Toronto CIO Inner Circle

March 20, 2024 | Blu Ristorante

March 20, 2024
Blu Ristorante

Collaborate with your peers

Join Toronto's top CIOs 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 CIOs today:

Managing ongoing AI expectations with business stakeholders

Cutting through complexities to define long-term AI ambition

Ensuring responsible AI adoption and journey planning outside of IT

Toronto CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Dave Aeri

Lactalis Canada
VP & Head of Information Technology

Mike Baxter

Chief Technology Officer

Cecilia Carbonelli

Haventree Bank
Senior Executive Information Technology

Roman Coba

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

Melody Wallis

Procter & Gamble Canada
Vice President - Analytics & Insights and Technology - P&G Canada


March 20, 2024

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

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Managing Business Expectations - How a CIO Controls the Narrative

Glen Renton headshot

Glen Renton

Vice President of IT

Ricoh Canada Inc

Melody Wallis headshot

Melody Wallis

Vice President - Analytics & Insights and Technology - P&G Canada

Procter & Gamble Canada

Richard Godsmark headshot

Richard Godsmark

AVP Informaton Technology and Chief Information Officer

Sheridan College

Nastaran Bisheban headshot

Nastaran Bisheban

Chief Technology Officer

YUM! Brands

Janine Leahey headshot

Janine Leahey


Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

Anita Tjokroatmodjo headshot

Anita Tjokroatmodjo

Sr. Director, IT at George Weston & Wittington Investments, Limited

Weston Group of Companies

Business leaders have high expectations about AI and other emerging technologies that CIOs must manage. As such, CIOs must have robust strategies in place to not only manage these technologies, but also communicate their benefits and risks. Executives across the organization all have their own thoughts and priorities around what the technology should be used for, but as a CIO, how do you keep control of this narrative and ensure effective deployment to drive digital business success?

As c-level and board expectations continue to rise around emerging technologies, coupled with minimal IT increased budgets and resources, what are the key levers CIOs are using to grow partnerships, better align with the business on these powerful technologies, and mitigate risks?

Join your peers to discuss how CIOs and their messaging are truly resonating with stakeholders on these emerging technologies.

Topic 1: Managing Ongoing AI Expectations with Business Stakeholders

  • What’s the current direction your organization is taking on Generative AI? Are other departments inline with IT’s direction or are they taking another route?
  • How are you communicating the benefits and risks to the board as the technology continues to iterate? What are the most effective use cases to share?
  • As a CIO, how are you ensuring responsible AI adoption and journey planning outside of IT? Do you have a governance plan in place or are you governing as you go?

Topic 2: Deciding your AI Ambition

  • How are you cutting through AI complexities to define your long-term AI ambition for the organization? Who is involved in setting this north star?
  • What measures are you putting in place to secure data sets and mitigate the risk of sophisticated attacks that exploit these technologies?
  • What will the overall implication on the workforce be with your strategy? Do you see AI as an enhancement or a replacement for the workforce?

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

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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.

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