Speakers

SPEAKERS

Angela Copeland

Angela Copeland

Director Digital Strategy & CIO, Toronto Public Library

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Chandana Unnithan

Chandana Unnithan

CIO/CTO, Lifeguard Health

Dr Chandana Unnithan is Chief Technology and Informatics Officer (CTO/CIO) for Lifeguard Health, BC, a smart technology firm that has been successfully building geo-spatial solutions to reverse the Opioid crisis and save lives.

She is an expert in permissioned blockchain, IoT, and health informatics. She is a member of WHO Digital Health Group of Experts. She is an expert in digital health within Space and Global Health (WG-SGH) that reports to the United Nations (UN) Committee of Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), UNOOSA – a group that intersect space agencies (NASA, ASA, etc) and health agencies across the globe.

Ernest Solomon

Ernest Solomon

CIO, LawPro

Ernest Solomon began at LAWPRO as Chief Information Officer in 2019.

He brings nearly two decades of experience directing technology services and business management plans for the financial services, insurance, and healthcare industries. His proficiency in digital transformation, technology innovation, and the development of customer-focused service cultures drives the technology strategy for the company. 

In addition he is part of the CIO Advisory Board and participates actively in sharing challenges, ideas and strategies to help enhance collaboration among IT executives across industries. 

Ernest holds a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. 

Helen Wetherley Knight

Helen Wetherley Knight

Director of IT, Calgary Drop In & Rehab Centre Society

Helen Wetherley Knight has over 20 years experience as an IT strategist, leading significant and meaningful business transformation through the application of technology.

Extensive work experience and unending thirst for knowledge (MBA, PMP, Prosci) are the backbone of her ability to influence, design, solve problems and implement effective strategic change. As Director of IT for the Calgary Drop-In Centre, a housing-focused emergency shelter, Helen is delivering a transformation that revolutionizes the vital services provided to vulnerable Calgarians. From implementing solutions to ensure safe and effective operations, to optimizing service delivery for clients, innovation is increasing individuals’ capacity for independence. 

 

Marie Wiese

Marie Wiese

Strategic Marketer & Founder, CoPilot

She is a Growth Advisor with start-ups at innovation centers in Ontario, host of the podcast Women Talk Tech and the author of the award-winning business book, You Can’t Be Everywhere: A Common-Sense Approach to Digital Marketing for Any Business.

Marie has worked in the technology sector for over 25 years and focuses today on the digital transformation of the sales and marketing function. She is a frequent speaker on this and the topic of advancing women in the tech sector at conferences across North America. Marie lives just outside Toronto, Canada and enjoys travelling around the countryside in her 1978 Westfalia campervan with her granddaughter. 

Nasheen Liu

Nasheen Liu

Partner & SVP, CIO Program Strategy, The IT Media Group

Ms. Liu’s strong reputation in the technology community is built upon her proven track record as a leader who practices what she preaches.

A seasoned and sought-after executive, Ms. Liu has two decades of success in strategy development, software marketing, and executive engagement.  

As a founding partner and SVP, CIO Program Strategy of the IT Media Group, Ms. Liu oversees the planning and implementation of the company’s strategic initiatives that impact the Canadian IT executive community. She chairs a cross-industry CIO Advisory Board that provides guidance on compelling issues and topics for CIOs and the IT vendors that serve them 

Prior to the IT Media Group, Ms. Liu was with Oracle (Sun Microsystems), heading up the company’s software marketing efforts in Canada. Previously, Ms. Liu held key marketing positions at leading technology companies such as Infor (Workbrain) and IBM (Platform Computing).  

Ms. Liu lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter. She gives back by providing pro bono coaching, mentoring and sponsorship to her network and referralsfrom new grad to senior execs. 

Anju Virmani

Anju Virmani

Board Member, Ontario Health

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Debbie Lewis

Debbie Lewis

CIO, Royal Canadian Mint

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Ferial Sheybani

Ferial Sheybani

Senior Director IT Application Delivery, Head of IT, SNC-Lavalin

After graduating in Applied Math and computer science from Iran University of Science and Technology, Ferial started her Journey in technology, designing and developing solutions in banking.

 In 1997, immigrated to Canada and was hired by DMC as a senior consultant to provide various IT roles such as business analyst for Merrill Lynch Trading application and solution architect for AT&T portal. 

 

Her journey continued at MTS allstream, where she contributed to development of project management office and delivery framework and best practices and program managed many key initiatives such as WESTJET Network Migration and allstream Infrastructure renewal. 

 

At PwC, as director of Enterprise Applications, Ferial advised on roadmap development and managed large transformation implementations such as BMO Investorline AdviseDirect product design and development. 

 

As a director of transformation services at Telus Health, Ferial led development and implementation of integrated platform for archiving Electronic Health Records to be accessed for view by over 40,000 clinicians in Ontario (Connecting Ontario Program) 

 

Ferial is an agile leader with unique skillset in technology implementation and Project portfolio management as well as IT Operation with recognized track record of leading very large and complex IT transformation implementations in Healthcare, Telecommunications, Banking, Energy, Engineering & Construction, Public and Professional Services. 

 

Recently Led large team of Solution Delivery and Operation at SNC. Managing business enablement ecosystem consisting of ERP and integrated applications for Operation & Maintenance Sector as well as multi-billion, multi-year Construction Joint Venture projects such as REM and Trillium. 

Julia Blackburn

Julia Blackburn

CEO, Npower Canada

Julia has over 30 years of broad management experience working with small businesses andnon-profit organizations, both in the performing arts and in social services.

She currently servesas the Chief Executive Officer of NPower Canada, a charitable organization which addressesyouth unemployment through a comprehensive workforce development program. As thefounding executive, Julia launched the US-based company in Canada in 2014 and is currentlyimplementing a national scaling initiative.Julia began her career as a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Her executiveappointments include serving as executive director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane DanceCompany and of BalletMet Columbus. She was also the founding director of BlackburnManagement Resources, a consulting practice providing business and financial services fornon-profits and small businesses.

Michelle Joliat

Michelle Joliat

Managing Director and Head, Wealth Digitization, Robotics and Process Transformation, BMO Financial Group

Michelle Joliat is the Managing Director and Head, Wealth Digitization, Robotics and Process Transformation at BMO. 

Michelle has led the development and launch of Wealth’s new client facing online portal, and she has grown the Digitization program across Nesbitt Burns, InvestorLine, and to both the Canadian and US Private Banks.  In addition, Michelle founded the Robotics team within BMO Wealth Management.  Before she joined BMO Michelle founded and ran the Digitization Program in RBC Wealth Management.  Prior to RBC Michelle was a management consultant at both at Oliver Wyman and running her own firm. 

Sylvie Beauchamp

Sylvie Beauchamp

IT Director, OACIQ

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Anna Foat

Anna Foat

Director - Global Digital Transformation Office

Anna Foat loves the power of possibility and the passion of entrepreneurs.

She’s worked at a start up, grown with one of the countries most famous scale ups Research in Motion (BlackBerry) and now works in the Digital Transformation Office at SunLife Financial. She also is the co-chair for the Digital Working Group for the Southwest Ontario Health Team after years of health care advocacy with her husband Kirk Foat. She proudly earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Waterloo and she teaches Design Thinking at the University of Western Ontario. 

 

Dionne Schmidt

Dionne Schmidt

Head of Technology Innovation, Thomson Reuters

Dionne is a passionate advocate for increasing organizational agility through empowered, self-organizing teams.

 She is currently the Head of technology agility at Thomson Reuters, where she’s responsible for leading transformation efforts towards increased organizational agility, so that teams can rapidly respond to changes in the market and deliver high value customer outcomes. A graduate from Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Dionne is interested in how the human and technological systems around us interact and affect how we operate. Dionne is a board game fanatic, and you can almost always find her with a coffee in hand.  

Gina Cherkowski

Gina Cherkowski

Chief Education Officer, STEM Learning Lab Inc.

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Leslie Strong

Leslie Strong

CEO – Chief Equality Officer, Sandboxx Corp

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Monique Allen

Monique Allen

EVP – Data and Technology, OMERS

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Vivien Woo

Vivien Woo

Head of IT Engineering, Branch & Contact Center, HSBC Bank

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