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2023 Toronto CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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Visionary Leadership:  Driving a Modern AI Enterprise and Secure Digital Agenda

Inflationary pressures and other macro-economic challenges are creating headwinds for technology executives and fellow members of the C-suite to execute on and achieve strategic goals through 2023. The fast-changing socio-economic landscape is prompting technology executives to become more creative than ever and to draw upon authentic and inclusive leadership skills to inspire their teams.

Global economic challenges are creating unique opportunities for business technology executives to foster a collaborative culture, embrace fresh innovative approaches, and develop strong partnerships to leverage hot technologies such as AI, ChatGPT, cloud platforms and cyber technologies to securely move the needle for the business and win in tumultuous times.

Here are the four prevailing leadership and technology trends that HMG Strategy will be focusing on throughout its 2023 Executive Leadership Summit Series:

  • Innovation & Invention to Spur Revenue Growth
  • Fostering World-Class Collaboration and Teaming
  • Harnessing Advanced Technology to Drive Cost Reduction
  • Securing a Global Digital Agenda



  • Maria Aiello
    Global Head of Private Market & Real Estate Technology
    Manulife Financial

  • Sultan Akif
    Digital Unicorn Account Executive, Central Canada

    Sultan Akif is an AI expert and responsible for the Digital Unicorn business for Central Canada at Microsoft. Across a 23+ year career, Sultan has worked as a Chief Architect, Worldwide Director, serial entrepreneur, and change maker around the world.. He is a published author who has traveled to and inspired leaders in 85+ countries in over 180 keynotes and built 43 libraries in 14 countries. His goal in life is to unleash human potential by helping people and communities transform through power of purpose and the power of technology.”

  • Nastaran Bisheban
    KFC Canada

    A passionate technologist, and seasoned transformational leader. A software engineer and computer scientist by education, a certified Project Manager that holds an MBA in Leadership. A public speaker on various disciplines of technology and data strategy with a Harvard Business School executive leadership program training to round it all.

    Challenges status quo and conventional practices; is an advocate for taking calculated risk and following the principal of continues improvement.

    With multiple computer software and project management publications she is a strategic mentor and board member on various non-profit organizations including CIO Canada and Conestoga colleague.

    Nastaran sees the world a better place only when everyone has a seat at the table and is an active advocate for diversity and inclusion.

  • Danny Brickman
    Founder and CEO

  • Nabil Bukhari
    Chief Technology & Product Officer
    Extreme Networks

  • Roman Coba
    VP Technology and CIO
    Federated Co-operatives Limited

  • John Comacchio
    SVP & CIO
    Teknion Corporation

    John Comacchio is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Teknion Corporation, where he is responsible for providing enterprise-wide technology vision, leadership and management. He is a member of the Leadership Team and the Executive Committee. Previously, John was a Principal at KPMG Consulting, General Manager US Interactive Toronto, the Information Technology Officer at Nissan Canada, and a member of the Nissan North America CIO Council. John sits on a series of Advisory Boards, bringing external strategic insights into view through his expertise, skills, and knowledge. A believer in sharing direct experience and effective leadership skills, he is passionate about mentorship and developing the next generation of digital leaders who will be fully capable of meeting the complex challenges and expectations of our times. John holds a Master of Business Administration, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

  • Yatin Dhareshwar
    VP of Digital Services
    YASH Technologies, Inc.

    Yatin Dhareshwar leads a team of Digital Transformation enablers engaged in providing thought leadership and technical advice, defining IT strategy and roadmaps, creating new products and services, optimizing business processes and reducing technical debt. He has over 35 years of industry experience, 15 of which is with the YASH family.

  • Dr. Cindy Gordon
    AI and Ethics - Adjunct Professor
    George Brown College

    Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO and Founder, SalesChoice), a SaaS AI Software platform that solves diverse complex AI use cases in Predictive Sales Forecasting and Employee Engagement Mood Analytics. The company also has a Data Science as a Services (DSaaS) offering helping clients to advance their AI Strategy, Design, and Build Models, ensuring Responsible AI practices are core to all their operating processes.

    Cindy is an expert in solving complex Business Strategy and IT Innovation and Growth challenges. She brings deep expertise in SaaS, Software, Enterprise Technology, Customer Relationship Management, Predictive Analytics, AI, Data Sciences and Enterprise Advanced Analytics solutioning. She also has extensive business transformation and change management expertise to advance technology adoption and alignment practices to achieve Performance Excellence and Customer Focus. In addition to these skills, she has been a GM at Xerox running an Outsourcing Portfolio, and also oversaw all large-scale transformation operating practices for sales operations, and service operations, for a $600M operating unit. She also was an Accenture Partner responsible for running a NA (NE) Strategy and Change Transformation Portfolio for Accenture, a $3B LOB. leading complex CRM and Sales Transformational Strategy and Change Programs in major brands like DHL, Ryder Logistics, Sony, etc.  She has also held senior leadership roles at Xerox Canada ($1B), overseeing sales and service transformation/ operational modernization (s),  and operating a P&L for their Outsourcing LOB.  and Venture Capitalist. "SC" under Cindy’s leadership has won many awards: Top CEO in Digital Innovation - 2022 Bonhill Award, Mindbrige CEO of the Year Award for AI, ITWC Digital Disruption Award for AI, EY and CATA, Sara Kirke CEO Innovator Award, Start-up Canada AI Entrepreneur of the Year, both a National and Regional Award Winner, Top 100 Silicon Valley Companies to watch, Hot Vendor of the Year by Aragon research, etc, and most recently she was awarded an Honorary Applied AI Doctorate recognition from George Brown College.  Cindy is a global thought leader with 14 books in the market and recently released a new book, The AI Dilemma.  She is also a Forbes AI Board Advisor, an Adjunct AI Ethics/Strategy Professor at George Brown College, and a Board AI Advisor at Forbes and also at the University of Arizona. In 2022, she was recognized as one of the Top AI Global Influencers by Onaytica. She is a Board Advisor of the International AI Forum and is the Conference Chair in Nov 2022 focused on AI Modernization. She is also a Governor General Award Winner for her Technology Innovation Leadership advancing STEM and Innovation across Canada. Most recently she completed her ICD Board Certification to further advance her board director and governance leadership skills. Academically, Dr. Gordon has a doctorate from the University of Toronto (“Complexity Science and Technology”, and a Masters of Education from the University of Alberta (“Smart Wallets/ Smart Technology (Telematics). She has also completed advanced AI Graduate studies from MIT on AI Business Strategy (2021). Dr. Gordon is very active in the international and national AI communities, and sits on the: AI Forum Board of Advisors, Forbes AI Board of Advisors, and most recently she was  an International Judge for AI Business Models at the Women in the June AI International Conference, and the Global AI Forum Conference as a Keynote. Board and Leadership Governance are key strengths of Dr. Cindy Gordon and managing complex transformation programs. Most recently, Cindy completed her ICD Board Certification and is passionate about ethics, transparency and strategy alignment with technology modernization programs (AI, IoT, Relationship Intelligence, Mood Health & Wellness). 

  • Ron Ijack
    VP, Information Strategy & Systems

    Ron Ijack joined Roots in 2021, bringing with him more than two decades of diverse IT experience. Prior to joining Roots, Ron was the VP of Application Development at Canada Goose for two years. In addition to retail, Ron held increasingly senior roles in various industries including the software start-up Upstream Works and multimedia companies the Globe & Mail and Postmedia. He has spent his career running software development, web development, project management teams and agile transformations. In his role at Roots, Ron oversees all IT responsibilities including, IT and retail support, cybersecurity and networking, web and integration development, reporting, and data management. Currently, he is working on modernizing the technical stack, system integrations, and cloud migration.

  • Martin Jepil
    Principal, Global VP, Enterprise Architecture & Integration
    Avison Young

    Martin Jepil is a global technology leader with over 25 years of experience managing technology teams, driving innovation and transformation.  He has held several prominent IT roles with Fortune 50 companies across several industries, including top-tier banking and insurance, manufacturing, consulting services and enterprise architecture.  As an experienced business and digital transformation executive, Mr. Jepil has a proven track record of connecting strategic thinking with technology execution to achieve excellence and deliver bottom line results.  Martin Jepil drives results by partnering with corporate boards and management teams during various phases of the technology and business cycle which include but are not limited to enterprise technology reviews, due diligence, integration planning, and enterprise architecture.  Mr. Jepil holds a degree in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology.

  • Arik Kalininsky

  • Marc Knoop
    Chief Technology Officer

    Marc Knoop finds himself in the privileged position of guiding the Technology team at TRAFFIX, a prominent third-party logistics provider with a steadfast presence in the North American transportation sector since 1979. Throughout the past 3 years, a notable technological evolution has been unfolding at TRAFFIX, transitioning it into an exclusive realm of cloud-based operations. Alongside this transition, the organization has embarked on a journey to harness the capabilities of cutting-edge technologies, including automation, machine learning, and AI. With a career spanning over a quarter-century, Marc's diverse experience spans numerous verticals, encompassing both humble startups and vast multinational conglomerates.

  • Kyoko Kobayashi
    Managing Partner
    CIOs Beyond Borders Group

  • Kin Lee-Yow
    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).

  • Thierry Leroux-Demers
    Principal Enterprise Architect

    Thierry is an IT professional focused on delivering value through technology. As an Enterprise Architect at Manulife, he contributed to planning and launching modernization programs for Group Benefits and Retirement Services totalling $500M, created a new agile Architecture Governance model, spearheaded tooling and process improvements for application portfolio management and co-drafted a global improvement roadmap for observability and monitoring. In addition to specific programs, Thierry participates in cross-segment executive bodies where cybersecurity and technology direction is set for the entire company. He is also an AI enthusiast and likes to learn about science advancements, history, and foreign cultures.

    Prior to Manulife, Thierry held leadership roles in small high-tech companies in Montreal and Ottawa serving the Telecom and Retail sectors, such as Eftia OSS Solutions, Optimal Robotics and Radialpoint. In even earlier days, he did contract work in other industries, including financial services, nuclear research operations and industrial, shop-floor computing.

    Thierry has a Computer Engineering degree and an MBA from universities in the Montreal area. During his studies, he spent one semester as guest researcher in applied AI at Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering.

  • Michael Lin
    Travelers Canada

    Michael Lin Chief Information Officer, Travelers Canada Michael Lin is an experienced executive with over 25 years of leadership in information technology and cybersecurity for large enterprise organizations. Currently he serves as the Chief Information Officer and head of Strategic Planning and Execution at Travelers Canada, a leading property and casualty insurance provider. In his role as CIO, Michael is responsible for leading the technology function and collaborating with business and international partners to develop and implement solutions and security programs that support the company’s long-term objectives, with a particular focus on enhancing technology and innovation capabilities across the organization. Prior to his current position, Michael was the Senior Vice President and CIO at Lifeworks, a human resources technology company providing consulting, outsourcing and wellness services. There he oversaw software engineering cybersecurity, infrastructure, and technology strategy globally, which included product research and development and the establishment of an AI center of excellence. Before joining Lifeworks, Michael held various leadership positions at CIBC, Aviva, IBM and 724 Solutions. Additionally, Michael is an active member of several organizations, including being on the Board of Directors for Facility Association and serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center of Study of Insurance Operations.

  • Israel Martinez
    CEO and Global CTO
    Axon Global

    Israel is a professional in cyber strategy and innovation empowering boards and companies that have decided to reclaim cyber dominance.  He’s recognized as an expert in Cyber Enterprise Risk Management, as well as an NACD Full Board Member and Leadership Fellow, obtaining the highest credentials for Board Directorship. His board experience includes training directors, advisory and board service with: F500; National Bar Associations; American University Kogod Cyber Governance Center; The Association for Corporate Growth, representing 14K companies; Globes International (Tel Aviv’s “WSJ”); the Global Manufacturing ISAO, sharing threat information for 29K companies; and the Axon Global Alliance®. Martinez is also an accomplished thought leader and speaker with appearances in: The WSJ MarketWatch ®, NACD ® Annual Board Leadership Conferences, DHS Office of Analysis & Intelligence training conferences, Forbes CEO Conferences, CIO Magazine, U.S. Federal Reserve, and U.S. Congress.  As the CEO of Axon Global Services, recognized as leaders by the U.S. Secret Service and DHS, he is currently an advisor in cyber to the President’s 100-day team. He’s the recipient of, the HITEC top 100, The U.S. Senatorial Medal of Freedom (also awarded to Ronald Reagan and General Schwarzkopf), and his recent post graduate certifications include; business strategy at Harvard, Intelligence Analysis (TCOLE) at SMU, Cyber Counter Terrorism & Defense at DHS, and FINTECH Blockchain at MIT (2017). 

  • Wahid Mohammad

    Wahid Mohammad, an active CIOCAN board member and CEO of PlektonLabs, has a rich IT industry background. His career highlights include developing enterprise integration solutions, tackling diverse IT challenges, and significantly influencing businesses across North America. His work, supported by numerous scientific journal publications, has facilitated the transition of businesses from outdated infrastructures to efficient digital ecosystems.

    Away from his professional life, Wahid is a passionate backcountry hiker, reflecting his love for exploration and pushing boundaries. As a constant learner, Wahid finds a way to use technology's transformative potential to create a better world where everyone has access to the resources they need.

  • Hunter Muller
    Founder 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.

  • Farooq Naiyer
    Global Lead Technology and Cyber Assurance
    Munich Re

    With 20 years of rich experience  in the area of cybersecurity, privacy, technology compliance and assurance.
    Currently serving as the global lead for technology and cyber assurance at  “ Munich Re” . Which is one of the leading Reinsurance company globally.

    He was formerly the CISO for ORION, The largest Research and Education Network In Canada and vCSIO for Ontario Higher ed. He has also held C-suite roles in leading financial institutions in the Middle East and south Asia. And has prior had association Big 4 consulting firms.

    In recognition of the IS initiatives undertaken as the CISO of DIB Bank he was awarded the CSO Compass Award in 2010. He was also awarded the Presidential Award by EC Council in 2019 for organising the first EC Council CISO forum in Canada and for leading the charge to make Certified CISO the standard in Canada.

    He has delivered lectures at some of the leading universities in North America and South Asia on IT Assurance, Information Security Management and IT Compliance. And conducted several workshops in the same area.
    He has served on the Board of Directors of the local chapters of Information Systems Audit and Control Association – in the past. He serves on the governing body of leading Cyber security conferences in North America. He also serves on the advisory board for Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst by EC Council. He has also served as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for AI-Hub at Durham College, Ontario and an advisory board member for the Masters in Cybersecurity & Threat Intelligence program at University of Guelph

  • Raanan Raz
    CEO and co-Founder

    Raanan Raz is the co-founder and CEO of Avalor. He has more than 20 years of experience in big data solutions, with a focus on making complex data easy to use. 

    He holds multiple patents in the field of big data platforms and analytics.
    Prior to founding Avalor, Raanan was VP of R&D at Salesforce, where he led the company's big data initiatives. 

  • Lilian Seidaros
    CISO & Vice President, IT Infrastructure

    Lilian has an impressive career as the CISO and VP of IT Infrastructure at 360insights, where she provides strategic leadership to deliver innovative and secure technology solutions. It's also inspiring to know that she has a passion for helping women in STEM programs and leads the women360 community at 360insights.

    Prior to joining 360insights, Lilian worked in the electronic medical records industry, where she helped companies grow to meet the growing demand for technology and security in the healthcare industry.

    In addition to her work in technology, Lilian has a passion for helping women in STEM programs including her leadership role with the women360 community at 360insights, mentoring and growing women within the company.

    Outside of work, Lilian enjoys spending time with her family in Durham Region with her husband and 2 kids.  She enjoys jig saw puzzles, playing basketball with her son and listening to music with a good beat.    

  • Yasemin Sezer
    Executive Director

  • Jamal Shah
    Senior Advisor and IT Program/Project Delivery Leader
    BroadView Consultants Inc

  • Zia Shah
    CISO and Executive Director

  • Corinne Sharp
    Co-Founder / CMO
    The WIT Network

    Corinne Sharp has been working in the IT sector for over 30 years leading sales, marketing, and channel teams both at Fortune 100 companies as well as start up and re-imagined software companies. As an agent of change she is focused on strategic direction with execution excellence to build talent, operational efficiency with a growth mindset. Operating in the world of channels, alliances and partnerships to achieve scaled growth is an area of expertise she brings to the table as a connector of people and businesses. 

    • She is the Co-Founder and CMO of The WIT Network, a global and local organization focused supporting women in their pursuits of careers in the technology sector. The WIT Network have over 10,000 global members with corporate partners leveraging their programming as part of their DEI and women’s ERG strategies.
    • As the President Emeritus of the Canadian Channel Chief’s Council, Corinne is active within the Canadian technology ecosystem supporting business growth and collaboration across the industry. This C-level peer group of Channel Chiefs in partnership with ITWC brings economic focus and growth to the Canadian tech sector.
    • Corinne Sharp led her own consulting practice Sharp Perspective Inc. (SPI) from 2012-2021. SPI worked with organizations from start-ups through to global organizations on their sales, channel, and management strategies. She was an Executive-in-Residence with two Canadian innovation centers where she coached and worked with start ups on their go-to-market strategies.

    Corinne has held leadership roles with Microsoft, General Electric, Orkestra and Shinydocs in both Enterprise and SMB organizations. At Microsoft, she built and managed the largest Canadian partner ecosystem and was accountable for the health and results across resellers, solution integrators, distributors and cloud partners with world class partner satisfaction. Along with the direct sales and channel leadership roles, Corinne was accountable for the Enterprise Sales Strategy team to build sales disciplines, processes, compensation plans and organizational blueprints to ensure high performing sales forces including the management team. Sharing these global experiences and key learnings is what drives her to help other organizations.

    With all these passions and business pursuits, along with being a wife, mom and DEI advocate, Corinne's energy and spirit is contagious.

  • Manoj Tiwary
    Subaru Canada

    Manoj Tiwary is a results-driven leader with over 25 years of experience in information technology, including 20+ years in leadership roles. He has expertise in software application development, ERP, infrastructure management, cyber security, digital, big data analytics and program/project management. Manoj is a hands-on and solutions-oriented leader who has proven success in managing large-scale global IT projects and running daily IT operations. Manoj holds the position of CIO at Subaru Canada, where he is responsible for end-to-end delivery of technology services, infrastructure, websites, program & platform management for corporate staff, warehouses, and Subaru’s dealer network across Canada. Prior to joining Subaru Canada, Manoj held multiple leadership roles at Nielsen, where he was responsible for the support of consumer and business applications and oversaw the development of modern technology platforms for the TV Audience Measurement, Gaming, Music, and other Digital portfolio within Nielsen.

  • Dan Turchin

    Dan Turchin is the CEO and Founder of PeopleReign (www.peoplereign.io), the leading AI platform for employee service automation. Prior to PeopleReign, Dan was the CEO of AIOps leader InsightFinder. Previously, he co-founded Astound, an AI-first enterprise platform for HR and IT, and was Vice President of Product at DevOps leader BigPanda, Chief Product Officer at security analytics company AccelOps (now Fortinet), and a Senior Director of Product Strategy at ServiceNow. He serves on the board of Auger, the open-source automated machine learning framework. He also served as a founding board member at Rhomobile prior to its acquisition by Motorola.In 2000, Dan co-founded Aeroprise and served as CEO until it was acquired in 2010 by BMC Software. He is an active angel investor and advisor with a portfolio of more than 30 companies. Dan has published over 100 episodes of AI and the Future of Work, the most downloaded podcast about the future of work. Dan’s passionate about building great teams that build great products that solve hard problems that change lives. He’s a big fan of Orwell, Dr. Seuss, youth soccer, adventure sports, and Tynker.

  • Eric Whaley
    Wolseley Canada Inc.

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

  • Gini Wong
    Head of IT

    Gini Wong is a seasoned IT executive with a breath of experience in business transformation and operations across multiple industries (financial, wealth management, government, and large equipment dealers). Gini is a strategic partner focused on team building and delivering Enterprise IT strategies and solutions aligned with business goals. She uses her strong experience in software development, program management, Agile transformation, Thought Leadership to deliver a positive impact to companies. Gini is a recognized leader in executing transformational change.  She also serves on the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) Toronto Board.

    Gini holds a Master and Bachelor’s Degree in System Engineering and Engineering Management, and has graduated from Program Management of McMaster University,  Strategic Leadership of University of Toronto, CISSP and completed a number of other business and technology-related certifications.


October 3, 2023, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM ET


8:00 - 9:00 AM 

Breakfast and Networking

9:00 - 9:20 AM                                                                      

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy and co-host Kyoko Kobayashi, Managing Partner, CIOs Beyond Borders Group

9:20 - 9:30 AM                                                                                                

EXPERT TECH TALK:  AI and the Future of Work: How to Thrive in the Era of ChatGPT

Dan Turchin, CEO, PeopleReign

AI, machine learning and technologies such as ChatGPT are beginning to revolutionize the future of work. Technologies such as ChatGPT are redefining how humans and bots will work together. In this timely and thought-provoking executive discussion, Dan will explore how AI and automation is changing the nature of work, how it will impact the day-to-day lives of executives and employees, the potential ‘gotchas’ associated with AI along with the interdependence between humans and machines.

9:30 – 10:05 AM                                                                                          

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Visionary Leadership:  Driving a Modern AI Enterprise and a Secure Digital Agenda

Moderator: Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Maria Aiello, Global Head of Private Market & Real Estate Technology, Manulife Financial

Roman Coba, VP Technology and CIO, Federated Co-operatives Limited

John Comacchio, SVP and CIO, Teknion Corporation

Ron Ijack, VP, Information Strategy & Systems, Roots

Global economic challenges are creating unique opportunities for business technology executives to foster a collaborative culture, embrace fresh innovative approaches, and develop strong partnerships to leverage hot technologies such as AI, ChatGPT, cloud platforms and cyber technologies to securely move the needle for the business and win in tumultuous times. At the same time, tech leaders will need to remain laser focused on new ransomware, phishing and crypto mining attacks amidst budgetary pressures.

In this powerful Executive Panel discussion, world-class CIOs and technology executives will share the steps they’ve taken to cultivate a collaborative culture and embrace innovative approaches to position their companies to succeed in a challenging environment while securing the hybrid workplace.

10:05 - 10:10 AM

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation to Roman Coba, VP Technology and CIO, Federated Co-operatives Limited and John Comacchio, SVP and CIO, Teknion Corporation

10:10 – 10:35 AM                                                                              

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:35 – 11:10 AM                                                                               

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Tapping Innovative Technologies and Partnerships to Drive Cost Containment and Power Business Growth

Moderator:  Michael Lin, CIO, Travelers Canada

Yatin Dhareshwar, VP of Digital Services, YASH Technologies

Martin Jepil, Principal, Global VP, Enterprise Architecture & Integration, Avison Young

Marc Knoop, CTO, Traffix

Manoj Tiwary, CIO, Subaru Canada

Eric Whaley, CIO, Wolseley Canada Inc.

Many technology executives find themselves between a rock and a hard place. CEOs and CFOs are leaning on CIOs and technology leaders to find ways to reduce costs in a tight economy. On the other hand, technology executives are being counted upon to utilize hot technologies that can spark new business innovation and to support digital business models.

This panel of executives will share use cases for advanced technologies and partnerships that can lower costs and drive new business value.

11:10 - 11:35 AM                                                                                 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:35 AM - 12:00 NOON                                                                             

START-UP SHOWCASE:  The HMG Innovation Accelerator

CEOs from top technology startups will share the challenges they solve for clients, the innovation they deliver to companies, and how their solutions are differentiated in the market. They will also provide insights into the current state of the startup landscape, and how CIOs can leverage startups to accelerate their businesses’ success. The panelists will be available to answer questions and provide feedback on how their respective solutions can help CIOs succeed.

Moderator:   Emily Heath, General Partner, Cyberstarts

Raanan Raz, CEO and co-Founder, Avalor

Danny Brickman, Founder and CEO, Oasis Security

12:00 - 1:00 PM                                                                            

Lunch and Networking

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

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation and Photo

Kin Lee-Yow, CIO, CAA Club Group

Roman Coba, VP Technology and CIO, Federated Co-operatives Limited

John Comacchio, SVP and CIO, Teknion Corporation

Martin Jepil, Principal, Global VP, Enterprise Architecture & Integration, Avison Young

Naveen Kumar, Partner & Lead, Canadian Payments Practice, Capco

Presented by:  Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy and August Pelliccio, Managing Editor - Digital, HMG Strategy


1:00 - 1:35 PM


EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Security Innovation:  Going Beyond Protection to Make Security a Competitive Advantage

Moderator:  Gini Wong, Head of IT, MUFG

Israel Martinez, CEO and Global CTO, Axon Global

Farooq Naiyer, Global Lead Technology and Cyber Assurance, Munich Re Specialty Insurance

Lilian Seidaros, CISO & Vice President, IT Infrastructure, 360insights

Cybersecurity strategies are often developed with a defensive mindset. But for companies that have strong safeguards in place, this can provide them with a competitive advantage over industry rivals – especially if they are using AI to help strengthen their posture.

In this timely and compelling executive panel discussion, CISOs and security leaders will share how cybersecurity can provide organizations with a competitive edge along with the steps that can be taken to do so and the role that AI can play in these efforts.


1:35 - 1:40 PM

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation to Kin Lee-Yow, CIO, CAA Club Group and Naveen Kumar, Partner & Lead, Canadian Payments Practice, Capco

1:40 - 2:00 PM


Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:00 – 2:40 PM                                                                                   

BREAKTHROUGH INSIGHTS PANEL: Generative AI:  Will it Revolutionize the Customer Experience?

Moderator:  Arik Kalininsky, CEO, Dalikoo

Sultan Akif, Digital Unicorn Account Executive Central Canada, Microsoft

Dr. Cindy Gordon, AI and Ethics - Adjunct Professor, George Brown College

Thierry Leroux-Demers, Principal Enterprise Architect, Manulife

Wahid Mohammad, CEO, PlektonLabs

Zia Shah, CISO and Executive Director, KPMG

A looming recession and softening business conditions have prompted many senior leadership teams to focus on cost cutting. Nevertheless, business technology leaders are still being counted upon to help drive innovation and to create new revenue opportunities. One way to do that is by leveraging artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT and Generative AI to unearth fresh insights into customer preferences and shifting behaviors that can then spur new business opportunities ahead of the market. 

In this executive panel discussion, world-class CIOs, technology leaders and industry executives share their recommendations for utilizing customer data and AI tools to mine new business opportunities and to monetize data more effectively.

2:40 - 3:00 PM                                                                                   

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:00 - 3:25 PM                                                                                    


EXECUTIVE PANEL:  The Female Tech Leader as Enterprise Change Agent to Enable a Digital Business

Moderator:  Kyoko Kobayashi, Managing Partner, CIOs Beyond Borders Group

Nastaran Bisheban, CTO, KFC Canada

Kin Lee-Yow, CIO, CAA Club Group

Yasemin Sezer, Executive Director, CAPCO

Corinne Sharp, Co-Founder / CMO, The WIT Network

Female technology executives have an incredible opportunity to act as enterprise change agents as they sit at the intersection of how technology can be leveraged to drive transformative change across the organization. But to pilot such dramatic changes across the organization, bold leadership is needed to execute on digital business opportunities and go-to-market strategies while guiding the cultural transformation that’s needed to succeed.

In this captivating executive panel discussion, world-class business technology executives will share how they are applying an innovative approach to help to transform their companies’ business models and to guide the cultural evolution needed for the digital enterprise to fire on all cylinders.

3:35 - 4:00 PM                                                                                   

Closing Remarks & Raffle Prizes

Platinum Partners

  • YASH Technologies, Inc.

    YASH Technologies focuses on enabling customers to succeed and drive IT business transformation. As a leading technology services and outsourcing partner for medium, large and fast growing global customers, we leverage technology and our flexible delivery models to drive performance and business value throughout a customer's enterprise. YASH Customer centric engagement and managed services delivery framework integrate specialized domain and consulting capabilities with proprietary methodologies and solution Offerings to provision application, infrastructure and end user focused right-sourcing services. Headquartered in the United States with Delivery and Sales Centers globally, YASH serves its customers across six continents.

Gold Partners

  • Tanium

    Tanium, the industry’s only provider of converged endpoint management (XEM), protects every team, endpoint, and workflow from cyber threats by integrating IT, Compliance, Security, and Risk into a single platform that delivers comprehensive visibility across devices, a unified set of controls, and a common taxonomy for a single shared purpose: to protect critical information and infrastructure at scale. State and local governments, educational institutions, federal civilian agencies and the U.S. armed forces trust Tanium to protect people; defend data; secure systems; and see and control every endpoint, team, and workflow everywhere. That’s the power of certainty.

  • Twilio, Inc.

    Twilio’s trusted Customer  Engagement Platform empowers you to build uniquely personal relationships at scale with customers around the globe. Create data driven, meaningful relationships with your customers across every digital channel with the ability to unlock all of your data, at unrivaled global scale, and built-in intelligence at every layer.

  • Aptum

    Aptum enables customers to control and optimize workloads across hyperscale, regional, private, and edge cloud platforms. We are a global Consulting and Managed Service Provider of high-performance hybrid multi-cloud solutions with integrated cloud networking. As a platform-agnostic Managed Service Provider, we deliver truly comprehensive solutions that drive business value, enabling you to Own Your Destiny in the Cloud™.

  • Netskope

    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.


Supporting Partners

  • Aisera

    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.

  • Illumio

    Illumio enables organizations to realize a future without high-profile breaches by preventing the lateral movement of attackers across any organization. Founded on the principle of least privilege in 2013, Illumio provides visibility and segmentation for endpoints, data centers or clouds. The world’s leading organizations, including Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Salesforce, and Oracle NetSuite, trust Illumio to reduce cyber risk.


Trailblazer Partners

  • Avalor

    Avalor is the data fabric for security teams, providing quick access and analysis of disparate data pipelines overlayed with business critical context. Avalor's open data platform takes a modern, source-agnostic approach to security – dynamically ingesting, normalizing, and enriching data from any source (legacy systems, data lakes, data warehouses, sql databases, applications, etc.) to build a complete picture of all weaknesses or adversaries (CVE, code flaw, misconfigurations, app security findings, external attack surface risk, third party risk, user behavior risk, etc.). With Avalor, organizations can embed business context and KPIs into prioritization workflows and achieve full cycle risk assessment, remediation, and reporting while expanding into additional use cases with full transparency of their data.

  • Oasis

Marketplace Partners

  • 8x8, Inc.

    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).

  • Akamai

    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.

  • BetterCloud

    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.

  • 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 4,500 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.

  • Fortinet

    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.

  • Nutanix

    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.

  • Palo Alto Networks

    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.

  • RingCentral

    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.

  • SafeGuard Cyber

    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.

  • Tonkean

    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.

  • Upwork

    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.

  • Zoom

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

  • Zscaler

    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.

  • Netskope

    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.

  • Box

    Box (NYSE:BOX) is the leading Content Cloud, a single platform that empowers organizations to manage the entire content lifecycle, work securely from anywhere, and integrate across best-of-breed apps. Founded in 2005, Box simplifies work for leading global organizations, including AstraZeneca, JLL, and Nationwide. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Visit box.com to learn more. And visit box.org to learn more about how Box empowers nonprofits to fulfill their missions.

  • SAP

    As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run better by redefining ERP and creating networks of intelligent enterprises that provide transparency, resiliency, and sustainability across supply chains. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enables our customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference worldwide.

  • Ping Identity

    Ping Identity provides secure and seamless digital experiences for your employees, partners and customers. We do it by securely connecting users to cloud, mobile, and on-premises applications and APIs while managing identity and profile data at scale.

  • Delphix

    Delphix is the industry leader for DevOps test data management. Businesses need to transform application delivery but struggle to balance speed with data security and compliance. Our DevOps Data Platform automates data security, while rapidly deploying test data to accelerate application releases. With Delphix, customers modernize applications, adopt multi-cloud, achieve CI/CD, and recover from downtime events such as ransomware up to 2x faster. Leading companies, including Choice Hotels, and Fannie Mae, use Delphix to accelerate digital transformation and enable zero trust data management. Visit us at www.delphix.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

  • LastPass

    • LastPass is an award-winning password manager which helps more than 33 million registered users organize and protect their online lives. For more than 100,000 businesses of all sizes, LastPass provides password and identity management solutions that are convenient, easy to manage, and effortless to use. From enterprise password management and single sign-on to adaptive multi-factor authentication, LastPass for Business gives superior control to IT and frictionless access to users.


Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

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

  • Heidrick & Struggles

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

  • Korn Ferry

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

  • Spencer Stuart

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


Alliance Partners

  • Greylock Partners

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

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

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

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Cyberstarts

    We have spent years building industry leading companies. We bring this trove of experience and relationships to every venture we invest in. Cyberstarts was the brainchild of many deep conversations with our most successful cyber peers to distill the holy grail that enabled us to build important companies. It soon became clear that the trajectory to success is determined at a venture’s earliest start. That our deep inside perspective and highly engaged network during this critical earliest stage were unique ingredients in our successes. By aggregating these close relationships for entrepreneurs who we believe in, we knew that we can create incredible value for our tight network of CISOs who enjoy the earliest access to solutions that they help to define. These peers became investors and Cyberstarts became the only VC primarily funded by the industry’s most successful cybersecurity founders.

  • GTM Capital

    GTM Capital is singularly focused on helping our portfolio companies gain a massive competitive advantage by rapidly accelerating customer traction.


Association Partners

  • 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
  • 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.


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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. 

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