Board of Directors

Hackers for Change is a registered non-profit organization operating under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. Founded July 2020, the organization is located in Toronto, Ontario.

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Manny Mand

Chairman

Manny is a cyber security consultant and a former hacktivist. Manny was arrested November 2017 for various computer-based crimes he had performed when he was a teenager. Tried as a minor, Manny's charges were withdrawn early 2018. Since then, Manny has channeled his talents to securing the planet. He actively performs offensive security engagements for major financial institutions and fortune 500s. Additionally, Manny has collaborated on various vulnerability research projects. A notable example was OpenEMR, a medical record system that housed over 100 million patient records globally. A former assistant instructor at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Manny strives to make cyber security programming accessible to all.

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Madison Hind

Vice Chairman

Madison started in humble beginnings to a single mother of three. He learned from his mother that if you want to create and affect change in others’ lives, you need to leave your comfort zone. Madison’s mother always made sure others were put first and now he is working to put others first. Currently spear heading our growth and partnerships, Madison is also currently based out of Silicon Valley working as a Cloud Security Engineer.

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Gabriel Betlen

Secretary

Gabriel is a nuclear engineering graduate, with a passion for project management and community involvement. His undergraduate thesis focused on security aspects for nuclear facilities, and in particular the vulnerability of instrumentation and control systems.

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Kieran Zackaria

Treasurer

Kieran is an experienced accounting professional with a demonstrated history of working in high growth technology companies. He is a process driven individual with an affinity for all things tech, who believes in the importance of leveraging technology and data to empower employees in decision making. He strives to challenge himself every day and enjoying the process of learning from each step along the way.

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Sacha Tilp

Board Director

Sacha studied economics and statistics before moving to the Caribbean to work for a Pharmaceutical chain in 2012. He moved back to Toronto in 2015, and spent the next 5 years in the real estate development business while teaching himself the fundamentals of cyber security. Sacha is passionate about education and accessibility in the CS space, especially where minorities and youth are concerned.

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Kenrick Bagnall

Board Director

Kenrick is a dedicated and highly motivated technology and business strategist with demonstrated abilities in areas of infrastructure and software solution design and implementation and Law Enforcement.  He is a member of the Toronto Police Services, since April of 2006, and has experience in several areas of policing including Primary Response. Kenrick is currently a member of the Computer Cyber Crime (C3) section of Intelligence Services and serves as a Cybercrime Investigator.

Katherine Thompson

Board Director

As one of Canada’s most passionate and influential voices surrounding issues and opportunities related to cyber security in Canada, Katherine Thompson has taken a leading role in helping Canadians understand the risks and rewards associated with the digital economy. As Principal of Human Firewall Solutions, and Founder-Chair of the Canadian Cyber Security Innovation Institute-C2I2, Katherine is regularly called upon to speak on the current state of cyber security in Canada and key issues including security of critical infrastructure, breach management, risks for small to medium sized enterprise, the growing labor and skills shortage and ensuring Canada’s economic prosperity through cyber initiatives. As an industry advisory to the Canadian government, Katherine is committed to helping government, academia and industry collaborate on the overarching issue of cyber risk that impacts all Canadians. Katherine sits as board member of Cyber Titan, a collaborative with the US Air Force’s Cyber Patriot program which engages young Canadians in cyber security careers and other STEM areas. She also sits on the board of the Canadian Women in Cyber Defence, a coalition promoting the advancement of women in the cyber security industry. Katherine recently joined the Cyber Future Foundation (CFF) as a Canadian program director.

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