Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie
Founding President & Board Member CIO Association of Canada
Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie is the CEO and chair of Canadian Women in Technology and executive in residence at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. She has served on several boards and is the founding president of the Chief Information Officers Association of Canada. Boivie has more than 20 years of experience in information technology leadership, most recently as the SVP of information technology and facility management for Vancity Credit Union. Previously, she served as SVP of IT and CIO at Pacific Blue Cross and CAA British Columbia.
Boivie has been publicly recognized for her contributions — in addition to being named one of Canada's top 100 most powerful women by the Women's Executive Network in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters category, Boivie recently received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for being a "catalyst for technology transformation," and the University of Waterloo Mathematics Alumni Achievement Medal.
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
Michael Artley was appointed CIO for HSBC Bank Canada in 2013. As CIO, Artley is responsible for the delivery and provision of all technology services to HSBC Canada, including software applications, telecommunication services, infrastructure and hardware. This covers all business lines and functions in all locations across Canada.
Artley joined HSBC in 1993 from Electronic Data Systems and has undertaken a variety of technology-related roles in multiple HSBC banks in both Canada and the U.K.
With more than 30 years of commercial IT experience, he is a seasoned technology professional with a broad range of skills and a proven track record of delivery in both international and domestic capacities realizing meaningful business results.
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.
Dr. Alma Barranco-Mendoza
CIO Canadian Space Society
Alma Barranco-Mendoza oversees the comprehensive technology needs of the Canadian Space Society since 2013, including the fully cloud-based enterprise architecture and back-office systems, the national e-commerce website, the Canadian space asset map, and leads the program management, cloud, security and social media strategies as part of the CSS senior executive team, in addition to chairing the Vancouver chapter of the CSS.
Prior to this role, Barranco-Mendoza has held senior leadership roles at NerdForce, a global technology and cloud solutions provider, as chief marketing and information officer and VP of business development for Canada, and at Trinity Western University as CIO. She is a sought-after speaker, academic, and, amongst other awards and merits, she is the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan 2015 CIO Impact International Award in enterprise social networking, and is a finalist in the 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the technology, science and research category.
She holds a Ph.D. in computing science, specialized in artificial intelligence and analytics, from Simon Fraser University and M.Sc. and B.Sc. honors in computer science and mathematics from Trent University. She also completed independent courses in business administration, marketing and sales from Trinity Western University.
CTO & SVP Engineering salesforce.com, inc.
Phil Calvin is the CTO and leader of engineering for Salesforce1 Platform. He has been responsible for the Salesforce1 mobile effort and driving the enterprise UI architecture for salesforce.com.
Prior to Salesforce, he was the founder of sitemasher.com , a Vancouver, B.C.-based cloud CMS offering. Sitemasher.com was acquired in 2010 by salesforce.com and continues today as part of the Salesforce communities product line. Additionally, the Vancouver Sitemasher office is now the hub for salesforce.com Vancouver, B.C., and has grown to more than 60 engineers.
Calvin is a lifelong entrepreneur having founded other companies prior to sitemasher.com, most recently Motives Software which was acquired by Citrix Systems in 2004.
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.
CIO Boston Pizza International
Chris Covell is CIO for Boston Pizza International Inc. His mission is to ensure that technology and technology innovation help contribute to the perfect guest experience for Boston Pizza guests. Providing support and leadership to the franchisee and corporate community, he oversees all aspects of IT including corporate systems, in-store technology, and take-out and delivery systems for over 350 locations in Canada, as well as a significant presence in the U.S. and Mexico.
Covell has two decades of experience in the IT Field. Prior to joining Boston Pizza as CIO, he served as CTO at Best Buy Canada. His retail experience also includes VP of technology infrastructure at Indigo Books & Music. He also served at ScotiaMcLeod, Burns Fry, BMO Nesbitt Burns, and TD Bank Financial Group, where he held a number of positions, including VP & director of global technology infrastructure for the capital markets group.
SVP & CIO Finning International, Inc.
Dave Cummings is the SVP and CIO of Finning International Inc., overseeing the company’s business processes and systems function. Cummings works with Finning’s global leaders to understand the technical requirements of operations and address them with efficient processes and technology solutions that support strategic objectives.
Cummings brings to Finning extensive experience leading cross-functional teams across international organisations. He most recently led large IT organisations in the implementation and optimization of global business processes and advanced technology solutions. As CIO of Univar, a global industrial chemical distributor, Cummings had executive responsibility for all aspects of information technology and initiated the company’s move to one globally integrated set of processes and software solutions. Prior to Univar, Cummings spent 23 years with ConocoPhillips, beginning his career in engineering and subsequently holding leadership positions around the world in engineering, operations, commercial and IT. During his time at ConocoPhillips, Cummings led several large and complex global transformation programs enabled by IT 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.
Lynette 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.
CIO Catalyst Paper Corporation
As CIO, Paul Einarson is accountable for all aspects of IT strategy and delivery at Catalyst Paper Corporation. The information systems and technology group at Catalyst is currently heavily focused on the separation and integration of two mills in the U.S. which were purchased by the company in early 2015. Catalyst IT is a customer-focused organization dedicated to providing fit-to-purpose IT at the lowest possible cost given the brutal competitive environment of the pulp and paper industry.
Einarson has been with Catalyst Paper and its predecessor companies for 18 years and has held senior roles across the enterprise including in finance, sales and marketing, strategy, M&A, and human resources. Einarson is a graduate of the MBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.
Catalyst manufactures diverse printing papers such as coated freesheet, coated and uncoated groundwood, newsprint, directory, as well as market pulp. Its customers include retailers, publishers and commercial printers in North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe. With five mills across North America, Catalyst has annual production capacity of 2.1 million tonnes and employs more than 5,500 employees.
VP, Enterprise Services Hewlett-Packard Company
Phil Hodgson has served as VP of HP’s Enterprise Services Canada since 2014.
He has extensive experience in sales management and project management. Much of his success has been in driving cross-functional business development initiatives to support global sales growth. He has a proven track record of bringing initiatives to completion with measurable results.
In executive roles at Accenture, PWC, HP and IBM, Hodgson developed and managed high-performance sales teams and built sustainable client relationships, delivering proven results in each organization. He was also the lead executive for numerous global and national accounts in a diverse range of industries, and led several large and complex integrated outsourcing deals in which he managed executive suite relationships, sales leadership, negotiation and delivery. In his project management roles, Hodgson led and managed numerous complex multiyear SI projects and was responsible for large global integration and transformational initiatives.
Prior to his 18 years at Accenture, PWC, HP and IBM, Hodgson negotiated, managed and delivered a wide range of consultancy, outsourcing and IT services while engaged as a CFO/CIO in Europe, the U.S., Canada and on a global basis, therefore bringing a strong background in financial controls and profit and loss responsibility.
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
Jag Madan is currently CIO at Vancouver Community College and on the board of directors at BCNET.
With more than 20 years of international work experience which began in systems engineering, technology and operations management consulting, Madan progressed to senior director and executive positions at a Fortune 10 technology company, where he was responsible for developing global strategies, implementing change, improving operational efficiencies and enterprise technology systems. He is well-versed in leading cross-functional teams in a variety of industries and has worked in both the private and public sectors.
Madan holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business and a graduate degree from the University of Western Australia. His undergraduate studies were in systems and human factors engineering. Madan is also a certified professional ergonomist who has focused on improving end-user experiences, interfaces and usability.
Madan is committed to coaching and mentoring others in the community and professionally. He is on the board of directors of Richmond Youth Services as treasurer, continues to mentor MBA students and has coached technology entrepreneurs in BC and abroad.
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
Tonya McKinney is an experienced executive team member from both multibillion-dollar global enterprises and innovative startups. Her experience ranges from SBC, Siebel, and CA to XcelleNet and Newmerix. She brings multi-industry expertise and points of view from travel, hospitality, banking, technology, insurance, manufacturing, telecom and retail.
She currently leads customer experience solutions for Tata Consultancy Services, where she established an innovation and product team that develops customer experience and digital thought leadership, methodologies, and software solutions, including TCS Voice of Choice and TCS ChannelScore currently in patent filing. The team works with Fortune 1000 companies in areas such as customer loyalty experience, in-store digital experience, rewards and gamification, omnichannel customer engagement, data monetization, social insight, mobile-first, image analytics, and more.
She has a B.S. in advertising and marketing from Texas Christian University and an MA in technical communication from the University of North Texas. She is an author and frequent speaker at industry conferences and trade shows on the subjects of customer experience, social innovation and digital leadership.
VP, Business Technology 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
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.
SVP, IT EMC Corporation
As SVP of IT, Jon Peirce is responsible for driving strategic programs across EMC IT, accelerating its transformation to an IT-as-a-service provider and broker through technology, process, and organizational innovation and evolution. Additionally, he oversees operations for several of EMC’s revenue-generating cloud services and leads EMC’s Durham Center of Excellence, a large-scale provider of internal lab and cloud services. In his prior role from 2006—2013, Peirce was responsible for global IT infrastructure and support services and led an aggressive standardization, consolidation, virtualization, tiering and optimization program across EMC’s IT infrastructure that has delivered in excess of $220M in cost savings, in addition to improved agility, resiliency, scalability, sustainability and security.
Peirce has 28 years of management experience and has held several roles at EMC, including plant manager for U.S. manufacturing operations, VP of engineering services, VP of IT applications development, and SVP of global IT infrastructure and services. Before joining EMC, he was the SVP of operations and engineering at Boston Digital Corp. and held positions in materials management, manufacturing management and operations management at Teradyne Inc. and Westerbeke Corp.
Peirce earned a bachelor of arts from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Babson College.
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.
Greg Sieg oversees all aspects of technology deployment and utilization across the Ledcor Group of Companies. This includes infrastructure deployment and management, application development and support, along with support across various office locations and project sites. Over the past seven and a half years, Sieg has created an information services team that is well positioned to meet the needs of the varying business operations within Ledcor. Sieg holds a B.S. and an M.S. in forestry, along with an MBA.
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.
Trish Watson serves as the IT leader at Tolko Industries Ltd. Watson brings more than 25 years of information technology experience to the role and has held senior information technology positions at Shaw Communications as director of technology transformation; G4S Securicor (formerly Loomis) as VP of IT; and Rogers Communications Inc. as director of special projects. Watson is a certified project management professional, a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt.