TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / June 22, 2022 / White Tuque’s Founder and CEO, Robert D. Stewart, is no stranger to team building. As a crisis and incident manager in the global financial sector, and now as CEO of White Tuque, Stewart has a reputation of ensuring that dynamic and diverse teams of experts are always operating at their best. It is because of this experience and expertise that Stewart has been named as a Board Advisor by Emerging Leaders in Canadian Security (ELCS).
A volunteer mentorship opportunity for individuals with experience in the defence and security space, Board Advisors are professionals who are willing to share insights from their careers and industries with ELCS community members. Stewart’s career has a central theme of building dynamic teams to solve complex problems. His experience as an innovator and leader in the cyber security field will support ELCS’ mission to develop the next generation of leaders in both cyber security and Canadian national security.
“This is a tremendous honour for me because enabling unique talent is something I am passionate about. I did not have a typical background when I entered cyber security, but forward-thinking leaders took a chance on me and put me in positions to succeed,” said Stewart.
Rachel Babins, President of ELCS, believes Stewart’s skillset is a natural fit with what ELCS aims to achieve. “ELCS is thrilled to welcome Rob as a Board Advisor because of his wealth of subject matter expertise in cyber security, fusion, and his regional focus on the GTA and Central Ontario. Many folks within our community are looking to break into the cyber security and/or fusion sectors and are looking for opportunities here in Ontario, which makes Rob an ideal guide and mentor.”
Babins has worked at NATO’s operational headquarters in the Netherlands and at the Canadian government’s Nuclear Energy Division, where she got to dig more deeply into security-related issues. In addition to her full-time position at Bell as Senior Specialist, Cyber Incident Response Team, Babins also works as a deputy team lead for a cyber security-related project with the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, which launched June 2022.
Babins continues, “Rob’s unique background in fusion operations – meshing security in all its forms to advance an organization’s overall security posture – is the perfect metaphor for what ELCS is trying to achieve in the greater Canadian defence and security sector.”
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“The defence and security talent base in Canada is strong, and at ELCS we aim to create a platform that enables a fusion of this talent. This platform will give professionals a place to position their unique interdisciplinary and intersectional skillsets with guidance from our community’s members, mentors, and Board Advisors.”
Stewart will have an active role collaborating with ELCS’ leadership team, sharing his expertise in crisis management, mentoring emerging leaders in cyber security, and leveraging opportunities to educate ELCS community members on the current threat landscape. As a Board Advisor, Stewart will participate in a roster of events and networking opportunities for ELCS members that will include:
Panel discussions on topics related to security and defence;Individual networking meetings with emerging leaders within the ELCS network.Collaborating to bring Canada’s next generation of talent and leaders into security.
ELCS unifies, connects, and resources Canada’s next generation of talent within the defence and security sectors. Their goal of building a more skilled and secure Canada takes on a broad scope both in its philosophy and execution.
“We lead career workshops across the country; provide career resources specific to the sector through our newsletter and social media channels; highlight key jobs, networking, writing and other opportunities; and provide free career counselling services to emerging leaders looking to enter the field. We are dedicated to supporting folks looking to enter cyber through the private sector, government, military, and/or academia,” said Babins.
Stewart echoes this sentiment. “We need more leaders to consider not just the standard technical certifications, but to also explore the diversity of backgrounds of the people joining the industry. At White Tuque, we know that it’s people who determine the success of a business. Cultivating strong talent through mentorship, education, and leadership will provide our industry with a stronger line of defence to bolster Canadian cyber resiliency.”
“If we have learned nothing else the last few months, it is that national security still matters, and cyber defence is a big part of that. We need to be ready for the conflicts of the future and to protect the critical assets within this country because cyber warfare is a very real threat to all Canadians,” said Stewart.
About White Tuque
White Tuque’s mission is to give companies a trusted partner and a framework of best practices for cyber defence. We are a boutique team with expertise in cyber risk, cyber protection and intelligence.
Partnership with White Tuque gives all companies access to a battle-tested and crisis-proven team of Canada’s leading cyber-security experts. We make this level of protection affordable by condensing simple and repeatable tactics into a digestible and scalable format for all organizations. These tactics are the backbone of what protects businesses of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions. At White Tuque our mandate is to make these available to organizations of all sizes.
To learn more about White Tuque’s services you can reach out to us at [email protected] or visit our website at https://WhiteTuque.com/.
About Emerging Leaders in Canadian Security (ELCS)
We are a group of Canadian security and defence professionals spread across the academic sector, private industry, and the policy fields who noticed an absence of cross-pillar engagement and outreach to the next generation of leaders in our sector. We decided to do something about it.
Emerging Leaders in Canadian Security connects students, and early and mid-career professionals with the broader Canadian security and defence community.
ELCS promotes inclusivity and engagement within the Canadian security and defence space through the support of emerging leaders entering the sector. Through this approach ELCS is ultimately working to build a more diverse, skilled, and secure Canada.
SOURCE: White Tuque
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