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Securing our future: Bridging the cyber security talent gap

September 28, 2022, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hybrid event for Securing our future: Bridging the cyber security talent gap

You don’t need to be a tech wizard to work in cyber security! Hear from experts on how anyone can become a cyber security professional.

About this event

As the use of digital technology increases, the need for cyber security talent grows. Despite the efforts to increase the cyber workforce, there is still a significant talent gap. There is a misconception that cyber security experts are tech wizards; however, Cyber security professionals can come from a variety of different backgrounds. There is a need for both technical and non-technical skills in the industry.

That is why the Government of Ontario is partnering with the University of Toronto to bring you Securing our Future: Bridging the Cyber Security Talent Gap. Hear from professionals with different backgrounds to learn how you start your career in cyber security.


This event will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 89 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R1 in the 3rd floor University Room at Chestnut Conference Centre. If you are unable to attend in person, select the virtual option when choosing your ticket.


2:15 – 3:00 pm: Registration for in-person attendees

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Welcome and introduction

3:15 – 3:35 pm: Keynote speakers + Q&A

  • Jeff Musson, Founder, Coding for Veterans
  • Isaac Straley, CISO, University of Toronto

3:35 – 4:15 pm: Panel discussion

  • Julie Nguyen, Counsel, Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery
  • Ryan Barker, Senior Manager, Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery
  • Rushmi Hasham, Director, Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Aidan Mitchell-Boudreau, Information Security Council student member, U of T

4:15 – 4:35 pm: Trivia

4:35 – 4:40 pm: Concluding remarks

4:40 – 5:00 pm: Networking

Light refreshments will be provided.

Who can attend?

Any post-secondary student from an Ontario institution is invited. You do not need prior knowledge on cyber security to attend.

The event is totally free but there is a limited number of in person tickets.


To register for the event, visit the official registration page.


Government of Ontario
View Organizer Website


Chestnut Conference Centre
3rd floor University Room, 89 Chestnut Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R1 Canada