Waterloo Security Dialogue: Fostering Nationwide Cybersecurity Collaboration

October 30, 2023

On June 27 and 28, 2023, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) hosted the Waterloo Security Dialogue (WSD). The conference brought together leaders and experts to establish connections across jurisdictions with the objective of improving cybersecurity information sharing and incident response in ways that will contribute to a stronger national culture of cybersecurity resilience. The conference revolved around three key themes: cyberthreat information sharing; cyber incident collaboration and coordination practices; and initiatives to enhance cyber resilience in Canada. These themes were explored through engaging panel discussions, keynote presentations and interactive sessions. This report presents key takeaways from the conference discussions. It does not aim to present a unanimous consensus among participants or reflect the views of any specific individual or organization. Rather, its primary objective is to lay out key challenges and ideas identified by participants — these will be explored further through CIGI-led workshops and subsequent WSDs.

About the Authors

Shelly Bruce is a CIGI distinguished fellow and the former chief (deputy minister) of the Communications Security Establishment.

John Bruce is a CIGI senior fellow and a cybersecurity expert.

Aaron Shull is the managing director and general counsel at CIGI. He is a senior legal executive and is recognized as a leading expert on complex issues at the intersection of public policy, emerging technology, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection.

Kailee Hilt is a program manager and research associate at CIGI. She focuses on public policy issues tied to emerging technology, privacy and cybersecurity.