Organized by Computer Science and Information Technology Department, School of Business, KPU and IEEE Vancouver Joint Computer Chapter, Sponsored by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and supported by the Office of Research, KPU

On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Symposium on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics will be held on Friday, March 29th at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Wilson School of Design, Richmond.  Featured presenters will include academics, industry, law enforcement and government representatives to provide diverse view points in the identification and response to challenges and opportunities in the context of cyber security and digital forensics. 

The 5th symposium will provide an informal and welcoming atmosphere for industry and academia to discuss their planned goals, progress and achievements. This symposium will raise awareness of global cyber security potential threats, ethical issues and challenges, and in the process, provide opportunities for collaboration and networking between academics, students and industry.  Our combined understanding helps them better prepare for future challenges and opportunities in the cyber world.


  Date and Time




  • Date: 29 Mar 2019
  • Time: 08:15 AM to 04:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) Canada/Pacific
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  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • 8771 Lansdowne Road
  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • Canada V6X3X7
  • Building: Wilson School of Design
  • Room Number: Room 4900

  • Dr. Mandeep Pannu, Symposium Chair, mandeep.pannu@kpu.ca

    Ms. Catherine Parlee, Office of Research & Research Services, KPU - Phone: 604-599-3028 / Email: catherine.parlee@kpu.ca

  • Co-sponsored by Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Starts 05 March 2019 12:50 PM
  • Ends 25 March 2019 10:00 AM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) Canada/Pacific
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    8:15 - 9:15           Registration and Breakfast

    9:15 - 9.30           Dr. Salvador Ferreras, Provost and Vice-President, Academic of Kwantlen Polytechnic University

    9:30 – 9:45           Leykeyten, First Nations Welcome

    9:45 – 10:15         Dr. Patrick Neal, Program Coordinator | Crime and Intelligence Analysis, BCIT

    10:15 – 10:45       David Izzard, Architecture & Cyber Security Manager City of Surrey

    10:45 – 11:00     Coffee Break

    11:00 – 11:30       Mr. Guillaume Sabourin, Senior College Program Officer, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Pacific

    11:30 – 12:00       Ms. Maleena Singh, Crime Unit’s and BC Tech Crime Unit's, RCMP

    12:00– 12:30        Dr. George Weir, Professor, Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow                               

    12:30– 1:30         Lunch  

    1:30 – 1:40           Dr. Deepak Gupta, Associate Vice President Research, KPU

    1:40 – 2:10           Mr. Robert Ball, Manager, Network Operations, IT Technology Services, KPU

    2:10 – 2:40           Mr. Agustin Del Vento, Director, Change Champions

    2:45 - 3:00          Coffee Break

    3:00 – 3:30           Mr. Larry LeBlanc, Chief Engineer Security, Sierra Wireless 

    3:30 – 3:45           Dr. Wade Deisman, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, KPU

    3:45 – 4:15           Careers in Cybersecurity: A Panel Discussion
                                Moderator: Mr. Justin Malczewski, Regional Sales Manager CrowdStrike, Inc. & Past President ISACA Vancouver


                                Mr. Ed Pereira, Principal Consultant Carmel Info-Risk Consulting
                                Miss. Dragana Panic, Information Security Manager, Mountain Equipment Co-Op
                                Mr. Hardeep Mehrotara, Information Security Manager, Coast Capital Savings
                                Dr. George Weir, Professor, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow  

                                Mr. David Izzard, Architecture & Cyber Security Manager, City of Surrey

    4:15 - 4:30           Raffle Draw   

    4:30                     Ms. Stephanie Howes, Dean, School of Business, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Master of Ceremony: Mr. Bob Gill, Vancouver Section Chair, IEEE

Privacy and Photography Notice

The participant permits photographs to be taken by the photographer during the Symposium and photographs may be used and published in print or electronically for lawful purposes such as but not limited to publicity, illustration, advertising and Web content.