WCISC PANEL TALKS
Monday, May 27
RBC Convention Centre - Pan Am Room
2 amazing talks free to all! You DO NOT need to be registered for the conference to attend these panel talks. Show up early to get a seat!

Thanks to ISACA Winnipeg , ICTAM , Maven , and CLXForum you are invited to attend the WCISC Pre-Conference panel talks on Monday, May 27 FOR FREE!


THE PARITY IMPERATIVE presented by ICTAM & Maven
When: Monday May 27th 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: RBC Convention Centre, Pan Am Room

Hacking the Human: attackers’ and victims’ psychologies clash to create the perfect storm of a breach presented by CLXForum
When: Monday May 27th 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: RBC Convention Centre, Pan Am Room

Morning Panel Discussion:
THE PARITY IMPERATIVE presented by ICTAM & Maven
Women make up over 50 per cent of the population, but less than a quarter of Canada’s tech workforce. In the next few years, over 70 per cent of jobs will be tech driven. So where does this leave women? Join the discussion as we talk about gender parity and the attraction, retention and advancement of women in tech.

Join Beth Bell, Laural Porth-Jones and Kathy Knight for this amazing and NECESSARY discussion!
Kathy Knight, CEO - ICTAM

Kathy joined the ICT Association of Manitoba (ICTAM) as CEO in January of 2005. During her time at ICTAM, Kathy has worked collaboratively with the Association’s Board of Directors and to grow the organization into a staple of Manitoba’s technology ecosystem. With nearly 150 member companies representing a wide range of technologies, solutions and more, ICTAM is the leading voice of Manitoba’s ICT industry at a regional, national and international level.
At ICTAM, Kathy works with stakeholders and members to deliver relevant and robust programming and initiatives designed to support the people in Manitoba's ICT sector. Each year, ICTAM hosts a wide-range of events including monthly Tech Mashups, the Community Dinner, The Innovators and the DisruptED conference; provides programming for newcomers looking to enter Manitoba’s workforce, promotes parity in the tech industry, supports companies through targeted business development activities, inspires youth to explore careers in the tech industry, and overall, creates greater knowledge about how this sector contributes to the economic well-being of Manitoba. 
In addition to her role at ICTAM, Kathy serves as a Director on the Board of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and is on the External Advisory Board for the Department of Science at the University of Manitoba. In the past, she has served as Vice Chair of Red River College’s Board of Governors and Chair of the Audit Committee. Currently, she contributes to a number of other committees in Winnipeg and is a staple member of the city’s growing technology community.
Beth Bell, Vice President, Enterprise and Commercial, IBM Global Markets Canada Beth Bell is the Vice President for IBM Canada’s Enterprise and Commercial business

Her team helps their clients transform by leveraging IBM’s full portfolio of products and services, deep skills, assets and innovative solutions. Prior to this role, Beth was the Vice President & Partner for IBM Global Business Services Public Sector services team.
Beth has held many leadership roles in GBS Canada since her appointment to Partner in 2004 including: Canadian Social Services Leader, Canadian General Business Sector Leader, Canadian Application Management Services (AMS) Sales Leader and executive responsible for the IBM Client Innovation Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Beth has extensive experience selling and delivering IBM services projects of many sizes. She has led numerous large multi-year public sector partnerships where she was the IBM executive responsible for achieving the client’s transformation objectives.
Beth also has a rich heritage in IBM's Diversity Community. She was the founder and former-Chair of the IBM Manitoba Women in Technology (WIT) Program, she conceived IBM's National Aboriginal Strategy in 2004 and is currently the Canadian Executive Sponsor for IBM Persons with Disabilities. Beth was also one of 36 global executives selected for the IBM`s inaugural Executive Corporate Services Program and joined five other IBM executives in Chengdu, China to create a plan for Chengdu to become a 'Smarter City'. Beth is an IBM for Institute for Business Value author and active public speaker who speaks on transformation, leadership development, IBM diversity and the advancement of women in STEM.
Laural Porth-Jones, Director-Prairies for Manitoba of the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)
Laural has provided business leadership and advisory services through over 20 years of experience in small, medium-sized and global enterprises. In addition to roles in Canada, Laural held positions spanning the US and worldwide, including work at Microsoft Corporation headquarters in Redmond, Washington, spanning management, operations and finance.
Laural works to serve her community and is a board member for the St. Amant Foundation and the St. Ignatius school board in Winnipeg. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Manitoba.
Afternoon Panel Discussion:
Hacking the Human: attackers’ and victims’ psychologies clash to create the perfect storm of a breach presented by CLX Forum
Psychology seeks to explain why humans do what humans do. Cybersecurity, with the human element removed, distills down to a set of hardware/software that launch attacks, and a countering set of hardware/software that defend against such attacks.

The introduction of the human mind, its skills, intent, emotions, and social interactions, results in an exponentially complex scenario where the attacker is empowered to leverage basic human behaviour and turn these into exploit entry points targeting victims as individuals and/or as individual members within a society. 

Join Bob Gordon (Executive Director, CCTX) , Michael Legary (serial entrepreneur and board member) , and Ajay Sood (VP, Country Manager: Symantec Canada) as they discuss this “Perfect Storm of a Breach”