07:45 - 08:45
Registration & Breakfast

08:50 - 08:55
CAMSS Alberta 2018
Welcome Remarks

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09:00 - 10:15
"The Challenges of Aligning IT and the Business"

“IT alignment” has been for some time, and continues to be, a major challenge for IT leaders. This idea of “aligning” the IT group with the rest of the organization is a persistent puzzle that causes many IT leaders to lose sleep. Yet despite the unrelenting attention to this topic, a clear working template or solution doesn’t appear to be any more evident.

How can IT align with the business when the business itself does not have a strategy in place? Should they be separate strategies or can they be created as one? This session aims to identify the key challenges IT and digital leaders face and how this can ultimately be overcome.

Dave Brewin, 
Executive Director, Information Technology, Alberta Health Services
Greg Bratton, 
Director, Information Technology, Secure Energy Services
Tarick Ahmad, 
CIO, Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan
John Tarnowski, 
Executive Vice President, ATB Financial
Jan Bradley, IT Manager, City of Calgary
Kelly Hill, 
IT Director, Keyera

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10:20 - 11:05
"CIO as Change Leader"

Whether we seek it out purposefully, or have it handed to us, CIOs are increasingly finding themselves on the front lines of organizational change. Regardless of sector or industry, CIOs have insight into organizational operations, strategy and innovation, yet typically do not hold a seat at the executive leadership table. How do we change this, or should we even bother? This group discussion will explore a range of scenarios from "do as you're told" to "please guide us" and the impact on the capabilities a CIO and their teams need to develop. Maybe it's a solid foundation of project management best practices, maybe it's developing expertise in enterprise architecture and the hybrid cloud/on premises world, maybe it's building a strong management team, or maybe it's unlocking the potential of your organization to make critical changes. Successful CIOs of tomorrow must develop any or all of these capabilities if they want to increase their relevance and help drive organizational success. 

Join this session for what promises to be a lively discussion that will give you food for thought toward your own professional development aspirations and planning.

Michael Barr, 
CIO, Mount Royal University
Lyonel Kawa, 

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10:20 - 11:05
"Autonomous Cyber Defense: AI and the Immune System Approach"

From insiders to sophisticated external attackers, the reality of cyber security today is that the threat is already inside. Legacy approaches to cyber security, which rely on knowledge of past attacks, are simply not sufficient to combat new, evolving attacks, and no human cyber analyst can watch so much or react quickly enough. A fundamentally new approach to cyber defense is needed to detect and respond to these threats that are already inside the network - before they turn into a full-blown crisis.

Self-learning systems represent a fundamental step-change in automated cyber defense, are relied upon by organizations around the world, and can cover up to millions of devices. Based on machine learning and probabilistic mathematics, these new approaches to security can establish a highly accurate understanding of normal behavior by learning an organization’s ‘pattern of life,’. They can therefore spot abnormal activity as it emerges and even take precise, measured actions to automatically curb the threat.

Discover why autonomous response and machine learning is the future of defense and how the ‘immune system’ approach to cyber security provides complete network visibility and the ability to prioritize threats in order to better allocate time and resources.

David Masson, Country Manager, Canada, Darktrace

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10:20 - 11:05
"MultiCloud Strategy:  A Decision Makers’ Perspective"

The modern Cloud Era has fundamentally reset expectations of enterprise IT services. Internal and external consumers of these IT resources demand the same agility and scalability of public clouds. As a result, today’s decision makers need to bring true cloud-like simplicity and flexibility to their datacenters to stay competitive, and to support their business.

To build their next-generation infrastructure, enterprise IT leaders are looking beyond their legacy vendors and architectures, and are building datacenters that rival public clouds. What does this new enterprise IT stack look like, and how can decision makers leverage the latest innovations as they put their datacenter and cloud strategies into practice

Join Nutanix to provide you with a deeper understanding of how to confidently tackle these important decision maker's challenges.

Justin Hurst, 
Director of Technology, Nutanix

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11:05 - 11:25
Networking Break

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11:30 - 12:15
"The Future of Work – Meeting the Demands of Digital"

The future of work continues to evolve, and every day that future is brought closer by the accelerating business demands of digital transformation, emerging cultural norms and the capabilities of new technologies and innovations. Digitally-enabled businesses must strive to be more global and work outside their normal bounds. The session will explore the growing demand for agility and less hierarchy in the workplace alongside the advent of real-time communications tools. Hear use cases from firms that are on the leading edge of implementing more data-driven decision making, AI-enabled processes and new models for information security.

Ian Phillpot, 
GM - Canada, Box

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11:30 - 12:15
"The Three R's of AI/ML Adoption"

AI’s practical potential is increasing daily: the possibilities are exciting. And, we must admit - if only to ourselves - Equally overwhelming, if not downright scary. Yes, rapidly progressing and increasingly available AI capabilities provide opportunity. But the sheer scope of possibility and potential impact on existing business relationships and practices can be intimidating. Thereby make it difficult to know where to start. Especially when our natural inclination to “go big or go home”. But…do you have to upset the proverbial apple cart to even get started with AI? Not necessarily!

In this session we’ll review of the 3 levels at which AI may be adopted. Along with an evaluation of the risks and rewards inherent in each level – including the impact of AI on existing processes, data and IT practices.

Kimberly Nevala, 
Director of Business Strategies, Best Practices, SAS

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11:30 - 12:15
"State of Cyber Threats in Canada"

Cyber threats continue to target organizations causing significant business and reputational impact and Canadian organizations are no exception. In this session, Mandiant provides a recap of a few interesting recent cases and provide lessons learned and insight on steps leading organizations are taking to improve the resiliency of their cyber security programs.

Dave Wong,
Managing Director, Mandiant Consulting

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12:20 - 13:05
"Digital Lean Strategies"

As IT Leaders, we are bombarded with the topic of digital business transformation to the point we are lead to believe our businesses will cease to exist unless we get on board the digital journey. However, many of us are stuck in the quagmire of legacy IT and traditional business models with little appreciation or support from business leadership. Though many CEOs aspire to be the Amazon or Uber of their industry, the practical application and cultural impact of this is unrealistic. Simplifying and understanding what digital is and what transformation looks like is paramount to building momentum and leadership support and can be achieved with Lean principles established nearly seventy years ago. Dean Doige, CIO of Clark Builders and Vice President of the CIO Association of Canada will share his perspective of Digital Lean Strategies and how you can begin immediately on your Digital Journey.

Dean Doige, 
CIO, Clark Builders

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12:20 - 13:05
"Orchestrating the future of Asset Heavy Industries with AI Platform Business Models"

On average, platform orchestrators grow revenues faster and generate higher profits than other business models, earning market valuations as high as eight times revenue. By orchestrating direct interactions between consumers and producers, they can create dazzling network effects to dominate their market segments and scale with ease in new ones.

Join Data Scientist and IBM Watson for Natural Resources Innovation Program Lead, Pavel Rahman, as he shares what Platform Operators do exceedingly well including:

  • Create value from reciprocity –Adopt a deeply collaborative approach that spans an ecosystem to create win-win propositions
  • Capitalize on data –Cultivate and orchestrate data as their most important asset to hone performance and the capacity for continuous change
  • Commit to innovation –Reallocate capital and resources from defending markets to innovating in new ones.

Pavel will talk to real examples of asset heavy industries like Oil & Gas, Mining, Utilities and Industrial, who are realizing 10x return on their AI investments.

Pavel Abdur-Rahman, Data Scientist & Associate Partner, IBM

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12:20 - 13:05
"Beyond Happily Ever After on the Cloud

Whether you’ve already migrated workloads to the Cloud or are considering a migration in the coming year, you will find this session highly informative. It’s the dream scenario for many companies: after many hurdles, endless internal stakeholder meetings, and long hours with your project team you’ve finally completed your first large cloud migration and are finally in the Happily Ever After stage of Cloud migration. What happens now? This session will look at what happens during and after Cloud migration and ways that you can leverage Cloud technologies to successfully stay ahead of the curve.

Key takeaways:
• Learn about the essential building blocks of a successful Cloud Migration
• Hear about life post-migration
• Methods and tools needed to optimize your Cloud environment while keep it secure and compliant
• How to build continuous innovation into your Cloud strategy to keep you ahead of your competitors 

Jarrod Levitan, 
CEO, TriNimbus

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13:05 - 14:05
Networking Lunch

14:10 - 15:25
"Orchestrating True Digital Transformation"

Building a digital business involves creating new operations that support doing business digitally and take advantage of digital systems. New digital business companies that enter the marketplace and existing companies that add digital business arms increase pressure on their competitors to transition quickly to digital.

This interactive roundtable discussion will provide attendees to brain-storm and share ideas with one another on how to effectively orchestrate digital transformation.

Ross Ballendine, Director, Information Technology, Calfrac Well Services
Freddie Martinez, 
Director, Information Systems, City of Spruce Grove
Wesley McPherson, 
Research Director, Info-Tech Research Group
Darrel Popowich, 
VP Information Technology, H&R Block Canada
Dean Doige, CIO, Clark Builders

15:30 - 16:15
"Smart Cities – Digital Transformation for Municipalities"

  • What are Smart Cities?
  • Of the three levels of government, municipalities are where the “rubber meets the road”, providing many diverse lines of business to meet the needs of their communities.
  • What are some practical ways for cities to apply emerging technologies to meet their challenges?
  • Learn about St. Albert’s application of IoT, fibre optics, cloud technologies, open data, and analytics to improve services, control costs, and help to grow the local economy

Gordon Coulman, 
Director, Innovation & Technology, City of St. Albert

15:30 - 16:15
"Implementing Security Without Compromising User Experience"

What is more important to your business – security or user experience? For many businesses, this is a common predicament that often instigates a reaction to focus heavily on one, resulting in the other being detrimentally impacted and consequently adding unnecessary risk and complexity. However, security or user experience is not a compromise any business should make.

In a world where attacks are becoming more sophisticated and regulations are ever-changing, how can businesses secure endpoints and maintain compliance without detrimental impact on user experience?

Nick Hilderman, Security Risk & Compliance, Finning International
Brian Uhreen, 
Security Operations Manager, Finning International

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15:30 - 16:15
"Connecting IoT Across the Enterprise"

Join Sylvain Mayer, Manager of Innovation & Collaboration for the City of Calgary to take a look at the city's IoT strategy and how these techniques can be translated across the Enterprise.

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16:15 - 16:30
Networking Break

16:35 - 17:20
"Responsive & Connected City"

The City of Calgary operates on a foundation of pervasive and high-speed connectivity. Sensors
monitor rising river levels and automate storm water gates. During snowstorms, citizens can watch an
interactive map that displays snowplows moving through streets in real-time and see traffic camera
feeds from across the city on their mobile phones. Calgarians can receive real-time data about when
the next bus will arrive on their smartphones or sign up for a text notification when the street
sweeper is coming down their street or when to take out which bin- blue, green or black. Always on,
two-way communication with citizens is critical for customer service but also to help The City improve
our operations on a daily basis.

It is an exciting, but challenging time right now for IT departments. Our culture is embracing
technology and innovation is happening at lightning speed. Forward thinking cities need to engage
with citizens to understand what citizens want, and invest in creative, personalized and more effective
ways of delivering services. Hear about City of Calgary’s journey to the responsive and connected

Heather Reed-Fenske, 
CIO, City of Calgary

17:20 - 19:30
CAMSS Alberta Evening Reception