ITWC President Fawn Annan and ITWC CIO Jim Love
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.
How does a smart business gears up for smart technology?
The growing volume of data generated through emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, voice interaction and mixed reality is shaking up the relationship between companies and end-users. Input technologies such as chatbots and biometrics and enabling platforms such as blockchain are mainstream talking points but few companies have yet to embed them into their day-to-day business model, In this panel you’ll hear from companies who’ve moved beyond experimentation with emerging technologies and are using them to enhance their bottom line. They’ll detail how they approached commercialization and why you need to follow their lead. The panel is sponsored and moderated by Genesys.
Steve Brar, VP Vector AI, VP TD
Greg Wolfond, Chief Executive Officer, SecureKey
Eric Gales, Country Manager, AWS
Dawn Jutla, CEO, Peer Ledger
FinTech 2.0: Where are we now and how should we prepare for the next wave?
In this panel discussion, Canadian leaders from the financial services and the insurance sectors will share examples of how digital transformation is continuing to disrupt traditional approaches of enterprise. The panel will also share thoughts on how business should be preparing for the changes on the horizon. The session will be guided by the findings of a new national study carried out by ITWC and sponsored by Open Text.
Moderator: Lynn Elwood, VP Cloud & Services Solutions, OpenText
Amer Matar, CIO, Moneris
Michael Ball, CISO Advisor
Patrick Vice, Partner, Insurance-Canada.ca
Bringing Up Blockchain: Strategies for Commercializing the Distributed Ledger Technology
There's plenty of buzz surrounding the potential of blockchain to transform businesses, but questions remain about how companies can commercialize the technology. Globalive Technology Chief Strategy Officer Eric So will explain how firms can effectively implement blockchain solutions and maximize the value of strategic partnerships in the space.
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.
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.
Moving Beyond the Hype: Separating AI Fact from Fiction
Artificial Intelligence is driving unlimited possibilities for companies looking to modernize their business. With Digital Transformation high on everyone's priority list, AI needs to be an integral part of that strategy and developed in a trusted fashion. In this panel, AI thought leaders will help you to separate the hype from reality and offer suggestions on where you might begin your AI journey.
Moderator Steve Holder, National Strategy Executive, SAS
Benjamin Alarie, CEO, Blue J Legal
Cathy Cobey, Risk Advisory Partner, Ernst & Young
Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO, SalesChoice Inc.
Namir Anani, President and CEO, ICTC
Security and the Enterprise of Things: A BlackBerry case study
The Enterprise of Things is enabling hyper-connectivity and changing business models in the next phase of digital transformation. While the future lies here, it requires a completely new approach to cybersecurity. In this presentation, you’ll hear how BlackBerry is leading the digital transformation era and learn how a professional corporation of CPAs and business advisors have differentiated themselves with technology- while maintaining security risks and maximizing their workflow, workspace and workforce productivity.
Margaret Stuart, SVP BlackBerry
Nelson Smith, Vice-President, Parkwood Computer Services Inc.
Networking refreshment break
Digital Transformation from the Trenches
It’s one thing to talk about digital transformation, but quite another to work through it. In this panel, experts with hands-on experience will offer tips and practical advice to those pushing through the early stages of their own transformation.
John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
Claudio Silvestri, CIO, Nav Canada
Jessie Adcock, City of Vancouver, CTO
Ted Maulucci, President, SmartONE Solutions Inc.
Victoria Lennox, Co-founder Startup Canada
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.
Jim Love recounts the five top takeaways from the session
Digital Transformation Awards
Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada will host the Awards ceremony
Presentation of Awards
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.