BetaKit Live: How Canada can become a cybersecurity leader


There is a global gap of 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs that need to be filled around the world by 2021. That’s a 3x increase from one million positions in 2014.

What needs to be done to build an ecosystem of cybersecurity startups in Canada?

Despite the high global demand for cybersecurity talent, only five or six of the top 200 managed cybersecurity providers are located in Canada. With so much effort in the last 10 years put towards building a national startup ecosystem, what still needs to be done to build an ecosystem of cybersecurity startups in Canada?

This Wednesday, November 25, BetaKit is proud to present a BetaKit Live panel conversation that hopes to answer this important question. Featuring cybersecurity startups and ecosystem leaders from Microsoft Canada and Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, the panel will discuss the need to build partnerships, break down barriers to communication, and create a new generation of Canadian cybersecurity entrepreneurs.

Wednesday’s BetaKit Live will be streamed simultaneously to Facebook and Twitter. Have a question you’d like asked during the stream? Post it in the comments section below and we’ll make sure it gets answered.

How Canada can become a cybersecurity leader

Wednesday, November 25, 4:00PM-4:45PM EST



  • Douglas Soltys – Editor-in-chief, BetaKit
  • Special Guest Participants:

    • Kevin Magee – Chief Security and Compliance Officer at Microsoft Canada
    • Christopher Salvatore – Manager of Accelerator Programs, Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst at Ryerson University
    • Tahseen Shabab – Co-founder & CEO at Penfield.AI

    Feature image courtesy Microsoft.

    Douglas Soltys

    Douglas Soltys

    Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.