Aiesha Zafar (Master of Ceremony)
National Faculty, Canada School of Public Service
Aiesha Zafar has over 20 years of experience in public safety at the federal and provincial
levels, primarily in intelligence, national security, and investigations. Before joining the School
in January 2022, Aiesha held the role of Director General of the Intelligence and Investigations
Directorate of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), where she was responsible for
intelligence operations, programs and policy, and criminal investigations, as well as the
National Targeting Centre.
Aiesha started her public service career in 2001, specializing in national security intelligence
with the Communications Security Establishment. After an assignment in Washington, D.C. as
the Deputy Canadian Special Liaison Officer at the National Security Agency, she took up a
position with Ontario's Ministry of the Solicitor General. There, she managed the province's
Police Inspection and Advisory Program, as well as the Constable Selection System, a police applicant assessment
program, while developing an extensive network of public safety professionals. As the Chief of Staff for the Deputy
Solicitor General, she proposed and helped establish Ontario's Office of the Provincial Security Advisor. Immediately
prior to returning to the federal public service, Aiesha served as Executive Lead in the Ontario Provincial Police's (OPP)
Investigations and Organized Crime Command. Working closely with other police agencies, she developed new methods
and models to reduce public safety threats to Ontarians.
Aiesha holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Finance from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Arts
degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College. Aiesha loves to spend time with her husband and two children,
and enjoys traveling, reading, and listening to podcasts. A resident of the Greater Toronto Area, she is an active
supporter of local women's shelters as well as health and education charities, and teaches weekly children's dance
classes in her spare time.
Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Chief Technology Officer Branch, Shared Services Canada
Shannon Archibald is the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) and Deputy Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the CTO Branch (CTOB)of Shared Services Canada (SSC). The CTOB is an innovative, collaborative and customer-oriented organization that utilizes transformative technologies to deliver SSC’s Digital Technology Strategy in support of achieving a modern and secure digital government. As ADM of the CTOB, Shannon is responsible for providing technology vision and leadership and driving technological innovation while helping lead and enable the Government of Canada’s digital agenda.
Prior to this, she was the Chief Information Officer at SSC, which included the role of Chief Data Officer and Champion for Accessible Technology. She was responsible for enabling SSC teams with tools, applications and services in order to support SSC’s 43 partner departments. She and her team were focused on a digital workplace that encourages innovation and the removal of service delivery barriers, like complex and cumbersome processes.
Prior to joining SSC, Shannon was the Director General of Government of Canada-wide Programs and Solutions within Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) – where she was responsible for implementing and leading several large scale programs to over 80 departments and agencies.
She spent most of her career between Environment Canada and Public Services and Procurement Canada – all within IT. The majority of her executive experience has involved delivering large complex programs and creating diverse partnerships.
Associate Head, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
Rajiv Gupta is the Associate Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (the Cyber Centre). In this role Rajiv is responsible for advancing the Cyber Centre’s strategic vision to enable a secure digital Canada.
Prior to this role, Rajiv was the Director General of Cyber Defence Capabilities where he was responsible for the development and operations of sensors, threat discovery analytics and autonomous defence technologies deployed to protect Government of Canada networks. In this role Rajiv was also responsible for achieving national level cyber security outcomes for Canada through collaborative efforts with industry partners.
Rajiv began his career in 1998 as a software engineer in the telecommunications sector. He later joined the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in 2007 and has since worked in a variety of cyber security disciplines. Prior to his role in Cyber Defence, Rajiv served as the Director of Security Architecture and Risk Mitigation where he was responsible for supply chain risk assessments for the Government of Canada, analytic support to Investment Canada Act national security reviews, and the implementation of a cyber security risk mitigation framework for Canada’s telecommunications sector.
Rajiv holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in engineering and is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
Chief Information Security and Technology Officer for the Government of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat
For more than 25 years, Shirley Ivan has held executive positions in both government and the private
sector, focussing on innovation and business transformation and helping organizations ensure that their
IT investments and strategies align with their business needs. In June 2022, Shirley was appointed as
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Information Security and Technology Officer of the
Government of Canada. As a direct report to the Chief Information Officer of Canada, Shirley’s key
responsibilities will include providing leadership, direction and oversight for cyber security for the GC
enterprise at large and providing strategic advice, leadership and policy direction to departments with a
view to reduce technical debt and improve the state of mission critical applications.
Prior to joining the Treasury Board of Canada, Shirley was the Assistant Deputy Minister IM-IT and Chief
Information Officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), where her leadership was
fundamental to implementing The Connected RCMP's Digital Policing Strategy, ensuring that the RCMP
had the systems and services in place to support the organization's digital objectives. Over the course of
her career, she has gained significant experience in cloud services, information management,
information communications and voice technologies.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Computer Science and Mathematics and has
completed graduate work in Computer Engineering at Carleton University. Shirley also holds one of the
earliest patents for providing telephony services over the internet as well as a second patent in the area
of toll-fraud prevention.
Executive Director, Cyber Security, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Po Tea-Duncan is the Executive Director for Cyber Security within Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
(TBS)’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) branch. Po has over 20 years of experience in the
federal government. She currently leads the teams enabling the delivery of secure and reliable
government services through the GC’s digital identity program, enterprise security architecture, security
strategy and policy development, and GC Cyber Security Event Management. In 2020, she was named as
one of the Top Women in Cyber Security in Canada. Prior to joining TBS, Po served in a variety of roles at
Global Affairs Canada in the areas of systems security engineering, architecture, and incident
Director, Cyber Security Program, University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute
Alan McCafferty is a Senior Business Analyst with 25+ years of progressive experience working with public organizations, not-for-profits, start-ups, and multi-national corporations. Educated in Canada, the USA and Europe in multiple disciplines including Engineering, Business, Risk Management, and Lean 6 Sigma, he is the author of more than 25 white papers and the recipient of the Canada Award for Excellence. During his career, Alan has led the delivery of multi-year $1 billion+, mission critical information technology projects. As a Cyber Security SME, Alan was key in the developed of the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute cyber security program and teaches several of the courses. Alan has successfully completed IT, Security, Process, Threat Risk Assessments (TRA), Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA), health and safety projects for federal government departments, provincial healthcare organizations and national not-for-profit organizations. As a senior consultant, he uses his Lean 6 Sigma skills, along with his risk and security experience to help organizations implement low waste, and effective lean processes in areas such as information security management systems, business continuity, department security plans, quality management systems, health, and safety management systems.
Director General, Mission Management & Technology, SIGINT, Communications Security Establishment (CSE)
Christine Beauchamp is the Director General, Mission Management & Technology for SIGINT at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) since 2021. Christine joined CSE in 2005 and spent most of her career in SIGINT providing foreign intelligence to the Government of Canada, where she worked in security operations, and deployed abroad in support of the military and counter-terrorism efforts. She was also the Manager for SIGINT Programs, Oversight & Compliance, where she worked on legal and privacy requirements in conducting intelligence operations. In 2018, she joined the cyber security mission of CSE with the creation of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, where she was Director of Client Engagement and Incident Detection, responsible for providing cyber security services and training to Canadians, and monitoring Government of Canada networks for threats and compromises. Christine also became a media spokesperson for CSE’s Get Cyber Safe campaign, participating in a number of interviews and public engagements on cyber security.
Senior Analyst, Learning Design Lead, Canada School of Public Service, Digital Academy
Kimberley Hutchinson is a learning design lead and mind mapper at the Digital Academy at the Canada School of Public Service. She has worked for Canada’s public service since 1996 for a number of departments in the Yukon Territory and in Ottawa, including the Public Service Commission, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Women and Gender Equality. Kimberley is from London, Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Education. She is passionate about learning, ideas, equality and inclusion.
Policy Analyst, Policy, Partnerships and Engagement, Digital Academy, Canada School of Public Service
Aicha-Hanna Agrane is a multilingual policy analyst with expertise in global affairs, transnational security, and cybersecurity. She is part of the Policy, Partnership, and Engagement at the CSPS Digital Academy. In this role, she supports the Government of Canada’s shift to becoming more digital, agile, open, and user-focused. She received her two master's degrees from New York University, and her bachelor's from Universite du Quebec a Montreal.
Cyber Security Instructor, Cyber Centre Learning Hub
Jonathan Joynt is a Cyber Security Instructor for the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security's Learning Hub, helping to create and deliver training on a variety of cyber security subjects. As an instructor, Jonathan explores various methods of communicating important concepts to better resonate with his learners, helping strengthen cyber security understanding, awareness, and encouraging best practices in the workplace and at home. He has worked for the Federal Government since 2009 and spent 10 years providing advice to organizations and investigating privacy breaches with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
Head of Platform Core Services, Canadian Digital Service (CDS)
Wissam currently holds the position of Head of Platform Core Services (previously Head of
Software Development) at CDS, ensuring that all CDS platform products run in a secure,
scalable, and resilient cloud environment. He has been working for CDS since September
2020, joining the federal government after 14 years in the private sector. Before that, he
was Director of Technology at Expedia Group, based in London, UK, leading a marketing
technology team delivering scalable and personalized digital ads to world travelers.
Senior Site Reliability Engineer, Canadian Digital Service (CDS)
Cheyenne started her career with the Ontario Digital Service back in 2017 as an API
developer. She has also worked as an infrastructure and cloud developer on consulting and
product teams in the private sector before rejoining public life as a senior site reliability
engineer with the Canadian Digital Service. She loves to apply her past experience from a
variety of different industries to her digital work with a special interest in social engineering
and security skills training.