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
Rob Davidson, 
Director, Enterprise Architecture & CISO, Pacific Blue Cross

10:35 - 10:55
Networking Break

10:55 - 11:55
"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.


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.


12:00 - 13:00
"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.

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?


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
"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.

Loc Dao, 
Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Board

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
"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

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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