Toronto CIO Virtual Executive Summit

October 28, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EDT

October 28, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EDT

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Building Data & Analytics Capabilities for Better Business Decisions.

Improving Business Performance by Transforming Operations

Developing a Comprehensive Digital Security Strategy


Cecilia Carbonelli

Haventree Bank
VP of IT

Roman Coba

Federated Co-op Limited (FCL)
CIO & VP Technology

Michael Eubanks

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Foad Godarzy

ENGIE Canada
Head of IT/OT Canada

Melody Wallis

Procter & Gamble
Head of IT and Business Services


October 28, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am  EDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Demystifying and Diving into AI and ML Projects

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Ted Maulucci

President & CIO

SmartONE Solutions

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Majid Janidarmian, Ph.D

Manager, Strategic Planning and Initiatives - The Kite Research Institute

University Health Network

When it comes to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, CIOs want practical examples of how colleagues are making real progress. This keynote puts a Toronto-based business lens on successful AL/ML projects – from motion sensors and data fusion in hundreds of condominiums to smart wearables that improve safety for health care workers.

Ted Maulucci and Majid Janidarmian guide you through a business/academic collaboration story that includes:

  • Unlocking the full potential of AI/ML – what is working and who is benefitting
  • Demystifying AI and ML for a better view of successful applications
  • What’s in it for the CIO? How to get an edge and get ahead

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Dialing-In Digital Business to Generate Revenue

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Sam Ishak



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Alexander Petkovski

Head of Business Intelligence and Data Integrity

Napoleon Group of Companies

Results may vary by business or industry, but digital business is booming like never before and CIOs are squarely in the driver’s seat. Digital leaders are dialed in to capturing maximum value, utilizing the right data and delivering a seamless customer experience.

In this interactive session, you will discuss:

  • New expectations of the digital-first customer
  • The CIO’s role in product development and design in a digital economy
  • A data-centric approach to consumer insight to foster new business opportunities

10:00am - 10:45am  EDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Accelerating Business Transformation through the Power of 5G

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Navin Arora


TELUS Business Solutions

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Earl Balitbit



The world is going digital and businesses are poised to tap into a $40 billion market opportunity. Just as roads and railways transformed Canada’s prosperity, digital technology infrastructure will transform the way business is done and will be foundational for organizations looking to fuel their growth in the digital economy.

In this keynote, TELUS Business Solutions and Torstar team up to discuss:

  • The opportunities and impact of infrastructure on Canada’s business sector and the partnerships required across sectors and industries.
  • Bold steps Torstar took to drive their own digital transformation
  • How companies can harness the power of technology to improve operations and deliver business value

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Achieving an Effective Cloud Strategy

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Moustafa Naguib

Head of IT Infrastructure

Superior Propane

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Fariba Rawhani



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Vishal Ganeriwala

VP, Product Marketing

Citrix Systems, Inc.

As companies evolve to keep pace with a digital world, successful cloud strategies elude many IT departments. Dealing with high operational costs and a talent shortage are just some of many reasons that cloud solutions are often a bigger undertaking than they first appear.

This session will focus on:

  • Discovering the right road map for your organization
  • Winning the business' trust during transition
  • Avoiding common pitfalls

9:00am - 10:00am  EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Delivering Value at the Speed of Business

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Judy Lyster

Head of IT

Eli Lilly Canada

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Medhanie Tekeste

Chief Information Officer


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Kris Fitzgerald


NTT Data

In an increasingly competitive landscape – new thinking, new technology and new ways of doing business are essential. To fully embrace and leverage innovation, CIOs must be fully aligned to organizational strategy and execution.

Join this boardroom strategy session on how to embed innovation at the core of your business, discussing:

  • Evaluating emerging technologies and building the business case for their implementation
  • Defining new business opportunities through technology
  • Creating a comprehensive culture of innovation rooted in practical, measurable outcomes

8:45am - 9:00am  EDT Break

10:45am - 11:00am  EDT Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

The Real Value of AI

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Duke Butler

Head, DevOps Adoption

Royal Bank of Canada

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Arlene McDonald



Management boards and CIOs alike talk at length about the potential impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning on business processes, proficiency and performance. This session aims beyond the AI hype to target real world results in the enterprise. 

Join your peers to discuss:  

  • Building AI awareness and capabilities to move from POCs to production 

  • Practical use cases that drive successful outcomes  

  • The right tools and suppliers for your business 

12:00pm - 12:45pm  EDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Cloud Strategies to Power Digital Transformation

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Harish Grama

General Manager, IBM Cloud

IBM Corporation

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Roman Coba

CIO & VP Technology

Federated Co-op Limited (FCL)

The most successful businesses today connect digital transformation to business goals using innovative technology and increasing moving more of their enterprise workload to the Cloud. CIOs are charged with clearing adoption hurdles to align mission-critical tasks and business priorities with the multiple cloud environments.

This interactive session explores:

  • Case studies on successful transformations using open, flexible, and secure multicloud operating environments
  • Fostering digital transformation and creating a competitive advantage through a hybrid cloud strategy
  • Accelerating the skills and culture that leverages AI and cloud

12:45pm - 1:15pm  EDT Networking

Community Discussion

An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups.

11:00am - 12:00pm  EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Using Better Data to Build More Effective Analytics and Machine Learning

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Samantha Liscio

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer


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Celso Mello

Chief Information Officer (CIO)


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Dave Sohigian

Chief Technology Officer - North America


Today’s enterprise has access to endless amounts of data and CIOs must continually find true meaning and value in the data. This peer-to-peer discussion will consider ways to mature your data and analytics and program to provide accurate, real-time data.

Come ready to discuss how to:

  • Implement data strategies that align with desired business outcomes
  • Leverage data to gain greater insights and drive value
  • Define clear data ownership and standardization
  • Augment judgement with machine learning

11:00am - 12:00pm  EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Measuring and Communicating Business and IT Performance

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Jenna Cline

Head of IT Strategy and Planning


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Rex Lee


Canadian Tire Corporation

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Anca Preda

Vice President, Information Technology

De Havilland Canada

In digital transformation parlance, the word “value” is vaulting up the list of buzzwords. From here on out, CIOs will be translators of value, helping the business define its terms, build a rational strategy for execution, and align its technology investments accordingly.

In this session, you and your peers will:

  • Gain insight into the nuts and bolts of value creation in a variety of organizations
  • Gather tools for not only articulating and communicating value, but also tracking and measuring results
  • Develop the rules of engagement for discussing value with disparate business partner

October 28, 2020

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