What do the economies of the digital age look like, whether mature, developing or emerging?
How is collaborative consumption creating new industries and social communities?
What are the challenges and opportunities for industry, government and consumers in the hyper-connected world?
How do individuals increase their role in demanding improved products and services?
The internet and its resulting digital technologies have drastically altered the platforms of business, industry and government. These changes have created greater access for the individual and broken down pre-existing economic, social and educational barriers. The Digital Economy Congress was established to discuss and debate the effects this new economy is having on society as a whole.
The Congress offers in-depth training as well as unparalleled networking opportunities. Global leaders and subject matter experts will engage in keynote and panel discussions that offer solutions to the most pressing issues on the new digital economy.
Reasons to Attend
- Get face-to-face dialogue with international industry experts who have successfully implemented best practices solutions
- Learn about current trends, issues and actions
- Discover new methods and products that can lower expenses and increase revenues
- Take the pulse of what is happening for tools, technologies, and processes
- Get immediate answers and solutions to issues current in your organization
- The Future of the Internet
- The Internet of Things
- Big Data
- Cloud Computing
- Global Retail
- Digital Currency
- Critical Infrastructure
- Mobile Technology
- Social Media
International Target Audience
- Senior officials in the public and private sector
- Security experts
- International trade experts
- Technology experts and privacy advocates
- Legal professionals
|$475.00 CAD (plus GST)|
Registration Fees Include:
- 2 plated lunches
- All coffee breaks
- All keynotes, plenaries, and panel sessions
- Access to exhibit hall
- Conference materials
- On-line access to presentations post-event
Vice President Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Strategist, Oracle Corporation
As Oracle’s Vice President of Global Public policy, Mr. Alhadeff is responsible for coordinating and managing Oracle’s international and Internet-related policy issues.As Chief Privacy Strategist, Mr. Alhadeff oversees Oracle’s strategic planning and advocacy related to privacy, personal information protection and management across all Oracle operations and product areas as well as global fora.In addition to his role at Oracle, Mr. Alhadeff serves a prominent role in several influential international organizations dedicated to Internet policy, security and privacy. Mr Alhadeff serves as the BIAC Chair to the OECD ICCP Committee, head of industry delegation to the OECD Security Steering Group, and a Vice Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Digital Economy Committee. In the EU, Mr. Alhadeff serves as Chair of the Data Protection, Governance and Identity Management working group of the EU Expert Group on Cloud Computing. In the US, Mr. Alhadeff chairs the Digital Economy Committee for the US India Business Council, co-chairs EABC’s Information Governance working group and is Vice Chair of USCIB’s Information Policy Committee. Mr. Alhadeff is also the Chair of the US ASEAN’s Malaysia Committee, Vice-Chair of the US-ASEAN Business Council’s Technology Committee and serves on the NCAPEC Board. Mr Alhadeff also serves on the advisory boards of the Digital Security Council of India, and Wiredkids.org.Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Alhadeff was General Counsel and Vice President for Electronic Commerce for the US Council for International Business (USCIB) in New York. Mr. Alhadeff holds an M.B.A. in management and information systems from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and a B.A. from Oberlin College.
CEO & President, Apgar & Associates, LLC
Chris Apgar, CISSP, CEO and President of Apgar & Associates, LLC, is a nationally recognized information security, privacy and electronic health information exchange expert. He has over 15 years of experience assisting healthcare organizations comply with HIPAA, HITECH and other privacy and security laws. Mr. Apgar has assisted healthcare, utilities and financial organizations implement privacy and security safeguards to protect against organizational harm and harm to consumers. Mr. Apgar has been a member of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange Board of Directors for eight years. Mr. Apgar has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional since 2002 and is a senior member of the Information Systems Security Association.
Director of TELUS Security Solutions, Western Canada, TELUS
Michael Argast is the Director of TELUS Security Solutions’ National Product Management and Solution Teams, joining in May 2011. As Canada’s largest managed security services provider, TELUS’ fast growing security practice provides wide ranging solutions from GRC consulting, Testing and Vulnerability Assessments, security technology acquisition and implementation, through to full security operations outsourcing. With over a decade of focus on information security, TELUS Security Solutions has hundreds of the largest Canadian government and private sector organizations as customers.
As an internationally experienced expert leading global teams, Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, healthcare and telecom sectors, government and higher education organizations – have relied on Michael’s counsel, and then grounded their implementation plans on his recommendations. A lengthy list of media outlets have sourced him as a security expert including: The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, USA Today, New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle and CBC News.
Nikolas is a Futurist with over 20 years of research, writing and speaking experience. He talks about urban design, technology and human connection, intimacy through technology, biohacking, privacy and surveillance, wearable computing, the deep web, disruption in traditional advertising and societal trends that are affecting our world.
He also produces amazing events, including Cyborg Camp, PRODUCT, From Now, DARK FUTURES, BRIGHT FUTURES, and Vancouver Futurists.
Interim President and CEO, Royal Canadian Mint
Marc Brûlé is the Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. For the last few years, in addition to his CFO duties, Mr. Brûlé was the Chief Emerging Payments Officer, leading a research and development team working on MintChip™, which is the Mint’s prototype digital cash product. Prior to joining the Mint in 2007, Marc served as the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Ottawa Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., and he previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Dynasty Components Inc. From June 1982 until April 2000, Mr. Brûlé was an audit partner in the Canadian KPMG firm, where he provided accounting and business advice to a wide variety of organizations. Mr. Brûlé holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Vice-President, Global Marketing, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, CGI
Brian joined CGI in September 1998 and has held a number of senior technical and management positions. Brian has global responsibility for CGI’s Cloud offerings across North America and Europe. Brian leads a team of marketing and product directors to develop new solution offers in this area and led he development of CGI’s Cloud offerings in Canada and CGI’s US Government FedRAMP approved Cloud in the US. Brian is also responsible for managing CGI’s Global Partners and Alliance program, which aims at developing differentiated offerings with leading companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, OpenText, Cisco and others. Brian is the Chair of CGI’s Global Cloud Computing Practice Council, a speaker at industry conferences and writes a blog at cgi.com/cloudblog. Prior to joining CGI, Brian has held senior IT management and Sales positions at Bell Canada, Bell Sygma and Nortel.
Co-Founder and Chairman, The Providence Group
Dan Caprio, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter expert for the European Commission’s Internet of Things formal expert group, a Chief of Staff for a Federal Trade Commission Commissioner and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2002, Dan was a representative for the United States delegation revising the OECD Security Guidelines that formed the basis for the first White House Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.
Chief Technology Officer, Simba Technologies
George designed and productized the first MDX Engine SDK that powers the majority of today’s MDX OLAP engines. He also designed and implemented the first engine to recover the star-schema from an OLAP cube. He is the CTO of Simba Technologies where he directs the product line that spans traditional SQL databases to NoSQL data stores to Big Data/Hadoop data technologies. Simba is the leading supplier for technologies that bridge Hadoop, Google BigQuery and similar technologies with proven and established enterprise-class reporting and analytic tools. George has a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of British Columbia. Catch him and his views on data at blogs.simba.com.
Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia
Since her appointment as British Columbia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner in May 2010, Elizabeth Denham has raised the profile of information rights, promoted transparency in government and adopted a proactive approach to the enforcement of access and privacy laws in B.C. Promoting privacy rights is her top priority. Commissioner Denham has led investigations into several high-profile privacy breaches and has completed systemic reviews that examine the impact of new and emerging technologies on privacy. Ms. Denham has also spearheaded collaborative projects with her federal and provincial colleagues and has co-authored numerous documents, statements and guidance with other Canadian privacy commissioners. Prior to her appointment in British Columbia, she served as Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada (2007-2010) and Director, Private Sector, for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (2003-2007).
Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, Cisco Systems
Michelle Finneran Dennedy is Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco, where she champions privacy, quality, respect, trust, and asset-level possibilities for data. She is a unique visionary in the field of privacy and the IT industry, bringing together multifaceted approaches that provide sincere privacy protections and drive business value.
Dennedy has led security and privacy initiatives, ranging from regulatory compliance, privacy engineering, advocacy and education efforts, and litigation at Cisco, and previously McAfee/Intel Security, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. She founded The iDennedy Project, which seeks to change how people think about information and data, and co-authored The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto: Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value.
She has a Doctorate of Law degree from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology and Economics from The Ohio State University.
Investor, Draper Associates
Billy Draper is a 4th-generation venture capitalist working at Draper Associates, a Silicon Valley-based firm with a focus on seed-stage companies. Prior to investing, Billy graduated from UCLA. He founded a startup called Mobber, and then worked in Operations at Facebook and in Product Design at ApartmentList. He believes that a strong product background is extremely advantageous in dealing with young companies. He looks for early-stage companies, both consumer and enterprise, that provide transparency and clarity to industries that are historically very slow-moving and inefficient. He is excited about the current landscape of financial technology and education technology.??
Director of Emerging Technologies, SAS
TAMARA DULL is the Director of Emerging Technologies for SAS Best Practices, a thought leadership organization at SAS Institute. Through engaging publications, rich media and industry engagements, she delivers a pragmatic perspective on topics including big data, Hadoop, open source and the Internet of Things. Tamara has been in the high tech industry for over 25 years, and has held positions in enterprise training and consulting, software development, marketing, and IT, product and executive management. Tamara uses her unique blend of data-rich experience, market understanding and technical prowess to educate and entertain data professionals on the how-to’s, best practices and trends in today’s emerging marketplace. As a pioneer in social media and online strategy, Tamara has established dynamic social marketing and collaboration initiatives. Prior to SAS, she provided strategic marketing and branding leadership and online media expertise for a management consulting firm, helmed a major release of a high-tech startup’s enterprise collaboration software suite, and established an online community in her role as co-founder of a nonprofit. Tamara regularly writes and blogs for SAS, Smart Data Collective and The Cyberista Says at tamaradull.com. Two popular publications include The Big Data E-book: A Tale of Customer Loyalty and Going SoLoMo and A Non-Geek’s Big Data Playbook: Hadoop and the Enterprise Data Warehouse. Tamara is a self-described “cyberista,” whose favorite TV shows are from the Stargate franchise and Battlestar Galactica. (Yes, she has all the DVD box sets.) She finds science fiction to be more believable than some of the experiences she’s had in corporate America.
Senior Security Consultant, Sierra Systems
Andrew Dunsford is a Senior Security Consultant at Sierra Systems, delivering business-focused solutions that integrate best practices in information security. Andrew has engaged in a range of security projects including policy development, compliance and remediation, infrastructure enhancements, BYOD implementations, and strategic planning for clients in the private and public sectors. He is Secretary of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Chapter of (ISC)2, a member of Information Protection Association of Manitoba (IPAM), and a member of the ISACA Winnipeg Chapter. Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Commerce in management information systems, logistics and supply chain management from the University of Manitoba.
Manager of US Ecommerce, Lululemon
Nick started with lululemon athletica 4 years ago in their financial planning group supporting multiple businesses including ecommerce. After a transition into the ecommerce business 2 years ago, he set up their international websites in Europe and Asia and furthered their growth in the USA through a shift to the current omni-channel business model. Prior to lululemon, Nick began his career with Abercrombie & Fitch where he earned his CPA. Outside of work he spends his time on the mountain, with the summers on his mountain bike and winters on his snowboard.
General Manager, Cyber Security, Cisco Systems Canada
Ahmed Etman is the General Manager of Security and Enterprise Networking for Cisco Canada. In this role, he is responsible for Canadian growth within Cisco’s core technologies including enterprise routing, switching, and wireless networking. He is also responsible for managing Cisco’s cross-portfolio security solutions and leads a team of dedicated sales specialists across the country. Etman has over 12 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He joined Cisco’s Europe, Middle East and Africa team in 2006 as a security business development manager, based in Dubai. He is a mechanical engineer by training and started his career as a security systems engineer. Before joining Cisco, he held various positions at Internet Security Systems (now part of IBM), including Director of Technical Solutions, and was responsible for opening the ISS operation in the Middle East and Africa region. Etman holds a bachelor of science degree from The American University in Cairo.
President & CEO, Cymax Stores, Inc
Arash Fasihi is an internet marketing entrepreneur who understands the eCommerce industry and envisions a clear direction for the future of online shopping. After having studied IT at both Capilano University and UBC, Arash began his sales career in the retail divisions of Future Shop and Best Buy. Building upon his academic history and work experience, in 2001 he launched his own software company aimed at developing and marketing eCommerce solutions for the retail industry. After noticing the online demand for high quality furniture, Arash launched Cymax Stores in 2004. Over the past ten years, Arash has since grown the company to have processed over 1 million orders with total revenues exceeding $350 million.
Chief Executive Officer, Vancosys Data Security Inc.
Geoff Fawkes is CEO of Vancosys Data Security, which specializes in multi-factor user authentication software and hardware to reduce fraud for enterprises, using convenient proximity based smartphone login. His experience spans industries and technologies including security and online banking, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and telecommunications. Prior to Vancosys, he was at HSBC Bank as Director, Engineering for global internet banking systems, and security and authentication technologies. He holds an MBA degree from Simon Fraser University and a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.
Director Product Development, Canada Post Digital Delivery
Timothy Grayson exposes simple truths in simple—and entertaining—ways. In his last book, The Spaces In Between, he encourages and provides tools for different thinking and new perspectives. For 25-years, Timothy has innovated in software, investment management, online travel, and postal services. He’s been a recognized, thought leader in digital identity, mobile marketing, and digital geo-location. Timothy’s writing has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and online forums. He speaks often on innovation, the future of IT, and better futures. Currently he is leading Canada Post’s business initiatives around enterprise single sign-on and externalizing and asserting to other online service providers the authenticity of those users, proofed to various levels of assurance, to advance Canada’s digital economy.
President and Co-Founder, Vantage Analytics; President, DIACC
A successful entrepreneur, Aran is the President and Co‐Founder of Vantage Analytics. As one of Canada’s leading digital and mobile economy strategists, with a focus on predictive analytics, Aran has spent the past two decades working with retailers, payment networks, banks, and wireless carriers to shape Canada’s ecommerce environment.
Aran is also an investor in tech startups accells technologies and Vello. He is an alumnus of such pioneering firms as Monitor, PSTG, MIST, Digital Cement, m-Qube, VeriSign, and EnStream/Zoompass. He is the past Chair of the Mobile Transactions & Commerce Summit, and co-founder of IdentityNorth.
Aran is a sought-after conference speaker with significant hands-on experience rolling out platforms for web and mobile commerce, m-payments, money transfer and digital ID and authentication.
President & CEO, BCNET
Michael Hrybyk is the President and CEO of BCNET and has managed the organization since 1994. He pioneered the concept of transit exchanges as a method of linking research and education networks to their local communities as well as to national and international peers. Mr. Hrybyk was previously with the BCIT Technology Centre, where he served as the Director of the Group for Advanced Information Technology R&D (GAIT). He secured nearly $1 million in funding from CFI/BCKDF to establish the Internet Engineering Lab which opened in 2001. Mr. Hrybyk has 30 years of experience with Internet networks, Unix systems, and software development. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and held the position of Manager of Computing Systems and Networks there. While at Hopkins, he helped create the first campus-wide Ethernet network in 1986, and connected it to SURANet and NSFNET. He also worked at EDUCOM (now EDUCAUSE) and CREN in Washington, DC, and was responsible for the management of the BITNET national network. Previously, he held positions with the University of Delaware, the University of Maryland Applied Neuroscience Institute, the University of British Columbia and Micros Systems. Mr. Hrybyk gives frequent talks on advanced networks throughout North America, and teaches the Computer Networks course in the Bachelor of Technology program at BCIT.
Rick Kohn is a Partner in the Private Company Services Group in the Vancouver office of Deloitte LLP and leader of the Deloitte BC retail practice. Rick served as the CFO for a national retailer and currently works with mid-market consumer businesses as a key business advisor on matters such matters as business strategy, financing, accounting, tax planning, governance, performance management, benchmarking, and customer relationships.
Chief Technology Officer, Blast Radius
Gautam Lohia has been at Blast Radius for 14 years in various executive roles overseeing the growth of the company into a globally recognized strategic digital agency. In his dual current roles Gautam is responsible for the West Coast business of Blast Radius as well as the global technology practice. Previous to this, Gautam lead the Blast Global Delivery practice and steered the growth of five office in North America and Europe, lead the implementation of an enterprise resource management system, established a global project management office, and rolled out the Managed Service line of business. While at Blast Radius, Gautam has overseen large projects and long-term engagements for clients including Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks, Shangri-La Hotels, Electronic Arts, Sasktel, and BMW. With over 23 years experience in Digital, Telecommunications, and Information Technology Gautam has an excellent record of successfully combining technology, design and strategic initiatives to meet business goals and objectives. Prior to joining Blast Radius, Gautam was Director of E-Business at Belgacom in Brussels. Before that he held various senior management positions as well ran his own consulting firm in Vancouver. Gautam is also a co-founder of QuickMobile, the leading provider of mobile event apps. Gautam has a Bachelors Degree in Science (Computer Science) and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.
Minister of Industry, Government of Canada
Honourable James Moore
James Moore was first elected as Member of Parliament in 2000 at the age of 24 to represent the British Columbia riding of Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam. In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Minister Moore as the of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, where he served Canada’s arts, culture, history, heritage, and official language communities. After the most recent election in 2011, Minister Moore was re-appointed as the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and also named the Minister Responsible for British Columbia. In July 2013, the Prime Minister appointed Minister Moore as the federal Minister of Industry. Since being appointed, Minister Moore has been working to support job, growth and innovation in Canada’s key economic sectors.
Founder & CEO, Maple Ventures
Steven Nerayoff, Esq. LL.M. is a prolific serial entrepreneur and attorney having founding six companies on both coasts, Silicon Valley and New York City. He is currently the Founder & CEO of Maple Ventures, a Venture Capital firm primarily focused on emerging technologies including blockchain-based and payment systems, consumer internet companies, and socially conscious enterprises. He is also a leading proponent of the Ethereum Platform, assisting with legal and business strategy, and the overall Bitcoin 2.0 movement. In addition to his role as a venture capitalist, he is also currently the Founder & CEO of CloudParc, a patented next-generation optics based solution for on and off street parking systems, whose groundbreaking technology automates the transaction management, vehicle identification and parking violation/enforcement process. Prior to Maple Ventures and CloudParc, Steven founded Freedom Eldercare, one of the country’s largest and fastest growing private pay home health care providers, which was purchased by Webster Capital in 2008, the first acquisition by a private equity firm in the sector. Prior to Freedom Eldercare, he founded Offer.com, the Web’s leading negotiation-based person-to-person and third largest marketplace on the Internet. Other companies he has founded and co-founded include: Fleetwood Owen (now Cooper Owen, the world’s largest celebrity memorabilia company), eWanted.com, the Internet’s leading marketplace for person-to-person “want ads” and Inside/Out City Guides. Steven began his professional journey as an attorney with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where his practice involved technology, M&A, structured finance transactions, tax and corporate work.
Consultant, Bernd Petak Consulting
Bernd Petak is an advisor, mentor, consultant and investment professional to early and mid-stage internet-driven technology companies and their investors. After eight years as an engineer he graduated with a MBA from the University of Western Ontario Ivey School. Bernd finished a tenure at Deloitte as a partner responsible for the firm’s regional strategy and operations practice. Bernd left Deloitte to found his first startup, a computer game development studio. Since 2006 Bernd has provided strategy and operations advice to numerous technology companies including acting as COO, CFO or CEO to several. Bernd is an active contributor to the early-stage technology community as a mentor for several Vancouver-based accelerators and incubators including Decentral, Vancouver’s crypto-technology hub. Since 2010, Bernd has had a specific interest in crypto-technology, including crypto-currencies as well as smart contracts.
CEO, Corporate Privacy Group
Richard Purcell has been a leading voice in addressing consumer privacy and data protection challenges since the late ‘90’s. He leads Corporate Privacy Group (CPG), an independent consulting firm focusing on establishing sustainable and effective information security and privacy programs. CPG supports multi-national corporations, Internet start-ups and government agencies in planning, developing, and implementing enterprise-wide programs designed to respect and protect personal information. Utilizing its proprietary management model, 3PT™, CPG works from a basis of assuring that the right people develop and communicate the right policies supported by the right processes and technologies. CPG also offers award-winning Web-based education and training courseware for security and privacy awareness, knowledge and skills development. As Microsoft’s original privacy officer, Richard designed, developed, implemented and oversaw one of the world’s largest and most advanced privacy programs spanning Internet properties, software products, end-user support and information systems. In 2002, Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative included the global privacy program as a key enterprise pillar. Throughout this period, Richard worked closely with regulators and legislators in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia to create global accountability and compliance standards and maintains those relationships today. Recently, Richard also served as Chairman of the Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee to the Department of Homeland Security and as the Executive Director of the non-profit research agency, the Privacy Projects. Previously, he served on the Federal Trade Commission’s Online Access & Security Advisory Committee and as Chairman of TRUSTe, the pioneering online privacy certification agency. He sits on several corporate advisory boards and regularly addresses issues of information privacy and data protection domestically and globally.
General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, Sensity Systems
Scott R. Shipman has worked as an in-house attorney for over 16 years. He is currently the General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Sensity Systems Inc. Having spent the majority of his in-house years at eBay, Scott is an expert in privacy, high tech, internet, consumer, retail, online and global ecommerce legal issues. Scott speaks frequently and testifies to regulators and government officials on privacy, data protection, and information security. Scott also teaches privacy and data protection at Santa Clara University School of Law. Scott works with numerous Silicon Valley start-up’s as a director on the board, helping them build privacy into their businesses and raise capital.
EVP & Co-founder, Terapeak
Big Data — for the past 10 years I have worked developing Business Intelligence tools for e-commerce merchants. As the Master Licensing Partner of eBay e-commerce Data, Terapeak has created systems to manage over 18+ Billion transactions, representing over $425 Billion worth of online spending from 100 Million consumers around the world. This single e-commerce data set is one of the largest unstructured data sets, and also one of the most valuable — with respect to real time consumer insights. Terapeak was building “Big Data” before “Big Data” was a catch phrase. As a Co-Founder my Brother and I provide vision and passion for understanding how to build high value data warehouses based on BIG e-commerce data. Currently Terapeak serves over 20,000 of the worlds largest e-commerce merchants, and has developed SaaS solutions for over 1,000,000 merchants worldwide.
President & CEO, BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA)
Bill Tam has been an entrepreneur and advisor to startup companies for over 20 years. In 2010, he joined the BCTIA as a mentor with Centre4Growth, advising a wide-range of technology firms. Prior to BCTIA, Bill was the CEO of EQO Communications and a Partner at SpringBank TechVentures, where he led investments in software and wireless. Bill has held senior executive positions at MetroNet, AT&T Canada, Rogers Communications, and Bell Canada. He is currently Chairman of the Board at Colligo Networks, an advisory council member for UBC’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and SFU Applied Sciences, and a board member of BC Bioenergy Network.
Strategic Advisor, BI2PI.com
Rick is currently the Strategic Advisor to BI2PI.com and is also working with a number of start-up companies in the cloud computing industry.
Rick has over 35 years experience as a senior leader in the ICT sector with a focus on change management, and development of secure, scalable solutions. Prior to joining BI2PI.com, he worked with Bell for 14 years where he was the strategic advisor to public sector clients and a data centre and security practice leader. While with Bell, Rick was seconded to the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee as a senior implementation manager, where he was responsible for the design and execution of a rapid, scalable IT deployment methodology for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Prior to joining Bell, Rick spent 25 years in the Canadian Forces, where he served as a Communications Electronics Engineering Officer, responsible for the design and operations of a number of National Defence’s global infrastructure services. Rick received his education at the Military College in Kingston Ontario and also served as an instructor for 6 Years.
Rick is an active member of NIST’s working groups for standards development on cloud and cloud carrier services.
National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
John Weigelt leads Microsoft Canada’s strategic policy and technology efforts. He helps individuals and organizations across Canada innovate with technology while avoiding the unintended consequences that might arise. John leads Canadian outreach for a variety of technology policies including: Economic Development, Privacy, Security, Accessibility, AI ethics and Interoperability. He also leads Microsoft Canada’s Responsible AI program and was one of the authors of Canada’s National Standard on Ethics in the Design and Use of Automated Decision Systems.
Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Province of British Columbia
Honourable Andrew Wilkinson
Andrew Wilkinson was elected MLA for the riding of Vancouver-Quilchena on May 14, 2013, and was appointed Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services on June 10, 2013. He is currently serving on the Legislative Review Committee and the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow. Andrew is a former deputy minister of the British Columbia Ministry of Economic Development, where he was responsible for economic issues, trade and tourism. He has also served as deputy minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the Premier’s Office, president of the BC Civil Liberties Association, president of the BC Mountaineering Club and president of the BC Liberal Party. Andrew worked as a lawyer in the Vancouver offices of a major, national law firm, where he had a special interest in green renewable energy development. Prior to being called to the bar, he was educated and licensed as a physician. He is married and has three children.
General Manager, Internet of Things, Industry Transformation, Cisco Canada
Victor serves as the Director/GM for the Internet of Things (IoT) for Cisco Canada. As one of Cisco’s top priorities, IoT extends internet technologies to devices within the industrial markets (Manufacturing, Utilities, Transportation, Machine to Machine). He currently oversees sales and business development initiatives for IoT related activities within the Canadian marketplace. As a 17 veteran of Cisco, Victor has held previous roles in systems engineering (CCIE 3838), sales and sales management for various markets including finance, public sector, manufacturing, retail, hi tech and service provider. For his achievements in sales excellence, Victor has earned Chairman’s Club Award three times at Cisco – a distinction that is reserved for the top 1.5% performers personifying, customer satisfaction, leadership, teamwork and innovation. Prior to joining Cisco, Victor held positions at Nortel Networks in Product Management and Information Technology. Victor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Engineering and Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo.
CEO, Cloud Perspectives
Steven Woodward is CEO of Cloud Perspectives and is the leader of the NIST (National Institute of Standards for Technology) Cloud Carrier and Cloud Auditor Sub-Groups within the Cloud Computing Reference Architecture. He is a leading contributor to NIST, TM Forum, Object Management Group Cloud Standards Customer Council, Canadian Cloud Council, IEEE and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Joint Collaboration Activity working groups. Steven represents the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance at the Shared Services Canada Architecture Advisory Committee and is influencing the Canadian Federal Government Cloud Computing Strategy. Steven is also one of the founding directors at the Canadian Chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). In addition to cloud standards and best practices guides, he authored the “Cloud Computing Solution Measurement” chapter in the 2012 CRC Press published book, “The IFPUG Guide to IT and Software Measurement.” A frequent international instructor, keynote presenter and leader, he continues to help establish realistic roadmaps, plans, contracts, SLAs and governance practices for cloud computing.
Country Manager - Canada, Airbnb
Aaron Zifkin is the Country Manager for Canada at Airbnb, the world’s leading community marketplace for accommodation. Aaron oversees all Airbnb operations in Canada, including customer outreach, partnerships and growing and supporting guests across the country. Aaron was tapped to run Airbnb Canada because he understands what it takes to turn a big vision into a practical reality. His pride and love for his home country of Canada makes Aaron the perfect ambassador for Airbnb. Prior to joining Airbnb, Aaron was the Senior Vice President of Global Development at Artez Interactive, the world-leader in multi-channel fundraising and Vice President at Succession Capital/Alphaform. Aaron honed his business acumen as one of the co-founders of the Kawartha Lakes Ski School, one of Ontario’s largest waterski and wakeboarding schools which he helped to build from the ground up.
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