Chief Digital Officer City of Vancouver
Jessie Adcock is a technology, marketing and digital professional who has been employed globally within the high-tech sector since 1998. She is currently chief digital officer for the city of Vancouver. She came to the city from a global financial institution, where she held a series of progressively senior roles in marketing and IT, with responsibilities for developing and implementing global digital strategy, application development, and online service delivery for consumer and business markets.
Prior to her experience in the financial services sector, Adcock spent several years in the telecom industry, providing IT and e-commerce related management consulting and project management services globally. She holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA, as well as formal certifications in project management and product management.
CIO HSBC Bank Canada
Manager, IT Security BC Hydro
Jim Attridge oversees and delivers BC Hydro’s IT security program.
Previously, Attridge was the CISO for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He established and led a team of world-class IT security professionals through the planning and operational phases of the Winter Games. Attridge delivered an Olympic Games free of major IT security incidents, all within an operating budget under $10M.
With HSBC from 2001—2007, Attridge pioneered the bank’s global web application security program that brought together proper security design, risk assessment, developer training and a vulnerability assessment methodology.
Publisher Emeritus CIO Magazine
Gary Beach’s career spans over three decades in the information technology media business. He has held executive posts at McGraw-Hill on Data Communications, the world’s first digital networking magazine, and at International Data Group where he was publisher of Network World, Computerworld and CIO Magazine.
Beach contributed technology commentaries to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” programs for four years, and appeared regularly for a decade on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and “Squawk on the Street” programs where he spoke about technology investment and acquisition trends.
In 2013, John Wiley and Sons published Beach’s book “The U.S. Technology Skills Gap” which critics acclaim is the best contextual history of STEM education written. In 2014, he began an assignment as a guest columnist for The Wall Street Journal where he writes regularly on the topic of technology talent. Recently, Beach began work on his second book, “The Skills Gap Almanac,” which he publishes daily on Twitter.
In 1994, from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, he launched Tech Corps, a nonprofit that continues to challenge IT executives to introduce and share the excitement of technology with young Americans. He remains chairman of the board of Tech Corps.
EVP & CIO EMC Corporation
Vic Bhagat is EVP of enterprise business solutions and CIO at EMC Corporation. A 30-year industry veteran, Bhagat joined EMC in 2013 to lead EMC’s Information Technology, Global Centers of Excellence, Global Business Services and Indirect Procurement organizations. Together, Bhagat and the global unified enterprise business solutions team are responsible for providing the technology, services and support to enable EMC to optimize enterprise processes; further global sales and R&D relationships in BRIC and emerging countries; and deliver world-class services that drive innovation and revenue generation for EMC.
During his more than 20-year tenure at GE, Bhagat served as CIO for multiple GE organizations including GE Aviation Services, GE Global Growth and Operations, CNBC, GE Corporate, and GE India and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining EMC, Bhagat helped establish Accenture’s worldwide Big Data analytics practice for natural resources.
Bhagat earned his bachelor’s degree in information management and marketing from the University of Louisville and a diploma in physics and mathematics from Agra University in India. He previously served on several advisory boards including AT&T Utilities & Field Services and Fairfield University School of Software Engineering, and worked closely with University of Connecticut’s School of Business.
Business Unit Executive for Product Experience & Design IBM Watson Analytics
As business executive for Watson Analytics, John Colthart leads a team of evangelists, storytellers and engagement specialists to continuously innovate and transform how users access analytics to drive new value for their businesses, resulting in more than 50,000 users in three months since launch. Combining #IBMDesign, a mission to reimagine the user experience to provide #analyticsforall, and a cast of great colleagues, allows IBM to successfully deliver to market IBM Watson Analytics. Previous to this role, Colthart oversaw the direction of the offerings for both cloud and on-premise solutions.
Information & Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia
Appointed as British Columbia's information and privacy commissioner in 2010, Elizabeth Denham has raised the profile of information rights, promoted transparency in government, and adopted a proactive approach to the enforcement of access and privacy laws in British Columbia. Denham has led the office to adopt a proactive approach to the monitoring and enforcement of access and privacy laws, led investigations into several high-profile privacy breaches, and completed systemic reviews that examine the impact of new and emerging technologies on access and privacy rights.
Denham is known for spearheading collaborative projects with her federal and provincial colleagues. She co-authored “Getting Accountability Right with a Privacy Management Program,” which received international attention for its innovative and practical approach.
Prior to her appointment in British Columbia, Denham served as assistant privacy commissioner of Canada, where she led a groundbreaking investigation into the privacy practices of Facebook which resulted in changes to the social networking site on a global basis. Prior to her federal appointment, she served as director of private sector for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta.
VP, Business Technology & CIO British Columbia Lottery Corporation
Lynette DuJohn oversees the comprehensive technology needs of BCLC’s multichannel gaming business, including all lottery games, a complex network of more than 12,000 slot machines and table games in casinos, and a mature e-commerce site. Her team of 200 people develops and integrates innovative new technology and enables the company to adapt quickly to changing business needs in support of its ongoing financial success in a highly regulated environment. Her responsibilities include information technology, enterprise architecture, program management office, technology infrastructure as well as back-office systems.
DuJohn has held senior leadership roles with BCLC since joining the organization in 2003, including vice president of transformation. She is a graduate of the Civil Engineering Program at the University of New Brunswick, and prior to joining BCLC, provided consulting services and project management for major information technology and construction projects.
VP, Enterprise Services Hewlett-Packard Company
Director of Technology & CIO Vancouver School Board
Brian Kuhn is director of technology and CIO for the Vancouver School Board. In this dual role, he is responsible for developing and promoting vision and strategy leading to the adoption of technology to support new ways of learning, teaching and conducting the business of education. As a senior leader, he oversees the department responsible for technology development, implementation and support services. He actively pursues the integration of diverse information systems, portals, and online teaching and learning spaces.
Prior to his current role, Kuhn served as manager of information services for the Coquitlam School District where he had the privilege of contributing to new school design and leading initiatives designed to transform learning and work in his region.
Kuhn presents regularly at conferences and in workshops on a variety of topics involved with education, technology and the future.
Chief Cloud Officer TriNimbus
Jarrod Levitan is the chief cloud officer of TriNimbus, Canada’s leading Amazon Web Services consulting partner, which supports organizations as they migrate to and take advantage of the cloud. As an entrepreneur with former experience building an enterprise SaaS company, Levitan understands what it takes to change culture and strategically adopt progressive technologies. Serving customers and making them successful is at his core, and when combined with his extensive financial and technological background he provides immeasurable strategic insight.
Born in South Africa, Jarrod’s first business success came as he built a nutritional supplement distribution company into multimillion dollars in sales. He immigrated to Canada in 1998 and co-founded online music initiative Popnuvo before joining the Feldman Agency as CFO in 2001. Following this, he co-founded Beanworks, a cloud-based accounts payable automation solution, where he currently serves on the board. Levitan holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of Witwatersrand and a chartered financial analyst designation from the CFA Institute.
CIO Vancouver Community College
President Frontline Leadership In Practice Solutions Ltd
Doug McCann brings more than two decades of practicing leadership to his clients. As the founder of Frontline Leadership Solutions and Managing Principle in Predictive Success Corporation, McCann has a client base that spans Asia-Pacific, Europe and across North America.
McCann has been a consummate builder responsible for launching the Children’s IKEA Program in Sweden. This program provided IKEA with a coordinated offering to families with children below the age of eight, a key target group for IKEA’S future growth. The launch included the introduction of a new retail-selling concept and the introduction of hundreds of new products in Sweden for a worldwide release.
Prior to his tenure in Sweden, McCann was appointed president of IKEA Wholesale. His expertise with cost containment, logistics controls, and P&L success elevated him to being identified as a high-potential leader in IKEA North America. McCann is the president of the board at Vancouver Theatre Sports and an active member at the BCHR organization. He is a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University.
McCann’s client list includes Kellogg’s, CP Rail, CIBC Western Canada, Bell, WestJet, Purolator Western Region, Nexen, several oil service companies, TK Shipping and Sofina Foods.
Head of Customer Experience Solutions Tata Consultancy Services
VP & CIO Core-Mark International
Amin Noormohamed is the vice president and chief information officer at Core-Mark International.
Noormohamed is responsible for developing and directing the organization’s overall IT strategy, including enterprise applications, infrastructure, security and compliance across the company’s operations in the U.S. and Canada. Together with a team of dedicated professionals, the IT group supports the organization by developing and integrating highly customized applications in a very dynamic business environment. Noormohamed has been with Core-Mark since 1983 and has a worked through various IT roles within the organization. Prior to joining Core-Mark, Noormohamed worked for various organizations in East Africa, including Del Monte Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K.
Core-Mark is one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America. Founded in 1888, Core-Mark provides distribution and logistics services as well as marketing programs to approximately 30,000 retail locations across the U.S. and Canada through its 29 distribution centers.
VP, Business Technology 1-800-GOT-JUNK? LLC
Andy Parkins joined 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in 2012 as vice president of business technology. In this role, he is responsible for safeguarding continued delivery of its exceptional customer service offering through active management of the business technology platform and its supporting information services.
With more than 20 years of business technology leadership, Parkins has led many national and global institutions through the critical and challenging objective of transforming and evolving IT departments into world-class, business-focused service delivery providers.
Prior to joining 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Parkins was head of enterprise architecture at Fortis BC Energy, and held other business technology consultant and enterprise design leadership roles at companies such as the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Monitise Group in London, and ComputerVision, Australia. Through his work, Parkins earned an impressive reputation as a successful technology change agent on both an international and “at home” scale.
CTO Microsoft Canada
David Peterson is the CTO for Microsoft Canada. The office of the CTO is responsible for the management and enterprise architecture of key strategic projects all over the world. Peterson is responsible for setting the strategic technical direction for new technologies and solutions; defining and executing technology adoption programs within Canada and engineering groups; integrating technical quality assurance into the services business; and creating and supporting technical communities to foster development and IP reuse.
Peterson joined Microsoft in 2001 within enterprise services, where he has held the roles of application development consultant, solution architect and CTO. Peterson has been involved in several large Canadian financial institutions and government agencies in developing large-scale, mission-critical solutions. Prior to Microsoft, Peterson spent 10 years developing e-commerce and business-critical systems for a large Canadian retailer.
EVP, IT Walton Global Investments Ltd.
Vaughn Ravenscroft is EVP of information technology at Walton Global Investments. His 20 years of IT and technology management experience in the education, marketing research, new media and R&D sectors gives him an understanding of the challenges facing a broad range of industries. His focus is on using IT to create value for organizations, creating IT enabled services, building and managing geographically dispersed teams, and integrating IT departments post-acquisition.
Prior to this, Ravenscroft was CIO at the University of Calgary where he led IT through a major shared service rollout and a new organizational strategic plan. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, he held a number of senior IT roles at Ipsos, a major global marketing research firm, culminating as chief information and development officer. While at Ipsos, he managed the integration of multiple IT groups into a single global IT organization, developed innovative solutions to online data collection and helped craft new IT enabled products.
Ravenscroft began his career as a technology manager at the Centre for Advanced Computing and Decision Support at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa.
CIO Teck Resources Limited
Kalev Ruberg has been actively engaged with information systems for nearly 30 years. After graduating from MIT with a master's degree in architecture, he worked with and focused on simulation research, first at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in Washington, DC, and at Berkeley Labs in California, then at Georgia Tech as an assistant professor.
Ruberg devised a number of machine learning algorithms in the artificial intelligence field for the National Research Council in Ottawa and has developed large innovative object based systems for IBM, Celestica, and as an executive consultant, for IBM Global Services worldwide. During the millennium transition, he was CIO and deputy minister to the minister of finance for the Manitoba government, where he was responsible for redesigning their information services ranging from SAP to standardized infrastructure. In addition, he has been the head of technology development as the CIO of a B2B e-commerce company.
While a vice president at TELUS, Ruberg was responsible for applications and business development, including development of the IT strategy and offerings for TELUS's Healthcare vertical. As the executive general manager for information services at Placer Dome, he consolidated the services and introduced a governance structure during a general restructuring.
Now the CIO at Teck Resources Limited, Ruberg is responsible for overall information technology services and projects for this global mining company.
SVP & CIO Ledcor Industries, Inc.
President & CEO Finning International, Inc.
Scott Thomson joined Finning International Inc. as president and CEO in 2013. Prior to joining Finning, Thomson was CFO of Talisman Energy Inc., with responsibility for finance, tax, treasury, investor relations, marketing, business development, and strategy, planning and performance management. Prior to Talisman, Thomson held several executive positions with Bell Canada Enterprises, including executive vice president of corporate development; vice president of head of mergers and acquisitions; and vice president of corporate strategy. Prior to Bell, Thomson was a vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Thomson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Queen’s University, Kingston and a MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Thomson is a member of the Safety, Environment & Social Responsibility Committee.
Sr. Dir., IT Canfor Corporation
David Trent has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology field in roles spanning development, operations, program/project management, sales and business development. For the past number of years, he has held the senior leadership role in IT at Methanex from 2008—2014 and recently joined Canfor as senior director of information technology in 2014.
Trent received his bachelor of arts in economics from Simon Fraser University in 2000. During his studies, he operated a North American consultancy in digital design, e-commerce and online marketing. He is a member of the chartered professional accountants of Canada, receiving his CMA designation in 2011.
Rear Admiral Bill Truelove
Commander, Maritime Forces Pacific Royal Canadian Navy
Rear Admiral Bill Truelove was promoted to his current rank in 2012, and assumed command of Maritime Forces Pacific/Joint Task Force Pacific in June 2012, following a nine-month deployment at ISAF HQ, Kabul, Afghanistan as the deputy in the Strategic Communications Directorate. He was promoted to commodore in 2009, and was commandant and vice chancellor of the Royal Military College of Canada from 2009—2011. In 2007, Truelove assumed duties as the special assistant to the vice chief of the defense staff until 2008 when he transitioned to special advisor to the chief of the defense staff. In 2005, he was appointed as the Canadian Forces Naval Attaché in Washington and subsequently assumed command of Maritime Operations Group Four in Esquimalt in 2006. In 2004, Truelove was selected to attend the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, as a member of the Naval Command College Class of 2005, while also completing a master's degree in international relations at Salve Regina University.
Truelove attended Royal Roads Military College, graduating in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in military and strategic studies.
Author & Thought Leader Reality-Based Leadership
Cy Wakeman is a dynamic national keynote speaker, business consultant, New York Times best-selling author and trainer who has spent more than 20 years cultivating a revolutionary approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, Wakeman’s philosophy teaches people how to turn excuses into results and transform unhappy employees into accountable, successful members of the workforce. Through her prolific work with companies such as Bayer, New York Presbyterian, National Institutes of Health, Hallmark, Verizon Wireless, TD Ameritrade and Wells Fargo, Wakeman has helped eliminate tired, impersonal management techniques in favor of a reality-based revolution.
An expert blogger on FastCompany.com and Forbes.com, Wakeman’s ideas have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New York Post. She has written two books, “Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace & Turn Excuses into Results” and “The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances & Will Make You Happier.” In 2012, Wakeman received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the World HRD Congress in Mumbai.
CIO City of Burnaby
Shari Wallace is CIO for the city of Burnaby. Prior to assuming this role in 2013, she served as director of strategic planning and program management for the city of Vancouver. She was responsible for IT and business transformation initiatives from the ideas stage right through to implementation and benefits realization. Wallace also managed results and expectations with the business, and oversaw strategic planning and IT standards and policies. She worked for the city of Vancouver for 10 years in a variety of roles, including acting CIO, applications development and support, service management and director of the corporate IT group.
Previous to her work for the city of Vancouver, Wallace spent 15 years in the private sector in a number of IT positions across a wide range of industries including telecommunications, banking, oil and gas, and industrial catering.
IT Manager Tolko Industries Ltd.