February 27, 2017

New Joint Private Sector and Policing Council to Address Cybercrime in Canada

For the first time in their respective histories, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) have joined forces to create a joint advisory body supporting the advancement of the national cybercrime strategy for Canada.

The eCrime Cyber Council (ECC) has been formed as a result of the recent emergence of the CATAAlliance Cybercrime Advisory Council (CAC) coinciding with the timely need of the CACP Electronic Crime Committee for a similar body of cyber experts to advise and support them on the operational aspects of the fight against cybercrime. Rather than risk a duplication of effort and overtaxing similarly sought-after leadership and talent, the CATAAlliance CAC agreed to amend its Terms of Reference (ToR) to reflect its new status of an official advisory body to the CACP eCrimes committee.

When new member recruitment efforts are complete, the ECC will be comprised of police experts, innovative private sector leaders, academic and government observers to work with government departments, ministries, and agencies at federal, provincial, and local levels to undertake supportive policies and approaches that will make Canada a world leader in addressing the threat and harm of cybercrime.

Interview with Council Co-Chairs

Please view this brief video interview featuring the ECC Co-Chairs: Deputy Chief Scott Todd of the North Bay Police Service and Kevin Wennekes, CATAAlliance’s Chief Business Officer, as they describe how and why the Council was formed and some of the early initiatives under development.

eCrime Cyber Council: Interview with Co-Chair Deputy Chief Scott Tod from CATAAlliance on Vimeo.

Preliminary Efforts Now Underway

To-date, the ECC has identified and commenced early strategizing around several priority initiatives, including:

  1. Developing a pro-social cybercrime mobile gaming app: the gamification of cybercrime scenarios will offer micro-education opportunities through a highly-stylized, interactive and engaging means which will influence users’ future motivations, behaviours and understanding of cybercrime-related activities.
  2. Hosting a second International Policing Cybercrime Summit in Fall 2017 – building on the inaugural launch held in October 2015, a second Summit with a greater international appeal is being planned.
  3. Conducting a series of regional cybercrime workshops to begin understanding: current cybercrime awareness/capability among Canadian police at a regional level leading to a national picture; identifying current technology and where gaps exist requiring new, innovative solutions; and, engaging in education and knowledge transfer and create stronger police/private/academic relationships leading to greater R&D collaboration and innovation
  4. Implementing a research study that seeks to quantify the cybersecurity practices that can demonstrably help a defined population i.e. businesses, consumers, governments, mitigate the cybercrime threat. This study will include primary and secondary research along with case study reviews and identifying international practices/initiatives to arrive at risk-related datasets that will result in cybercrime mitigation strategies that can be adopted individually and organizationally-wide.

With the ECC Terms of Reference ratified by the founding members in November 2016, the ECC will be meeting again in May 2017 to formalize its 2017-2018 strategic plan.

engageGet Involved

The ECC is actively recruiting new members to join the main body, and individual supporters and partner organizations to assist in the planning and execution of key initiatives.

To indicate your interest in supporting the ECC by becoming either a full member or joining a task force/sub-committee dedicated to advancing one of the core activities, please review the current Terms of Reference and then complete this brief online application.

Download a PDF copy of the Terms of Reference here:

Begin the application process here:

ActionFor more information, contact ECC Co-Chair, Kevin Wennekes, at kwennekes@cata.ca