2019 Agenda

Summit Schedule

8:00AM – Registration opens

09:00AM Producer & Chairperson’s Conference Welcome
Tania Ferreira, Senior Conference Producer, Bonhill Group, UK
Marie Wiese, Strategic Marketer & Founder, Marketing CoPilot


09:10AM - KEYNOTE FIRESIDE CHAT: An exploration of the current technology landscape

• Identifying and discussing the current top 3 tech trends

• Which of these technologies have you invested in and how has it influenced your company thus far?

• What were the challenges you faced in order to adopt the new tech?

• How do you go about securing company-wide tech adoption in teams with opposing views regarding the technology?

• Which tech trend are you not likely to invest in and why?

Moderator: Luc Villeneuve, President, Benchmark Corp
Chandana Unnithan, CIO/CTO, Lifeguard Health
Charles Mongeon, Vice President Data Center and Information Technology Services, Telus

09:40AM - PANEL DISCUSSION: The continuously evolving role of IT

• What were CIO and CTOs responsible for 3 years ago?

• What has now been added to their roles and responsibilities?

• How much have team dynamics changes and what roles have been made “redundant”?

• Discussing the importance of moving beyond ‘only’ operations and efficiency to also influencing revenue creation and driving innovation and     growth – being a change agent

• How do we see role evolving further and how do we get there from today?

Moderator: Nasheen Liu, Partner & SVP, CIO Program Strategy, The IT Media Group
Angela Copeland, Director Digital Strategy & CIO, Toronto Public Library
Monique Allen, EVP – Data and Technology, OMERS
Ernest Solomon, CIO, LawPro
Edith Kindrachuk, North America Director – Information Management Services, Dentons

10:20AM - CASE STUDY: Leading teams through the social impacts of digital transformation

• As a result of emerging technologies and the new digital era, what are the biggest social challenges tech leaders are facing?

• How are we balancing the digital and human elements?

• What will the new entry point be? What new jobs can be created?

• What new skills will young professionals need to have?

• What is our role as tech leaders in supporting a smooth transition into the digital future?

Anju Virmani, Board Member, Ontario Health

10:35AM Morning Break & Speed Networking


11:30AM - FIRESIDE CHAT: Diverse and inclusive technologies - is this a reality today?

What makes up AI – personalities and preferences?

Where can we see the greatest diversity discrepancies in the technology?

How different would today’s tech be, if there were more diverse tech teams?

How can you create greater diversity in AI?

Moderator: Marie Wiese, Strategic Marketer & Founder, Marketing CoPilot
Anna Foat, Director – Global Digital Transformation Office, Sun Life Financial
Fawn Annan, President and Chairperson, IT World Canada and Canadian Channel Chiefs Council

12:00PM - PANEL DISCUSSION: Leveraging diversity for greater innovation

Innovation happens in teams, not with individuals. Great innovation brings different disciplines, suppliers, partners and customers together to co-create. Central to great innovation is the ability to have people from different professional, organisational and cultural barriers working in collaborative harmony.

• How to get people who don’t work together, working together to create better products and services

• Best practice examples of diverse workforces, company success and ratings, reflective products and services

Moderator: Fariba Anderson, Executive Partner, Gartner
Angela Copeland, Director Digital Strategy & CIO, Toronto Public Library
Debbie Lewis, CIO, Royal Canadian Mint
Anju Virmani, Board Member, Ontario Health
Dionne Schmidt, Head of Technology Agility, Thomson Reuters
Rani Pendse, Senior Partner Development Manager, Microsoft


12:45PM - PANEL DISCUSSION: “Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable”

• Identifying where we still need to do more work to support female advancement

• How are female professionals using their voices and communicating their ideas effectively?

• Highlighting the importance of hard and soft skills within tech, and finding the right opportunity

• Getting comfortable with ambiguity and change in your career

• Moving on from the minority in tech discussion – how to get comfortable and how to use your newfound comfort

• Be a Yes person and seize the professional opportunities that lay ahead

Moderator: Marie Wiese, Strategic Marketer & Founder, Marketing CoPilot
Michelle Joliat, MD & Head, Wealth Digitization, Robotics, Process Transformation, BMO Financial Group
Ferial Sheybani, Senior Director IT Application Delivery – Head of IT, SNC-Lavalin
Nasheen Liu, Partner & SVP, CIO Program Strategy, The IT Media Group
Claude Reeves, Country Manager, Red Hat
Vanessa Vakharia, Founder and CEO, The Math Guru

1:30PM – Networking Lunch


2:30PM - FIRESIDE CHAT: Identifying mentors that will support and sponsor your advancement

• Analysing the difference between mentors and sponsors

• How the lack of senior female figures influences perceptions of development and progression within an organisation

• Leveraging the support of male colleagues as sponsors and working in partnership

• Acknowledging the professionals (male & female) that are supporting and advancing their teams, young female professionals and moving the dial for greater inclusion

• Top Tips: how to effectively work and leverage your network both in an organisation and externally

Moderator: Vicki Bradley, Co-Lead, WILempower
Leslie Strong, CEO – Chief Equality Officer, Sandboxx Corp
Victoria Pelletier, VP and Senior Partner, IBM
Kim Benedict, Co-Founder and CEO, TalentMinded

3:00PM - PANEL DISCUSSION: Being a leader from start to finish in your IT/Tech career

• Speaking the language of a leader – what does this mean?

• Comparing various leadership styles – strengths and weaknesses

• How to lead effectively and be you

• It’s not just about IQ, you also need an Emotional Quotient (EQ) – overcoming your own unconscious bias and getting to the top

Moderator: Charlie Atkinson, President, The Winning Practice
Vivien Woo, Head of IT Engineering, Branch & Contact Center, HSBC Bank
Sylvie Beauchamp, IT Director, OACIQ Prasanna Thallamudi, Director of IT, Freightcom
Anca Preda, Vice President of Information Technology, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd.

3:40PM - FIRESIDE CHAT: Using your professional success to give back

• How to leverage your knowledge and expertise for the greater good

• Examining how investments in digital literacy can help you contribute to communities

• Supporting local communities through connectivity and sustainable initiatives

• Understanding the benefits of these projects and how you too can give back

Moderator: Janet Piper, Director of Corporate Engagement, Catalyst Inc. Dr.
Gina Cherkowski, Chief Education Officer, STEM Learning Lab Inc.
Julia Blackburn, CEO, Npower Canada
Helen Wetherley Knight, Director of IT, Calgary Drop In & Rehab Centre Society
Debora Inouye, Partner and Educational Technology Director, Happy Code

4:20PM - SUMMIT ROUND-UP: Your pledge for improvement

• The key takeaways from this inaugural summit

• What topics would you like to hear about at WIT Canada 2020 Summit?

• Tweet your pledge: Making your pledge for change

○ Given the content and insights shared, attendees are asked to pledge what they will implement and/or take back to their business

Tania Ferreira, Senior Conference Producer, Bonhill Group, UK

5:30PM - End of Conference

Women In IT 2019 Awards – Canada
19:00 Champagne Reception
19:30 Welcome and Keynote Addresses