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During these unprecedented times, there are a multitude of issues that boards and their organizations must address. One of the more immediate threats facing organizations is Cybersecurity. Please join ICD President and CEO, Rahul Bhardwaj, for a members-only event on Wednesday, March 9, 12:00- 1:00 pm ET, as he convenes a panel of experts from PwC Canada in a session that will provide governance-level insights on cyber threat intelligence, cyber risks, cyber financial crime and the navigation of sanctions.

This session will provide directors with insights around cybersecurity governance during periods of geopolitical conflict, where there are heightened risks of cyber-espionage and attack. It will be followed by a short Q&A session.



Umang Handa

Umang Handa is a Partner, Cybersecurity, Cyber as a Service, at PwC Canada. He has spent majority of his career building out next generation cybersecurity detection and response capability. After more than a decade and a half of designing and implementing next-generation cybersecurity analytics and operations centers (NG-SOC) around the world. Over the last 16 years, Umang has worked in over 12 countries globally in the field of cybersecurity and has earned global recognition for his approach on cyber innovation and problem solving from governments and senior executives. He takes a long-term view on driving global leadership through client-centric innovation and disruptors. With a strong focus on cybersecurity needs, Umang spearheaded the development of a Global Strategic Cyber Threat Framework, which is used by some of the largest Fortune 500 companies. He was nominated as innovator of the year by Ascend Canada in 2018 for his work in the field of cybersecurity.


Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer (Jenn) is a Strategic Change Officer; Cybersecurity, Privacy and Financial Crime Markets Leader at PwC Canada. She is the Markets Leader for integrated Cyber, Privacy and Financial Crime practice. In this capacity she oversees the go to market and investments in this space and is responsible for helping the teams bring the latest information, trends and insights to the clients. She is also the Strategic Change Officer for the firm; working closely with the Executive to drive firm-wide change initiatives to enable strategy. Jenn’s background is in technology and operational risk. She has over 23 years of experience working in this space including 10 years in the US. She was also previously the National Leader of the Risk Assurance (RAS) practice and the Financial Services Industry Leader. Jenn has published numerous thought leadership pieces spanning technology and operational risk, including cyber and financial crime. She has also been featured on several podcasts and in interviews with media.


Richard Wilson 

Richard is a leader in PwC's Cybersecurity & Privacy Consulting practice. He helps boards and management teams understand and strategically defend against the rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats today. Richard served as a board director for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), and is currently a member of the ICD Chapter Executive for the Greater Toronto Area. Prior to ICD Richard spent 7 years on the board of CPA Canada's Corporate Oversight & Governance Committee. His unique board cybersecurity framework equips directors and management teams to have the right dialogue about cyber strategies, resources, processes, systems, and services. Richard helps security leaders develop strategic communications that will properly manage their board’s expectations. He has 23 years of professional services experience, including 15 years in a CEO or COO role for publicly traded and private companies. He has more than a decade of experience advising boards and C-Suites on governance, strategy, organizational planning, risk, and risk response. 


Ivan Zasarsky

Partner, PwC Chief AML / ATF / ABAC Compliance Officer (CAMLO)

Ivan is PwC Canada’s National Financial Crime Practice Leader and Global Financial Crime Innovation Leader. He has over 25 years of resident and global experience in leading compliance, surveillance and monitoring programs. This includes program design, implementation and operation at Canadian FINTRAC, U.S. FRBNY, FinCEN, DFSNY , OCC, EU / Holy Sea, Asia PBoC, AUSTRAC, HKMA, SFC, MAS. He is a Partner at PwC and Chief AML / ATF / ABAC Compliance Officer (CAMLO). He has established ground breaking technology platforms for messaging, communications and interoperation of transactions in more than 1500 financial institutions globally. Ivan has contributed to and published core research in monitoring and the application of advanced analytics.




Rahul Bhardwaj


As President and CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rahul Bhardwaj leads an organization of more than 15,000 members committed to improving national outcomes by growing the board leadership and governance capacities within Canadian businesses, agencies and not-for-profits.

Mr. Bhardwaj currently serves on the boards of Waterfront Toronto, the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research as well as the Leader Council at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at Ivey Business School. He is a Director Emeritus of the Rideau Hall Foundation as well as the current Chair of the Global Network of Director Institutes, a global network representing more than 150,000 directors. which is focused on enhancing the capability of directors to drive sustainable performance for the benefit of shareholders, the economy and society.

He was Chair of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, the first multi-sport games to be held in Toronto, and was Co-chair of TO2015 IGNITE, a program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games. Other past board commitments include a founding board member of Metrolinx and Chair of the Governance Committee, Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Chair of Community Foundations of Canada, Upper Canada College, George Brown College, Stratford Festival of Canada and United Way of Toronto, among others.

Prior to joining the ICD, Mr. Bhardwaj was a corporate lawyer at a leading Canadian law firm, and then later, President and CEO of the Toronto Foundation, where he focused on engaging philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Toronto. He was also Vice President of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid and, as part of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Fiscal review panel in 2008, Mr. Bhardwaj was involved in identifying efficiencies for the City of Toronto.

In 2012, Mr. Bhardwaj’s commitment to city building was recognized as he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has been named one of “The 50 Most Influential” people in the city by Toronto Life magazine and was named to the Quadrangle Society at Massey College. His corporate governance vision has made Mr. Bhardwaj a sought-after presenter, speaker and media commentator, in Canada and across the globe.

To contact Mr. Bhardwaj, please send a message to his Executive Assistant, Glenda McKee at or call 416-593-3324.

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