Francis Castonguay is currently the Director General, Partnerships and Risk Mitigation CSE’s IT Security Program. Upon establishment of the Canadian Centre of Cyber Security, Francis will maintain in his existing role and responsibilities as Director General, Engagement and Risk Mitigation . The Engagement and Risk Mitigation directorate will be responsible for providing IT Security advice, guidance and services to Canadian critical infrastructure organizations and for advancing collaborative relationships with private industry to strengthen cyber security practices in Canada.
Prior to joining CSE, Francis led Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services team in the National Capital Region, providing cybersecurity advice to government and private sector organizations. Prior to this, he served as a Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer for the Royal Canadian Airforce. During his military career, Francis led operational cyber teams at the Canadian Forces Network Operations Centre (CFNOC), managed the Department of National Defence’s domestic and international telecommunications services and was the Commander of the Canadian Forces Cyber Task Force, responsible for developing interdepartmental and international partnerships. Francis also deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina where he led the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) IT security team providing secure networks and communications for 19 participating nations.
Francis holds a Bachelor of Sciences (Computer) degree from le College militaire royal (CMR), a Master’s certificate in Program Management from York University and a Master of Defence Studies degree from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC).