Fawn Annan

Fawn Annan

CEO & President

ITWC, publisher of ITWorldcanada.com; ITBusiness.ca; ChannelDailyNews.ca; DirectionInformatique.ca

Fawn Annan is the CEO, President, and Chief Marketing Officer of IT World Canada. She is also a partner and CMO for Amazing Agency (www.amazingagency.ca), a video/podcast content agency that services the technology B2B and B2C clientele.

Ms. Annan joined IT World in 1995 as General Manager, Executive Programs, launching the publishing enterprise into C-level events and research projects. In 2008 she was promoted to Chief Strategy Officer, helping IT World navigate the turmoil that was descending upon the print industry. A few years later in 2010, she assumed the role of President. In 2014 Ms. Annan invested as a shareholder in IT World Canada and in 2018 assumes the legal position of Chairman of the Board.

Ms. Annan has several voluntary board commitments. She is Chair of the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council, sits on the MacKenzie Institute’s Board of Governors, a think-tank for cybersecurity, and a PAC-IT committee member for Ted Rogers School of Business, Ryerson University. Fawn places special emphasis on helping women in IT and STEM, sitting as the Vice-Chair on the national board of Canadian Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) as well as part of the Advisory Council for CATA (Canadian Advanced Technology Association).

Ms. Annan has operated her own business and held senior positions in marketing and strategy with a variety of firms. In 2012 she received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award for her contribution to the IT industry. In 2017 she was awarded the MISA/ASIM Dennis Steen Award and the RBC/CATA Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recognizing her contributions to the industry. Her company, ITWC, has won over 1 0 COPA (Canadian Online Publishing Awards) and multiple Kenneth Wilson Awards for outstanding journalism, video, and podcasts.

She received her education in Canada, attending York University, studying Communications and Business. She also studied at Boston’s famous Babson College which houses the IDG Publishing Institute and completed her MBA in Media Leadership through Cumbria University in Northern England.

Dr. Mohamed El-Guindy
Cyber Terrorism Expert

Mohamed El-Guindy is a leading cyber security expert in the Middle East. He works as a cybercrime researcher, cyber terrorism expert, and consultant for international organizations and his work on cybercrime has been cited in several international publications.

Dr. El-Guindy is a Cyber security and Cybercrime consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC-ROMENA) delivering training to Law Enforcement and Intelligence Departments. Furthermore, he works as Cybercrime Expert at Faculty of Law, the British University in Egypt. Mohamed is the president of ISSA chapter in Egypt and frequent speaker at national and international conferences. He was invited by the Egyptian Military to deliver speech in front of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Mohamed represents Egypt in UNESCO International conferences and participated in drafting UNESCO IFAP declarations.

Currently, he presents a Technology TV Show called “Tech Talk” on (Al Kahera Wal Nas), in which he delivered over 180 episodes tackled variety of technical and scientific topics. Dr. El-Guindy works also as an assessor at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in the UK, visiting lecturer at Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, and Ministry of Defense in Egypt. Mohamed is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in the UK and member of several international organisations related to technology and engineering: Senior Member of ISSA, Senior Member of IEEE, Member of World Economic Forum Expert Network, Member of the Institute of Science and Technology – UK, Ambassador to the Society for Computers and Law –UK, Member of Council of Europe’s Octopus Cybercrime Community, Member of International Association for Crime Analysts-USA, Member of the International Association of Engineers. In addition to teaching and consulting work, Mohamed is publishing and supervising technical papers and book chapters on cybercrime and cyber terrorism.  In addition to a doctorate in IT, Dr. Mohamed holds qualifications from reputable UK institutions, to name but few:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
  • Chartered Scientist, the Science Council UK
  • Chartered Fellowship, The Chartered Institute for IT, UK
  • Chartered Engineer, the Engineering Council UK
  • Chartered IT Professional, the Chartered Institute for IT, UK

Speech in front of the president: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZs4ecVCd3w (Arabic)
For English description: https://istonline.org.uk/resources/the-publications/the-newsletter-no-16/invitation-by-the-president-of-egypt-2/



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Dragica Grbavac
President & Managing Director, Uvidi
Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance & Operations Expertise, Uvidi

Dragica Grbavac is the President and Managing Director of Uvidi Management Group.  For more than 25 years she has been engaged as a Strategy, Risk Management and Compliance Professional; working with more than 300 organizations on 3 continents, across multiple industries leading large scale IT, regulatory, risk and change programs.  She demonstrates her leadership by sharing experience and best practices necessary to effectively execute high-risk strategic initiatives.  Her open and direct approach to crafting strategy, dealing with risk and motivating to the highest level of performance have earned her a reputation for being a trusted advisor to the C-suite.

Dragica applies cutting edge risk management strategies; which are continually evolving and applied, as has been evidenced by her contribution in the development of the ISO31000 standard for risk management.  She is an internationally recognized expert in Risk Management and Governance, whose methods have been taught over the past 15 years in professional associations and in renowned university Executive Education Programs.

Sylvia Kingsmill
National Partner, Regulatory, Privacy and Information Management, Risk Consulting, KPMG

Sylvia has over 15 years‘ experience providing strategic, risk management, and compliance advisory services, serving both the public and private sectors.  She advises executive teams on data-driven digital strategies to support major business transformations in alignment with new regulations, policy, and data governance trends, having successfully deployed data analytics platforms and national data registries.

Her specialty is transforming existing corporate compliance and privacy programs in response to internal audits, regulatory findings, and exams.  She often deals with Privacy Commissioners remediating compliance orders and has advised on some of the largest, high-profile data breach investigations. 

Sylvia is a lawyer by training and often advises financial institutions on the intersection of emerging technologies, trustworthy AI, ethical use of data, privacy, and regulatory expectations.  Her privacy career began at the Information Privacy Commissioner's Office where she conducted extensive pan-Canadian privacy reviews involving consent management, cross-border data flows, data sharing models, and outsourcing issues, and amended privacy regulations to enable registries to operate seamlessly for eHealth initiatives.  She has advised banks extensively on Privacy by Design and CASL requirements.

Sylvia launched the Privacy by Design Certification Program together with Dr. Ann Cavoukian, former provincial privacy regulator, for readiness against the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), having successfully certified several global organizations for proof of compliance to privacy regulators.

Professional and Industry Experience - Highlights

  • Interim Chief Privacy Officer, LifeLabs
  • Canadian Chair, ISO PC/317 (31700) Consumer Protection: Privacy by Design for Consumer Goods and Services
  • Advisor, CIO Strategy Council, CICSO 101:2019 Automated Decision Systems using Machine Learning, Ethics by Design and Ethical Use
  • Advisor to Minister Bains’ Roundtable Consultations for Canada’s National Digital Strategy
  • Special Advisor to the International Council on Global Privacy and Security by Design, advising on the deployment of privacy-enhancing technologies involving AI, Big Data, & Ethics by Design
  • Participant & Advisor, CPA Canada Foresight Roundtable: Reimaging the Profession

Key Skills

Digital Transformation, GDPR/PIPEDA/PHIPA/CASL/GLBA/HIPPA Compliance, Regulatory Change Management, Regulatory Exam Preparation & Remediation, Risk & Maturity Assessments, Audits, and Control Frameworks, Enterprise-wide Compliance and Privacy Training Programs, Privacy and Compliance Strategy, Multi-Stakeholder Engagement/Management involving Modernization and Regulatory Issues Management, Privacy Target Operating Models, Ethical & Responsible Use of Data, Privacy Governance, Cross-Border Data Transfers, Data Residency/Localization Rules, Privacy Certifications, Data Sharing Agreements, Consent Frameworks, Incident & Breach Response.

Robert H. Lane
Trusted Advisor

A seasoned business executive, Bob brings many years of C level management with world-class companies such as GE, NORTEL, Commodore Computers and Acklands. Bob is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BA Trinity) and Ivey School of Business (MBA) and serves on the advisory boards of several North American companies including his role as chairman of Newport Thomson.


GE Canada Electronic Division – As General Manager moved a financial losing component electronics manufacturing operation into a profitable distribution division.

NEDCO Canada – as Chairman & CEO grew the operations to be 1st in Canada. Orchestrated the sale to United Westburne when parent company decided to focus on telecom manufacturing.

Northern Telecom – managed the growth and development of Northern Telecom systems in Europe

Commodore Business Machines Inc –served as CEO for the successful introduction of the C64 home computer & Vic 20

Ontario Flower Growers – as interim General Manager salvaged the operations from bank over site to a highly profitable and successful floral supplier

Vineland New Jersey Co-operative – as interim General Manager restructured the major vegetable supplier in the North East USA

Ian Seward
GM SFIA Foundation

Ian’s career spans 39 years in software engineering and IT across diverse business sectors including aerospace, financial services, utilities, pharmaceutical, not-for-profit and management consulting. He has broad business and deep delivery experience having been a systems development engineer and project manager; a head of programmes/programme director for organisational change, process improvement and delivery assurance.

The first 10 years of his career was in systems and software engineering working on safety critical systems in the aerospace industry including autonomous vehicles, machine vision, guidance and control systems.  Then, for 15 years, he focussed on capability development and process improvement including: leading a software engineering initiative for a large electronics company; as systems and software assurance lead for a satellite company; as a VP for the EMEA region of a financial institution; as a global senior manager delivering executive PMOs and leading onshore-offshore integration.

Over the last 14 years he has focussed on workforce development and has undertaken a number of assignments including developing career paths, continual professional development schemes, a cyber security certification scheme, skills assessment and skills development and shaping organisations with skills profiles and role descriptions.

He was an author of the UK Industry Structure Model (an IT skills framework in the 1980s) and has been a contributor to the global skills and competency framework SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) since it was first published in 2000. He has been a SFIA Accredited Consultant for 10 years.

For the last 5 years he has led the SFIA Foundation as its General Manager.  He has established a more formal global presence across 180 countries, delivered SFIA 7 (available in 10 languages) and initiated a number of global collaborations.  His current activities include preparing for the SFIA 8 update, establishing more end-user guidance of the SFIA Framework and initiating projects to address the needs of the global community.

His role in leading the SFIA Foundation is part-time and he continues to consult on interesting competency and human capital development programmes.