August 14, 2018

Globe and Mail Centre
351 King St, Toronto - 16th Floor
Registration 8:45 am - 9:30 am
Conference 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Awards 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm




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.

2018 Agenda

August 14, 2018

The Globe & Mail Centre, Toronto

8:45 am
9:30 am
ITWC President Fawn Annan and ITWC CIO Jim Love
9:40 am
Opening keynote
Digital Government: A 2018 Perspective
Alex Benay, Chief Information Officer for Canada, kicks off the conference with a thought provoking presentation about what business and citizens can expect from the public sector in terms of digital transformation.
10:20 am
Panel Discussion
AI in real time. It is the next big thing. How big is it really?
A three-member panel explores the way AI is impacting the financial sector, medicine, law and the retail landscape. Panel sponsored and moderated by Genesys
11:10 am
Individual Presentation
Digitizing the back office
The software/robotics/AI discussion is often focused on how emerging technologies it will change the customer experience, but for many companies the compelling case for adoption starts with back end efficiencies. In this presentation a technology player will explore how software robotics is changing his organization from the inside out.
11:45 am
12:15 pm
Luncheon keynote
The convergence of AI, Big Data and Blockchain
We’ve reached a tipping point. With the integration of emerging technologies changes is occurring faster than any company can reasonably plan. What do you do about it? In this presentation, author and venture capitalist Anthony Lacavara offers his advice. Mr. Lacavera is best known as the founder of WIND Mobile.
1:10 pm
Fireside Chat
Digital Transformation from the CIO Perspective
ITWC CIO Jim Love in conversation with senior director Kovar Gregory from CA Technologies discussing the findings of the CanadianCIO Census.
1:50 pm
The rapid introduction of new technologies may be increasing the complexity of IT solutions, but Jordan Kyriakidis, President and CEO of QRA Corp in Halifax, believes it is also stimulating an unprecedented level of collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas. In his presentation, Kyriakidis will outline the way companies in Atlantic Canada are encouraging “collisions” as a way to drive their transformation and grow their business.
2:20 pm
Panel Discussion
The Future of Voice in Business
Smart home systems are giving consumers unprecedent freedom to control their living environment with a touch of their smartphone. Will the same capabilities bleed through into the office environment? This discussion will look at the opportunities and the challenges of voice in the workplace tackling everything from digital assistants to the security of wake up words.

Eric Gales, Country Manager, AWS
Michael Ball, CISO, Freedom Mobile
3:00 pm
Networking refreshment break
3:10 pm
Panel Discussion
Digital Transformation from the Trenches
How three companies are transforming their industries. Panel includes Claudio Silvestri, CIO, Nav Canada and Ted Maulucci, President, SmartOne Inc.
4:00 pm
Three teams of youth from SteamLabs between the ages of 12-17 will pitch the ideas behind their tech startups. Projects include a street light that will give the elderly more time to cross the road; a traffic monitoring app to ease congestion; and a wearable that monitors air quality.
4:30 pm
Closing Remarks
Jim Love recounts the five top takeaways from the session

Digital Transformation Awards

4:30 pm
Featuring steel drum or Mexican band
5:20 pm
Opening Remarks
5:30 pm
Presentation of Awards
Big Public
Big Private
SME Public
SME Private
Artificial Intelligence
6:45 pm
Closing Remarks

The conference is expected to attract an audience of 150 senior technology and business leaders. Through presentations and panel discussions the conference will explore the impact of digital transformation on healthcare, manufacturing, the financial services sector and the customer experience. The national conference will be followed by a reception where the Digital Transformation Awards will be presented.

Awards will be presented in five categories

Large Private Sector Business Transformation
SME Enterprise or Sector Transformation
Large Public Sector Transformation
Public Sector SME Transformation
Artificial Intelligence Disruptor


Namir Anani
President and CEO, ICTC
Namir Anani leads the Information and Communications Technology Council (, 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.).

Michael Ball
CISO, information Security Consultant Freedom Mobile
Michael brings 30+ years of experience in Information Systems - Architecture / Operations / Governance. The past 25 years his expertise has focused on IT Security in the finance and insurance industry. He plays well in the sandbox with both auditors and C-Level Execs.

Alex Benay
Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada
Alex Benay was named Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada in April 2017 with the mandate to help shift government towards digital. The Chief Information Officer Branch provides strategic direction and leadership in the pursuit of excellence in information management, information technology, security, privacy an access to information across the Government of Canada.

Prior to this position, Mr Benay was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, which operates three national museums: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, as well as the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Before joining the Corporation, Mr Benay had been Vice-President at Open Text, Canada’s largest software company, since 2011. Over the years, he has played a leadership role in Canada’s digital industry as well as promoting global digitalism in organisations and groups such as the G20, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Olympics, etc. Prior to his time at OpenText, Mr. Benay managed various teams and programs at the Canadian International Development Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Natural Resources Canada, as well as Library and Archives Canada.

A native of Quebec City, Mr Benay grew up in Ottawa and attended the University of Ottawa where he studied history.

Eric Gales
Country Manager - AWS Canada
Eric Gales is Country Manager for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Canada. With 30 years of technology industry experience, he sets the strategic direction for the core elements of the AWS Commercial Sector business. Eric has responsibility for driving customer obsession in all core AWS Canada operations including business development, sales, partner alliances, marketing, solutions architecture, support, and training. Prior to joining AWS in October 2015, Eric built a strong profile within Canada in senior roles as VP and General Manager at VMware Canada, and as President of Microsoft Canada. Before coming to Canada, Eric was a General Manager at Compaq UK.

Kovar Gregory
Senior Director, CA Technologies
Kovar Gregory
Senior Director, CA Technologies

Jordan Kyriakidis
President & CEO, QRA Corp
Jordan has 15 years experience leading diverse teams of driven and high-performance individuals; first as a scientist with numerous international publications, and now as Cofounder and CEO of QRA Corp, an emerging Design Verification company. QRA’s disruptive technologies are changing how companies and governments identify and mitigate risk in complex projects from the RFP-stage onwards, especially projects involving the introduction of new technologies in regulated industries.

Jordan has lived and worked in Europe, the US, and in Canada. He holds a PhD, summa cum laude, in Quantum Theory from the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Anthony Lacavera
Chairman, Globealive Capital
Anthony Lacavera, the founder and chairman of Globalive Capital, is best known for launching WIND Mobile, which he sold for $1.6 billion after it grew to become Canada’s fourth largest wireless carrier. As a venture capitalist, he has a significant stake in dozens of start-ups in Canada and the US, and has done business in more than thirty other countries; as a mentor and investor, he’s heavily involved in accelerators and incubators, including MaRS, Creative Destruction Lab, DMZ and Next Canada. He is author of the book How We Can Win.

Victoria Lennox
Co-founder Startup Canada
Victoria is a social entrepreneur, commentator, program architect and policy advisor who develops political and policy to advance entrepreneurship. As the co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada she leads efforts in entrepreneurship education; ecosystem and program architecture, governance, development and implementation; and, in fuelling entrepreneurship movements and awareness campaigns. She works with global startup organizations and is an advisor to more than 20 youth enterprise organizations.; and, by supporting colleges and universities in countries

Ted Maulucci
President, SmartOne Solutions
Ted Maulucci is a pioneer of smart and connected community solutions to create digital living experience. President of SmartONE Solutions Inc. he works in the real estate and assisted living sectors to promote the innovative use of technology from project pre-planning to project completion. CanadianCIO of the Year in 2016 xx, he previously served as CIO or Tridel Group. He is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business - York University.

Kevin Peesker
President, Microsoft Canada
Kevin Peesker is President of Microsoft Canada responsible for leading a world class team who delivers transformative outcomes for Canadians. Through Microsoft’s partner ecosystem, citizenship efforts and employee engagement programs, Kevin's objective is to empower every person and organization across Canada to achieve more. He has more than 28 years of experience in technology and has held leadership roles in finance, marketing, operations, sales, and general management.

Claudio Silvestri
Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, NAV CANADA
Claudio Silvestri is Vice-President and Chief Information Officer at NAV CANADA where he is responsible for providing executive leadership, direction and oversight of the Information Technology (IT) function for the Corporation including cyber security and IT governance. He has an extensive background in the high-tech industry 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 the Vice President and CIO at Cognos Inc. where he was responsible for world-wide IT services. He was also the Group Vice President and CIO for Business Objectives/Crystal Decisions with global responsibilities. Prior to 2003, Mr. Silvestri held senior executive business and IT roles at Microsoft Canada and Compaq Canada.

Silvestri serves as the President and Chair of Christie Lake Kids, an Ottawa area not-for- profit serving disadvantaged youth. In 2017 he was named CanadianCIO of the Year in recognition his digital, cloud and mobile technology transformation at NAV CANADA.


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 Fellow, Concordia University, Montréal
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.

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).

Conference 2017

We are already busy working on next year’s edition, but please take the time to review the articles, videos and special publications we’ve put together to highlight the discussion and showcase the Digital Transformation Award winners and the finalists.

CIBC, Humania Assurance, Connected North and the City of Toronto were all presented crystal trophies as winners of the Digital Transformation Awards. Barrick Gold was presented an honourable mention.

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 Digital Transformation Conference and Awards


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

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

The ABC’s of Digital Transformation

The ABCs of Digital Transformation (DX) represent a set of easily digestible and remembered factors, contributors, or outcomes of DX — what it is, what it demands, and why it is important in an increasingly tech-driven business world.
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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