October marks Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM), an annual internationally-recognized campaign designed to inform and empower increased safety and security online. As part of CSAM 2020, the global cybersecurity business community will connect virtually and industry icons will e-meet via the third annual Opportunity Locks webinar on October 14th, an industry-favourite event proudly hosted by the province of Ontario. As an IT hotspot where bold ideas live, Ontario’s cybersecurity, quantum computing and cryptology sector is one of the most robust in the world with an integrated ecosystem where enterprise, academia and governments work in tandem to tackle the challenges posed by ever-changing threats to global security. This year’s Opportunity Locks will key in on these challenges and associated opportunities with its theme: Quantum Computing and the Evolving Cybersecurity Threat. Ontario’s leading quantum experts will be on-hand to share insights on topics including how quantum will change cybersecurity in the future, early stage innovations in quantum, and industry steps to becoming quantum ready. Tune in to learn from industry leaders including: Dr. Michele Mosca, Co-founder and CEO, evolutionQ Mike Brown, Founder, CTO, ISARA Corporation Bruno Couillard, President and CEO, Crypto4A Technologies Inc. Mary Horrigan, Senior Security Architect, 2Keys Corporation Dr. Vladimir Soukharev, Principal Cryptographic Technologist & Chief Post-Quantum Researcher, Infosec Global Canada Brian O’Higgins, Quantum-Safe Canada World-leading tech, best and brightest talent Ontario is home to a vast network of innovative tech firms – 23,000 in fact – powered by a highly skilled workforce 300,000+ strong. From top to bottom, there is a long corridor of cybersecurity excellence in Ontario, with established sector hubs in Toronto, Waterloo, and Ottawa and emerging hubs in the southwest, east and north of the province. The number one reason? Our 44 colleges and universities that produce nearly 55,000 STEM graduates annually. What’s more, 49 degree, diploma and certificate programs and more than 700 courses in cybersecurity are offered throughout the province, providing a constant supply of talent to companies across the entire tech spectrum. In addition to our homegrown best and brightest, we want the world’s top talent and innovative entrepreneurs to consider Ontario. Canada’s friendly, high-speed immigration programs can help make this a reality sooner than you think. Layer on our globally-competitive corporate tax rates, attractive savings on after-tax R&D expenditures and our inclusive, connected, and vibrant community culture, and it’s clear to see there’s never been a better time to secure your domain in Ontario’s innovation ecosystem.