IT Connect

IT Connect is a conference organized yearly by Champlain College Saint-Lambert. In 2019, the theme will revolve around Cybersecurity. The conference presents a great opportunity to see speakers from many high-profile organizations, while also presenting valuable networking opportunities throughout. As a public college, Champlain offers a multitude of IT-related programs and courses, and is both a Cisco Networking Academy as well as an AWS Academy. The IT Connect conference series is thus one of many aspects of Champlain's commitment to IT - and has more than doubled in size in nearly all categories from the first year it was offered.

New technologies are appearing faster than ever before, and as they do, new hacks and cyber-attack opportunities inevitably follow. It is thus important to have a strong understanding of the security efforts taken by organizations, including the latest standards, frameworks, and best practices. 

Topics at IT Connect 2019 will include:

• Threat Intelligence/Management • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) • Vulnerability Management
• IoT Related Threats • Cloud Security • Blockchain
• Data Protection • Artificial Intelligence • Employee Monitoring & Surveillance
• Governance, Risk & Compliance • Security Awareness & Capacity Building  


Early Bird (online tickets before May 7th) :  $50 Day of the event (at the door) : $90
Online ticket sales between May 8th – June 6th : $75  

Tickets will be available for sale as of January 2019.


Felix Boulet - Opsec Specialist, Devolution


Felix BouletFélix Boulet is a GCIH certified Operational Security Specialist at Devolutions, a top-of-the-line remote access management and IT solution software company. In this role, Félix is deeply involved in all security initiatives that relate to the protection of the organization’s assets. More specifically, he handles security hardening projects, security incidents and detection. He is continuously learning about operational and digital security. Félix tries to stay close to the offensive side, to keep ahead of the current and emerging threats. He is also highly active in the security community, participating in security-focused competitions, local conferences and workshops.



Jean Dion - Senior Consultant IT Architecture, Zones-Info


Jean DionJean Dion started as customer service engineer for StorageTek in 1983, where he was responsible for the installation and maintenance of large mainframe types of devices including tape drives, tape automation robots, disk storage, SSD storage and printers. He then moved to a presales solutions architect position working with the accounts directors at StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, ESI Technologies and Commvault, with a focus on data management and business continuity. Jean was part of Sun Microsystems as a Data Management Ambassador with a focus on short and long term data retention projects such as government archives, National Libraries, TV broadcasters, manufacturing, financial and medical data retention and governance.



Terry Cutler - Founder & Ethical Hacker, Cyology Labs


Terry CutlerTerry Cutler is a government-cleared cybersecurity expert and the founder and CEO of Cyology Labs in Montréal, Canada. He specializes in the anticipation, assessment, and prevention of security breaches for governments, corporations, businesses, and consumers, as well as Internet Safety for Children.

As an award-winning information security strategist for almost 20 years and was recently named #1 most influential cybersecurity expert by IFSEC Global.

Mr. Cutler has advised some of Canada’s largest companies on how to prevent and remedy internal and external security penetration. For the general public, he developed an effective online learning program arranged in modules and updated regularly to keep up with the rapidly changing digital landscape in which “wild-west” internet bandits constantly seek and find ways to break into our lives.

Terry Cutler is a frequent contributor to media reportage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social network dangers that families and individuals face every day.

Terry Cutler has coined the term Cyologist™ to describe what he does. His mission is to “help individuals and corporations protect themselves from data breaches and other online cyber threats through his videos, media appearances, coaching products and consulting services.”

Benoit Dupont - Professor, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity and the Research Chair for the Prevention of Cybercrime, Université de Montréal


Benoit DupontBenoit Dupont is professor of criminology at the Université de Montréal, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity and the Research Chair for the Prevention of Cybercrime. He is also the Scientific Director of the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC), one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). SERENE-RISC brings together government, industry, and academic partners in order to facilitate the mobilization and uptake of evidence-based cybersecurity knowledge. His research interests focus on the governance of security and the use of networked initiatives to enhance offline and online safety, as well as the coevolution of crime and technology, and in particular the social organization of the hacking ecosystem, as well as the evaluation of effective and efficient cybersecurity policies.


Martin M. Samson - Vice President, Cyberswat


Martin M. SamsonProfessional in information security, CGEIT, CISM, CRISC and ISO 27001 lead auditor, Mr. Samson has extensive experience in project management related to information security and resource management. As an information security professional, he is involved at various levels in risk management projects related to the security of information. He demonstrates a good team spirit and ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences in different situations and contexts. He also provides strategic guidance on compliance and information security, in compliance with industry laws, regulations and best practices.

Workshop Leaders
Martin Lemay - Chief Security Officer, Devolutions Inc.


Martin Lemay is the Chief Security Officer at Devolutions Inc. leading security initiatives from risk management to product security controls. For the past years, he acquired a solid technical background as a security professional specialized in penetration testing and operated in most industry sectors from banking, financial and insurance to energy, healthcare, airlines and telecommunications. He also contributed to some open source projects including the most advanced password cracking software “Hashcat” where he implemented GPU attacks on Blake2b and Chacha20. He also spoke at various local events and schools in Canada with a focus on offensive security topics.

Mahsa Moosavi - PhD student, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE)


Mahsa MoosaviMahsa is a PhD student at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE). She has a strong research professional with a Master’s Degree focused in information systems engineering from Concordia University. During Summer 2018, she worked as a research intern at autorité des marchés financiers, Montreal, QC, where she was involved in the project that applied blockchain technologies to build decentralized exchange systems. Her research interests include blockchain technologies, Fin-Tech, and TLS and the CA trust model. Mahsa has also given many tutorials to the broader blockchain community.



Sean Stapley - Director of Business Development, MLG Blockchain


Sean StapleySean is Director of Business Development at MLG Blockchain, a global venture creation and advisory firm that focuses on blockchain technology development and investor relations services. He and his team lead client acquisition, risk analysis and strategic partnerships across each of MLG’s lines of business.

Prior to MLG, Sean worked at several disruptive Canadian Fintech firms in roles within operations, sales and venture capital, and he has a keen interest in emerging technologies that aim to have a positive social impact.

Being a Secure Ninja: How to Harden Defense Without Impacting the User Experience - Felix Boulet, Opsec Specialist, Devolutions

Being a Secure Ninja: How to Harden Defense Without Impacting the User Experience

Devolutions IT and security professionals are in everlasting battle against their worst enemy, the user’s endpoint actively targeted by threat actors. While there are many security measures available, many of them are not applicable in real-world scenarios and are often intentionally deactivated, bypassed or simply decommissioned due to poor user buy-in. In this talk, you will learn how to smoothly, and efficiently, defend and harden your anti-virus-deactivating, power-clicking, average user. Our goal has always been not to hinder the user in their daily activity, but to help them maintain their daily productivity and will to participate to the solution. More specifically, quick wins focused on Windows 10 operating system will be revealed to expose convenient features to protect against common attacks such as HID emulation devices like the USB Rubber Ducky, boot loaders, rootkits, and much more.

Felix Boulet

Felix Boulet

Opsec Specialist, Devolutions
Classification and Information Security - Martin M. Samson, Vice President, Cyberswat

Classification and Information Security

Cyberswat IT and OT security must be efficient. To do so companies must invest wisely. Classification must be the corner stone of Security. In this session we will look at the existing Cyber Threats, view a top 10 of data breaches and how classification can help minimize the risk of a Cyber attack as well as help focus your Security budget.

Martin M. Samson

Martin M. Samson

Martin M. Samson, Vice President, Cyberswat
“Insider Secrets” to How Hackers Are Getting In - Terry Cutler, Founder & Ethical Hacker, Cyology Labs

“Insider Secrets” to How Hackers Are Getting In

Cryology LabsThis particular session will show attendees a “behind the scenes look” at how hackers harvest as much information on you before launching a targeted attack. At the end of this talk, the audience will be more alert as to what they’re posting online and how it can be used against them. Topics include:

  • The problem with modern day security
  • Threat agents
  • Essential terminology
  • The phases hackers use to target you
  • Social Engineering awareness
  • Real-World hacking demonstration
  • Defensive tools
  • Much more…
Terry Cutler

Terry Cutler

Founder & Ethical Hacker, Cyology Labs
Lessons in Cyber-resilience - Benoit Dupont, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity and the Research Chair for the Prevention of Cybercrime, Université de Montréal

Lessons in Cyber-resilience

Université de MontréalResilience is generally defined as the ability of an organization to cope with and recover after a major shock. It has become very trendy in the cybersecurity field but remains an elusive concept. This presentation will discuss how this concept applies to the practices of cyber-risk managers and incident response teams: why is it becoming so central in their toolbox? What are its origins and components? How is it implemented and what lessons have been learned by those who have had to overcome shocks such as major hacks and massive data breaches? In a world where cyber-risks have become unavoidable, and to a certain extend unpreventable, while posing an existential threat to the survival of digitally-dependent organizations, this presentation will offer some preliminary insights on a research project that examines how the technical and cultural dimensions of cyber-resilience interact in large complex organizations in general and in financial institutions in particular. It will introduce the existing standards, methodologies, practices and metrics advocated to enhance an organization’s cyber-resilience, and will share some of the preliminary results obtained from interviews conducted with the CISOs, CROs, and incident response professionals of major financial institutions, as well as their service providers and regulatory authorities. A core issue will be to identify how organizations can prepare to deal with uncertainty in a highly connected environment where they engage with a sprawling network of partners, competitors, service and security providers.

Benoit Dupont

Benoit Dupont

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity and the Research Chair for the Prevention of Cybercrime, Université de Montréal
Les données...les diamants des entreprises - Jean Dion, Senior Consultant IT Architecture, Zones-Info

Les données...les diamants des entreprises

Zones-InfoDans le contexte actuel de l'informatique, les données des applications représentent la plus grande valeur des entreprises. Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple et autres utilisent les données pour dominer leurs marchés respectifs. Au fil du temps, les technologies changent rapidement mes les données demeures la source de toutes décisions. Comment les protéger, les rendre disponibles tout en demeurant conforme aux lois.

Jean Dion

Jean Dion

Senior Consultant IT Architecture, Zones-Info
Breaking AES like a Bowss! - Martin Lemay, Chief Security Officer, Devolutions.

Breaking AES like a Bowss!

DevolutionsThe objective of the workshop is to give attendees a solid and practical understanding on how the most popular encryption standard used today (AES) can be misused and expose applications to data breaches. Examples based on my own experience on various engagements will be used to show multiple attacks on this block cipher including chosen plaintext attacks, chosen ciphertext attacks and padding oracles. Attendees will receive a proper background on AES internals and AES modes of operation from ECB to GCM (including CBC and CTR) before diving into attack concepts and exercices. The following specific topics should fit in 1h50:

  • AES internals
  • AES ECB vulnerabilities and attacks
  • AES CBC vulnerabilities and attacks
  • AES CTR vulnerabilities and attacks
  • AES authenticated HMAC/GCM solutions and limitations

Martin Lemay

Chief Security Officer, Devolutions.


Will Blockchain become the defacto way of transferring data across the globe? Being in such an early stage and presenting business challenges and technology gaps, we wonder if this is finally what is coming to revolutionize the data world and how we all perform daily tasks or do business.

What are its benefits, challenges, drawbacks? How can a company jump on this blockchain bandwagon?

Join our panel at IT Connect to get a deeper understanding of Blockchain and what the future behind it holds.


  • Louis Roy
  • Mahsa Moosavi
  • Sean Stapley


  • Oliver Wloch
Sean Stapley

Sean Stapley

Director of Business Development, MLG Blockchain
Mahsa Moosavi

Mahsa Moosavi

PhD student, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE)

Submit your proposal to be a speaker or workshop facilitator in one of the following areas mentioned above.

Speaker submissions will be reviewed by the conference committee.

Please note:

  • Your presentation may not contain sales pitches.
  • The application deadline is January 24th , 2019.

Speaker Proposals