Joseph Lau has served as Chief Information Security Officer at Sagard since 2019. As a member of the value creation team, Joseph is responsible for cybersecurity and information security across the Sagard platform. Joseph assists our portfolio partners with cybersecurity maturity assessments, developing action plans, advising on strategic roadmaps, running cyber breach simulations and responding to cyber incidents. He has integrated on an interim basis into senior leadership positions at Dialogue, KOHO and Alpaca to quickly level-up their cybersecurity programs. Joseph also provides thought leadership on cybersecurity and performs technical due diligence on potential investments. He is based in Ottawa, Canada.
Prior to Sagard, Joseph was the Head of Critical Infrastructure Partnerships at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security where he oversaw the declassification and transfer of cyber defence technology from government to large financial services enterprises in Canada. Before the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Joseph spent time in Doha, Qatar with Global Risk Advisors where he was the Director of Cyber Security. His prior experience includes a long history of public service as part of Canada’s Communications Security Establishment where he spent fifteen years in progressive roles at the intersection of technology and security.
Joseph holds an MBA from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.