Agenda


08:00 - 08:50
Registration & Breakfast


08:50 - 09:00
Welcome Address & Opening Remarks

Jason Cenamor, President, CAMSS Canada
Shaun Guthrie,
President - Edmonton Chapter, CIO Association of Canada


09:00 - 09:40
Keynote Presentation

”Driving Digital 2025: Leading Smarter, Faster, Innovative,
Sustainable Transformation Programs”

Leaders driving transformation programs today are investing in customer experience, automation, agile practices, DevOps, and analytics to ensure competitiveness as industries transform. These are the table stakes for IT leaders, and they must drive smarter, faster, and innovative transformation programs to drive growth and profitability. Success will require IT leaders to empower their organizations with self service technologies, succeed with change management programs, and enable differentiating capabilities with a combination of artificial intelligence and IoT.

Hear from Isaac Sacolick, author of Driving Digital, contributing editor at CIO and InfoWorld, and President of StarCIO on how IT leaders must steer their transformation programs to succeed digital's second wave.

Isaac Sacolick, CEO, StarCIO


09:45 - 11:00
”DevOps: How & Why?”

DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This speed enables organizations to better serve their customers and compete more effectively in the market. But for some, this process still poses a magnitude of challenges, beginning with “How?” and “Why?”

In this session, we will focus on how a business can adapt to the change. What challenges must be overcome and why is this of importance?

SESSION LEADERS:
Corrine Siba,
Director, IS Infrastructure & Operations, Plains Midstream Canada
Ross Ballendine,
Director, Information Technology, Calfrac Well Services Ltd.
John Kemp,
Sr. Director, Info-Tech Research Group
Isaac Sacolick,
CEO, StarCIO


11:00 - 11:10
Networking Break


11:10 - 12:25
“Autonomous Cyber Defense: Utilizing AI for Security”

From insiders to sophisticated external attackers, the reality of cyber security today is that the threat is already inside. There are question marks over the sufficiency of legacy approaches to cyber security, which rely on knowledge of past attacks, to combat new, evolving attacks. A new approach to cyber defense is being deployed to detect and respond to these threats before they turn into a full- blown crisis.

In this session, we will discuss why autonomous response and machine learning is being seen as the future of defense and how the ‘immune system’ approach to cyber security can provide complete network visibility and the ability to prioritize threats in order to better allocate time and resources.

SESSION LEADERS:
David Masson,
Country Manager, Darktrace
Tim McCreight,
Acting Director, Chief Security Officer, City of Calgary
Mike McCrae,
Director of IS, Cervus Equipment Corporation


12:25 - 13:25
Networking Lunch


13:25 - 14:40
”Driving the Business Through Technology: We’re an Enabler, Not a Commodity”

It is no secret that technology is changing the fabric of business operations and outcomes, and collaboration between IT and the business is more important than ever before. The conversation is no longer about how to align IT with the business, however in many cases technology is still viewed as a commodity rather than an enabler. So what can we do do successfully change this mindset both within our own organizations and across the industry as a whole?

During this session, we will discuss the various challenges IT and digital leaders face when undergoing this cultural shift.

SESSION LEADERS:
Jan Bradley,
Chief Information Technology Officer, City of Calgary
Charles Clarke,
Business Solutions Architect, Veeam Software
Alan Legal,
vCIO & Director, Strategy, Ricoh Canada Inc.
Shaun Guthrie,
President - Edmonton Chapter, CIO Association of Canada


14:40 - 14:50
Networking Break


14:50 - 16:05
”One Cloud Vs Multi-Cloud: What’s Right for You?”

Deciding to adopt a cloud environment for your organization is just the beginning. Moving to the cloud is complicated and begs a multitude of questions, the first of which being whether to adopt a single cloud model or multiple. A decision not to be taken lightly. Any type of cloud environment presents certain benefits as well as issues that apply differently to different organizations. How do you determine which cloud environment is better for your current and future organizational needs?

This session will focus on the factors that can help guide your decision, preparing you for the move to set your company on the path to success for years to come.

SESSION LEADERS:
Kassim Dossa,
CIO, AgeCare
Ryan Corby,
System Engineering Manager - Western Canada, Nutanix
Helen Wetherley Knight,
CIO, Calgary Drop In & Rehab Centre Society
Kofi Ahulu,
Sr. Solution Engineer, VMware


16:05 - 16:15
Networking Break


16:15 - 17:30
”The Role of AI and ML in Digital Transformation”

AI is already driving digital transformation in a wide range of sectors. New opportunities are limitless and evolving business models are demonstrating the effective use AI and ML to succeed. But where do you start and where does the journey end?

This session will focus on how to harness these technologies during your digital transformation roadmap to enhance customer interaction, reduce costs, and improve efficiencies.

SESSION LEADERS:
Brian Kmet,
Head of Business Technology, PCL Construction
Greg Bratton,
Director, Information Technology, SECURE Energy Services
Jeannette Jarvis,
Director, Product Marketing, Fortinet


17:30 - 17:45
Closing Remarks

Shaun Guthrie, President - Edmonton Chapter, CIO Association of Canada


17:45 - 19:30
CAMSS Alberta Evening Reception