“Propelled by the Pandemic – Explosive Digital Growth, 5G Adoption and Beyond”

A not-to-be-missed June 22 Canadian International Council program on emerging global cybersecurity, 5G and future digital technology trends: “Propelled by the Pandemic – Explosive Digital Growth, 5G Adoption and Beyond”. Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/propelled-by-the-pandemic-explosive-digital-growth-5g-adoption-and-beyond-tickets-109044649482


“Propelled by the Pandemic – Explosive Digital Growth, 5G Adoption and Beyond”

June 22 (Monday) at 6:00 pm EDT

Canadian International Council (CIC)

Special Virtual Event: Four globally recognized experts on digital policy, cyber risk, 5G and the future evolution of digital technologies will address a Canadian International Council (CIC) virtual event, “Propelled by the Pandemic – Explosive Digital Growth, 5G Adoption and Beyond”, on Monday, June 22, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm EDT. The presentation is available nationally at no charge.

Register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/propelled-by-the-pandemic-explosive-digital-growth-5g-adoption-and-beyond-tickets-109044649482

About the Program

Digital adoption and dependence have been dramatically propelled by the global Covid-19 pandemic. The sudden growth spotlights critical issues such as cybersecurity, privacy, resilience, the highly consequential shift to 5G, and what innovative technologies may follow. Leadership in 5G adoption will be a vital determinant of future national competitiveness, as 5G will further enable dramatic technological advances in logistics, manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, mining, construction and smart grids.

The Presenters

  • Melissa E. Hathaway, President of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity who consults governments, global organizations, and Fortune 500 companies on cybersecurity, enterprise risk management, and technology assessments. Ms. Hathaway served in two Presidential administrations where she spearheaded the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama and led the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative for President George W. Bush. Hathaway will discuss the importance of 5G adoption to national competitiveness and countries’ digital economies. Countries will experience unprecedented digital change connecting more of our critical business applications and infrastructures to the Internet — driving innovation and GDP growth.  However, along with these opportunities comes unprecedented vulnerability. Ms. Hathaway will highlight the associated risks of 5G deployment and adoption.
  • Professor Florian Kerschbaum, Executive Director, Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, Waterloo, whose interests lie in data security and privacy in data management, machine learning, and blockchains. He extends real-world systems with cryptographic security mechanisms to achieve (some) provable security guarantees. His work has been applied to products for databases, supply chain management and RFID tracking.
  • Jon R. Lindsay, Assistant Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, is the author of Information Technology and Military Power (Cornell, 2020) and editor of Cross-Domain Deterrence (Oxford, 2019) and China and Cybersecurity (Oxford, 2015). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and he has served in the U.S. Navy.
  • Rod Wilson, Chief Technologist, Research Networks, Ciena, Ottawa, who is responsible for Ciena’s leadership and global interactions with universities and the research community, with particular focus is on collaboration with advanced high performance networks being created by national government for research and education purposes. Further, representing Ciena’s CTO organization, he orchestrates intersections between emerging technologies and Ciena research and development groups.

The Moderator will be Dr. Kevin Tuer, Vice President, Data and Advanced Technologies, Communitech Corp., who leads the Data and Advanced Technologies team at Communitech Corp, a private-public tech innovation hub that supports a community of over 1400 tech driven companies in the Waterloo Region. The team’s mandate is to help companies capitalize on data driven innovation and the strategic adoption of advanced technologies including AI/ML, autonomous vehicles, 5G networks and software defined networks.

Partners: For this event, the Canadian International Council has partnered with the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General in Canada, Communitech Corp. and the Canadian Digital Media Network.

Register for “Propelled by the Pandemic – Explosive Digital Growth, 5G Adoption and Beyond” at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/propelled-by-the-pandemic-explosive-digital-growth-5g-adoption-and-beyond-tickets-109044649482