Security Measures in Canada’s Public Sector


Thursday, November 8

10:40 – 11:30 am

Gold / Silver Room

Plenary Session

Security Measures In Canada’s Public Sector: Getting Our Ducks In A Row

Cybersecurity is a significant and growing problem across all aspects of society, with privacy and fraud top-of-mind concerns. There are currently several large security initiatives launching in Canada’s education and public sectors: the National Research and Education Network (NREN) is preparing a shared security information and event management deployment project, big research institutions have launched a national shared security operations centre pilot project, while more and more organizations are hiring shared chief information security officers.

With so many security initiatives on the go, how can public organizations better coordinate these moving pieces? What areas should they be focusing on right now? And are we unnecessarily duplicating efforts?

The problem is not so much about the growing cost of cybersecurity, but rather how much of every future dollar invested in cybersecurity will be spent on individual vs shared actions.

In this panel, representatives from government, academia, industry and the NREN will discuss the current state of national cybersecurity initiatives, and how to ensure we are not creating a landscape of “haves and have nots” when it comes to security. Is there a way to leverage the experience of those with more expertise in order to benefit those without?


Art Exner
Associate Vice President / CIO, University of Regina

Art Exner is currently responsible for IT infrastructure for the University of Regina, including voice and data networking, desktop provisioning and service, operations, security, and system administration activity. In addition to the foregoing, Mr. Exner provides support to campus research and instructional computing. A member of the central IT management group, Art actively participates in policy design and implementation. Recent projects include a significant expansion of the University's hosting capacity for research comptuing, a large VoIP installation and a metropolitan area dark fibre network.

Brian Stewart
Deputy Chief Information Officer, University of Alberta

Brian has worked in both the commercial and post secondary sectors, and has over 30 years of managerial experience, of which 20 were at the executive level. His main focus has been on improving operational effectiveness, reducing and eliminating costs, and strategic technology management, including process innovation and the application of technology to product and service development. Brian envisions a central core for IT, business and financial services at post-secondary institutions and he's making it happen through Campus of Alberta Unified Services.

Jaymon Lefebvre
Director, Information Technology Services at Wild Rose School Division

Jaymon Lefebvre is the IT Services Director for Wild Rose School Division, where he has been a constant advocate for change for over 16 years. He sits on the Cybera Board of Directors and was a 2018 ARIN fellow. Jaymon has a penchant for balancing security and access through a “Privacy by Design” approach. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Cloud Security Professional, Certified Penetration Tester and Certified Ethical Hacker.

Jim Ghadbane
President and CEO, CANARIE

As CANARIE's President and CEO, Jim is responsible for achieving the company’s objectives as stated in its current agreement with the Government of Canada, including providing an internationally competitive ultra-high speed network for Canada’s research, innovation and education communities; developing and implementing next generation technologies; and assisting Canadian firms and higher education institutions advance innovation and commercialization efforts. Jim joined CANARIE as Chief Technology Officer in May 2010 and is an experienced leader in the ICT industry.

Stuart Lee
Director, Security & Emergency Management Operations, Office of the Alberta Corporate Chief Information Officer

Stuart Lee has been with the Government of Alberta for over 21 years and joined the Corporate Information Security Office in 2010.  His experience in Information Technology include operations management, client services, project management, IT disaster recovery, business continuity and cyber security.  He is the Director of Security and Emergency Management Operations and is responsible for the Managed Security Services, incident response, digital forensic investigations, emergency management and security awareness for the Government of Alberta.