About our Big Data and Cybersecurity Conferences

“I want you to think about data as the next natural resource.” GINNI ROMETTY, CEO of IBM, 2013 

Big Data is revolutionizing how intelligence is stored and informative analysis can be drawn. The advent of the hyper connected digital economy is creating a new economy where data is the new commodity. The increase in computing power, especially in processing and storing capabilities, has made data widely available and accessible to companies for analysis. Generating value from data is enabling organizations to develop better products and services, market those offerings more effectively to their customer base and implement new efficiencies which lower costs. Leveraging big data analytics is no longer considered a novel approach for decision-making, but an important strategy for organizations to raise their competitiveness and survive in today’s interconnected global markets. 

The big data revolution is occurring at a time of hyper connectivity, where millions of network sensors are being integrated into the physical world, allowing the collection of trillions of information bytes. The Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, which describes the extension of the internet to the physical world through rooted embedded technology, feeds directly into big data by enabling the collection of even more information. Consumers benefit immensely from this in the area of e-commerce, retailing, telecommunication, utilities, financial services, healthcare or manufacturing. 

Nonetheless, this also opens up new doors to many more ways how to misuse the generated information which is derived through big data. Increasingly sophisticated cyber threats from cyber criminals, insiders, hacktivists, terrorists and nation states for financial gains, competitive advantages or political purposes are becoming more frequent. This poses serious challenges for the private-, public- and non-profit sector. Prevention and detection methods have largely proven to be ineffective against increasingly sophisticated assaults. Numerous organizations do not possess the knowledge or do not have the resources to combat highly skilled and aggressive cybercriminals. 

The recent developments in Big Data & Cybersecurity offer a great occasion to discuss between Canadian and German experts how to take advantage of the arising opportunities and how threats are effectively encountered. 

Conference - Cancelled

Big Data & Cybersecurity conference in Dortmund on November 29, 2018

Please join us at our upcoming conference in Dortmund, where experts from Germany and Canada will discuss the newest developments in Big Data & Cybersecurity. 


Preliminary Program for Big Data & Cybersecurity Conference in Dortmund


09:00 AM - Registration 

09:30 AM - Official Start and Welcome Remarks 

09:35 AM - Industry overview 



  • Dr. Wen-Fang Xie - Professor at Concordia University's Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering 
  • TBD

10:10 AM - Panel Discussion # 1: Big Data -  Analyzing untapped Data sources for gaining new insights  



  • Omid Sadeghi -  Interim Director at Lassonde Professional Development, Lassonde’s School of Engineering of York University
  • Marwan Areibi -  CEU & Co-founder at tabnex
  • Dr. Steffen Wittkamp - Consultant for the Data Science Lab at neusta software development west GmbH
  • Moderator: Nancy Levesque - SLC International

11:00 AM - Coffee break

11:15 AM - Panel Discussion # 2: Cybersecurity & Fintech - What new technologies are there in Fintech and how can we make today’s financial sector safer?



  • Jeffrey Sims - CEO at Cyber Mongol 
  • Markus Hertlein - CEO & Co-Founder XignSys GmbH
  • Moderator: Nancy Levesque - SLC International

12:05 PM - Key Takeaways

12:10 PM - Networking Lunch

1:00 PM - End

Past Conference

Big Data & Cybersecurity conference in Ottawa on February 22, 2018

Please join us at our conference in Ottawa, where experts from Germany and Canada will discuss the newest developments in Big Data & Cybersecurity. 

  • Date: February 22, 2018 
  • Where:  Bayview Yards at 7 Bayview Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2C5, Canada 
  • Time: 8:30 AM till 5:00 PM

Conference Program 

  • 08:30 AM - Registration 
  • 09:15 AM -  Welcoming Speech by Yvonne Denz, Senior Vice President of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry & Commerce and H.E. Sabine Sparwasser, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada 
  • 09:40 AM - Industry overview 
  • 10:10 AM - Coffee Break 
  • 10:30 AM - Workshop 1: Facing the big data revolution - Are Canada and Germany ready?
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch break
  • 12:45 PM - Workshop 2: Cyber hacking and its threat to successfully progressing towards fully autonomously driving vehicles 
  • 2:15 PM - Coffee Break 
  • 2:30 PM - Workshop 3: Bridging the skill gap - How can the education system satisfy big data & cybersecurity industry demand? 
  • 4:00 PM - Summary of key discussion points
  • 4:15 PM - Networking Event
  • 5:00 PM - End of event

Note: please be aware that there might be minor changes to some parts of the conference program

Panel Discussion 1: 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM

Facing the big data revolution - Are Canada and Germany ready?

  • How ready are Canada and Germany for the big data revolution? 
  • Do we need a new global framework to face the disruptive changes big data will bring with it? 
  • How could this look like? How will this impact society and industry? 

 Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Rami Abielmona, VP of Research and Engineering at Larus Technologies
  • Craig Burkett, Data Scientist at Lixar I.T. Inc.
  • Paul Mundt, Founder & Managing Director at Adaptant Solutions AG 
  • Dr. Mike Sips, Scientific Leader of Big-Data Analytics at the German Research Centre for Geosciences 
  • Moderator: Stefanie Dreyer, TV-Presenter, Journalist and Economist 

Panel Discussion 2: 12.45 PM - 2.15 PM

Cyber hacking and its threat to successfully progressing towards fully autonomously driving vehicles 

  • What are the newest trends when it comes to autonomous driving and cybersecurity? 
  • What risks remain and what is safe enough? 
  • Will autonomous vehicles ever be safe enough from being hacked?
  • What solutions do developers have so far?

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Stacy Janes,  Chief Security Architect – Automotive at Irdeto      
  • Fabian Koark, Principal Consultant and Manager at INVENSITY Inc., Detroit 
  • Daniel Weissland, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc.
  • Tamara Tomomitsu,  Lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP        
  • Moderator: Barrie Kirk, Executive Director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence

Panel Discussion 3: 2.30 PM - 4.00 PM

Bridging the skill gap - How can the education system satisfy big data & cybersecurity industry demand? 

  • What can we do in order to ensure that the education system keeps up with the high industry demand for data scientists and cybersecurity specialists? 
  • What has been done so far and is it enough?  
  • Do Germany and Canada approach this challenge in the same way or differently? 
  • Could they collaborate in facing the current skill gap and how could a potential cooperation look like? 
  • What will be the consequence if we cannot fill the skill gap?

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Dr. Melike Erol-Kantarci, Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa 
  • Dr. Matthias Hagen, Head of Big Data Analytics Lab at Bauhaus University of Weimar
  • Bhavani Krishnan, VP of Program and Product Management at the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks
  • Florian Schild, Founder of boot.AI 
  • Daniel Craigen, Director of Carleton University’s Global Cyber Resource Centre
  • Moderator: Jeremy Depow, VP of Research and Policy at the Information and Communications Technology Council