Kathy's passion for cybercrime prevention inspires audiences to become better informed about the Internet and better-armed against the pitfalls.  She shares her wisdom from her police officer experience.  Her engaging presentations show why you need to be diligent and skeptical online. 


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.

As a professional speaker, author, consultant and university instructor, Kathy brings a depth of investigative experience and a great passion for cyber security awareness to audiences. Kathy has seen firsthand the devastating and long-term damage cybercrime produces during her experience as a former police officer with the Calgary Police Service.

Kathy’s knowledge of cybercrime prevention has led to a national award as well as global speaking engagements with law enforcement, the corporate sector, security groups, government and academia. The information she shares in her speeches and upcoming book serves to advance national cybercrime strategies or what she refers to as ‘predatory Cybercrime’.  

As a keynote speaker Kathy shares her deep industry knowledge and experience to dramatically increase cyber awareness and cyber security with corporations and associations.

In 2009, Kathy was honoured when the Governor General of Canada Invested her with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (M.O.M.), an award recognizing service and commitment to the community. Kathy strongly supports Stop. Think. Connect., a global messaging convention that unifies the response to cybercrime to millions of people worldwide.

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

Alberta Motor Transport

Alberta Children’s Hospital  AltaGas Corporation

Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)

ASIS International Annual Conference(s) 

Calgary Board of Education

Duckworth Burnett & Palmer Law

Canadian Anti Counterfeiting Association

Continuity Planning Management 

Computer Security Institute Cyber Security for Energy

Enbridge Energy

EnCana Energy 

Esso Corporation

High Tech Crimes Investigations Association (HTCIA)


Intersec Counter Terrorism Conference

International Crime Stoppers Association 

Justice Education Institute

NATO, Advanced Research Workshop

New York State CyberSecurity Conference

Nexen Energy

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta

Palo Alto Networks

Pembina Energy

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

SunCor Energy

World Summit of Information Society (WHIS) 

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

As a keynote speaker Kathy shares her deep industry knowledge and experience to dramatically increase cyber awareness and cyber security with corporations and associations.