Cyber Security and Privacy: Key principles and tools for older adults

October 12, 2022
1:00 – 2:30 PM

Join EAPO on October 12th for our Webinar on Cyber Security and Privacy: Key principles and tools for older adults“.

To mark Cyber Security Awareness month, EAPO, in collaboration with CNPEA, is hosting a panel conversation with guests to increase digital literacy, safe behaviours online, as well as online privacy and security for older people using technology.

Join our guests speakers to learn about NEW Canadian programs on cyber security for older adults including, the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Outreach Program and HelpAge’s Dig-IT digital literacy program as well as Knowledgeflow, a CyberHub of intiatives and resources for older adults and tools for employees in long-term care for managing privacy during virtual visits for residents. Other guests include, MediaSmarts, Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy that provides individuals with the skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens, and the Women Cybersecurity Society who provide cybersecurity courses and awareness training to lower risk and enhance security protections.

Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter


Kara Brisson-Boivin, Ph.D. Sociology (she/her/elle)

Director of Research, MediaSmarts

Kara Brisson-Boivin, PhD is the Director of Research for MediaSmarts. Kara is responsible for the planning, methodology, implementation, and dissemination of key findings from original MediaSmarts’ research studies as well as evaluations of MediaSmarts’ programs.  Kara also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Research Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton, University. Kara works with a number of academic partners on tri-agency funded research projects, private and public sector interest groups, as well as federal departments on online issues including; digital parenting, privacy, hate, misinformation, activism, and algorithms and artificial intelligence. Kara has extensive publication experience in academic journals, magazines, news op-eds and research blogs; and a background in presenting research to key stakeholders on parliamentary committees, at academic conferences, invited talks, panels, keynote addresses, and in media interviews.

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Emily Mullins

Knowledge Broker, Ontario Age-Friendly Community Outreach Program-Centre for Studies in Aging and Health

Emily is a public health professional dedicated to improving the lives of older adults. She has a primary interest in health promotion, the social determinants of health, and the social inclusion of older adults. As a Research Fellow with the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, Emily partnered with HelpAge Canada to identify best practices for building digital literacy among older adults. Currently, Emily works as a Knowledge Broker with the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, supporting over 70 communities across the province in their age-friendly planning and implementation.

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Debra Popa, MBA

Executive Director, KnowledgeFlow Cybersafety Foundation

Making Canada #UnHackable! Our mission is to ensure that all Canadians, regardless of age or income, have access to industry leading expertise, resources and information. KCF was co-founded in 2016 by Paige Backman, IT Lawyer, and Claudiu Popa, cybersecurity expert, who saw that the online risks faced by children and seniors were not being addressed internally by the security industry nor externally by the education sector.

After working in corporate communications and HR, Debra took a career break and raised a whole bunch of kids! Now she combines her passion for helping and protecting others, particularly kids and seniors, with her  love of educating and informing. She states “I have the best ‘job’ in the world and I am proud that everyday my team makes a difference in people’s lives.”

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Lisa Kearney

Founder and CEO, Women CyberSecurity Society and International Women in Cyber Day

Lisa has worked in the cybersecurity industry for 26 years. She is also the Founder and CEO of the Women CyberSecurity Society and International Women in Cyber Day.

Beside leading global security operations centers and cybersecurity programs, she has developed cybersecurity courses and awareness training to thousands of people resulting in lower risk and enhanced security protections.


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