Past Summits

2019 Toronto CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

Future State 2025 - Driving the Digital Roadmap to a Customer-Centric Enterprise

As companies strive to better meet the needs and expectations of its customers, CIOs and technology executives play a critical role in identifying how advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, Big Data, analytics, the Internet of Things, blockchain and cloud computing can be leveraged to enhance the customer experience, craft customer-focused business models and  gain a competitive edge.

The innovative mindset and courageous leadership required to partner with the C-suite and board of directors to transform the business will be the focal point of the 2019 Toronto CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Jenny Alfandary
    Chief Information Officer

    Jenny Alfandary is a Chief Information Officer, Professor of IT Management at Humber and a Board Director.

    Jenny began her career at a major bank and then at Comverse Network Systems. 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 Aritel Communications. Jenny is a business leader with extensive experience in Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Big Data, Cloud, DevOps and Digital Transformation. She leads large departments with over 200 employees of CTO, Product and Project Management, Development and QA teams.

    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. 

    Recently Jenny was recognized by Deloitte’s “Diversity 50 Board of Directors” to impact Canada's corporate boards and improve global competitiveness.

  • Aun Amjad
    VP, Enterprise Systems

  • Saqib Awan
    Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Saqib E. Awan is Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners where he works with startups in all areas of enterprise tech from SaaS, Analytics & Big Data, Cloud & Infrastructure to Security. Saqib also manages Lightspeed’s CIO Innovation Advisory Network, a platform for forward-thinking IT leaders to collaborate with and advise Silicon Valley VCs and leading startup entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Lightspeed, Saqib held growth-oriented leadership positions at VC-backed startups, management consulting, and at General Motors. Saqib earned his MBA at Stanford.

  • Ed Calnan
    Founder and President

    Ed is the co-founder and president of Seismic, where he leads the company’s go-to-market efforts. Ed brings 20 years of sales leadership experience from ADP, Thomson Financial, S&P and EMC to Seismic. In 2016, he was named a Top Boston Startup Founders Over 40 by

  • Jeff Curtis
    Chief Privacy Officer
    Sunnybrook Health Science Centre

    Dr. Jeff Curtis is the Chief Privacy Officer for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, one of Canada’s preeminent acute care, research and teaching hospitals located in Toronto.

    Jeff is a Director in the Hospital’s Information Services Group, responsible for information privacy assurance, freedom of information compliance, IT governance and risk management, and corporate strategic planning activities. Jeff was also seconded as the Privacy and Security Officer for the Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services (HDIRS) in Ontario, a diagnostic imaging repository for 35 hospitals across four local health regions.

    Jeff was the Privacy and Security Lead for eHealth Ontario’s Diagnostic Imaging Common Services project, was a member of eHealth’s Identity, Access and Privacy Advisory Panel and has consulted to Canada Health Infoway on its Consent Management Advisory Panel and on its recent Blueprint Refresh Committee. Jeff is currently a member of eHealth Ontario’s Connecting Ontario privacy Committee.

    Jeff has been a member of the Advisory Panel and a guest lecturer for the Osgoode Hall Law Society’s Certificate in Health Law, and regularly presents in public forums on IT governance, information technology risk, and the privacy and security implications for health care providers and patients. Jeff is currently a member of the Steering Committee to establish the Health Sector Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Security Network in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Office of Emergency Response Services. Jeff is currently Vice Chair for the Canadian Mirror Committee for development of the proposed ISO 23485 standard for “Consumer protection: privacy by design for consumer goods and services”.

    Jeff has worked in the information technology sector for the past 25 years and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). In 2013 Jeff was recognized as a “Privacy by Design Ambassador” by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.

    Dr. Curtis has an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MBA from the University of Toronto, a MSc. in Business Management Research and a DBA from the University of Reading, U.K. His research focus is on decision-making under uncertainty applied to information privacy and security control design and selection. 


  • Andrew Custard
    VP Sales and Customer Success

    Andrew leads Split’s worldwide sales and customer success organization. He joins Split from 1E, a software lifecycle automation solution, where he was responsible for global sales. Prior to 1E, Custard served as the vice president of sales for the Americas at SOASTA, Inc., where he provided expertise to leaders of the world’s top digital brands on business goal alignment with web and mobile performance optimization strategies to deliver high-quality customer experiences. Andrew has over 20 years experience leading national and international enterprise go-to-market efforts with an emphasis on digital financial services and e-commerce. Prior to joining SOASTA, Andrew led the growth of Global and Regional businesses for Oracle, Serena, Symantec, and VERITAS Software. 

  • Mark Dillon
    City of Sarnia

  • Tom Dolan
    VP. Product Management

    With more than 14 years of industry experience supporting enterprise technology teams, Tom Dolan helps lead the Forescout Technologies’ product management organization marrying customer and market demand with product prioritization. Prior to joining Forescout’s product management organization, Tom lead the US east coast sales team and financial services go-to-market globally. Tom is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received his MBA from Rutgers University focusing on Finance and Supply Chain Logistics.

  • Raymond Gilbert
    Managing Partner
    Causal Effects, Inc.

  • Dr. Cindy Gordon
    Founder and CEO

    Cindy Gordon is the Founder and CEO of SalesChoice, an AI SaaS Predictive and Prescriptive Guiding Selling Company. She is an expert in SaaS, (Software as a Service), AI (Artificial Intelligence), Business Innovation, Digital Convergence, Customer Relationship Management(CRM), eCommerce Marketplace(s), and Sales and Marketing operations.

    She has held senior leadership and partnership roles in global B2B Enterprises, including: Accenture, Xerox, Nortel Networks, and Citicorp. At Accenture, Cindy was a Practice Partner for the North Eastern Market for the High Tech Industry for the Strategic Change Transformation Practice, with oversight of over 2000 consultants. At Xerox, Cindy was a Senior Director and General Manager (GM) running a P&L for the Xerox Canadian Outsourcing and Professional Services Business Unit, with over 300 employees, at Nortel Networks, Cindy was responsible for Global IT Strategy and Architecture, and at Citicorp, Cindy was an Assistant Vice President responsible for IT Canadian Customer Service Operations, including end user computing, call center ops, and IT banking security and compliance audit. In addition, Cindy has been active in the financial community in roles as a: Founder, Venture Capitalist, and active Angel. She is currently supporting SaaS companies like: Corent Technology, LyfeUp, and TouchTown TV (recently acquired by Uniquest). Cindy is also the Founder of Helix Commerce International Inc., a strategy innovation firm which services global B2B clients in diverse industry sectors: Financial Services (Banking and Insurance) Communications and High Tech, and Global Media and Entertainment.

    Internationally, she is recognized for her innovation thought leadership in: SaaS, Collaboration, AI,  Technology Emergence, with over 13 books in the market. She is the 2018 recipient for Disruptive AI Innovation, and the 2018 Best Managed Solutions in Sales Management. She is also the 2017 recipient winner for both the National and Regional Innovation Awards from Startup-Canada and BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada). She is the 2017 recipient of the CATA (Canadian Advanced Technology Association) & EY (Ernst and Young) Sara Kirke Award for Outstanding CEO: Innovation & Community Leadership, and also an award recipient for the most Creative CEO Award from Insights Success. She is also a recipient of the Canadian Governor General Award for Innovation and Community Leadership. She is currently working on her 14th book: The AI SPLIT: The Perfect World, or The Perfect Storm to be released in Q1, 2020.

    With her Not for Profit (NFP) community leadership, Cindy has an impressive community track record, including current roles as: Board Director to Forbes Business School and Technology, Co-Founder, and Chair of the AI Directory Hub, Board Director, CATA (National Media Spokesperson for Innovation, AI, and STEM), and Board Director, RSI (Rethink Sustainability Initiative). Former NFP roles include: Founding Chair: Invest CrowdFund  Canada (ICC), where she led an advocacy CATA lobbying and educational network, of over 200 volunteers to advocate new security laws to enable equity crowd-funding to legally enter the Canadian market(s). She has also held prior NFP roles as the: National Chair, Women in Technology (CANWIT, CATA), and is a Founding Member of the Toronto Maple Leaf Angels. She has also been a Former Board Director for The Nightwood Theatre, and The Bluma Appel St. Lawrence Theatre. She has also been active in local community fund raising for the United Way and The Canadian Cancer Association.

    Cindy’s passion is the constant pursuit of resilient and sustaining innovation, using modernized approaches, and shaping differentiated experiences to make our world a more remarkable place. On the personal front, Cindy is married, has two children, and she loves: family time, global travelling, writing, cooking international foods, scuba diving, squash, swimming, and hiking.

  • Sean Hinton
    VP Sales, Country Leader

    Sean Hinton, County Leader, is responsible for UiPath’s expansion into the Canadian market with accountability for all aspects of UiPath’s business. Prior to joining UiPath, Sean was Country Manager at BMC Software and held senior roles at Bell Canada during his 16 year tenure.

    During his 25 year career in technology, Sean has led teams in Sales, IT and Call Centres, always focusing on creative ways to apply technology to solve business problems. With a background in Industrial Engineering, Sean takes a process first approach to addressing business challenges.

  • Naveen Kumar
    Vice President, Consulting Services
    Info-Tech Research Group

    Naveen Kumar is Vice President of Consulting Services at Info-Tech Research Group. He also sits on the Board of Directors of DataCore Fund Services. Prior to joining InfoTech Research Group, Naveen held several senior leadership roles at KPMG and Citigroup.  

    A celebrated industry presence, Naveen brings extensive business and technology knowledge related to both the Public and Private Sector. He has received several awards and has been quoted in the Financial Post, National Post, by Don River, Inc., and others. 

    Naveen’s advisory portfolio includes Business and Technology Strategy, Governance, Service Management, Enterprise Architecture, and Sourcing. A recognized leader in business transformation, Naveen has helped numerous organizations to enable innovation through technology. Using practical approaches, he successfully introduced new and emerging technology and ideas to address organizational needs.

    In addition to his executive leadership training from Cornell University, Naveen has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in Instrumentation & Electronics and a Master’s degree in Computer Science.

  • Laura Laltrello
    Vice President & General Manager Data Center Services

    As Vice President & General Manager of DCG Services, Laura Laltrello leads the worldwide Services organization that provides support for Lenovo’s datacenter customers.  She continuously drives improvements and focus to deliver an effortless customer experience. She has a passion for solving core business problems through analytics, optimization, and innovation.

    Laura is a respected, reputable leader known for fostering cooperation and engagement to develop and retain talent. She has experience in the Datacenter and PC industries for Fortune 500 Companies. 

    As a passionate advocate for STEM education Laura founded Lenovo’s first NAF Academy Internship Program for High School students. This program has grown from six students in 2016 to 55 high school students in 2018 across Lenovo’s North Carolina campus.  She also serves on the board at the Academy of IT for Chapel Hill Schools.

    In 2017, Laura represented Lenovo as “working mother of the year” as Lenovo made “Working Mother Magazine’s” Top 100 companies list.  Since the birth of her daughter, she has been mentoring women who are pregnant or have young children and facing decisions on how to balance family and career.  

    She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Mathematics from Clemson University and currently resides in Chapel Hill with husband and daughter. As outdoor enthusiasts, they enjoy mountain and road biking, kayaking, hiking and paddle boarding. 

  • Kin Lee-Yow
    CAA Club Group of Companies

    Kin Lee-Yow has over 25 years of experience in the technology field.  He started his career at Royal Bank of Canada where he was part of the team that launched the Bank’s online system.  He led the technology team that built the retail internet presence at Sears Canada.  At Moneris Solutions, he was the head of Infrastructure and support services and the General Manager for their white label ATM Gateway services. In March 2012, he joined CAA South Central Ontario. 

    Currently, Kin is the CIO of the CAA Club Group which is an merger between CAA South Central Ontario and CAA Manitoba. During this period, Kin has successfully lead his team through several large technology implementations such as SAP, Avaya telephony system, Guidewire property & casualty system, and the replacement of the Emergency Roadside system.

    Kin is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Computer Science and Information Systems.  He completed his Executive Master of Business Administration at Kellogg (North Western University) and Schulich (York University).

  • TJ Lepore
    Enterprise Account Executive

    Based in the NYC area, TJ Lepore has been helping companies introduce advanced technologies to solve their knowledge management, eDiscovery, and information governance needs since 2004. Recognizing the coming value of A.I., he joined AppZen to focus on leveraging artificial intelligence and automation in ways that human reviewers simply cannot match, helping finance organizations to modernize their audit operations with capabilities that go beyond the information presented on an expense report or invoice to provide the most complete validation possible from both internal and external systems, at scale and in real time. 

  • Drew McFeetors
    Egon Zehnder

  • Harry Moseley
    Global CIO

    Harry D. Moseley brings to Zoom a blend of transformational leadership, disruptive innovation, and corporate growth strategies. As the former CIO & Managing Director for KPMG, Harry was responsible for technology and innovation to support the firm's competitive growth. Over five years he identified and replaced legacy technology to dramatically improve productivity, security, and reliability. Before joining KPMG, Harry served as CIO & Senior Managing Director - Partner for Blackstone, where he led the company's transformation to the world's best digital alternative asset manager. Prior to Blackstone, Harry was a Managing Director for Credit Suisse, where he served as the CIO of Global Investment Banking, and Global Co-Head of Application Development / Co-CIO of the firm. Before Credit Suisse, Harry served as CTO & Managing Director for UBS Americas.

    Harry has been inducted into CIO Magazine's Hall of Fame, recognized as one of the world's top 100 CIOs by Computerworld, and honored by Irish Magazine as one of its Annual Wall Street 50. Harry is an Advisory Board Member of the New York Center for Dental Restorative Services, a Board Member of Rewards Network, a member of the Advisory Board of the New York City Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and a sponsor of nPower. He is a former Board Member of Bi-Sam (since acquired by Factset), a former Advisor to Aquiline Capital Partners, and a former Board Member of iLevel Solutions (since acquired by Ipreo). He also led Blackstone's investment in Watchdox (since acquired by Blackberry).

  • Hunter Muller
    President & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a charismatic industry pioneer and a modern-day Renaissance Man. As a global C-suite advisor and coach for the past 30 years, Hunter’s insights and concepts have been successfully applied by Fortune 1000 organizations worldwide to accelerate executive performance, propel the career ascent of C-level executives, and to drive transformative innovation and create new waves of value.

    Hunter is the President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the largest independent, objective, transparent and collaborative executive network in the world. HMG focuses on innovation and breakthrough strategies for core, parallel and new markets while studying the most successful organizations eco-systems and platforms such as Amazon and Microsoft.

    HMG Strategy is the provider of thought leadership and networking events for CIOs, CISOs, and senior technology executives. HMG Strategy offers a unique, integrated model for enabling C-level executives and their companies to draw upon courageous leadership to reimagine, reinvent, and rebuild their business models to attain the genius-level thinking required in today’s dynamic business landscape to achieve competitive advantage in the digital frontier.

    Hunter's passion for the role of the technology executive in transforming the business is reflected in the 7 Pillars of Trust which embody HMG Strategy's unique business model.

    Complementing HMG Strategy’s world-renowned events is HMGNextVentures, a venture capital accelerator aimed at helping connect CIOs with the most innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv. HMG Strategy also partners with the world’s leading venture capital firms, including Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. HMG Strategy connects CEOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives with startup technologies backed by the leading VCs to identify opportunities for innovation and business transformation.

    Meanwhile, HMG Strategy’s award-winning Research Team advises the world’s technology companies such as Adobe, Nutanix, and Workday on branding, messaging, and Voice of the Customer strategies.

    Hunter has published five that draw from his extensive business experience: The Transformational CIO (Wiley, March 2011), On Top of the Cloud (Wiley, January 2012), Leading the Epic Revolution (Wiley, September 2013) and The Big Shift in IT Leadership (Wiley, July 2015) and The CEO of Technology (Wiley, January 2018). Hunter is now working on his sixth book: 'Enterprise 2025', which is slated to be published in January 2020. As a result, Hunter’s unique position of knowing the thoughts, challenges, and opportunities of the IT Leader, he is asked to speak at a variety of venues such as IBM’s Cloud Expo and on

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of charitable causes, including the American Cancer Society, Save the Children, and Year Up, and Hunter personally gives back his time and ideas as a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.

    An intrepid international athlete, Hunter is an ardent yacht racer, a world-class skier, and an extreme fitness guru. Hunter is passionate about ocean and mountain adventures and spending time with his sons, Chase and Brice.

    Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science in the Babson College School of Management.

  • Lou Najdzin
    Senior Director, Vertical Marketing

    Lou Najdzin is an IT Services veteran with a broad industry background that ranges from leading Hosting and Network lines of business to Business Development in specific vertical markets such as finance and healthcare.  He is currently responsible for driving vertical growth of the Americas Region at Equinix.  Prior to joining Equinix, Lou was an Account Executive in Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Services Business Unit focused on Outsourcing opportunities within the Capital Markets industry.  Before joining HP, he led Product Management, Product Marketing, Business Solutions and Offer Development as Vice President of Marketing at Savvis.  As a Senior Consultant at Telwares, Inc., he managed a team responsible for negotiating client vendor contracts for IT Services.  He has also held various positions at both AT&T and Lucent in Professional Services, Product Management, International Operations, Offer Development, and Finance.

    Lou holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University.

  • Ishaan Nerurkar
    Founder and CEO

    Ishaan Nerurkar is the CEO of LeapYear, a company that has applied research in theoretical computer science to develop a platform for privacy-preserving computations on sensitive data. LeapYear enables the world’s largest financial institutions, healthcare, and technology companies to safely leverage and monetize previously restricted information.

    Before founding LeapYear, Ishaan led a consulting firm which partnered with government agencies, large corporations, and non-profits to apply mathematics research to enhance their data strategy.

    Prior to that, Ishaan worked on a Department of Defense initiative as a researcher at MIT.

  • Young Park
    Board Member and Leadership Coach

    Young is a corporate board member, strategic advisor, and lecturer.  She is also an accomplished C-level executive with a unique combination of business and technology transformations, corporate governance, and risk management experience.  

    With more than 30 years of experience in FinTech, Insurance, Telecommunications, and public sectors, Young has provided executive leadership and consulting services that resulted in revenue growth and operational efficiencies via Go-to-Market Strategy, New Products and Services Development, Digitalization, Innovation, Mergers & Acquisitions and Integration, Enterprise and IT Risk Management, Business Continuity Planning, Large Complex Operations Management including Global Delivery, and P&L Management. 

    Currently, Young is on the Board of Calian Group Ltd., President's Choice Financial, and Fundserv Inc.  She is also a long-time member of not-for-profit boards that include a focus on skilled immigrant employment, healthcare, and community well-being.  

    Young has earned the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.  She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (co-op Computer Science) from University of Waterloo and completed executive development programs at Queen’s School of Business.

  • Curtis Peterson
    SVP, Operations

    Curtis Peterson has more than 20 years’ experience managing information technology and carrier-scale data and packet voice communication networks. At companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 firms, Curtis has managed teams responsible for engineering, project management, operations, data security, network security, data center, carrier operations, and internet backbone design and operation. Curtis has been a pioneer in VoIP services in the business communications space and has been developing, launching, and operating Class 4 VoIP and customer-facing hosted PBX systems since 2002.

  • Bob Tapscott
    Management Consultant, the Tapscott Group
    The Blockchain Institute

    Mr. Tapscott is a recognized information technology strategist, CTO, Blockchain instructor, solution designer and speaker (for example):, Detroit, Toronto  Seoul   Denver

    with a diversified background in organizational creation and transformation. 

    He is a contributing research associate and author for the Blockchain Research Institute.    Bob, as a consultant and as an adviser to CIOs of some of the world’s largest companies has driven innovations from concept creation to market disruption, delivering millions in proven results, both above and below the line. As business moves from technology enabled to technology driven, Bob has taken innovation from inspiration to the art of the possible from London to New York to Silicon Valley.

    Bob has consulted on the intersection of strategy and emerging technologies to CEOs and CIOs for a variety of multinationals, including (most recently) VMware, DIRECTV, SAP, JPMorgan, Disney, Citi, BestBuy, and DIRECTV, on topics including security, Business Intelligence / Analytics, cloud computing, and social software.  He has advised SAP on how to deploy emerging technologies for greater market presence.  His recent efforts include creating the Social Enterprise, ITaaS / SaaS, Best Practices / Security, Analytics / BI, The Blockchain, Fintech, Cloud Computing, and Statistical Analytics.

    Bob was a critical part of the original design team for the predominate financial systems at Citi where he managed, designed, and implemented systems for services which included DDA accounts, foreign exchanges, loans and deposits, credit cards, mortgages as well as their associated derivatives and risk, all while synthesizing global requirements in Toronto, New York, Brussels and Sao Paulo.  The systems current manifestation is Oracle FLEXCUBE.  He has consulted to governments in three different countries on how to more fully engage their citizens.

    Bob’s extensive background in successfully developing and implementing disruptive strategies from concept through systems design and implementation includes the training, organizational restructuring, and workflow redesign required to deliver, measure and improve overall corporate performance and customer satisfaction.  His emphasis on metrics, cost-benefit analysis, post-implementation reviews, Software as a Service, and security are leading edge.  His strong analysis, communication, mathematical, and leadership skills and out of the box thinking have ensured his success as an agent of change for his pedigreed clients.   Bob’s background in high-risk systems from nuclear power reactor maintenance to Wall Street derivatives, to flying commercial aircraft by computer has emphasized the prudent mitigation of risk.

  • Anju Virmani
    Board Member, Health Ontario

    Anju is an executive with a passion for innovation and proven track record of successful digital transformations in North America in diverse industries including transportation, healthcare, finance and insurance. Extensive experience helping organizations find a competitive edge using technology, people and process. She is skilled at integrations, digital transformations and team building.

    She currently serves on the board of Health Ontario and CentrePort Canada.

    She has served as advisors to technology start ups and helped provide mentorship and fund raising pitches.

    She is Chief Information officer at Cargojet Airways , Canada leading supplier of time sensitive air cargo services. Anju provides technology leadership to the organization and helps the board manage technology and business risks.

    Prior to Cargojet, she has successfully run her own IT consulting practice in Silicon Valley.

  • 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.

  • Eric Whaley
    Wolseley Canada Inc.

    Eric Whaley is a business technology executive with a history of leveraging technologies and building inspired teams to renovate and propel businesses to the next level of growth and expansion. He has deep experience in business strategy development, risk identification and mitigation. He is recognized for leadership in identifying goals, and instituting methodologies and approaches for collaboration. Eric enjoys keeping connected to the startup community and emerging technologies through his work; through partnerships with educational institutions; and through participating in community forums. Eric is currently the CIO at Wolseley Canada. With his teammates at Wolseley Canada, he is growing the business through innovation, improved customer service, and leveraging technologies. Prior to Wolseley, Eric held CIO roles within some well-known financial institutions in Canada. He is currently on the Board of Directors at Community Innovation Lab. Eric enjoys spending his free time with his family, playing sports and keeping abreast of disruptive technologies and the impacts they have on business. He was an Auxiliary Police Officer in Halton Region where he served from 2013 to 2016.


June 04, 2019, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Omni King Edward Hotel

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

8:40 AM - 9:00 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  Communications and Collaboration

Harry Moseley, CIO, Zoom 

Today’s high growth companies are changing the way they communicate, collaborate and get work done. Join this exclusive interview to understand why companies are throwing out traditional video conferencing services and adopting Zoom, the fastest growing app for enterprise. Harry will share his views on the future of work, video communications, team collaboration, office design, and how AI will be adopted to make meeting over video even better than meeting in person. Harry will also discuss Zoom's unique company culture of caring, building trust, and focusing on customer happiness and how this drives innovation and speed.

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Emerging Enterprise Innovations from Silicon Valley

Ed Calnan, Co-Founder and President, Seismic

Andrew Custard, VP Sales and Customer Success,

TJ Lepore, Enterprise Account Executive, AppZen

Ishaan Nerurkar, Founder, and CEO, LeapYear

Moderator:  Saqib Awan, Vice President, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Saqib Awan from Lightspeed Ventures will host a panel with some of the hottest enterprise tech startups from Silicon Valley to discuss how they’re disrupting the enterprise IT landscape. Lightspeed is a top VC in Silicon Valley with early investments in companies like AppDynamics, MuleSoft, Nutanix, ZScaler, Snapchat, Brocade, Informatica, Riverbed, etc.

9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Transforming From a Product to a Customer Experience Company

Laura Laltrello, Vice President & General Manager Data Center Services, Lenovo

Becoming a customer focused company is a significant transformation most CIOs are facing in the digital revolution.  Learn why this transition is critical to the survival of any company and the importance of the CIO’s role in this transformation.

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:00 AM - 11:40 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  New Technologies - Gaining an Inside Track on the Competition

Tom Dolan, VP, Product Management, Forescout Technologies

Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO and Founder, SalesChoice

Sean Hinton, VP Sales, Country Leader, UiPath

Kin Lee-Yow, CIO, CAA Club Group of Companies

Moderator:  Jenny Alfandary, CIO | Board Director | Professor, IT Management, Humber College

Rapid technological change represents both threats and opportunities for businesses.  Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and the Internet of Things can enable business leaders to identify and act on emerging customer and market trends and to drive operational efficiencies. This panel of executives will share use cases for advanced technologies that are enabling competitive differentiation and speed to market. 

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:   AI, Blockchain and the Internet of Things:  A Perfect Storm or a Tsunami?

Bob Tapscott, Strategy Consultant and CIO, The Tapscott Group

We stand on the precipice of what Davos in 2016 coined as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a pending disruption that will soon transform how we live, work, and play. This tsunami of dramatic change will be more profound in its scope and faster in pace than anything like it in history. Unlike other Industrial Revolutions, it will, during the next short decade, have a far greater impact, than any of the previous three industrial revolutions each of which more slowly made its mark over centuries.

Driven by Artificial Intelligence, the Blockchain, Robotics, and the Internet of Things, your response to this change, as a corporation, or as an individual need to be insightful and predictive. For companies, it also needs to be well architected, integrated and comprehensive.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


2019 HMG Strategy TOP TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVES TO WATCH AWARD presented to Naveen Kumar, VP Consulting Services, Info-Tech

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Accelerating Your Career Ascent:  Crafting Your Personal Brand as a Talent Magnet

Drew McFeetors, Consultant, Egon Zehnder 

Jonathan Ward, President, Ward Technology Talent

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Forward-thinking technology executives devote the time and energy needed to extend their personal brands via public speaking, media interviews and other forms of professional promotion. Doing so enables technology leaders to power their career progression while positioning themselves to attract coveted IT and digital talent. This panel of top technology search executives and practitioners will share priceless insights into the steps that top-tier technology executives are taking to trademark themselves, to recruit and retain sought-after talent and to become boardroom ready.  

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Accelerating Digital Transformation with Collaborative Communications

Curtis Peterson, SVP of Cloud Operations, RingCentral

Digital transformation is about meeting the needs of today's modern business. The new workforce is increasingly mobile, global and distributed and is putting requirements on companies to support their on-the-go lifestyle. Discover how building a cloud ecosystem of integrated applications drives the speed, agility and data insights you need to generate meaningful business outcomes. With the right solutions in place, you can empower employees to work anytime, anywhere and on any device using the modality of their choice - whether online chat, video meetings or voice communications. 

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Preparing Yourself to be Boardroom Ready

Mark Dillon, CIO, City of Sarnia

Naveen Kumar, VP, Consulting Services, Info-Tech Research Group

Young Park, Board Member and Leadership Coach

Anju Virmani, CIO, Cargojet and Board Member, CentrePort Canada

Moderator:  Ray Gilbert, Chair’s Peer Form & Event Committee - Institute of Co

Every company is on a digital journey. CIOs and CTOs are best positioned to guide that process – but not many find themselves on company boards. Why?

This panel comprises top technology executives who sit on company boards.They will share insights into what it takes to be boardroom ready, how to get on a board, and what skills are needed to be effective in that role.

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Driving the Digital Roadmap to a Customer-Centric Enterprise

Aun Amjad, VP, Enterprise Systems, goeasy

Jeff Curtis, Chief Privacy Officer, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Lou Najdzin, Senior Director, Vertical Marketing, Equinix

Eric Whaley, CIO, Wolseley Canada Inc. 

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Forward-looking CIOs and technology executives play a critical role in identifying how digital technologies can be leveraged to enhance the customer experience, craft customer-focused business models and help the enterprise gain a competitive edge.  This panel of top technology executives will discuss the steps that they and industry leaders are taking to work with the CEO and the board to craft digital strategies and to foster a customer-centric culture. 

4:10 PM - 5:30 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Lenovo

    Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion Fortune 500 company and a global technology leader in driving Intelligent Transformation through smart devices and infrastructure that create the best user experience. Lenovo manufactures one of the world’s widest portfolio of connected products, including smartphones (Motorola), tablets, PCs (ThinkPad, Yoga, Lenovo Legion) and workstations as well as AR/VR devices and smart home/office solutions. Lenovo’s data center solutions (ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile) are creating the capacity and computing power for the connections that are changing business and society. Lenovo works to inspire the different in everyone and build a smarter future where everyone thrives. | Nutanix makes datacenter infrastructure and clouds invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power the business. The company’s Enterprise Cloud OS software converges private, public and distributed clouds, bringing one-click simplicity to infrastructure and application management. Nutanix Enterprise Cloud solutions integrate virtualization, storage, networking and security to power any application, at any scale – and are delivered as turnkey hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances, software for popular server platforms, and innovative Xi Cloud Services.
  • RingCentral

    RingCentral, Inc. is a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions. More flexible and cost-effective than legacy on-premises systems, RingCentral empowers today’s mobile and distributed workforce to communicate, collaborate, and connect from anywhere, on any device. RingCentral unifies voice, video, team messaging and collaboration, conferencing, online meetings, and integrated contact center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading business apps and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.
  • Zoom

    Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.

Platinum Partners

  • Equinix

    Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. Equinix houses over 1,800+ network service providers; 2,900+ cloud service providers; 750+ content/digital media providers; and over 2,980+ enterprises – creating a global interconnection platform that physically and virtually interconnects its 200 data centers globally. Equinix enables customers to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone, and integrate everything, using an on-demand, dynamic, and scalable Interconnection Orientated Architecture ™. When customers choose Equinix as their digital business partner, the roadmap is simple: build here, and go anywhere.
  • Forescout

    Forescout Technologies is the leader in Enterprise of Things security, offering a holistic platform that continuously identifies, segments and enforces compliance of every connected thing across any heterogeneous network. The Forescout platform is the most widely deployed, scalable, enterprise-class solution for agentless device visibility and control. It deploys quickly on your existing infrastructure – without requiring agents, upgrades or 802.1X authentication. Fortune 1000 companies and government organizations trust Forescout to reduce the risk of business disruption from security incidents or breaches, ensure and demonstrate security compliance and increase security operations productivity. Don’t just see it. Secure it. Visit us to learn how Forescout provides active defense for the Enterprise of Things.
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $7 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.
  • UiPath

    UiPath is leading the “automation first” era – championing one robot for every person, delivering free and open training and collaboration, and enabling robots to learn new skills through AI and machine learning. The company’s enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform has already automated millions of repetitive, mind-numbing tasks for business and government organizations all over the world, improving productivity, customer experience, and employee job satisfaction. Recently named by Comparably as the 6th happiest place to work and the 11th best company culture among large businesses, UiPath is one of the fastest growing and highest-valued AI enterprise software companies worldwide.

Gold 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.

  • OutSystems

    Thousands of customers across 52 countries worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development, to simplify every stage of their development and delivery processes. Crafted by engineers with an obsessive attention to detail, OutSystems is the only low-code solution that combines powerful visual development for web and mobile applications with enterprise-grade quality, advanced features, flexibility to add custom code, and easy integration with existing systems. Learn more and explore the platform for free at
  • Pure Storage

    Pure Storage helps customers build a better world with data. The Pure Storage Data Platform, powered by all-flash storage, offers a simpler, more effective, and more flexible solution for cloud infrastructure and data-rich applications like artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics. With Satmetrix-certified NPS performance in the top 1% of B2B companies, Pure has an ever-expanding range of customers who are some of the happiest in the world.

Supporting Partners

  • Ivanti

    Ivanti unifies IT and Security Operations to better manage and secure the digital workplace. From PCs to mobile devices, VDI and the data center, we discover IT assets on-premises and in the cloud, improve IT service delivery, and reduce risk with insights and automation. We also help you leverage modern technology in the warehouse and across the supply chain to improve delivery without modifying backend systems. Ivanti is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has offices all over the world. For more information, visit and follow us at @GoIvanti.

Strategic Partners

  • 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.
  • 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.

Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

    Amplify Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm committed to redefining IT infrastructure, invests in technical entrepreneurs pursuing the multi-hundred-billion dollar Infrastructure 2.0 disruption. Amplify helps talented founders build valuable businesses by investing the right amount of early-stage capital and providing active company-building assistance. Amplify offers the unique combination of deep domain expertise, early-stage focus and a network of Venture AmplifiersTM to improve outcomes for infrastructure entrepreneurs.
  • Glynn Capital

    Glynn Capital is focused on investments in leading private and public technology growth companies. We seek to be long-term investors in a limited number of excellent companies with world-class management teams, sustainable business models, and long-term growth potential.
  • Greylock Partners

    Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. We invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $7 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.
  • Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia is a venture firm with a 40+ year track record of partnering with daring entrepreneurs. Founded in 1972, we’ve been early business partners with many of technology’s biggest companies (Apple, Google, Oracle, Cisco, and more) along with many emerging leaders (WhatsApp, Palo Alto Networks, ServiceNow, FireEye, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Airbnb, etc).

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.

Omni King Edward Hotel

37 King Street East
Toronto, Ontario

Room rate is $339/night. This rate expires on May 3rd, 2019.

To book a room, please call 1-800-THE-OMNI and mention the HMG Strategy Room Block.

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.

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