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2017 Toronto CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario

  • "This is a great forum to get together with CIOs from other industries that I would not normally have the opportunity to connect with."

    Dave Revell
    SVP & CIO, Retail Business Banking

Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent – Driving a Culture of Genius for Success

In today’s fast-changing business landscape, it’s not your competitors that threaten your company’s survival. It’s your organization’s willingness and capacity to disrupt its existing business model or be disrupted. Because the CIO is at the center of the digital transformation journey s/he is uniquely positioned to deliver fearless leadership, fuse emerging technologies with process redesign and people skills, partner with the C-suite and board of directors, and successfully navigate the business into the future.

The courageous leadership traits needed to foster a culture of innovation and transformation on the path to genius will be the focal point of the 2017 Toronto CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Maria Aiello
    Vice President Real Estate Technology Advisory

  • Jenny Alfandary
    CIO & Executive Vice President of Software Development & Technology
    Aritel Communications

    Jenny Alfandary is CIO & Executive Vice President of Software Development & Technology at Aritel Communications, an independent software company specializing in design, architecture and development of software products and technologies. In addition, Jenny is a Keynote Speaker and provides Leadership and Strategy Advisory services, leading companies in early stage seed funding through strategy, business and marketing plans.

    After qualifying as military pilot in the Ukraine Defence Force, Jenny began her career at a major bank and then at Comverse Network Systems (now Xura/Mavenir), a global leader in next generation digital communications services. She has held numerous executive roles in IT and software development, in Telecom and financial industries, most recently serving 5 years as Head of Product Development at Siemens Canada prior to joining Aritel.

    Jenny holds a Bachelor degree in Statistics & Computer Science, a Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA in Management Information Systems & Technology. A Certified Scrum Master and a Mentor at the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure, she is interested in corporate development, public sector institutional strengthening and emerging technology management.

  • Roman Coba

  • John Currado
    Chief Operations Leader
    SCI MarketView

    John Currado is a passionate and innovative professional, focused on earning trust, building relationships and creating win-win situations for all his clients. His over 25 years of experience in the financial lending and leasing business, along with his knowledge of the automotive space positions John as an industry expert with a unique and intimate understanding of interdependencies of the two industries. In his role as Chief Operations Leader for SCI, John delivers on SCI’s technology and leasing strategies. Prior to SCI, John held various positions at Dealertrack from 2007 through 2013, eventually serving as the General Manager for the Canadian Operation.

    SCI Ltd. is a privately owned automotive technology and leasing company which operates as SCI MarketView and SCI Lease Corp. By “seeing the world as it’s going to be”, SCI’s core business strategy is to improve all aspects of the digital customer experience for the savvy automotive buyer.

  • Matt Davies
    Sr. Director, IT Risk Management and Cybersecurity

  • David Del Giudice
    UCIT Online Security, Inc.

  • Dylan Horvath
    Cortex Design Inc

  • Arik Kalininsky
    Technology Charter - iConnect Project
    PNM Resources

  • Jonathan Landon
    President & Founder
    Connectiv Innovation Corporation

    Jonathan Landon‘s firm specializes in technology-infused accelerated innovation, emerging technology research, and digital strategy enablement, while also advocating to influence Canada’s commercialized innovation output and the creation of sustainable next generation organizations and middle-class jobs. 

    Prior to founding Connectiv, Jonathan spent the majority of his career at Kimberly-Clark Corporation where he held various positions with global accountability including IT Strategy, Innovation & Architecture, e-Commerce, Infrastructure, Computer Security, and Business Intelligence., Jonathan has implemented technology in over 50 countries and played key roles in a diverse range of projects ranging from starting up a business in China to divesting a $2 Billion global Health Care business and moving it onto a set of cloud-based services.

    Jonathan Serves on the Salvation Army’s Technology Advisory Council, as an expert consultant for DoGood and on the Toronto Chapter Board of Directors for the CIO Association of Canada 


  • Neumann Lim
    Lead IT Network and Security Architect
    Detour Gold Corporation

    Neumann Lim has been at Detour for the last year serving as the Enterprise Security Architect responsible for developing Detour's enterprise security architecture, strategies and methodologies on cyber security. Prior to this role, Neumann spent several years working with enterprises such as, Microsoft, Cognizant, and Johnson Control, specializing in incident response. Neumann has over 8 years of cyber security and networking experience. He currently holds the CISSP, CCNA and CHFI certifications and is an active member of various security organizations such as HTCIA, ISC2 and the Cloud Security Alliance. 

  • Marguerite Lloyd-Fleming
    Managing Director
    Innovation Culture Group

  • John Mealia
    Senior Client Partner
    Korn Ferry

    John Mealia is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry's Toronto office and Canadian leader for the Firm’s Global Technology Market. With more than 15 years of search experience, Mr. Mealia focuses his recruiting efforts on placing high-impact, cross-functional executives within technology companies, as well as information system executives. He offers extensive experience to both client and vendor organizations serving the software, outsourcing, electronic, communications and wireless industries. Mr. Mealia is also a member of the firm’s Financial Officers Centre of Expertise and Global Financial Market, placing chief financial officers and senior executives in audit, compliance and tax. He has conducted numerous search assignments throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Korn Ferry in 2000, Mr. Mealia worked for a boutique search firm, with the mandate to start a systems and technology practice. He became a partner and helped grow that practice significantly over a seven-year period. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mealia enjoyed a successful career with IBM, where he held senior sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility in both the U.S. and Canada. An avid sportsman, Mr. Mealia is a former board member of the Golf Association of Ontario and active in a number of charitable organizations. He combines his passion for sport and executive search best practices to hire leaders in the world of sports (Commissioner, CFL; Executive Director, Royal Canadian Golf Association). Mr. Mealia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and advertising from Indiana University.

  • Hunter Muller
    President & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a transformative CEO at HMG Strategy, LLC, the strongest executive leadership network. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in consulting with IT executive leaders, Hunter is a multi-title book author and a frequent industry speaker on transformational leadership and innovation. His concepts are used worldwide to improve executive performance, enhance collaboration, elevate the role of IT, and align strategy across the enterprise.

    Through years of research and experience, Hunter has published four books: “The Transformational CIO” (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), “On Top of The Cloud” (John Wiley & Sons, 2012), “Leading the Epic Revolution” (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), and “The Big Shift in IT Leadership” (John Wiley & Sons, 2015).

    HMG Strategy assists C-level executives in becoming transformational leaders. HMG Strategy hosts networking summits and provides services that are focused around innovative IT leadership, management, and technology support to CIOs and senior IT executives. HMG Strategy is "The Strongest Executive Leadership Network" with an international association of more than 300,000 global CIOs/senior IT executives, industry experts, and world-class thought leaders.

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of IT-related charities, and Hunter is a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.



  • Renee Pearson
    Director, Global IT Innovation
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation

  • Lisa Porlier
    Managing Director, Technology Sector Leader
    Russell Reynolds Associates

    Lisa Porlier leads the Technology Sector in Canada. She is based in Toronto. Lisa joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 2004 from the University of Toronto where she was the Executive Director of the Capital Markets Institute, a policy institute focused on providing rigorous research guidance to policy makers on the competitiveness of the Canadian Capital markets. Previously, Lisa worked in investment banking with Scotia Capital Inc., for nine years. As a director and relationship manager, she led the firm's technology practice, working in mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings and corporate finance advisory. Lisa is past President of Women in Capital Markets, and Chair of the Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship, where she has played an instrumental role in developing and implementing internship programs for women graduates of business schools. Lisa received her B.B.A. (with honors) from Wilfrid Laurier University and her M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

  • Zia Shah
    CISO and Executive Director

  • Valerie Spriet
    Egon Zehnder

    Valerie Spriet is a Partner in the Toronto office of Egon Zehnder and has an extensive background in senior level search. She leads the CIO, IT Services and Technology & Communications practices in Canada and is a member of the global Technology & Communications practice.

    Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Valerie spent eight years with Cap Gemini in London, England in the global Telecom and Media practice where she provided strategic and business advice to a variety of companies across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Valerie led the Telecom and Technology Global Strategic Research Group where her work focused on defining leading-edge strategies. Prior to this, she worked for Johnson & Johnson.

    Valerie has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School at the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island.

  • Jonathan Ward
    Ward Technology Talent

    Jonathan Ward, is the founder and CEO of Ward Technology Talent (WTT), a boutique service provider specializing in helping companies grow, launch new projects, write and rewrite applications and digitize their environments by providing leading edge technology resources on a consultative and full time basis.  As an entrepreneur since he was five years old, Jonathan has a passion for technology, disruptors and the start up world.

    WTT was founded over 15 years ago and has been on the Profit 500 list for both 2014 and 2015. WTT clients include start-ups and SaaS, financial services, solutions providers, and some of Canada’s largest employers working on innovative technology including one of Canada’s five major banks and one of Canada’s top telecommunications companies.

    WTT believes in creating communities that have a positive impact and runs technology sector events including the Mobile Learning Lab (1600+ members), Women Leaders in Technology and Technical Executive Breakfast Series.

    Jonathan holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

  • Park Wong
    Oxford Properties Group

    Park Wong joined Oxford Properties Group as VP-IT in October of 2014 and manages the Information Technology (IT) and Information Management Solutions (IMS) teams at Oxford as well as Enterprise Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) across OMERS. Park is responsible for the vision, strategy and leadership in driving operational excellence in IT services as well as partnering with business leaders on innovative and transformational solutions to solve increasingly scalable business needs.

    Prior to joining Oxford, Park spent 14 years at CBRE, a global leader in real estate services, as VP - Infrastructure and Operations (Canada), during which time he led a transformation of their IT environment, including rationalisation and implementation of its Data Centre consolidation strategy in North America and alignment of the Canadian Infrastructure and Operations with CBRE`s global model. Previous to this, he held senior IT roles at Dundee Realty and Guardian Capital Group.


November 16, 2017, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM  

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent – Driving a Culture of Genius for Success

Panelists being confirmed

Moderator: Jenny Alfandary, CIO & EVP of Software Development & Technology, Aritel Communications

The new mantra in business today is disrupt or be disrupted. Consider that just 12% of the companies that were in the Fortune 500 in 1955 are still on the list today. Savvy C-suite executives recognize the need for their companies to constantly reinvent themselves and create new products and services that can differentiate them in the market. In this session, leading technology executives will share the steps they are taking to recast the enterprise, empower innovation, and foster a culture of genius.


9:30 AM - 10:00 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Innovation in Canada – The CIO as Change Leader

Renee Pearson, Director, Global IT Innovation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Dylan Horvath,  President – Cortex Design

Marguerite Lloyd-Fleming, Managing Director, Innovation Culture Group

Moderator: Jonathan Landon, President, Connectiv Innovation

Canada’s commercialized innovation is declining despite reports of increased government spending and innovation hubs. Recent research indicates that Canada is losing ground to its G20 competitors. What is the current state of innovation in Canada and what can the CIO do to positively influence the outcome for their organization?  In this discussion, we will share an illuminating and diverse set of facts and experiences that will provide thought leadership and tools that will help chart a path to increased success.  

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM    

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Boardroom Communications & Strategic Relationships

John Mealia, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

Lisa Porlier, Managing Director, Technology Sector Leader, Russell Reynolds Associates

Valerie Spriet, Partner, Egon Zehnder

Jonathan Ward, President, Ward Technology Talent

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

You need to know the art and special skill to effectively communicating with the Board of Directors. Given their experiences and personal coaching, this panel of search executives will share keys to success, including how to develop strategic relationships and critical interactions with special groups, such as the Audit Committee.

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM    

EXECUTIVE PANEL:New Technologies - Driving Speed to Market and a Competitive Edge

Arik Kalininsky, Technology Charter - iConnect Project, PNM Resources

Additional panelists being confirmed.

Moderator: Maria Aiello, Vice President Real Estate Technology Advisory, PwC

As a corporate mantra, the innovative retail giant Amazon promotes a “Day 1” philosophy which means to always have a start-up mentality and be focused on the customer.This way of thinking drives innovation and technology implementations that quickly create new, positive, frictionless customer experiences that result in increased revenue. This panel of executives will discuss advancements in technologies that are driving a competitive edge and speed to market to lay the foundation for their new digital roadmap.

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM    


1:10 PM - 1:50 PM    

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Balancing Agility, Innovation, & Security

Matt Davies, Sr. Director, IT Risk Management and Cybersecurity, Ciena

Neumann Lim, Lead IT Network & Security Architect, Detour Gold Corporation 

Zia Shah, CISO and Executive Director, KPMG

Additional panelists being confirmed.

Competitive advantage requires agility and innovation. At the same time data, assets, intellectual capital must be protected. This panel will focus on how to foster innovation and leverage security as a competitive advantage, providing strategies that can be quickly implemented to achieve the overall goal of secure innovation.

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM    

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM    

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Info-Tech Research Group

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM    

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM    

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Lead Courageously as the CEO of Technology

Roman Coba, CIO, Emera

John Currado, Chief Operations Leader, SCI MarketView

David Del Giudice, CIO, UCIT Online Security, Inc.

Park Wong, VP-IT, Oxford Properties Group

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

The most successful CIOs are seizing the opportunity to become the “CEO of Technology.” They are developing analytical models to create validated outcomes that can be used to map strategies, transformation, and increased revenue. This executive panel will share experiences of how courageous leadership can create value and generate new waves of business growth in the modern enterprise.

4:10 PM - 5:30 PM    

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Info-Tech Research Group

    Info-Tech Research Group was established in 1997 and is currently the world’s fastest growing and most innovative information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 35,000 IT professionals. We produce unbiased and highly relevant IT research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well informed decisions. Focused on providing practical research solutions to help IT professionals implement key projects and build core processes we partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need from actionable tools to analyst guidance. Info Tech helps CIOs and their teams drive measurable results and enhanced decision making through our data driven approach evolving the value of IT to their organization.

Gold Partners

  • Apptio

    Apptio is the leading provider of cloud-based Technology Business Management (TBM) software that helps CIOs manage the business of IT. Apptio’s suite of applications uses business analytics to provide facts and insights about technology cost, value, and quality so IT leaders can make faster, data-driven decisions. The purpose-built applications help companies align technology spend to business outcomes and automate IT processes like cost transparency, benchmarking, showback/chargeback, operational efficiency, and planning. Powering Apptio’s applications is a next generation, in-memory cost analytics platform. Hundreds of customers, including more than a third of the Fortune 100, choose Apptio as their business system of record for IT. For more information, visit the Apptio website or the Apptio blog at www.apptio.com.


Lunch Partners

  • Nutanix

    Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform delivers the agility, pay-as-you-grow economics and operational simplicity of the public cloud, without sacrificing the predictability, security and control of on-premises infrastructure. Nutanix solutions leverage web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution that delivers any application at any scale.


Research Partners

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.


Strategic Partners

  • DHR International

    Established in 1989, DHR is the fifth largest retained executive search firm in the U.S. Since that time, DHR has grown significantly with more than fifty offices worldwide. We conduct search assignments at the Board Director, C-level and functional Vice President levels. Our consultants are experienced professionals who are retained by Fortune 1000 as well as prominent venture firms and early-stage companies. Since inception, DHR has been guided by its founding principles. Foremost, the consultants of DHR hold the highest of ethical standards, along with an unsurpassable level of personal service, an unmatched dedication to quality, and a unique ‘value-add’ approach. This philosophy and methodology are consistently demonstrated in DHR’s thorough and unparalleled researching capability, the full utilization of firm resources on every project, and the timeliness with which we complete our assignments. We feel it is our purpose to be a value-add search firm. We measure our own success based on the success of the leaders and talent we bring to your organization. Visit www.dhrinternational.com for more information.

  • Egon Zehnder

    Egon Zehnder was founded in 1964 with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals - to place our clients' interests first and to lead our profession in creating value for our clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. The most fundamental expression of our client-first vision resides in our structure, which is unique to our profession. Our 390 consultants, operating from 63 wholly owned offices in 37 countries, are organized around a single-profit center partnership. This is designed to eliminate competitive barriers between our offices. It allows us to operate seamlessly when engagements call for us to mobilize across many offices in a country or a region. Large or small, local or global, our clients benefit from our structure by having access to our most relevant resources and relationships wherever they may reside. Underpinning this unique structure is our private ownership. We have chosen to operate our firm independent of any outside interests and are motivated solely by a desire to exceed our clients' expectations.

  • Heidrick & Struggles

    Heidrick & Struggles actively solves business problems for our clients every day. Through our Leadership Advisory framework, we help companies attract, develop and retain the world’s most talented individuals. For almost 60 years, we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

  • Korn Ferry

    At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership. Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to empower businesses and leaders to reach their goals. Through our vision, research and tools across 80 offices and 3,700 employees, we convert potential into greatness. Our solutions range from executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise learning, succession planning, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Organizations around the world trust Korn Ferry to manage their talent – a responsibility we meet every day with passion, expertise, integrity and results.

  • Russell Reynolds Associates

    Russell Reynolds Associates is a premier provider of senior-level executive search and assessment, serving clients globally for 40 years. We advise our clients on recruiting and retaining outstanding and impactful leaders, and help them mitigate the risks associated with senior level appointments. We are a private firm with 39 offices across North and South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, covering all major business regions including Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia, the Middle East and the South Pacific. We leverage our collective expertise to identify and assess leaders who can support the growth and success of our client organizations. Our 300 experienced consultants are supported by a global research network We complete more than 2,000 assignments annually, across a broad range of industries and functional roles.

  • Spencer Stuart

    Founded in 1956 and privately owned, Spencer Stuart is one of the world's leading executive search consulting firms. We are the advisor of choice among top companies seeking guidance and counsel on senior leadership needs. We have unrivalled access to leading executives around the world. Our clients range across industries, from the world's largest companies to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups. We operate out of 51 offices in 27 countries. Last year we conducted more than 4,000 assignments around the world. Our team of more than 300 consultants possesses a unique blend of professional search experience and industry expertise. Consultants are organized in practices and work in teams, often across international boundaries that maximize sector specialization and knowledge-sharing. These client service teams are supported by first-rate associates and researchers, and backed by state-of-the-art technology. We place quality at the center of everything we do and solicit candid feedback at every opportunity in order to continually improve our service to clients. We channel our knowledge and expertise into a wide range of publications for the benefit of existing and prospective clients.


Association Partners

  • SIM Toronto

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) is the premier network for IT leaders, comprised of over 3600 members, including CIOs, prominent academicians, consultants, other senior-level IT leaders, and vendors. SIM is a community of thought leaders who share experiences and rich intellectual capital that is applied for the future direction of IT. The Toronto SIM Chapter is dedicated to becoming the preferred professional association for aspiring IT/IS senior leaders and the favoured locale for providing mentorship by seasoned CIO's. The Chapter seeks to bring together both experienced and aspiring technology leaders in an environment where they can develop or share their business and personal skills, through networking, mentoring others and offering their leadership experience with the broader IT community and our society as a whole. Our next event on November 18th will feature Mark A. Stone, CIO of Texas A&M University. Mark will present his views on Career Management in the IT Organization of the Future at an exclusive dinner at the National Club at 303 Bay Street. The dinner will include an open ended discussion on the evolving landscape of IT organizations and the essential tactics for navigating the IT organization of the future. Mark A. Stone is the author of “The Three C’s: A Career Enrichment Primer on Characterizing, Connecting, and Communicating”. He currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the Texas A&M University System. Texas A&M is a statewide network of 11 universities, seven agencies, two service units, and a comprehensive health science center. It serves more than 137,000 students and 22 million other educational contacts via outreach programs. Prior to joining the A&M System, Mr. Stone held CIO/VP roles with Safety-Kleen Systems, Zale Corporation and the Resolution Trust Corporation.


The Westin Harbour Castle

1 Harbour Square
Toronto, Ontario

Room rate is $299/night. This rate expires on October 23, 2017.

To book a room, please click  call 1-888-627-8559 and mention the Toronto CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

The CIO Executive Leadership Summit is created for CIOs/IT leaders. It also has strong appeal to leaders interested in better positioning their organizations and themselves for what's ahead in business and to achieve the greatest benefits through the use of information technology. 

To ensure a high quality environment and to maximize the networking experience, all attendees must be:
  • Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CIOs, Direct Reports of CIOs, or Senior Most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue, or from not-for-profit or government organizations with comparable size

    - OR - 
  • Full time academicians

If you meet the criteria above, there is no fee to attend.

All registration requests will be reviewed and approved based upon above stated criteria.

* Sales/marketing individuals or consultants from non-sponsoring vendor organizations are not permitted.

Special Needs 
We fully support the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special assistance of any kind, please call us at (203) 221-2702 or email us at registrar@hmgstrategy.com.


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