The Canadian Bankers Association is the voice of more than 60 domestic and foreign banks that help drive Canada’s economic growth and prosperity. The CBA advocates for public policies that contribute to a sound, thriving banking system to ensure Canadians can succeed in their financial goals.

Job Title: Advisor, Cyber Security
Division: Legal
Location: Toronto


The Advisor, Cyber Security, reports to the Assistant General Counsel and leads research, analysis, policy development and advisory services regarding financial industry cyber issues and trends. The incumbent will lead the work with members to affect areas of public policy, legislation and regulation related to the broad spectrum of cyber security matters including, but not limited to, federal and provincial: governments and agencies, regulatory bodies and supporting entities.

The incumbent will also be responsible for the management and coordination of operational activities under the Cyber Security Specialists Group including the coordination of the annual cyber security conference and incident response protocol.

Description of Responsibilities

  • Lead the research, recommend strategic analysis/advice, and coordinate the development of industry policy positions for submissions and other industry advocacy initiatives;
  • Direct the advocacy for acceptance of industry policy positions;
  • Initiate, evaluate and report to members on emerging provincial, national and international trends in cyber security as they relate to retail banking in Canada and recommend strategies for the banking industry;
  • Work proactively with bankers, interest groups, government officials and CBA staff to develop and implement joint cyber security projects that benefit ecosystem users and the banking industry, e.g. work with regulators on related educational initiatives;
  • Coordinate with internally with other CBA staff and members/key stakeholders as part of incident response preparedness, including participating in the response to incidents as they arise;
  • Initiate, develop and maintain positive working relationships with members, government officials and consumer and other interest group representatives with an interest in financial services;
  • Lead the activities of cyber-related specialists groups such as Cyber Security Specialist Group and coordinate the annual cyber security conference; and
  • Assist the Legal Division and other divisions where appropriate with various projects as assigned.

Key Qualifications, Abilities and Skills

  • Post-secondary degree in economics, business, political science, consumer affairs or related program of study along with 3 - 5 years of policy and/or cyber or other security experience.
  • Knowledge of the banking industry considered an asset
  • Very strong written and verbal presentation skills with the ability to craft and present persuasive advocacy positions; write letters, reports and submissions clearly and concisely, with focused and substantiated arguments
  • Innovative and proactive issue manager; ability to manage multiple projects and issues
  • Understanding of public policy and legislative development processes
  • Ability to understand and analyze legislative and policy proposals to identify potential industry impact and concerns
  • Strong original research, data-gathering and data-analysis skills
  • Strong ability to seek common ground and forge a consensus amongst members
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills

To apply

Qualified candidates are asked to submit their resume and covering letter to Please indicate Advisor, Cyber Security in the subject field of your email.