Marcus is a 30-year veteran of the software engineering, telecom and networking industries. He has worked in a number of different roles in the industry, most recently in the CTO Office at Nortel Networks. He is past chair of the Ottawa Carleton Unix Users Group, which eventually morphed into OCLUG. He has chaired security-related working groups in the IETF, including Authenticated Firewall Traversal, and ITRACE--the Internet Trace protocol. Marcus spent 4 years as a member of the Internet Engineering Steering group, where he was a security-area director. He has always had a keen interest in the very happy marriage between science and computing, and a particular fondness for radio astronomy and SETI. He holds several patents in the areas of cryptography and network security.
He makes his home near Smiths Falls, Ontario, with his wife, three children, and two very-old cats.