Valarie Findlay, President

Valarie Findlay has two decades of senior expertise in Canadian and US government. She has managed and participated in the transformation of mission critical systems, developed cyber security strategies and frameworks to meet data, resource and system requirements and identified capabilities and methodologies to deliver counter-measures aligned with departmental security strategies.

She has a Masters in Terrorism Studies (International Relations, University of St. Andrew's), wrote her dissertation on the transformation of Western law enforcement and is currently writing her thesis on terrorism as a social model (DocSoSci, Social Science, University of Leicester).

She has a Masters in Sociology and a Masters in Terrorism Studies, International Relations, and wrote her dissertation on the transformation of Western law enforcement. She is currently writing her thesis on terrorism as a social phenomenon.

Key Canadian Departmental Experience:

  • Royal Canadian Mint
  • Bank of Canada - Cyber Security Operations Centres
  • Canada Border Service Agency - Federating Identity, Cyber Security
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Transformation of the Force, Olympics 2010
  • Department of National Defence - Marine Security Operations Centres, Defence Research and Defence Act
  • Public Works Industrial Security - Controlled Goods Regulations (ITAR)
  • Transportation Safety Board
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency - BSE, TSE, Rabies, Anthrax and Emergency Response Program
  • Health Canada - Special Access Drugs, Special Access Marijuana Program, Pharmocogenics
  • Shared Services Canada - Cyber Security Transformation
  • Canada Border Service Agency


Valarie’s current areas of research focus on terrorism as a social model, body-worn cameras in law enforcement and the effectiveness of law enforcement organizations. Her research can be viewed on ResearchGate.

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, CADSI Security Outlook 2015: Panel Session 1: Critical Infrastructure Threats and Challenges in the Global market. Panelists: IHS Janes,Public Safety Canada, RCMP National Critical infrastructure, Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis, Department of Homeland Security
  • CACP 2017 Montreal, Body Worn Data Schema research
  • Panel speaker at CATA Conference on Cyber Terrorism, Nov 2014:Understanding and Analyzing Cyber Threats as a Malicious Method
  • Panel speaker at International Security Forum, NATO / WIIS / Queen's University, June 2014:Canada and NATO: Capabilities and Priorities
  • Keynote speaker at Canadian Government Conference on Cyber Terrorism, May 2013:The Rise of Cyber Threats in Government and NGOs