Security Day

The Province organizes and hosts two “Security Day” events each year (Spring and Fall), free of charge. Government employees, representatives from the broader public sector, school districts, post secondary institutions, municipalities, and crown corporations are encouraged to attend via webcast. 

Our next event is coming up on June 23, 2021 with the theme of Pan-Canadian Collaboration to Enable a Secure Digital Government. Have you ever wondered how your Province manages all of the technology in the new digital world? With COVID-19 and many of us still working from home, we are challenged to accomplish all of our tasks digitally.

You won't want to miss this one, it is extremely user-friendly as it will be hosted virtually with Questions and Polling enabled for some great interaction!

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Notional Agenda:


OCIO Security Day

June 23, 2021: 9 am – 12:45 pm (PDT)

“Pan-Canadian Collaboration to Enable a Secure Digital Government”

9:00 am

Opening & Welcome to Security Day, Lisa Beare, Minister, Ministry of Citizens' Services

9:15 am

Opening Keynote: Enabling Secure #GCDigital,

Po Tea-Duncan, 
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

10:00 am Digital Identity, Sophia Howse & Peter Watkins,
Provincial Identity Program
10:30 am 15 minute break
10:45 am

Ministry Information Security Officer Panel,

Lina Ma, MISO, GCPE Province of BC

Bonnie Beyea, Governance Team Lead, CITZ, Province of BC

Gwen Lock, MISO, Health, Province of BC

Kim Yanick, MISO, SDPR, Province of BC

11:30 am

Provincial Perspective on Digital Government,

Jaimie Boyd
Chief Digital Officer, OCIO, Province of BC

12:00 pm

Conversation with RCMP on Cyber Intelligence,

Maleena Singh, Cyber Intelligence Analyst, ‘E’ Division, RCMP

12:30 pm


Alex MacLennan,
Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Citizens’ Services


Speaker Biographies

Po Tea-Duncan is the interim Executive Director for Cyber Security within Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS)’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) branch. Po has over 20 years of experience in the federal government. She currently leads the teams enabling the delivery of secure and reliable government services through the GC’s digital identity program, enterprise security architecture, security strategy and policy development, and GC Cyber Security Event Management. In 2020, she was named as one of the Top Women in Cyber Security in Canada. Prior to joining TBS, Po served in a variety of roles at Global Affairs Canada in the areas of systems security engineering, architecture, and incident management.

Sophia recently joined the OCIO as Senior Executive Director, Digital Identity Program. Prior to this Sophia has spent the last  7 years as Executive Director of the Provincial Identity Information Management Program (IDIM) in Service BC and was a key lead supporting Ministry of Health in the Province’s COVID response. In Service BC, Sophia led an amazing team and, partnering with Ministry of Health and Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC), was responsible for the issuance of 4.7M BC Services Cards to BC citizens for the purposes of accessing services online and in person.


Today, BC individuals can use their BC Services mobile app to access many services like vaccine immunizations, CRA services, etc.  For 4 years Sophia was co-lead, with Treasury Board Canada, on the Identity priority working group that focuses on advancing Identity across our great nation with Federal-Provincial and Territorial (FPT) colleagues.

Peter is the Program Executive for Pan-Canadian Digital Identity at the Institute for Citizen Centred Service. Peter is working to advance the digital identity priority of the Federal, Provincial, Territorial, Municipal Government Joint Councils. Peter has 30 years of public sector experience with the Government of British Columbia.

Peter is a recognized innovator, change agent, and collaborator. Prior to joining the Institute Peter worked to co-found the BC Developers Exchange that introduced open, agile, digital delivery methods to the BC Government. Peter was also instrumental in the conceptual design and initiation of the BC Services Card a first of a kind provincial identity information management program.

Bonnie has been in the public sector for 20 years, and the past 15 of those years have been in Information Security. She has worked in Ministries as well as in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, allowing her to use her experience to solve problems from multiple points of view

Gwen has over 25 years of information security experience in the public sector. She continues to be a life-long learner and has obtained several post-graduate degrees (leadership; public administration), including a doctorate in organizational change and leadership (Walden University)


Lina is the Security Architect and Ministry Information Security Officer for Government Communications and Public Engagement (GCPE). Prior to joining GCPE, Lina was a Security and Privacy Analyst for the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. She is a CISSP and holds two master’s degrees (one in French Linguistics and one in Library and Information Science) from the University of British Columbia

Kimberly has been in the public sector for 15 years, 10 of those involved in the Information Security space. Her experience has encompassed multiple ministries and most recently landed within the Social Sector (SDPR) as one of their MISOs. 

Jaimie Boyd serves as the Chief Digital Officer of the Government of British Columbia, Canada. She leads efforts to embrace digital change, helping government to better serve citizens using modern technologies. She previously served as the Director of Open Government in the Government of Canada, supporting government transparency, accountability and citizen engagement. Ms. Boyd has held past roles across the Government of Canada and in the private sector.  She is an alumnus of the Government of Canada’s Accelerated Economist Training Program, Action Canada, the Institute for Technology and Society’s Global Policy Fellowship and the Organization of American States’ Fellowship on Open Government in the Americas. In 2019, Apolitical listed her amongst the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government. Find her on Twitter at @jaimieboyd.

Maleena Singh has over 20 years experience with the RCMP, and was instrumental in the creation and deployment of the Cyber Investigative and Analysis Team (CIAT). This team is part of the E Division Digital Forensic Services (DFS) and is tasked to provide assistance on cybercrime matters within BC. One of Maleena’s primary roles is to develop and maintain strong partnerships with Private Industry and Academia, as well as Government and Law Enforcement Agencies. As a strong proponent of this belief, the partnerships Maleena has developed have already assisted in active investigations and identifying current cybercrime trends.

Alex MacLennan was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister & Chief Technology Officer, OCIO – Enterprise Services, Citizens’ Services on August 28, 2020

As Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Enterprise Services Division (ES), Alex is responsible for enabling Government to deliver services to citizens by providing high quality, secure and cost-effective information management and technology services. Enterprise Services provides the public service and many broader public sector organizations with data and voice networks, workstations and mobile devices, messaging and collaboration services, information security, data centre and application hosting, and enterprise architecture and standards.  

Before joining Citizens’ Services, Alex worked in the Office of the Premier as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Cabinet Operations and Deputy Cabinet Secretary, where he led the team that supported ministries in bringing forward decisions to Cabinet and its committees.

Alex has held several executive roles with the BC Public Service during his 17 years of service including Executive Director of Social Policy with Treasury Board Staff, Executive Director of the Road Safety Initiative with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Executive Director of Strategic Design with the Government Digital Experience.

Alex is passionate about the public service and is always striving to build high performing teams that improve services and outcomes for citizens.

Alex holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Sauder Business School.


Hear from our Keynote Speaker, Po Tea-Duncan, Executive Director of Cyber Security for the Treasury Board Secretariat as she shares the Federal perspective on Secure Digital Government. She will be followed by the Chief Digital Officer for the Province of B.C., Jaimie Boyd, sharing her Provincial perspective. We have an amazing Ministry Information Security Officers panel who will discuss the opportunities and challenges of our Digital Government at the ministry level. Last, but definitely not least, we will be fascinated by a conversation with the Cyber Intelligence Analyst, Maleena Singh, who will share her experiences from the 'E' Crime Division of the RCMP.


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