RAdm Jeffery B. Zwick, OMM, CD

Chief of Force Development


Rear-Admiral Jeffery Zwick joined the Canadian Forces in 1989 as a Direct Entry Officer. As a junior officer from 1993 to 1999 he progressed through initial naval officer training and subsequent naval warfare positions through to Combat Officer in HMCS ALGONQUIN. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1999, his position as the Weapons Officer for the Canadian Pacific Fleet prepared him for assuming the duties of the Staff Above Water Warfare Officer for the Commander of the Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) in 2001. In 2003, he was appointed as the J5 Maritime Plans in the Canadian Forces Joint Operations Group (CFJOG) in Kingston, Ontario. In 2004, he was Executive Officer of HMCS TORONTO.

In 2005, he was promoted to Commander and joined the naval staff in NDHQ as the Senior Staff Officer for Fleet Management, Policy and Readiness. In June 2007 he was appointed Commanding Officer of HMCS MONTREAL. Promoted to Captain(N) in 2010, Rear-Admiral Zwick served as the Director of Strategic Coordination in Ottawa and then as the Director of Defence Force Planning and Defence Program Advisor to the Vice Chief of Defence Staff.

In 2015, he was promoted to Commodore and appointed Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific and Commander of the Naval Training System. Rear-Admiral Zwick was promoted to his current rank in 2018.

Rear-Admiral Jeffery Zwick

Keynote Speaker

MGen William F. Seymour, CD

Deputy Commander

Canadian Joint Operations Command

MGen Seymour joined the Canadian Armed Forces in January 1987. After earning his Navigator Wings on the CC-130 Hercules, MGen Seymour completed multiple flying tours on the CP-140 Aurora on Canada's West and East coasts. 

He has commanded at the Flight, Squadron and Wing level, including Commanding Officer of 404 Long Range Patrol (LRP) and Training Squadron, and Commander of 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

MGen Seymour's staff experience includes Operations Officer and Maritime/Joint Exercise Planner at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters in Winnipeg; a staff/flying tour at the Canadian Contingent, NATO Airborne Early Warning Force in Geilenkirchen, Germany, serving both as the Canadian Chief of Staff/Deputy Commander, and as an E-3A AWACS navigator and Deployment Commander with NATO's Flying Squadron 3. He also served as the Special Advisor to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa prior to his selection as the first Canadian Deputy J3 for Operations at United States Indo-Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Prior to becoming the Deputy Commander CJOC, MGen Seymour served as the CJOC Chief of Staff Operations where he oversaw all CAF domestic and international operations.


Keynote Speaker

Cmdre Christopher Earl

Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management


Cmdre Christopher Earl joined the Canadian Forces in 1986 and has broad experience in leadership, naval project management, and materiel readiness support of ship and submarine operations.

After graduating from the Royal Military College and completing his formal training in various ships and shore establishments, Cmdre Earl volunteered for submarines and completed several operational tours in both Oberon and Victoria Class submarines. Significant shore duty included tours in the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School, Naval requirements, the Royal Navy submarine support organization, Project Manager for the Submarine Capability Life Extension project, Class Manager for the Victoria Class submarines, Director Maritime Equipment Program Management (Submarines), and Commanding Officer of Fleet Maintenance Facility CAPE BRETON.

Following ten months as Chief of Staff – Maritime Equipment Program Management, Cmdre Earl was promoted to his current rank in May 2018 and appointed Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management.

Cmdre Christopher Earl

Col Donald Potoczny

United States Army Field Artillery

US Army

Colonel Potoczny has served in a wide variety of operational assignments at home and abroad including three deployments to Iraq, He served in Korea for ten years in a variety of roles including theater effects synchronization chief, division fire support planner, and finally battalion commander.

At CJOC, Colonel Potoczny leads the targeting and information operations efforts. His experience as an artillery officer and unique perspective as an allied office have enabled him to integrate a myriad of functions into a cohesive team playing a vital role in developing Canada’s national targeting capability.

Colonel Donald S. Potoczny

BGen Andrew R. Jayne, CD

Director General Cyberspace


Brigadier-General Jayne joined the Canadian Forces in 1987 under the Regular Officer Training Plan. After completing his training as a Military Engineer Officer in Chilliwack, British Columbia he went on to complete Regimental duties with 4 Engineer Support Regiment, 22 Engineer Regiment in the UK, and 1 Combat Engineer Regiment. 

Over the years he served in staff and training positions with 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering and within the Chief of Force Development. In 2008, Brigadier-General Jayne deployed to Afghanistan as the Chief Engineer of Regional Command South and then became the 21st Commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in 2009. Following his time in command, he went to Ottawa to work on the Army Staff in various positions.

Promoted to Colonel in December 2012, he took over the position of Director Land Requirements. He was promoted to his current rank in November 2017 and deployed as the Commander, Joint Task Force Iraq on 16 December 2017. Brigadier-General Jayne is currently serving as Director General Cyberspace.


Col Nick P. Torrington-Smith

Director Air Domain Development


Colonel Torrington-Smith joined the military in 1990 as a Communications and Electronics Engineering officer.

Throughout his career he has held operational positions at 14 Wing Greenwood, the NATO Satellite Ground Terminal in Folly Lake, Nova Scotia, the Canadian Forces Network Operations Centre, 76 Communications Group, Canadian Forces Information Operations Group headquarters and the Canadian Forces Electronic Warfare Centre. He has also deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo in support of the UN mission.

Additionally, he has held staff positions within the Directorate of Air Equipment Program Management, Directorate of Space Development, Directorate of Air Domain Development and the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

Colonel Torrington-Smith currently holds the appointment of Director Air Domain Development within the Royal Canadian Air Force staff and is also serving as the Occupational Advisor for the Communications and Electronics Engineering officer occupation.


Nicholas Scheurkogel

Director, Cyber Intelligence


For the past decade, Mr. Scheurkogel led key cyber intelligence capabilities at the Department of National Defence (DND) including strategic cyber assessment, tactical support to cyber defence teams, and intelligence operations. Since 2006, Mr. Scheurkogel was the go-to cyber threat expert at DND and beyond.

As the lead for the Department's all-source cyber intelligence assessment capability, the largest team of its kind within the Government of Canada, Mr. Scheurkogel was responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate provision of cyber intelligence across tactical, operational, and strategic levels. He is credited with pioneering new forms of intelligence products ranging from the technical products used by engineers to integrated strategic threat assessments for the Deputy Minister. Mr. Scheurkogel has personally authored, edited, or approved more than 1,000 cyber intelligence products.

A leader within the domestic and international intelligence community, Mr. Scheurkogel routinely led the development of interdepartmental joint intelligence products and has chaired multiple collaboration efforts among Canada's allies.

Nicholas Scheurkogel

LCol Mike Moulton, CD

Tactical C2IS Equipment Management Team Leader


Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Moulton, originally from Newfoundland, joined the Canadian Forces in 1996 as a Signal Officer. He has been a Signal Troop Commander at 5e Quartier Général et Escadron des Transmissions (QGET) and Signal Officer to the 5e Régiment de Genie de Combat (5 RGC) in Valcartier, Quebec. He subsequently served as the IT manager and Electronic Warfare database manager at the Canadian Forces Electronic Warfare Centre in Ottawa.

Promoted to Major in 2008, Lieutenant-Colonel Moulton re-wrote Electronic Warfare, SIGINT and Counter-Improvised Explosive Device doctrine for the Canadian Army. 

Lieutenant-Colonel Moulton has served as Deputy Director of Land Requirements 4, the Army EW/SIGINT and Cyber Program Manager, and lead for System Engineering and Integration of the Land C4ISR Mobile Domain. Promoted to his current rank in 2018 he is theTactical C2IS Equipment Management Team leader within the Directorate of Land Communication Systems Program Management.

Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Moulton, B.Sc, MPA, CD

Col Richard Fawcett (Ret'd)

Director of Business Development, Land and Joint Solutions

General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada

Richard Fawcett is a retired colonel who served 34 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and is now The Director of Business Development, Land and Joint Solutions at General Dynamics Canada. During his military career, Col (Ret’d) Fawcett served in a variety of command and staff appointments, serving in Canada and internationally with both NATO and the United Nations. A graduate of the Royal Military College with a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master Degree in Public Administration. Command experience included commanding officer of the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment, Commander Canadian Forces Base Kingston and Commander of the Canadian Task Force in the DRC.

In December 2004, Col (Ret’d) Fawcett was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, in 2007, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit, in 2010 he was awarded the RCMP Award of Distinction and in 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Nicholas Scheurkogel

Stefan J. Galler

Director Air Traffic Management Networks 


Stefan Galler has over 15 years of experience in the software and networks industry. In February 2018, following seven years as Senior Product Business Manager at Frequentis, he became Director of the Frequentis Air Traffic Management Networks business unit. In his current role, he is developing and running the networks business within Frequentis with responsibility over the whole value chain. His team supports Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) to increase their safety performance while enabling a reduction of operational costs. Being a visionary, he identified the potential of growing the existing Frequentis network product business by creating a blue ocean competitive landscape in ATM-grade networks and expanding Frequentis’ product portfolio & services to lead the emerging field of ATM-grade networks.

Before joining Frequentis, Stefan earned a PhD in Computer Science at Graz University of Technology. During his tenure as a Research Assistant at the Graz University of Technology, he focused the development of a test generator prototype for the telecom industry. As an intern in Siemens Corporate Research, Stefan patented a real-time machine condition monitoring solution and worked on RFID systems for the healthcare sector. In addition, he led a student team that developed soccer-playing autonomous robots that won a top 10 position in the world championship, which he also co-organized.

Stefan J. Galler

Col Roger Barrett, MSM, CD (Ret'd)

Business Modernization and Technology Transformation Lead


Colonel (Retired) Roger Barrett is a veteran with 28 years of uniformed service. Today he is a business modernization and technology transformation lead with Accenture. 

Roger served in Second Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment as a platoon commander, adjutant, company commander and operations officer, and had the privilege to command Third Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. His operational experiences include three UN missions, and Operation ATHENA in Afghanistan as Commanding Officer 3 RCR Battle Group in 2008/2009. He also served as the Military Adviser at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in New York, and as Director of Land Force Development on the Army strategic staff.

Roger brings his military operational, Defence institutional, and leadership experiences to Accenture – and is now leveraging Accenture’s strengths in innovation, design, digital and technology to bring insights to and transform the business outcomes of clients in the federal government, Defence and Security organizations, and at the provincial and municipal levels in Ontario and Alberta.

Siegfried Usal

Managing Director, cortAIx

Thales Canada Inc.

Siegfried Usal joined Thales in 2013 and now leads Strategy, Marketing and Technology for Thales Canada.

A graduate of the French Air Force Academy in 1992 and the Canadian Forces College in 2004, Mr. Usal holds an Engineering Diploma in Aeronautics, a Master of Science in Aeromechanics and a Master of Defense Studies. He holds a license of commercial pilot and is also a former fighter pilot. A veteran senior officer of the French Air Force, he has held multiple executive manager roles in the presidential cabinet of the French Republic, as well as the French Embassy.

In 2018, M.Usal was appointed Managing Director of cortAIx, Thales’ new global Center of Research and Technology in Artificial Intelligence Expertise in Montréal. He leads an organization of close to 70 engineers and scientists specialized in the deployment of digital technologies across all the business lines of Thales.

Siegfried Usal

LGen D. Michael Day, CMM, MSC, CD, MA (Ret'd)

LGen (Retired) Mike Day joined the Canadian Forces in 1983. He had the privilege of serving and commanding within his Regiment, and spent majority of his career as an Operator within Canada’s Counter Terrorist and Special Forces community commanding both Joint Task Force Two ( JTF 2) & Canada’s Special Operations Forces Command. Mr. Day was deployed operationally to Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Afghanistan and was responsible for the preparation, training and oversight of NATO’s Response Force, with distributed command throughout Europe.

He has served in a variety of Senior Staff appointments including the Canadian Armed Forces Senior Military Officer in the Defence Policy Group, and the Chief Strategic Planner for the CAF where he also oversaw the development of the Department of National Defence’s Space and Cyber Programs. 

He received the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross for his service in Afghanistan and various international awards like the US Legion of Merit, US Special Operations Command Medal and the Polish Silver and Bronze Medals. Retired in September 2015, he currently consults many companies, with a particular focus on the Tech Sector specifically ISR, Space and Cyber, a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and is the President of the PPCLI Charitable Foundation.

LCol Ian Graham

Directorate Land Requirements, C2, Electronic Warfare and Simulation

Canadian Army

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Graham is currently the Directorate Land Requirements section head responsible for projects focusing on Command and Control (C2), Electronic Warfare and Simulation in support of training systems. He joined the Canadian Armed forces in 1990, graduating from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in 1995 with a degree in Computer Engineering. Since that time has served in Petawawa, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Kingston, Iraq and Ottawa. He has held a wide variety of staff positions including managing C2 system security accreditation, multiple postings as a project manager and project director focusing on delivering tactical land C2 systems to the Canadian Army and various operational communications planning positions. 

His operational deployments include a 6-month tour in Bosnia in 2003 as the Task Force G6 Operations, deployment to Afghanistan in 2006 as the Canadian Battle Group Signals officer and finally to Kuwait as the Operation IMPACT J6 in 2013. As a Major, he commanded 1 Squadron, Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment and has attended the United States Marine Corps Staff Program in Quantico, Virginia.

Within DLR, LCol Graham is currently focused on advancing the Canadian Army Land C4ISR capital projects and specifically looking to enable more agile approaches for high tech capability development.

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Graham

Guy Vezina

Director General S&T Army

Canadian Army

Dr. Guy Vézina is Director General S & T Army (DGSTAR), leading the Canadian Army S&T and Scientific Advisor to the Chief of the Canadian Army. DGSTAR and his team work at building strong partnership within DND and with national and international organizations. He is also leading a S&T way-ahead for Artificial Intelligence.

As DG DRDC Valcartier (‘06-‘13), he led programs in Protection and Combat Systems, Surveillance and Counter-measures, Command, Control and Intelligence Systems and Cyber Security. As Director S&T C4ISR (’03 – ‘06), he managed the Joint C4ISR R&D program, interfacing with the Canadian Space Agency, the Communication Security Establishment Canada in addition to the US and Allied Space Programs. Previously, Section Head of the Information and Knowledge Management and the System of Systems Sections (‘98 – ‘03) and Program Manager of the Land Information Operations and National Command & Surveillance Thrusts. Dr. Vézina has been active within national and international organizations, currently chairing the TTCP 5-eyes Contested Urban Environment Strategic Challenge and shaping the next Strategic Challenge on Artificial Intelligence. He also chaired several scientific activities and review boards.

From ‘88 to ‘92 he was the Research Assistant at the CSIRO in Canberra, Australia. Dr. Vézina holds a Ph.D. from the Australian National University, Canberra Centre for Information Science Research. Additionally, he has an M.S.E.E. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Electrical and Computer Engineering and a B.Sc. Electrical Engineering from University Laval, Quebec.

Marta Mulkins

Director General, Analytics Support Centre, Data Innovation & Analytics Branch


Ms. Mulkins is a federal Public Servant and reserve officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. A professional landscape architect, she has experience in both private and public sectors, joining the Federal Public Service in 2001 in the Real Property Branch of Public Services, Procurement Canada where she worked in the Real Property Branch. She was given assignments in Real Property Solutions group, supporting the implementation of the Corporate Real Estate model, and managed urban design projects within the Parliamentary Precinct Branch.


She is also an officer in the Naval Reserve, serving in sea-going positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in July 2003 with her assumption of command of HMCS KINGSTON, a coastal defence and mine warfare ship. She worked in the Naval Staff at National Defence Headquarters, deployed to Afghanistan with Operation ARGUS in 2006 and commanded HMCS CARLETON, the Naval Reserve unit in Ottawa. She was promoted to the rank of Commodore and appointed Commander of the Naval Reserve in 2015, a job which she executed through a leave of absence from the Public Service.


After three years in command, she has returned to her civilian career as a Public Servant in Ottawa in the newly-created Data, Innovation and Analytics Branch of DND, and continues to serve in the RCN on a part-time basis. She is married to Rear Admiral Jeffery (Buck) Zwick, Chief of Force Development for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Marta Mulkins

Maj James Lindsay
IT Security Risk Assessment Architecture and Engineering Team Leader


Major Lindsay joined the Canadian Forces in 1998 when he was 16 years old. He spent the first part of his career in the Petawawa area, building and securing field deployable tactical computer networks. In 2008, he was deployed to Afghanistan as Officer Commanding Communication Infrastructure and Services (CIS).

Maj Lindsay was posted to the National Capital Region as a Senior IT Security Engineer in 2011. Currently, Maj. Lindsay is the section head of the Risk Assessment Architecture and Engineering section for the Department of National Defence. His two major responsibilities consist of building the Risk Assessment capability and develop the Canadian Forces cyber threat hunting capability.

Maj Lindsay holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and a masters in Electrical Engineering. While at the Royal Military College (RMC), he received the Col Geoff Parker award and the IEEE master research award for the Kingston area in 2011. His masters’ work focused on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques on cooperative control problems. On his own time, Maj. Lindsay is currently pursuing a part-time Ph.D. in Computer Engineering through RMC that focuses on deep Reinforcement Learning techniques applied to anonymous robotics.

Christopher Porter

Chief Intelligence Strategist, FireEye

Christopher Porter is the Chief Intelligence Strategist of FireEye and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

At FireEye, he runs the Intelligence for Executives program for senior corporate and government clients worldwide. Christopher previously served as editor-in-chief of FireEye’s strategic intelligence products. He created and managed operations for the Executive Reporting intelligence subscription service, which reaches over 4000 customers in 67 countries, including over 650 of the Fortune Global 2000.

At the Atlantic Council, Christopher contributes to the Cyber Statecraft Initiative

within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. His research focuses on

cyber diplomacy broadly, practical methods of reaching and enforcing cyber arms

control agreements, and artificial intelligence as a security issue.

Christopher has testified before Congress and offered commentary on cybersecurity and threat intelligence in the New York Times, USA Today, NBC News, the Council on Foreign Relations, BBC, Lawfare, Foreign Policy, Defense One, Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News, Cipher Brief, War on the Rocks, Politico, Axios, Cyberscoop, Dark Reading, Roll Call and many other TV, radio, and print outlets worldwide.

Prior to joining FireEye, Christopher served nearly nine years at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he won the National Intelligence Analysis Award, coauthored a National Intelligence Estimate, and was the first analyst to win the Cyber Threats Group Director’s Award for Innovation.

Christopher’s work at CIA included assignments as the White House National Security Council and West Wing briefer for cyber threat intelligence, as the Directorate of Operations representative to the Scientific and Technical Intelligence Committee, to numerous public-private intelligence cooperation organizations, and warzone service.

James Lindsay

Paul Vallée

CEO of Pythian

Paul co-founded Pythian in 1997 and became CEO of the Company in 2005. His passion and foresight for using data and technology to drive business success has helped Pythian become a high-growth global company with over 400 employees and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Paul is a strong proponent of technical excellence as well as diversity in the workplace. Prior to founding Pythian, Paul worked as a data scientist and he holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Management Information Systems from the University of Ottawa. He was acknowledged as “Top 40 under 40” in 2011 by the Ottawa Business Journal in recognition of Pythian’s growth to that time.

James Lindsay

Mike Boyle

Chief Information Security Officer for 2Keys

Mike Boyle is the Chief Information Security Officer for 2Keys. Mr. Boyle, a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada in Computer Engineering and a Certified Information Systems Security Processional, has close to 20 years of domain experience and an in-depth understanding of how to manage operational risk to IT infrastructures and services in the face of today's modern threat landscape. In his role at 2Keys, Mr. Boyle is the practice lead for virtual CISO services against the public and private sectors.

Rene McIver

Chief Security Officer at SecureKey Technologies Inc

Rene McIver, Chief Security Officer, brings over 18 years of information security experience to SecureKey and is responsible for ensuring that the security posture of SecureKey’s cloud-based authentication and ID services meet industry best practices and stringent regulatory requirements. As such, Rene oversees SecureKey’s compliance program and has key involvement throughout the product development and operational deployment life cycle.

Prior to SecureKey, Rene held security leadership positions as Chief Security Officer at Authenticor Identity Protection Services, whose aim was to build a federated biometric identity protection utility, and also Chief Information Security Officer with Route1 Inc., a trusted provider of security and identity management network solutions. Rene established a firm foundation of information security in the fields of cryptography, as Crypto-mathematician with the Canadian Government’s Communications Security Establishment; and in biometrics, as Director of Technologies with Bioscrypt Inc., a provider of advanced fingerprint recognition technology.

Rene holds a Master’s of Mathematics degree in Combinatorics and Optimization and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

David Bissessar
Chief Scientist, Identos

David is the Vice President of Science, Technology and Research for IDENTOS and is a Cryptographer with over twenty years of experience internationally. David previously spent 7 years as an expert in biometrics, cryptography, and artificial intelligence for the Canada Border Service Agency. He was also a foundational member of startups in China, as well as an expert and technical advisor for multiple international organizations.

Patrick Searle

Director of Cyber Initiatives at the Council of Canadian Innovators

Patrick Searle is the director of cyber initiatives at the Council of Canadian Innovators, a national business council of high-growth Canadian-based technology companies. CCI advocates for public policy that helps innovative Canadian scale-ups gain greater access to highly-skilled talent, growth capital and new customers. Searle works closely with a formidable group of Canadian cybersecurity executives to advance ‘made-for-Canada’ approaches for national cyber preparedness, sovereignty and advancing Canadian cyber innovation. Prior to joining CCI, Searle served as a senior advisor to several cabinet ministers in the Ontario Government. Searle holds degrees in Religious Studies and Political Science from King’s University College at Western University.

James Lindsay