DAY ONE
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18


08:00 - 08:50
Registration


08:50 - 09:00
CAMSS CANADA: WEST 2017
Welcome Remarks

Jessie Adcock, Chief Technology Officer, City of Vancouver


09:00 - 09:45
PANEL DISCUSSION
"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.

MODERATOR:
Jessie Adcock, 
CTO, City of Vancouver

PANELISTS:
Charaka Kithulegoda, Head of Digital, ATB Financial
Jan Bradley, IT Manager, City of Calgary
Darrel Popowich, 
VP, Information Technology, H+R Block Canada, Inc.


09:50 - 10:35
PANEL DISCUSSION
"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?

MODERATOR:
Jessie Adcock, 
CTO, City of Vancouver

PANELISTS:
David Peneycad, 
CAO & CFO, Grant Thornton LLP
Amanda Hobson, 
CFO, BCLC


10:35 - 10:55
Networking Break


10:55 - 11:55
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
"Orchestrating True Digital Transformation"

We hear a lot about digital transformation these days, but the term is seldom defined. Rather, the focus leans toward the latest digital technologies to impact enterprises — mobile devices, social networks, cloud computing, Big Data analytics, etc. — with very little direction regarding how to actually adopt transformation. Worse, some people believe digital transformation is only about cool apps.

Digital transformation is the number-one topic on the strategic agenda for most companies. Fear of being disrupted, falling into the Big Data black hole, or missing out on some incredible new business model is keeping many awake at night. This interactive roundtable discussion will focus on what true digital transformation looks like and how it can be achieved.

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12:00 - 13:00
BOARDROOM BRIEFING
"Effectively Optimizing Data In The Cloud"

Data. It's everywhere. implicit in the new world of data everywhere is the implied ability to find, access, and use that data in an efficient manner. Much of that data exists on a cloud, so you need to know how to make sure this data is optimized and doesn’t become a weak link in your cloud platform. Storage techniques and software tools can help you achieve data and database optimization, and help to manage virtualized data storage through the software layer.

This session will explore how to effectively optimize the continuous cast amounts of data being stored in the cloud.


12:00 - 13:00
BOARDROOM BRIEFING
"Transforming Information Security To Information Risk"

Why is security so difficult? Adversaries have fewer rules and more resources than most defenders. Today, security focuses on technology, and compliance is driving many security decisions. A risk management program can bring a structured, organized approach to your company's security. It provides feedback loops and checks-and-balance capabilities, ensures appropriate communication and collaboration between risk program and organization, and guarantees that a member from risk management is represented in key organizational activities.

This session will focus on the key elements of an effective risk management program.

SESSION LEADER:
Gary Perkins, 
CISO, Province of British Columbia


12:00 - 13:00
BOARDROOM BRIEFING
"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.

SESSION LEADER:
Brian Joynt, Vice President & General Manager, Canada, Information Builders


13:00 - 14:15
Networking Lunch


14:15 - 15:15
BOARDROOM BRIEFING
"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

SESSION LEADER:
Kimberly Nevala, 
Director of Business Strategies, SAS Best Practices, SAS


14:15 - 15:15
BOARDROOM BRIEFING
"Cracking The Cyber Insurance Code"

Organizations continue to invest heavily in cybersecurity efforts to safeguard themselves against threats, but far fewer have signed on for cyber insurance to protect their firms after an attack. Why not? What roadblocks exist, and what steps could the industry take to help clear them?

This session will focus on the necessary actions required to take in ensuring your organization is correctly prepared to respond to cyber threats and limit the lasting impacts of an attack.


14:15 - 15:15
BOARDROOM BRIEFING
"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.

SESSION LEADER:
Richard Hannah, 
VP, Information Services, Gibson Energy


15:15 - 16:00
Networking Break


16:00 - 17:00
BOARDROOM BRIEFING
"Empowering Innovation: 
Creating a Culture of Adoption"

As over-used as the word “innovation” may be these days, there is no denying that building a culture of innovation is at the top of most corporate agendas. After all, a company’s own employees are uniquely positioned to understand the intersection of business operations, product development pipelines, and customer demand. New growth should be spurred from within. Yet attempts to build a culture of adopting innovation often fall flat.

This session will focus on how to harbor an adoptive culture of innovation within your team and orgniazation.

SESSION LEADER:
Cynthia Fortlage, 
Vice President Information Technology, GHY International


16:00 - 17:00
BOARDROOM BRIEFING
"Establishing a Multi-Vendor Strategy"

Despite the trend suggesting organizations purchase as much as they can from a single vendor to avoid the headaches of integration, unfortunately, this is not a reality. Technology leaders find the best approach to deliver real value to their organizations is to secure the services of multiple vendors instead of attempting to find one claiming to do it all. However, with a multivendor approach, digital leaders are required to go the extra mile to make disparate products and interfaces from various vendors work harmoniously. But what's the best approach to this strategy?


16:00 - 17:00
BOARDROOM BRIEFING
"Transitioning From Traditional BI Platforms"

The concept of studying data for customer insight and to guide effective decision-making is not a new one. In fact, business intelligence programs have been in place in some organizations for a very long time. But with the developments of a more digital age, these processes are increasingly unable to meet the evolving needs of enterprises. In order to compete in today’s data-rich, fast-moving environment, newer solutions will be required, which is why businesses should be looking at transitioning from traditional BI platforms.

So how can companies recognize when they may benefit from an overhaul of their analytics processes to handle this and improve their operations to become more data-driven?


17:00 - 17:45
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION


17:45 - 21:00
CAMSS CANADA: WEST 2017
Evening Reception