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October 25-27, 2022

Grand Okanagan Resort

British Columbia, Canada

Creating Business Differentiators with Tech, Data, and Security


2022 Key Themes

  • The Digitally Centric Customer and Citizen Experience
  • Transforming your Organization in the Digital Landscape
  • Digital Capabilities and Talent: Building the Innovative, Intelligent (AI-driven) Organization
  • The Agile CIO and Deliverer of Digital
  • Critical Infrastructure: The Shift of Critical Infrastructure from Physical to Digital IT Infrastructure and Connectivity
  • How to Thrive as a Senior IM/IT Business Leader/CIO/CDO
  • Industry Ecosystems: Defining New Value in the Digital Economy


Day 1 - Tuesday, October 25

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM        

Conference Registration

4:00 PM - 4:05 PM          

Conference Welcome


Philip McKay, CEO, nGage Events

4:05 PM - 4:15 PM          

Opening Remarks

Philippe will be setting the tone and welcoming the audience on behalf of the CIO Association to Canada to ETX Canada. His unique perspective on the issues and trends of how the CIO and security leaders of Canada, can navigate these new challenges that 2022 is presenting us, will be very enlightening. Canadian organizations are challenged to transform business through the thoughtful application of technology.


Philippe Johnston, Chief Information Officer, National Research Council of Canada

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM        

Opening Keynote | Looking Ahead for the Future Your Organization

Post-Pandemic world, the promise and perils of tomorrow technologies and the future of semi-conductors. What that means for your organization in the years to come!


Denis Gaudreault, Country Manager, Intel Canada Ltd

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM        

Keynote Presentation | Driving Digital: Why Digital Trailblazers are the Secret to Successful Digital Transformations

Following the success of Isaac Sacolick's first book, Driving Digital, Isaac will share stories and insights from his new book, Digital Trailblazer: Essential Lessons to Jumpstart Transformation and Accelerate Your Technology Leadership. Your business needs more transformation leaders – what Isaac calls Digital Trailblazers—who can lead teams, evolve sustainable ways of working, develop data capabilities as competitive differentiators, and deliver business outcomes. This keynote highlights who are Digital Trailblazers, how to empower them, and what practices they will need to drive business outcomes from transformation initiatives.


Isaac Sacolick, President and Founder, StarCIO

Author: Digital Trailblazer

5:15 PM - 5:25 PM        


5:25 PM - 5:55 PM        

Fireside Chat | Intel Canada & Microsoft Canada

Denis Gaudreault, Canada Country Manager, Intel Canada | Denis is the Country Manager for Intel Canada. He is responsible for defining, implementing, and driving a unified cross organization and business units strategy to drive product & technology development, business revenue and raise the relevance of the company within the Canadian market.

Kevin Magee, Chief Security Officer, Microsoft Canada | Kevin is one of Canada's leading authorities on cyber security, cyber risk governance and the convergence of cybercrime and cyberwarfare.

Moderator: Isaac Sacolick, President and Founder, StarCIO

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM        

End User Roundtable Discussions | Tech and Infosec Venting Grounds

Attendees can pick their table/topic of choice and will be asked to share one or both of the following:

1. A vexing and recurring problem that they solved - and how they solved it

2. A vexing and recurring problem that keeps them up at night and they lack a solution

Table topics include:

--Security Headaches: Executives, VIPs, and employee misbehaviors

--Multicloud Nightmares: Getting the value without the complexities

--Demystifying Data Governance: Finding data owners, funding, and outcomes beyond compliance

--Detoxing DevOps: Too much Dev? Not enough Ops? Accelerating automations that impact

--Innovation's Abyss: Winning and failed approaches to PoCs, pilots and value streams

--Agile Cultures: Hacking your organization's way of working through the deluge of frameworks and tools

--SOC Horror Stories: The incidents that hurt, took too long to solve, or burned people out

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM        

Welcome Reception & Dinner

An elegant networking reception and dinner for all designed to foster interaction and build relationships.

Day 2 - Wednesday, October 26

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM        

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:40 AM        

Cybersecurity Keynote | Hacking the Organization: Building Resilience in Times of Increasing Complexity

The lines between technology, people and processes that power and enable the modern company, hospital, school and government institution have become so blurred, complex, and ubiquitous that it is no longer possible to separate them. The organization is now the computer and in our role as security leaders we need to broaden our perspective on how best to protect it. Come learn how to hack, defend and make the decisions today that will create a layer 8 culture of security and a layer 9 resilient organization.


Kevin Magee, Chief Security Officer, Microsoft Canada

8:40 AM - 9:40 AM        

Practitioner Panel | Cybersecurity Challenges Facing Canadian Organizations

Hear from some of your peers on what is keeping them up at night and how they are fighting the growing threats from around the world.


Kevin Magee, Chief Security Officer, Microsoft Canada


Shaun Guthrie, Senior Vice President Information Technology, Peavey Industries LP


Nadeem Iftikhar, CISO, NextNav


Glen Renton, Vice President, Information Technology, Ricoh Canada Inc.

9:40 AM - 9:55 AM        

BREAK / Transition - Travel to Case Study Boardrooms

9:55 AM - 10:50 AM        

Case Study Presentations

25 minute case study sessions. Solution providers and their End User customers discuss challenges faced, strategy, implementation, outcome, and the future.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM        

Client Spotlight Series LIVE! | Gaining Value and Driving Business Innovation | The Power of Cloud

CHALLENGE: Organizations today need to develop new business models to avoid being disrupted, gain efficiencies, ensure innovation, and transform mission-critical systems without business risks.

JOURNEY: In this webinar series, we will discuss the renaissance of Enterprise Resource Planning and how you can leverage and utilize intelligent automation, instant insight and industry best practices.

JOIN: In this three-part webinar series, SAP and Illumiti will be joined by clients who will discuss the value the technology and solution brings to their businesses, and the continued investment they're making to maintain and extend their leads within their industries.

Speakers and Participants: SAP Canada and Illumiti



Philip McKay, CEO, nGage Events


Paul Roe, Sr. Director, S/4HANA Center of Excellence, SAP North America


Shane Kelly, CIO, Ronald A Chisholm

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM        

General Session | How AI Can Think Like an Attacker

In the face of skyrocketing cyber risk, detecting and responding to attacks is no longer enough. Organizations must take proactive steps to prevent threats before they happen, and to recover if compromised. In this session, Darktrace unveil an ambitious new approach to security, with core engines powering AI technologies to prevent, detect, respond, and ultimately heal from attacks. Together, these engines combine to strengthen organizations’ security posture in a virtuous AI feedback ‘loop,’ which provides powerful end-to-end, bespoke, and self-learning solutions unique to each organization.


Maria Fung, Technical Manager, Canada, Darktrace

12:15 PM - 1:10 PM        

Networking Lunch

1:10 PM - 1:55 PM        

Panel Discussion | Cracking Data and API Integration's Iceberg of Tech Debt


Isaac Sacolick, President and Founder, StarCIO

Author: Digital Trailblazer


Ohad Yehudai, Principal Solutions Architect, SnapLogic


Anurag Pareek, Sr Manager - Strategy & Transformation - GRC, TD Bank

1:55 PM - 2:00 PM        

Transition - Travel to Case Study Boardrooms

2:05 PM - 3:00 PM        

Case Study Presentations

25 minute case study sessions. Solution providers and their End User customers discuss challenges faced, strategy, implementation, outcome, and the future.

3:00 PM - 3:05 PM        

Transition - Travel to 1:1 Meeting Zone

3:10 PM - 6:05 PM        

Meeting Zone

1:1 Meetings Between Technology Vendors, Industry Experts, and Attendees

6:05 PM - 7:00 PM        

Open Time

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM        

Networking Reception

A networking reception designed to foster interaction and build relationships.

Day 3 - Thursday, October 27

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM        

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM        

General Session Presentation & Panel Discussion | Canadian Nonprofits Need You: Increase Your Profile & Help Save the World in 5 Easy Steps

Vulnerable people experiencing homelessness are in crisis. A symptom of that crisis is often having no identifying documents to present at an emergency shelter when they ask for help. Helen Knight, an award-winning leader of nonprofit digital transformation will share how she has modernized and secured hundreds of Canadian emergency shelters and foodbanks, and how she uses technology to optimize services for people struggling with poverty.

Takeaways include:

--Helen’s Super Secret methodology to deliver transformation when there is no money

--Learn a new path to grow your career while also helping enrich your community


Helen Knight, President Helen, Knight Consulting

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM        

Transition - Travel to 1:1 Meeting Zone

8:55 AM - 12:00 PM        

Meeting Zone

1:1 Meetings between Technology Vendors, Industry Experts and Attendees

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM        

Lunch & ETx Canada Exchange Closing Remarks


Philip McKay, CEO, nGage Events

1:15 PM - 5:00 PM        

Attendee Departures

Safe travels to all who participated in ET Canada Exchange!