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CanSecWest 2016

The 16th annual CanSecWest conference will be held March 16-18th, 2016 at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.

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CanSecWest, the world's most advanced conference focusing on applied digital security, is about bringing the industry luminaries together in a relaxed environment which promotes collaboration and social networking. The conference lasts for three days and features a single track of thought provoking presentations, each prepared by an experienced professional and talented educator who is at the cutting edge of his or her field. We give preference to new and innovative material, highlighting important, emergent technologies, techniques, or best industry practices.

The conference is single track, with one hour presentations over the duration beginning at 9:00 a.m. The registration fee includes the catered meals, and there will be a vendor display and lounge/eating area, where wireless internet access will be available (as well as in the speaking theater). The conference discount hotel room booking system can be found here.

2015-03-08-14:42:30 PWN2OWN 2015

The PWN2OWN 2015 rules are available here. The contest will run concurrently to the conference in the Pwn2Own room on March 18th - 19th. Prizes from HP range from $25,000 to $75,000 with an additional $10,000 for exploitation of Chrome provided by Google Project Zero. Registration via email at closes at 5pm PST March 16th, 2015. Total prizes (cash and non-cash) this year total more than one million dollars.

2015-03-06-11:30:00 Sheraton Wall Center Full

We have special rate for our conference attendees at Sheraton Wall Centre (our conference hotel), however currently our hotel is sold out for Mar 17-20.
As an alternate have another great hotel, The Sutton Place Hotel, a block from the conference hotel with same rate including internet connection in your room.

You can book on line at -- GROUP CODE: VAN_CANSECWEST15
Or via Telephone: 1-866-378-8866 (toll-free in Canada and Continental USA)
Or via Email:

Changes or cancellations for individual reservations must reach the Reservations Department 48 hours prior to the arrival date to avoid penalty of one nights room and tax.
If you still would like to stay at our conference hotel and willing to put your name on the waiting list, please send an email to: with check-in, out dates, and all of the names of the guest/guests.

2015-02-14-10:00:00 Whistler Decompression

CanSecWest post-conference "Whistler Decompression" bookings worked out really well this year. We have five, four bedroom cabins at Fitzsimmons Walk complex in the village within walking distance of the village center and lifts, some adjacent, some interconnected by heated underground garage. For stay durations of 3, 4, and 5 days (2 day weekend only stays also negotiable), at $250/night (for three nights, $220 for longer) which includes some food and meals and dinner party Saturday night. Even if you don't ski there is the hot-tub/bar/videogames/sectalk track and other activities such as snowmobiling if you are interested - we are are bringing up ps4s and xbone units again. To reserve a spot (they are about half full already) message with your preferred travel dates, and room-mate or some occupation preference (single occupancy is ok, you just have to cover the whole room), Most rooms have private baths but some are shared between two rooms. Each cabin sleeps about 10 if you count the two couches, and/or folding beds.

Most people drive up Friday night after the conference, so March 20th this year, and we try to send an advance party to minimally stock the fridges for arrival. On the Friday at the conference we arrange car pools and it's usually easy to get a ride up. For returns there are buses to the city and airport no matter what your schedule, and usually lots of folks going back at various times to hop rides with. Please let us know if you are renting a car or have room in your car for extra bodies.

For those that are interested in booking their own more secluded cabins for a small group, there are still plenty of village walking distance vacancies left in the adjacent Montebello complex and slightly farther Northern Lights area, and We would be glad to assist in booking if you need it (we get better discounts with the agents after doing this for so many years, and it may be in your interest to contact us). In addition, most of the village hotels still have lots of vacancies. As usual, we will also have one early rising focused skiier, quiet designated cabin at the end of the complex for those who wish to enjoy the more meditative aspects of beautiful Whistler. It's much smaller, relaxed, and more social than the big conference, and usually a lot of fun, and fills up fast, so contact us at ASAP if you are interested.

2015-02-01-11:00:00 Speaker Announcements

2015 Presentations:

Also please check the Dojo page we have added more new Dojos this year than in any other previous year. New courses on USB Armory/ARM TrustZone, Auditing Web Apps, Software Defined Radio, BIOS&SMM Attack&Defense, as well as all the other usual outstanding advanced training from some of the world's sharpest folks. Upgrade your technology with education.

2014-03-05-19:15:00 Agenda and Keynote Honorable Diane Finley and Whistler Post Conference Trip Detail

The mostly final agenda is now up.

Speaking of which, we are honored to announce a keynote presentation on Thursday from the Hon. Diane Finley, Canadian Federal Minister of Public Works and Government Services. She will giving a presentation on the Federal Government's information security efforts and how commercial companies can participate and assist their plans.

We have the final configuration for Whistler cabins for the Post CanSecWest Whistler Decompression starting March 14. We have 7 cabins (majority 4 bedroom, and two three bedroom) in the village itself. All of the cabins are set up for Friday March 14 arrival except for one with Saturday March 15 arrival. Cabins are available for three four and five night stays. Room costs will be $200/night for those staying over two nights, and $250/night for shorter staysi (these prices are per room, double occupancy is possible with most rooms). All are within walking distance of the lifts (but we'll have folks with larger cars to shuttle the less motivated), and stumbling distance of each other. Contact secwest14 [at] to join and reserve your spot, please include a contact telephone number, your preferred stay dates, desired social boisterous level (ranging from hot tub track, to serious skier/boarder)i, and if you need a ride up or can take extra passengers with luggage in your transport.

See you all next week -- The CanSecWest Team