Leading Cyber and Intelligence Expert Dave McMahon Joins Samuel Associates
Samuel Associates, Ottawa’s specialized government relations and public affairs firm working with high-tech industries, announces today that leading cybersecurity and intelligence expert Dave McMahon has joined the firm as a Senior Associate.
“We are pleased to welcome Dave to our professional team,” said Goran Samuel Pesic, President and CEO. “Dave’s extensive experience both inside the government and the private sector is a tremendous asset to the firm. He’s insights into Canada’s digital security ecosystem and ability to help organizations with corporate business strategy will be of great benefit to our clients,” confirmed Pesic.
Dave’s 35-year career has focused on engaged cyber defence, security and intelligence initiatives. He has an honours degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and has authored numerous publications, papers and articles throughout his career.
Dave was a Special Advisor to the Canadian Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and expert witness to Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs and the National Security and Defence Committees. He has acted in the capacity of a Special Advisor to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada as well as Canadian Intelligence Oversight and Review bodies.
Dave also served in various leadership positions with the Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). He was Chief Strategist for ADGA Group Consultants, Chief Operating Officer for the Secdev Cyber Corp, Chief Security Officer at Bell Security Solutions Inc. where he led complex government research programs and development at Bell Canada. Dave is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Clairvoyance Cyber Corp and serves as Chair of the Cyber Council for the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI).
“We believe it’s time to help Canadian cybersecurity and emerging high-tech companies achieve success by working with the right government relations firm in Ottawa. Dave’s proven leadership skills throughout his career will help support our clients’ efforts to provide high-value solutions to the Government of Canada in the domains of artificial intelligence, biometrics and identity management, cybersecurity and defence procurement as well as 5G network security and telecommunications” added Pesic.
Dave engages in interdisciplinary thinking, strategic listening, over-the-horizon technology forecasting and the incubation of advanced ideas and solutions. He applies advanced data science, anticipatory intelligence and creativity towards solving tomorrow’s challenging and complex poly-disciplined problems, delivering contextualized narratives and actionable insights in a World described by data.