Toronto CISO Executive Summit

December 14, 2021 | Hilton Toronto

December 14, 2021
Hilton Toronto


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Toronto's top CISOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Accelerating security to match the pace of digital business initiatives

Managing the risk created from a landscape of new core technologies

Achieving sustainability for the CISO role without compromising outcomes

Toronto CISO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.


Zaki Abbas

Brookfield Asset Management

Michael Dundas

Assistant Vice President of Cyber Protection

Adam Evans

Royal Bank of Canada
VP, Cyber Operations & CISO

Jason Hall

VP Enterprise Security

Sandra Liepkalns

Choice Properties REIT
VP, Information Security

Ranjika Manamperi

Ontario Power Generation
Vice President Cybersecurity & CISO

Mike Melo


What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CISO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Toronto CISO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


Keynote Sessions

The Evolving CISO Role

The professional journey of a CISO is a lot like the cyber threats they protect against – unique and often unpredictable. How can CISOs set themselves up for success as the role continues to change?

In this panel conversation CISOs will explore:

  • Lessons they’re learned that can guide security leaders
  • Strategies to elevate yourself within the business
  • What is next after being a CISO

Cyber Risk Management — A Conversation

With the expanding attack surface and increasing skill of cyber adversaries, fear and anxiety often drive decision making from the top-down. How do you change the conversation to focus on cyber risk rather than a fear-based approach? In this session Greg Thompson and Rachel Guinto discuss how risk management is viewed at Manulife.

Join this conversation and learn:

  • How to evolve cybersecurity into a mature risk discipline
  • Strategies to shift from KPIs to KRIs
  • Communication tactics to tell a compelling risk story to senior leaders

Executive Boardroom Sessions

Supercharge and De-Risk Your Public Cloud

The public cloud has delivered strong business benefits while rendering old-world security and governance models obsolete. However, a new approach to governance and security that is fully automated and built for the modern world can deliver far superior results.

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Security implications of digital disruption
  • Real-world steps to reinvent security for both security and DevOps teams
  • Why identity and data governance is central to new security strategy

What Matters Most for Your Security Operations

Since cybercriminals never rest, a sound SOC - staffed by the right people using the right tools in the right way - should be a key part of your cyber defense strategy. Whether your security operations program is completely in-house, outsourced, or operating in a hybrid model you’ll want to measure its effectiveness. How do you think about measuring efficacy and how do these metrics feedback into your program to increase operational maturity over time?

In this session you will discuss:

  • Volume and trend metrics that speak to effectiveness; what does good look like?
  • How does automation come into play and how do you monitor what the robots are doing?
  • What impact does this have on hiring and ongoing job satisfaction?

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager.

Breakout Session

Prepare for a Major Cyber Attack

Most CISOs feel comfortable managing the minor security incidents with standardized processes, but what about major incidents that shake the very foundation of your organization like the NotPETYA attack? Such crises can be career changing.
Join this workshop to:
•        Learn the basic building blocks of effective cybersecurity crisis response
•        Share challenges and best practices in managing major security events
•        Benchmark against your peers and identify lessons learned


Returning to in-person conferences

We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to Evanta gatherings.

As previously shared, Evanta will hold in-person programs only in locations that meet our stringent health and safety criteria to help ensure the well-being of our participants, partners, and our associates. These criteria include adhering to government, venue, and health agency guidelines, in addition to taking all practical safety precautions onsite.

Please note that our onsite planning will continue to evolve, and all measures are subject to change to ensure the best and safest possible experience. Please refer to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for up-to-date local guidelines.


Venue & Accommodation

Hilton Toronto

Your Community Partners

CISO Thought Leader
Key Partners
Program Partners

Toronto CISO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Nick Hall

Senior Program Manager