our people

Quantum-Safe Canada relies on three very impressive groups of experts for governance and advice:

  • The Governing Board
  • The Advisory Board
  • The Academic Steering Committee

Gwen Beauchemin

Gwen Beauchemin is the Chief Executive Officer of Tillet Consulting, a company she co-founded after two years as the Chief Information Security Officer with Payments Canada.  Before that, Gwen spent 16 years in senior roles with the Government of Canada – the last three as the Director of the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre in Ottawa. The first 15 years of Gwen’s career were focused on telecom software development at Bell Northern Research and Nortel.

Robert Crow

Robert Crow recently retired from his role as Managing Director and Executive in Residence at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo.  Prior to that, Robert had a distinguished career in policy development, government relations and administration, holding senior positions with Research In Motion, the Information Technology Association of Canada and Ryerson University.

Benoît Dupont

Benoît Dupont is the holder of the Canada Research Chair in Cyber-security, as well as of the Research Chair in the Prevention of Cybercrime.  Benoît is a Professor of Criminology at the Université de Montréal and the Scientific Director of the Smart Cyber-security Network (SERENE-RISC), which he founded in 2014.  He also sits as an observer representing the research community on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX).

David Fransen

David Fransen is a public policy veteran, recently retired from a long and impressive career in public service with the Government of Canada, which culminated in a term as Canada’s Consul General in Los Angeles.  Prior to that, David was Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy at Industry Canada, followed by a stint at the University of Waterloo where he served as the first Executive Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing as well as Associate Vice-President of Strategic Relations.

Robert W. Gordon

Robert W. Gordon is the Executive Director, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) where he has organizational responsibility to deliver cyber threat information services and lead all cyber intelligence engagements and research activities.  Most recently, Robert was a Director, Global Cyber Security at CGI.  Prior to this, he enjoyed a long and successful career in the Federal Government, which included being the architect of Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy.

Scott Jones

Scott Jones is Head, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.  Most recently, Scottwas Assistant Deputy Minister, the Information Technology Security at the Communications Security Establishment, where his responsibilities included providing cryptographic solutions that protect the most sensitive information of the Government of Canada.  Prior to that, he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility across CSE. He previously acted as National Security Policy Advisor in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat of the Privy Council Office.

Michele Mosca

Michele Mosca leads Quantum-Safe Canada and sits on the Governing Board ex officio.  Michele is co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, a Professor in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization of the Faculty of Mathematics, and a founding member of Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.  He is also co-founder and Director of CryptoWorks21, a training program in quantum-safe cryptography, and a founder of the ETSI-IQC workshop series in Quantum-Safe Cryptography.

Brian O’Higgins

Brian O’Higgins is currently a board member and advisor to several corporations.   Brian has worked in high technology and software for over 35 years, and been involved with IT security for 25 years.   Brian is probably best known for his pioneering role with PKI (public key infrastructure) – as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Entrust.  He was also a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Third Brigade, an enterprise security company that was acquired by Trend Micro in 2009.

the advisory council

Marc Brouillard

Marc Brouillard is the Chief Technology Officer of the Government of Canada, leading the Government’s information technology policy, strategy and oversight functions.  He has had a long and successful career as a senior public and private sector executive in information management and technology.  Before moving to his current position, Marc served as deputy departmental CIO and acting departmental CIO at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at Montage IT Services, a division of MTS/Allstream, where he held numerous positions in technology consulting and business development.

Catherine Johnston

Catherine Johnston is a payments professional with a strong interest in cybersecurity.  Catherine recently retired from the voice of Canada’s payments and smart-card industry, ACT Canada, where she was President and CEO for more than 25 years.  Prior to that she worked for Bull Information Systems.

Tyson Macaulay

Tyson Macaulay is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, with over 25 years of technical and management experience.  Tyson was formerly Chief Product Officer at InfoSec Global (ISG), a cryptographic lifecycle product company supporting enterprise, IoT and embedded markets.  Prior to ISG he worked for BAE Systems, leading consulting and pre-sales engineering in North America.  Past positions include CTO – Telecommunications at Intel and Chief Security Strategist at Fortinet.

Colleen Merchant

Colleen Merchant has a rich background in science, technology and security, and is currently Director General, National Cyber Security at Public Safety Canada.  She began her career in 1986 at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Texas, moving to the Canadian Space Agency in 1993, followed by increasingly responsible security roles with the Communications Security Establishment, the Treasury Board Secretariat and Public Safety Canada.

John Mulholland

John Mulholland is Director, Quantum Risk Management with evolutionQ Inc., which he joined after an impressive 36-year career in cryptographic science, policy and management with the Communications Security Establishment in Ottawa.  John’s academic background is in physics and computer science.

Ruth Promislow

Ruth Promislow is a Partner at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto, specialising in commercial litigation with a strong focus on cybersecurity.  Ruth has extensive experience with cybersecurity matters including cyber preparedness, incident response and related litigation, working with clients to develop effective incident response plans.

Martin Proulx

Martin Proulx is Director General, Engineering, Planning and Standards within the Spectrum and Information Technologies and Telecommunications Branch of the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).  Martin has been with ISED since 2011, and is responsible for Canada’s efforts on spectrum planning and engineering, for supporting Public Safety Canada in ensuring the cyber security of Canada’s critical information and communications technology infrastructure, and for international standardization activities at the ITU-T and technical regulatory standards for telecommunications equipment.  Prior to moving to ISED, he worked at Health Canada as Acting Director General of the Materiel and Asset Management Directorate.  Before joining the Government of Canada in 2010, he held senior positions at Nortel Networks in both Canada and France, notably as product lead for the Wireless Network Management portfolio.

Scott Totzke

Scott Totzke is the CEO and co-founder of ISARA Corporation, a security-solutions company specialising in creating quantum-safe cryptography for today’s computing ecosystems.  Prior to ISARA, Scott was Senior Vice-President of Enterprise & Security at Huawei, where he launched their R&D office in Waterloo.  Scott was also a senior vice-president at BlackBerry for over 13 years, where he helped shape their security, regulatory compliance, lawful access and privacy strategies on a global scale.  Before BlackBerry, Scott was a senior consultant with EDS, building technical expertise and leadership experience in network security, architecture and database design.


Joe Waddington

Joe Waddington is Director General, Cyber Protection with the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.  He was previously DG, Secure Solutions and Services with the Communications Security Establishment.  Before that, Joe spent 12 years in other roles in security and management of the federal government’s IT infrastructure.  Prior to that he was Senior Manager, IS Security with Nortel, where he spent 14 years.

The Academic Steering Committee

INTRIQ, Université de Montréal
University of Ottawa
Université de Montréal 
 University of Waterloo
IQC, University of Waterloo
CQIQC, University of Toronto
IQC, University of Waterloo
Head shot of Atefeh Mashatan
School of Information Technology Management, Ryerson University
IQC, University of Waterloo
Qian Li
ECE Photonics group, University of Toronto
INTRIQ, Université de Montréal
IQST, University of Calgary

University of Waterloo