Agenda


08:00 - 08:50
Registration & Breakfast


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

MASTER OF CEREMONIES:
Shari Wallace,
Vancouver Chapter President, CIO Association of Canada


09:00 - 09:40
Keynote Presentation

”Behaviors Organizations Adopt in their Journey to Hybrid Cloud”

With a continuously changing landscape that is fueled by the high expectations of the connected consumer, organizations need to make sense of the many consumption models available to them today. Forcing change and transforming them into internal service providers, as well as service brokers. The goal of this session is to highlight the decisions transformative organization have successfully taken on their journey to the hybrid cloud.

SPEAKER:
Michael Burnett,
Director, Systems Engineering, Nutanix


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:
Mussawar Choudhry,
Director, IT, Panago Pizza
Mike Stevenson,
VP IT Infrastructure, Mogo Finance
Stephen O’Connor,
Executive Counselor, Info-Tech Research Group
Catherine Chick,
CIO, Mitacs


11:00 - 11:10
Networking Break


11:10 - 12:25
“Accelerating Innovation Through Cybersecurity”

As the importance of a robust security infrastructure continues to grow, many organizations are struggling, stuck in a notion that security hinders innovation. However, many would argue this is not the case and an effective cybersecurity platform can in fact accelerate innovation.

In this session, we will discuss how to utilize cybersecurity technologies and strategies to provide a bedrock of innovation across products and processes.

SESSION LEADERS:
Douglas Santos,
Security Strategist, Fortinet
David Masson,
Country Manager, Darktrace
Stuart Bourhill,
Vice President & CIO, First Nations Health Authority
Alex Loffler,
Principal Security Architect, Government of British Columbia


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:
Gerry Akkerman,
Director, Business Technology Programs, TransLink
Marco Landry,
Solution Engineer, Box
Alan Legal,
vCIO & Director, Strategy, Ricoh Canada
Alex Buhler,
CTO, Indochino


14:40 - 14:50
Networking Break


14:50 - 16:05
”Navigating Cloud Adoption: Insights from Successful Transformations”

IT executives pursuing a viable cloud strategy must balance business, people, governance, platform, operations, and security. What does it take to get into the cloud securely and efficiently, while enabling the business at the same time?

In this sessions we will discuss how to manage your acceleration to the cloud to meet the current and future needs of your business.

SESSION LEADERS:
Dianne Lapierre,
SVP & CIO, Raymond James Ltd.
Jennifer Pearson,
Vice President, Information Technology, Purdys Chocolatier
Mark McKie,
Area Vice President, West, Attivo Networks, Inc.
Darren Humphries,
Director, Systems Engineering, VMware


16:05 - 16:15
Networking Break


16:15 - 17:30
”Driving Smarter Decision Making Through AI Experimentation & Agile DataOps Practices”

Organizations can no longer afford to make decisions without leveraging data driven insights derived from their enterprise systems and other data sources. Entire industries are transforming at unprecedented speeds, requiring businesses of all sizes to take actions and make smarter and faster decisions. Organizations accustomed to making decisions based on intuition, analyzing data manually with spreadsheets, or delivering workflow applications without automation or intelligence need to embark on a data-driven transformation.

This session will focus on how to make smarter decisions through DataOps practices, leveraging Artificial Intelligence, and what companies risk by not following this journey.

SESSION LEADERS:
Shauna Begley,
Vice President, Information & Technology, White Spot
Kristin Wilkes,
CIO, Capilano University
Nick Maltchev,
CTO, Harvest One


17:30 - 17:45
Closing Remarks


17:45 - 19:30
CAMSS B.C. Evening Reception