September 14, 2019

Preparing for Opportunity and Security in the Age of Quantum

The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University along with The Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) and Communitech would like to invite you to join them on Thursday, September 19, 2019 as they welcome Dr. Orna Berry for a presentation on the opportunities of quantum. The presentation will be followed by a panel, moderated by Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech, that will build on and deal with other facets, such as the security and other risks associated with the rendering of cyber protection technologies made vulnerable by it. This event is by-invitation only, and is open to CATA members.

Thu, 19 September 2019

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Registration (Coffee and pastries will be available)
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Panellists
9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Presentation by Dr. Orna Berry; Panel Discussion; Q&A
12 p.m. – Conclusion and Light Lunch

Register online at

Lazaridis Institute’s Executive Development Centre
72 Victoria St. S.
Kitchener, ON


Dr. Orna Berry, Formerly Israel’s Chief Scientist
Orna Berry is a true “academic entrepreneur” with a powerful sense of public service. She is universally regarded as the First Lady of Israeli High Tech. She received her PhD in computer science in 1986 at the University of Southern California (Rand Corporation Fellow). Her industrial R&D life began in Israel in 1987 at the IBM Haifa Research Laboratory where she was involved with hardware simulations on different Intel chip architectures.

She then became an entrepreneur, establishing, in 1993, Ornet Data Communication Technologies Ltd which was later acquired by Siemens, the first acquisition of an Israeli start-up company by a European conglomerate.

In late 1996, Berry joined the government, becoming the first (and, to date, only) woman appointed as the Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Industry. In that role she was also the Chairperson of the Israel-USA Binational Industrial Research and Development BIRD Foundation, led to Israel’s government participation in the Framework Programs of the European Union and, as well, as chaired the joints funds with Canada (CIIRDF), UK, South Korea (KORIL) and Singapore (SIIRDF).

She returned to the private sector and joined Gemini Israel Venture Funds Ltd as a venture partner in 2000. In that capacity she was involved in the investment and direction of numerous Israeli start-up success stories, mainly in computing and telecom.

In 2011, Orna joined EMC Corporation as Corporate Vice President Innovation and Head of the EMC Centers of Excellence in Cloud Computing. As part of her role in EMC she established and led the company’s R&D center in Beer Sheva where her sense of public service mingled with her corporate role as she was a leader in the development of the high-tech park. After the Dell-EMC merger, she served as Vice President Dell EMC General Manager, Israel Center of Excellence until March 2018. She currently chairs Israel’s National Initiative in Quantum Science & Technology.

Scott Totzke, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, ISARA Corporation (Waterloo)
Scott Totzke is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of ISARA Corporation. He is responsible for leading the team by creating and communicating the vision and implementing the global strategy for the company. Before ISARA, Scott held senior leadership roles at multiple high-tech mobility companies. Notably, he was the Senior Vice President at BlackBerry, where he helped shape their security, regulatory compliance, lawful access and privacy strategies on a global scale. His organization was accountable for full security lifecycle management. Under Scott’s leadership, security became BlackBerry’s single most significant differentiator.

Before joining BlackBerry in 2001, Scott was a senior consultant with EDS and built technical expertise and leadership experience in network security, architecture and database design roles. He also spent more than a decade as a system developer and network architect.

Michele Mosca, Co-Founder and Deputy Director, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo; Researcher and Founding Member, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics; Professor of Mathematics, Department of Combinatorics & Optimization, University of Waterloo.
Michele obtained a BMath at Waterloo in 1995 and was the recipient of the Mathematics Faculty Alumni Gold Medal. He went to Wolfson College, University of Oxford, on a Commonwealth Scholarship, and received an MSc in Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science (with Distinction) in 1996. He continued at Oxford, obtaining a DPhil in quantum computer algorithms in 1999 while holding the Robin Gandy Junior Research Fellowship.

In 1999 he started Waterloo’s effort in quantum computing, with the support of the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research, St. Jerome’s University, and his home department, Combinatorics & Optimization (C&O). He is currently Full Professor and University Research Chair in the C&O Department of the Faculty of Mathematics. He also has cross-appointments in Computer Science and Physics & Astronomy. He is co-founder of CryptoWorks21, a training program in quantum-safe cryptography. He also initiated the Quantum Cryptography Summer School for Young Scientists (QCSYS) at IQC.

Lois Tullo, EIR, Global Risk Institute, CRO/CCO Novera Capital and JVerify, Risk Management Faculty, Schulich School of Business, York University
Lois Tullo is the Canadian expert in the research and management of Nonfinancial risk including Cyber Dependency (Cyber Quantification, AI/ML, Quantum). She is the author of “Distribution Analysis for Information: A Cyber Quantification Framework”, “Back to the Future: 2007 to 2030”, “The Global Risks and Trends Framework”, and “Risk Management – Canadian Best Practices, How did they get there?”. She is CRO/CCO at Novera Capital Inc. Novera Capital is a Virtual Currency capital firm focusing in the area of providing liquidity to the market through synthetic derivatives. She is also the CRO/CCO advisor for JVerify a KYC/AML blockchain developer using AI/ML to verify identities in the AML space. Lois has been teaching risk management at the Schulich School of Business for the past 23 years.

Ms. Tullo was previously CRO & CCO at Smart Contracts Capital Inc. and BlockMine Development Inc. SSC/BMD developed a blockchain platform to issue Regulated Security Tokens (STO’s). She was CFO at CIBC Finance Inc, responsible for Finance, Treasury, HR and interim risk management. She was Director of HR, Finance and Business Process Redesign at Unitel Communications; a management consultant at Nolan, Norton Canada/KPMG where she consulted on the link between business strategy and information technology architecture. Ms. Tullo worked in Ethiopia with Food for the Hungry, a relief and development organization. At TCPL, she provided systems design and data analysis.

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