Toronto CDO Virtual Executive Summit

December 16, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EST

December 16, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EST


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Toronto CDO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

Embedding D&A in business strategy and results

Reengineering decision-making across the business

Scaling a data-first culture


Allie Harris

Vice President and Chief Data Officer, Global Banking and Markets

Donna Rudnicki

RBC Capital Markets
Global Head of Data Management/Chief Data Officer

John Walsh

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Chief Data Officer

Eugene Wen

Vice President, Group Advanced Analytics

What to Expect

Connect with your CDO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CDO practitioners and thought leaders on how they’re approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


December 16, 2021

8:00am - 8:45am  EST Keynote

Keynote Hosted by Collibra

 Details coming soon.

8:45am - 9:00am  EST Break

9:00am - 10:00am  EST Executive Boardroom

Bridging the Gap Toward Digital Transformation for the Modern Database

The digital transformation journey can be intimidating, but it’s never impossible. A healthy first step toward modernization could be as simple as upgrading your database — leading to more efficient scalability and a better customer experience.

Let’s talk about:

  • Where your enterprise is, and where it’s headed, in its transformation journey
  • Which of your mission-critical applications could benefit from a modernized database
  • How you can roll out new practices to enhance customer experience — all without missing a beat

9:00am - 10:00am  EST Executive Boardroom

How to Create and Maintain Business Value with AI

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Conor Jensen

VP, Data Science


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Adele Pugliese

Vice President, Data Governance


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Joe Greenwood

Vice President, Data Strategy - North America


Harvard Business Review estimates that AI will add $13 trillion to the global economy over the next decade. Despite this, organizations struggle to actually generate tangible business value with AI, meaning their efforts have fallen short when it comes to making key processes and functions better, faster, or more cost-effective.

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Tracking value creation as early and as often as possible
  • Operationalizing AI projects in parallel to infrastructure transformation projects
  • Balancing auditability and permission management to avoid stagnating the organization’s efforts

9:00am - 10:00am  EST Executive Boardroom

Future-proofing Your Architecture Through Successful Data Strategies

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Allie Harris

Vice President and Chief Data Officer, Global Banking and Markets


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Rob Keslick

Data Governance Lead

Bank of Montreal

Organizations are looking beyond traditional strategies to adopt modern, future-proof data architectures to accelerate analytics. And they want to make it happen while keeping costs under control – a strategy Gartner research says is crucial for modern data management programs.

Join this interactive boardroom session to discuss:

  • Limitations of legacy and traditional architectures
  • Top trends for a successful data and analytics strategy
  • Benefits of modern open data architectures

10:00am - 10:45am  EST Keynote

Keynote Hosted by DataRobot

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Haniyeh Mahmoudian

Global AI Ethicist


 Join an engaging keynote featuring thought leadership, peer perspectives and actionable insights on the top priorities for CDOs today.

10:45am - 11:00am  EST Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Executive Boardroom

Protecting and Growing the Bottom Line through Data Intelligence

To meet key objectives and guarantee the health of the enterprise, data and analytics leaders must ensure data is stored and cataloged properly and that teams are leveraging cutting-edge intelligence tools that help organizations maximize data opportunity and protect against regulatory compliance and other data risks. These insights, in turn, can expedite the digital transformation of the business, safeguard competitive advantage, and generate new leads for data-based revenue streams.

Join this roundtable session as CDOs discuss:

  • Parameters for data governance that enable teams to thrive and protect
  • Best practices in driving meaningful insights and agile innovation
  • Strategies to create a baseline for organizational data literacy

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Executive Boardroom

Virtual Boardroom Hosted by Starburst Data

 Details coming soon.

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Executive Boardroom

Modernize Your Data Warehouse to Unlock Business Value

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Mark Cusack

Chief Technology Officer


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Patrick McCleary

AVP, Analytics

TD Bank Group

Performing analytics can become extremely challenging when data is spread across several locations - on-premises, legacy applications and private and/or public clouds. While there’s no magic formula when it comes to analytics and data management, modernizing your data warehouse is a good place to start.

Join this interactive boardroom session to discuss:

  • Methods of accessing your data to deliver faster and more agile paths to insight
  • Actionable insights and best practices to empower your business for growth
  • The importance of a flexible, scalable and secure data warehouse

12:00pm - 12:45pm  EST Keynote

Keynote Hosted by Matillion

Details coming soon.

12:45pm - 1:15pm  EST Networking Break

1:30pm - 3:00pm  EST Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


Your Community Partners

Program Partners

Toronto CDO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Alison Topliff

Program Manager