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Shared Risk: Protecting Critical Infrastructure in the Digital Age

Governor Tom Ridge, First U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, delivers keynote address at the CCPPP National Conference November 15, 2016

Toronto, ON – September 27, 2016 – Tom Ridge, the former Governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security in the United States will present his keynote speech Shared Risk: Protecting Critical Infrastructure in the Digital Age - at the 24th Annual Conference of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships – Innovating Our Future. Governor Ridge will address the need to protect and defend critical infrastructure from the daily threat of cyber-attacks.

Governor Ridge now serves as chairman of Ridge Global, advising world leaders on cyber security. He says unlike natural disasters or other events that can disrupt commerce and vital services, cyber-attacks occur every minute of every day in every industry.

Whether it is ransomware that can debilitate healthcare systems or hackers targeting sensitive national security information, Ridge says cyber-attacks are becoming more complex and more common.

“It’s important to focus on the need to address our infrastructure deficit,” says Mark Romoff, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. “But we must also address the real need to ensure infrastructure that is crucial to our safety and health is properly protected. There are few individuals who can speak to this matter who have Governor Ridge’s experience and expertise.”

Governor Ridge will be our keynote speaker on day two of the conference - Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 8:30 AM in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto.

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About the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships: Established in 1993, CCPPP is a national, non-partisan, member-based organization with broad representation from across the public and private sectors. Its mission is to promote smart, innovative and modern approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. The Council is a proponent of evidence-based public policy in support of P3s, facilitates the adoption of international best practices, and educates stakeholders and the community on the economic and social benefits of public-private partnerships.

For media enquiries contact: Dave Trafford, Director, Communications & Media Relations,, 416-861-0605 ext. 210

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