Kathy Macdonald provides cyber security and cyber safety awareness presentations for all sectors of the community and is committed to improving the safety and security of the Internet for present and future generations.

A police officer, now retired after 25 years with the Calgary Police Service, Kathy brings almost three decades of investigative experience and security awareness to presentations. In 2009, the Governor General of Canada invested Kathy with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (M.O.M.), in recognition for her outstanding work in the area of cyber safety and cyber security.

Kathy has extensive experience developing and delivering cyber awareness and crime prevention programs to both public and private sector organizations worldwide. Her areas of expertise include online fraud, the application of social engineering techniques, child online risk, social media, targeted intrusion and privacy.

Kathy achieved a Master’s Degree with Merit in Security and Risk Management and is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). She has pursued extensive industry-standardized security related training and holds a General Management Certificate and Security Management Certificate from the University of Calgary.

For the past ten years, Kathy has instructed at the University of Calgary for  the Faculty of Continuing Education. In 2017, Kathy designed a one-of-a-kind course titled Cybercrime Prevention for the University of Calgary.

Integrating her understanding of police work with her experience in public relations, Kathy has acted as an official police media spokesperson for over a decade. She has considerable communication experience, is a published writer, and has been a guest speaker at hundreds of security and safety related events and conferences. As a subject matter expert, she offers consulting services and customizes and delivers presentations for corporate audiences, for high-value target clients, for school groups and for law enforcement agencies through her company, Global Cyber Security Courses.

Kathy is an associate with Toddington International Inc. where she provides internationally recognized online intelligence gathering training. Kathy has been a long-standing volunteer in Calgary on the Board’s of several security and crime prevention community-based organizations.

Kathy delivers keynote presentation through her publicist the Speakers Bureau of Canada.

Within the community, Kathy volunteers to coordinate youth lessons at the Rosedale Tennis Club in Calgary.


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


Kathy researches, develops and delivers programs and workshops that support awareness about preventing cyber crime.


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

President Global Cyber Security Courses Inc. Calgary, AB 2013 to present

Cyber Safety Specialist, YouthLink Calgary; Calgary, AB 2013/2014

Senior Police Officer, Calgary Police Service; Calgary 1988 – 2013

Instructor, University of Calgary 2011 to present

Master’s Security and Risk Management with Merit (MSc.), University of Leicester, England, July 2012

Board ASIS International – Certified Protection Professional (CPP)

Security Management Certificate University of Calgary, June 2007

General Management Certificate University of Calgary, June 2000

Senior Police Management Certificate (SPAC) Calgary Police Service, 2000

Investigative Skills Education Program (ISEP) Level 300, 2013

Open Source Investigations for Social Media (ASLET), 2012

Using the Internet as an Investigative Research Tool (2011, 2012)

Internet Research Technique Master Class, 2010

Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement, 2008

eBay/ PayPal Law Enforcement Training (eBay) 2008

Fraud Workshop Level 1 & Level 2, 1993 & 1994

Governor General Award (2009) 

Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (M.O.M.)

Calgary Police Service (2008)

Long Service Award

Government of Alberta (2005)

Alberta Centennial Medal

ASIS International Chapter #162 (2003)

Police and Private Security Liaison Award Chapter #162

Chief of Police (1997)

Leadership Award – 1997 World Police/Fire Games

Specialized Skills

Public Speaking – Media Relations

Cyber Security for Energy, Canadian Institute Calgary – 2014

New York State CyberSecurity Conference, NYC –  2010 & 2014

NATO, Advanced Research Workshop, Geneva – 2013

Alberta Community Crime Prevention Conference, Calgary – 2013

RCMP K-Division School Resource AGM, Edmonton – 2014

Security Canada TriLateral Conference, Calgary –  2013

Office of Alberta Information and Privacy Commission, Calgary – 2013

Critical Infrastructure Protection ISACA Workshop, Calgary – 2013

World Summit Information Society Geneva – 2013

Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Calgary – 2010

Alberta Identity Information Management Conference, Banff – 2013

Anti Phishing Working Group, Barcelona –  2009

Privacy and Identity Theft Conference, Vancouver – 2010

ASIS International Conference (Numerous Years)

HTCIA San Francisco – 2010

Canadian Anti Counterfeiting Conference, Vancouver – 2013

Anti-Phishing Working Group Conference, Pittsburgh – 2010

BrainShare Novell Annual Conference Salt Lake City – 2007

Lexi.Net Conference Forum Calgary – 2007

WestCoast Security Forum, Vancouver – 2007

Continuity Planning Management Conference, Las Vegas – 2007

Computer Security Institute Annual Conference, Phoenix – 2009

Intersec Counter Terrorism Conference, London – 2003

Trinity Christian School

Responding to Victims of Identity Crime: A manual for law enforcement agents, prosecutors and The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy’ http://icclr.law.ubc.ca/sites/icclr.law.ubc.ca/files/publications/pdfs/00%20Victims%20of%20Identity%20Crime%20Manual.pdf

International Telecommunications Union ‘Cybercrime Legislation Toolkit’ http://www.cyberdialogue.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ITU-Toolkit-for-Cybercrime-Legislation.pdf

The Seven Deadly Cyber Sins University of Leicester Kathy Macdonald 2012

The Bully at School Goes High Tech: protecting students in the Internet age http://www.worldcat.org/title/bully-at-school-goes-high-tech-protecting-students-in-the-internet-age/oclc/811249425

Best Practices in Computer Network Defense: Incident Detection and Response NATO Peace and Security http://ebooks.iospress.nl/volume/best-practices-in-computer-network-defense-incident-detection-and-response-2

We offer one and two-day courses in cybercrime prevention for law enforcement agencies, the corporate sector, security groups, government and academia.