28 - 30 April, 2019
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, ON

Day 1: Sunday, April 28th

10:20 am - 11:00 am Registration

11:00 am - 11:05 am Welcome Orientation

11:05 am - 11:15 am Thoughtexchange Technology Introduction

11:15 am - 11:20 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks

David Corrigan, Vice President Products, Customer Insights at Informatica

David Corrigan

Vice President Products, Customer Insights

11:20 am - 12:00 pm Cutting Through the Hype to Create True Adoption of a Data Driven Culture

Boards and executive teams know that data and analytics are the key to a competitive advantage in today’s market, but many have challenges delivering and hope terms and acronyms such as cloud, AI and ML will provide the solution to it all. The Save-On-Foods executive team is executing on their Enterprise Data and Analytics Transformation program to drive results and Andrew will share experiences and learnings from both successes and failures throughout his career that may help you guide your organization on its path to success.
Andrew Donaher, Managing Director, Data & Analytics at Save On Foods

Andrew Donaher

Managing Director, Data & Analytics
Save On Foods

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Data Science As A Key Part Of Your Business Strategy To Drive Exponential & Sustainable Growth

Identifying the business problems that need to be fixed is a crucial piece of using data & analytics to drive revenue growth.  The first step is to identify those issues from a business, not a technical perspective.  Once those key problems have been identified then one can decide which are the right people, skills and tools needed to solve those problems.  Only then will the initiatives yield results that are both exponential and sustainable. 
This session will reveal:
•How to create the strategy from a business first perspective
•How to get Leadership and Cultural buy in to the value of solving key problems
•How to get funding by showing near term wins to support the long term strategy

Fernando Moreira, Senior Vice President, Global Insurance at Scotiabank

Fernando Moreira

Senior Vice President, Global Insurance

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm How to Build a Modern Data Foundation

Marketing & business leaders are driving sweeping digital transformation strategies, including initiatives such as next best experience, personalization, omni-channel customer experience, and compliance with customer-centric regulations such as GDPR and CCPA. The common denominator to all of those initiatives is having a solid data foundation and a Customer 360. Most organizations have tons of customer information residing across many systems and silos, but customer profiles tend to be less than 20% complete and lack insights from unstructured data including web chats and emails. Getting to 100% doesn’t happen with traditional matching capabilities or from raw data in a lake. It requires modern capabilities including Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, graph visualization and more to take full advantage of all data.

 In this keynote session, David Corrigan, VP Products, Customer Insights at Informatica (former CEO at AllSight), will share a framework for how to build an intelligent Customer 360 and give examples of how enterprises are acting on complete 360 views of their customers.

David Corrigan, Vice President Products, Customer Insights at Informatica

David Corrigan

Vice President Products, Customer Insights

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm From Data Scientist to Chief Data and Information Officer: How Do We Move From Projects to a Data Driven Organization?

Most institutions are trying to move towards a “data-driven” culture, one that fosters better informed problem-solving and decision-making…however, only a few move past pilot projects. How does an organization adapt from running a few pilot projects to one that demands large scale transformation. This session will explore one data scientist’s journey to Chief Data and Information Officer and the first six months of building the supply and demand for data science in a government regulator.

Key discussion points:
•Solving challenges for data enthusiasts and senior leadership 
•Building supply and demand for advanced analytics
•Working both inside and outside the organization
Ryan Hum, Vice President of Data and Chief Information Officer at National Energy Board

Ryan Hum

Vice President of Data and Chief Information Officer
National Energy Board

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Business Meetings

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Business Meetings

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Business Meetings

4:00 pm - 4:10 pm Networking Break

4:10 pm - 4:40 pm Who Owns Data? Engineering the Right Answer

Data silos and data hoarding are a fact of corporate life that continue to challenge the realization of the true value of data assets.  This session will explore how Walmart Canada is tackling this issue and reimagining how the business views data ownership and how that impacts monetization.

Key session points:

•Creative challenge of treating data as a corporate asset – responding to a call for monetization
•Silos war strategy: Invade and destroy or re-build, co-own and expand?
•Internal communities of practice and data citizenry

Alexey Shlykov, Senior Director Information and Analytics at Walmart Canada

Alexey Shlykov

Senior Director Information and Analytics
Walmart Canada

4:40 pm - 5:10 pm Tackling the Data Debt Crisis With AI

The expectations for the transformative impact of AI are sky high.  But for large enterprises, the potential of AI is on a direct collision course with the reality of their messy, siloed data.  Clean, comprehensive, accurate data is the fuel that AI needs to deliver the best outcomes. Garbage in, garbage out. The challenge for big, mature organizations is that they have decades of accumulated data debt that must be paid down first.  What's the silver bullet? There isn't one. But using AI (specifically machine learning) to unify fractured data silos and clean dirty, duplicative records is part of the answer. Implementing that capability as part of a comprehensive DataOps model to modernize data management is a more complete answer.  This talk will look at these challenges facing large enterprises and share examples of what innovators are doing to rise to the occasion.
Toffer Winslow, Chief Business Officer at Tamr

Toffer Winslow

Chief Business Officer

5:10 pm - 5:25 pm Collaborative & Courageous Leadership

Learn how innovative and dynamic leaders are leading the way by having courageous conversations within their organization. Discover how organizations are creating a culture that promotes openness, transparency and collaboration by empowering their employees to share their voice and consider the thoughts and ideas of others; shifting the corporate paradigm from closed and knowing to open and learning. In this session you’ll learn what collaborative and courageous leadership means to you and those around you.
Martin Levy, Account Executive at Thoughtexchange

Martin Levy

Account Executive

Quick fire presentations, 10 minutes each, designed to ignite innovation. They will inform you of new technologies and trends that top CDAOs are leveraging to bring value to their organizations.

Ignite Sessions

5:25 pm - 5:40 pm The Data-Centric Revolution

Dave McComb, President at Semantic Arts

Dave McComb

Semantic Arts

5:40 pm - 5:50 pm DataOps: DevOps for Data

Sandesh Gawande, CTO at iCEDQ

Sandesh Gawande


5:50 pm - 6:00 pm Collaborative & Courageous Leadership

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Cocktail Reception