Vancouver, BC CIO Executive Summit

June 13, 2018 | Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

June 13, 2018
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Vancouver, BC 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

Vancouver, BC CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Jim Attridge

Senior Manager of Cybersecurity

Dave Cummings

Finning International

Rob Labbé

Teck Resources Limited
Director, Information Security

Eric Paynter

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
Manager, Information Risk Management

Kalev Ruberg

Teck Resources Limited

Greg Sieg

Ledcor Group of Companies

Suzie Smibert

Finning International
Global Director Enterprise Architecture & CISO

Tim Swanson

FortisBC Energy Inc.
Director, Information Systems

David Trent

VP, Technology & Digital


June 12, 2018

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

Effective Facetime with the Board

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Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie

Founding President & Board Member-CIO Association

CIO Association of Canada

With security a top concern for CIOs and CISOs — and their jobs depending on it — a clear understanding of the organization’s security footprint and key metrics is essential and must be skillfully articulated to stakeholders. This session explores the DNA of effective communication and how to address the health, safety, resilience and sustainable growth of the company. Board members have woken up to the ever-evolving security threat landscape and are leaning on their CIOs and CISOs to deliver. Join Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie to explore proven approaches in communicating security metrics, risk profiles and strategic plans to the board.

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

CIOs and CISOs at the Forefront of Digital Reinvention

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Xerxes Cooper

General Manager, Global Technology Services

IBM Canada

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Kurt Pregler



In the new digital economy, CIOs and CISOs 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 and CISOs from “reinventor” organizations can show the way, as revealed in the newly released 2017 IBM Global C-Suite Study. Join Xerxes Cooper and Kurt Pregler as they share how leaders are becoming the new platform builders and digital reinventors. Learn how they are securely integrating emerging technologies, while fostering talent and pursuing an agile culture. Hear how you can strengthen your organization’s competitive edge through digital reinvention.

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

The Digital Technology Supercluster and You

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Greg Caws

Co-Chair, Digital Technology Supercluster

Government of British Columbia

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is a cross-industry initiative that solidifies Canada’s leadership in the digital economy, bringing together more than 300 organizations across BC and Canada to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Through applying data, analytics and visualization, it aims to supercharge traditional industries, boost BC’s strong technology sector and create jobs. Join co-founder Greg Caws and explore the connective, transformative power this project is bringing to Vancouver. Learn what this means for your company, the leadership role you can take in transforming the nation and what tactics make sense for your own programs.

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Building the Future — the Digital Transformation Path

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Mihai Strusievici

Director of IT, North America

Colliers International

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Mike Hughes

Director, Product

OutSystems, Inc.

Digital transformation is everywhere and every enterprise has or will take a unique path to their future platforms. But there must be universal frameworks, philosophies and models to act as way posts on the journey. Mihai Strusievici and Mike Hughes discuss real life examples of transformation visions that became realities and the paths they took to get there. Building on experience and case studies, they will outline the cultures, structures and tools that have supported actual digital renovations — beginning to end.

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

AI and Automation Investments — Evaluating Potential

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Mark Beeston

VP, IT Canada

Finning International

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Cherian Palayoor

Director, Information Security

Lululemon Athletica

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Soumen Roy

Country Head, Canada

Tata Consultancy Services

AI and automation are top-of-mind technologies, and organizations are eager to take advantage of them. Evaluating these opportunities requires a careful and candid assessment of a company's competitive landscape, its digital maturity, the effectiveness of existing business practices versus industry benchmarks, the potential for improvement, and the complexity of the technological context into which AI and automation would be inserted. While this process takes time, there's no time to wait. Join this discussion on how to combine the right automation technology with the right situation at the right time.

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 CIO/CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Shaman Anderson at 971-717-6664 or

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

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Leading Like a CEO

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Brent Wouters

President and CEO


With every facet of business now driven, optimized and entirely dependent on technology, the role of the enterprise technology leader has never been more critical to business success. But with that elevated role comes heightened expectations of dynamic business leadership. Whether it’s leading an organization as a future CEO or simply viewing yourself as the CEO of your own team, it is now imperative that all technology leaders view themselves and their teams and organizations through a business leadership lens. Join CEO Brent Wouters as he shares a powerful and eye-opening message for IT leaders looking to lead like a CEO.

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

The Future Belongs to the Intelligent Enterprise

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Michael Saylor

President, Chairman of the Board & CEO

MicroStrategy, Inc.

The intelligent enterprise is the ultimate data-driven organization. It harnesses traditionally counteractive forces – agility and governance, convenience and security, ease of use and enterprise functionality – to go beyond business intelligence and deliver transformative insights to every user, constituent and partner. Today, every forward leaning company is racing to become an intelligent enterprise. Why? Because organizations that build this intelligent edge over competitors will be the dominant force of tomorrow. Hear from MicroStrategy Founder and CEO, Michael Saylor, and map out how to transform your organization into an intelligent enterprise.

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

The Journey to Agile — Interactive DevOps

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David Charters

Director, IT Security & Risk


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Husam Fezzani

DevOps Lead, IT Transformation

HSBC Bank Canada

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Grant Hallam

Senior Technologist

HSBC Bank Canada

While some younger companies were born agile, for most organizations, a shift toward DevOps comes with growing pains. Bringing an entrenched workforce up to speed brings a nuanced set of challenges throughout adoption. Join this interactive session with Husam Fezzani and David Charters as they utilize case studies as well as audience-generated content to build a real-time understanding of essential DevOps and agile concepts. No matter where you are in your company’s agile journey, attend this session for a unique learning and sharing opportunity.

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Evolving to Prevention Through Machine Learning

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Shawn Ling

Director, Business Analytics and Data Services

BC Liquor Distribution Branch

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Christina Wolf


British Columbia Securities Commission

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Corey White

SVP, WW Consulting & ThreatZERO Services


Machine learning continuously transforms in both size and scope, making it more valuable to organizations each day. For many companies, keeping up with these advancements is the difference between preventing a data breach and falling victim to a multi-faceted malware attack. For some, machine learning technologies is an idea for the future. For others, it's an agile security defense that can help them quickly adapt to the changing environment. In this boardroom discussion, CISOs across the spectrum share how machine learning can set the stage for the advancements of tomorrow.

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 CIO/CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Shaman Anderson at 971-717-6664 or

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Security in the Cloud — Managing a Fleet

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George Pajari

Chief Information Security Officer


The evolution of cloud technologies has steadily transformed the enterprise, allowing for greater flexibility and customization of the IT environment. The cloud presents endless challenges to companies charged with securing critical data. Join George Pajari as he explores Hootsuite’s cloud security strategy and implementation, and learn how he identifies vulnerabilities in the cloud architecture. This talk will focus on the approaches Hootsuite uses to manage its fleet of Amazon AWS Linux VMs that deliver production services to over 15 million users.

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Automating Security Policies Using Intent-Based Network Security

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John Maddison

Sr. Vice President, Products and Solutions

Fortinet, Inc.

The digital attack surface is larger and more dynamic than ever. As IoT/OT devices attach and detach to the network and as apps and workloads are spun up and down, it’s imperative to have a cybersecurity framework in place to mitigate risk. Orchestrated segmentation is one of the most fundamental ways to gain visibility into any network and to protect it. Join this session to learn how to provide automated security policies that are in line with infrastructure changes in today’s dynamic environment.

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

User Behavioral Analytics in Your Security Program

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Dave Marecek

Vice President, Transformation and Information Services

BC Pensions Corporation

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Leo Navin

Information Security Officer

Methanex Corporation

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Milan Patel

Program Director, Security Offerings Mgmt.


Preventing a cyberattack before it happens is every security professional’s dream. Although we don’t have a crystal ball, thanks to behavioral analytics, we are able to shorten incident-response times. New analytics tools uncover trends, patterns and anomalies in the mountains of data collected by security systems, alerting us to previously hidden attacks. Join Milan Patel in this candid discussion to gain a better understanding of how this emphasis on user behavior, rather than incident data, can lead to more strategic and efficient security programs.

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 CIO/CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Shaman Anderson at 971-717-6664 or

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Partner Up — Advising and Guiding During Business Transition

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Mike Brosseau

Master Solution Engineer - Emerging Technologies


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Yu Jin


Best Buy Canada Ltd.

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Carol Vorster


Corix Group of Companies

With the rise of sophisticated cloud offerings, the IT organization may not be the company’s sole source of applications and services. In many organizations, the business lines are taking more responsibility for bringing applications into the company, with or without IT’s blessing. This session looks at how savvy technology leaders are winning the hearts and minds of business leaders and users, positioning themselves as trusted advisors to those eager to adopt new technologies. Listen in to explore what executives need to be doing to strategically align and support their business partners for maximum organizational gain.

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 CIO/CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Shaman Anderson at 971-717-6664 or

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Want Intelligence-Led Security? Get Back to Basics

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Rob Labbé

Director, Information Security

Teck Resources Limited

Given today’s complex environment, large attack surfaces and scant budgets and resources, moving to an intelligence-based security program is the logical next step for many companies. A central piece of this? The ability to morph raw data into valuable intelligence. Rob Labbe and David Swan have accomplished this by embracing simplified concepts and a return to basics. Join this session to see how tools and indicators, given correct connections and context, can be part of the solution. Return to your program with a streamlined view of the future of intelligence-led security.

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Cybersecurity and Smart Cities

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David Izzard

Manager, Enterprise Architecture & Security

City of Surrey

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Sam Shaabani

Manager, IT Security

Corix Group of Companies

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Tim Swanson

Director, Information Systems

FortisBC Energy Inc.

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Dominic Vogel

Chief Strategist

As smart city infrastructure rapidly becomes the purview of both the public and private sectors, businesses and public-sector organizations must prepare for the new age of metropolitan operations. What challenges will arise from the new technologies and partnerships? What are the security implications of a heightened level of interconnectedness? Attend this panel to explore the threats facing cities’ futures and hear ideas on how to mitigate them.

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Cloud Security — Threats, Challenges and Potential

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Roberta Kowalishin

Director of Technology


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Greg Paulsen

Director, Information Technology

Cascade Aerospace

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Rob Davidson

Director, Innovation, Architecture & Security Services, CISO

Pacific Blue Cross

The evolution of cloud technologies, advanced third-party solutions and software-as-a-service offerings have been steadily transforming the enterprise, allowing for greater flexibility and advanced customization of the IT environment. The ascendance of these tools has also introduced myriad challenges to CISOs charged with securing critical data. As organizations look to the cloud, they must also weigh the risks of migrating data in an increasingly threatened world. How can data in the cloud be secured? How does the risk-minded organization evaluate and trust the security posture of their vendor partners? In this session, security executives will examine the benefits, threats and challenges of the new cloud business.

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 CIO/CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Shaman Anderson at 971-717-6664 or

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

A CIO Walks the CEO Path

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Oliver Grüter-Andrew

President and CEO

E-Comm 9-1-1

We have all heard the saying “CIO stands for: ‘Career is over.’” This certainly was not the case for Oliver Gruter-Andrew. After 14 years as a CIO/VP IT in several industries, he seized the opportunity to become president and CEO of E-Comm 9-1-1, putting him in charge of a wide range of services to the public, police, fire and ambulance throughout BC. In this session, he will explore his path from CIO to CEO. Listen in to hear why he was asked to fill this role, which CIO experiences turned out to be highly transferable, and what his challenges are now.

4:20pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

June 12, 2018


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