Our annual summer conference becomes a week-long affair with four 60-minute sessions that bring together national DX thought leaders on our unique presentation platform. Each day will be devoted to a single critical aspect of digital transformation followed by the recognition of one of our Digital Transformation Award winners or a CIO of the Year Award winner.

Think of it as the industry’s daily DX work out!

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Each day the sessions will feature a mix of live and pre-recorded material. They will take place on DX-TV, a unique platform that offers the audience the opportunity to watch videos, download white papers and socialize through live chat and established sponsor breakout rooms.

All material from the week will be amplified through the ITWC network of publications and be posted on a Digital Transformation Week hub.

Preview of the DX-TV platform

https://digital.itwc.ca/1848069

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

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

The deadline for submissions is June 1


Large Private Sector

Transformation by large organizations employing more than 500 people.

Small Private Sector

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

Large Public Sector

Excellence among public sector organizations employing more than 500 people.

Small Public Sector

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

AI
Powered

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



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

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ITWC’s annual Digital Transformation and Awards Conference is going digital. For four days in July were a bringing together national DX thought leaders for one-hour of presentations and discussions. Each day we will focus intently on one aspect of Digital Transformation.

Monday July 13: DIGITAL WORKSPACES
Tuesday July 14: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Wednesday July 15: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Thursday July 16: CIO PERSPECTIVE


Program

MONDAY
DIGITAL WORKSPACES

July 13, 2020
2:00 – 300 PM

Opening address:

What have we learned about digital transformation from COVID-19 so far?

Chris Pope, Global VP, Innovation, ServiceNow

Panel:

Best practices for working remotely

Jan Bradley, Director and Chief Information Technology Officer, The City of Calgary
Cat Coode, Founder, Binary Tattoo

Video:

What have been the biggest challenges with making working from home the new normal?


Digital Transformation Award presentation:
Not for Profit Category
Small Private Sector


TUESDAY
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

July 14, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Opening address:

Five things you need to understand before implementing AI in your business


Panel:

Five use cases in AI I could deploy today

Tanvir Bhangoo, VP Technology, Freshii
Keith Bradley, Director of Information Technology, Nature Fresh Farms

Video:

What new areas of business will AI be disrupting five years from now?


Digital Transformation Award presentation:
AI-fueled transformation
Public Sector


WEDNESDAY
SECURITY

July 15, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Opening address:

Technologies are changing so fast. What are the game-changers I need to know about?

Loren Padeleford, GeneralManager, Shopify Plus

Panel:

How to stay alert to changes in the cyber security threatscape without going mad

Chris Ruetz, AVP & Country Manager, Cyberark
Gerry Owens, IT Risk Management and Cyber Security Executive
Terry Cutler, CEO, Cyology Labs
Michael Ball, e-CISO, Team CISO

Video:

What are the emerging technologies I need to be paying attention to drive business results?


Digital Transformation Award presentation:
Private Sector


THURSDAY
THE CIO PERSPECTIVE

July 16, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel:

Three CIO’s: Three Transformation Stories


Video:

I’m proud of the work my CIO and team have done on…


Awards presentation:

CIO of the Year Awards presentation (hosted by Humza Teherany)

· Top Private Sector
· Top Public Sector
· Top Not for Profit
· Next Gen Leader


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Speakers



Jim Balsillie
Former Chairman and co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry)
Jim Balsillie’s is a former Chairman and co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), a technology company he scaled from an idea to $20 billion in sales globally. He is the co-founder of the Institute for New Economic Thinking in New York, the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) based in Toronto, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Centre for Digital Rights and the CIO Strategy Council. He currently chairs the boards of CCI, CIGI, and co-Chairs CIOSC. He is also the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Arctic Research Foundation. Mr. Balsillie is the only Canadian ever appointed to US Business Council and the sole private sector representative on the UN Secretary General’s High Panel for Sustainability. He is the only Canadian member of the US Council on Competitiveness where he serves on the Executive Committee, an internationally renowned voice on innovation strategy, competitiveness and international economic policy.

Chris Pope
Global VP of Innovation,ServiceNow
As ServiceNow’s global VP of Innovation, Chris brings more than 15 years of C-level executive experience with leading technology solutions and platforms across Product Management and Strategy. Chris’ has worked at and with the largest organizations globally and is recognized as a thought leader in process and methodology.

Marco Trecroce
Senior VP & CIO, Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts
Marco Trecroce joined Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 2010 as the Company’s first CIO. During his time at Four Seasons he has led the company through an extensive global IT and business transformation. The Company has invested heavily in cloud-based technologies for its hotels, resorts and residential properties as well as its global corporate offices.

Marco has diverse international experience. He started his career at IBM in sales before joining Andersen’s IT Consulting Practice. Moving to the United Kingdom in 1999, he assumed a number of CIO, COO and senior executive positions specializing in business transformation for companies such as Airtours, Thomas Cook and Opodo, an Amadeus online travel company, before returning to Canada in 2006.


Jan Bradley
Director and Chief Information Technology Officer, The City of Calgary

As the Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO), Jan’s role is to enable City business units to use technology to deliver services to citizens. Jan has worked for over 30 years in the information technology industry and has been working with the City since 2006. During her time with the City, Jan has held progressively more responsible roles including project manager, Leader and Manager of Client Solutions where she provided leadership to project managers, digital strategy, enterprise architects and foundational eGovernment development teams. Her number one priority is to position Information Technology as a strategic partner to business units in order to deliver on the City’s purpose, “Making life better every day”.

Jim Love
CIO and Chief Content Officer at IT World Canada (ITWC)
He is also a researcher, writer, speaker, and notable event moderator. Over his 40-year career, Jim has held executive positions in both technology and marketing.

Jim’s work appears frequently in leading publications in Canada and around the globe. His latest book Digital Transformation in the First Person was written with his business partner Fawn Annan. The book details the digital transformation of the iconic Canadian publisher IT World Canada (ITWC). He is well known to readers of IT World Canada, IT Business, and other tech publications.

Tanvir Bhangoo
VP Technology, Freshii

Tanvir is an accomplished digital transformations leader, speaker, and an advisor, putting people and culture first. He has a successful track record in helping large global organizations gain competitive, cost, and operational advantages through key digital transformations. Some of his experience includes various tech leadership and consultative roles at Restaurant Brands International, Exxon Mobil (Imperial Oil), and Freshii (fast casual and CPG brand). Currently, he is VP of Technology at Freshii, spearheading an end-to-end digital transformation to drive revenue and profitability through digital channels.

Chris Ruetz
AVP & Country Manager Cyberark
Chris Ruetz is the Area Vice President of CyberArk Canada and specializes in assisting Canadian security leaders to understand the importance of developing privilege access security programs. These programs include Application Security, Digital Transformation to the Cloud & Dev Ops and Securing the Workstation with a Least Privilege model. Ruetz has more than 20 years of IT and Security experience with world class software companies such as Cisco, Nortel, Novell and Westcon Group in Management roles.


Terry Cutler
CEO of Cyology Labs

Terry Cutler is the CEO of Cyology Labs and is an international award-winning cybersecurity expert, Amazon Best Seller and Ethical Hacker known for his catchy online videos, numerous television appearances, and top-level consulting services. Over the past 20 years, he’s advised some of Canada’s largest companies on how to prevent and remedy internal and external security penetration. For the general public, he developed an effective online learning program called Internet Safety University. With over 26,000 students from over 150 counties, he’s helped educate his pupils on cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social networking dangers that families and individuals face every day. Terry was named IFSEC Global’s Top 20 Most Influential People in Cybersecurity for 2018 and again in 2019

Loren Padelford
General Manager, Shopify Plus

Loren Padelford is the General Manager of Shopify Plus and a corporate Vice President at Shopify. Shopify Plus powers mid-market and enterprise commerce. His team includes R&D, marketing, sales, account management and operations. Over the past 5 years Shopify Plus has grown to hundreds of millions in revenue, and from a team of less than 5 to over 500 people worldwide. In addition to leading Shopify Plus, Loren is responsible for Shopify's regulated products team, providing safe, secure and reliable commerce solutions to the cannabis, alcohol and other regulated industries. Prior to Shopify, Loren held senior leadership positions in sales and marketing at software firms in Canada, the US, and the UK.

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

Gerry Owens
IT Risk Management and Cyber Security Executive
Gerry has over 30 years experience in Information Technology, leading infrastructure initiatives, establishing strong IT risk programs and building cyber security capabilities. He spent the majority of his career with TD Bank, werving until 2018 as the Vice President - Enterprise Identity and Access Management Technology Risk Management & Information Security


Michael Ball
e-CISO, Team CISO
Michael Ball brings 30+ years of experience in Information Systems - Architecture / Operations / Governance. The past 25 years Michael’s expertise has focused on IT Security, most of which has been in the financial and insurance Industry. He plays well in the sandbox with both Auditors and C-Level Execs. He tames Cloud Architecture and Internet-of-Things for fun and can be seen periodically blogging on ITWorld Canada.

Cat Coode
Founder, Binary Tattoo
Cat Coode is the founder of Binary Tattoo, with a mission to help safeguard your data and protect your digital identity. Backed by two decades of experience in mobile development and software architecture, as well as a certification in data privacy law, Cat helps corporations and individuals better understand cybersecurity and data privacy. She specializes in guiding companies through end-to-end Global Privacy Regulation compliance and delivering privacy education seminars. She is an engineer, speaker, consultant, author, and, above all else, a parent. Her motivation to help others was born out of her concern for her kids and our ever-changing digital landscape

Keith Bradley
Director of Information Technology Nature Fresh Farms

2020 Digital Transformation Awards Judges



Gary Davenport
Past President,
CIO Association of Canada
Gary Davenport is the Past-President of the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN). He has extensive experience as a senior executive within both the telecommunications and retail sectors and has successfully run large scale IT operations and delivered complex business transformation initiatives.

Lars Goransson
General Manager and Group Vice President, IDC
Lars Goransson is responsible for IDC's Canadian operation as General Manager and Group Vice President. IDC Canada's product and services offerings provide the Canadian IT community with market based research across the value continuum of budgeting & planning, marketing awareness and lead generation, and measurement and performance management.

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


Helen Polatajko
Board Member,
CDSPI

Helen has over 35 years of Executive experience in both the private and the public sectors. She has been responsible for the overall strategic direction, organizational transformation and management of information technology functions while being a contributing member of company executive committees. Helen’s career spans the technology services field most recently at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in Ottawa and prior to that with CIBC Mellon in Toronto.

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

Joe Pucciarelli - Ex Officio
Group Vice President & Executive Advisor, IDC
Joseph Pucciarelli, IDC Group Vice-President, guides business and technology executives leveraging technology to achieve innovative and disruptive business outcomes. He presents at more than 40 CIO executive summits worldwide annually, speaking to senior business leaders and technology executives on technology transformation strategies. He is a research agenda leader and facilitator for 75+ analysts publishing dedicated research for IDC’s CIO and technology buyer clients.

CIO of the Year Awards Reception

Digital Transformation Week culminates with a focus on the CIO perspective and the CIO of the Year Awards, supported by ITWC and the CIO Association of Canada. Humza Teherany, Chief Digital Officer with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and President of the CIO Association of Canada will serve as emcee for the presentation program.



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


Four awards will be presented in the following categories:

Private Sector

Public Sector

Not for Profit

Next Gen Leader




CIO of the Year Awards: Judging Panel

Jim Love, CIO, IT World Canada – co-chair
Gary Davenport, Past President Canadian CIO Association of Canada- co-chair
Mark Bryant, CIO, PCL Construction
Johanne Duhaime, VP Information and Communications, Hydro Quebec
Philippe Johnston, Director General Digital Services Directorate, Transport Canada
Helen Knight, Principal, Helen Knight Consulting
Humza Teherany, CIO and Chief Digital Officer, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

Ex Officio: Joe Pucciarelli, Group Vice President & Executive Advisor, IDC

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