Ed.D. degrees in Philosophy, Mathematics, Engineering and Education. He is a popular professor of Environmental Design and Computer Science at the University of Calgary, a Fellow of the Canadian Information Processing Society and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Military Security and Strategic Studies. Tom taught Canada’s first computer crime course, in 1974, and was involved in drafting that country’s inaugural computer crime legislation. He has been an expert witness in civil and criminal cases including one involving claimed “Internet defamation”.

He is the author of over 500 academic papers, book chapters, presentations and articles, and has spoken on five continents to academic audiences, major conferences and the general public. His latest book, Technocreep (www.technocreep.com) dissects how technology is becoming creepy in hidden ways that are difficult for most people to understand. It has recently appeared in the top ten on Amazon.ca in categories including Civil Rights and Liberties, Technology & Society, and Social Aspects of Technology.

Tom’s prolific work in the media ranges from being the National Technology Correspondent for Business Edge News Magazine to writing a syndicated Men’s Health column that appears in the Calgary Herald and other Postmedia newspapers. He is a member of the Psychology Today panel of experts and blogs regularly on the intersection between the human mind and technology. A regular guest on a number of TV and radio programs, he has been interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Daily News, Singapore Straits Times, Forbes, the New York Post, National Public Radio, CBC Television’s The National and CTV’s Canada AM.