Minister of Foreign Affairs to deliver keynote at security conference
Leading experts from Canada and around the world will be gathering in Ottawa at the end of the month to explore security best practices.
By Jennifer Brown
The conference, entitled, Global Approaches to Security and Technology
Strategies, will look beyond Canadian borders to examine security
issues around the world and what other countries have implemented to
address their own challenges. While previous conferences from the
Conference Board of Canada have focused on Canadian and U.S.
challenges, this conference will look at best practices around the
world and how they might be adapted to Canadian organizations.
"We’ve put together a program that follows a logical sequence of looking at the threats, how they can be prioritized and managed and then how security strategies are formulated to address those threats," said conference organizer Richard Cohen. "Most of the second day will look at how the right technology can be selected to enhance security strategies. There’s also an element of communication involved in managing risk."
Individuals from the federal auditor general’s office will also speak about how successful Canada has been in addressing the issue of security risks.
The conference will be broken into two areas: building a security strategy and
detailed plan, and improving national and international collaboration
between governments and industry to produce innovative technology to
support security systems.
The conference, to be held Nov. 28-29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in
Ottawa, will examine the challenges faced by some of the largest
private and public sector organizations in Canada and around the world.
Featured keynote speakers will include the Hon. Peter MacKay, Minister
of Foreign Affairs and Jacques Duchesneau, president and chief
executive officer, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority as well as
Heiko Loehr, World Cup Project Team, detective superintendent, Serious
and Organized Crime, Bundeskriminalamt, Germany. Co-chairing the event
will be Gene McLean, CSO and vice-president of Telus Communications and
James Robbins, EWA-Canada Ltd, which specializes in network and IT
The first day of the conference will include sessions such as a panel
discussion on Assessing Threats and Managing Risks: International
Practices, moderated by Jacques Shore, partner, Gowling Lafleur
Henderson LLP. Shore was the first secretary of the Security and
Intelligence Review Committee, the oversight body for the Canadian
Security and Intelligence Service, and has been involved in the study
of national security issues since. This panel will include experts from
different countries with different histories who will speak about how
they assess and manage risk.
Other sessions include How Technology Contributes to Security: Israel’s
Experience, featuring Rafi Sela, a consultant on defence and homeland
security industries in Israel. He represents many of that country’s
security technology companies and was a popular speaker at last year’s
Canadian Aviation Security Conference.
On day two, Ed Schaffner, director of integrated security programs with
Unisys Inc. will discuss Selecting and Integrating the Right Security
Technology and Louie Volucci, senior manager, forensic, risk and
resilience with KPMG will examine the current cyber threat landscape,
emerging trends in cyber terrorism and the approaches to take in
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