Executive team

Portrait - Sami Khoury

Sami Khoury

Sami Khoury is the Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (the Cyber Centre). The Cyber Centre is the single unified source of expert advice, guidance, services and support on cyber security for government, critical infrastructure owners and operations, the private sector and the Canadian public. Sami began his career at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in 1992 as a research engineer exploring the impact of emerging multimedia communications technologies. He held various management positions and leadership roles at CSE, including Director General Capabilities Development and more recently as Deputy Chief (ADM) for Enterprise Technologies and Solutions. In this role, he was CSE’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and responsible for IT and Information Security, as well as leading CSE’s overall Research program and 24/7 Operations Centre.

Sami holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering (1988) and a Masters of Applied Science (1991) from Concordia University in Montreal. He completed a certificate program in Public Sector Leadership at the University of Ottawa in 2016. Sami received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the APEX Award of Excellence for Innovation in 2020.

Portrait - Rajiv Gupta

Rajiv Gupta

Rajiv Gupta is the Associate Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (the Cyber Centre). In this role Rajiv is responsible for advancing the Cyber Centre’s strategic vision to enable a secure digital Canada.

Prior to this role, Rajiv was the Director General of Cyber Defence Capabilities where he was responsible for the development and operations of sensors, threat discovery analytics and autonomous defence technologies deployed to protect Government of Canada networks. In this role Rajiv was also responsible for achieving national level cyber security outcomes for Canada through collaborative efforts with industry partners.

Rajiv began his career in 1998 as a software engineer in the telecommunications sector. He later joined the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in 2007 and has since worked in a variety of cyber security disciplines. Prior to his role in Cyber Defence, Rajiv served as the Director of Security Architecture and Risk Mitigation where he was responsible for supply chain risk assessments for the Government of Canada, analytic support to Investment Canada Act national security reviews, and the implementation of a cyber security risk mitigation framework for Canada’s telecommunications sector.

Rajiv holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in engineering and is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Portrait - Eric Belzile

Eric Belzile

Eric Belzile is Director General, Incident Management and Threat Mitigation at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (the Cyber Centre). The Incident Management and Threat Mitigation directorate is responsible for the entire incident management lifecycle, which includes the operations of the Cyber Centre Contact Center, the monitoring, detection, intake, triage, analysis and response to cyber incidents. His directorate is also responsible for monitoring the evolution of cyber threats against Canada and produce assessments and trending reports.

Eric started his career in the Public Service at Statistics Canada in 1989. He has occupied various positions with increasing levels of responsibility covering System Development and IT Infrastructure Service Management. At Statistics Canada, he became Director, IT Infrastructure Services, responsible for delivering and defining the strategy for all IT Infrastructure, Data Center and end-user services. In 2012, he transferred to Shared Services Canada and consolidated the security operations resources and functions to create the Government of Canada Security Operations Center (SOC), the Government of Canada Computer Incident Response Team (GC-CIRT) and the Vulnerability Management Program. In this role, he was responsible for the monitoring, detection and response of cyber incidents affecting the Government of Canada.

Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree in Informatics-Mathematics from Laval University and a Master’s degree in Management from the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

Portrait - Eric Bisaillon

Eric Bisaillon

Dr. Eric Bisaillon is the acting Director General of Cyber Defence Capabilities at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre). The Cyber Defence Capabilities directorate is responsible for the development and operations of sensors, threat discovery analytics and autonomous defence technologies deployed to protect Government of Canada networks.

Prior to this role, Dr. Bisaillon was the Director for the Security Architecture group, where he focused on security assessments and advice across a wide range of industries and technology applications. Prior to joining the Cyber Centre, Dr. Bisaillon was the Director of Technical Solutions for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), enabling digital investigations support to police investigations and operations.

Dr. Bisaillon has held a variety of engineering and management positions at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) as well as at the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS). Dr. Bisaillon has more than 15 years of experience in domains ranging from national telecommunications networks, cloud computing, cyber security and risk mitigation, as well as compliance, privacy, and national security policy.

Dr. Bisaillon holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Portrait - Eric Belzile

Daniel Couillard

Daniel Couillard is the Director General of Program Evolution at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre) within the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). The Program Evolution directorate is responsible for leading strategic business change and enabling agile decision-making in the context of the complex and dynamic cyber security ecosystem. This ensures CSE meets future cyber security demands from governments, operators of systems of importance, and Canadians at large.

Prior to his current role, Daniel was the Director of Cyber Futures, where he was responsible for setting the strategic direction of where the Cyber Centre needs to be in order to remain the centre of Canada’s cyber security expertise.

Daniel previously worked as a military officer with the Canadian Forces, where he held appointments in the operational and technological domains, including overseas deployments. After spending 20 years with the military, he joined CSE’s Cyber Defence team in 2006 to oversee the management of its Technical Threat and Analysis capability.

In 2011, he joined the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat where he led the newly formed Government of Canada Chief Information Officer Branch Cyber Security team, where he worked until he returned to CSE in 2017.

Mr. Couillard holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Master’s in Science from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Portrait - Michèle Mullen

Michèle Mullen

Michèle Mullen is acting Director General of Partnerships and Risk Mitigation at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. The Partnerships and Risk Mitigation directorate is responsible for providing IT security advice, guidance and services to Canadian critical infrastructure organizations and for advancing collaborative relationships with private industry to strengthen cyber security practices in Canada.

She was previously the Executive Director of the Canadian Committee on National Security Systems (CCNSS) and External Compliance. The Canadian Committee on National Security Systems ensures that CSE’s IT Security authorities are executed and complied with externally across the Government of Canada as well as managing and implementing the risk and compliance framework for Canada’s National Security Systems.

Michèle was appointed Director of the Canadian Special Liaison Office in Washington DC in April 2015. She represented the Communications Security Establishment as the Senior Canadian at the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command. She also represented CSE at the Embassy of Canada as an integral part of the Canadian Security & Intelligence Community abroad, and represented Canada’s cryptologic mission with the US Intelligence Community.

Michèle was previously the Director, Architecture and Technology Assurance in the IT Security Branch at CSE, and prior to that she served as Director, Program Management in the Chief Information Officer Branch at CSE.

Before arriving at CSE, Michèle served for three years as Director, Governance Operations in the Government Operations Sector (GOS) of the Treasury Board Secretariat, where she oversaw the corporate planning and appropriations processes for the federal Crown corporations. This role was preceded by five years of consulting work as an IT executive in the private sector. Michèle began her career as a logistics officer in the Canadian Forces, as an Air Transportation and Movements Specialist, and was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) in 1999.

Michèle graduated from Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) with an honors Bachelor’s degree in Applied Military Psychology with a minor in Physiology. She has also undertaken post-graduate studies in Business Technology at Boston University, and has completed the Canadian Security Studies Program (CSSP) at the Canadian Forces College and the Senior Executives in National and International Security (NIS) Program at Harvard University’s prestigious Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

Portrait- Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly is the Director General, Secure Solutions and Services Directorate at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, responsible for applied research, architecture, engineering and development of secure cryptographic solutions.

In his previous role as Director, Cryptographic Operations at the Cyber Centre, Paul was responsible for the teams providing 24/7 operational support to Canada’s cryptographic systems, Cryptographic Key Operations as well as COMSEC Client Services to the Government of Canada. Paul’s teams also ran the Secure Communications for National Leadership infrastructure enabling secure communications with senior leadership using handheld devices. 

Prior to this, Paul was the Director, Government of Canada Cyber Incident Response Team at Shared Services Canada. 

Paul has held numerous leadership roles in cyber security operations as well as enterprise server and network operations during his more than 20-years in Canada’s Federal Public Service. Paul also developed broad IT management and technical experience in private sector working for large organizations such as Lockheed-Martin.

Portrait-Francis Castonguay

Francis Castonguay

Francis Castonguay is the Senior Engagement Advisor at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre), responsible for improving everyone’s understanding of the Cyber Centre’s efforts and value to Canadians.

Francis initially joined CSE as Director General of Partnerships and Risk Mitigation and subsequently was Director General of Change Engagement. Prior to joining CSE, Francis led Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services team in Ottawa, providing cybersecurity advice to government and private sector organizations. He started his cyber security career as a Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer where he had the privilege of leading operational cyber teams at the Canadian Forces Network Operations Centre (CFNOC), managing the Department of National Defence’s telecommunications services and being the Commander of the Canadian Forces Cyber Task Force. Francis also deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina where he led the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) IT security team.

Francis holds a Bachelor of Sciences (Computer) degree from le Collège militaire royal (CMR), a Master’s certificate in Program Management from York University and a Master of Defence Studies degree from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC).

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