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Agenda


June 7, 2016 / Governing Body Private Dinner


6:00pm - 8:30pm Governing Body Private Dinner

Don’t Believe the Hype – Vancouver Is on the Rise

Dinner Keynote 

Todd Hirsch
Chief Economist
ATB Financial
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Amid a weakened economy across Canada, the northern lights are still shining bright over Vancouver. Economist Todd Hirsch will address the current economic landscape of Vancouver and Canada, and the opportunities within Vancouver’s shifting economy. When will the Canadian dollar strengthen? How can companies focus on getting stronger when the economy is down and talent is staying where the money is? Hirsch discusses a variety of aspects hitting the economy across British Columbia and what to expect on the horizon.


June 8, 2016 / Content Highlights


7:00am - 7:45am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

CloudBC Reaches to New Heights

Keynote 

Bette-Jo Hughes
Associate Deputy Minister & Government CIO
Government of the Province of British Columbia
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CloudBC is an exciting collaboration of the government, regional health authorities and several crown corporations in British Columbia. CloudBC’s mandate is to establish an open marketplace to support the successful adoption of cloud computing services, and work with vendors to realize the value proposition of cloud services in the British Columbia public sector. Join Bette-Jo Hughes, government CIO and CloudBC administrator, as she discusses the successes and lessons learned thus far on the journey, and highlights the key priorities for CloudBC over the next 12—18 months.

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

Surfing a Tsunami of Change

Featured Session 

Mike Balzer
Enterprise Systems Strategist
Catalyst Paper Corporation
Paul Einarson
CIO
Catalyst Paper Corporation
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In today’s fast-paced world, change is continuous. And it affects the business strategy, executive team, organization and legal structure, systems governance, core infrastructure, compliance requirements and more. But what happens when your organization encounters a “perfect storm” of change? Are you ready to help lead your enterprise through the turbulence? Do you have the skills and the resources — both internal and external? What critical factors will determine whether you survive and thrive? Join Paul Einarson and Mike Balzer for a cautionary tale of transition and transformation. They’ll share what worked, what didn’t, who helped and what got in the way.

The CIO’s Role in Security

Executive Boardroom 

Gerry Akkerman
Interim CIO
TransLink
Jories Timmers
IT Director & CIO
Powerex
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Cybersecurity is one of the most complex challenges facing enterprise organizations today. In addition to the obvious ramifications of a malicious attack, a breach casts a far-reaching shadow over the entire business, from the front line to the board. Communicating strategy, effectively allocating resources, addressing privacy, defending against espionage, protecting customers, managing risk: The demands of security are myriad, and meeting those demands requires leadership. In this free-flowing discussion, CIOs will engage with peers on the strategies necessary to thrive in the most dangerous era information technology has ever experienced.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Sean Chalmers at 503-972-2166 or sean.chalmers@evanta.com

9:50am - 10:20am

Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am Breakout Sessions

A New Business on the Edge of a Legacy Business

Featured Session  sponsored by: Adobe Systems Incorporated

Gary Agnew
VP, Digital
Finning International
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Launching a digital startup within an 83-year-old Western Canadian business wasn’t an overnight transformation at Finning International. Gary Agnew, VP of digital, and the executive leadership team saw an opportunity to deploy a different strategy to build on the company’s tradition to “service what we sell” and now fully leverage digital technologies to transform the role Finning plays in driving customer success. In this session, Agnew shares insight on how to position digital as a business and not simply as a fleeting project and explores digital strategy — challenges and successes — in shaping a business to create renewed competitive advantage.

Vision and Execution in the Age of Digital Transformation

Featured Session  sponsored by: EMC Corporation

Josh Bernstein
VP of Technology for the Emerging Technologies Division
EMC Corporation
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In a disruptive world, the mandate of digital transformation looms large for organizations fighting to maintain relevance in the digital arms race. CIOs realize, however, that the act of transforming is more an ongoing evolution than a one-time event, and the stakes have never been higher. Successful organizations must have the right vision, foundational strategy, and the right platforms and technology to innovate, pivot quickly, embrace opportunities and maximize efficiency. EMC shares the core tenets of successful transformation through the prism of its own experience, including strategies, practical implementations and real-world outcomes.

CIO 3.0

Executive Boardroom 

Dr. Alma Barranco-Mendoza
CIO
Canadian Space Society
Alex Buhler
CIO
Mountain Equipment Co-operative
Jag Madan
CIO
Langara College
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What does — or should — IT look like when the business and customers are constantly changing? As customers demand a different experience and as most transactions go digital, IT has become service-oriented. How will this affect the future of the CIO, the talent pool and the basic definition and role of IT? This interactive discussion allows top CIOs to openly share strategies for driving the business forward through the changes in customers, marketplace, IT and talent.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Sean Chalmers at 503-972-2166 or sean.chalmers@evanta.com

11:10am - 11:40am

Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm Luncheon Keynote

The Big Picture – Attracting, Developing and Retaining Talent

Keynote  sponsored by: Box

Catherine Chick
Vice President, Business Services & Technology
Seaspan
Oliver Grüter-Andrew
CIO
The Provincial Health Services
David Trent
Senior Director, IT
Canfor
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Information technology is a people business — an IT department’s success depends significantly on the quality of the people who make it work. Attracting, developing and retaining the best talent is the secret to success for CIOs. The Vancouver market presents particular challenges in this regard, being relatively small but attractive to U.S.-based corporations seeking to establish near-shore operations to extend their talent pools. Three senior IT leaders from Vancouver discuss their experiences in developing their teams, obstacles they encounter and creative solutions they use in the face of stiff competition.

12:50pm - 1:20pm

Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm Breakout Sessions

Better Security Through Collaboration

Featured Session 

Rob Labbé
Director, Information Security
Teck Resources Limited
Michael Leung
Senior Manager, Information Security
Coast Capital Savings
Jo-Ann Smith
Sr. Manager Enterprise Information Protection
Best Buy Canada
René Agüero
Area Manager, Security Market
Splunk
Moderator
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CIOs need to know what happens on the ground with risks and threats — and CISOs are the best people to address any unanswered questions around security. How is security evolving in the changing threat landscape? How can CIOs be effective partners to CISOs and better communicate security together as business leaders? This panel discussion with leading CISOs explores experiences around risk tolerance, the threat landscape and communicating security to the business.

The Internet of Customers

Executive Boardroom 

Brian Kuhn
Director of Technology & CIO
Vancouver School Board
John Tolkamp
Director IT & Continuous Improvement
Norbord Inc.
Shari Wallace
CIO
City of Burnaby
Chris Makkreel
Director, Enterprise Engineering Canada
Salesforce
Moderator
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Behind every “thing” is a customer. But connecting things and apps requires dealing with massive amounts of data. Enterprises need new ways to process real-time data on a massive scale, trigger actions and engage with customers one-on-one. What steps are companies taking to get the most from their investment in the Internet of Things? How do companies anticipate what the customer wants before they know themselves? Join this discussion on how the IoT impacts CIOs in every industry, affecting their future thinking and emerging technologies.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Sean Chalmers at 503-972-2166 or sean.chalmers@evanta.com

2:10pm - 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout Sessions

Are CIOs Ready for the Digital Identity Transformation?

Featured Session 

Joni Brennan
Management Consultant
Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada
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In many companies, digital identity technologies are seen as separate from business strategy — viewed as a means to an end and primarily to enable a specific function. But this view doesn’t hold up when integrating technology and strategy during a company’s broader digital transformation. Digital identity must be seen as a critical pillar of business strategy for forming and sustaining dynamic relationships with partners, consumers, governments and citizens. Joni Brennan offers a high-level view of digital identity transformation trends, shares personal stories of challenge and success, and illustrates why CIOs must be ready for the digital identity future.

Data and Analytics Boost the Business

Executive Boardroom 

Terry Taciuk
VP, Information & Business Analytics
A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.
Trish Watson
IT Manager
Tolko Industries Ltd.
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How do CIOs overcome the common cultural barriers to data and analytics? What communication strategies and tools — an elevator pitch, less technical speak, data visualization, dashboards — can be leveraged to help attain cross-organization buy-in? Once achieved, how do executives leverage the data they have and the analytics they are running for the business? This open discussion with peers addresses leveraging data and analytics to optimize strategies through the business.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Sean Chalmers at 503-972-2166 or sean.chalmers@evanta.com

3:20pm - 3:40pm

Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm

Closing Keynote

4:20pm - 5:00pm

Closing Reception & Prize Drawings