George is a seasoned cyber and security intelligence expert with over 20 years of combined commercial and military experience. He currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at ruby Life Inc. George entered the Information Security Industry as a Junior Security Operations Analyst for the Managed Security Services (MSS) Security Operations Center (SOC) at a large multinational corporation. After becoming a Cyber Threat Intelligence Specialist and working his way up to his first CISO role at a major Defence and Security firm, George is now taking on new challenges outside of the Defence Industrial realm. A former Signals Intelligence Specialist with over 16 years of time served, George still remains committed to serving in defence of Canada. In addition to his present commercial career, George also remains a current member of the Reserve Cyber Protection Team (CPT) with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Within this role, he plays a key role focused on supporting the further development of the CPT’s Security Operations and Cyber Threat Intelligence capabilities founded on the principles of 5EYES and Canadian Intelligence best practices.
Outside of his work life, George is a leading member of the Palestinian-Canadian community focused on furthering the cultural and economic integration of Palestinians within Canada’s multicultural mosaic. He has also enjoyed being a lifelong competitive athlete. He is a former football and rugby player in the OUA as well as a former provincial boxing champion. He is currently an active competitor in multiple combat sport disciplines from Muay Thai to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. A “proud Kingston boy”, he now lives in Ottawa, Ontario and is a member of the WAKO- and Muay Thai Canada-affiliated New Era Combat Sports competition team”