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Tue April 10

April 10-11, 2018 at the Westin Bayshore  
1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC, V6G 2V4, Canada  

7:30 - 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast (Foyer)
New Members Reception 

Sponsored by:

8:30 - 8:45 am Welcoming and Opening Remarks  (Ballroom ABC)
Conference Co-Chairs
8:45 - 9:30 am OPENING KEYNOTE: Innovation, Technology and Disruption (Ballroom ABC)
Nicole Verkindt | Founder, OMX | “Dragon”, Next Gen Den | Panellist, CBC News, The Exchange |
9:35 - 10:20 am PLENARY: Six Steps to Change Leadership - The ESCAPE Model (Ballroom ABC)
Elise Olding | Research Vice President | Gartner | 
10:20 - 10:50 am Networking Coffee Break (Foyer)   sponsored by:

10:50 - 11:50 am Breakout:  Beyond Happily Ever After on the Cloud; (Ballroom A)

Jarrod Levitan | Chief Cloud Officer | TriNimbus |
Mike Burke
Manager, Velocity Enablement | Farm Credit Canada


Breakout: Disruptive Next-Gen Analytics: What’s next?  (Ballroom C)
Dave Lyle |  VP, Office of the CTO | Pacific Data Integrators
11:50 - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch  (Ballroom ABC)   sponsored by:

  Security Track sponsored by:

Moderator: Nathan Sherlock, VP Managed Services Client Advocacy, Herjavec Group
Leadership Track

Moderator: Doug Atkinson | General Manager | IT Blueprint

Innovation / Disruption Track sponsored by:

Moderator: Johanna Delroy, Director of Marketing, North America, Compugen Inc.

1:00 - 1:50 pm The New Realities for Cyber Security Programs- Getting Ahead of Present and Emerging Risks

(Ballroom A)

Greig Arnold, Vice President, Executive Advisory, Office of the CISO, Optiv

Topic: Negotiating and Managing Successful IT Deals

(Ballroom B)

Matthew Peters | National Innovation Leader, Partner | McCarthy Tétrault LLP |

Combining Agile and Waterfall Approaches to Govern Risky Projects 

(Ballroom C)

Blaize Horner Reich | RBC Professor of Technology & Innovation | Beedie School of Business, SFU |

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Threat Management and Analytics
(Ballroom A)
Umang Handa | Senior Manager | Deloitte, Canada, 

The Four Zones Model
(Ballroom B)
Peter Moore
 | President | Wild Oak Enterprises, LLC |
Blockchain for Enterprise 

(Ballroom C)

Manie Eager| CEO |DigitalFutures B.U.I.L.D.|
Mari Eager| Chair |DigitalFutures B.U.I.L.D.

2:50 - 3:20 pm Networking Coffee Break (Foyer)     sponsored by:

3:20 - 4:10 pm PLENARY: High Performance Leadership & Management for the Digital Age (Ballroom ABC)
Steve Bell | Master Coach | Digital Lean Strategies |
4:10 - 5:00 pm KEYNOTE:Why Every Address Will Soon be ‘Smart’- How loT & Digital Engagement Change Everything (Pinnacle Ballroom)

Shari Wallace | CIO | City of Burnaby |
Jessie Adcock | Chief Technology Officer | City of Vancouver |
Kip Morison | CIO |BC Hydro, Vancouver |

5:00 - 5:15 pm End of Day Synthesis - What have we learned?   (Ballroom ABC)
Conference Chairs
5:15 - 7:30 pm National Beers with Peers (Marina Room)     sponsored by:



Wed April 11

April 10-11, 2018 at the Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC, V6G 2V4Canada

7:45 - 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast   (Foyer)

Breakfast sponsored by:

8:30 - 8:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks  (Ballroom ABC)
Conference Co-Chairs
8:45 - 9:45 am OPENING KEYNOTE: Rise! (Ballroom ABC)
John Herdman |  Head Coach | Canadian Men's Soccer Team |
9:45 - 10:15 am Networking Coffee Break (Foyer)

Security Track sponsored by:

Moderator: Paul Howarth, GM Wireline, Rogers

Leadership Development sponsored by:

Moderator: Kimberley St. Pierre, Territory Manager, Check Point Software Technologies
Innovation / Disruption Track sponsored by:

Moderator:  Steve Codrington, Western Canadian Sales, Workday 
10:15 - 11:05 am

A CIO’s Guide to BYOD
(Ballroom A)
Paul Howarth, GM Wireline, Rogers


Ahead of the Curve: the CIO as Systemic Leader
(Ballroom B)
Domenico Lepore | International Expert and Innovator | Systems-Based Management and Complexity |
Contracting & Delivering Agile at Enterprise Scale

(Ballroom C)

John Belden | Project Execution Advisory Service Leader | UpperEdge |

11:10 - 12:00 noon Incident Response: getting the CIO & CISO talking the same language

(Ballroom A)

David Sheidlower | CISO | Turner Construction Corp|

Accelerated Open Space

(Ballroom B)

Steve Bell and Karen Whitley Bell |Digital Lean Strategies, LLC |

Breaking Through the Digital Deadlock

(Ballroom C)

Bill Keyworth | VP Research | IDC

12:00 - 1:15 pm

Networking Lunch (Pinnacle Ballroom) sponsored by:

1:15 - 2:00 pm

PLENARY: Tackling Industry Disruption: The CIO's role in driving innovation and digital enablement (Ballroom ABC) 
Jameel Ahamed | Partner, Digital Transformation and Innovation | KPMG
Graham Cunliffe| 
VP of Business Affairs  | Finger Food Studios

2:00 - 2:30 pm Networking Coffee Break  (Ballroom Foyer)
2:30 - 3:30 pm KEYNOTE: Augmenting the World through Artificial Intelligence (Ballroom ABC)
Tanmay BakshiKeynote & TEDx speaker, Algorithmist, Author, Watson & Cognitive Developer, YouTuber, IBM
3:30 - 3:45 pm Summation and Synthesis - What Have We Learned?    (Ballroom ABC)

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Why Should You Sponsor?

The Peer Forum event is strategic as a non-traditional exhibit-style trade event. 
As a Peer Forum sponsor, your representatives enjoy the same program and content as our members. They sit in the audience and have a unique networking opportunity over two days with senior Canadian IT and business leaders – with a limited number of vendor representatives in attendance. This interactive format creates an environment that offers attending sponsors the opportunity to connect with this leadership community to develop and build lasting business relationships. 

The 2018 CIO Peer Forum represents a community of IT industry peers combining forces with experts and thought leaders to explore, discuss, learn and ultimately challenge the way business is done. 
This year our Leadership Track will bring specific attention to Security, Leadership skills, and emerging technologies that will both Innovate and Disrupt. Speakers, panelists, and peer discussion will explore numerous facets of the IT industry – from the big-picture theory, strategies, case studies, and best practices.
The CIO Peer Forum allows sponsors to reach and interact with a meaningful and interested audience of IT leaders – both the decision-makers and stewards of technology-based solutions with an opportunity to showcase their brand and build long-term relationships with this pivotal market audience.
Our technology sponsors bring tremendous value to each of our member’s organizations and will strengthen their connections to this community at this premier event.

Here are the top 5 reasons to sponsor:

We are anticipating strong attendance from our membership of 360+ across Canada. We hope you will recognize the 2018 CIO Peer Forum as an excellent opportunity to connect with this audience, build new relationships, and showcase the benefits of your capabilities.

CIO Peer Forum Media Coverage:
Media coverage of the event is through our partnership with ITWorld Canada (ITWC).  ITWC will be promoting our event in the months prior, linked to our event site which will showcase our sponsors and programme. ITWC represents a rich and diverse ICT audience of 75,000 industry practitioners across Canada. Regular postings from ITWC bring focus to our event and our sponsors, across this IT landscape in the months leading up to it and in post-event articles.
Peer Forum media coverage will be prominently displayed in ITWC’s digital magazines, including Canadian CIO.  The Peer Forum site will remain as a permanent record of the event activity, sponsor participation, with interviews and photos after it closes.

To reserve your sponsorship opportunity, please contact Ken Rowley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 905-752-1899 ex 300. 

More detail about CIOCAN can be found on the association’s website --www.ciocan.ca

Information about the past CIO Peer Forum events can be viewed here.

2018 Call for Speakers


Once again, the CIO Peer Forum Committee is looking forward to receiving proposals from, or recommendations for, individuals or companies who have thought leadership to share at the 2018 event in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Presentations should include practical learning that attendees can take back to their business and in any of the following formats: keynotes, discussion groups, case studies, panels, talks and workshops. 
The theme of the 2018 CIO Peer Forum is What Got You Here, Won't Get You There.  You will find an articulation of the theme here.  Some of our picks for hot topics in 2018: 
Leadership | Customer Experience | Artificial Intelligence | Innovation | Mobile Apps |Digital Payments | Business Model Disrupters | Virtual Reality | Biohacking | Connected Car | Enterprise Transformation | IoT | Next Generation Networks | NFC | Privacy | Security | Smart Cities | Wearables | Augmented Reality | Big Data and Analytics
This list is not exhaustive and we welcome submissions covering additional relevant topics.

The Call for Speakers will close on October 21, 2017. We will contact successful applicants in the weeks following that date. All notifications will be sent by the last week in November, 2017.

Please note that making a submission does not guarantee a speaking slot and we are not able to give feedback on individual submissions.

If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please submit your proposal as soon as possible. Speaker selections will be made by the committee between September and December 2017 based on the best fit for the conference theme.

Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 905-752-1899 ext 257.