When it comes to effective cybersecurity, it truly takes a village.

When we think of cybersecurity, the analysts working on the front lines to prevent, detect, and respond to cybersecurity threats often come to mind. But designing and implementing an effective cybersecurity program requires people with a multitude of skillsets who often work behind the scenes. This includes not only technical skills, but also expertise in policy development, insurance, law enforcement, education, and research.

Hosted by CANARIE, the goal of the inaugural Canadian SecuR&E Forum is to start the community-building process by introducing those involved in cybersecurity to people and disciplines that they may not have previously encountered.

Who Should Attend?

  • Cybersecurity practitioners
  • Executives with cybersecurity-related responsibilities (e.g., CISOs, CIOs, Directors of Information Security, and similar roles).
  • Cybersecurity insurance specialists
  • Researchers in cybersecurity
  • Anyone interested in cybersecurity-related issues in a research or post-secondary environment
Hugo Dominguez

Business Security Officer, Desjardins

Hugo Dominguez is a Business Security Officer at Desjardins. As part of his role, he acts as a delegate of the Chief Security Officer and supports different business sectors in their strategic planning for different areas of security, including IT security, physical security, protection of personal information and the fight against fraud.

Before joining Desjardins, Hugo held positions as Director of IT Security and Infrastructure at McGill University and the University of Quebec in Montreal. As part of his duties within these institutions, Mr. Dominguez was responsible for coordinating and supervising a team of professionals responsible for planning and managing the security of a large-scale university IT infrastructure of more than 215,000 users, 15,000 workstations, 1,200 servers, 25,000 concurrent users of wireless networks, etc.

Prior to working in the higher ed sector, Hugo was a manager with the Global Risk Management Department of PricewaterhouseCoopers where he carried out numerous IT security assessment and governance mandates.

Hugo is also a lecturer in various university programs where he teaches technology risk management and IT infrastructure and holds various certifications including CISA and ITIL Foundation.

Jon Ferguson

General Manager, Cybersecurity and DNS ServicesGeneral Manager, Cybersecurity and DNS Services | CIRA

Jon Ferguson leads the Cybersecurity & DNS services unit at CIRA that builds upon the organization’s world class DNS services to provide cybersecurity services and training to Canadians and the global internet community.

For the past 15 years, Jon has worked in product leadership roles for organizations building globally distributed Internet of Things and Cybersecurity solutions.  Prior to joining CIRA, he was Director of Public Key Infrastructure & IOT at Entrust where he helped launch a suite of products including next generation, SaaS based security solutions to the company’s global customer base.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Geographic Analysis degree from Toronto Metropolitan University.  Jon is an avid sports fan and you will find him on the Golf Course, baseball field playing in the local Fastball league or engaged in other outdoor activities with his two sons and wife.

Henry Hughes

Chief Technology Officer, Cybersecurity | JISC

As Jisc’s Chief Technology Officer – Cybersecurity, Henry Hughes is responsible for the capability and capacity of defensive systems that protect members and customers across UK education and research. Jisc operates the Janet network and the National Research and Education Network (NREN) for the UK. Internationally, the Janet network interconnects with 37 other NRENs across Europe.

Henry has over 25 years’ experience working within digital infrastructures, across networking, access and identity management, and security. He led the establishment of DDoS defensive capability for the Janet network in parallel with cyber threat intelligence and layered network defensive services capabilities. He continues to lead and co-ordinate the expansion of defensive capabilities and improvement to cyber resilience across the UK education and research sectors. Henry is an advocate for knowledge and skills development, outreach, and training in the cybersecurity context.

Internationally, Henry works with other NRENs and research organisations in efforts to improve cybersecurity and to promote better understanding of the wider threat landscape. Henry is Co-Chair of the GN5-1 security work stream, a two-year EU programme, part of the 7-year strategic framework of individual programmes that form part of Horizon Europe. GN5-1 work, in the security context, includes the establishment of an international threat intelligence sharing hub and the protection of terabit scale network infrastructure supporting e-science.

Daniel J. Michaluk

Partner and National Co-Leader, Cybersecurity Group | BLG

Daniel Michaluk is a well-recognized cybersecurity, privacy, and information management lawyer, with significant experience working with education and public sector organizations in Canada.

In this capacity, Daniel helps organizations to respond optimally to security and cyber incidents, defend security and privacy complaints, claims and grievances, handle complex freedom of information matters and appeals, and address security and other operational issues while minimizing privacy risks.

Daniel has maintained a privacy and security practice since 2003 and has acted as a security incident “coach” since 2006. He has represented clients in significant privacy, security, and freedom of information litigation, including at the Ontario Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.

Isaac Straley

Chief Information Security Officer | University of Toronto

Isaac has held this inaugural position since December 2018, where he oversees the university’s Information Security program. He is responsible for ensuring that U of T’s networks, systems, and information are protected and meet regulatory and policy requirements. He also identifies, evaluates, and reports information security risks to the Information Security Council and the university’s senior administrative team.

Previously, he held the dual post of CISO and privacy officer at the University of California, Irvine, where he worked for 13 years. In 2021, Isaac was named CISO of the year at the CISO Forum Canada.


To help maximize the value of personal connections and networking, we’re excited to welcome you back to a fully in-person experience. Most sessions will be recorded (pending speaker consent) and recordings will be shared with all registered attendees.

Please note: the Canadian SecuR&E Forum will be conducted in English, but simultaneous French interpretation will be offered.


October 19, 2023
1:30 - 1:40 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

Jill Kowalchuk, Senior Director, CanSSOC Services | CANARIE

Julie Menzies, Director, NREN Cybersecurity Services | CANARIE

1:40 – -2:20 p.m.

Legal Perspective

Daniel Michaluk, Partner and National Co-Leader | BLG

2:20 –- 3:00 p.m.

International Perspective

Henry Hughes, Chief Technology Officer, Cybersecurity | Jisc

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 – 4:10 p.m.

Private Sector Perspective

Hugo Dominguez, Business Security Officer | Desjardins

4:10 – 4:50 p.m.

Fireside Chat: The Value of Collaboration

Isaac Straley, Chief Information Security Officer | University of Toronto

Jill Kowalchuk, Senior Director, CanSSOC Services | CANARIE

Jon Ferguson, General Manager, Cybersecurity and DNS Services | CIRA

4:50 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Jill Kowalchuk, Senior Director, CanSSOC Services | CANARIE

Julie Menzies, Director, NREN Cybersecurity Services | CANARIE


This inaugural event is complimentary, but space is limited. Please register early to ensure your attendance.

Please note: This event will immediately follow the CANARIE Summit. Summit participants who wish to do so can join us for lunch at noon, after the conclusion of the Summit, and attend the Canadian SecuR&E Forum sessions in the afternoon.

Feedback from this inaugural pilot will be used to shape future Canadian SecuR&E Forums.



Travel & Accommodations

Hotel Omni Mont-Royal


Hotel Omni Mont-Royal

1050 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Quebec
H3A 2R6
Tel: 514-284-1110

The Hotel Omni Mont-Royal is centrally located in downtown Montréal near McGill University and dominates the Golden Square Mile’s historical district. Footsteps away from some of Montréal’s finest shopping, dining, and art galleries, the hotel offers the comforts of home in a chic, urban setting. Guests can work out in the 24-hour fitness centre or book a self-care treatment at the on-site spa.



CANARIE has secured a room block at a highly discounted rate, starting at $259/night + taxes, at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal.

Please note:
There are limited spots available in this block. Hotel rooms in Montréal throughout October are at a premium, so please book your accommodations as soon as possible using the link below.


Reservations: Direct Reservation Link

You can also make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664). Please quote the group name (CANARIE Summit 2023) when you call.


Room reservations – cut-off date

The last day you can book reservations in the group room block is Monday, September 25, 2023, by 5 p.m. ET. Rooms will likely sell out so please book early.

Please note: A non-refundable deposit for one night’s stay will be charged 72 hours before check-in.



  • Valet parking: $41.75 plus applicable taxes (includes in and out privileges)
  • Self-parking: Parking Supérieur available near the hotel: $16.53 plus applicable taxes (no in and out privileges)

Prices are subject to change without notice.


Getting there

Hotel Omni Mont-Royal

1050 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Quebec
H3A 2R6
Tel: 514-284-1110


Montréal – Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Distance From Property: 19.4 KM
Approximately a $50 taxi ride.


The VIA Rail Gare Centrale is located at 895 de la Gauchetière, approximately a 12-minute walk or 8-10 minute taxi ride, depending on time of day.


Public Transportation

Bus Station

Express bus 747 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport/Downtown to station Lionel-Groulx.


Uber is available at the Montréal – Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. There are two pickup locations: one at Door 7 on the Departures level and one at Door 20 on the Arrivals level. Follow the instructions in the Uber app about where to meet your driver.


Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit or extend your stay in Montréal by checking out Tourisme Montréal’s list of things to do in the area.



Please email registration@canarie.ca or call 1-613-769-9500.


Please email registration@canarie.ca.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.