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2020 HMG Live! Toronto CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Learning from the Past and Present to Reshape the Future Business 

The global pandemic has created unthinkable circumstances for business and for society. But one constant as we work through the business challenges spawned by this international crisis is the empathetic leadership that technology executives are demonstrating to their teams to help keep them safe, secure and engaged. The key for CIOs, CISOs and other technology executives to drive success for their companies is to draw from their past and current experiences in the current crisis and to apply a fresh mindset in leading the business forward into a brighter future with courage and compassion. 

In this Digital Summit, top technology executives will share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in driving innovation, reshaping the business and fashioning the future of work.

You’ll also discover:

  • Successful approaches to leading authentically to strengthen employee engagement and motivation
  • Recommendations for driving innovation and business transformation with the C-suite
  • The challenges posed by a hybrid workforce model, along with fresh ideas on how to address them
  • How to keep employees inspired and feeling safe and secure to deliver positive business outcomes

"As an attendee of the HMG Virtual Summit I enjoyed the fact that it was fast moving, insightful and presented a variety of speakers, both local and non-local. The duration was just right and did not require tying up an entire day. I thought the content and format was absolutely terrific!"

John Phillips, President, Briggs Homecare and CIO Emeritus, Briggs Healthcare

 


  • Karthik Balakrishnan
    CTO
    Wysdom.AI

    Karthik has over a decade of hands-on, proven global expertise in emerging technologies and implementing intricate platforms and solutions for telecommunications and enterprise during his time at Amdocs, with senior positions at offices in India, Cyprus, America and Canada.

    Karthik is an accomplished futurist, having led captivated audiences on the journey technology takes from development to everyday use and giving a sneak peak at at the speculated innovations that machine learning and designed intelligence make possible tomorrow and 10 years from now.

  • Joanne Boucher
    Vice President
    xiBOSS Corporation

    Bringing over 20 years of industry experience, Joanne enjoys working with organizations to transform, streamline and upskill their most precious resource, the teams within those companies.

    Joanne's goal is to deliver distinct flexible resource solutions to meet and exceed the requirements of her clients, consultants and candidates by understanding their goals and challenges, by leveraging technology and by respecting the intrinsic value of our each person she comes in contact with.

    Joanne’s consultative approach enables her to be proactive in forecasting clients’ needs and ensuring projects are delivered on time and on budget. Joanne’s ability to conduct research on organizations and to conduct thorough needs analysis with her clients enables her to understand what a company’s objectives and challenges are and assist them by finding the right individuals whether through a project team, a contract resource or a full time employee to contribute to a company’s success.

    Joanne believes that the relationships developed in resourcing are lasting and works with both resources and clients on long term plans and goals. This consultative approach has enabled her to be proactive in forecasting clients’ requirements and assisting resources with their career direction.

    3 main areas of focus:

    -             Traditional contract and fulltime staffing.  IT and Business Consulting

    -             Business Consulting, i.e. Change Management, Assessments, Infrastructure/Security, Audit, etc.

    -             Nearshore(same time zone) teams we can build in South America at a fraction of the cost

    Specialties: Professional/Executive Staffing, Change Management, Security, Anything ERP!, Application Development, Business Process Transformation/Re-engineering

  • Dr. David Bray
    Inaugural Director, Global GeoTech Center & Commission
    Atlantic Council

    Dr. David A. Bray was named one of the top "24 Americans Who Are Changing the World" under 40 by Business Insider in 2016. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021. He also accepted a role of Co-Chair for an IEEE Committee focused on Artificial Intelligence, automated systems, and innovative policies globally for 2016-2017 and has been serving as a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University since 2015. He has been named a Marshall Memorial Fellow for 2017-2018 and will travel to Europe to discuss Trans-Atlantic issues of common concern including exponential technologies and the global future ahead. He also will start a new role as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition founded and chaired by Vint Cerf in October 2017.

    David enjoys creative problem solving. He began working for the U.S. government at age 15 on computer simulations at a high-energy physics facility investigating quarks and neutrinos. In later roles, he designed new telemedicine interfaces and space-based forest fire forecasting prototypes for the Department of Defense. From 1998-2000 he volunteered as a part-time crew lead with Habitat for Humanity International in the Philippines, Honduras, Romania, and Nepal while also working as a project manager with Yahoo! and a Microsoft partner firm. Dr. Bray then joined as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading the program's technology response to during 9/11, anthrax in 2001, Severe Acute Respiratory System in 2003, and other international public health emergencies. He later completed a PhD from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and two post-doctoral associateships at MIT and Harvard in 2008.

    David likes to be a digital diplomat and a "human flak jacket" for teams of change agents working in turbulent environments. He volunteered in 2009 to deploy to Afghanistan to help "think differently" on military and humanitarian issues and in 2010 became a Senior National Intelligence Service Executive advocating for increased information interoperability, cybersecurity, and protection of civil liberties. In 2012, he became the Executive Director for the bipartisan National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community, later receiving the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. He received both the Arthur S. Flemming Award and Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2013. He also was chosen to be an Eisenhower Fellow to meet with leaders in Taiwan and Australia on multisector cyber strategies for the "Internet of Everything" in 2015.

    David passions include "near impossible missions" involving humans and technology in challenging circumstances. He has served as the Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission, leading FCC's IT Transformation since 2013. Through the efforts of a team of positive change agents, he led the transformation of the FCC's legacy IT with more than 207 different systems to award-winning tech. This included rolling-out new cloud-based IT that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. He was selected to be one of the "Fedscoop 50" for Leadership in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association's Outstanding Achievement Award for Civilian Government in 2015. Dr. Bray also received the global CIO 100 Award twice, which usually is awarded to private sector Fortune 500 companies, both in 2015 and 2017, for his transformational leadership.

  • Hari Candadai
    GVP, Global Thought Leadership and Research
    Rimini Street

    Mr. Candadai is a seasoned marketing professional with over 22 years of experience in global product marketing and corporate marketing management, including running a successful marketing strategy and consulting firm. Prior to Rimini Street, Mr. Candadai held various product marketing and strategy roles in global companies including Siemens, Remedy, BMC Software, Nokia, and Ariba where he led the company’s global product marketing and go-to-market strategy and execution.

    Mr. Candadai is the author of several thought-leading white papers on disruptive software and services models, and as one of the chief evangelists for independent support, he is a frequent speaker at industry conferences globally.

  • Beatriz Copelli
    Group Functional CIO - Finance, HR, Legal & External Affairs, Global Shared Services
    British American Tobacco

    Beatriz is a recognized thought leader in technology, with over 19 years of successful roles in the CPG industry. Over the course of her career with BAT, she has held extremely diverse leadership roles in Mexico, Latin America, Canada, Africa and the UK. Beatriz’s journey with the company started in 2001 as an IT Trainee and then business partner and SAP Project IT Lead roles. This was followed by regional roles for the Americas, supporting Operations and Marketing. In 2016, she moved to Montreal to take on the CIO role for Canada & Mexico. Now, she is responsible for over 50 markets as BAT’s Regional CIO for Americas & Sub-Saharan Africa. Beatriz has spearheaded the company’s Digital Transformation Program and has played a lead role in BAT’s highly acclaimed Diversity & Inclusion programme, for the past 6 years.

  • Ben Draper
    CIO
    Sym-Tech Dealer Services, an Amynta Group Company

    Ben Draper has over 25 years’ experience with various industries and government agencies with a strong focus in the financial, insurance and technology sectors.

    Ben’s impressive career has focused on high performance teams and organizational results within the information technology arena, including IBM, Zurich Insurance, HSBC and Validus Holdings. Ben has deep international expertise in the U.S., Bermuda and U.K. He has successfully demonstrated his ability to ‘simplify the complex’ and produce creative business driven IT solutions.

  • Robert Falzon
    Head of Engineering in the Office of the CTO
    Check Point Software Technologies Inc.

    Robert Falzon is currently the Head of Engineering in the Office of the CTO with Check Point Software Technologies Inc. Canada, worldwide leader in securing the internet.

    Robert has been working in the security and governance field for over 20 years, providing guidance and leadership in the fields of network security, audit & penetration testing, security process development, and architecture/design.

    Robert has provided his expertise and security training to private and public sector customers all over the world, with experience living and working in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America
    Robert has developed a friendly, often entertaining approach to engaging customers in security presentations and discussions, and is often sought for opportunities where high impact presentation and communication are key to developing customer relationships and winning business.

    Robert has undergone professional media training, and is available for on-camera television, radio,
    and other media engagements.

    Additional current responsibilities include:

    Developing and maintaining C level relationships with key accounts and partners

    Education and public outreach on important, current cyber security matters.

    Employee review and development planning/training including focus group participation for new programs, equipment allocations for labs and career path planning for SE’s.

    Working closely with sales management to ensure proper resource planning for engineering activities

    Specialties: Media, Presentation, network architecture, network security, Information Technology, policy & compliance, audit, voip, virtualization technologies, professional training and mentoring. 

  • Raymond Gilbert
    Managing Partner
    Causal Effects, Inc.

  • Monti Knode
    Director of Customer Success
    Horizon3.ai

    After 26 years of service in the US Air Force as a cyberspace operations officer, Monti Knode joined Horizon 3 AI as the Director of Customer Success.  Prior to joining Horizon 3 AI, he led teams setting up tactical communications in austere environments, secured and defended the Air Force’s $12B multi-classification networks, was a Deputy CIO at US Transportation Command transforming their logistics enterprise and innovating the DoD’s “Sprint to the Cloud” effort, and commanded nation-state hackers and strategy in support of our own national security interests.  Monti is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), holds an Electrical Engineering bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming, and two Masters, including as a Distinguished Graduate from The Eisenhower School as one of the top 300 performers in government.

  • 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.

  • Drew McFeetors
    Consultant
    Egon Zehnder

  • Hunter Muller
    President and 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 ecosystems 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 HMG Next Ventures, 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 TheStreet.com.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Ali Rayl
    VP of Customer Experience
    Slack

    Ali Rayl is the Vice President of Customer Experience at Slack, responsible for making the working lives of Slack’s millions of users simpler and more productive. She joined Slack during its conception as the director of QA for Tiny Speck, now known as Slack Technologies, Inc., and has cultivated a culture of customer “love” for the past eight years. Prior to Slack, Ali was Director of QA for Songbird, an open-source music platform. She received her bachelor’s in humanities from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

  • Jonathan Rende
    Senior Vice President of Product
    PagerDuty

    As SVP of Product, Jonathan Rende brings to PagerDuty over 25 years of experience in the mobile, performance management, and automated software quality industries.

    Jonathan has held various product, marketing, and engineering executive roles with Informix, Mercury/HP Software, Appcelerator, and Keynote Systems. Prior to joining PagerDuty, he served as the Chief Product and Engineering Officer at Castlight Health, Inc., where his focus was on delivering and launching to market their next generation predictive analytics platform for enterprises.

    Jonathan holds a B.S. in Engineering from University of California, Davis, and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

  • Phil Richards
    CSO
    Ivanti

    Phil has both breadth and depth of security experience.  He currently works as the Chief Information Security Officer for Ivanti.  He has held other senior security positions including the head of operational security for a medical manufacturing corporation, Chief Security Officer for financial services technology (FinTech) company, and Engineering Director at a regional healthcare corporation. In his security leadership roles, he has created and implemented information security policies based on industry standards. He has led organizations to clean PCI DSS and HIPAA compliance attestations, implemented security awareness training, and established a comprehensive compliance security audit framework based on industry standards. He has led Ivanti through their most recent FedRAMP authorization process. He has implemented global privacy policies, including addressing privacy issues in the European Union. Transforming an organization requires focus on the objectives, clear communication, and constant coordination with executive leadership, which is exactly what Phil has focused on during his security career.

  • Trevor Schulze
    SVP & CIO
    RingCentral

    As RingCentral's Chief Information Officer, Trevor Schulze provides strategic leadership to the company's global IT team in delivering a comprehensive portfolio of cloud-first, leading-edge technology services and solutions.

    Prior to joining RingCentral in 2018, Schulze served as Global CIO of Micron Technology, where he oversaw an international team charged with delivering business capabilities that sped product time-to-market, improved customer engagement, optimized supply chain operations, and maximized manufacturing capital utilization in 18 countries worldwide.

    Previously, Schulze was Corporate Vice President IT, Enterprise Applications at Broadcom Corporation, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and management of all enterprise-wide IT systems supporting core business processes; and before that, he was Corporate Vice President IT at Advanced Micro Devices, where he oversaw the deployment of enterprise technology solutions that improved global operations and product development.

    Earlier in his professional career, Schulze spent nearly two decades at Cisco Systems, where he held a number of strategic roles driving global development and operational innovations that optimized the way the company designed, collaborated, and produced products. In addition, he managed the engineering efforts of six platforms across multiple business units, ultimately generating billions of dollars in revenue.

    Schulze holds a number of patents in the area of core networking, and the products he helped design have won more than 15 “best product” awards from leading industry organizations and publications. In 2017, he received a Forbes CIO Innovation award and a CIO Magazine CIO100 award.

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November 10, 2020


1:00 - 1:10 PM

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

CIO Association of Canada News - Lan Nguyen, Membership Director

SIM Toronto News - Raymond Gilbert, Managing Partner, Causal Effects, Inc.


1:10 - 1:20 PM
EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Change To Win in the Next Phase

Trevor Schulze, SVP & CIO, RingCentral

The role of the CIO has been on a steady rise for the past several years. As the way people work continues to change, the demands from today’s global, mobile, and distributed workforce are also rapidly evolving. We’re at a point in time where the CIO is now front and center to defining the digital culture of an organization with a mega-trend at play that I like to call, ‘Systems of Experience.’ During my talk, I will focus on the role of the CIO amidst this shifting tide and what it takes to create a digital culture to support the future of work.


1:20 - 1:40 PM

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Your Guide to Surviving (and Thriving) in 2021 and Beyond – Audience Q&A with Dr. David Bray

Dr. David Bray, Inaugural Director, Global GeoTech Center & Commission, Atlantic Council interviewed by Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

This session is intended to be a lively and interactive Q&A on why digital leaders must ensure their organizations can both survive and thrive in 2021. Advances in data capabilities, tremendous leaps in technologies, and changing geo-economics are introducing major challenges globally for all leaders. These challenges include increasingly complicated tech-meets-geopolitical landscapes, trade wars, the impacts of COVID-19 and a slow global recovery, the challenges of bot-driven misinformation out of context that increasingly polarizes societies, as well as the risk of international tensions becoming more heated and kinetic. Yet, in every crisis there is opportunity. 

Come prepared to consider both just where the world is, and more importantly where the world is headed, so you can be ready to "skate towards the puck" and ensure your organization thrives in 2021 and beyond. Leading this session is Dr. David Bray, who Business Insider named one of the 'top 24 Americans who are changing the world' and who has received the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal for operating in challenging, turbulent environments. 


1:40 - 1:50 PM
EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Reshaping Engagement and Culture in a Time of Remote Work

Ali Rayl, VP of Customer Experience, Slack

Eight months into the remote work environment with no end in sight, many CIOs and technology executives are struggling to find new and effective ways to keep employees engaged and motivated. Meanwhile, cultivating organizational culture has presented its own challenges for helping existing employees to feel connected while providing new hires a sense of the organization’s community and customs. In this Executive Interview, Ali Rayl, VP, Customer Experience at Slack, will share recommendations for keeping employees engaged and motivated into 2021 along with advice for fostering organizational culture in a remote work setting.


1:50 PM
EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work

As regional economies gradually open up, many executives believe that both business and the nature of work will change forever. In order to support the business effectively, CIOs and technology executives need to help reimagine and reinvent the business and help the CEO and line-of-business leaders identify new opportunities in core, parallel and new markets. Technology executives also must work with the executive team to identify what the future of work looks like and provide the infrastructure and tools necessary to support this new way of working.

In this panel discussion, top technology executives will share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in reshaping the business and the future of work.

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy    

Hari Candadai, GVP Global Thought Leadership and Research, Rimini Street

Beatriz Copelli, Group Functional CIO - Finance, HR, Legal & External Affairs, Global Shared Services, British American Tobacco

Ben Draper, CIO, Sym-Tech Dealer Services, an Amynta Group Company

Jonathan Rende, SVP Product, PagerDuty


2:20 PM          
EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Crisis and Career:  Preparing for the Next Opportunity


As COVID-19 swept the globe, CEOs and business executives discovered the true value of their technology leaders who had positioned their businesses to make the digital pivot and support a work-from-home environment. This type of foresight, along with the business savvy many technology leaders have acquired, positions technology executives well for future career opportunities.

In this panel discussion, discover key recommendations from search executives on how to position your career trajectory successfully and position yourself for the next big opportunity. 

Moderator:  Joanne Boucher, Vice President, xiBOSS Corporation

Drew McFeetors, Consultant, Egon Zehnder

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


2:35 - 2:55 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Innovation Accelerator:  An Inside Look at Cool New Tech

As CIOs and technology executives look to help move the business forward, they're searching for emerging enterprise technologies that can be applied to drive innovation and help create unique services and customer experiences. In this new and unique session, CEOs and executives from hot new enterprise technology companies will field rapid-fire questions on the challenges their companies help address, how they are differentiated in the market and the value that their products and services are delivering to clients.

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Karthik Balakrishnan, CTO, Wysdom.AI

Robert Falzon, Head of Engineering in the Office of the CTO, Check Point Software Solutions, Inc.

Monti Knode, Director of Customer Success, Horizon3.ai

Phil Richards, CSO, Ivanti


2:55 PM
HMG STRATEGY TOP TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVES WHO MATTER AWARDS

Raymond Gilbert, Managing Partner - Causal Effects, Inc.

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

Presenting Partners

  • Slack

    Slack has transformed business communication. It’s the leading channel-based messaging platform, used by millions to align their teams, unify their systems, and drive their businesses forward. Only Slack offers a secure, enterprise-grade environment that can scale with the largest companies in the world. It is a new layer of the business technology stack where people can work together more effectively, connect all their other software tools and services, and find the information they need to do their best work. Slack is where work happens.

    https://slack.com/
  • 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.

    https://www.ringcentral.com/

Platinum Partners

  • PagerDuty

    PagerDuty, Inc. (NYSE:PD) is a leader in digital operations management. In an always-on world, organizations of all sizes trust PagerDuty to help them deliver a perfect digital experience to their customers, every time. Teams use PagerDuty to identify issues and opportunities in real time and bring together the right people to fix problems faster and prevent them in the future. Notable customers include Netflix, Shopify, Cox Automotive, Box, Slack, DoorDash, Lululemon and more. PagerDuty was founded in 2008 by three innovative software developers who knew what it was like to carry the pager for “always on” cloud services. They made a bet that the early practice and culture of DevOps which encourages collaboration between development and operations would become strategic for every company. What started as automating on-call rotations has evolved into a platform that helps 12,000 companies across 90 countries proactively manage their digital operations so their teams can spend less time reacting to incidents and more time building for the future.

    https://www.pagerduty.com/
  • 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 www.ivanti.com and follow us at @GoIvanti.

    https://www.ivanti.com/
  • Rimini Street

    Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner. The Company offers premium, ultra-responsive and integrated application management and support services that enable enterprise software licensees to save significant costs, free up resources for innovation and achieve better business outcomes. Nearly 1,900 Global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries rely on Rimini Street as their trusted enterprise software products and services provider.

    https://www.riministreet.com/

Marketplace Partners

  • Appian

    Appian provides a low-code automation platform that accelerates the creation of high-impact business applications. Many of the world’s largest organizations use Appian applications to improve customer experience, achieve operational excellence, and simplify global risk management and compliance.

    http://www.appian.com/
  • Darktrace

    Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Its self-learning AI is modeled on the human immune system and used by over 4,000 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. The company has over 1,300 employees and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.

    https://www.darktrace.com/
  • Aryaka

    Aryaka, the Cloud-First WAN company, brings agility, simplicity and a great experience to consuming the WAN-as-a-service. An optimized global network and innovative technology stack delivers the industry’s #1 managed SD-WAN service and sets the gold standard for application performance. Aryaka’s SmartServices platform offers connectivity, application acceleration, security, cloud networking and insights leveraging global orchestration and provisioning. The company’s customers include hundreds of global enterprises including several in the Fortune 100.

    https://www.aryaka.com/?utm_source=hmg&utm_medium=syndication&utm_content=home-page
  • 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.

    https://www.forescout.com/
  • Obsidian Security

    Obsidian Cloud Detection and Response delivers frictionless security for SaaS. With unified visibility across applications, users, and data, security teams can quickly investigate breaches, uncover insider threats, and harden the security of their cloud environments with no negative impact to production. Using a unique identity-centric approach, Obsidian is capable of stopping even the most advanced attacks across SaaS and cloud services. Obsidian was founded by industry veterans from Cylance, Carbon Black and the NSA, and is backed by Greylock Partners, Wing, and GV.

    https://www.obsidiansecurity.com/
  • PagerDuty

    PagerDuty, Inc. (NYSE:PD) is a leader in digital operations management. In an always-on world, organizations of all sizes trust PagerDuty to help them deliver a perfect digital experience to their customers, every time. Teams use PagerDuty to identify issues and opportunities in real time and bring together the right people to fix problems faster and prevent them in the future. Notable customers include Netflix, Shopify, Cox Automotive, Box, Slack, DoorDash, Lululemon and more. PagerDuty was founded in 2008 by three innovative software developers who knew what it was like to carry the pager for “always on” cloud services. They made a bet that the early practice and culture of DevOps which encourages collaboration between development and operations would become strategic for every company. What started as automating on-call rotations has evolved into a platform that helps 12,000 companies across 90 countries proactively manage their digital operations so their teams can spend less time reacting to incidents and more time building for the future.

    https://www.pagerduty.com/
  • Tessian

    Tessian builds technology to empower people to work safely, without security getting in their way. We believe people shouldn’t have to be security experts to do their jobs. Tessian’s Human Layer Security platform automatically protects your employees on email - where they spend 40% of their time - from risks like data exfiltration, accidental data loss and phishing. We’ve raised $60m from legendary security investors like Sequoia and Accel and have over 150 employees located in San Francisco and London.

    https://www.tessian.com/
  • Tanium

    Tanium offers a unified endpoint management and security platform that is built for the world’s most demanding IT environments. Many of the largest and most sophisticated organizations, including more than half of the Fortune 100, top retailers and financial institutions, and four branches of the US Armed Forces rely on Tanium to make confident decisions, operate efficiently and effectively, and remain resilient against disruption. Tanium ranks 7th on the Forbes list of “Top 100 Private Companies in Cloud Computing” for 2019 and 10th on FORTUNE’s list of the “100 Best Medium Workplaces.”

    https://www.tanium.com/
  • Globant

    We create software products that emotionally connect our customers with millions of consumers and employees using just the right blend of design and innovation. We embrace the power of artificial intelligence to augment our capabilities and contribute to the advancement of the technology industry as we dream to make the world a better place one step at a time. We do all that through our Studios, deep pockets of expertise on the latest technologies and trends. Our Studio model fosters creativity and innovation while allowing us to build, enhance, and consolidate expertise around a variety of emerging technologies. We have mastered a unique way of organizing our teams known as the Agile Pod model. Driven by a culture of self-regulated teamwork, each team—or Pod—works directly with our customers with a full maturity path that evolves as they increase speed, quality and autonomy. Opposed to the traditional IT services structures, our pods at Globant eliminates the need for command and control methods and provides teams with full independence in customer interaction.

    https://www.globant.com/
  • Sonatype

    The Sonatype journey started 10 years ago, just as the concept of “open source” software development was gaining steam. From our humble beginning as core contributors to Apache Maven, to supporting the world’s largest repository of open source components (Central), to distributing the world's most popular repository manager (Nexus), we’ve played a meaningful role in helping the world embrace the power of open innovation. Over time, we witnessed the staggering volume and variety of open source libraries that began flowing into every development environment in the world. We understood that when open source components are properly managed, they provide tremendous energy for accelerating innovation. Conversely, when unmanaged, open-source "gone wild" can lead directly to security vulnerabilities, licensing risks, enormous rework, and waste. Our vision today is simple. We are laser-focused on helping organizations continuously harness all of the good that open source has to offer, without any of the risks.

    https://www.sonatype.com/

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.

    http://www.egonzehnder.com
  • 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.

    http://www.heidrick.com
  • 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.

    https://www.kornferry.com
  • 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.

    https://www.spencerstuart.com

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.

    http://www.amplifypartners.com
  • 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.

    http://www.glynncapital.com/
  • 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).

    http://www.greylock.com
  • 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.

    http://lsvp.com
  • Menlo Ventures

    Menlo Ventures is a venture capital firm that strives to have a positive impact on everything we do. That’s why we support businesses including Betterment, Carta, Roku, Poshmark, Uber, and Warby Parker that are reimagining life and work for the better. Over 43 years, we’ve grown a portfolio that includes more than 70 public companies, over 100 mergers and acquisitions, and $5.5 billion under management. We invest at every stage and in every sector, with expertise in Consumer, Enterprise, and Healthcare. From developing market strategies to creating communities, we provide real impact where entrepreneurs need it most. When we’re in, we’re all in.

    https://www.menlovc.com/
  • 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).

    https://www.sequoiacap.com

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.

    http://www.simnet.org/members/group.aspx?id=63423
  • CIO Association of Canada

    The CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) represents senior IT executives across Canada, with over 300 CIO members. Our member CIOs work in medium to large enterprises across private, public and education sectors. CIOCAN was formed by CIOs, and CIOs drive the agenda. CIOCAN members value highly their opportunities to network with their peers in a vendor-neutral atmosphere, at live events, and electronically -- peers who can provide objective and knowledgeable insights into the emerging challenges and opportunities that CIOs collectively face. CIOCAN national and chapter-based programs address a range of issues from hot topics of the day to longer-view challenges for business leaders, and through CIOCAN advocacy initiatives we provide a unified voice for CIOs. Visit us at www.ciocan.ca

    Visit us at www.ciocan.ca

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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