Jill Kowalchuk is an ambitious driver and advocate for the advancement of Canada’s technology and innovation sectors. As the Director of CanSSOC, Jill works closely with institutional partners to build a Shared Security Operations Centre for the higher education sector in Canada. She currently serves on the Canadian Internet Registry Authority Board of Directors. Jill has extensive experience in creating, supporting and leading member based federated organizations including Compute Canada and WestGrid. She studied Computer Science and Management at the University of Calgary.
Isaac Straley is the Chief Information Security Officer for CanSSOC and University of Toronto. At the university, he oversees the tri-campus Information Security program, ensuring the university’s networks, systems, and information are protected in a way that enables the University’s missions. Previously, Isaac held a dual post of both CISO and privacy officer at the University of California for 13 years.
Elena has worked in the information security field for over nine years, accumulating experience in various disciplines, with the last few years spent in the banking sector in operational and leadership roles. In her last position with CIBC as the Director of Fusion Threat Intelligence, Elena grew a team of analysts focused on protecting the Bank from cyber, fraud and physical security threats.
Victoria is an experienced Project Manager supporting CanSSOC since its early start. On top of this role, she is a member of McGill University’s Project Management Office team where her main responsibilities are to deliver on the University Security Roadmap. Victoria has been working as a Project Manager for over 20 years, mastering software application product development and infrastructure projects across industries such consultancy, Aerospace and Telecom prior to joining the high education sector. She holds a bachelor degree in computer science and is Project Management Professional, certified since 2005.
With 15 years of information technology (IT) security experience, Dennis Hayson Wong manages the IT Security team at McGill University. His team is involved in the development and implementation of the portfolio of cyber security programs at the institution. An enthusiast of all things IT related and a desire to tinker and dive into the inner workings of systems and process, Dennis strives to solve problems and drive technical and cultural change within IT operations.
David Auclair is a Security Architect for CanSSOC, where he focuses on building and integrating the technology stack, as well as building analysis and automation. He was formerly with the University of Toronto as part of their security team, responsible for building security sensors, automated log analysis and response capabilities, in addition to forensic investigations, vulnerability management and other responsibilities.
Axel Schulz provides security expertise and advice to higher education institutions across Canada and helps deliver the CanSSOC Threat Feed service. Axel’s previous experience in the security sector includes working with multiple branches of the federal government, provincial governments and large Canadian banks. In his past role as Client Incident Lead, he was a member of the Information Security Management System (ISMS) Steering Committee responsible for securing and maintaining the ISO 27000 series of certifications, running vulnerability management and leading a Security Operations Centre team through 24/7/365 incident management. He holds both the CISSP and CSAP certifications.
Hugo Laurent Beaucage joined McGill University as permanent employee in 2021 in the role of IT Security Analyst. He has over 10 years of experience related to the IT industry, including seven years of experience in the security field. Hugo has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, IT and telecommunications. In his role as IT Security Analyst for CanSSOC, Hugo supports the IT infrastructure with specific emphasis on Information Security for Thread feed and Vulnerability Management platforms.
Martin Vezina is a Security Solution Architect within CanSSOC and also holds the position of IT Security Architect at McGill University. He also teaches a security incident course at McGill. He’s been working exclusively in cyber security for the last 18 years. Prior to joining McGill, he worked in utility, lottery and gaming. He has been involved in various initiatives to raise cyber security maturity including being the chair of an industry cyber security task force and representing Canada in an international workshop at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a licensed professional engineer with an MBA and holds the CISA, CISM and CISSP certifications.
Ying is a Security Analyst at McGill University. She joined the McGill team after completing her Computer Science degree in 2003. Over the last few years, Ying has played an important part in the development and integration of the CanSSOC Threat Feed service. Ying has experience in networking infrastructure security and is responsible for supporting the deployment of the edge, web application and interzone firewall solution at McGill. She has successfully implemented and deployed automation for monitoring, detection and blocking of suspicious traffic.
Selena Panchoo is a Security Analyst supporting CanSSOC initiatives. Previously, she was an Information Security Analyst at University of Toronto’s Mississauga (UTM) campus where she collaborated with information security experts across the university to develop guidelines, conduct risk, data, and privacy impact assessments, and align the UTM risk assessment process with the institution’s new security and data classification standards.