Toronto CDAO Executive Summit

December 13, 2018 | Hotel X Toronto

December 13, 2018
Hotel X Toronto

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Toronto's top CDAOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CDAOs today:

Adopting D&A strategies and operating models that deliver business value in volatile environments

Generating measurable economic benefits to the business from data assets and advanced analytics

Becoming a master change agent and driving data literacy across the enterprise

Toronto CDAO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CDAOs, for CDAOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Allie Harris

Bank of Montreal
Director, Data Governance & Analytics

Donna Rudnicki

RBC Capital Markets
Managing Dir., Head of Data Mgmt.

Eugene Wen

Vice President, Group Advanced Analytics

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CDAO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Toronto CDAO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


December 12, 2018

December 13, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

A Ringside Seat to the Future of Machine Learning and AI

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Joe Greenwood

Lead Executive, Data

MaRS Discovery District

The data and analytics landscape is rapidly evolving with the potential to shape how many sectors of the economy and society work. Hear from the Lead Executive of Data at MaRS Discovery District, who has a ringside seat with leading innovators in the ecosystem shaping this future. 

In this session, you’ll hear:

  • Upcoming evolutions with machine learning and AI
  • The impacts in key innovation and market sectors
  • Critical factors for adoption and adaptation by organizations

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

Breakfast Discussion Tables

Join your peers at designated tables during breakfast to discuss a subject that interests you. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Recognizing Digital Transformation Opportunities

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Eric Whaley

Chief Information Officer

Wolseley Canada Inc

Successful organizations apply innovative strategies, and identify market opportunities to keep ahead of competition and disrupt the market place. Join Eric Whaley for an overview of valuable approaches and strategies that leaders can leverage throughout their Digital Transformation journey.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Techniques for leveraging data to compete now and in the future
  • Methods for establishing mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Strategies for balancing the high demand for talent

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

The Next Wave of Enterprise Intelligence

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Michael Saylor

President, Chairman of the Board & CEO

MicroStrategy, Inc.

The intelligent enterprise is the ultimate data-driven organization. It harnesses traditionally counteractive forces – agility and governance, convenience and security, ease of use and enterprise functionality – to go beyond business intelligence and deliver transformative insights to every user, constituent and partner. Today, every forward leaning company is racing to become an intelligent enterprise. Why? Because organizations that build this intelligent edge over competitors will be the dominant force of tomorrow. In this session, you’ll hear:

  • How to map out your organization into an intelligent enterprise
  • Best practices to build data analytics throughout the organization
  • Ecosystem solutions to help manage data securely but remain agile

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Agile Data Makeover — Data Engineering Strategies

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Patrick McCleary

AVP, Analytics

TD Bank Group

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Todd Goldman

Vice President


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Medhanie Tekeste

Chief Information Officer

Apotex Inc.

Every enterprise understands the urgency of digital transformation and the central role that data plays in the process. In a world where analytics agility is a key competitive edge and big data expertise is scarce, data engineering challenges have intensified as digitization proliferates real-time flow of data across a multitude of platforms.

In this boardroom, you’ll discuss:

  • The pervasive data engineering demands for better flexibility within the enterprise
  • Different strategies for diverse data management and governance demands
  • Eliminating big data complexities on premise and in the cloud

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 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs). To reserve your seat, please contact: Alison Topliff at 503-972-4452 or

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Master Data Journey – Preparing and Managing Data to Serve Multiple Environments

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Darryl Milroy

Senior Director Merchandising, Master Data Project Lead

Walmart Canada

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Alexey Shlykov

Senior Director, Information and Analytics

Walmart Canada

Building a master data management solution that encompasses the business and technical aspects of an organization is a team effort. Hear how two leaders collaborated to evolve the modeling of a legacy data structure to deliver a consolidated platform that is utilized companywide.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Methods for gaining stakeholder commitment and changing team habits around data
  • Collaborative strategies for data co-governance
  • Robust methods for measuring data quality

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Embedding Privacy and Security Proactively by Design

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Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Distinguished Expert-in-Residence - Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence

Ryerson University

Data privacy is far more than adhering to a set of regulations. We must lead by being proactive - embedding both privacy and security into the design of our operations, in an effort to prevent the privacy harms from arising. Strong data security is imperative to protecting privacy and, when done correctly, will enable you to gain a competitive advantage and regain your customers' trust.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to avoid the far-reaching consequences of under-protected systems
  • Strategies for seamlessly embedding security and privacy measures, early on
  • The importance of data mapping and the use of strong protocols for de-identifying sensitive information

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Navigating Data Privacy with Effective Data Management

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Ramesh Rajasingham

Senior Manager, Business Intelligence

Baxter Corporation Canada

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Andrew Miller

Vice President, Enterprise Analytics

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

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Tom Conklin



Privacy regulations do not lend themselves to the traditional compliance approach. In an era of higher public awareness around the institutional uses of personal data, these regulations aim to trigger a change in how organizations handle personal assets.

In this boardroom session, you’ll discuss:

  • How companies are using data management and solving for privacy challenges
  • Strategies for GDPR compliance and other upcoming regulations
  • How to manage data across heterogeneous environments

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 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs). To reserve your seat, please contact: Alison Topliff at 503-972-4452 or

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

7:45am - 8:30pm  Keynote

Championing Diversity to Move Your Data Team Forward

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Mike Henry

EVP & Chief Data Officer


Diverse teams are essential in order to remain competitive in the ever-evolving field of data analytics. From the necessity of varying backgrounds to the importance of gender equality, hear how Mike Henry has championed these virtues to assemble a team that drives results. 

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Key benefits that result when diversity and inclusion remain an essential part of your leadership strategy
  • Practical strategies for assembling and building a diverse team of data professionals
  • Important leadership partnerships necessary to create an inclusive workspace

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:10pm  Keynote

Building Stakeholder Trust to Support Data Innovation

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Pam Snively

Chief Data and Trust Officer

TELUS Communications

 In the current international environment, stakeholder trust in respect of data use is at, perhaps, an all-time low.  Designing data governance models that to build trust in the area of privacy and data ethics is now a business imperative.

In this session, we’ll discuss:

  • Current ethical challenges in data analytics and key ways to earn stakeholder trust
  • Operationalizing a data governance program that can transform an organization’s approach to data and data ethics
  • The benefits of privacy and ethics by design

3:10pm - 3:50pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

Productionizing AI and Extracting Value

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Ozge Yeloglu

Chief Data Scientist, Customer Success Unit

Microsoft Corporation

Artificial Intelligence capabilities are changing the way every industry thinks – from retail to manufacturing, and healthcare to financial services. Advances in AI offer valuable opportunities that data leaders can leverage to yield maximum returns for the business while improving end-customer experiences.

In this session you’ll discover:

  • Case studies that showcase real value from AI
  • Best practices for productionizing AI
  • Pitfalls to avoid along your AI journey

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

The AI Application Revolution

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Peter van Beek


University of Waterloo

Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, data leaders are at the forefront of cutting-edge applications. At the same time, it is a challenge to build AI applications that are interpretable and whose decisions are easy to explain to stakeholders.

In this session, you'll discover:

  • Real-world examples of supervised and unsupervised machine learning applications
  • How to derive inferences from ML and the importance of identifying biases in data
  • What’s next in the machine learning and artificial intelligence revolution

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Introducing the Networked Organization — A Modern Approach to BI and Analytics

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Bradley Stillwell

Senior Director, Product Marketing and Strategy

Birst, an Infor company

Organizations shouldn’t operate like a collection of fragmented business functions. Chief Data Officers have the opportunity to drive alignment by empowering teams to work in an interconnected fashion. An emerging model for BI and analytics, known as Networked BI, can become the technology foundation CDO’s need to connect centralized and decentralized teams, applications, and data across the enterprise.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • How to leverage cloud computing, multi-tenancy, virtualization, and web-scale architectures
  • Tactics to promote end-user self-service in a well-managed environment
  • Strategies that balance business agility and data governance

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Preparing Your Data for Artificial Intelligence Integration

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Tehmina Shah

Director, Manufacturing Technology

Sanofi Pasteur Inc.

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Harry Chopra

Chief Client Officer


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Eugene Wen

Vice President, Group Advanced Analytics


Data leaders oversee vast quantities of data, and many stakeholders require data submissions at ever-increasing frequencies — often daily. Although many companies are eager to implement AI, they must first properly prepare their underlying data.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Effective methods for culling high-quality data
  • Critical components for deriving actionable information
  • Strategies that position your organizations to benefit from A.I. 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 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs). To reserve your seat, please contact: Alison Topliff at 503-972-4452 or

December 12, 2018

December 13, 2018

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Venue & Accommodation

Hotel X Toronto

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For inquiries related to this community, please reach out to your dedicated contacts.

Ryan Freeman

Portfolio Manager


Alison Topliff

Business Development Manager