Robin Grosset (@RobinGrosset) has over 20 years of experience in business analytics and has a track record as an entrepreneur having worked in and founded successful software startups which were acquired by Cognos and IBM. At IBM, Robin was the Chief Architect of IBM Watson and an IBM Distinguished Engineer. Robin has patents and publications in the area of expert systems, security, data processing and analytics. He holds a first class honours degree in both Physics and Computing Science from Newcastle University in the UK.
Jean-Marc Le Blanc (@hoomoose1337) has worked for several major security enterprises for the past 6 years including Google and CSEC as a reverse engineer and vulnerability researcher. On top of his professional security research, he has done a lot of personal vulnerability research on popular applications including Chrome and Safari. His most recent projects are the Chrome bug bounty by Google, and the mRuby bounty by Shopify. Jean-Marc is also an after-school volunteer; introducing high school students to the information security space through various cool hacking activities.
Karim Nathoo (@KarimNathoo) is the co-founder of the government focused COUNTERMEASURE IT Security Conference that takes place annually in Ottawa, Canada. Karim is also a freelance computer security consultant providing specialized security services to government, military and private sector clients. Karim has extensive experience in high assurance ethical hacking, incident response and security product evaluation, including the application of binary code analysis and reverse engineering. Karim has delivered professional services for international clients in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States. Karim has experience ranging from working with R&D teams in cutting edge technical environments to providing executive level risk management briefings and proof of concept demonstrations. Karim has performed security assurance and engineering engagements for organizations such as Apple, Microsoft, France Telecom, Cloakware Corporation, Creative Labs, Motorola, Verizon, Nokia, Philips Semiconductor, SONY BMG, SUN Microsystems, QNX Software Systems and numerous Canadian and US Government agencies.
Ben Gardiner (@BenLGardiner) is a Principal Security Engineer at Irdeto and a member of the ethical hacking team, specializing in hardware and low-level software security. With more than 10 years of professional experience in embedded systems design and a lifetime of hacking experience, Gardiner has a deep knowledge of the low-level functions of operating systems and the hardware with which they interface. Prior to joining Irdeto in 2013, Gardiner held embedded software and systems engineer roles at several organizations. Gardiner has a Masters of Engineering in Applied Math & Stats from Queen's University.
Steve Parkin is President and CEO of TapSweep CounterSurveillance Services Inc. A veteran field expert with over 30 combined years in the Telecommunications and Technical Security industry with extensive training and certification in Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM). Steve has trained at various highly acclaimed Institutes in Canada and the USA alongside top corporate technical security professionals from organizations and national security agencies such as the FBI, CIA, and RCMP. A former Network Specialist Manager for Global Defense Network Services (GDNS), Steve also managed private industrial business development for Satellite Network Communications while in Afghanistan.
Thoma Papa is a former Canadian infantryman with over 17 years’ experience in the fields of telecommunications, technical security, industrial design & manufacturing processes.Recognized internationally as an expert TSCM technician, Thoma has extensive radio telecommunications experience and is a graduate of the Technical Security Specialist (TSS) Designate Certification program, and the Kestrel TSCM Professional Software, Technical Operator Certification program.Placed highly in multiple TSCM skills competitions attended by some of the best government and private sector TSCM teams in the world. Thoma maintains close relationships with many TSCM manufacturers throughout the world and has advised numerous manufacturers on TSCM product design.Throughout his career, Thoma has performed countless TSCM sweeps and has consulted for clients on various aspects of technical security, including TSCM, CCTV installations, alarm systems, layered perimeter protection, and facility construction and design.Thoma Papa holds a Diplome D’Etudes Professional (DEP) in Telecommunications & Industrial Design, Certificate in Network Security Administration & IT Security AFCEA, and is Certified Technical Security Specialist (TSS).Despite his wealth of experience, Thoma considers himself a lifelong learner and continues to study IT and Network Security and other Cyber and TSCM-related fields.Thoma Papa is a full member of Espionage Research Institute International.
Mr. Cameron Darling is an information security practitioner with a specialization in Identity & Access Management solutions for education, health care, utilities and government clients. Lock Picking continues to open new doors for Mr. Darling ever since he realized that the only keys not getting longer were the ones conveniently located on the office and data centre doors.
Sarah Godwin (@godlings) integrates technology to create new systems using principles of design, security and privacy. She has integrated applications for IPTV, and operated a small Ottawa business providing criminal records checks online. She started lock picking during an unusual dinner party, and enjoys a daily traditional cappuccino in the style popularized by Bridgehead.
Nicholas Charron (@n_charron) is the President of SecAdvise, a security company that specializes in offering hands-on learning. Nicholas has over 14 years of experience in the IT industry having worked as a Systems Administrator, Developer, and IT Security Analyst for the federal government and private sector. In the past 6 years, Nicholas has started his own consulting company and transitioned it to offer hands-on learning for offensive and defensive cybersecurity skills.
Hackfest (@hackfest_ca) is the largest hacking event in Canada and brings together more than 800 computer security enthusiasts. The event takes place over two days of technical conferences about security and hacking and is preceded by 3 days of training.Both nights let participants measure their security and hacking skills in a unique CTF (Capture The Flag). The whole evening is accompanied by a lockpicking contest, DJ atmosphere, workshops, evening conferences, live podcast recording and more.
Dan Craigen is the Director of the Global Cybersecurity Resource. Previously, he was a visiting scholar with Carleton University focusing on Cybersecurity; a Senior Science Advisor with the Government of Canada; and President of ORA Canada, a company that focused on high assurance technologies, which successfully distributed its technology to 65 countries. Dan’s 38-year career has continually intersected with cybersecurity R&D. Dan obtained a B.Sc (Honours Math) and an M.Sc from Carleton University.
Tanya Janca (@shehackspurple) is an application security evangelist, a web application penetration tester and vulnerability assessor, trainer, public speaker, an ethical hacker, the Co-Leader of the OWASP Ottawa chapter, an effective altruist and has been developing software since the late 90’s. She has worn many hats and done many things, including; Web App PenTesting, Technical Training, Custom Apps, Ethical Hacking, COTS, Incident Response, Enterprise Architect, Project and People Management, and even Tech Support. She is currently helping the Government of Canada secure their web applications.