07:30 - 09:00
"Leaders Driving Value Creation in the Digital Economy"

As new technologies continue to disrupt traditional business models, the need to adapt to the digital economy grows increasingly more critical. In this executive roundtable, facilitators from SAP Labs and Deloitte, will lead an interactive dialog on data-driven digital transformation and its impact on value creation in the today’s digital world. 

Join your Western Canada digital innovation leaders as we discuss how to kick-start and accelerate your digital journey.


08:00 - 08:50
Networking Breakfast

08:50 - 09:00
Day Two Opening Remarks

Rob Simms, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, CAMSS World

09:00 - 09:45
"How We Managed a Disruptive Change"

Digital is changing all aspects of the business. From the way consumers view a company, to how employees judge the organizations they work for. There is no denying the need to embrace these waves of change to capture new opportunities for growth and development. But how do you effectively manage these waves of change without compromising day-to-day business objectives?

This in-depth panel discussion will provide valuable insight from a variety of IT leaders on how they are managing a disruptive change.

Brian Kuhn, 
Director of Technology & CIO, Vancouver School Board

Kalev Ruberg
, CIO, Teck Resources
Tarick Ahmad, CIO, Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan
Leo de Sousa, Director, Enterprise Technology, City of Vancouver
Shari Wallace, 
CIO, City of Burnaby
Kurt Pregler, CIO, TransLink

09:50 - 10:50
"Innovating Without Disrupting Existing Legacies"

Innovative business models are across cloud, analytics, mobile security and social are flourishing all around us. The typical "we've always done it this way" approach simply no longer cuts it in the increasingly competitive digital age. The best run companies are aware of this and leverage technology to create innovative products and services, gain competitive advantage and enhance customer interaction, all while ultimately improving the bottom line. However, with a reported 80% of IT budgets being spent to maintain existing legacy systems - leaving little to no money for new technologies - it leaves IT and Line of Business executives with a conundrum of innovating without disrupting existing, trusted legacies.

This interactive roundtable discussion will provide the audience with an opportunity to share ideas and strategies on innovation with one another, offering the chance to hear the viewpoints of various roles from each member of the audience.

Jeremy Higgins, 
CEO, HigginsOne
Jerry Boyer, 
CEO, One Million Acts of Innovation
Shauna Begley, Director of Information Systems, White Spot Limited
David Bibby, Global Ecommerce & Digital Technology Leader, Finning Digital
Brittany Whitmore, 
Principal & Founder, Exvera Communications
Ian McLeod,
 CIO, Douglas College
David Masson, 
Country Manager, Darktrace
Laura Cutshall, 
Director of IT, Seaspan ULC

10:50 - 11:10
Networking Break

11:15 - 12:00
"Data As a Corporate Asset"

Data is a corporate asset. Yes, this is a much-bandied about term in modern management spheres. The fact of the matter is the modern business relies heavily on data. Data provides insight into business performance, operational efficiencies, as well as strategic direction. If utilized properly, it plays a pivotal role in making strategic and operational decisions. While a number of firms have deployed modern data discovery and data visualization tools, most have come to realize this does not quite solve the challenges of data management, data governance, data security and data discovery. So how to does your data become a true corporate asset and how should it be effectively managed?

Christina Wolf, 
Chief Economist & Acting CIO, British Columbia Securities Commission

11:15 - 12:00
"Cracking The Enterprise Artificial Intelligence Code"

AI is not a new field by any stretch of the imagination. However, a recent explosion in the industrial sector has arisen due to processors finally becoming fast enough and affordable enough for mainstream. Due to this hype, many executives are jumping into the BI bandwagon without first knowing exactly (a) whether AI systems are actually going to be useful to them, if so (b) what are they going to be useful for, and (c) what type of AI system would actually help them accomplish this? CIOs are facing unreasonable requests for BI solutions to problems whose objectives haven't been set or even understood and for which the organization may not even have the data to solve them. There has also been a flourish of so-called  AI "experts" who don't truly understand the field. Unless the CIO has a solid understanding on how to embark on a BI program before even considering purchasing a tool, that BI project is very likely setting the CIO for failure due to all of these factors.

This session will provide insight to help executives understand the type of problems that can be solved with AI tools, determine which  tools are helpful for each particular type of problem, how to prepare prior to embarking in a BI project, identify common pit falls and provide an overview of how to set a BI program and how to develop a Corporate Information Strategy and Data Governance plan.

Dr. Alma Barranco, 
CIO, Canadian Space Society

11:15 - 12:00
"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?

George Pajari, 
CISO, Hootsuite

12:05 - 13:05
"Advanced Cyber Security"

Today’s threats are more targeted and sophisticated than ever.  In order to be successful in dealing effectively with the cyber threat organizations must take a risk-based approach.  In this session we will cover components of a robust security posture including threat intelligence, network visibility, and big data analytics.  Attend this session if you want to take your current security program to the next level.

Carlos Gil, 
CISO, Hyperwallet

12:05 - 13:05
A Better Place to Live Built on Technology Excellence"

There is lots of talk about Smart Cities and Intelligent Communities but where is the rubber hitting the road with regards to how technology is driving meaningful improvements for our communities? We will be sharing how technology is playing a role in helping TransLink to keep our region moving.

We will also be talking about a future vision for mobility and for making connections in the future.   How will municipalities and companies work together to improve livability and mobility within the region?

Gerry Akkerman, 
Director, Business Technology Planning, TransLink
Andrew McCurran,
Director, Strategic Planning & Policy, TransLink

12:05 - 13:05
"RFID Sets the Foundation For Omni-channel Success In Retail"

RFID sets the foundation for inventory accuracy and therefore omni-channel success.  Join Jonathan as he discusses the Lululemon program and their progress towards omni-channel including RFID, in store associate selling, ship from store and click and collect. Come learn and discuss how your company can benefit from RFID technology to enhance or kickstart your omni-channel journey.

Jonathan Aitken, IT Director, Lululemon (Former)

13:05 - 14:00
Networking Lunch