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Kopiha Nathan

Privacy and Compliance Officer, HIROC

Kopiha Nathan is the Privacy and Compliance Officer for Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC), the leading provider of healthcare liability insurance in Canada. In this role, she leads HIROC’s privacy program and oversees compliance for internal controls related to information security.

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Kopiha’s roots are in the healthcare risk management field where she helped grow and sustain HIROC’s prominence in the healthcare sector. She has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare risk management field having worked as a risk management resource and consultant to many healthcare organizations across Canada. She was instrumental in leading many of HIROC’s cyber risk management and data privacy & security initiatives.

More recently, Kopiha has focused her efforts on helping healthcare organizations identify and mitigate privacy, cyber and technology risks associated with the pandemic, external (cyber) and insider threats, data sharing arrangements, and vendor management. Kopiha holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Information Technology Management from Ryerson University and is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist.

Brendan Kwolek

Chief Information & Digital Officer, Halton Healthcare

Brendan Kwolek is the Chief Information Officer at Halton Healthcare, where he has led several strategic initiatives related to cybersecurity, virtual care and improving the customer and client experience. Through more than twenty years of experience in healthcare information technology, he has consistently demonstrated a desire to elevate technology performance above the status quo.

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Known for his ability to “see the big picture”, Brendan has significant experience with planning and implementation with Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and has recently championed the development of Halton Healthcare’s new Digital Health & Technology roadmap. Passionate about the intersection of technology and healthcare, Brendan is a past-Chair of the ‘Health Information Management Systems Society’ (HIMSS) Cybersecurity, Privacy & Security committee. Brendan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from York University, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Noralyn (Lyn) Baluyot

BScN, MHA, CEO, TransForm

Lyn has had an extensive career spanning over 25 years in healthcare leadership, encompassing roles as a nurse, administrator, and consultant. Leveraging her frontline expertise, she has steered multifaceted clinical transformations on a global scale, driven by a steadfast commitment to enhancing patient and provider experiences through optimal care and cutting-edge systems.

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With a tenure of nearly two decades at Deloitte Consulting US and Deloitte Consulting Canada, Lyn transitioned to TransForm in 2018. There, she assumed responsibility for spearheading ther Transformation Office, which included the management of clinical systems, including Oracle Health/Cerner, across the Erie St. Clair region. Her pragmatic yet collaborative approach was instrumental in orchestrating the successful rollout of e-VOLVE, the most expansive clinical transformation initiative in the former Erie St. Clair region. Notably, this included implementing the Cerner Millennium hospital information system amidst the challenges posed by a global pandemic.

Presently, Lyn serves as the co-chair of the Ontario Oracle Health Collaborative, representing 11 instances of Oracle Health spanning 63 hospitals. In this capacity, she co-leads with Project Amplifi in driving the implementation of Ontario eHUB, a pivotal health information exchange (HIE) linking hospitals utilizing Oracle Health and long-term care facilities. The Ontario eHUB facilitates seamless information exchange, empowering healthcare providers with essential insights to support patients throughout their care journeys.

A perpetual learner, Lyn places great emphasis on staying abreast of technological advancements. She diligently fosters a culture of continuous learning within her team, promoting knowledge sharing to drive innovation and excellence in healthcare delivery.

Lyn holds a Master of Health Administration from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Windsor.

Diana Moczkodan

Director, Information Technology and Clinical Informatics, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

With over two decades of dedicated service in the healthcare IT sector, as a seasoned expert with a foundational degrees in Computers and Business, Diana has continually expanded her expertise through practical experience and rigorous academic pursuit, culminating in a Master’s in Business Administration.

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Diana’s journey through the realm of information technology and healthcare began shortly after her academic achievements, diving deep into the intricacies of informatics and IT starting her journey on the front line. Her commitment to professional growth is further demonstrated by certifications in Project Management, SCRUM, ITIL, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

In her IT career spanning 26 years through the healthcare, energy and automotive sectors, Diana has embodied the principles of innovation, leadership, and strategic foresight. In her tenure within the energy industry, Diana led a team specializing in operational technology (OT) tasked with safeguarding essential operational technology assets at a provincial level.

As a Director of IT and Clinical Informatics, Diana has led initiatives that bridge the gap between cutting-edge technology and clinical excellence, ensuring that healthcare delivery is both efficient and impactful.

Sher Baig

Founder and CEO, Cyber Salus

Sher Baig is a distinguished leader in the healthcare industry, serving as the Founder & CEO of Cyber Salus, a rapidly expanding global Medical Device & IoT Healthcare Cyber Security Managed Services company. Boasting a remarkable career spanning over 17 years, Sher has cultivated unparalleled expertise in Med Tech, demonstrating a keen focus on Medical Device Cybersecurity, service excellence, market development, product management, security operations center implementation, program delivery, and customer success.

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Sher’s professional journey commenced in the GE Healthcare Leadership program, where he honed his skills and gained invaluable experience by working in both the United States and internationally. His commitment to excellence led him to assume the role of Global Digital Marketing leader within the Healthcare IT organization. Subsequently, Sher took on increasing responsibilities in an international leadership position in France, where he spearheaded the commercial cloud strategy and managed the commercial portfolio for Healthcare IT in the EMEA region.

An accomplished figure in the healthcare cybersecurity landscape, Sher later assumed leadership of the global Cyber organization, specializing in Medical Device Risk Management, Policy Development, and Governance for the healthcare industry. As a testament to his expertise, Sher emerged as the leader of the Cyber Commercial Product organization, steering the product development and commercialization strategy for GE Healthcare’s Cyber Commercial Offerings.

Sher Baig is not only a seasoned executive but also a sought-after speaker at major conferences across the globe. His insights and thought leadership in Medical Device Cybersecurity have earned him invitations to present at conferences in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Singapore. Additionally, Sher plays a crucial role in ongoing policy development for Medical Device Cybersecurity controls, contributing to the advancement and security of the healthcare industry.

Mike Cope

Manager, Network, Infrastructure and Operations, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

With a quarter-century of experience in healthcare IT, Mike’s journey reflects the dynamic evolution of technology and its critical role in healthcare. Starting in 1999, amid the Y2K frenzy, he’s witnessed firsthand the digital transformation within the industry. Building resilient and secure networks across multiple hospitals, contributing to the foundational infrastructure that supports patient care. His ascent from a Helpdesk Support Specialist to a Network Manager is a testament to his skill and dedication to the field.

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Cybersecurity, an ever-present concern, has become his primary focus, paralleling the increasing threats in our interconnected world. It’s a domain where vigilance and continuous learning are paramount, as the safety of patient data and hospital operations hinge on the integrity of these systems. The exploration of Operational Technology (OT) security has opened a new chapter in his career, one that addresses the unique challenges of securing systems that interact with the physical world.

As healthcare IT continues to evolve, professionals like Mike are at the forefront, ensuring that patient care is supported by robust, secure, and innovative technology solutions. Mike’s journey is not just a personal success story but also a narrative of the sector’s growth and the increasing importance of IT in delivering quality healthcare. The next 25 years promise even more advancements, and he is well-positioned and looking forward to leading and shaping the future of healthcare technology at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

Ron Rivard

Strategic Initiatives Manager, GE HealthCare

Ron is the Service Strategic Initiatives Manager, for GE HealthCare Canada. He is a senior business leader with a proven track record in multiple disciplines from service delivery, sales, marketing, operations, and strategy development.

Throughout his extensive 38-year career with GE HealthCare, Ron has led new service, asset management, delivery, and digital initiatives across Canada.

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He is passionately committed to leading the service business into new areas, growth, development and ultimately supporting Canadian Healthcare customers in preparing for the future.

Ron joined GE HealthCare in 1986, through the Entry Level Program working in the X-Ray, CT, and Ultrasound modalities. From there he took on a multitude of different roles over the years from Service Marketing, Service Sales, and Service Management, growing in increased business acumen, business development and leadership.

Cindy Majaraj

GM, Commercial Services, GE HealthCare

Cindy Maharaj is a dynamic leader driving operational excellence and strategic innovation within the Canadian healthcare landscape. As the General Manager of Commercial Service at GE HealthCare, she brings a wealth of experience, a passion for transformative change, and an unwavering commitment to enhancing patient care in Canada.

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With a career spanning over two decades in the healthcare industry, Cindy has consistently demonstrated her ability to navigate complex challenges and deliver results.

Throughout her career at GE HealthCare, Cindy has held various leadership roles across different functions, including commercial operations, supply chain management, and sales and service. Her relentless focus on driving continuous improvement initiatives has enabled the company to adapt swiftly to evolving market dynamics and deliver innovative solutions that address the evolving needs of healthcare providers and patients in Canada.

Beyond her corporate responsibilities, Cindy is deeply committed to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration within the healthcare industry. She actively champions initiatives aimed at empowering women, mentoring emerging leaders, and advocating for inclusive leadership practices.

Cindy Maharaj’s visionary leadership, strategic acumen, and unwavering commitment to excellence continue to drive GE Healthcare’s mission of improving healthcare outcomes and advancing precision medicine for the benefit of patients globally.

J.D. Whitlock

CIO, Dayton Children’s Hospital

J.D. Whitlock is the CIO at Dayton Children’s, where he leads a team of 140 including Infrastructure & Operations, Data Services, Cybersecurity, Project Management, Workday ERP, and Epic EHR supporting a $700M pediatric integrated delivery network. His previous role was VP, Enterprise Intelligence at Bon Secours Mercy Health, a $6B (at the time) integrated delivery network, where he led teams focused on Enterprise Data Warehouse, Epic EHR Analytics, Population Health BI, and Data Management.

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He started his healthcare career in group practice management and managed care before transitioning into healthcare IT roles, where he has broad experience  spanning government, vendor, and private sector provider organizations over the last 28 years.

A retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, J.D. started his military career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy for seven years, including service as Gunnery Officer onboard the destroyer USS Paul F. Foster (DD-964) during Desert Storm. After completing a master’s degree in healthcare administration, he transitioned into the Air Force Medical Service Corps, where he served in a variety of healthcare management roles, including a deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, as Commander of the Patient Administration Division supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in 2007.

J.D. is the owner of Whit’s End Consulting, providing after-hours HealthTech and digital health consulting services from the perspective of a practicing health system CIO.

J.D. holds a BA in Mass Communication from George Washington University, a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from UCLA, and an MBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia.

Paul Steen

Principal Security Evangelist, Imperva a Thales Company

Paul is the Principal Security Evangelist at Imperva, a Thales Company and a provider of Application, API, and Data Security solutions. With more than 25 years in cyber security, Paul is regularly speaking at conferences around the world discussing security strategies, market trends, and sharing stories from the field. Paul has met with customers in over 65 countries to help them understand best practices and how to effectively manage application security, data security and the obligations that accompany the associated compliance requirements.

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Paul, in his nearly 20 years with Imperva, has held a variety of roles both on the Product side as well as the Sales side of the business. He has managed teams in the US, as well as Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Imperva, Paul worked in a variety of technical roles at Check Point Software Technology Ltd., including security engineering and, partner and end-user instruction

Paul is a frequent speaker at key IT security events such as RSA, AusCert, OWASP, AISA. He has also trained professional security-related certifications and lectured on IT security subjects at established schools and universities around the world.

Lyndon Dubeau

VP, Innovations, Connected Health, Ontario Health

Lyndon Dubeau is Vice President, Innovations for Connected Health within Ontario Health’s Digital Excellence in Health portfolio. He has over 22 years of information technology, digital, and information security experience within privacy sensitive environments. At Ontario Health, Lyndon provides thought leadership and direction for teams supporting IT audit, information security, risk management, compliance, architecture and digital health standards.

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A long-standing contributor to advancing the betterment of security and privacy within health care, Lyndon is the executive lead for the execution of the Ontario Provincial Cyber Security Operating Model, a provincial effort to align a collective cyber defence of Ontario’s health care sector.

Lyndon holds a Masters of Science in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London and has a Digital Forensics post graduate diploma from Toronto Metropolitan University. In 2015, Lyndon was awarded the Information Security Leadership Award for North America from (ISC)² for his work with Cancer Care Ontario and secure physician access to cancer screening reports.

Andrea McCormick

MN, RN, Senior Manager, Quality Management and Emergency Preparedness, The Hospital For Sick Children

Andrea is a registered nurse by background and started her career at SickKids hospital in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)as a bedside nurse in 2007.  After finishing her Master of Nursing Administration at the University of Toronto in 2013, she started a role as Critical Care Quality Team Leader.  After several years in Quality, she also served as an interim PICU Senior Manager in 2016-2017 before starting in her current role as Senior Manager in the Central Quality Management department at SickKids. 

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In 2021, she took on the portfolio for Emergency Preparedness for the hospital.

Andrea is passionate about health care quality improvement and strategic project management and brings that lens to her approach with the overhaul and renewal of the Emergency Preparedness Program at SickKids.   

Gail M. Annich

Staff Physician, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Director of Emergency Management, The Hospital For Sick Children

Dr. Gail Annich started at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as a fellow of paediatric critical care. Following a fellowship in Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), she went on to hold various roles at CS Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. From 1997 to 2014 her roles included Director of Paediatric ECMO, Medical Director of PICU, Chair of Paediatric CPR/RRT, and Principal Investigator/Director of the ECLS Coagulation Lab.

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She returned to SickKids In September 2014 as Staff Physician in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto.

Dr. Annich holds many roles SickKids, both within the Department of Critical Care Medicine and at a hospital level. For the Department of Critical Care Medicine, she is Director of Quality and Safety, is Critical Care Lead for Trauma, CLABSI, and Emergency Preparedness. At a hospital level, she is Director of the Code Blue and Critical Care Response Teams, Medical Lead for CLABSI, Code Orange and Mass Casualty, and Medical Director for the Resuscitation Oversight Committee.

Matthew Maynard

Analyst, Security Incident Response III, BJC HealthCare

Matthew Maynard is a published author, guest speaker and Dark Web researcher. Matthew is also a seasoned cybersecurity professional with a wealth of experience in IT security and incident response. Currently serving as an IT Security Incident Response Analyst at BJC HealthCare, Matthew specializes in monitoring operations, networks, and infrastructure for security issues. His expertise extends to ethical hacking, penetration testing, and providing strategic leadership in various healthcare and corporate settings.

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With a diverse skill set encompassing CISSP, CASP+, and more, Matthew is dedicated to fortifying digital landscapes against emerging threats.

Credentials:  CISSP | CASP+ | ECIH | CHFI | CEH | HTB CPTS |  SEC+ | CERT – Digital Forensics.

Published articles

HAKIN9  – “Hook, Line and Cyber: Navigating the waters of Phishing”, & “Revealing Killnet: The Power of Reconnaissance with DNSdumpster”.

blackheart | HackerNoon

HackerNoon – “Risky Business: Decrypting the Profitable World of Ransomware Operations”, “Shrouded Horizons: My Passage to the Dark Web Marketplaces”, “Rags to Riches to wretchedness: The Fall of Alexander Cazes and the resurrection of AlphaBay“, “My 30-Day Journey on a Dark Web Marketplace That Belonged to a Cyber Gang”.

Keith Lawson

CISO & LDG Lead, London Health Sciences Centre

Keith Lawson is the CISO at London Health Sciences Centre. He honed his skills over two decades in roles from hands-on technical positions to strategic leadership, from answering help-desk calls to collaborating on provincial cybersecurity operations. He has board-level experience in community healthcare and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Currently, Keith contributes to the broader cybersecurity community through speaking engagements, publications, and industry collaborations.

Jennifer J. Quaid

Executive Director, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)

Jennifer is the Executive Director of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX), Canada’s preeminent private sector organization for cross-sector collaboration, enabling cyber resilience and preparedness in its members. She is responsible for advancing the mission and purpose of the CCTX and delivering value to the membership. With extensive experience in the tech sector and with membership-based organizations, Jennifer excels at creating an environment that fosters customer focus and service delivery.

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Most recently, Jennifer was the Chief Operating Officer at the CCTX where she oversaw the development and maturity of collaboration opportunities for member companies, defining and enhancing the value for members. Prior to that, Jennifer served as the Director of People, Resources and Operations for Gryphon Secure, a global company that provides enterprise level security in a mobile environment.

Jennifer has worked extensively in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.

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