PANEL 1 – Untangling the Narrative

The digital debate is a crowded space with contributors from each sector and discipline shaping emerging narratives. In evaluating the potential for cyber war, opinions vary greatly between imminent threat and unlikely skepticism. Media coverage can, at times, be sensationalist. The high technicality of cyberspace and computer networks leaves little room for general public expertise. Yet, productive policymaking regarding all areas – from education and business to security – requires cooperation. This panel will comb through the myriad of voices contributing to the field and attempt to identify points of intersection, which may be capitalized for greater collaboration.


  • Kenneth Geers (NATO CCD COE)


  • Alan Jones (CSIS; Carleton; UOttawa)
  • Stephanie MacLellan (CIGI)
  • Victor Platt (Deloitte)
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Kenneth Geers (Moderator)

Kenneth Geers (PhD, CISSP): Comodo Senior Research Scientist, NATO Cyber Centre Ambassador, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow, Digital Society Institute-Berlin Affiliate, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Visiting Professor.

Kenneth spent 20 years in the U.S. Government (U.S. Army, NSA, NCIS, NATO). He is the author “Strategic Cyber Security”, Editor of “Cyber War in Perspective: Russian Aggression against Ukraine”, Editor of “The Virtual Battlefield: Perspectives on Cyber Warfare”, Technical Expert to the “Tallinn Manual”, and author of many articles and chapters on cyber security.


Alan Jones (Panelist)

Alan graduated from Carleton University in 1981 with BA in Law and Political Science and then joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In 1985 he joined the Canadian Security Intelligence Service as anIntelligence Officer.

In 2003 Alan became a Senior Policy Advisor in the Security Intelligence Secretariat at the Privy Council Office and in 2005 returned to CSIS as the Director General of the Counter Terrorism Branch and subsequently the International Terrorism Branch.

In 2008 Alan became the Assistant Director for Operations, responsible for all operational programs including Counter-Espionage, Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Proliferation and Cyber investigations. In 2010 he became the Assistant Director for Technology which included all IT, Cyber operations and operational technology.

Alan retired from the Government of Canada in 2013 and became a consultant on cybersecurity working in Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

Stephanie MacLellan (Panelist)

Stephanie MacLellan is a research associate at the Centre for Internet Governance Innovation (CIGI) in the Global Security and Politics program, specializing in Internet governance and cybersecurity. She spent more than a decade working as an editor and reporter for newspapers such as the Toronto Star, The Hamilton Spectator and The Slovak Spectator, an English-language weekly based in Bratislava, Slovakia. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and a Master of Global Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Victor Platt (Panelist)

Victor Platt is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services group focused on helping large financial services and retail organizations develop cybersecurity strategies which support business objectives and enable innovation. Prior to joining Deloitte, Victor served as a Security Policy & Planning Advisor within the federal government. An active researcher, Victor’s analysis of Canada’s cybersecurity strategy was published in International Journal and cited by Parliament as well as recent work on cybersecurity and its impacts on technological innovation. Victor holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Master of Infrastructure Protection and International Security from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and is a Certified Information System Security Professional.