Calgary CIO Executive Summit

December 5, 2018 | BMO Centre at Calgary Stampede

December 5, 2018
BMO Centre at Calgary Stampede

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Calgary CIO Executive Summit.

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

Investing in your people and the right technologies

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Calgary CIO Governing Body

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


Rick Begg

Parkland Fuel Corporation
Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Brian Bench

Nexen Energy ULC
Chief Information Officer

Steve Biswanger


Mark Bryant

PCL Constructors Inc.

Shaun Guthrie

CIO Association of Canada, Edmonton Chapter

Kelly Hill

Keyera Corp.
Director, Information Technology

Jason Hinchliff

Husky Energy Inc.
Director, Digital Innovation

Miguel Kanafany

Sysco Corporation
Senior Director, International Infrastructure

Heather Reed-Fenske

City of Calgary

Suzie Smibert

Finning International
Global Director Enterprise Architecture & CISO


December 4, 2018

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

Repositioning and Modernizing IT

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Jennifer Strutt

Director, Enterprise IT Services


In the time of Industry 4.0, the role of the IT department has shifted from a traditional service provider to a revenue-driving partner within the business. With this comes the need to elevate IT’s role in leveraging new technologies and the business opportunities they provide.  Jennifer Strutt of Canfor will confront the need for IT to reposition itself to the business with a focus on:

  • Becoming a trusted advisor within the business
  • Developing and executing an innovation strategy to optimize growth
  • Being creative in doing more with less to modernize IT

December 5, 2018 - morning

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

7:45am - 8:50am  Keynote

Design Thinking and the Growth Mindset

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Tina Mathas

Executive and Team Performance Coach

Teams are most productive when they have leaders who are not only creative and strategic, but also mindful and flexible in their approach. In this fun and highly interactive keynote and workshop, executive and team performance coach, Tina Mathas, will walk you through the process of product development using design thinking and agile frameworks to guide innovation.

In this collaborative workshop, you will learn about:

  • Real use cases of building an innovation culture
  • Best practices to be a mindful and present leader
  •  Leadership through the lens of neuroscience

8:50am - 9:20am  Networking Break

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

Ensuring the Firewall Follows the Cloud

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Aidan Walden

Global Manager of Public Cloud Architecture & Engineering

Fortinet, Inc.

How does the security executive ensure their best practices, controls and protections migrate to the cloud-based server? Maintaining or improving security posture is key to any enterprise that is moving assets to the cloud, and the CISO must find the way to enable business success while still keeping the organization secure. Aidan Walden will resolve many stumbling blocks in secure cloud migration, sharing:

  • A security checklist for organizations with cloud-based servers
  • Tools for communicating cloud security issues with senior executives
  • A roadmap to benchmark secure migration progress

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

The Golden Age of Digital

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James Green

GM of IT Service Delivery

Chevron Corporation

We have clearly entered the “Golden Age of Digital,” where businesses are embracing digital to define new business models, create value in existing models and drive operational efficiency.  Regardless of where an organization sits on their specific digital journey, adopting a holistic approach paves the way to success. In this session, Jim Green shares a perspective from the energy industry along with the key learnings and best practices to successfully lead a digital transformation. Join Green to deepen your understanding of what it takes to succeed in the digital world.

9:20am - 10:10am  Executive Boardroom

IT and OT - Are We There Yet?

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Ross Ballendine

Director, Information Technology

Calfrac Well Services Ltd.

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Heather Reed-Fenske


City of Calgary

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Tom Franklin

Director, Upstream Oil & Gas Center of Excellence

Tata Consultancy Services

IoT is reshaping the convergence of information technology and operational technology. A 2018 IDC report stated that 81% of medium and large-sized Canadian organizations are using IoT solutions today, but it’s time for a progress check. Many organizations invest heavily in gathering and storing operations data but often fall short in using collected data to extract value.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • The opportunities and challenges of IT/OT convergence
  • How IoT can be leveraged to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Strategies to manage the cultural shift that is inevitable when IT and OT converge

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 CIOs and CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Andie Alderette at 971-271-6864 or

10:10am - 10:40am  Networking Break

10:40am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

CIOs at the Forefront of Digital Reinvention

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Sandy Martin

SVP Digital and Enterprise Technical

Suncor Energy Inc.

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Ross Manning

Partner, Canadian Energy Industry, Global Business Services


In the new digital economy, CIOs are playing a pivotal role in the digital transformation of the organization, but many are struggling to create a digital roadmap for the future. CIOs from “reinventor” organizations can show the way in providing excellence in digital experiences, as revealed in the newly released IBM Global C-Suite Study.

Join Ross Manning of IBM and Sandy Martin of Suncor Energy as they share how they are:

  • Making better use of their digital data and information they create
  • Connecting with customers, suppliers and business partners in the digital ecosystem through process and data integration
  • Utilizing process automation to increase capacity in the business

10:40am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Implement a Successful EDR Plan

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Sandeep Sharma

Enterprise Security Architect

Alberta Electric System Operator

With new technologies such as IoT and the ever-changing threat landscape, it is imperative to ensure that endpoints are secure in order to protect against potential threats.  In this session, Sandeep Sharma, Enterprise Security Architect of AESO will discuss the approach they take for EDR to improve efficiency and effectiveness. In this session you will hear about best practices for:

  • Creating a roadmap to implement an EDR program
  • Metrics on early detection and automated response
  • Effective board communication to gain buy-in

10:40am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

Clouds in the Forecast – What’s Next for Enterprise IT

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Dan Wesley

Information Security Architect


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Troy Davidson

Enterprise Information Security Architect

Suncor Energy Inc.

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Suresh Durairaj

Manager, Cyber Security Strategy & Operations

Trans Canada Pipelines Ltd

Whether you’re running an aggressive cloud-first strategy, floating along in the hybrid cloud, or in the early stages of migrating to the cloud, each cloud journey is a relevant roadmap for peers in pursuit of the configuration sweet spot. This boardroom draws on the collective wisdom of technology leaders at various stages of cloud migration. Are you embracing the full value of cloud, and if not, what is holding you back? Come ready to exchange views from your collective cloud experience and discuss:

  • What new business capabilities has the cloud unlocked
  • Nuances for hybrid on-  and off-premise systems
  • Ways to incorporate the cloud into a fully articulated security strategy

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 CIOs and CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Andie Alderette at 971-271-6864 or

December 5, 2018 - mid-afternoon

11:30am - 12:00pm  Networking Break

12:00pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Enhance the Customer Experience with Artificial Intelligence

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Bruce Richardson

Chief Enterprise Strategist


AI, robotics and machine learning provide a multitude of opportunities to bring customer experience to a whole new level. The technology is rapidly changing, and building true intelligence into applications will undoubtedly have a profound impact on business. Join Bruce Richardson, Chief Enterprise Strategist of Salesforce, as he discusses the future of AI and how maintaining a customer-centric strategy can provide the most value to the business. This keynote will explore:

  • How to staff and prepare for a shift to AI
  • Best practices and methods to implement AI
  • Up and coming trends as well as real use cases for AI

1:10pm - 1:40pm  Networking Break

December 5, 2018 - afternoon

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

Zero Trust and the Flaming Sword of Justice

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Dave Lewis

Global Advisory CISO, Duo Security

Cisco Systems, Inc.

What does the inside of your organization’s security framework look like? Is it designed to protect from within or is it focused primarily on threats coming from outside the organization? When it comes to protecting sensitive data, users shouldn’t have access to data you shouldn’t be able to see yet oftentimes that is the case. In this discussion, Dave Lewis will emphasize the need for organizations to move away from traditional perimeter-based security and take a Zero Trust approach to securing data. In this session you will learn:

  • How to parse out data through network segmentation
  • How to design a framework that limits which users have access to specific data sets
  • Up and coming technologies and how their data can be used and abused

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

Retaining and Creating IT Leaders for Tomorrow

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Suzie Smibert

Global Director Enterprise Architecture & CISO

Finning International

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Troy Davidson

Enterprise Information Security Architect

Suncor Energy Inc.

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Selina Lam

Security Operations Analyst

Finning International

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Amanda Leeson

Cyber Security Analyst Intern


In a time when there is a skills shortage in tech, it is imperative to maintain a competitive edge when it comes to retaining digital talent. Organizations must prioritize the up and coming individuals who may eventually move into positions of leadership and ensure they have the resources needed to succeed. In this panel, IT professionals at various stages in their career will discuss:

  • Opportunities they would like to see as they progress in their career
  • How leadership can provide necessary resources and tools for success
  • Which opportunities within their organization keep them engaged

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Becoming Agile and Staying Agile

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Steve Biswanger



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Devon Smibert



DevOps has a simple goal: shorten the systems development life cycle while allowing for frequent upgrades, additional features and necessary fixes throughout. That agile component has become increasingly attractive as a way for organizations to accelerate its pace of innovation. This interactive peer-to-peer discussion considers:

  • How can companies move from working within a sequential, step-by-step structure to working concurrently to increase cross-organizational collaboration?
  • Beyond theoretical benefits, how should an organization deal with the compromises of implementing agile?
  • For companies already operating in an agile DevOps structure, what steps can take it to the next level?

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 CIOs and CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Andie Alderette at 971-271-6864 or

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Breakout Session

Enabling IoT for a Better Connected Future

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Rick Bilberry

VP, Oil and Gas

Schneider Electric North America

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Mark Speaker

Industry Solutions Executive

Microsoft Canada

The “things” in the “Internet of Things” have long been available, but new applications, different connectivity options and lower cost of entry make this an exciting time to dream about being connected. While opportunities abound through IoT, a clear roadmap must first be built to unlock its full potential. In this session Mark Speaker of Microsoft and Rick Bilberry of Schneider Electric come together to discuss how IT and OT vendors can join forces on IoT to increase revenue and productivity. This discussion will explore:

  • Leading teams through IT/OT convergence
  • Delivering real-time insights and operational intelligence from industrial data
  • Looking ahead to the future and the possibilities of IoT

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Combat Security Threats with Awareness Training

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Greg Bratton

Director, IT

Secure Energy Services

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Michael Alguire

Director, Cybersecurity Governance

ATCO, Ltd.

Even as security tools become increasingly advanced, the biggest vulnerability in a company continues to be its people. With attacks on the rise, executives must make employee training even more sophisticated. In this boardroom, you’ll:

  • Discuss different educational approaches with your peers
  • Determine how to evaluate the level of training needed
  • Identify key training components and methods of measuring their efficacy

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 CIOs and CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Andie Alderette at 971-271-6864 or

3:40pm - 4:00pm  Networking Break

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Spiders in Space: Alberta's Changing Economy

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Todd Hirsch

Chief Economist

ATB Financial

Like the spiders sent into space by NASA that found ways to spin their webs without the aid of gravity, we have to find ways to overcome the pitfalls that life places in our path. Drawing on inspiring stories of individuals, organizations and businesses, Todd Hirsch will explore a selection of adaptive traits that can help us not only survive, but thrive, when unwanted change comes our way. Based on Todd's latest book with co-author Rob Roach, it's a timely topic given the recession in Alberta.  Join ATB's Chief Economist Todd Hirsch as he:

  • Confronts the effects of a two year recession in Alberta.
  • Predicts what’s next for Alberta’s economy and how it will affect Albertans.
  • Discusses how to adapt to a harsher environment brought about by unwanted change.

4:40pm - 5:20pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


Venue & Accommodation

BMO Centre at Calgary Stampede

Your Community Partners

National Thought Leaders
Keynote Sponsor
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Calgary CIO Program Manager

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

Andie Alderette

Program Manager