Expert panel: Staying cybersecure online

This panel will discuss the growing issues around cybersecurity and privacy. Learn about online risks facing personal and business users, as well as practical safeguards and cybersecurity best practices to protect yourself online.


Amanda Maltby

As Canada Post’s General Manager, Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer, Amanda is responsible for organizational compliance in the areas of Privacy, Records Management, Official Languages, Anti-Money Laundering and Access to Information. She also oversees the corporate Code of Conduct and Business Ethics.

As Chief Privacy Officer, Amanda manages Canada Post’s activities related to employee and customer privacy, which includes an enterprise-wide accountability framework to ensure strong personal information protection and privacy compliance is in place to identify and mitigate risk, improve business performance and enhance trust in the Canada Post brand.

Prior to joining Canada Post, Amanda spent 20 years in the field of public affairs and communications in the public and private sectors.

Amanda is frequent commentator on privacy and information management issues. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Marketing Association and Chairs the CMA’s Public Affairs and Data and Privacy Committees. She acts as an advisor to the Conference Board of Canada’s Council of Chief Privacy Officers and is an active member and regular speaker for the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Amanda is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa.

Michael Geist

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School. Michael is a syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star and the Hill Times.

Michael serves on many boards, including the CANARIE Board of Directors, the Canadian Legal Information Institute Board of Directors, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority Board of Directors, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Advisory Board. In 2010, Managing Intellectual Property named him on the 50 most influential people on intellectual property in the world and Canadian Lawyer named him one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Dr. Geist was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018.

Dave Chiswell

Dave Chiswell is the vice-president, product development at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). In this role, he leads CIRA’s pursuit of new product and service offerings that are complementary to its core .CA registration service.

Dave is a seasoned technology veteran with extensive experience in the Internet industry. He joins CIRA after four years with Storm Internet Services, including three and a half years as CEO. Dave has also held senior level positions at Efficient Networks in Dallas, Newbridge Networks/Alcatel in Ottawa and Virginia, and at as CEO of its Domain Group.


Nicole Verkindt

Nicole Verkindt is passionate about leveraging the talents of entrepreneurs. The founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and a Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den, she believes in the role of entrepreneurs to grow the economy and help solve global issues.

Nicole launched OMX in 2012, when she was only 27 years old. The online platform is the only one in the world to manage obligations government contractors have to invest in local economies, a policy called “offsets”. The platform is a powerful online marketplace with users from the world’s top defence, aerospace, shipbuilding sectors, and tens of thousands of local suppliers around the world, and also generates data analytics to help governments understand economic impacts of procurement decisions.

Nicole was named "Canada's 2017 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" by Startup Canada.