The 2019 Digital Transformation Conference and Awards will take place at the Globe & Mail Centre, 351 King St. E, Suite 1600 in downtown Toronto on August 8th, 2019. It will feature panels and presentations on a variety of pressing issues for technology leaders including the implications of 5G, why Customer Experience (CX) initiatives are struggling, public sector digital transformation and how to talk about cybersecurity to your Board
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Conference theme

DX 2.0: Moving from idea to implementation

A day-long exploration of the issues that are putting technology leaders to the test as they strive to excel in the hyper-competitive digital age. Whether you’re experimenting with cloud, concerned about your security posture or looking for ways to calculate your ROI from your CX effort, DX 2.0 has panels and presentations offering the best advice and most successful best practices from the companies that have gone from targets of disruption to disruptor.

The day ends with a gala celebrating the winners of the ITWC’s Digital Transformation Awards. The awards recognize organization is six categories that have used technology to flip their business model or dramatically alter their customer experience. Previous winners have included Loblaws Digital, the City of Vancouver, and construction giant PCL.

Attendance at the conference is complimentary thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. Registration is required.

Nominations for the 2019 Digital Transformation Awards

Confirmed Speakers


Namir Anani
President and CEO, ICTC
Namir Anani leads the Information and Communications Technology Council (ictc-ctic.ca), nation’s centre of expertise and services to industry, education and government, that enable Canada’s advancement as a leader in innovation, productivity in the global economy. Before joining ICTC, Namir previously led Policy Development & Research at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

He has also held several executive leadership roles in both the private and public sectors including the Department of Canadian Heritage (Director General & CEO), CGI consulting, Nortel, and Novartis (Switzerland).

Mr. Anani’s holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Salford (UK) and holds Professional Engineer designation in Ontario (P. Eng.).

Mark Saunders
CIO, Sunlife
CanadianCIO of the Year

Mark joined Sun Life Financial in 2009, moving from a senior position in a major U.K.-based bank. He entered an organization that wasn’t spending much on IT or innovation projects and began a total transformation into an analytics-driven business. His innovative projects always that put the customer first. His team uses an agile development approach, collaborating with business leads, to deliver new releases to the mobile channel at least once per quarter.

Claudio Silvestri
Vice President and CIO, NAVCanada
2017 CanadianCIO of the Year

Claudio Silvestri has been Vice President and CIO of NAV CANADA for almost a decade. In this role, he has provided executive leadership, direction, and oversight of the Information Management (IM) function for the Corporation. This function continues to play an increasingly important role in driving productivity improvements and enabling business capabilities to more effectively manage the business operations of NAV CANADA. Silvestri has a rich background in high tech, and diverse experience developing and implementing strategic initiatives to increase the effectiveness and contribution of information technology within a variety of organizations. Prior to joining NAV CANADA, Silvestri was VP and CIO of Cognos Inc., in which capacity he was responsible for worldwide IT services. He was also the Group Vice President and CIO for Business Objectives/Crystal Decisions, and has held senior executive business and IT roles at Microsoft Canada and Compaq Canada.

Humza Teherany
Chief Technology and Digital Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership
Humza Teherany is responsible for digital strategy, technology, IT, mobile apps, data science and innovation with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership, the organization that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, the Toronto Argos and Toronto FC soccer club.

While fans may only see the action on the floor or ice, Teherany – who is also President of the CIO Association of Canada – is working to leverage technology and innovation to improve the fan experience, widen the global audience and tap into related markets. Since he joined the organization in June, MLSE Digital labs has been reimagining the company’s mobile apps, and digitizing partnerships with Uber, McDonalds, Pizza, Pizza, and mega-star Drake to expand service offerings.

Tony Olvet
Group Vice President, Research IDC Canada
Tony Olvet is Group Vice President of the research team at IDC Canada. He is responsible for managing the services and research direction of the technology market analysts in Canada. Mr. Olvet has worked with clients across a variety of organizations including global IT manufacturers, Canadian telecom service providers, technology startups, financial institutions and public sector organizations. He is quoted in major print and web publications including The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, The National Post, CBC.ca, Network World and various ITWC publications.

The Digital Transformation Awards Program

The Digital Transformation Awards recognize companies and organizations that embrace digital tools and systems in ways that fundamentally reshape their organization and the customer experience they deliver. Awards will be handed out in five categories. Please choose the category that most closely applies to your situation.


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 will be presented for creating a positive transformation within a small to medium-sized business (with 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 are fertile ground for digital transformation. 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 and small hospitals and care facilities (employing fewer than 500 people) that have demonstrated excellence in digital transformation qualify for this award. Not for profit organizations employing fewer than 500 will also be recognized in this category.

Artificial
Intelligence
Disruptor

The awards recognizes an organization that has significantly disrupted the market, or has transformed it, through the specific use of artificial intelligence or deep learning approaches.


The 2018 winners included:

Large Public - City of Vancouver
Large Private - Loblaw Digital
Large Private - PCL Inc
SME Public - Telefilm Canada
SME Private - Crisis Services Canada
AI Disruptor - SalesChoice

Their stories can be found on the 2018 event hub below



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Missed the 2018 edition?

Visit our Digital Transformation hub featuring articles and videos from the conference and profiles of our award winners.

Digital transformation is creating the new business models that will drive tomorrow’s economy.


With the growing connectivity of people, machines, and businesses, organizations that want to stay competitive and grow revenue streams must leverage technology to do business in a completely new way. Those who successfully navigate the change will see many new opportunities to grow.


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. That’s why we established an award program and a conference to explore leading digital transformation trends.

2019 Agenda





2019 SPEAKERS


Namir Anani
President and CEO, ICTC
Namir Anani leads the Information and Communications Technology Council (ictc-ctic.ca), nation’s centre of expertise and services to industry, education and government, that enable Canada’s advancement as a leader in innovation, productivity in the global economy. Before joining ICTC, Namir previously led Policy Development & Research at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

He has also held several executive leadership roles in both the private and public sectors including the Department of Canadian Heritage (Director General & CEO), CGI consulting, Nortel, and Novartis (Switzerland).

Mr. Anani’s holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Salford (UK) and holds Professional Engineer designation in Ontario (P. Eng.).

Mark Saunders
CIO, Sunlife
CanadianCIO of the Year

Mark joined Sun Life Financial in 2009, moving from a senior position in a major U.K.-based bank. He entered an organization that wasn’t spending much on IT or innovation projects and began a total transformation into an analytics-driven business. His innovative projects always that put the customer first. His team uses an agile development approach, collaborating with business leads, to deliver new releases to the mobile channel at least once per quarter.

Claudio Silvestri
Vice President and CIO, NAVCanada
2017 CanadianCIO of the Year

Claudio Silvestri has been Vice President and CIO of NAV CANADA for almost a decade. In this role, he has provided executive leadership, direction, and oversight of the Information Management (IM) function for the Corporation. This function continues to play an increasingly important role in driving productivity improvements and enabling business capabilities to more effectively manage the business operations of NAV CANADA. Silvestri has a rich background in high tech, and diverse experience developing and implementing strategic initiatives to increase the effectiveness and contribution of information technology within a variety of organizations. Prior to joining NAV CANADA, Silvestri was VP and CIO of Cognos Inc., in which capacity he was responsible for worldwide IT services. He was also the Group Vice President and CIO for Business Objectives/Crystal Decisions, and has held senior executive business and IT roles at Microsoft Canada and Compaq Canada.

Humza Teherany
Chief Technology and Digital Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership
Humza Teherany is responsible for digital strategy, technology, IT, mobile apps, data science and innovation with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership, the organization that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, the Toronto Argos and Toronto FC soccer club.

While fans may only see the action on the floor or ice, Teherany – who is also President of the CIO Association of Canada – is working to leverage technology and innovation to improve the fan experience, widen the global audience and tap into related markets. Since he joined the organization in June, MLSE Digital labs has been reimagining the company’s mobile apps, and digitizing partnerships with Uber, McDonalds, Pizza, Pizza, and mega-star Drake to expand service offerings.



Tony Olvet
Group Vice President Research, IDC Canada
Tony Olvet is Group Vice President of the research team at IDC Canada. He is responsible for managing the services and research direction of the technology market analysts in Canada. Mr. Olvet has worked with clients across a variety of organizations including global IT manufacturers, Canadian telecom service providers, technology startups, financial institutions and public sector organizations. He is quoted in major print and web publications including The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, The National Post, CBC.ca, Network World and various ITWC publications.

Alizabeth Calder
CIO, HomeEquity Bank
Alizabeth is a senior technology strategist and a certified corporate director. She has been an active CIO since 1997, serving with IBM, Airmiles, CML Healthcare and currently HomeEquity Bank. She is also a successful author, and her most recent project, Duty of Care; An Executive Guide for Corporate Boards in the Digital Era is a guide for business leaders who need to close their digital knowledge gap in order to make the right decisions about digital technology investment and deployments.

Zaynah Bhanji
Virtual & Augmented Reality Developer
Zaynah is a 15-year-old machine learning and virtual & augmented reality developer. She began her journey developing neural networks at 13 and has been supported by companies like Google, CIBC, TD, and Microsoft. She has been speaking at conferences globally, including Canada’s leading innovation conference, C2 Montreal, as well as YPO, MAX, and TakeOver Dubai. Zaynah is also a huge advocate for women and girls in technology, and speaks to many girls to inspire them to pursue their interests in a science or tech field. Her mentors and advisors represent some of the leading companies in the AI and VR/AR space.





2019 JUDGES


Corey Cox
VP Information Technology, Tandet

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.

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.

Ted Maulucci
President, SmartOne Solutions
Ted Maulucci was recently named President of SmartOne Solutions, a smart building solutions company. Prior to the appointment Ted spent over 20 years with Tridel Group. He 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 the 2016 CanadianCIO of the Year (Private sector).

Helen Polatajko
Board Member, CDSPI
Helen has over 35 years of Executive experience in both the private and the public sectors. She has been responsible for the overall strategic direction, organizational transformation and management of information technology functions while being a contributing member of company executive committees. Helen’s career spans the technology services field most recently at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in Ottawa and prior to that with CIBC Mellon in Toronto.

2017 CONFERENCE


Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Digital Transformation Awards: CIBC, Humanina Assurance, Barrick Gold, Connected North led by Taking IT Global and the City of Toronto.

With the crystal awards, from left: Michael Turney, Cisco (representing Connected North); Tracey Cook and Rob Meikle (City of Toronto); Eric Levac and Stephane Rochon (Humania Assurance); and Kevin Paget, CIBC.



Ten Insights from the 2017 Digital Transformation Conference and Awards



CanadianCIO

A special edition highlighting the award winners and the panel sessions at the 2017 conference. Learn how organizations of all shapes and sizes are changing for the 21st century knowledge economy.
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2017 winners and the finalists

Close to 30 companies responded and 25 submissions were sent to an independent judging panel. The stories of the 2017 winners and the finalists can be found in this downloadable pagebook.
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Contact

For more information about the conference or the awards contact

Steve Proctor

Vice President Marketing and Communications
416-290-0240 Ext. 188
sproctor@itwc.ca

Donna Butts

Director, Corporate Support
416-290-0274
dbutts@itwc.ca