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The digital pivot most companies have made since March 2020 has created new opportunities for CIOs, CISOs and business technology executives to play a deeper role in designing the future of the business and in the shape of the organization. Technology executives who inspire employees and foster an environment of trust can stimulate a collaborative culture that sparks innovation and drives business outcomes with the aid of impactful technologies that can enable the organization to win in the marketplace while attracting, growing, and retaining the people and skills that are needed to power the successful 21st-century organization.
“Trust changes everything for you as a leader, for your IT team and for your relationships.”
- Stephen M.R. Covey
President and CEO
CxO Advisory Leader
VP Technology and CIO
Federated Co-operatives Limited
CIOs Beyond Borders Group
Partner & Lead, Canadian Payments Practice
President & Founder
Connectiv Innovation Corporation
Former Vice President IT, Procurement, Fleet, and Real Estate
Founder & CEO
Global Chief Information Officer (Retired)
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Blockchain Research Institute
IT Security Leader - CISO
Green Shield Canada (GSC)
Chief Enterprise Data Officer
Global Head of Private Market & Real Estate Technology
Street Capital Bank of Canada
Global VP of IT
Former SVP, CIO & Life Operations
Ivari (Formerly Transatlantic Life Canada)
Vice President, Customer Solutions, Innovation, Digital Platforms and Cloud Transformation
Canadian National Railway
Principal Consultant, IT Solutions
Chief Information Officer
Hydro One Inc.
Chief Information Officer
Lee W. Crump
The Crump Group
Chief Technology Officer
Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP)
DUNELM Associates Ltd
The BRIDICA Group
Elevated Home Electronics
President and Founder
Causal Effects, Inc.
Founder and CEO
Arlington Partners International
Inteva Products LLC
Director, Enterprise Solutions
City of Toronto
Vice President, Technology Transformation
CIOs Beyond Borders Group
CAA Club Group
VP Capacity and Innovation Readiness
Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
Chief Technology Information Officer
Canada’s CIO of the Year 2020, Public Sector
NIHR Clinical Research Network
Founder & CEO
VP of IT
Napoleon Group of Companies
SmartONE Solutions Inc.
Vice Chairman Global Technology Officers Practice
Senior Client Partner
IT Sr. Consultant
ORMIT Consulting Services
EVP, Chief Information & Technology Innovation Officer
Sun Life Financial
Chief Digital Officer
Royal Ontario Museum
CTO & Program Manager
Former Chief Technology Officer
Managing Director, Technology Sector Leader
Russell Reynolds Associates
Vice President, Digital Solutions
Sunwing Travel Group
SVP & Chief Information Officer
Chief Business Officer
CISO and Executive Director
Senior Advisor and IT Program/Project Delivery Leader
BroadView Consultants Inc
Chief Data Officer
T. Rowe Price
CTO & CISO
VP, Business Technology
Global Chief Information Officer
Vice President, Technology Platforms and Operations at Walmart Canada
Vice President, Application Services
Vice President of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Vice President of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility
VP & CISO
Vice President, Information Technology
Parian Logistics Inc.
Ward Technology Talent
Managing Partner- Financial Services & Insurance, Executive Services
Info-Tech Research Group
Sr. Management Consultant
Wolseley Canada Inc.
President and CEO
Throughout her career, Jenny’s success is attributed to her passion and determination to drive success within a business. Having held Board positions and senior executive roles, coupled with her experience as a disciplined engineer, Jenny possesses the characteristics of a visionary mentor who encourages organizations to take the road less travelled within a strong governance framework. She guides executive teams to envision and realize opportunities and solutions for their business that few others can. She is fiercely driven by business success and lives and breathes progressive excellence in herself and motivates and inspires executive teams.
Chief Digital and Information Officer
Mike Anderson serves as Chief Digital and Information Officer for Netskope. Over the past 25 years, he has built and led high-performing teams across a wide range of disciplines, including sales, operations, business development, and information technology. He joined Netskope from Schneider Electric, a global fortune 500 company, where he served as SVP, CIO and Digital Leader for North America.
In 2020, Constellation Research named him a member of the Business Transformation 150, an elite list that recognizes the top global executives leading business transformation efforts in their organizations. The National Diversity Council also recognized him as a Top 50 CIO for diversity and inclusion in 2020 and 2021.
Before Schneider Electric, Mike served as CIO for CROSSMARK, where he digitally transformed the business capabilities for the 40,000 employee service provider to the retail and consumer goods industry. Also, he has held executive leadership roles at Enterprise Mobile, a Microsoft joint venture that is now part of Honeywell, Insight, Software Spectrum, and InVerge, a web services pioneer that he co-founded in 1999.
Mike serves on numerous technology and industry advisory boards and volunteers his time working with nonprofits focused on mental health and suicide prevention and those that benefit the development of our future workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
President, COO & Director
Pearson Partners International, Inc.
CxO Advisory Leader
Brian Chan is a global IT executive with over 30 years of progressive international experience in IT and general management. Brian currently leads the CxO Advisory Services practice at the Blue Quartz Group, a Canadian consulting firm which specializes in IT governance, risk management, compliance, and M&A integration. Brian held many executive management roles over his career in Global 1000 and Fortune 500 companies in a broad range of industries including banking, manufacturing, distribution, outsourcing and public safety. Brian was part of two successful IPO’s where he led IT and compliance functions as core executive team members.
In 2015, Brian was recognized as one of ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. Brian graduated from the University of Waterloo’s computer science program with Dean’s honours, and holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Stephen M. R. Covey
Global authority on trust, leadership and culture
The FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice
Stephen M. R. Covey is co-founder of CoveyLink and of the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust, and coauthor of the #1 Amazon bestseller Smart Trust. He advocates that nothing is as fast as the speed of trust and that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. Stephen passionately delivers that message and is skilled in enabling leaders and organizations to experience the dividends of high trust. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his insightful, relevant approach to real-time issues that affect their immediate and long-term performance.
He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Stephen, with Greg Link, led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, he joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President and CEO. Under Stephen’s direction, the company grew rapidly and profitably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President and CEO, he nearly doubled revenues to over $110 million while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries, which greatly increased the value of the brand and company. The company was valued at only $2.4 million when Stephen was named CEO, and, within three years, he grew shareholder value to $160 million in a merger he orchestrated with then Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.
Over the years, Stephen has gained considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations he’s consulted. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO.
Stephen currently serves on the board/advisory board of several entities and is a Top Thought Leaders in Trust Lifetime Achievement Honoree from Trust Across America-Trust Around the World. Stephen resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. You can follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenMRCovey.
Executive Director, Office of the CISO
Michael Doucet brings more than 30 years of cyber security and information management leadership experience to his current role. As an executive director, executive advisory in the Office of the CISO at Optiv, Doucet uses his past and present experiences to assist public and private enterprises plan, create and execute security strategies. Doucet uses his vast information security expertise to lead organizations toward a proactive approach to threat intelligence, third party risk management, governance and compliance, and incident management.
As a subject matter expert in cyber security and information management, Doucet’s broad business, operational knowledge spans multiple disciplines including change management, IT service continuity management, capacity management, availability management, service-level management, service asset and configuration management, information security management, defense in depth, incident management, vulnerability management, and policy and standard development.
Prior to Optiv, Doucet built, managed and oversaw program, security, and technology initiatives in the Canadian Federal Government. As the executive director of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), Doucet independently reviews the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) on operations and complaints accountable to the Canadian Parliament in matters of Canadian national security. He previously was responsible as the chief technology officer (CTO) and then chief information officer (CIO) for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Prior to leading the RCMP in information management, Doucet was the CIO/director general of the Information Management Services Branch at Correctional Service Canada. Doucet has also worked with the Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC) where he represented Canada as CSEC’s senior cryptologic liaison officer to the National Security Agency (NSA).
Elevated Home Electronics
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.
RVP, Business Value Consulting
20+ years of success spearheading business and technology solutions that accelerate digital transformation helping grow market share and improve customer retention strategies. Proven executive leader driving double-digit revenue growth through strategic implementation of change strategies while improving operational effectiveness.
Successful global value consultant selling to C-suite executives on CX transformation, process automation and legacy modernization initiatives and best practices to increase revenue, efficiencies and risk mitigation while accelerating digital solutions to market for customers.
Expert at cultivating relationships with Fortune 100/500 companies and collaborating with key enterprise stakeholders, both internally and externally, to translate business case imperatives into technology requirements and develop strategies that drive quantifiable results.
Core Strengths and Competencies:
Strong Work Ethic & Integrity
Innovator & Trusted Customer Advisor
GTM Strategy and Operations: Enterprise and Product-led Engine Growth
Revenue Generator & Accelerator
Cross-functional E2E Enterprise Value Selling Optimization
Strategic Global Business Partner across Direct/Indirect Routes to Market
Value Messaging, Prescriptive Sales Plays and Customer Success Stories
Solution Advisory Workshop Design, Business Model Creation, Analysis & Presentation Delivery
Florencia Gomez Villasuso
CEO & RPA Practice Lead
LHH Knightsbridge Executive Search
CIOs Beyond Borders Group
CAA Club Group
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).
Group President, Randstad Technologies Group
Carolyn Levy is Group President of Randstad Technologies Group & Chief Diversity Officer, Randstad, Canada. In the context of accelerated pace of new and emerging technologies, Carolyn steers the strategic direction of two complementary divisions : Randstad Technologies, a Canadian leader in matching exceptional tech talent with leading organizations across the country, and IT Solutions, who provides on demand IT services, software development and strategy. A forward-thinker and a transformational, inclusive leader, Carolyn leads a highly-skilled and passionate team of experts working in all areas of the tech and IT landscape, and is committed to support employers in sourcing top talent and implementing innovative projects that will shape their business.
Carolyn plays an active role in Randstad’s efforts to promote lifelong employability and foster fresh attitudes towards diversity and inclusion across industries. Carolyn draws from her career path as a successful female leader to become an influencer in the community, leading and advocating for change and driving social impact. As Chief Diversity Officer, Carolyn empowers people from different backgrounds to reach their full potential and organizations to create more sustainable, diverse, and inclusive work environments.
Carolyn sits on the board of the NACCB, the National Association of Canadian Consulting Businesses, an association that represents Professional Staffing firms on Canadian public policy issues that impact the IT Services industry and is on the Alberta Chapter board of Women in Communications and Technology (WCT).
SVP, Financial Institution Practice Leader
Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance
Founder and CEO
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.
Chief Revenue Officer
Anthony Palladino is Chief Revenue Officer at Aisera. Anthony brings to CloudBees over 20 years of experience in sales and business strategy within the high tech industry. Prior to CloudBees, he was vice president of Americas at Splunk, a provider of software for real-time IT operational intelligence. During his five years at Splunk, he helped the company through a $230 million IPO and led a sales organization that produced results of 50%+ year-over-year growth and 93% customer retention. The performance of his team enabled Splunk to achieve a market capitalization of over $7 billion. Previously, Anthony worked at several other organizations, including BladeLogic, BMC Software and Hewlett Packard. Anthony has dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in honors and economics from Villanova University.
Former Chief Technology Officer
Peyman Parsi is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Blanc Labs and responsible for leading the technology aspect of strategy, delivery, automation, product engineering, and consulting practice at Blanc Labs. Prior to joining Blanc Labs, Peyman led the Global Technology as Chief Technology Delivery Officer at TMX for several years. As a member of the TMX Executive Operating Committee, he was responsible for technology delivery and operations of mission-critical equity/derivative trading, data distribution and analytics insights, issuer services listings, and the clearing settlement platforms.
In 2018, Peyman led a strategic change program to transform all TMX product engineering functions to the Agile delivery at scale. This transformation resulted in significant organizational values of inspiring performance culture, faster time to market products, delivery execution agility, top talent development, cost optimization, operational excellence, innovative solutions, and business growth client-centric business outcomes. Peyman’s leadership in Agile and Digital Transformation has been recognized by ITWC as he has been named as one of the finalists for the “Canadian CIO of the Year” ITAC award in 2019. Under his leadership, TMX launched the award-winning Quantum XA state of the art trading platform, its next generation of ultrafast high-performance equity trading platforms in 2014.
Before joining TMX, Peyman assumed software delivery leadership positions at SS&C Technologies building applications for the Banking and Insurance industry in Financial Services. Prior to that, Peyman managed a software development consulting firm for 7 years.
Peyman holds an MBA from Edinburgh University UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering. Peyman completed the Executive Leadership program at Rotman business school of management at the University of Toronto.
Yasemin Sezer is an experienced Technology Executive who established her brand as a strong leader with delivery excellence. She has 30+ years of experience focusing on Banking, Insurance and Wealth Management industries. In 2019 she was awarded Top 100 Powerful Women in Canada for Science and Technology. She is a Board Director at CIO Association of Canada, an influential member at various Technology Advisory Committees and governing bodies and supporting Universities/Science institutes. She is leading Women@Capco Canada and pioneered Women4Women in her former organization supporting career progression for Women in Technology. She has BSc in Electric/Electronic Engineering and known for her strong leadership and people skills.
Senior Advisor and IT Program/Project Delivery Leader
BroadView Consultants Inc
CISO and Executive Director
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Blockchain Research Institute
Don Tapscott is arguably the leading thinker of the digital age over the last four decades. He is co-author with his son Alex of the best-seller Blockchain Revolution and has authored 16 widely read books about the digital age. He is Co-Founder of the Blockchain Research Institute, a global think tank in five continents exploring the next generation of technology and its impact on business in the world. Don is a member of the Order of Canada and in 2019, then ranked as the 2nd most influential Management Thinker by Thinkers50, joined Professor Christensen, Michael Porter, Peter Drucker and others in the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame. He is an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD and Chancellor Emeritus of Trent University in Ontario where he served as Chancellor 2013-2019.
8:00 - 9:00 AM - Breakfast and Networking
9:00 - 9:25 AM - Welcome and Introduction
Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy
Kyoko Kobayashi, Managing Partner, CIOs Beyond Borders Group
Jamal Shah, Managing Partner, Causal Effects, Inc. and President, Toronto SIM Chapter
9:25 - 9:35 AM - Digital Interview: The New Leadership Paradigm: Why Tech Executives Must Shift from a ‘Command-and-Control’ Model to ‘Trust and Inspire’ to Win the Global War for Talent and in the Marketplace
Stephen M. R. Covey, best-selling author interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy
The world has changed dramatically since March 2020 and so, too, have organizational cultures. The shift to a work-from-home environment has empowered employees who want to dictate how, when and where they work. Moreover, in a flat-screen meeting environment where all participants are viewed as equals, employees don’t want to follow orders – they want to be part of the brain-trust that helps to solve critical business and customer challenges and to influence the strategic trajectory of the company.
In this compelling Executive Interview with HMG Strategy President and CEO Hunter Muller, Stephen M.R. Covey, best-selling author of The Speed of Trust and his latest book Trust and Inspire, shares why a ‘Command-and-Control’ leadership style no longer works and how a ‘Trust and Inspire’ leadership approach can encourage employees to be more collaborative and creative and to maximize their potential. Covey, who is the Co-Founder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice, also frames “the two epic imperatives of our time” to help guide leaders on creating a thriving culture that can help attract, grow, retain, engage and inspire the best people in the global war for talent and to successfully collaborate and innovate in order for companies to win in the marketplace.
9:35 - 10:00 AM - Executive Interview: What Cyber Insurance Companies Want from Clients
Mark Morency, SVP, Financial Institution Practice Leader, Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy
This discussion will shed light on how insurers evaluate a company’s technology controls and how to best represent your company’s management of risk.
Moderator: Kin Lee-Yow, CIO, CAA Club Group of Companies
Brian Chan, CXO Advisory Leader, Blue Quartz Group
Michael Doucet, Executive Director, Office of the CISO, Optiv
Wayne Hong, CIO, Fundserv
Zia Shah, CISO & Managing Director, KPMG
Ransomware attacks are up a whopping 500% in 2021. Meanwhile, the nature of recent attacks including Log4j continue to become more widespread as these threats are impacting infrastructure, supply chains and other operations that can impact multiple organizations at once. As these and other types of threats continue to evolve and become more dangerous and complex, it’s clear that CISOs and security leaders need to reimagine their cybersecurity strategies to better safeguard the organization now and into the future.
11:00 - 11:25 AM - Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners
11:25 - 12:00 PM - Executive Panel: Leading Boldly and Authentically – Inspiring Trust in Turbulent Times
Moderator: Ben Draper, Managing Director, CloudFusion Consulting Inc.
Jenny Alfandary, President and Chief Executive Officer, Westario Power
Peyman Parsi, CTO, Blanc Labs
Florencia Gomez Villasuso, Technical Director, Globant
The War in Ukraine, The Great Resignation, Global Supply-Chain Challenges and Energy Constraints. These are just a few of the unprecedented disruptions that are impacting members of the senior leadership team and their strategic focus. These events, on top of the digital pivot most companies have made since March 2020, have created new opportunities for CIOs, CISOs, and business technology executives to play a deeper role in designing the future of the business and in the shape of the organization. Technology leaders and other executives are placing heightened focus on fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI &B) across the organization so that all voices are being heard and to bring a variety of perspectives into innovation. This is a critical time for technology executives to demonstrate bold, authentic and inclusive leadership to help inspire employees and foster an environment of trust.
In this powerful Executive Panel discussion, world-class CIOs and technology executives will share how they’ve adapted their leadership styles to help attract, retain and galvanize the team around a shared mission and to stimulate a collaborative and inclusive culture that can spark innovation, foster a spirit of connectedness and drive successful business outcomes.
12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch, Networking and HMG Global Leadership Institute Awards Program
Previous GLIA Recipients Include:
Raymond Gilbert, Managing Partner, Causal Effects Inc.
Roman Coba, VP Technology and CIO, Federated Co-operatives Limited
Naveen Kumar, VP Consulting Services, Info-Tech Research Group
Kin Lee-Yow, CIO, CAA Club Group of Companies
1:00 - 1:35 PM - Executive Panel: Acting as a Talent Magnet to Attract and Retain the Best and the Brightest
Moderator: Renee Arrington, President, COO & Director, Pearson Partners International
Carolyn Levy, Group President, Randstad Technologies Group, Randstad Canada
Tim Hewat, Partner, LLH Knightsbridge Executive Search
As the global war for talent continues to escalate, savvy CIOs and technology executives position their leadership styles to help attract and retain the skills and resources needed to move the 21st-century enterprise forward. This includes demonstrating authentic and inclusive approaches to solving critical challenges together and listening and responding thoughtfully to the needs and interests of employees.
In this executive panel discussion, top-tier CIOs, technology leaders and search executives share their recommendations for tech executives to strengthen their leadership acumen and promote their personal brands to retain and attract world-class business technology talent.
1:35 - 2:00 PM - Executive Fireside Chat: Why Security Service Edge is a Critical Part of any Zero Trust Program?
Mike Anderson, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Netskope interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy
Security Service Edge (SSE) is the next evolution of cloud security and a critical part of any zero trust strategy. SSE converges legacy point security capabilities into a unified cloud platform that provides secure access to applications and data everywhere, consistently for every location and delivery model. A modern security program aligned to zero trust principles must move beyond simplistic allow/block decisions and instead evaluate and re-evaluate the context surrounding every interaction, offering and adapting just the right access at just the right time. SSE is the security stack that helps deliver the promise of cloud and digital transformation.
2:20 - 2:50 PM - Executive Panel: Accelerating Your Winning IT Strategy with World Class Technologies and Partnerships
Moderator: Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy
Anthony Palladino, Chief Revenue Officer, Aisera
Luis Giraldo, RVP, Business Value Consulting, OutSystems
Shameiz Hemani, CEO & RPA Practice Lead at Greenlight Consulting
Yasemin Sezer, Executive Director, CAPCO
Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, application development tools and modern development platforms can enable business technology leaders to identify potential use cases and make a meaningful impact on the business. These and other technologies can help better safeguard enterprises against cyber threats, create digital experiences that improve an organization's operational efficiency, increase revenue, and reduce technical debt. This panel of executives will share use cases for leveraging advanced technologies and partnerships that are enabling competitive differentiation and speed to market.
2:50 - 3:05 - Digital Interview Spotlight: John "Gucci" Foley, Former Blue Angels Pilot
3:05 - 3:55 pm - Executive Presentation: Trivergence - Thriving in the Second Era of the Digital Age
Don Tapscott C.M.
CEO, The Tapscott Group Inc.
Adjunct Professor, INSEAD
Co-founder, The Blockchain Research Institute
Chancellor Emeritus, Trent University
The first era of the digital age spanned the rise of mainframes, minicomputers, the personal computer, fax, the Internet, mobility, the World Wide Web, social media, the mobile web, the cloud, and big data.
We’re now entering a second era where digital technologies permeate everything and every business process. We’re all familiar with how innovations such as machine learning, robotics, drones, cryptocurrencies, distributed ledgers, 5G, additive manufacturing, virtual reality, and synthetic biology are reshaping the social and economic landscape.
However, when all is said and done, it is the convergence of three of these that is foundational—artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things. To paraphrase Corinthians 13;13, now these three things remain - AI, blockchain, and the IoT. But the greatest of these is none – it is their combination. All other important technologies are derivative of these.
Call it the Trivergence.
The Trivergence is beginning to change the firm with new decentralized models of innovation. It is changing every industry from financial services, supply chains, and government. It is beginning to affect each of us profoundly. It also has huge implications for the technology leadership of every company, wiring a re-thinking of enterprise architecture, application strategy, talent, and the relationship of technology to the enterprise as a whole.
3:55 - 4:00 PM - Closing Remarks and Raffle Prizes
Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply zero trust principles to protect data. Fast and easy to use, the Netskope platform provides optimized access and zero trust security for people, devices, and data anywhere they go. Netskope helps customers reduce risk, accelerate performance, and get unrivaled visibility into any cloud, web, and private application activity. Thousands of customers, including more than 25 of the Fortune 100, trust Netskope and its powerful NewEdge network to address evolving threats, new risks, technology shifts, organizational and network changes, and new regulatory requirements. Learn how Netskope helps customers be ready for anything on their SASE journey.https://www.netskope.com/
Aisera is the industry’s first proactive, personalized, and predictive AI Service Management (AISM) solution that is purpose-built to automate tasks and actions for IT, HR, Facilities, and Customer Service. Aisera's next-generation AI Service Desk works with existing service desk solutions to deliver an end-to-end AI Service Experience for employees and customers. The AI Service Desk automates and resolves more than 50 percent of tasks, requests, and workflows to deliver self-service to users.https://www.aisera.com/
We are a digitally native company that helps organizations reinvent themselves to create a way forward and unleash their potential. We are the place where innovation, design and engineering meet scale. • We have more than 25,500 employees and we are present in 21 countries working for companies like Google, Rockwell Automation, Electronic Arts and Santander, among others. • We were named a Worldwide Leader in CX Improvement Services by IDC MarketScape report. • We were also featured as a business case study at Harvard, MIT, and Stanfordhttps://www.globant.com/
OutSystems is a global leader in high-performance application development. We partner with visionaries to turn their big ideas into software that moves business, people, and the world forward. The OutSystems high-performance low-code platform gives technology leaders and developers the tools they need to rapidly build, deploy and manage their own business-critical applications. The company’s network spans more than 600,000 community members, 400+ partners, and active customers in 87 countries across 22 industries. OutSystems is “The #1 Low-Code Platform®” and a recognized leader by analysts, IT executives, business leaders, and developers around the world.https://www.outsystems.com/
Automation Anywhere is the world’s #1 cloud automation platform, delivering intelligent RPA solutions across all industries globally to automate end-to-end business processes, for the fastest path to enterprise transformation. The company offers the world’s only cloud-native platform combining RPA, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics to automate repetitive tasks and build enterprise agility, freeing up humans to pivot to the next big idea, build deeper customer relationships and drive business growth. For additional information, visit www.automationanywhere.com.https://www.automationanywhere.com/
Moveworks is a cloud-based AI platform, purpose-built for large enterprises, that solves one, big, frustrating problem: Resolving employees’ IT support issues. Instead of tracking issues, Moveworks uses advanced AI to solve them, instantly and automatically - with no human intervention. Moveworks is pre-trained to understand IT support issues, so it delivers right away and continues to get smarter with every interaction. Moveworks enables IT teams at companies like Broadcom, Autodesk, Nutanix, Medallia and Western Digital to deliver a radically better employee experience using machine learning and AI.https://www.moveworks.ai/
OpenText is the leader in Enterprise Information Management, helping customers to create a Digital-First World by simplifying, transforming, and accelerating their information needs. Over 100,000 customers already use OpenText solutions, either on premises or in our cloud.http://www.opentext.com/
8x8 is transforming the future of business communications with XCaaS™ (eXperience Communications as a Service™). 8x8 XCaaS is the only integrated platform for contact center, voice, video meetings, team chat, and CPaaS embeddable APIs. Unlike multi-vendor environments, 8x8 XCaaS provides platform-wide reliability, lowers costs, boosts employee productivity and customer engagement, and delivers intelligence through AI-powered experiences and insights. More than 2.5 million people around the world rely on 8x8 to collaborate quicker, work smarter, and serve customers better with real-time analytics across every interaction. For organizations relying on Microsoft Teams for collaboration, 8x8 offers its 8x8 Voice for Microsoft Teams direct routing solution and 8x8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams which is certified by Microsoft. 8x8 Voice for Microsoft Teams provides advanced telephony and contact center capabilities to further empower Microsoft Teams users. Today, more than 150,000 users rely on 8x8 for advanced communications for Teams. 8x8 is a ten-time Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide and seven-time Challenger in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS).https://www.8x8.com/
Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multicloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps, and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics, and 24/7/365 monitoring.https://www.akamai.com
BetterCloud is the leading SaaS Management Platform (SMP) that enables IT professionals to discover, manage and secure the growing stack of SaaS applications in the digital workplace. With an expanding ecosystem of SaaS integrations, thousands of forward thinking organizations like Zoom, Walmart, and Square now rely on BetterCloud to automate processes and policies across their cloud application portfolio. A pioneer of the SaaSOps movement, BetterCloud has built a community of more than 45K IT professionals who are embracing the new role of SaaSOps within IT organizations. The company launched the first-ever annual SaasOps-focused conference, Altitude, and publishes annually the definitive market research report, State of SaaSOps, on the market and category. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, CA and Atlanta, GA. The company's total amount raised to date is $187 million. Investors include Warburg Pincus, Accel, Bain Capital Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, and Greycroft Partners.https://www.bettercloud.com/
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 4,500 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. The company has over 1,500 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/
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 565,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.https://www.fortinet.com/
Nutanix offers a single platform to run all your apps and data across multiple clouds while simplifying operations and reducing complexity. Trusted by companies worldwide, Nutanix powers hybrid multicloud environments efficiently and cost effectively. This enables companies to focus on successful business outcomes and new innovations.https://www.nutanix.com
Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. For more information, visit www.paloaltonetworks.com.www.paloaltonetworks.com
RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a leading provider of business cloud communications and contact center solutions based on its powerful Message Video Phone™ (MVP™) global platform. More flexible and cost effective than legacy on-premises PBX and video conferencing systems that it replaces, RingCentral empowers modern mobile and distributed workforces to communicate, collaborate, and connect via any mode, any device, and any location. RingCentral offers three key products in its portfolio including RingCentral MVP™, a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform including team messaging, video meetings, and cloud phone system; RingCentral Video™, the company's video meetings solution with team messaging that enables Smart Video Meetings™; and RingCentral cloud Contact Center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading third-party business applications and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.https://www.ringcentral.com/
SafeGuard Cyber protects the human connections businesses need to thrive in a digital world. Our award-winning platform utilizes a unique mix of direct API integration, Natural Language Understanding, advanced policy engines, and deep relationships with cloud-based digital platforms to give you unmatched, real-time monitoring and mitigation on over 50 cloud communication channels. With SafeGuard installed your team can use whatever tools they wish to do what they do best: create value and drive growth.https://www.safeguardcyber.com/
Tonkean is the OS for Business Operations, empowering operations teams to rapidly improve efficiency with an enterprise-grade, composable automation platform. By allowing ops teams to automate, monitor, and manage mission-critical business processes with no-code, while still maintaining compliance and security, Tonkean enables enterprises to accelerate operational velocity at scale. The Tonkean platform makes automating complex business processes simple and accessible to non-developers, such as business operations teams and process owners, by abstracting the high technical barrier and coding expertise needed to deliver robust, enterprise-grade process solutions via composability. Ops teams compose custom process solutions using building blocks called “enterprise components” or ECs. ECs are modular, interchangeable, and reusable capabilities that perform actions or complete steps in a business process. ECs are fully governed and curated, typically by IT. They can be adopted from vendors or custom built, or they can simply be extensions of existing tools and systems. This allows ops and process experts to rapidly build holistic process solutions that can work with different systems, easily adapt to changing needs, and measure cross-functional KPIs–all with no-code and no change management. Enterprises like Google, EVERSANA, Instacart, Grubhub, Crypto.com, and more rely on Tonkean to optimize and align their operations across functions—including sales, marketing, customer support, legal, finance, and more. With Tonkean, enterprises can expand the pie of who can deliver software to make a world of Makers.https://tonkean.com/
Upwork is the world’s largest work marketplace that connects businesses with independent talent from across the globe. We serve everyone from one-person startups to large, Fortune 100 enterprises with a powerful, trust-driven platform that enables companies and talent to work together in new ways that unlock their potential. Our talent community earned over $3.8 billion on Upwork in 2022 across more than 10,000 skills in categories including website & app development, creative & design, customer support, finance & accounting, consulting, and operations.https://www.upwork.com/enterprise/
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.https://zoom.us
Zscaler, the only zero trust platform that securely connects any user, any device, and any app over any network. Back in the day when your users were all on the network and your applications resided in your physical data center, it made sense to establish a secure perimeter around your network. But those days are over, the perimeter is gone, and network security is all but irrelevant. Instead, you need to put your defenses and controls where the connections occur— the internet — so that every connection is fast and secure, no matter how or where users connect or where their applications reside. By moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud and untethering employees from their desks, you can realize tremendous advantages in productivity, agility, and cost containment. With our 100% cloud built secure platform, Zscaler can help you make the move to the cloud, securely.https://www.zscaler.com/
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 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
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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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.caVisit us at www.ciocan.ca
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
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