Balancing Risk and Reward
Managing Risk in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

When: Sept 21st 2005 (12:00 noon)
Where: Terminal City Club (837 West Hastings St.)
Cost: $30 non-members, $20 ISSA members, and $15 students
RSVP: (space is limited)

Small and medium sized enterprises (SME's) usually don't have the resources to hire risk managers, security engineers and business coaches, yet SME's also take some of the biggest risks. Understanding the risks and how decision makers assess risk and allocate resources gives SME's an edge.

ISSA Vancouver Chapter presents a special event designed for SME managers. By understanding how to manage business risks (Technology, Security, Legal and Opportunity) and by understanding how your personal risk management style effects your decisions, you can better manage business risks AND grow your businesses with confidence.

Panel members are:

Doug Steele, Partner at Grant Thornton LLP
Corey Piche, Piché & Company, Barristers and Solicitors
Rodney Denno, President, Secure Open Systems

Doug Steele is a partner at Grant Thornton LLP leading the Risk Management practice in Vancouver. Doug has extensive experience in IT audit and security, helping organizations manage their risks. His client base includes companies in both the financial and public sector, for whom he has performed comprehensive risk assessments, data integrity audits, computer conversion audits, penetration testing, post-implementation reviews, business process improvement projects and general computer control reviews. He has worked on numerous internal audit projects with several large credit unions. Doug is a Certified Information Systems Auditor, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, and the former president of the Vancouver Chapter of the Information Systems and Control Association (ISACA). He is also a former co-chair of the Speakers Program for the West Coast Security Forum.

Corey Piché is a Vancouver lawyer whose practice covers most aspects of business operations. A significant percentage of his client base is in the technology sector, including internet-based businesses, software development companies, and bricks-and-mortar companies that have added Internet operations. Corey advises on matters relating to corporate structuring and finance including business acquisitions and sales; commercial matters including contract drafting and negotiation on issues ranging from software license terms and ecommerce site documentation through construction contracts, commercial lease review and negotiation, trade mark and copyright matters, and employment law issues. Corey initially practiced at a full-service downtown Vancouver law firm, then practiced for two and a half years at an intellectual property law boutique firm. At the outset of 2003, he started Piché & Company, and since then his client base has broadened from technology industry clients to again encompass businesses of all forms, ranging from internet-only businesses and software developers through to manufacturing concerns, construction companies, real estate marketing companies, wineries and tourism operations in the Okanagan, and various service industries.

Corey has been a repeat speaker at the British Columbia Institute of Technology on the topics of the legal and practical aspects of different forms of business structures and has also addressed students in the Simon Fraser University Computer Science Co-op program regarding employment law and particularly regarding confidentiality obligations of employees.

Rodney Denno has over 23 years of risk, privacy and business management and product development experience. Rodney's work primarily focuses on establishing enterprise-wide management programs that seek a cost-effective balance between capital, assets and controls. He has held technical, management and executive positions at start-ups and multinational companies in both Canada and the United States. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a published author of periodical articles and reports on a wide range of business and information risk management, security and privacy topics, hold two patents, and teach courses in enterprise risk management, network, database and web services security, business continuity and software and network forensics at the college and university level. Rodney received his honors B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and studied for an MBA at the College of Notre Dame.

On-site registration and networking begins at noon, and lunch will be served at approximately 12:20. The presentation will run from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, to be followed by an open discussion forum. Members and non-members of the ISSA are welcome but space is limited. Cost for the event is $30.00 for non-members, $20.00 for ISSA members and $15.00 for students payable in advance at our web site using Paypal®, or at the door in cash or by cheque payable to “ISSA Vancouver”. RSVP to to guarantee your seat. Please note that we require 72 hours notice of any cancellations, or you will be invoiced for the event since we are required to finalize the food orders.

Please note that the TCC has a business-casual dress code, and contact us in advance if you have special dietary requirements or would like wheel chair accessible parking so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

James Crooks: (604) 318-8654 or
Rodney Denno: (604) 838-0242 or
Eva Kuiper: (604) 520-5430

ISSA Vancouver AGM


This month’s information session will be preceded by the Chapter’s Annual General Meeting, to be held at the Terminal City Club from 11:30 – 12:00. All ISSA members are encouraged to attend. The agenda for this year’s meeting is as follows:

1. Call annual general meeting to order
2. Reading and Approval of the Minutes of the Last Annual General Meeting
3. President's Welcome
4. Report from the Treasurer
5. Summary of past ISSA accomplishments and future plan
6. Approval of new Chapter Bylaws
7. Election of Board of Directors
8. Report from the Nominating Committee
a. Nominations from the floor
b. Voting
c. Other business
9. Adjournment of annual general meeting
10. Lunch
11. Guest Speaker – Panel Discussion on Risk Management for SME’s