08:00 - 08:50

08:50 - 09:00
Welcome Remarks

Jessie Adcock, Chief Technology Officer, City of Vancouver

09:00 - 09:45
"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.

Jessie Adcock, 
CTO, City of Vancouver

Jan Bradley,
 IT Manager, City of Calgary
Nancy Blair, 
CIO, Mountain Equipment Co-op
Charaka Kithulegoda, Head of Digital, ATB Financial
Darrel Popowich, VP, Information Technology, H+R Block Canada, Inc.

09:50 - 10:35
"Budgeting: What Needs To Be Considered?"

Despite the glaringly obvious benefits of implementing an array of advanced technologies in to the company, working with the same, or in some cases even less budget than the previous year, makes this a continuous uphill struggle. With vast amounts of money spent on past projects and as companies begin to focus on the bottom line benefit of technology to the business, demonstrating the value can be hard when the immediate results are not there to be seen.

How should you work with the CEO and CFO on priority investments? How do you present a business case to obtain the increased funding you need? How do you keep the lights on?

Jessie Adcock, 
CTO, City of Vancouver

Amanda Hobson, 
David Peneycad, 
CAO & CFO, Grant Thornton LLP
Kelly Gilchrist, Vice President, Information Services, Aquilini Group
Paul Twigg, 
VP Technology, Sierra Systems

10:35 - 10:55
Networking Break

10:55 - 11:55
Data-Driven Digital Transformation - Making the Case For Modernization

As new technologies continue to disrupt traditional business models, the need to adapt to the digital economy grows increasingly more critical.

This applied workshop will enable those responsible for data-driven digital transformation in their respective organizations to gain new perspectives by collaborating in small groups to work through a DX case study on fictional legacy retailer “Book Smart” – for which groups will work alongside DX practitioners and thought leaders to define a clear path forward by transforming the way the company acquires, produces, distributes and sells their core products in the digital economy. This workshop is designed to provide DX leaders with the framework, resources, and skills they need to accelerate digital transformation efforts in their respective organizations. Join facilitators from SAP Labs and Deloitte as they share their key drivers, structures, strategies, and best practice for successful transformation across the enterprise. 



12:00 - 13:00
"How To Build a Content Management Strategy For Today's Needs"

Content is a core element of digital business. Companies must create, secure, manage, and collaborate upon content with both internal and external participants. But traditional Enterprise Content Management (ECM) technology is costly and dated while Enterprise File Share & Sync (EFSS) is limited in functionality. The result? Too many content repositories, leading to silos and broken communication. Companies need a better way to work!

Learn how to make the most of your content investment and drive innovation through IT.

Sanjay Manchanda, VP & GM, Box

12:00 - 13:00
"Basic Cyber Security"

Cybersecurity has never been as imperative as it is today. As no organization globally is immune to attack, organizations will be judged not only on their ability to prevent but to detect and respond.  By doing the basics organizations can mitigate 80% of the incidents or higher.  Attend this session to ensure your organization has a firm handle on the hygiene and compliance level controls required to ensure a defensible security posture.

Gary Perkins, 
CISO, Province of British Columbia

12:00 - 13:00
"Harnessing Data For Business Value"

Complex infrastructure, overlapping domains, and rigorous compliance requirements complicate a growing influx of data from multiple internal and external sources. Successful organizations combat this by leveraging a value generation cycle, or determining the value your data can provide and then using the right technology to deliver real results.

In this session, you'll learn how to derive lasting value from your data. Uncover 5 steps to making this happen, plus case studies on how real businesses laid the foundation for measurable business success.

Brian Joynt, Vice President & General Manager, Canada, Information Builders

13:00 - 14:15
Networking Lunch

14:15 - 15:15
"Building & Maintaining an Analytic & Data Driven Culture"

Analytics can be a powerful contributor to the achievement of departmental and organizational goals. But successfully deploying analytics in any organization can be challenging and a number of common questions generally arise such as: Where do I start? Which projects should be prioritized? How should my organization be structured for success? What about data? And how do you prevent your teams from reverting back into old habits?

This interactive workshop will focus on the following areas:

Orienting organization thinking from a “data first” approach
Learn how to develop an analytic agenda that aligns with corporate strategies
Identify potential areas to apply analytics in your organization beyond BI
Develop strategies to extend/expand your analytics footprint
How to best architect change

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

14:15 - 15:15
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 your executive peers, as well as IT visionaries for this boardroom briefing to discuss:

How to build and implement a successful cloud strategy?
When to leverage public cloud services (and when not to)?
Innovations in datacenter technologies that drive greater efficiency and performance?
The continued shift in IT consumption, and how to find the right balance between renting and owning cloud infrastructure?

Gil Haberman,
Director of Product Marketing, Nutanix

14:15 - 15:15
"Four Goals To Adopting IoT"

In Canada, Gibson Energy has enjoyed an established presence as an integrated, midstream service provider to oil and gas companies for more than 60 years – from crude oil to liquids and refined products. But despite its success, advances in technology have not gone unnoticed by executive management and the organization as a whole. Against the backdrop of fluctuating commodity prices, the company is making a concerted effort to adopt the Internet of Things (IoT) through four distinct goals:

Optimize operations – reduce or eliminate the time and effort spent collecting sensor data manually
Improve equipment reliability – reduce downtime and subsequent potential loss of business
Minimize risk to health and safety – reduce manual tasks involved in collecting information in hazardous environments
Create new value – provide information to decision makers to be able to answer questions in near real-time

This interactive discussion will take us through the successful journey of implementing IoT solutions including the lessons learned along the way.

Richard Hannah, 
VP, Information Services, Gibson Energy

15:15 - 16:00
Networking Break

16:00 - 17:00
"The Machine Fights Back - Leveraging AI For Self-Learning Cyber Security

With machines fighting machines and increasingly sophisticated human attackers, we are now entering a new era of cyber-threats. The battle is no longer at the perimeter but inside of our organizations, and no security team can keep up with its speed. Cyber-attackers are quickly becoming silent and stealthy, and cyber defense has turned into an arms race.

This new wave of cyber-threats has seen skilled attackers that may lie low for weeks or months. By the time they take definitive steps, their actions blend in with the everyday hum of network activity. These attacks call for a change in the way we protect our most critical assets.

Self-learning and self-defending systems are now being deployed to continually assess business environments. Known as ‘immune system’ defense, this approach is used to uncover threats that have already penetrated the network border, and then automatically fight back. Unlike legacy approaches, which rely on rules or signatures, these technologies work autonomously, enable the security team to focus on high-value tasks, and can counter even fast-moving, automated attackers.

In this session, learn about:

The new age of silent, stealthy attacks that lie low in networks for weeks and months; Why legacy approaches, like rules and signatures, are proving inadequate on their own; How new ‘immune system’ technologies based on advanced mathematics and machine learning are being deployed today.

David Masson, 
Country Manager, Canada, Darktrace

16:00 - 17:00
"MarTech - Convergence In Corporate Marketing & IT Functions"

As the Digital Marketing function has evolved rapidly, it cannot leverage its full potential if operated standalone without consideration of IT Enterprise Architecture and cross functional departmental collaboration.

The session will discuss findings and lessons learned to date.

Chris Sepp, 
Sr. Director, Information Technology, Rocky Mountaineer

16:00 - 17:00
"Cyber Security - It's a Team Effort"

Bob Gordon, 
Executive Director, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)

17:00 - 17:45

The Science of Leadership

"Creating an environment where your people want to win”

“To lead is to affect the behaviour of others towards a common goal”. This keynote Elevate represents the culmination of almost 40 years into the study of the science of human behavior. The greatest nemesis for success for yourself and your people is trying to overcome the voice of doubt and self-limiting behavior. What stands between struggle and tremendous success is far less than most imagine. Interwoven with powerful stories, Randy Taylor will deliver a powerful message of what is necessary to tap into the incredible potential of any individual and any team.

Randy Taylor, Taylormade Leadership

17:45 - 21:00
Evening Reception

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