CANARIE Summit 2021

Stronger Together:
Rethinking Cybersecurity

November 16 - 18, 2021

The threats we face are unlike anything we’ve seen before, but so are the opportunities to collaborate on better defenses. Let’s rethink cybersecurity.


The last CANARIE Summit focused on the multiple facets of cybersecurity – privacy, Whitehat hackers, the latest research, and the beginnings of coordinated cybersecurity efforts across the country.

A lot has happened since then.

The 2021 CANARIE Summit revisits cybersecurity by diving into what it takes to secure Canada’s research and education sector, while making Canada a leader in cybersecurity expertise, infrastructure, and innovation.

  • Learn from global cybersecurity experts
  • Contribute to ongoing discussions
  • Engage with leading Canadian innovators and researchers
Day 1 – Building the Team

People have the potential to be both the strongest and the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. How can we facilitate the development of team and organizational cultures that instill and prioritize cybersecure-safe behaviours among our diverse communities? What’s working and what can we improve?

Day 2 – Redefining the Playbook

Consistent and thorough process implementation is the current that powers institutional cybersecurity.  But how often do we re-examine these processes in light of ever-evolving threat vectors and user behaviours? What can we learn from successes at home and abroad?

Day 3 – Expanding the Toolkit

The abundance of cybersecurity technologies available today has the potential to instill both excitement (new opportunities!) and anxiety (how to choose?). We’ll explore cybersecurity technologies across different sectors, examine opportunities for Canadian leadership in cybersecurity innovation, and conclude the Summit with a high-level view of how all Canadians can adapt and benefit from this evolving landscape.

Who Should Attend?

Research and Education Organizations

  • Vice Presidents, Finance and Administration
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Information Security Officers
  • Identity and access management teams
  • Network Architects
  • Cybersecurity and computer science researchers

Private Sector

  • Cybersecurity professionals
  • Identity and access management specialists
  • Network engineers
  • Professionals in solutions and services focused on the Canadian research and education sector


  • Executive Directors and staff of non-profit organizations serving Canada’s research and education sector
  • Staff of Research and Education Networks
  • Cybersecurity professionals


  • Mid-senior officers in Science Policy, Innovation, Information Technology/ Security

What to Expect at the CANARIE Summit

We asked our attendees,
“What was the highlight of the 2019 National Summit?”

Keynote: Keren Elazari

The Friendly Hacker - Security Analyst, Researcher and Public Speaker

Talk: What We Can All Learn from Hackers About Cyber Security

Keren Elazari is an internationally recognized security analyst, researcher, writer, and speaker. Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, big 4 and Fortune 500 companies. Keren covers emerging security technologies as an independent strategic advisor, working with international tech giants and innovative startups.  

In 2014, Keren became the first Israeli woman to speak at the prestigious TED Conference. Keren’s talk has been viewed by millions, translated to 30 languages, and chosen for TED’s ‘Most Powerful Ideas’. In 2020, Keren’s TED talk is still one of TED’s most watched talks on the topic of security and hacking.  

Keren holds a CISSP certification, an MA in Security Studies, and is a senior researcher at the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center at Tel Aviv University and a visiting faculty member of Reichman University, Israel’s leading private university. Keren is the founder of Israel’s largest security community event, BSidesTLV, and a co-founder of the Leading Cyber Ladies, a global professional network for Women in Cyber Security. 

Keynote: Stephanie Carvin

Associate Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

Talk Title: Coming soon 

Stephanie Carvin is an Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. Her research interests are in international and national security and technology. Currently, she is teaching in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, technology and warfare, and intelligence and national security. Stephanie holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Among other publications, she is the author of Stand on Guard: Reassessing Threats to Canada’s National Security (University of Toronto Press: 2021) and co-author of the forthcoming Intelligence and Policy Making: The Canadian Experience (Stanford 2021). From 2012-2015, she was an intelligence analyst with the Government of Canada focusing on national security issues. 

Keynote: Roni Zehavi

CEO, Rontali

Talk Title: Coming soon 

Roni Zehavi is currently the CEO of Rontali, a privately held company specialized in leading Global digitization projects, from establishment of sustainable and scalable clusters in developing countries, to comprehensive solutions in the domain of smart transportation and aviation. 

Prior to that position, Roni was the co-founder and CEO of CyberSpark, aimed at leveraging the Israeli Cyber Ecosystem in Be’er-Sheva into the Global Cyber Capital, unprecedented the world over in terms of innovation and potential. 

In the past 5 years, CyberSpark has turned into a leading entity within the Israeli cyber arena. Working with hundreds of cyber companies from start-ups to global corporates, research centers, academia, governmental institutes (authorities and operation such as the CERT) and innovation spaces (incubators, accelerators, VCs). In 2014 Roni co-founded Global EPIC, a global community of cyber ecosystems, covering more than 27 hubs from across the world, from which he held until recently the position of Global President. Roni is a worldwide recognized expert in the domain and a well-known figure as a speaker and moderator in events such as CyberTech, STS Forum, WEF Cyber forum, and more. As such, Roni acts as board member in centers of cyber entrepreneurism and innovation such as LORCA. 

Roni has more than 25 years of proven success in the entrepreneurial hi-tech arena, integrating highly innovative and multidisciplinary technologies into sellable products. His range of experience includes stewarding ideas through the development process into the marketplace. One of his recent companies is To-Be-Education, a creative platform upon which teachers and students can upload content that can be transformed into dilemma-based learning games with multiple users, facilitating the develop of global learners’ communities.  

In 2004 Roni founded Rontal Applications, a leading provider of a 3D based application for simulations and real-time command & control systems. Under his leadership, the company has achieved successful results before being acquired by an American corporation. Being an experienced test pilot and flight test engineer from ETPS UK and an aeronautical engineer from the Technion, Roni is also a well-known expert in aviation professions, including operational, methodological, and technological aspects. 

Stefan Lüders, PhD

Computer Security Officer, CERN Computer Security Incident Response Team

Talk Title: Coming soon 

Stefan Lüders, PhD, graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and joined the European Organization for Particle Physics (CERN) in 2002. Since 2009, he has headed the CERN Computer Security Incident Response Team as CERN’s Computer Security Officer with the mandate to coordinate all aspects of CERN’s computer security – office computing security, computer centre security, GRID computing security, and control system security – while balancing CERN’s operational needs. Dr. Lüders has presented on computer security and control system cyber-security topics at many different occasions to international bodies, governments, and companies, and published several articles. 

Dr. Mitra Mirhassani

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Windsor

Talk Title: Coming soon 

Mitra Mirhassani is an associate professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Windsor. Her research interests include hardware security, Trojan detection, and quantum-safe encryption. 

She and her team are investigating a range of hardware security issues such as detecting malicious Trojan hardware, efficient implementation of post-quantum algorithms, and implementation of Public Unclonable Functions.  

Mitra Mirhassani is a senior member of IEEE and serves as the Associate Editor for IEEE Access Journal and Guest Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Computer-Aided Design. She is the advisor to the WiCyS (Women in Cybersecurity) Windsor chapter. She was recognized as one of the Top Women in Cybersecurity by IT World Canada in 2020 and won the 2020 Outstanding Achievement award from the APMA Cybersecurity Institute. She is co-founder and the co-director of the SHIELD – Automotive Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence. 


All Summit sessions will be presented in English.
All Summit sessions, including networking breaks, will take place via a virtual event platform called Launch Interactions.

November 16, 2021
Day 1

Building the Team

1:00 p.m. ET

Welcome Remarks

1:10 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Keynote Presentation: Keren Elazari
What We Can All Learn from Hackers About Cyber Security

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. ET

Plenary Summit Session

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Break and Networking

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. ET

Plenary Summit Session

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Wrap-up and Preview of Day 2

November 17, 2021
Day 2

Redefining the Playbook

1:00 p.m. ET

Welcome Remarks

1:10 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Keynote Presentation: Roni Zehavi

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. ET

Plenary Summit Session: Dr. Stefan Lüders

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Break and Networking

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. ET

Plenary Summit Session

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Wrap-up and Preview of Day 3

November 18, 2021
Day 3

Expanding the Toolkit

1:00 p.m. ET

Welcome Remarks

1:10 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Plenary Summit Session: Dr. Mitra Mirhassani

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. ET

Plenary Summit Session

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Break and Networking

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. ET

Keynote Presentation: Stephanie Carvin

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Summit Wrap-up


All fees are in CAD and are subject to HST.

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(3 days / 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET)

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The CANARIE Summit is an annual showcase for trailblazing visionaries from academia, the private sector, and the public service who discuss their transformative work with an intimate gathering of Canada’s research, education, and innovation communities.

Engaging plenary sessions led by Canadian and international speakers aim to inspire attendees to learn, discuss, and collaborate on what it takes to make Canada a global leader in data-driven innovation.


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