HITEC Toronto Keynote Speakers

Dave Berkus

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017
4:30 – 5:30 PM

Will Tech Kill Your Job?

Dave Berkus, super angel, speaker, author, governance expert and entrepreneur. 

Dave Berkus is one of the nation's most prolific angel investors with over 137 early stage technology investments. Board member or chairman of over forty of these over the years, companies both private and public. Serves on a number of high profile non-profit boards as well. Author of fourteen books on early stage business-building, and in-demand speaker at national and international events sharing stories and wisdom related to entrepreneurs, building boards of directors, trends in technology and valuing young corporate enterprises. 

Creator of BERKONOMICS.COM, weekly insights for entrepreneurs and investors delivered to over 200,000 readers each month and syndicated to an estimated 300,000 more readers monthly. Author of three BERKONOMICS books, the Small Business Success Collection of eight books, and EXTENDING the RUNWAY. Co-author of "Get Scrappy," (2015) and "Better than Money," (1993), the first book written about angel investing (out of print). In 1998, Inc. Magazine called Dave Berkus a "Super Angel," the first known use of the term.

TEDx talk, "Smiling at Success; Laughing at Failure;" syndicated TV segment "The Berkus Report" for "Eye on Business TV" and Wikipedia profile all available at www.berkus.com, www.berkonomics.com, and www.daveberkus.com.

Alex Tapscott

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017
8:30 – 10:00 AM

Blockchain Revolution

Alex Tapscott, CEO, Author, Speaker, Investor.

Alex Tapscott is founder and CEO at Northwest Passage Ventures as well as a founding member at IMF’s High Level Advisory Group on Fintech. He is co-author of the critically acclaimed best-seller "Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World," and is focused on the impact of emerging technologies on business, society and government. Tapscott is a passionate and vocal advocate for innovation, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.

Alex Tapscott is an expert in early-stage, high growth companies and path-breaking business ventures. A passionate advocate for the disruptive potential of new technologies as key to start-up success, he believes the emerging blockchain platform will provide significant entrepreneurial opportunities as it revolutionizes the way we transact our lives.

Tapscott was named as a founding member of the IMF’s High Level Advisory Group on Fintech. He was one of two Canadians chosen (along with Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, Carolyn Wilkins). The group of 14 will work closely with the IMF's Interdepartmental Working Group on Finance and Technology to study the economic and regulatory implications of developments in the area of finance and technology.

Tapscott currently sits on Advisory Board to Elections Canada, the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums. He is also a founding Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Blockchain. Alex was Director of Institutional Equity Sales at Canaccord Genuity Inc. from 2008 to 2015. He managed a diverse client base of value, growth, long/short equity, merger-arbitrage and activist investors, including many of the largest asset managers in Canada and some of the largest hedge funds in New York.

Kevin Rosen

2:15 – 3:15 PM

Cyber Crime

Kevin Rosen, Esq. CIPP/US, partner at Shutts & Bowen, LLP. 

Kevin D. Rosen is a partner in the West Palm Beach, Florida office of Shutts & Bowen, a full-service law firm with approximately 270 attorneys across 30 distinct practice areas.

Kevin is a member of the Financial Services Practice Group and the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Taskforce, and he focuses his practice on cybersecurity, privacy, data security, securities regulation, and financial regulation.

Kevin previously served as Senior Regional Counsel in the Department of Enforcement at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Associate Regional Director with FINRA Dispute Resolution, and Senior Attorney with the Florida Department of Banking and Finance.

At FINRA, Kevin was at the frontline of cybersecurity regulation, having served nationally as FINRA’s Regulatory Specialist on FINRA’s Cybersecurity and Information Technology Disposition Group. He evaluated FINRA’s cybersecurity examinations, findings, recommendations, and disciplinary actions, with respect to U.S. securities broker/dealers. As a lead FINRA enforcement lawyer, Kevin also directed many significant enforcement investigations and disciplinary actions related to anti-money laundering compliance, supervision and sales practice violations, providing him with years of direct experience with FINRA’s enforcement processes.

Additionally, Kevin is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University and teaches Cyber and Information Crimes. Additionally, Kevin holds a number of prestigious appointments and committee memberships on cybersecurity and technology, including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force, the American Bar Association’s Cyberspace Law Committee, the Florida Bar’s Committee on Technology, and the Florida International Bankers Association’s Operations and Technology Committee. 

Kevin is a sought-after speaker on cybersecurity and cybercrime, and he frequently lectures at industry, legal, academic, and law enforcement conferences. Notable cybersecurity and cybercrime speaking engagements include the United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, the American Bar Association Cyberspace Law Institute, the Georgetown Law Cybersecurity Law Institute, and FINRA Enforcement Annual Conferences.

In addition to earning a finance degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Nova Southeastern University, Kevin is a lawyer admitted to the Florida Bar, an International Association of Privacy Professionals Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), and a FINRA-Wharton School of Business Certified Regulatory Compliance Professional (CRCP).

Robert Villanueva

2:15 – 3:15 PM

Cyber Crime

Robert Villanueva, executive vice president at Q6 Cyber.

Robert Villanueva currently leads the Cyber Threat Intelligence Division of Q6 Cyber.

Mr. Villanueva joined Q6 Cyber after 25 years of dedicated service in the United States Secret Service, where he specialized in transnational cybercrimes, access device fraud, network intrusions, and identity theft data breaches affecting the private sector. During his tenure, Mr. Villanueva was assigned to various offices, including Miami, Europe, Latin America, and Washington D.C., and served in both investigative and undercover capacities around the world. Mr. Villanueva founded the U.S. Secret Service’s Cyber Intelligence Section, which coordinates global cyber operations. Mr. Villanueva also headed the U.S. Secret Service’s Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force, which counts 800+ members from the private sector, academia and local/federal law enforcement.

Mr. Villanueva has conducted extensive research on computer botnets and malware development attributed to foreign actors. He has led numerous projects for the U.S. Secret Service in partnership with Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, and various private sector companies.

Mr. Villanueva presently serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors of various organizations and universities, including Florida International University, The Florida International Security Association, The Florida International Banker’s Association and The International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.

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