Former US presidential adviser Melissa Hathaway to address Ottawa audience on cybersecurity threats

Media Advisory

June 10, 2014

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) invites media to cover its CIGI Global Policy Forum, “Cybersecurity: Are You Winning or Losing?” on June 11, 2014, at the Rideau Club in Ottawa, Canada.

CIGI Distinguished Fellow Melissa Hathaway will deliver a keynote address on the latest developments in cybersecurity from a US and global perspective, and will discuss what is at stake for companies and nations that are not “cyber-ready.”

Hathaway is president of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, where she brings a multi-disciplinary and multi- institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public and private sector clients. She is also a senior adviser to Project Minerva, a joint cyber security project by the Department of Defense, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University, where it is based at the Belfer Center.

She has worked as a cybersecurity adviser to US Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and is the former acting senior director for cyberspace at the National Security Council and former adviser to the Director of National Intelligence. In the Obama Administration, she led the Cyberspace Policy Review and, during the last two years of the administration of George W. Bush, she served as Cyber Coordination Executive and Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force where she led the development of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.

The CIGI Global Policy Forum is an invitation-only series of talks offering authoritative analysis on policy-relevant issues affecting Canada and its place in the world. A video recording of the event will be placed online in the near future. Media wishing to cover the forum as it occurs are asked to register in advance with CIGI Communications Specialist Kevin Dias, at 519-885-2444, ext. 7238 or [email protected].

Invitation-Only Event:

CIGI Global Policy Forum: “Cybersecurity: Are You Winning or Losing?” featuring CIGI Distinguished Fellow Melissa Hathaway


Wednesday, June 11, 2014


5:30-7 p.m.


Rideau Club
99 Bank St. 15th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

About the Speaker:

Melissa Hathaway is a CIGI distinguished fellow, and is contributing to the Global Security & Politics Program’s research on Internet governance. Also the president of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, she has worked as a cybersecurity adviser to U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She has a B.A. degree from The American University in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of the U.S. Armed Forces Staff College, with a special certificate in Information Operations.

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]  

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit


The opinions expressed in this article/multimedia are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of CIGI or its Board of Directors.