EUGENE ROMAN, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, CANADIAN TIRE GROUP OF COMPANIES
 
KEYNOTE: Digital Business - The Canadian Tire Digital Innovation Journey
 
He has prime responsibility for the evolution and operational support of all digital and interactive technologies of the corporation.  His mission is to accelerate the deployment and use of next generation digital platforms to grow the revenue of the corporation and evolve key digital platforms to support the evolving needs of the corporation. He believes that the Canadian Tire team of highly skilled technologists are a major competitive differential in the delivery of systems of engagement which use the best internet technologies available today and into the future.  He sees the future of retail as “etail” where smart technologies create new opportunities for innovation and excellence. 
 
Eugene started his career in telecommunications and has worked for Nortel Networks Corporation, Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., and Open Text Corporation. In progressively senior technology and business roles in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K, Eugene was responsible for integrating critical technology and business processes to better deliver innovative programs. He has also led efforts to increase productivity and improve performance in order to deliver current and ‘next generation’ services more efficiently within a large organization.  
 
Eugene holds a Master’s Degree in Administration, Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, is a Certified Management Accountant, and is a recent graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors program. He is a frequent speaker on “The Future of Digital Content” and was recently appointed as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where he will continue his outstanding work in advancing innovation in Canada.  He is also an industry professor in Design Engineering at McMaster University