Nominations Close: June 1, 2020 Conference and Awards: July 15, 2020
Location: Steam Whistle Brewing 225 Bremner Blvd. Toronto Entertainment District


ITWC’s annual Digital Transformation and Awards Conference brings together national DX thought leaders for a full-day of discussions.

For 2020, look for presentations on how Artificial Intelligence is changing business, the secret to managing your analytics, digital workspaces and employee engagement, cyber security takeaways for 2020 and a fast-paced session on understanding emerging tech trends


These awards recognize the leaders in digital transformation – and inspire those who are at the beginning of their journey.
Five awards are presented annually.

Large Private Sector

Transformation by large organizations employing more than 500 people.

Small Private Sector

Transformation within a small to medium-sized business (less than 500 employees).

Large Public Sector

Excellence among public sector organizations employing more than 500 people.

Small Public Sector

Recognizing the transformation efforts of smaller municipalities, universities, hospitals, schools and not-for-profit organizations


Transformation through the specific use of artificial intelligence or deep learning.

Nominations are open to any Canadian organization. The deadline for submissions is June 1

DX Conference Program Overview

9:00 am - Welcome
9:15 am - Keynote address by Platinum sponsor ServiceNow
9:45 am - Panels and presentations
12:00 Lunch
1:15 pm - Digital Transformation program continues
3:45 pm - Conference concludes
4:00 pm - CIO of the Year reception begins
5:15 pm - CIO of the Year Awards presented
6:15 pm - Concluding remarks


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.

Corey Cox
VP Information Technology,
Corey Cox is the Vice-President of Information Systems for the Tandet Group of Companies, headquartered in Oakville, Ontario. For almost three decades, he has combined a strong business and operational knowledge with a diversified technology skill set spanning network, server-room, desktop, mobile and communications technologies. Along with consulting on several software development projects, Corey has written software for, the trucking, fleet maintenance and truck leasing industries. During his career, he has initiated several new network builds and managed multiple implementations of major ERP/CRM systems.

Helen Polatajko
Board Member,

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.

Samantha Liscio
Ph.D. Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, WSIB
As Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at the WSIB, Samantha is responsible for digital transformation, leveraging technology and customer experience to streamline processes, provide value and modernize the business. She owns the establishment and execution of the enterprise-wide IT strategy that drives IT service excellence, directs innovation and develops the capabilities and capacity to support evolving business needs, while ensuring the highest possible value from technology assets and investments. Samantha has over 20 years of experience in IT leadership roles. In previous positions with eHealth Ontario, Accenture, and the Ontario Public Service, she led the design and implementation of large-scale digital transformative initiatives.

CIO of the Year Awards Reception

The event culminates with the new CIO of the Year Awards, supported by the CIO Association of Canada. Humza Teherany, Chief Digital Officer with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and President of the CIO Association of Canada will serve as emcee.

The CIO of the Year Awards recognize Canadian technology leaders who have demonstrated business and technological vision, entrepreneurship, a capacity to drive enterprise transformation and a demonstrated ability to drive value in the marketplace.

Four awards will be presented in the following categories:

Nominations and submission details are now open. Details

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Let's Get In Touch!

For more information about the conference, sponsorhip or the awards contact

Steve Proctor

VP Marketing & Communications
416-290-0240 Ext. 188

Desere Ross

Senior Director, Programs and Sales Operations

Sponsorship Opportunities


Brad McBride

EVP, Group Publisher

Ray Christophersen

EVP & GM Sales