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Strategic Forum on Cybersecurity

A booming ecosystem Events The speech will be presented mainly in French.

Registration deadline: October 1, 2021


Participate in the first edition of the Strategic Forum on Cybersecurity, a new must-attend event related to the accelerating digital transformation needs of businesses and, more broadly, of society.

The increase in home-based work is driving greater technology needs and opening the door to additional cybersecurity risks. Yet many businesses have yet to adopt a cybersecure environment.

With a thriving ecosystem of cybersecurity and technology companies, universities, colleges, research centers and laboratories, Montréal has the potential to help its businesses become cyber resilient.

Summary of the program (details will be published as they become available)

Starting at 7:30 a.m., connect and enjoy a virtual networking session offered through the PairConnex platform (optional)

8:30 a.m., start of the conferences

BLOCK 1 - The city's key players in cybersecurity and their expertise
BLOCK 2 - Raising awareness among companies of all sizes and sectors about the importance of protecting themselves, and giving them the tools to do so
BLOCK 3 - Organizing the future of cybersecurity

Around 12:30 p.m., end of the conferences
Virtual networking session between participants until 2:00 pm (optional)
Virtual booths throughout the event

Master of ceremonies

  • Sarah Veilleux-Poulin Head, Public Affairs and Communications
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

BLOCK 1 The city’s key players in cybersecurity and their expertise

8 h 30 - Welcoming remarks

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Eric CaireMinister for Government Digital Transformation
    Gouvernement du Québec
  • Jean Boulet Ministre du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale Gouvernement du Québec

9 h 10 - Talk – Cybersecurity: Overview of a thriving ecosystem

  • Pascal FortinPartner, Cyber, Technology Risk Consulting

9 h 20 - Talk – A start-up ecosystem buzzing with activity

  • Richard ChénierGeneral Manager

BLOCK 2 Raising awareness among companies of the importance of properly protecting and equipping themselves

9 h 35 Panel – Call for awareness: New cybersecurity issues

  • Vanessa HenriAssociate
  • Lise Lapointe President
    Terranova Security


  • Jessica BouchardSenior Director, Content Strategy, Économic Affairs et Downtown Relaunch
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

10 h 10 - Panel – Cyber resilience: Solutions for mitigating risk

  • Masarah Paquet-CloustonCybersecurity Researcher
  • Benoit DupontProfessor of Criminology and Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity
    Université de Montréal
  • Nicolas Duguay Director, Business Development


  • Alain Boudreault Vice-President, Strategy, Innovation and Corporate Affairs
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

10 h 40 - Talk – Boosting your company’s agility and innovation while protecting it

  • Réjean Rhéaume Director, Consulting Expert who specializes in governance, risk, compliance, and data protection

BLOCK 3 Organizing the future of cybersecurity

10 h 55 - Panel – Access to skilled talent, the key to industry growth

  • Christian Bernard Vice-President, International Talent, Business Intelligence and Communications
    Montréal International
  • Mélanie Bosc General Manager,
    IT and Telecommunications Workforce Committee
  • Nora Boulahia CuppensFull Professor
    Polytechnique Montréal


  • Erandi Motte Cortes enior Director, International Markets, Entrepreneurship and Business Information
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

11 h 25 - Seminar – Working together to develop tomorrow’s cybersecurity projects

  • Moshe ToledanoCISO and Director of Cyber Security
  • Mourad Debbabi Dean, Full Professor, NSERC/Hydro-Québec Thales Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Security
    Université Concordia University

11 h 40 - Panel – Promising initiatives for the future of cybersecurity

  • Frédéric BoveExecutive Director
  • Pascal FortinPartner, Cyber, Technology Risk Consulting
  • Marcel Labelle President and General Manager
  • Éric MorinSenior Advisor, Open Innovation and Startup in Residence lead
  • Luc Sirois Quebec's Chief Innovation Officer
    Conseil de l'innovation du Québec


  • Diane LangloisVice-President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Who should attend the Strategic Forum on Cybersecurity?

  • Key players in the cybersecurity ecosystem: Research chairs and labs, universities and colleges
  • Cluster organizations and research centres
  • Investment funds
  • Cybersecurity and information technology companies with internal cybersecurity teams and businesses from all sectors that are looking for cybersecurity tools or are beginning to explore the topic
  • Executives and managers responsible for technological advancement and innovation within their companies
  • Political decision-makers

The CCMM is ready to welcome members of the business community back to its in-person events, providing a safe environment that complies with all current health requirements.

All necessary measures are being taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our participants, guests and employees.

As of September 1, the CCMM will require a vaccination passport and proof of identity from everyone who wants to access its in-person events.

All the information about the health instructions and agenda will be sent to registered participants a few days before the event.

>> For more information, visit our FAQ.


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Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

For more information

Véronqiue Lauzon
Special Projects Manager
514 871-4000, ext. 4006

For any questions about your login on the day of the Forum, please send an email to:

Please note that no exchange or refund will be accepted after your purchase. This event will be held despite a potential lockdown.


Palais des congrès de Montréal

1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Montréal, QC
H2Z 1H5


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