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Executive Vice President at ISA Cybersecurity
Enza Alexander is a senior Cybersecurity and IT industry leader with over 25 years of global experience
across the technology sectors in finance, operations, sales, marketing, managed and professional services. She serves as the Executive Vice President at
ISA Cybersecurity. Enza is passionate about helping clients better understand the positive impact and possibilities that business technology security
solutions can deliver. She has a long and successful track record built on driving client solutions that are value-based. In 2011, Enza was recognized
as one of Canada’s leading Women in Technology by IT Canada and CDN Magazine.
Vice President & Partner,
Enterprise Strategy and iX Leader, IBM Canada
Patrick Antoine is a seasoned tech executive who leads Digital for IBM Canada. Patrick works with
clients to define their digital agenda to fortify their position for today and for tomorrow. Patrick’s team comprised of talented individuals who are
‘bi-lingual’ in Business and IT, with the objective of innovating and co-creating with clients to show them real value, from ‘concept to code’.
Key outcomes Patrick focuses on for clients include digitally reinventing themselves, enhancing
enterprise agility, leading with user experience, driving business insight, increasing revenue, and optimizing their operations. His team applies
exponential technologies to transform clients’ businesses at scale. Areas of focus include enterprise strategy, digital platforms (CRM, e-commerce,
marketing, contact centre), digital agency, and custom app development.
Patrick has over 20 years of experience in business and operations strategy, digital strategy, and
business analytics. Patrick has sold and delivered strategy and analytics engagements in a variety of industries (both private and public). Prior to his
current role, Patrick was the Canada Leader for Analytics and Cognitive Process Services. Before that, Patrick was the Chief Strategy Officer for IBM’s
Patrick has a B.S. degree from Manhattan College in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A from Pace
University. He has also completed Advanced Business Strategy and Advanced Operations Strategy executive courses at Harvard Business School and IMD.
Patrick is married with three children and currently lives in Oakville, Ontario. His interests include world music, word games, running, and island
Vice President, IBM Z Hybrid Cloud, IBM Systems
Rohit is setting the strategy for driving IBM Z and LinuxONE into the IBM Hybrid Cloud Strategy.
He owns Offerings, R&D, Support and SRE/Ops for the following portfolios: IBM Z DevOps, IBM Z Systems Management and AIOPS, IBM Hyper Protect
Family of Cloud Services on IBM Cloud, RH Openshift and Cloudpaks on IBM Z working with Redhat.
During the last fifteen years at IBM, Rohit has held numerous other roles in IBM Systems and Cloud divisions, most recently as Director of the Systems
Management and Ops Analytics business in IBM Z Software. Before that he was the Program Director for IBM Hybrid Cloud Strategy and Emerging
Technologies. In that role, he focused on Cloud Strategy across our entire Systems and Middleware Portfolio and propelled the portfolio to be ready for
Hybrid Cloud. Prior to that he has held several Mid Management and Technical Leadership roles in the IBM Middleware and Systems Groups.
Rohit holds a Masters in Computer Engineering Degree from North Carolina State University and lives with his wife and two kids in Cary, NC, USA.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, PC, MP
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
The Honourable Navdeep Bains is the Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Malton and was appointed Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 20, 2019. He was previously Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
During his mandate, one of the first things he did was bring back the mandatory long-form census to provide the Government, businesses and researchers with good, reliable data. The 2016 Census response rate exceeded 98 per cent, making it the most successful Census since 1666.
Minister Bains also introduced the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan – aimed at creating new jobs and business opportunities for Canadians by making this country a world-leading centre for innovation. This included the creation of five new superclusters expected to transform regional innovation ecosystems into engines of growth and job creation.
He spearheaded negotiations that led to the Canadian Free Trade Agreement and launched Canada’s first Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy to help Canadian innovators and creators reap the full rewards of their work.
He also presented the Government’s Building a Nation of Innovators report, which highlighted significant upticks in research and development investments and record numbers for job creation, venture capital investments and scale-ups.
In May 2019, he introduced Canada’s Digital Charter. Composed of 10 principles, it sets the standard against which all government programs, policies and regulations will be tested to help build a foundation of trust in the digital economy.
Minister Bains first represented his community in the House of Commons from 2004 to 2011. He was elected at the age of 27—then the youngest Member of Parliament—and served as Privy Councillor and Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Paul Martin. During his hiatus from politics from 2011 to 2015, Minister Bains was an adjunct lecturer at the Master of Public Service program at the University of Waterloo and a distinguished visiting professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.
Minister Bains has been a long-time resident of Mississauga, along with his wife and two daughters.
He has a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Windsor. He holds a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant designation. He is also the recipient of a number of awards recognizing his work in promoting diversity in communities.
Senior Partner, Senior Partner and SAP PracticeLeader for Canada, IBM
Roberto Bernabo is a Senior Partner within IBM Canada and the SAP Practice Leader. Roberto is
responsible for leading the SAP practice comprised of approximately 650 consultants specializing in SAP and SuccessFactors delivery. His team is
primarily located in major Canadian centres such as Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax. Along with leading this practice, Roberto’s key
mandate is to drive cloud application innovation and transformation solutions to our clients. His team is widely viewed in the Canadian ecosystem as a
market leader for digital transformations leveraging the SAP S/4HANA platform as the vehicle for driving these programs.
Roberto is a driven executive, with over 20 years of experience in technology delivery and sales with a deep understanding of complex implementations
for Commercial and Public Sector clients in a variety of industries and sectors in both Canada and the United States. Using a consultative approach,
Roberto has a proven track record of negotiating, selling, and delivering complex Enterprise Application implementations while maintaining a reputation
of integrity, customer satisfaction and exceptional results.
Roberto possesses significant experience in leadership roles with demonstrated responsibility at regional, national and North American levels. Respected
as a team builder with a strong focus on developing top talent. He possesses strong leadership vision, communication and interpersonal skills to
establish rapport with all levels of colleagues and clients.
Prior to joining IBM in 2015, Roberto spent eight years at SAP in various leadership roles. Most recently, Roberto was the Vice-President of
Professional Services for the SAP Canada’s Central Region. He was responsible for all professional services sold and delivered in the Central Region
across all SAP product lines. In this role he helped his team develop pursuit strategies, drive new business opportunities, and manages successful
delivery of projects to serve new and existing customers. He had overall P&L responsibility for the region and was deeply involved in key implementation
projects, providing hands on executive oversight to ensure delivery success.
Transformation Leader, Best Seller Author, Innovator, Board Member, Mentor, Educator
‘Think Big, Act Now, Start Small and Scale Fast’ – Debasis (DB) specializes effectively working with
people in driving transformation, implementing change and running operations ‘like a machine’.
DB is an authentic leader who enjoys driving Digital Transformation, coaching talent and running operations. DB has more than 20+ years of experience in
operational management, solution deliver, professional teaching, and business development in various industries and geographies including the USA,
Canada and Asia Pacific.
DB is currently VP, Information Technology at Nutrien responsible for Enterprise Applications and Data. Prior to this, DB has held senior roles with
global corporations like IBM, Siemens Medical, CGI, Enbridge etc.
Strong understanding of a broad spectrum of technologies and industry have always been a differentiator for DB. He has worked in various industry
domains like Energy Solutions (Oil and Gas), Agriculture, Travel and Transportation, Healthcare, Retail and Logistics, Mining and Manufacturing to name
DB has an MBA with specialization in Finance and a Master of Science in Physics. He is best seller author of the Leadership book – Leadership 4.0
DB loves teaching. He has been associated with various academic institutions and colleges throughout his career as a part time instructor. At present he
teaches classes on Project Management at universities in Calgary and mentors young Silicon Valley technology professionals.
DB is member of Advisory councils with MRU and Waterloo University’s AI department. He serves on the board of McMan Youth and Canadian Mental Health
Association (Calgary) and member of Innovation Leadership team for Calgary Economic Development.
Associate Partner, IBM
Ray is the Associate Partner for the Canadian Public Sector within IBM Security. Given his deep
background in national security, as well as consulting within the realm of threats to organizational assets and activities, Ray is focused on assisting
IBM clients to better identify and mitigate security risks in an integrated, strategic manner.
Previously, Ray was appointed as the first Security Advisor for the Province of Ontario. While reporting
to the Secretary of Cabinet, Ray supported efforts to protect provincial assets from events that could adversely affect services, networks and
facilities that are critical to Ontario’s economy, public safety and security.
Just prior, and during a five-year tenure as President of I-Sec Integrated Strategies, Ray delivered
business intelligence solutions affecting core challenges such as cyber and insider threats, while guiding resilience building and opportunity pursuits
with an emphasis exploiting geo-strategic foresight. He also consulted on global business strategies such as M+A opportunities with potential National
At the outset of his career, and after five years in federal policing with the RCMP, Ray joined the
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in 1984 and retired in 2012 as the Assistant Director responsible for the Intelligence Directorate. During
his tenure at CSIS, Ray was involved in broad facets of security intelligence operations such as leadership for Intelligence Assessments, the Counter
Terrorism Branch, as well as driving national security priorities pertaining to Operational Risk, Data Exploitation and Covert Operations.
Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Center for Cyber Security
André Boucher is Assistant Deputy Minister at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. André is
responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the Cyber Centre.
Prior to the appointment to his current role, André was the Director General of the Cyber Security Partnerships directorate, and was responsible for
providing IT security advice, guidance and services to Canadian private sector organizations. In this position, André led strategic and collaborative
cyber security partnerships to raise the cyber security maturity across the entire Canadian ecosystem of critical infrastructure and provinces. André
also worked as the Director of the IT Security Review Program, operating distinct targeted programs aimed at mitigating the important risks within the
André joined CSE upon retirement from the Royal Canadian Air Force. During his military career as a Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer,
he led a variety of operational and technical teams in Canada, NORAD and NATO. Certified as a Project Management Professional since 2002, he also
managed several successful national and international projects. His last assignment as Director of Cyber Force Development focused on establishing all
necessary elements required to enable the Canadian Armed Forces to operate successfully in the cyber environment.
André holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. He also holds
a Master’s degree in Defence Study from the Canadian Defence Academy and was a Fellow of the 2012 National Security Studies Programme at Syracuse
Program Manager, Public Health
Informations Systems, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
I began my nursing career in acute care in Alberta and then moved back to Nova Scotia where I began my public health journey as a School health,
Communicable Disease Prevention and Control and Travel Health nurse at the health authority in Halifax, NS.
I joined the Department of Health and Wellness as a Consultant with the Office of the Chief Medical Office of Health from 2011 until February 2020, when
I began my new journey with Digital Health.
I am interested in ensuring public health business and end users are front and centre in all aspects of the digital health experience. I am also a firm
believer that relationship building and collaboration is the key to success when building and shaping public health solutions.
Banking Reporter, The Globe and Mail
James Bradshaw is Banking Reporter for The Globe and Mail. Since 2017, he’s covered the country's
largest banks as well as other prominent financial services firms and fintechs. Over more than a decade reporting for The Globe, he’s also covered
media, higher education, cultural policy and news, and written for the editorial page. He has won a SABEW Canada Best in Business Award and the Edward
Goff Penny Memorial Prize.
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Bombardier Aviation
Joel Brown joined Bombardier Aviation in January 2018 as Director, Strategic Initiatives. He is
responsible for digitizing the Service Center shop floor with IBM Maximo for Aviation.
Joel leverages his Lean Master black belt training to identify and implement improvement opportunities, that drive sustainable enterprise value. Joel
has deep expertise in supply chain processes and advanced planning technologies.
During his career, Joel has helped multiple organizations in various industries, including Fortune 500 and Private Equity to optimize their Supply
Chains. He frequently speaks at University’s regarding trends in Supply Chain Operations and Technology.
Vice-President and Managing Partner, Cognitive Process Transformation, IBM Canada
Daniel Cascone is the Vice President and Managing Partner for Cognitive Process Transformation (CPT) at
IBM Canada. In this role, Daniel partners with clients to realize the value of the Cognitive Enterprise by reinventing business process through AI,
Automation, intelligent operations and workflows. Daniel’s approach to client challenges is one of practical innovation through proven industry
experience and methods where outcomes, ROI, and client preferences drive the solution, delivery, and engagement model.
Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Information Management, and Deputy Chief Information Officer
Christiana Cavazzoni joined Canada’s federal government in 2009, after spending a number of years in the
telecommunication and surveillance industry with Nortel and MacDonald Dettwiler. Currently, she is the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Information
Management and Deputy Chief Information Officer with Canada’s Department of National Defence, providing leadership and support in the delivery and
execution of the Defence IM/IT Programme, including enhancing the integration and interoperability of Defence capabilities as well as the alignment of
strategies in support of Defence priorities, including Strong, Secure, Engaged. In addition, Ms. Cavazzoni supports the CAF/DND in advancing and
implementing digital transformation and innovation across business lines.
As a senior executive with a background in Technology and Business Transformations, her experience in digital and business strategy development and
implementation spans both private and public sectors. Over the course of her career, Christiana has held a number of senior leadership positions
including Chief Transformation and Information Officer at Canadian Heritage, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council, and has advanced a number of innovative programs in the areas of data analytics, cyber security, Artificial Intelligence
(AI) and automation. While at DND, she held the position of Director General, Data Strategy and Innovation (DG DSI) with the Assistant Deputy Minister
(Data, Innovation, Analytics) (ADM(DIA)) organization.
Ms. Cavazzoni holds a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University and also completed post graduate studies in Computer Sciences at McGill University.
Ms. Cavazzoni is a graduate of the Certificate Program in Public Sector Leadership and Governance (Cohort XII) at the University of Ottawa.
Ms. Cavazzoni grew up in Italy and Switzerland, is a former competitive swimmer, is married, and a proud mom of twin daughters. She is an avid soccer
fan, and a committed supporter and advocate of women in science and engineering.
Susan is a dynamic business leader who stands at the forefront of some the fastest moving enterprise technology trends. She has spent the last decade evangelizing an industry-wide technology shift with ERP, SaaS, cloud, mobility and analytics. Susan collaborates with clients in federal, provincial and municipal as they realize their digital transformational journeys.
Distinguished Engineer and CTO, IBM
Shahir A. Daya is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO in the Financial Services Sector in IBM Global
Business Services in Canada. He is an IBM Senior Certified Architect and an Open Group Distinguished Chief/Lead IT Architect with more than twenty-five
years at IBM. Shahir has received the prestigious IBM Corporate Award for exceptional technical accomplishments. His industry experience includes
banking, financial services, and travel & transportation. Shahir focuses on cloud-native architecture and modern SW engineering practices for high
performing development teams.
As CTO, Shahir is responsible for overall solution design and technical feasibility for client
transformation programs. He has supported the design and stand-up of several joint clients and IBM delivery centers adopting modern SW engineering
practices to deliver modernization programs. Shahir is also responsible for defining the sectors' technical strategy relating to asset
development/harvesting, new technical areas of focus and thought leadership for the specific technology area. He provides technical oversight and
direction on critical projects.
Shahir holds a B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and has co-authored 3 IBM
Redbooks on Microservices and Hybrid Cloud Integration. He is an inventor with several issued U.S. Patents. Shahir is a member of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Shahir is an active mentor in the University of Toronto
Engineering Alumni Mentorship Program and the University of Toronto Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Mentorship Program. He is also a coach for
the FIRST LEGO Robotics Jr. League.
Business Unit Executive and Market Leader, IBM Security, Canada
Max leads a team of cybersecurity experts who assist and advise clients in navigating the cybersecurity
landscape; From aligning their security strategy to business drivers, and protecting organizational assets, to managing defenses against growing
threats, and modernizing security posture.
As a performance-oriented technology leader offering a 14+ year track record in consultative sales strategy and business development, Max has guided
national accounts through major transformational IT projects in terms of business case assessment, strategic planning, execution and integration.
Through building trusted relationships with stakeholders at all organizational levels Max has enabled revenue growth in high technology markets and
successfully executed mandates in market share expansion, new territory penetration, turnaround strategy, restructuring, and consolidation.
Max is very competitive, especially in sports, and is very faithful to his home country hockey team: "the habs"!
Max currently resides in Toronto.
Deputy Director of Emerging Technology, Global Affairs Canada
Innovative and truly transform how the department operates. With a combined career from the Private
sector and the Federal government has enabled leveraging the “Art of the Possible” in this new digital era. Energetic individual with a keen passion for
technologies and Science-Fiction, that believes Silicon Valley is a mindset, not just a location.
Cloud Application Services, IBM Services Canada
Director of Security, GlassHouse Systems
Amit leads the GHS technical security strategy and manages the GHS Security Operations Centre team. He
holds the CISSP designation. Amit has over 20 years’ experience both in Canada and internationally, including technical management roles at Intel.
IBM Associate Partner, Government, Blockchain and AI
With over 20 years of IT industry experience, Melanie has developed a passion in helping her Federal
Government clients transform their organizations by creating citizen centric systems of engagement. Over the past four years, she has assisted Canadian
Federal Government departments in better understanding what makes a good Blockchain use case and whether it is the right technology to help them on
their transformation journey. Melanie has built a reputation for her dedication and commitment to her clients and is engaged in multiple Blockchain
Chief Digital Officer & IX Leader Canada, IBM iX
Rosane Giovis is a Partner in Digital Strategy & IX. She is focused on helping clients build business
strategies and tactics that focus on customer growth and digital modernization through next generation technologies and innovations. Rosane provides her
clients with a compelling portfolio of Digital strategy advisory and technology services—from designing new and differentiated experiences and
compelling aspirations to implementing real value added solutions to influencing the bottom line. She is also a certified Design Thinking Coach.
She has worked in Financial Services, Telecommunications, Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail and Pharmaceutical industries, providing practical business
transformation and integration expertise to executives and senior leaders. She has dedicated her career to large scale business and technology
transformations. She has a Masters in Human System Interventions and is a published author.
Rosane leads IBM’s iX digital consulting practice for Canada that develops IBM’s digital talent into tomorrow’s business leaders. She has received
numerous awards for her work at IBM for Consulting Excellence and has been honored on IBM’s Facebook page as one of our top women leaders.
Customer and Employee Experience
Sales and Service Transformation
Strategic Change and Program Management
Organizational Design and Development
Business Process Improvement
Blogging and Writing
Cooking and Entertaining
Carla Grant Pickens
Carla Grant Pickens
Global Chief Diversity &
Inclusion Officer, IBM CHQ, Human Resources
Carla has worked in Business/IT for approximately 28 years as a Manager or Executive in Consulting and
Human Resources at IBM, Oracle, and Northrup Grumman corporations over the course of her career. For the past 20 years, she has worked for IBM primarily
in the IBM Services unit in HR Leadership, Talent Strategy and Programs, and Executive Succession & Development. Today, Carla is the Global Chief
Diversity & Inclusion Officer for IBM, working to align IBMs diversity and inclusion goals with business outcomes, and respond to changes within society
that affect our organization's culture and our employees. Prior to this role she was the Vice President, for Global Business Services (GBS) Executive
Succession & Development and Partner Development for 1,800 Executives and 3,300 executive pipeline employees for IBM Services globally.
Carla has also served as the Global HR Director for Global Cognitive Process Transformation Growth
Platform, Business Consulting (BC) and Business Process Services (BPS) Delivery. She has been instrumental in developing the HR and Talent strategy for
the transformation and integration of Global Process Services Outsourcing business into IBM Services in 2015. As well as the HR transformation of BC to
its strategic lines of business in 2016-17 for Digital and Cognitive Consulting.
Carla was the CHRO for 3 years and sat on the Board of Directors across 3 IBM companies of approximately
17,000 employees in the Philippines. She led the Talent Strategy for Asean for IBM services and specifically start-up centers in Global Technology
Services (GTS) Delivery Centers for the Philippines and Malaysia. As the Philippines country HR Leader, she executed an integrated HR Strategy for 3 IBM
companies. Her notable accomplishments included: 3 divestitures, 4 acquisitions, 2 new IBM sites, and the 1st IBM HR software, Workday launch.
She transitioned to Corporate Human Resources Organization to the IBM HR Talent organization, where she
has been the Workforce Strategy & Programs Leader for over 30 Asia Pacific (AP) and Global Delivery (GD) countries for the Global Business Services
organization for 7 years for approximately 100000 employees. She was the HR Partner for AT&T Telecommunications account and New Jersey HR Sites manager
for 3 years. Carla held several positions as a Senior Consulting Manager in the IBM Software Group for approximately 3 years.
Carla grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she
attained a B.S. in Economics and M.S. in Human Resources. She holds an IBM patent for Workforce Retention and Compensation Analytics as an IBM inventor.
Carla is eminent in the US and in the Asean region as a speaker at business events, academe and government on HR business transformation. She is the
Executive Champion for the African-American DC-MD-VA
(DMV) Business Resource Group, and Mentor/Executive Champion for Carver High School P-Tech Program, Baltimore Maryland.
Prior to IBM, Carla held roles in Consulting, Systems, and HR for PeopleSoft Inc/Oracle and Northrup
Grumman. Carla is married to Eric Pickens, Sr. and has 2 sons: Eric, Jr. and Louis.
Carla is passionate about people and culture, she loves College Basketball (MD Terps), Washington
Wizards and Baltimore Orioles. She enjoys volunteering for programs for children around STEM, career coaching, and reading.
President and General Manager, IBM Canada
Claude Guay is the President & General Manager of IBM Canada, where he leads a team that is passionate
about delivering value to its clients, and helping Canadian organizations, both large and small, use innovative technology to reinvent their
His team includes thousands of IBMers across the country who offer an industry-driven view that enables clients to harness the power of Cloud, AI and
other emerging technologies, to solve their biggest challenges and thrive.
Prior to his appointment as President & General Manager in April 2020, Claude was the Managing Partner, Operations and Performance of IBM Global
Business Services (GBS) North America. GBS is IBM’s consulting and system integration organization, focused on Digital Strategy and Interactive
Experience, Cognitive Process Transformation and Cloud Application Innovation.
Claude is a member of the Business Council of Canada and a member of the United Way Greater Toronto's Campaign Cabinet representing the Technology and
Communications Sector. He is an Advisory Council Member of the DMZ, an accelerator for tech start-ups in Canada and a Board Member of Robotique First
Quebec, inspiring young people to pursue interest in Science and Technology. He is also active in the Young Presidents’ Organization and enjoys coaching
Associate Partner Utilities Industry Leader, IBM Quebec
Hani is an IT Services transformation leader and Cognitive Enterprise enabler who successfully leads
clients in their cognitive transformation journey. He creates value by using strategy, people, process, data, technology to define agile ways of
working, improve digital customer experience, reduce systemic operating cost, & allow clients to expand into new business areas to accelerate growth. As
a trusted CIO adviser, he leverages his decade of experience as a CIO to build trusted client relationships, advising C-level executives and senior
leaders on how to deliver their IT transformation agenda. Hani currently heads up the Financial Services and Utilities practices for IBM GBS in Quebec,
and has over thirty-three years of technology experience in numerous industries including banking, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing,
distribution, CMG, and pharmaceutical. Hani holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics & Computer Science from McGill University and an MBA from the John
Molson School of Business.
Director of Public Health & IT Solutions at the Ontario Ministry of Health, Province of Ontario
Karen Hay is the Director of Public Health I&IT Solutions at the Ontario Ministry of Health, supporting
provincial digital health assets including the immunization and drug repositories and the communicable disease case and outbreak management solution.
Her experiences as a newly-minted infectious disease epidemiologist responding to the 2003 SARS outbreak led her down the path of building technology
solutions to support public health practice. She is a self-professed data nerd and passionate advocate for technology innovation and terminology
standards in public health. Karen was the 2019 recipient of the Leadership in Digital Health Award from the Canadian Health Informatics Association &
Information Technology Association of Canada.
VP and CTO, IBM Cloud
Hillery is CTO of IBM Cloud, responsible for technical strategy for IBM's cloud-native and
infrastructure offerings. Prior to this role, she served as Director of Accelerated Cognitive Infrastructure in IBM Research, leading a team doing
cross-stack (hardware through software) optimization of AI workloads, producing productivity breakthroughs of 40x and greater which were transferred
into IBM product offerings. Her technical interests have always been interdisciplinary, spanning from silicon technology through system software, and
she has served in technical and leadership roles in memory technology, Systems for AI, and other areas. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology
and was appointed as an IBM Fellow in 2017. Hillery is a BS, MS, and PhD graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Automation Innovation Leader, IBM Canada
A strategic and driven executive, Benjamin leads the IBM Automation Practice in Canada. He works with
his high performing team across all industries and sectors to help clients scale their automation programs, manage them with confidence and optimize
automation benefits to ensure a resilient business ready for growth opportunities.
Benjamin brings a vast range of IT industry and leadership experience with companies like Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Symantec and most recently IPsoft.
Partner, Public Sector, IBM Global
Eric is a Partner in the Public Sector Practice of IBM Global Business Services and has worked for IBM
for over 30 years. His primary focus is Public Health and Eric has global responsibility for IBM's Public Health Disease Management Solution, deployed
across 7 Provinces and one Territory in Canada and across 17 health regions in the Middle East.
Partner, IBM Services
Simon Kalechstein is a Partner in IBM’s Financial Services practice.
Simon brings deep experience from client engagements across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean,
with a track record of making digital reinvention real for client impact at scale.
Simon’s many years in financial services consulting has produced an exciting portfolio of work that has
designed and delivered market-leading experiences, helped clients build new skills and adopt new ways of working, and apply new technologies to drive
client experience and operational efficiency.
Simon also brings a broad global perspective from clients and colleagues around the world, with a view
to strategies from Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and how approaches and learnings from other markets can be applied to the digital bank of the
Zero Trust Strategy Leader,
Jason Keenaghan is the Leader for IBM Security's Zero Trust strategy. In this role, he is responsible
for defining the vision and delivering IBM's support of Zero Trust through the combination of technology integrations and services. With more than 20
years experience in the IT industry, ranging from product management to software architecture and development, Jason collaborates closely with clients
and business partners to apply the tenets of Zero Trust to help enable organizations to achieve secure business outcomes. Jason holds an MBA from Marist
College and a BA in Economics, with a minor in Computer Science, from Boston College.
Partner, IBM Security Services,
and Global Infrastructure and Endpoint Security (IES) Leader
David Langlands is a Partner and Global Leader in the IBM Security Services business unit, responsible
for overseeing Infrastructure and Endpoint Security and Zero Trust. He has spent the past 12 years leading global security practices addressing advanced
threats through emerging technologies. David began his security career as an engineer at Bell Laboratories and the National Center for Supercomputing
Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Chief Research Officer, Celent
Daniel W. Latimore, CFA, is the Chief Research Officer at Celent and leads the firm’s retail banking
practice. As CRO he develops analyst research methodologies and coordinates topic selection across the firm. Mr. Latimore’s banking areas of focus
include the banking ecosystem, digital banking and emerging technologies, and innovation. Mr. Latimore has been widely quoted in the press, including
the Wall Street Journal, American Banker, Boston Globe, CNBC, and CNBC Europe. He led research groups at Deloitte and IBM, worked in industry Liberty
Mutual and Merrill Lynch (where he lived in New York, Tokyo and London), and was a consultant at McKinsey & Co.
Senior Cybersecurity Technical
Polly has over 17 years of technical experience in the IT industry, including 11 years working in Cyber
Security. Prior to her current role at IBM, she was Director of Data Security at a financial services company, leading the enterprise data security
practice program. Polly frequently advises and assists enterprise clients on their data security journey, from C-level private conversations to being
speaker at webinars and conferences.
Vice-President, Customer Experience and HR Intelligence at iA Financial
Chantale Lemire has recently been appointed to the position of vice-president, Client Experience and HR
Intelligence at iA Financial Group. She was introduced to client service in 2016 when she joined iA Financial Group and quickly became passionate about
client experience and employee experience. As a leader, she strongly believes in the enormous potential of multidisciplinary teamwork in preparing the
future of CX and EX through designing, communicating and implementing innovative solutions. In her new role, she wants to propel the idea that a
satisfying CX can only be reached through positive EX.
Over the past two years, she has successfully initiated and led one of the company’s flagship program, which mission is to improve operational
efficiency, CX and EX throughout the company’s 25 contact centres. Structured around two major pillars –cutting-edge technology and standardized best
practices– this program is pivotal for the company's transformation ambition.
Before joining iA Financial Group, Chantale acted as a manager for a major insurer in the public sector and also held various roles in finance,
actuarial science and investment. She has a degree in actuarial sciences from Université Laval and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a
Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA).
Research Manager, Security and Infrastructure, IDC
As part of the Infrastructure & Cloud Solutions Group at IDC Canada, Kevin Lonergan manages the Canadian
Security Solutions: Sales Accelerator program covering IT security hardware, software and services. In addition, Kevin also manages the security
appliance tracker and contributes to the Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure: Sales Accelerator program.
Kevin holds a B.Sc. in computer science and a M.Sc. in computer modeling.
Digital Innovation Speaker | Co-Host of Marketing Disrupted and The AI Effect
Amber Mac(Arthur) started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom. As a
strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches
before starting her own digital agency, AmberMac Media, Inc., in Toronto.
In 2010, she wrote the national bestselling business book Power Friending. In 2016, she co-wrote Amazon bestseller, Outsmarting Your Kids Online. In
2018, she was named one of DMZ’s 30 inspirational women making a difference in tech. In 2019, her podcast series The AI Effect won Best Technology
"With few equals," writes YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, "MacArthur continues to demonstrate a keen insight towards the continually evolving fabric of
the social web."
Amber has keynoted more than 300 events around the world and has moderated sessions with: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; former FBI Director James Comey; business coach Tony Robbins;
famed astronaut Chris Hadfield; and many other notable leaders.
She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, CNN, Bloomberg, CBS, BNN, CTV, The Marilyn Denis Show, and SiriusXM Radio.
Partner, IoT & Industry 4.0
Practice Leader, IBM
Ashek Mahmood is the Executive Leader of IBM IoT & AI Connected Operations Practice, where he is helping
Canadian clients stay ahead on emerging trends and technologies to transform their enterprise operations platforms with innovation, efficiency, and
speed. Ashek’s career with IBM started as a Computer Engineering co-op student from University of Waterloo 15+ years ago. He is an advisory council
member for multiple global tech startups, innovation incubators, and international entrepreneurship competitions. Ashek holds 3 patents in the field of
AI vision & Edge Computing and lives in Toronto with his family.
Senior Vice President IT
Loblaw is Canada's food and pharmacy leader, with a network of corporate and independently- operated
stores in communities across the country, and employing close to 200,000 Canadians.
Since joining Loblaw in 2007, David has held many executive roles in IT. He is currently the Senior Vice-President, Information Technology, responsible
for all technology functions at Loblaw Companies.
David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and is a member of both the
Professional Engineers of Ontario and Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
David is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Smith School of Business at Queen's University, where he teaches IT Strategy in both the BCom
undergraduate and MBA graduate programs.
David is a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Student Achievement and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
In his spare time, David enjoys hanging out with his five kids, running, reading and travelling.
Business Unit Executive,
Technical Solutions, IBM Cloud
Spiros Mavromilhelakis is a results-driven and award-winning technical sales consultant, with 18+ years
of success in developing new business around the latest technologies in DevOps/SDLC, Mobile, and Cloud spaces.
Over the course of his career, Spiros has earned high-level recognition for his proven ability to
present compelling value propositions behind innovative products, with this ability rooted in a continuously evolving foundation of knowledge on growing
trends across client industries.
Spiros goes beyond the call of a solutions seller, having become an accomplished leader and empowering
executive that has built best-in-breed talent with one of the world’s most prominent technical trendsetters.
Vice President, IBM Security Worldwide
Chris McCurdy has more than 25 years in the IT Consulting Services Industry, specializing in Information
Security and Advisory Services. Chris has extensive experience working with large enterprise as well as government clients around the world. As a
Managing Partner, Chris has helped large clients on the design, deployment, and ongoing management of their complex Information Technology programs.
Chris has also served as a CIO helping transform a retail automotive group rapidly expand business operations through the use of technology and
Mr. McCurdy currently serves as the General Manager and Vice President of Worldwide IBM Security Services. Chris has been with IBM Security since 2006
through the acquisition of Internet Security Systems. Chris has grown the IBM Security Business revenue to double digit growth over the past 5 years
globally. Chris works with clients to help reduce cyber risk, support compliance, and drive overall security maturity based upon knowledge of business
and threat landscape. Chris has worked to evolve the Go To Market across IBM in all markets for Security and supported synergy targets with other brands
including Cloud and Red Hat. Chris has worked in a variety of security services roles within the IBM Security Services business unit and consistently
demonstrated leadership evidenced by the continued rapid growth of the IBM Security business. Chris drives the worldwide Go-to-Market strategy for IBM
Security and is responsible for managing sales globally. Chris has served in several positions as he has driven the security business at IBM. Positions
include; Vice President IBM Security Services, Director of North America Security Services, West Region Security Sales Executive, Security Services
Leader for Strategic Outsourcing, and Security Services Business Development Leader.
Prior to joining IBM Chris was a Managing Consultant at several consulting firms including Andersen, International Network Services, and Lucent
Technologies. Chris was also a former CIO at a large retail automotive group located across the United States. Chris holds a BBA in Information Systems
from Baylor University. Chris has held his certification as a Certified Information Systems Auditor.
Associate Partner, Federal Public Sector, IBM Cloud Services Canada
Experienced Services Leader with a focus on people and coaching managers. Crossing product platforms and
functional areas to put the best team forward for the customer. Managing delivery for projects across SAP, Oracle, Workday, Microsoft, & SuccessFactors.
Passionate about seeing more women in leadership roles.
Senior Consultant, Public
Health, Gevity Consulting
Latifa Mnyusiwalla has fifteen years of experience in the field of public health. She is a Registered
Nurse (RN), holds a Master of Health Informatics (MHI) from University of Toronto, a Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Waterloo, and is a
certified project manager.
In her career at IBM and Gevity Consulting Inc, Latifa has acted in senior business analysis and public health subject matter expert roles in the
implementation of public health information systems for clients across Canada and abroad, including the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
Nova Scotia Health Authority, Province of New Brunswick, and the Kingdom of Tonga. She is currently the IBM Public Health Subject Matter Expert for the
Public Health Disease Management and Surveillance System (known as Panorama in Canada).
Prior to her career in consulting, Latifa worked as public health nurse in the area of communicable disease.
Latifa is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Toronto Institute of Health Management, Policy and Evaluation. She teaches a graduate-level course in
Public Health Informatics.
Distinguished Engineer, CTO &
Director, Cloud Security, IBM Cloud
Dr. Nataraj (Raj) Nagaratnam is a technology and business executive focused on
designing and delivering innovative security solutions, that help enterprises in their digital transformation journey, and to adopt Cloud with
confidence. As CTO for Cloud Security at IBM, he drives strategy, technology and offerings around security for IBM Cloud. Recognized as an IBM
Distinguished Engineer, he has lead innovative security products and capabilities across cloud, mobile, and middleware systems that are helping
businesses around the world effectively manage their security. As a security leader, he has 20+ years of industry experience in building security
products, architecting solutions, product management and leading engineering organizations. He has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles,
blogs, papers, books and security specifications, including the book on “Enterprise Java Security” published by Addison Wesley. Nataraj received his
Ph.D. in Computer Science from Syracuse University.
Victoria Pelletier is the Vice President of IBM’s North American Talent & Transformation practice; she
is a senior executive with over two decades of progressive experience in strategy, operations, growth initiatives, and business and talent development.
She is a visionary leader with a passion for innovation, creativity and Diversity & Inclusion. In fact, Victoria has won both the 2020 Mentor of the
Year award from Women in Communications & Technology AND the 2019 HSBC Diversity & Inclusion in Innovation Award.
Victoria serves as a board member for several organizations; she is also a published author, in-demand public speaker and appears regularly on national
TV. An inspiring professional with impeccable credentials, Victoria is a trusted voice among peers and emerging executives.
Sr. Director of Solution
Architecture, and Chief Strategist, Red Hat
As a technology leader, Paul is responsible for building and nurturing top talented technology teams and
advising clients on how to effectively leverage enterprise software solutions in their organizations across North America. Over the past 20 years Paul
has worked for a variety of leading software vendors as a technology leader, educator, & solution architect/specialist across many IT disciplines. He
has traveled extensively presenting at many conferences and seminars while sharing his insights and observations across a wide variety of industry
Business Unit Executive, Technical
Solutions, IBM Systems
Chris Pratt leads IBM Canada’s Systems Technical Sales and Innovation team. With a passion for
technology and over 35 years of experience in a diverse range of environments he brings a grounded perspective to some of the hype surrounding our
industry. His national role as part of a North American team allows him insight into all industries and the Public Sector where he works on finding
solutions to complex problems of all sizes. His past work has included solution design, project management and support of large organizations in their
deployment of leading-edge technology for business benefit. He is a founding member of IBM’s Worldwide Server Consolidation Group where he obtained a
patent as a co-author of IBM’s ALIGN Methodology.
Associate Partner, Security
Intelligence Operations and Consulting (SIOC), IBM
Daina Proctor, recently named as one of Canada’s TOP 20 Women in CyberSecurity, is the Canadian national
lead for IBM’s Security Intelligence practice. In her role she leverages her seasoned delivery experience to enable and evolve businesses with cohesive,
transparent and rapid threat intelligence programs. She has spent more than half of her 25+ year ICT career leading and growing information security
programs, from technology stack through operating models. Through escalating leadership positions with companies such as Nortel and CGI, and now IBM,
Daina has grown and built security competencies in the Nordics, the Netherlands, UK, Australia as well as here at home in Canada. As an avid outdoors
and sports enthusiast and mom to adult children (as well as a few fur babies), Daina balances her time between technology and being outdoors with her
Senior Program Manager | Innovapost
Samantha Rahim is a senior Program Manager at Innovapost, a member of the Canada Post Group of Companies. Samantha leads the Group’s Retail Transformation Program, which is responsible for the Modernization of the Retail Technology (both software and hardware) at over 5500 Retail Postal locations across Canada. This program is the largest IT effort within the Canada Post Group of Companies – spanning multiple years and involving multiple strategic vendors. Within this role, Samantha works with all members of the Group of Companies to ensure that the technology will support the strategic Retail business direction of Canada Post. Prior to assuming her current position in August 2018, Samantha served in various Director roles within both Innovapost and Canada Post. Samantha led the Business Architecture group, was Director for the Revenue Assurance Department, and in 2009, led the upgrade of the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system for Canada Post.
Before joining the Canada Post Group of Companies, Samantha spent 7 years at Accenture. As an Accenture IT consultant, she worked on projects for Canada Post, Canadian Tire Corporation, and other Canadian Government clients.
Samantha completed an intense 5-year Biotechnology program at University of Ottawa. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering.
Samantha is passionate about soccer, diversity, and inclusion and can be found on Twitter
Executive Security Architect,
Scott is an experienced consultant with 25+ years of business and IT consulting experience leading the
delivery of highly complex technology projects. Scott is now 100% focused on providing security solution architecture advice and guidance to existing
and perspective IBM clients.
Scott’s 35+ years of leadership and management experience have given him the opportunity to deliver
security solutions ranging from two week, $25K ad-hoc advisory papers to multi-year, $200M+ outsourcing projects. Scott’s innovation and pragmatic
approach as an Enterprise Solution Architect earned him and his team the Oracle TITAN and BLAZER Awards.
Scott is a veteran with over 26 years of service in the Canadian Army Reserves (Infantry). Scott lives
in Manotick with his wife Juliann, his son Cameron, his daughter Rachael, and his dogs Max, Snickers, and (Oh) Henry. Scott operates comfortably in both
the Star Wars and Star Trek universes.
Academic Outreach Leader, IBM
Heather is Global Leader of IBM Security’s Academic Outreach Program, striving to address the skills gap
through education. Heather is recognized as an expert on the cybersecurity talent shortage, and, serves as an advisor to several cybersecurity education
programs, conferences and competition committees, including Durham College, University of Guelph, TechNation’s Cybersecurity Talent Alliance and ICTC’s
Youth Leadership Council.
She is leader of IBM’s Women in Security Excelling (WISE) Business Resource Group. With 1300 members,
WISE aims to bring awareness and change to the cybersecurity gender gap through education, events, industry outreach and youth outreach. Heather is
particularly passionate about inspiring our youth to aspire to careers in STEM, and about driving awareness around the cybersecurity skills and gender
gaps. She is a proud Founder of IBM CyberDay4Girls, a program designed to build cybersecurity awareness amongst pre-teen and teenage girls around the
world. The CyberDay4Girls program has touched the lives of over 6500 girls in 11 countries since its launch in October 2016.
Heather strives to inspire others by sharing her passion for leadership and learning. She believes that
if we are not learning, we are not growing. Her passions include workforce diversity and inclusion, the advancement of women, volunteering, continuous
learning, travelling, and spending time with her family.
Heather was recently recognized with the 2020 WiCyS Advocacy Award.
Creative Director, IBM Security
Allison Ritter is the Creative Director for IBM Security Command Centers, where she designs and develops
immersive and highly realistic cyberattack simulations. Drawing upon her background in media arts, theater and cyber security she works with teams of
security gamification engineers and developers to build unique simulation experiences that challenge diverse teams in tests of their leadership,
endurance and decision-making skills. Allison brings to life the story, visuals, sound and technology to create customized experiences, she has
simulated cyber attack scenarios for more than 7,000 executives and technicians. Her work and insights have been featured in places such as The Boston
Globe and Forbes and has spoken at security conferences, podcasts, women in tech summits, and educational seminars.
IBM Fellow and AI Ethics Global
Leader, IBM Research
Francesca Rossi is an IBM fellow and the IBM AI Ethics Global Leader. She works at the T.J. Watson IBM
Research Lab, Yorktown Heights, New York.
Prior to joining IBM, she has been a professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy.
Francesca’s research interests focus on artificial intelligence, specifically they include constraint
reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and collective decision making. She is also interested in ethical issues in
the development and behavior of AI systems, in particular for decision support systems for group decision making. On these topics, she has published
over 200 scientific articles in journals and conference proceedings, and as book chapters.
She is a fellow of both the worldwide association of AI (AAAI) and of the European one (EurAI). She has
been president of IJCAI (International Joint Conference on AI), an executive councillor of AAAI, and the Editor in Chief of the Journal of AI Research.
She is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Future of Life Institute (Cambridge, USA) and a
deputy director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (Cambridge, UK). She is in the executive committee of the IEEE global initiative
on ethical considerations on the development of autonomous and intelligent systems and she is a member of the board of directors of the Partnership on
AI, where she represents IBM as one of the founding partners. She has been a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on AI and the
general chair of the AAAI 2020 conference. She will be the AAAI president in 2022-2024.
At IBM, she is the PI in exploratory research projects, also in collaboration with MIT and RPI, on
topics that range from embedding ethical principles into AI decision making to exploiting cognitive theories of human decision making to define more
flexible, robust, and general AI systems. She also co-leads the internal IBM AI Ethics board, that coordinates the governance of AI ethics within the
Managing Partner, Financial
Services Sector Leader, IBM
Charbel is IBM Canada’s Financial Services Consulting Leader focused on Banking, Financial Markets and
Insurance. Charbel leads a team that helps clients Digitally Reinvent their People, Process and Technology with a focus on Core to Cloud Modernization.
Previous to this role, Charbel was IBM Canada’s AI and Data Consulting Leader for all industries in
Canada which consisted of 3 Services Lines and 8 Practices leading a team of 350 across the country. Charbel is an eminent and well-known leader in the
Canadian Artificial Intelligence space and actively participates to help organizations adopt Cognitive Solutions.
Throughout Charbel’s career at IBM, he has held many consulting services leadership roles with some of
IBM's largest clients, across Canada. Charbel has spent the majority of his career working together with Financial Services clients, leading large
transformations. Charbel has worked across all industries with Charbel’s Financial Management background and strong experience with Complex Client
Charbel previously served as a Lead Account Partner, Service Line Leader and Practice Leader in addition
to his role as the Chief Technology Officer for IBM iX.
Charbel is the Executive Leader for the IBM Services Associates Program, a member of the IBM Services
Women’s Advisory Board, a member of the Ryerson University Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and is a member of the IBM Services Canadian Senior
Charbel is a graduate of the Ivey Business School with his Master of Business Administration and has
completed executive education programs with the Harvard Business School.
Practice Leader - Application
Development & Modernization, Associate Partner, IBM Cloud and Application
A trusted executive advisor with over 20 years of solution architecture and software development
experience in building highly available, transactional, mission critical and interactive software products and systems. Well experienced in Structured,
Agile, DevOps methods with solution strategy and rationalization, budget management and long term planning.
Alok is actively managing IBM Canada’s Application Modernization practice specializing in API,
Microservices and Cloud. His team is focussed on delivering modern enterprise solutions for various platforms for customers while leveraging proven
technologies and integrating with existing client enterprise architecture. He is highly experienced in establishing and using metrics driven engineering
practices, process creation and optimization, best practices and standards based methods for driving solution quality.
Cybersecurity Architect, IBM
Sheik Sahib is a Cybersecurity Architect within the IBM North American Security team. He is based on
Markham, Ontario. He has extensive experience in Cybersecurity, IT Architecture, Enterprise Architecture, and Software development. His focus is to help
customers in Canada and the Caribbean improve their security posture. His work leverages proven architectural design patterns with state-of-the-art
security solutions to produce new or enhanced cybersecurity controls that protect sensitive and mission critical assets.
Areas of Expertise
• Security for hybrid multi-cloud world
• IBM Security Immune System
• NIST, ISO 27001 and related standards, PIPEDA, GDPR
• Information Management solutions – IBM, Oracle
• Systems Integration
• Enterprise Architecture
• Application Architecture and Software Development
• ERP solutions –JDE, PeopleSoft, SAP
Mr. Sahib was involved in designing cybersecurity solutions for several customers across Canada and
the Caribbean. He has delivered IBM’s security portfolio strategy, executive presentations, technical workshops, and briefings to customers. Each are
tailored with appropriate content for the client. These activities are delivered via whiteboard sessions, joint workshops, or executive briefings.
A key activity of his work is to conduct security workshops with customers. He has successfully executed
several workshops that examine ISO 27001, NIST, COBIT, and other security standards, within the customer environment. These workshops assess the
security controls that protect Enterprise assets which support key business processes. The workshops highlight important control gaps according to
established security frameworks and best practice.
Recent Project Experience
Recently, Mr. Sahib served as the lead architect for major Government initiatives to protect Canada’s
critical assets. He has also worked to improved the security controls for major customers in Financial Services, Retail, Defense, and Manufacturing. As
a cybersecurity architect, he is responsible for the overall solution architecture that meet stated business objectives. He works closely with customers
to develop/refine the business and technical requirements, understand their capabilities and preferences, explore solution alternatives and recommend
solutions that fits the client’s environment and needs. He maintains technical oversight of the solution on a consultative basis.
Training and Certification
Mr. Sahib is a certified CISSP and CCSP from the ISC2. He is an IBM certified IT Architect and a
member of the IBM North American IT Architect board. He is also an Open Group Master Certified Architect.
He has extensive training from IBM and other providers:
• ISC2 – CISSP bootcamp
• ISC2 – CCSP bootcamp
• IBM Security and competitive security solutions
• Red Hat Security
• Cloud Computing; Mobility, Collaboration
• J2EE (Java, EJB, JSP), XML
• Designing CISCO Network Architectures
• PeopleSoft and JD Edwards ERP solutions
• Harvard University – Business challenges and Opportunities
• Harvard University – Business Insight
• Masters of Science, Computer Science – Queens University, Kingston, Canada
• Bachelor of Technology, Applied Computer Science – Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Director of Cybersecurity,
Shahid Saya is the Director of Cybersecurity at Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment and responsible
for the overall cybersecurity program and security operations. Prior to joining MLSE Shahid has held various Technology and Security leadership roles
over the last 10 years.
Mayor Frank Scarpitti
Mayor Frank Scarpitti
Mayor of Markham
Mayor Frank Scarpitti was elected as Mayor of Markham in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.
He is Markham’s second longest serving Mayor.
Mr. Scarpitti was first elected to Markham Council in 1985, as a Regional Councillor. In total, the people of Markham have elected him nine times. He
has served on both the Councils of the City of Markham and York Region for 30 years.
Mayor Scarpitti serves on York Regional Council and is the current Chair of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (VIVA Transit). He is also Co-Chair of
the Community Partnership Council, Vice-Chair of Transportation Services for York Region and sits on the Board of Directors for York Telecom Network.
He serves as a member on the Alectra board, one of the largest municipally-owned electrical utilities in North America.
Mayor Scarpitti gives his time to a number of non-profit organizations related to health, social programs, arts and culture. As Co-Chair of Markham
Stouffville Hospital’s Capital Campaign, his efforts contributed to surpassing the hospital's $50 million fundraising goal.
He led Markham’s initiative to secure the Markham Pan Am Centre and attract a Markham campus for York University.
He is a strong advocate of Internet voting, used in Markham since 2003.
Mayor Scarpitti and his wife Nancy have three children.
Currently, David is the Business Intelligence (BI) Manager at Pharmascience Inc and leads the Data
Analytics and Data Science team. He has been in the BI field for over 14 years working in Banking, E-commerce and Pharmaceutical industries. His current
mandate is to assist Pharmascience’s digital transformation, beginning with moving towards a data centric architecture utilizing modern BI tools.
Patrick Marc Spencer
Associate Partner, IBM Digital
Strategy and Interactive Experience (DSiX), IBM Canada
Director Audit & Review - DND
Office of the Auditor General
My experience lies in helping clients turn their technology investments into strategic assets that
increase productivity, reduce costs and create new revenue sources. I am focused on helping clients embrace and leverage digital technologies to disrupt
their industries and transform customer experiences.
Prior to joining the IBM Canada team in early 2020, Patrick was IBM’s digital strategy leader across the
Middle East and Africa.
Recent engagements (in descending order)
Innovation Strategy (Public Sector)
Advising a Canadian Federal government department on developing an end-to-end innovation strategy.
Product Roadmap (Public Sector)
Part of a COVID-19 economic re-start initiative.
Digital Strategy and Innovation (Financial Services)
Led a Digital Reinvention Service Design & Strategy engagement at a leading Turkish bank.
Digital Strategy and Innovation (Public Sector)
Led a digital reinvention engagement at the Government of Abu Dhabi. Deliverables included: digital vision, themes, principles, mission, organization
and governance model, methods, tools and practices, target operating model, roles and responsibilities, training plan, hypercare, handover, as well as a
roadmap and Playbook.
Digital Strategy and Innovation (Insurance Company)
Led a digital reinvention engagement at a leading insurance company in Turkey.
Digital Strategy and Innovation (Telecommunications)
Led a digital reinvention engagement at a leading telecommunications company in MEA.
Digital Strategy and Innovation (Insurance)
Led a digital maturity assessment, SWOT analysis and recommendations at a leading South African insurance company.
Digital Delivery and Innovation (Telecommunications)
Led a digital delivery strategy and roadmap engagement at a leading telecommunications company in Dubai, UAE.
Cybersecurity Architect, IBM
Vivienne Suen is a cybersecurity architect helping businesses navigate the complex and ever-changing
world of IT Security. A passionate, innovative, and entertaining storyteller, Vivienne has been a featured speaker at numerous user groups and
conferences advising on technology trends and sharing her expertise with IT professionals across North America.For 15 years, she has been a
trusted advisor to many IBM customers and partners, helping them become advocates and champions of IBM.
Business Development Executive IBM Global Business Services
Chef, Montreal Food Lab,
Société des Arts et Technologies
A graduate of the Institut de Tourisme et
d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ), Timothée Vielajus has a rich background for his young age. Self-taught when he arrived in Montreal six years ago,
he learned the basics of gastronomy at the restaurant Les Trois Petits Bouchons and became a cook at Fillettes. As he began his training at the ITHQ, he
also worked in the kitchens of La Salle à manger, the Candide and the Michelin-starred French restaurant Le Fanal before
becoming sous-chef at Chez l’épicier in 2018. Now, he is able to develop and share his culinary creations at the Foodlab culinary lab, within the
ecosystem of the Société des arts technologiques!
Continuing partnerships with regional producers, Timothée is committed to preserving the biodiversity of ingredients by partnering with programs such as
Gardiens de semences and collaborating with organizations
such as Fermes Urbaines Ôplant.
Distinguished Engineer, CTO, IBM
Ms. Wang is the Chief Technology Officer, IBM Services Canada and an IBM Distinguished Engineer with
over 20 years’ experience in the IT Industry. Charlotte is known for designing complex hybrid cloud architectures, optimizing the integration and
deployment of automation tools and services to support her customers Journey to Cloud. Leveraging her patented automation technology, her most recent
focus areas are Cloud Platform automation with Red Hat and bringing much needed structure to Multi Cloud Management. Charlotte develops an open rapport
and is a trusted advisor to her clients. She brings considered focus and strategic thinking to managing and mitigating risk inherent in large
transformations. She is recognized for her effective communication and integration skills, decomposing complex IT problems to deliver outcome driven
As a woman in technology, she is passionate about professional development; she is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and, is constantly
contributing to the vitality of IBM’s technical community.
Canadian television host
Wilder Weir is a Canadian Television/Radio Host and Producer, best known for hosting and producing
Breakfast Television Montreal and Sportsnet Central Montreal on CityTV and Sportsnet East. Wilder cut his teeth as an on-air personality hosting the
national weekly entertainment show Oh So Cosmo on Cosmo TV and the W Network for six seasons. His experience stretches behind the camera as well,
creating and executive producing the television series Paddling Bryans (Travel + Escape's #1 original program) currently in it's 2nd season.
Wilder currently hosts daily radio talk shows for TSN 690 and CJAD 800 (Bell Media). A man of many talents, Wilder has interviewed celebrities such as
Gerard Butler, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Terrell Owens, Dr. Oz, George St. Pierre, Candace Bushnell, Chris Nilan, Penn Badgley, and Chris O'Donnell to
name a few. Wilder has also appeared on numerous media outlets including eTalk, ET Canada and the Marilyn Denis Show while contributing articles for the
largest women’s magazine in the world, Cosmopolitan.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Film and Television from Queen’s University while playing Division 1 hockey and moonlighting as a
CFRC-FM sports commentator. In his spare time from school he performed stand-up comedy in front of the wild crowds at Yuk Yuks and has had the chance to
perform at Montreal’s Bourbon Street comedy club and The Pittsburgh Improv.
Wilder’s first television exposure came when he was featured on CBC’s Making the Cut in 2004. A year later he braved the fast-paced sports news room at
TSN Sportscentre as a writer and story editor.
Director of Cloud and Managed
Services, GlassHouse Systems
Jeff manages the GHS go-to-market strategy for security and leads the GHS security sales team for Canada
and the United States. A 31-year veteran in IT he was previously a Business Unit Executive at IBM, and a Vice-president at Hewlett-Packard.
Partner, Cognitive Process Re-Engineering
Jonathan has spent his consulting career transforming global operations for large MNCs. He worked in
Industry for Exxon before joining consulting in the mid 90s. He is now the Global Managing Partner for IBM’s Cognitive Process Reengineering business,
based in New York. He is also the Global VP for Supply Chain Consulting.
He spent the first 15years of his career in Europe before spending 10 years in Asia. He moved to the USA in September 2018.
Throughout his consulting career he has gained a strong reputation by developing trusted Client relationships and successfully delivering complex global
Jonathan is recognized globally for his Thought Leadership and his work in the area of Supply Chain and Operations. He has supported the World Economic
Forum in Trade, Supply Chain and Sustainability, presenting numerous papers in Davos. He has been a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council and has
appeared live on BBC Talking Business and BBC World News.
Jonathan operates at the intersection between technology, cognitive and business. Working with the C-Suite, he is able to shape strategies to address
the new business imperatives around Business Model, Op Model, Core Process Redesign and Customer Experience. He is experienced at taking these
strategies through to Outcome by implementing Regional or Global transformation and expansion programs.
Jonathan started consulting in 1997, after 5 years with ExxonMobil. He has worked across a number of industry sectors including travel, transportation,
retail, fmcg, telco/communications, hi-tech and healthcare. Whilst in Asia, he personally worked with clients such as Unilever, Diageo, DHL, Samsung,
LG, Huawei, NBN Co, Kia, Pratt & Whitney, Philips Healthcare, Mindray, Salcomp, ZTE, SATS, Singapore Airlines, Electronic Solutions, Fonterra and
Woolworths. He has also supported many of the regional Telcos.
His experience spans Digital, Analytics, Customer Service, Supply Chain and Operations, Procurement /Cost reduction programs and Order to Cash. He has
worked with many partners including SAP, Microsoft and JDA.
Jonathan has a 1st class BEng Hons degree in Engineering and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation.
He is married and has two children (15 and 18). He is a keen sportsman playing football, touch rugby and running.