Career Options in the field of Information Security
Getting a foot in the door


Moderated by:


Michael Argast, Founder and CEO, Sky Northern Inc

Michael Argast is an experienced information security professional with over 15 years of industry experience, including most recently founding the Sky Northern Security Alliance in January 2017, an affiliation of over 200 independent information security consultants.

Prior to founding Sky Northern Inc., Michael ran several security functions within TELUS for over 5 years including being the Western Canada Security Practice Leader of a team of 50 Infosec focused consultants, sales and other staff, and running Marketing and Sales Enablement, Sales Engineering and Business Strategy for the customer-facing TELUS Security teams. Before TELUS, Michael ran Sales Engineering worldwide for Sophos, leading 120 staff in 17 countries.

Michael has been a guest speaker at previous BC Aware events and at the Privacy and Security conference in Victoria as well as global lectures in Moscow, Madrid and Oxford University.


Dragana Panic, IT Risk Manager, Vancity Credit Union

Dragana has been involved in Risk Management for 10 years at Vancity Over the last three and a half years, she has led the Information Security  ­- a role she brings strength to because of her knowledge of both branch operations and security compliance. She has experience in fraud investigation, operations and information security, security policies, project management, agile methodologies, and has been a fraud prevention subject matter expert for Vancity, providing security awareness training and support for both staff and members. Dragana’s passion for community co-operatives and information security extends outside of work to her two board of directors positions as a board member at Vancouver’s oldest grocery co-op, the East End Food Co-Op and ISACA Vancouver Chapter. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time exploring her beautiful home province of B.C., from Haida Gwaii to the West Coast Trail, on her bike, hiking or paddling.


Zoe Alexander, WomenWhoCode



Commander (Navy) Kristoff Langland, N6/J6 -  ACOS CIS, Communication and Information Systems, Maritime Forces Pacific Department of National Defence

Commander (Cdr) Kristof Langland was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and was educated wholly in Canada while growing up in the family of a professor of computer science. Regaling in all that background technology, Kris prepared for a career in the Canadian Armed Forces by spending as much time above, on and below the water level as he possibly could  - with a keyboard in his hands.

Joining the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in January 1985, Kris successfully completed his training as a Naval Warfare Officer and proceeded to Halifax, NS and joined his first operational ship, HMCS IROQOUIS. Kris has been formally educated and trained in the Information Warfare domain and is a seasoned Naval Officer who has completed several sub specialties in his career, in key Information Technology and Service Management employment areas. He has gathered over 15 years deployed as part of Canadian missions abroad, which include but are not limited to cold war operations, NATO missions and training and development opportunities such as the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise.

In his career Kris has worked with experts from all over the world, including Communications Research Canada, Defense Research and Development Canada, local and international business, academia, militaries from Europe and the Middle East as well as living abroad embedded in a foreign military. He is one of a handful of cyber experienced officer’s in the Canadian Armed Forces, leading several cyber capability development projects for the Director General Cyber for the past six years in Ottawa.

Kris is currently employed as Maritime Forces Pacific - Assistant Chief of Staff for Communications and Information Systems, advising and managing the Admirals’ organic communications and information systems architecture, both at sea and ashore for the West Coast of Canada. He has managed many projects throughout his career which include the corporate and operational use of biometric data, the development of a federated networking capability, the development of a data centric architecture and the writing of two international standards on data labelling and data binding.

Outside of work Kris manages a blended family of 5 children with his wife Maxine which includes two German Shepherds and an aging Border Collie. Max and Kris are avid divers, campers, canoeists, travelers and wanderers and are in the process of renovating an older airstream trailer to fulfill some fairly significant retirement plans.

rehman esmail, recruiting manager, affinity staffing

Rehman grew up in Vancouver and went to University in the U.S. Rehman fell into the Recruiting world by chance in 2008, and have been working in this space ever since. He worked as an internal Recruiter at Electronic Arts, in addition to working within a Recruitment agency. This experience has allowed him to see how Recruitment works from two different perspectives and has allowed him to gain a strong understanding on how to help people prepare for entering the workforce in addition to the different methods on how to find their next opportunity.