Working to make Canada safer

“I joined the military the week before my 18th birthday. I don’t know life without the defence of Canada being part of it. I love my job. But my job before was chasing bad guys. There are very few things more satisfying than that. At ADGA, we can do our commercial work, but we are still working to make Canada a better, safer place and to protect our country from external threats.”

Making life better for new immigrants

“I do a lot of work trying to actively help Palestinian Canadians—particularly young people—understand how it works in Canada. Things like how to get a job, how to build a career plan. A lot of this stuff doesn’t really get taught in immigrant communities. I know I had to learn the hard way. I had to witness my dad, who went from being a former bank executive in Dubai, to driving a taxi until the day he died. It leaves an impact, that kind of experience and what it does to a family and to a man’s pride. Part of what I’m trying to do is really just make life better.”

Trying never to be bored

“I’m a competitive fighter. I won an Ontario boxing Championship at heavyweight in 2010. In recent years, I’ve decided to give it one last crack — I’ve got a shot at making Team Canada and going to worlds in Thailand next year. It’s an interesting career and life that I try to lead. I just try never to be bored.”

My ADGA Mentor

Richard Fadden, Chair of ADGA Strategic Advisory Council 

“Dick has taken me on in a mentorship role since the day I got here. We would often go out and have lunch, and we would talk about everything that needed to happen in terms of making the cyber business work. I am infinitely in gratitude for his perspective, his knowledge and his willingness to share that with me.”