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
DX 2.0: Moving from idea to implementationA 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
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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 ProgramThe 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 TransformationThis award recognizes excellence in digital transformation among Canadian businesses employing more than 500 people.
SME Enterprise or Sector TransformationThis 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 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
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.
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
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.