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About Kathy Macdonald


Kathy Macdonald is a Security Consultant/ Specialist with a 25-year background in law enforcement, and a Masters Degree in Security and Risk Management. In 2009, the Governor General of Canada invested Kathy with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (M.O.M.), an award recognizing her service and commitment to the community. As an ASIS board certified professional (CPP), she provides skills, advice and solutions regarding security and risk management. She has a high degree of versatility and experience in corporate training, project development, community engagement and media communications. Kathy’s passion for cybercrime prevention has led to global speaking engagements and extensive work encouraging greater communication between law enforcement, the corporate sector, security groups, government and academia. Over the years, Kathy has volunteered as a board member on several community crime prevention associations and has contributed to published articles, books and research projects on a variety of cybercrime related topics.

GCSC educates all sectors of the community about improving the safety and security of the Internet for present and future generations.

GCSC researches, develops and delivers programs and workshops that support awareness about preventing Internet-enabled crime and misbehavior.

GCSC is committed to creating awareness of cybercrime prevention and of supporting global professionals who detect, investigate and deter cyber-risk and cybercrime.


  • Kathy Macdonald is a rare combination of interesting and dynamic speaker, well informed cybercrime expert, truly caring person, and...a police officer! For over a decade she has been the one I send people to when for a truly balanced perspective on issues from cyberbullying to Internet luring and stalking. She keeps herself well informed and is always willing to help!

    Dr. Tom Keenan
    Dr. Tom KeenanEducational Innovator, Journalist, Public Speaker, Author of Technocreep
  • Kathy is clearly the known expert on the subject matter. Her uncompromised knowledge coupled with current research findings give her a remarkable command in communicating the perils of cyberbullying, but even better, the advantages of safe browsing. Kathy has relentlessly pursued this message of cybersafety over the years and we are very fortunate to have her support CEPF in conveying this message about online and digital safety.

    Din Ladak
    Din LadakThe Educational Partnership Foundation
  • Kathy Macdonald's grasp of issues of public import was never so apparent in her pursuit of a vision of a global exchange for neutralization of cybercrime by public-sector law enforcement. That kind of faculty and ambition on behalf of the public interest is the keystone of a wholesome and enduring civic culture.

    Peter Cassidy
    Peter CassidySecretary General / Co-Founder / Founding Director APWG - Unifying the Global Response to Cybecrime Since 2003 STOP. THINK. CONNECT. - Unifying Cybersecurity Messaging Since 2009
  • Kathy Macdonald recently presented to our entire school in 2 sessions, 850 students from grade 9-12. We engaged her to present due to a series of negative peer relationships on social media. Her presentation was salient, contemporary and a true eye opener for many students. I feel that this will make a difference in improving the lives of many students and help them make good choices. The internet boom and social media are uncharted waters and Kathy has helped be a beacon to sanity in a convoluted and potentially dangerous online landscape. We will have her present again in the future.

    Mike Reece
    Mike ReeceB.Ed., M.C. Psychology, Counsellor, George McDougall High School
  • As a long-time advocate for online safety and cybercrime prevention, Kathy has worked and spoken extensively at various industry events as an educator on these and other cyber security issues. With decades of experience in law enforcement and industry, Kathy has gained invaluable knowledge and expertise to assist those with gaining a greater understanding of maintaining their cyber security knowledge and understanding.

    L. Kearney
    L. KearneySecurity Analyst/Consultant
  • Kathy is not only a well prepared, engaging and gifted speaker but she really knows how to get her audience interested in cybercrime prevention. She keeps abreast of the state-of-the-art issues and solutions in dealing with this ever growing and evolving crime area.

    Lorne M. Lipkus
    Lorne M. LipkusKestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP
  • It was very informative as she was well prepared, knowledgeable and the subject matter was of great interest to our company. Kathy's presentation was both timely and to the point, reinforcing the need for Internet security in our company and in our homes.

    Stephen D. Smith, President & CEO
    Stephen D. Smith, President & CEOSTRIKE Energy Services
  • Kathy's presentation style was friendly, showed how well she knew the material and it was customized for each audience. We would not hesitate to ask her again and would highly recommend her to other schools. This information is very important for families today it should be available and promoted in the community.

    Kim McLean   M.Ed, Principal
    Kim McLean M.Ed, PrincipalCalgary Academy
  • Thank you on behalf of Calgary Education Service for providing your expertise with such enthusiasm and advocating for such an important topic.  Have truly appreciated working with you!

    Corinne Trout,  BA(Soc), BA(ChSt)
    Corinne Trout, BA(Soc), BA(ChSt)Mental Health Education, Community Education Service, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Alberta Health Services
  • Internationally acclaimed for her expertise, Kathy is widely recognized for her no-nonsense approach to cyber crime and her ability to present complex technical issues in a manner easily understood by all.  Affable and articulate, her workshops are practical, thought provoking and extremely useful whether it be for personal, family or business use; Kathy’s presentations are well worth the attendance.

    Daniel M. Chervenka CD, CCISO, CGEIT, CISM, CISSP, CRISC
    Daniel M. Chervenka CD, CCISO, CGEIT, CISM, CISSP, CRISCIT Governance & Security | Athabasca Oil Corporation
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