Toronto CDO Executive Summit

December 14, 2022 | Sheraton Centre Toronto

December 14, 2022
Sheraton Centre Toronto

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Toronto's top CDOs 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 CDOs today:

Accelerating a Data-First Mindset to Improve Business Outcomes

Mastering the Art of Change and Adaptability

Building a Culture of Security and Enabling Smart, Secure Decision Making

Toronto CDO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Allie Harris

Scotiabank
Vice President and Chief Data Officer, Global Banking and Markets

Eugene Wen

Manulife
Vice President, Group Advanced Analytics

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CDO 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 CDO 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.

Agenda


December 13, 2022

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

December 14, 2022 - morning

7:45am - 8:45am  Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:30am  Keynote

The ROI of Creativity

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Noah Scalin

Artist, Innovation Consultant

Guest Speaker

The World Economic Forum named creativity one of the top must-have skills for success in all industries. It is the key to thriving in this era of rapid innovation and change. But very few organizations have truly invested in the development of this essential capability. Why? Because creativity is considered too intangible to measure, too messy to fit into a strategic plan or simply something that is only for a few specially talented people.  In this engaging presentation, Artist/Author Noah Scalin pulls back the curtain on his own creative practice to explain the real ROI of creativity.

In this session, we will learn:

  • Why creativity is a crucial skill for fostering innovation at your organization
  • How to use creativity strategically for long-term impact
  • Simple strategies that anyone can use to innovate, grow and inspire others

9:30am - 10:00am  Networking Break

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Promoting Data Culture Through Democratization

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Dan Onions

Global Head of Data Management and Platforms

Quantexa

Data sharing, availability and democratization is critical to ensure the enterprise is able to make data-informed decisions, with the goal of improving business outcomes. But in granting user access, permissions and roles should be defined to safeguard data and meet compliance requirements.

Join this session to discuss ways to: 

  • Encourage data-based decision making and enable data sharing through entity resolution 
  • Promote the safe and secure use of data
  • Provide the right technologies to source and analyze data

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Speed Round – Benchmarking Your Data and Analytics Maturity Journey

Data drives everything we do and is increasingly critical for enterprises to strategically use as they compete in their industry. Gartner research shows that 78% of boards of directors believe analytics is emerging as a game-changer, influenced by the pandemic. Now is the time for D&A leaders to not only focus on data, technology and skills but the culture around data and analytics and how leadership is embracing that effort.

Join this interactive speed networking session as CDOs:

  • Evaluate their data and analytics strategies
  • Uncover gaps and areas of opportunity for growth and development
  • Identify innovative capabilities to maximize on the customer experience while maintaining internal efficiency

10:00am - 10:45am  Executive Boardroom

Building and Sustaining a High-Performance Data Team

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Chris Chilton

Head of Data Practice

Andela

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Kiren Handa

Executive Director, Institutional Research and Data Governance

University of Toronto

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Song Yu

Senior Director, Data & Analytics COE

Royal Bank of Canada

As more organizations work to build a data-driven culture, the demand for D&A talent is high. To keep up with an evolving ecosystem of talent, business leaders are seeking to create and sustain diversity of people, roles and skills.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Empowering employees to level-up their data skills
  • Seeking out unrecognized talent
  • Creating individual and team development plans to drive retention

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 Alison.Topliff@Evanta.com

10:00am - 10:45am  Executive Boardroom

Staying Ahead of the Curve with Machine Learning

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Natalie Perkins Ceccato

VP Analytics and Product

Teladoc Inc

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Ozge Yeloglu

VP, Advanced Analytics & AI

CIBC

In a highly innovative space, machine learning capabilities need to evolve at a rapid pace to stay relevant. Learn how your peers are implementing and capitalizing on cutting edge ML to stay ahead of the game.

Join this roundtable session to discuss ways to:

  • Evaluate current technologies to optimize internal processes
  • Transform company culture to embrace ML
  • Identify opportunities for ML to expand your data roadmap

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@evanta.com

10:45am - 11:20am  Networking Break

10:50am - 11:15am  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a 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 14, 2022 - mid-afternoon

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

Getting Rid of Data Debt — From Tribal Knowledge to Data Literacy

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Paul Mendes

Head of Data Governance

Sun Life

In an organization where the process of recording data is known only through tribal knowledge, how are you ensuring your data stays accurate and up to date? In today’s climate employees want quick and efficient self-service models. To do this organizations need to step away from word-of-mouth training and evolve their employee data literacy programs.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Maturing organizational data literacy programs
  • Enabling employees to efficiently use self-service models
  • Evolving organizational technical lineage capabilities

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

Responsible Data Use and Artificial Intelligence — A Practical Approach

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Joe Greenwood

Vice President, Data Strategy - North America

Mastercard

Deploying high-performance, cutting-edge technology doesn't come without its challenges. Artificial intelligence technology and applications require alignment between data, analytics and business leaders as key organizational stakeholders. Mastercard is putting Responsible AI front and center as it navigates the integration of AI into business processes.

Join this session to explore ways to: 

  • Start a meaningful and productive dialogue around responsible use of data and technology
  • Identify and prevent data misuse issues from entering AI
  • Develop a framework for managing projects across the organization

11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Data Discovery, Protection and Trust in Decentralized Data Fabric Architecture

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Piotr Mierzejewski

VP, Development, Data & AI

IBM Canada

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Patrick McCleary

Head of Analytics – North American Contact Centres and ATM Channels

TD Bank Group

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Dr. Shweta Shah

Head Global Data Architecture

Sun Life

Actionable data is key to remain competitive in the marketplace. Yet, the growing volume of data spread across many clouds and applications presents a challenge for data governance and protection. A data fabric architecture can abstract away the technological complexities to provide ‘always on’ reliable compliance.

Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • Zero Trust architecture, compliance risks and audit costs
  • Automated governance as the pre-requisite for self-service access to data products in a data fabric architecture
  • Data observability, lineage and auto policy enforcement throughout data lifecycle

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 Alison.Topliff@Evanta.com

11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Accelerating the Business with Analytics-Based Decision Making

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Michael Caesar

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

University Health Network

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Irfan Waheed

Managing Director, Data Solutions & Analysis, Technology & Data

CPP Investments

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Rohin Bansal

Director, Data Governance

TELUS

More than two-thirds of CEOs view insights, generated from collected data and advanced analytics, as a competitive business advantage. But despite the benefits, data and analytics leaders are challenged by a lack of workforce skills and a siloed operating model. 

Join this roundtable as CDOs discuss ways to:

  • Upskill the workforce to be data-driven and enable self-service models
  • Evaluate your operating model to allow for cross-collaboration
  • Generate and communicate business value from analytics-based decisions

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@evanta.com

12:05pm - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Modernizing Data and Analytics Governance

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Matt Howells

Technical Lead

Palantir Technologies

According to Gartner, by 2025 80% of organizations looking to scale digital business will fail because they haven't taken a modern approach to governance. Join Palantir's Technical Lead, Matt Howells, as he shares how his team is powering an operational data mesh to upgrade data warehouses, data lakes and other legacy infrastructure to unlock unprecedented value.

In this session, you’ll learn how to: 

  • Create a trust model that evaluates the reliability of data
  • Collaborate with teams across the business to tear down silos
  • Unlock value via interoperable architecture and automated deployment

1:10pm - 1:25pm  Break

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Scaling Digital Innovation with Responsible Data Democratization

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Erik Zwiefel

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Americas Data & AI

Microsoft Corporation

In order to keep pace with a growing digital landscape, data and analytics leaders must be seen as business enablers, championing data modernization and digital innovation. To do this, CDOs must shift the perception and reality of the data office(r) from a “Center of Excellence” to a “Center of Enablement," and overcome challenges facing them today, like employee adoption and siloed operating models.

Join this session to explore:

  • Tying governance activities to business outcomes
  • Enabling collaboration among teams across the enterprise
  • Endorsing data democratization and self-service models

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Bridging the Skill Gap - a Data Talent Q&A

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Rupinder Dhillon

Head of Enterprise Data

Sobeys

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Arenna Bu

Graduate, Class of 2022

Rotman School of Management

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Fahad Iftikhar

Graduate, Class of 2022

Rotman School of Management

In this hyper-competitive landscape, it's more challenging than ever for data and analytics leaders to acquire the talent they need to support a digital business. CDOs grapple with the best ways to attract and retain top prospects that are capable of empowering the future enterprise. In this session, we take a unique approach by listening to talent entering the workforce tomorrow.

In this interactive Q&A session, students from the University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management and data and analytics leaders explore:

  • Identifying the data and analytics skills needed now and for the future
  • Understanding the expectations of data talent entering the workforce
  • Pinpointing gaps in enterprise expectations vs. collegiate curriculum

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Journey to the Cloud – Optimizing Data Management and Analytics

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Mark Cusack

Chief Technology Officer

Yellowbrick

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Adele Pugliese

Vice President, Data Governance

BentallGreenOak

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Roland Merbis

Vice President Business Banking Data & Analytics

Scotiabank

The cost of migrating data management to the cloud will be the single largest item in the enterprise IT budget for the next five years, according to Gartner expectations. How can CDOs minimize their risk and get the ROI quickly from their spending on cloud data warehouses and data lakes?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Outlining the role of cloud data warehousing in the business and the future
  • Tracking and meeting objectives for your organization’s cloud journey
  • Minimizing cost overruns and spend unpredictability

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@evanta.com

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Crafting a Customer Centric Data Strategy

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Palash Thakur

VP, Head of Data & Analytics

Interac

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Glenn Waine

Senior Director, Global Product Management

TransUnion

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Denish Bhavsar

Director, Global Data Governance

McCain Foods

To modernize business and push for complete digitalization, organizations must adopt a winning data strategy. To truly propel the organization forward, this approach effectively addresses gaps within the business that can be solved and optimized with data and analytics.

In this session we will explore:

  • Transforming organizational culture to support data-driven aspirations
  • Identifying opportunities where data can propel key business objectives
  • Creating an operating model that connects teams across the business, democratizing data

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@evanta.com

December 14, 2022 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:40pm  Networking Break

2:15pm - 2:40pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a 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.

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Breakout Session

Unlocking Data as a Strategic Business Asset

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Patrick Siconolfi

Partner, Technology Consulting

EY Canada

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Rupinder Dhillon

Head of Enterprise Data

Sobeys

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Jon Hammond

Managing Director, Data & Analytics

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Organizations today are faced with a growing challenge — how to extract real business value from the vast amounts of data they hold. CDOs must look beyond conventional approaches and use bold, innovative strategies to unlock the hidden value of their data.

Join this session to learn how to:

  • Align data initiatives to your business needs
  • Reduce friction to access data when you need it
  • Tap into the network effect of data sharing and data monetization

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Breakout Session

Beyond Policies and Procedures – Governance That Drives Value

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Alex Tait

US Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Bank of Montreal

As the data and analytics landscape continues to evolve, organizations must be able to balance risk management while driving a path-to-value for their data and analytics programs. This requires an agile data governance strategy, that when deployed thoughtfully such policies can increase efficiency, promote data literacy and ensure clean data, all while mitigating risk.

Join this session to explore ways to:

  • Implement robust data practices to build a consulting team
  • Gain organizational buy-in to shift the focus beyond policy
  • Navigate a changing relationship with internal partners

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Data as a Differentiator – Driving Cultural Change

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Varun Navani

Founder and CEO

Rolai

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Mirela Gondor

VP, AML Data

Scotiabank

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Karim Jessani

Principal: Data & AI Practice / CISO

Kainos

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Alexander Petkovski

Head of Business Intelligence and Data Integrity

Napoleon Group of Companies

As digital business transformation speeds up, Gartner research finds that it will take both incremental change and bold, strategic thinking to embed data and analytics into organizational decision-making. How can CDOs create a true data-driven culture that will influence all areas and operations?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Tying data and analytics strategy to the business strategy
  • Driving cultural change from the C-suite
  • Enabling data literacy within the workforce

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@evanta.com

3:30pm - 3:45pm  Networking Break

3:45pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Creating a Data-Driven Enterprise — The CIO and CDO Partnership

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Aida Tahiri

Senior Director, Enterprise Data and Analytics

Apotex

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Medhanie Tekeste

Chief Information Officer

Apotex

One of the most prevalent priorities among data and analytics leaders today is establishing a data-driven culture. However, doing so is an ongoing process that requires collaboration across the enterprise. At Apotex, Medhanie Tekeste and Aida Tahiri are exemplifying how a CIO and CDO partnership can produce an organizational culture that values data and analytics.

Join this keynote as they share ways to:

  • Encourage data-driven decision making
  • Promote organizational change management and continuous learning
  • Influence data-driven mindsets and behaviors

4:20pm - 4:50pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

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Sheraton Centre Toronto
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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Centre Toronto at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-888-627-7175 . Please mention Toronto Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $199 CAD (plus tax) is November 28, 2022.

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