our people

Quantum-Safe Canada relies on five very impressive groups of people:

  • The Governing Board
  • The Advisory Board
  • The Academic Steering Committee
  • Our Staff
  • Our Partner Organizations

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.

Vanda Vickers

Vanda Vicars is Chief Operating Officer at the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services; since 2019 she has led strategy development and execution for member services, events, education, marketing, communications and corporate services.  A respected C-Suite executive with more than 30 years of leadership experience in the information and communications technology sector, Vanda has held senior roles at Capgemini, Bell Canada and IBM. She oversees the cyber risk file at GRI working with researchers and delivers board-level education on the topic of cyber security oversight. Over the course of her career, she has delivered project and cyber services to the financial sector and various government entities.

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.

Bruno Couillard

Bruno leads Crypto4A’s technology vision and product architecture. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the fields of technology and cybersecurity in both public and private sector, including Chrysalis-ITS (Gemalto) and Canadian Armed Forces. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Bruno played a leading role in the development of the Luna hardware security module (HSM) and the PKCS#11 Standard, the API to cryptographic tokens, solutions that underpin the security of today’s internet. Bruno has authored numerous patents, including security of root key transfer, time stamping, and time synchronization.

As a board member of Quantum Industry Canada (QIC) association, co-chair of the Quantum Industry Developers and Users Working Group, and a member of the Canadian National Quantum Strategy committee, Bruno is actively involved in the promotion and development of a Quantum National Strategy for Canada.


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.  He is currently the Chief Security Officer and Vice-President, Field Engineering with Rockport Networks in Ottawa.  Prior to joining Rockport, Tyson was Chief Product Officer at InfoSec Global (ISG), a cryptographic lifecycle product company supporting enterprise, IoT and embedded markets.  Past positions include senior roles with BAE Systems, Intel and 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.

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Sarah Shortreed

Sarah Shortreed is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at ATCO. Her responsibilities include leading ATCO’s information technology function as it continues to drive agility and collaboration throughout ATCO’s global businesses. She is also responsible for ATCO IT’s approach to expanding and enhancing its enterprise IT strategy, including establishing ATCO’s technology roadmap for the future. Sarah’s skill and expertise are drawn from her more than 30 year career that spans many industries and includes executive roles in business consulting, complex multi-stakeholder programs, operations, sales, customer relationship management and product management. She was recently the Chief Information Officer at Bruce Power, and previously worked at BlackBerry, IBM and Union Gas. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Engineering Science – Mechanical degree from the University of Western Ontario. She sits on the Board of Governors for the University of Western Ontario and is the current Chair of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Committee at the Conference Board of Canada. She recently completed terms on the Board of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Digital Advisory Board to the CIO Branch of the Treasury Board of Canada.

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.


Bridget Walshe

Bridget Walshe is acting Director General, Secure Solutions and Services Directorate at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, responsible for applied research,  architecture, engineering and development of secure cryptographic solutions. Bridget was previously Director of Cryptographic Security and Systems Development, responsible for evaluating the security of cryptographic products, providing cryptographic advice and guidance, and modernizing the Government of Canada’s classified infrastructure.  Since joining the Communications Security Establishment in 2003, Bridget has served in positions across the organization, including as a mathematician in the IT Security program, where she conducted applied research in cryptography and provided advice and guidance on the use of cryptographic algorithms by the Government of Canada. 

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
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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


Michele Mosca – Executive Director
Bill Munson – Managing Director
Ryan Deschamps – Information and Academic Outreach Officer
Nancy Mancini – Industry Outreach Officer

Chin Lee – Administrative Assistant 


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