Toronto CDAO Inner Circle

March 27, 2024 | Blu Ristorante

March 27, 2024
Blu Ristorante

Collaborate with your peers

Join Toronto's top CDAOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Resetting your D&A governance framework for AI

Supporting a data-centric culture by inspiring fluency

Toronto CDAO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Allie Grassie

Canadian Red Cross
Lead, Digital and Data Transformation Execution

Aida Tahiri

Senior Director, Enterprise Data and Analysis; Chair, Enterprise Data Office

Alex Tait

Bank of Montreal
US Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Eugene Wen

VP & Global Chief Data Scientist


March 27, 2024

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Succeeding in a World Fueled by Generative AI

Allie Grassie headshot

Allie Grassie

Lead, Digital and Data Transformation Execution

Canadian Red Cross

Farid Sheikhi headshot

Farid Sheikhi

Head of Business Intelligence

YUM! Brands

Neil FitzGerald headshot

Neil FitzGerald

VP, Applied Data Analytics & Insights

Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions

Danielle Bushen headshot

Danielle Bushen

Global Head People Analytics Data Governance and Stewardship


Alex Tait headshot

Alex Tait

US Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Bank of Montreal

Lovell Hodge headshot

Lovell Hodge

Vice President Data and Adaptive Intelligence

Munich Re of Canada

With the debut of generative AI, the world of work has changed forever. This new cutting-edge capability transforms operations for data and analytics leaders, but also disrupts all organizational functions around the globe. According to Gartner, by 2027, the productivity value of AI will be recognized as a primary economic indicator of national power. And by 2026, Gartner predicts the chief data and analytics officers' ability to deliver data and AI literacy, culture and a skilled workforce will be a top-three determining factor in supporting business strategy. How can the CDAO reset D&A governance and influence culture to execute successful D&A strategy? 

In this interactive discussion, CDAOs will explore strategies and best practices in building a robust foundation to drive business and innovation with AI.

Topic 1: Resetting your D&A governance framework for AI

  • Do you currently have a strategy for governing AI? 
  • Are there any changes happening to your data and analytics governance framework? 
  • Do you have the proper people, processes and technology in place to evolve with next generation governance? 

 Topic 2: Supporting a data-centric culture by inspiring fluency

  • Are you able to effectively communicate the value of your D&A program? 
  • How are you developing the core competencies of the workforce to support D&A? 
  • How are you influencing a  data-first mindset? 

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.



Complimentary parking available at SP Parking Garage at 55 Avenue Rd, located below the Yorkville Village Mall. Please provide parking voucher for validation upon event check-in.

Map of parking garage found HERE

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