Cybersecurity Conferences and Events in Canada

In this post, we list the Best Cybersecurity Conferences taking place in Canada, specifically throughout 2018.

All events and conferences that are listed on this page are in descending order (so the most recent) at the top.

How Do We Select These Events?

It’s actually very simple. We just take a look at the quality of speakers, the longevity of the event, the subject matter and a few other variables.



When an event is added by a conference organizer we make a decision as to whether it should be awarded a ‘recommended status’. If it is, then it is automatically included within this post. You can learn more about our process here and about our company here.

Canada & Cybersecurity

On a per capita basis, Canadians spend the most time online of any country in the world, which equals approximately over 44 hours a week. It is, therefore, no surprise that the Canadian Government is keen to promote and enhance the nation’s resilience and approach to Cybersecurity.

There are plenty of IT Security events in Canada with the majority taking place in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Ottawa–Gatineau.

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Cybersecurity Conferences in Canada, 2019

* This resource is automatically updated each time a conference organizer submits a Canadian based Cybersecurity Conference which is approved.

Recommended Event: FutureCon Toronto Cyber Security Conference
When: September 11, 2019 - September 11, 2019
Why: This is one of the most well thought out Cybersecurity Events in Canada and that’s why we’ve added it to our recommended list for 2019.
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Cybersecurity Conferences in Canada, 2018

Recommended Event: Calgary CISO Executive Summit
When: December 5, 2018
Why: We’ve included this event in our “Best Canadian Cybersecurity Conferences List” primarily because it is one of the better ones that we’ve listed in our directory that takes place in Calgary. Also, the event is aimed at C-Level executives which represents a large section of our community.
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Recommended Event: International Conference on Intelligent, Secure and Dependable Systems in Distributed and Cloud Environments (ISDDC)
When: November 28, 2018 - November 30, 2018
Why: Taking place in Vancouver, Canada, this is definitely more of a “high-brow” event, and owing to the depth of the talks we’ve included it as well.
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Recommended Event: Janus Conference – Blockchain
When: November 27, 2018
Why: No country recommended list for InfoSec events would be complete without a conference on Blockchain, enter, the “Janus Conference”.
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Recommended Event: BSides Fredericton
When: November 20, 2018
Why: Every list we do for US States and countries always includes BSides events. This particular BSides event takes place in Fredericton. If you are unfamiliar with BSides then we absolutely recommend that you go and get yourself involved with the organization.
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Recommended Event: International Cyber Security & Intelligence Conference (ICSIC)
When: November 14, 2018 - November 15, 2018
Why: If you want to meet Spooks and Government folk working within the Canadian Cybersecurity Departments then this could be the closest you’ll come.
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Recommended Event: iTech Security Vancouver
When: November 14, 2018
Why: We added this event for our “best of Canadian InfoSec events for 2018” because it’s one of the better ones we could find in Vancouver, Canada.
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Recommended Event: SuriCon
When: November 14, 2018 - November 16, 2018
Why: Another interesting InfoSec event that also takes place in Vancouver.
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Recommended Event: BSides Ottawa
When: November 8, 2018 - November 9, 2018
Why: Here’s another BSides event that we’d encourage you to attend. The other one that takes place in Canada is in Fredericton. For the reasons we like BSides please go ahead and check out more in the link below.
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Recommended Event: Janus Conference – Cybersecurity And Privacy Data
When: November 6, 2018
Why: We also added the Janus conference relating to Blockchain because we’d didn’t find that many events within that niche in 2018. This event, by the same folk, investigates Data Privacy.
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Recommended Event: The Long Con
When: November 3, 2018 - November 4, 2018
Why: Taking place in beautiful Winnipeg in a pub. Who could want more!
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Recommended Event: Hackfest 2018
When: November 2, 2018 - November 5, 2018
Why: This is probably Canada’s most geeky “Hacker Conferences” that takes place (we believe) every year. The conference, which takes place in Quebec City invites 1,000 delegates to hear excellent talks and there are also competitions like Capture The Flag contests too.
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Recommended Event: Countermeasure 2018
When: November 1, 2018 - November 2, 2018
Why: Some amazing Cybersecurity Speakers at this event so we included it.
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Recommended Event: Unmanned Canada (UC)
When: October 30, 2018 - November 1, 2018
Why: Although not strictly speaking a “Canadian Cybersecurity Conference” we added it because it is fascinating, and, has a security-angle to it. The days of drone only militaries are upon us! Welcome to a glimpse of Skynet!
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Recommended Event: ISACA Conference
When: October 29, 2018 - October 31, 2018
Why: ISACA is an excellent Cybersecurity Professional Membership Organization to join and if you haven’t yet checked them out or joined then we’d suggest that you do.
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Recommended Event: International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering (CASCON)
When: October 28, 2018 - October 31, 2018
Why: CASCON is certainly one for the InfoSec Canadian Academics. We included this one to accommodate to all niches and tastes within Cybersecurity.
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Recommended Event: iTech Security Edmonton
When: October 25, 2018
Why: For those of you in Canada that work in IT Security then is an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded individuals working in Cybersecurity in Edmonton.
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Recommended Event: iTech Security Calgary
When: October 23, 2018
Why: If you can’t make this event in Calgary there is also another “iTech Security” in Edmonton.
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Recommended Event: Workshop on Attacks and Solutions in Hardware Security (ASHES)
When: October 19, 2018
Why: This event focuses more in the hardware aspects of security and with some amazing keynotes.
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Recommended Event: Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Privacy (CPS-SPC)
When: October 19, 2018
Why: Certainly more of a “high-brow” event but in the spirit of full inclusion we added it!
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Recommended Event: Workshop on Encrypted Computing and Applied Homomorphic Cryptography (WAHC)
When: October 19, 2018
Why: There are not that many Crypto events in Canada so we included this one to satisfy any demand that there is for this (important) niche in IT Security.
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Recommended Event: Workshop on Programming Languages and Analysis for Security
When: October 19, 2018
Why: This conference address programming security so we thought to recommend it since there are not that many other programming events or conferences taking place in Canada.
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Recommended Event: SecTor
When: October 1, 2018 - October 3, 2018
Why: SecTor Canada has a reputation as being one of the more hardcore “Hacker Conferences” that takes place in Canada. We consider this event to be along the lines of DEF CON. If you think we’re wrong with that assumption then please go ahead and drop a comment either on this page or on our SecTor page (link below).
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Recommended Event: ApacheCon North America
When: September 24, 2018 - September 27, 2018
Why: As names go for Cybersecurity Conferences in Canada then ApacheCon clearly wins the day. As we all know, Apache is the name of our most revered Linux Operating System (Hosting) so expect to find a lot relating to Linux, Programming, DevOps and we would image, SevOps too.
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Recommended Event: Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit – Toronto
When: September 11, 2018 - September 12, 2018
Why: As far we we can tell this is the only “Fraud” IT Security event in Canada and one that we’d very much encourage to attend if you work in Fraud and Risk. We’ve also included this event because it addresses GDPR; something which we all have to pay close attention to.
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Recommended Event: REcon Montreal
When: June 15, 2018 - June 17, 2018
Why: This event is a global enterprise. We understand that there is a also a REcon is Belgium. The line-up looks awesome and there are some excellent training talks relating to Penetration Testing and more.
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Recommended Event: CyberSmart 2018
When: May 15, 2018 - May 16, 2018
Why: We all had to start somewhere, and indeed, we all have to network to improve our career opportunities. This event is aimed at helping IT Security Professionals in Canada, notably in Fredericton, to network with their peers.
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Recommended Event: NorthSec
When: May 14, 2018 - May 20, 2018
Why: We’ve also included NorthSec in our “Top Ten Cybersecurity Conferences of 2018” because they organize the world’s largest “Capture The Flag” contest as well as hosting some excellent talks.
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Recommended Event: Aero Cyber Summit
When: April 19, 2018 - April 20, 2018
Why: We LOVE these niche Cybersecurity Conferences. This one, which, to be honest, is really more of a training event rather than a pure “Conference” is undoubtedly the coolest one we could find in Canada relating to transportation and aviation. If you’re seeking a new opportunity within Cybersecurity or are just trying to get started in the industry then we’d recommend specialising within a niche, and what better niche than aviation.
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Recommended Event: BSides Vancouver
When: March 12, 2018 - March 13, 2018
Why: BSides events are awesome. In this post (which is an evergreen “recommended conferences of 2018“) we’ve included every BSides event that takes place in Canada. So far we’ve identified BSides in Vancouver (this one – link below), Fredericton and Ottawa.
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