Digital Transformation Conference and Awards Ceremony

June 14, 2017 - York Mills Gallery, 1885 Leslie St • 10:00 am - 7:30 pm Nominations extended until April 24



Digital transformation is creating the new business models that will drive tomorrow’s economy. Some experts suggest that by 2020, three-quarters of the S&P 500 will be companies with unfamiliar names.

The difference between innovation and digital transformation

Why do we need a Digital Transformation Awards program?

At ITWC we’ve heard repeatedly that Canadian companies need a better understanding of digital transformation. Perhaps more importantly, they need role models and mentors to guide them on the art and practice of digital transformation. As a result, ITWC has created an award program and a conference to explore leading digital transformation trends.

ITWC’s inaugural Digital Transformation Conference and Awards Ceremony will take place on June 14th in Toronto.

There are three parts to the undertaking:

1 An annual conference on digital transformation designed to be the premier venue for sharing information, success stories and other experiences on the path toward digital transformation in Canada.

2 A national award program recognizing excellence in digital transformation in Canada.

3 The creation of a digital transformation hub on that will serve as a web and social media - based repository of information and views on digital transformation.

The Digital Transformation conference is the premier venue for sharing information, success stories and experiences on the path toward digital transformation in Canada.

A keynote address will be delivered in Toronto, but subject matter experts will tele-present from Vancouver and Fredericton.

In addition, three panels of experts will explore the impact of digital transformation in the key areas:







June 14, 2017

Conference – 10:00 am – 5: 15 pm
Awards ceremony 5:30 pm – 7 pm

YMG - York Mills Gallery

1885 Leslie St, North York, ON M3B 2M3-York Mills Gallery

For more information on Digital Transformation Awards, please contact:

General Inquiries:
Donna Butts, Executive Producer, Director Corporate Services, ITWC

Christine Britsas, Senior Account Executive • 416-290-0267

Content and Speakers:
Steve Proctor, Vice-president Marketing and Communications • 416-290-0240


9:00 am – 9:45 am

Registration and light refreshments

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Jesse Hirsh, MC
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Fawn Annan, President and Group Publisher ITWC
Jim Love, CIO ITWC

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Opening Keynote
Nationally recognized expert

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Opening Town Hall: Digital Transformation and the Corner Office
What CIOs are thinking as disruptors change the landscape. Insights from the 2017 CIO Census.

Jim Love, CIO ITWC
Kovar Gregory, Sr. Director, Presales, Public Sector , CA Technologies

11:15 am - 12:00 am

FinTech coming of age?
Just three years ago FinTech about startup breaking open banking. Today many of the early disruptors are working closely with financial institutions and the big banks are rolling out digital innovations with gusto. This panel will provide a glimpse of the future in finance.

Dr. Rick Huijbregts Vice President, Digital Transformation and Innovation Cisco Canada
Natalie Cartwright, COO,

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch - with Digital quiz: Round 1
Join your table to test your knowledge of Canadian technology and business. There will be prizes so chose your answers carefully

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Tele Presentation: Digital government: How digital transformation can help the public sector meet citizen expectations
Cathy Simpson, T4G VP (Public Sector) will use case studies to showcase government success stories and the lessons/challenges of delivering public services.

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Panel: Digital Healthcare
As patients grow more comfortable using digital networks and services, they are being empowered to take greater control over their own healthcare decisions. Is the next wave in digital services around the corner (and what will it bring) or will it be delayed by the myriad of stakeholders, regulation and privacy concerns.

Peter Bak, CIO Humber River Hospital
Roy French, CIO, Saint Elizabeth Healthcare
Karim Ramji, CIO Kinark Child and Family Services
Samantha Liscio, Ph.D. Senior Vice President, Enterprise Planning & Reporting eHealth Ontario

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Take a good look in the mirror: Flipping your business model without losing your mind (Tele presentation)

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Refreshment Break …and the final round of our quiz.

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Panel: Reinventing Retail
Representatives from three Canadian innovators in digital retail technology will discuss the changing shopping experience.

Steve Papagiannis, Technology Director, Informatica
Stephanie Fry, VP Digital, Jackman Reinvents
Andrea Stairs, Managing Director, eBay Canada
John Comacchio, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Teknion Corporation

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Closing Keynote: Lighting the Fuse
A leading industry expert outlines the keys – both organizational and technological – to a successful digital transformation.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Summary , Closing Remarks and an Invitation
Meet the disruptors of the near future as we introduce you to a panel of 3 inventors whose combined age totals less than 40.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

First Annual Canadian Digital Transformation Award Presentation and Reception
Join us in celebrating the achievements of the winners at a glittering cocktail reception..


The Digital Transformation Conference and Awards program would not be possible without the support of IT leaders who believe education and recognition are critical to ensure Canadian industry takes advantage of an innovation agenda to position the nation as a global leader.

Jesse Hirsh
Master of Ceremonies

Peter Bak
CIO, Humber River Hospital
Since 2010, Peter Bak has led the design and implementation of Humber River Hospital’s digital vision. With over 25 years of experience in Healthcare IT, Peter has extensive expertise in software engineering, systems design and IT implementation. Bak is recognized as a global leader in image enabling Electronic Health Records and assists government initiatives in Shanghai and Hong Kong. He was recently named 2016 CanadianCIO of the Year (Private sector.) He has a PhD in Applied Engineering from Imperial College in London, UK.

Natalie Cartwright
Natalie Cartwright the co-founder/COO of, a white-label virtual banking assistant, powered by artificial intelligence. She holds a Masters of Public Health from Lund University and a Masters of Business Administration from IE Business School. Before founding in 2014, Natalie worked at the Global Fund, the largest global financing institution for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programs, where she managed $250 million in investment to countries like Djibouti, South Sudan and Tajikistan. Whether working in international development or in financial technology, Cartwright likes to act on the potential she sees for improvement and innovation.

John Comacchio
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Teknion Corporation
As Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, John is responsible for providing enterprise-wide technology vision, leadership and management, and for the planning, development and implementation of information technology initiatives. He is a member of the Leadership Team and the Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Teknion Corporation, John was a Principal in the e-Integration Practice of KPMG Consulting Inc., where, as a member of the senior management team of the practice, he was responsible for delivering the highest standards of information technology consulting service to executive level clients. In addition, John was General Manager of the Toronto office of the internet professional services firm US Interactive where he was responsible for establishing and growing the Toronto office. Prior to US Interactive, John was the Information Technology Officer at Nissan Canada Inc, and a member of the Nissan North America CIO Council, where he was responsible for planning, implementing and managing information systems and technology solutions for sales, distribution, marketing, finance, and customer service divisions.

John is a member of the IDC CIO Research Review Board, Masergy Customer Advisory Board, OKTA CIO Advisory Board, IT Media Group Advisory Board, and the Institute of Corporate Directors. Formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the Ability Online Network (2010 - 2016), a non-profit organization that helps kids with disabilities or chronic illnesses accomplish great things by connecting them to a supportive online community for friendship, support and skill development opportunities.

John holds a Master of Business Administration, granted by the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

Roy French
CIO, Saint Elizabeth Healthcare
Roy French is the Chief Information Officer at Saint Elizabeth Health Care, where he is responsible for all Information Technology and Information Management initiatives. His role is two-fold; creating a solid infrastructure to provide for growth, and utilizing the best of emerging wireless and mobile technology to improve the work environment for nurses and their clients.

Roy has over 25 years experience in IT and, prior to joining Saint Elizabeth, held executive positions in both Pharmaceutical and Aerospace and Defense industries.

Stephanie Fry
VP Digital, Jackman Reinvents

Kovar Gregory
Sr. Director, Presales, Public Sector, CA Technologies

Dr. Rick Huijbregts
Vice President, Digital Transformation and Innovation Cisco Canada

Samantha Liscio, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Planning & Reporting eHealth Ontario
Samantha is the SVP of Enterprise Reporting and Planning with eHealth Ontario, the agency accountable for the provincial electronic health record in Ontario. In her role at eHealth she manages stakeholder and clinical engagement across the sector and plans and reports on progress in the delivery of the electronic health record to the clinicians in Ontario.

Prior to joining eHealth, Samantha was a managing director with Accenture, and led the Enterprise Architecture and Application Strategy practice for Health in North America, helping clients address business imperatives of improved agility and customer-centricity while reducing costs.

Samantha spent over 12 years in the Ontario Public Service, as both a CIO and as the Corporate Chief Strategist.

Steve Papagiannis
Technology Director, Informatica
Steve Papagiannis is a Technology Director for Informatica, responsible for the Central US and Canada. With over 25 years’ experience in using information technology for analysis, he has held a variety of positions in application development, IT management, software sales and consulting.

He has consistently looked for ways to apply technology to understand human behaviour (across telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, automotive and retail sectors). Using data warehousing, statistical analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and applying different methods to display and deliver information, he has always found ways to provide insight and improve decision making.

Steve P holds degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

Karim Ramji
CIO, Kinark Child and Family Services
Karim Ramji is the Chief Information Officer of Kinark Child and Family Services. Karim is Kinark’s executive leader in setting the direction for IT strategy, service delivery and IT operations for the agency. Under his leadership the IT organization supports cloud services, enterprise applications, mobile services, enterprise data, business intelligence, network communications, and information security.

Prior to joining the Kinark Executive team, Karim held various senior technology leadership roles in various industries including Deloitte, CGI, SAP Americas, Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Rogers and the Aga Khan Development Network. Karim has nearly two decades of executive leadership experience in IT delivery, project management, consulting, managed services and software package implementations in both the public and private sectors. Karim has managed many large scale project implementations and business transformations globally in the retail, telecommunications, hospitality, health care and insurance industries as well as led IT initiatives for the US Government & Armed Services.

Cathy Simpson
Vice President, Public Sector, T4G
Cathy Simpson is Vice President of Public Sector, T4G. She is passionate about building a digital society and embracing data and technology to make that happen. She has 26 years of experience in IT spanning telecom, software and consulting. As a member of T4G’s leadership team, she drives Public Sector strategy and collaborates with clients to enable citizen engagement. She is Chair of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, Co-chair of NB+ and member of the Pond Deshpande Centre. She is one of the original founders of PropelICT.

Andrea Stairs
Managing Director, eBay Canada
As eBay Canada’s managing director, Andrea Stairs leads the Canadian strategy and operations of one of the world’s largest online marketplaces and Canada’s second largest e-commerce business. In this role, Andrea is responsible for cultivating eBay’s community of Canadian users -- from individual consumers to established brands and retailers -- and for overseeing all of eBay’s Canadian functions, including product management, marketing, business development, and public and government relations.

Our Champions


Gary Davenport
Past President, CIO Association of Canada
Gary Davenport is the Past-President of the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN). He has extensive experience as a senior executive within both the telecommunications and retail sectors and has successfully run large scale IT operations and delivered complex business transformation initiatives.

Ted Maulucci
CIO, Tridel Group
Ted has been with the Tridel Group for over 20 years and has been recognized with several international and local awards for IT leadership, IT application development for the real estate industry, smart buildings, and innovation. He was recently named 2016 CanadianCIO of the Year (Private sector). Maulucci has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business with a specialization in Real Property Development.

Maria Aiello
Managing Director, Real Estate Technology Advisory

Lars Goransson
General Manager and Group Vice President, IDC
Lars Goransson is responsible for IDC's Canadian operation as General Manager and Group Vice President. IDC Canada's product and services offerings provide the Canadian IT community with market based research across the value continuum of budgeting & planning, marketing awareness and lead generation, and measurement and performance management.

Dr. Ron Babin
Associate Professor, Ryerson University
Dr Ron Babin is an Associate Professor in the Ted Rogers School of IT Management. He joined Ryerson University in 2006 after a 30 year professional career in IT and Management Consulting. Prior to joining Ryerson, Dr Babin was a strategy consultant at Accenture and at KPMG. His research is focused on global outsourcing of IT and digital business transformation.


Corinne Charette
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Corinne Charette is the Chief Digital Officer and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Spectrum, Information Technology, and Telecommunications at the department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED). She comes to ISED from Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) where she was the Government of Canada’s Chief Information Officer. Prior to her CIO of Canada role, she worked at Transat A.T. Inc. where she was Vice-President and Chief Information Officer since May 2006. Previously, Ms. Charette was Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer of FINTRAC. During her 30+ year professional career, she served as Senior Vice-President, Internet Channel, for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, has been a Partner with KPMG Consulting leading their e-Business practice and has worked for IBM Global Services. Corinne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Concordia University and is a Professional Engineer. On June 21, 2011, Corinne received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Concordia University, in recognition of her distinguished career and achievements.

Dr. Wendy Cukier
Founder, Diversity Institute, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
Dr Cukier is a Professor of Information Technology Management and founder of the Diversity Institute at the Ted Rogers School of Management and Founder of the Diversity Institute. She recently completed her term as the Vice President of Research and Innovation during which she increased research funding by 60 percent and helped build the innovation ecosystem. Previously, she was the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management.

Bashir Fancy
Chair and CEO CIPS

Bill Hutchison

Humza Teherany
Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Group Canada and CEO, Compass Digital Labs
Humza is responsible for Technology, Innovation, Digital Marketing and Consumer Experience Strategy across many industry verticals at Compass Group Canada. He has over 17 years of experience, beginning his career in a technology start-up then eventually moved into management positions within the Telecommunications Industry; and now is the CEO of the newly created company, Compass Digital Labs within Compass Group Canada. He has an undergraduate degree from York University and holds various professional training accreditations from both the Schulich School of Business and the Niagara Institute. In addition, Humza is the President of the CIO Association of Canada and a board member.


Why you should nominate an organization for an award today

It is important to celebrate the success of organizations that have embraced digital transformation to fundamentally change the way they do business. Success breeds success and by learning from the organizations are successfully navigating the digital transformation journey that others will be inspired to begin their own voyage of discovery.
Online nomination form

Large Private Sector Business Transformation

This award recognizes excellence in digital transformation among Canadian businesses employing more than 500 people.

SME Enterprise or Sector Transformation

This award is for creating a positive transformation within a small to medium-sized business (fewer than 500 employees). Disruptive start-ups fundamentally challenging business models in their sectors will also be eligible for this award.

Large Public Sector Transformation

Large public organizations such as hospitals, academic institutions, government departments and large municipalities. This award will recognize excellence among public sector organizations employing more than 500 people.

Public Sector SME Transformation

Smaller public organizations such as small municipalities, rural school boards, not for profit and small hospitals and care facilities (employing fewer than 500 people) demonstrating excellence in digital transformation qualify for this award.

Nominations will be assessed by a team of five distinguished CEOs and CIOs. They will be looking for nominations demonstrating an original business strategy, innovativeness in the use of technology in the strategy, elegance and tenacity in the deployment of the strategy and powerful (and measurable) results.

Online nomination form


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For more information about the conference or the awards contact

Steve Proctor

Vice President Marketing and Communications
416-290-0240 Ext. 188

Donna Butts

Director, Corporate Support