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

Day 2: Monday, April 29th

7:45 am - 8:15 am Networking Breakfast

8:15 am - 8:25 am Chairperson's Remarks

Gary Howe, Enterprise Sales Manager at DataStax

Gary Howe

Enterprise Sales Manager

8:25 am - 9:05 am Making The Case For A Chief Data Officer: How Establishing This Role Is Accelerating The Adoption Of A Data Driven Culture

The traditional Chief Information Officer is focused on IT infrastructure and while they can be well suited to address specific requests for data capabilities a dedicated Chief Data Officer can develop and execute a specific strategy to drive value through the organization.  

Learn how an established CDO can
•Collaborate with the CIO to advance the data & and analytics
•Engage senior leaders to gain the necessary support and resources
•Establish data science capacity through a Data Lab or Centres of Excellence
•Highlight the importance of building data culture and empowering employees to leverage data

John Walsh, Chief Data Officer at Environment and Climate Change Canada

John Walsh

Chief Data Officer
Environment and Climate Change Canada

9:05 am - 9:35 am The Convergence Between Data & Digital: Mapping Out A Cohesive Strategy For Maximum Impact

As we continue to shift into a data-driven digital society, it’s crucial to ensure a cohesive strategy between the Chief Data Analytics Officer and the Chief Digital Officer. In this talk, Joe Caserta will discuss the convergence between data and digital, addressing the interdependencies, ambiguities, and complications between the two. Joe will outline a cohesive strategy to enhance enterprise operations and improve your bottom line.
Join this session to discuss approaches are working and lessons learned along the way.
Joe Caserta, President and Founder at Caserta

Joe Caserta

President and Founder

9:35 am - 10:05 am Modernizing Data Ecosystems to Drive Insights and Optimize Processes

One of four regions making up the Greater Toronto Area, the Regional Municipality of Durham is in the process of modernizing its data ecosystem.  The first phase is significantly reducing the number of access databases from 40,000 to 19,000 and ultimately to as few as 10.  This has required the building of consensus, overcoming cultural issues and setting a strategic plan in motion for this initiative and beyond in order to bring the power of data and analytics to the Region of Durham. 

•Develop holistic, comprehensive data ecosystem blueprint
•Create strategy to decommission legacy systems 
•Determine the value of data sets 
•Scale up the ecosystem to optimize capabilities and rationalize technology foundation
Kalyan Chakravarthy, Chief Information Officer at Regional Municipality of Durham

Kalyan Chakravarthy

Chief Information Officer
Regional Municipality of Durham

10:05 am - 10:20 am Networking Break

10:20 am - 10:50 am Business Meetings

10:50 am - 11:20 am Business Meetings

11:20 am - 11:50 am Business Meetings

The path to the effective implementation of AI is littered with costly, poorly planned projects that ultimately resulted in expensive failures.  This discussion will reveal how specific tasks were identified and then the process by which AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning were applied in order to achieve positive outcomes.
Key discussion points:
• Where is AI within your organization presently?
• Where will AI become more prevalent in the near future?
• What will be the key action points in “getting there”?
• What could potentially go wrong along the way?

Andrew Donaher, Managing Director, Data & Analytics at Save On Foods

Andrew Donaher

Managing Director, Data & Analytics
Save On Foods

Sahar Nezami, Senior Director, Analytics & Data Management at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Sahar Nezami

Senior Director, Analytics & Data Management
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Rupinder Dhillon, Director, Advanced Analytics, AI & Machine Lerning at Bell Canada

Rupinder Dhillon

Director, Advanced Analytics, AI & Machine Lerning
Bell Canada

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Accelerating Innovation with Artificial Intelligence

Technology is having a profound impact on how organizations recalibrate their IT Strategies in order to increase their innovative edge through new skills and a research culture.  New insights through AI have the ability to empower organizations in creating new intellectual property (IP) for gaining further efficiencies and identifying untapped opportunities.  AI is now a fundamental foundation within an IT Strategy, of which companies through AI research and development can integrate institutional expertise to develop IP value.

• Why data is our future. 
• How organizational culture is vital for embracing AI and DL disruptions. 
• When does AI and DL become strategic?

Karl Martineau, Chief Information Officer at Legal Aid Ontario

Karl Martineau

Chief Information Officer
Legal Aid Ontario

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch

2:00 pm - 3:05 pm Practitioner Roundtable Discussions

Earlier in the Exchange, we collected your insights and challenges using Thoughtexchange. We identified the highest rated topic areas. During this session, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a topic and participate in a small group discussion. You will work in groups to develop an action plan for improvement.

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm Making a Digital Culture Stick with Data Visualization

If your data isn't supporting decisions, then it's wasting your time and money. Though getting it to support decisions is no easy task. In fact, once you've found the right answer in your data you're only halfway there. The other half is convincing a decision-maker to use it.  

In this talk, we discuss why analytics projects have such a high failure rate (~80%) and introduce a framework to improve it by using data visualization.

Daniel Haight, President at Darkhorse Analytics

Daniel Haight

Darkhorse Analytics

3:35 pm - 3:45 pm Networking Break

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Set yourself Up for Success - A Blueprint to Designing and Deploying your Data Analytics Strategy

Even if data analytics is a mature function in your organization, your clients and their analytics needs and capabilities are constantly evolving. At one point it’s time to bring everyone back on the same page again and remind ourselves WHY and HOW we are using data analytics.
In this presentation, we will share a blueprint for successfully designing, communicating, and re-deploying your strategy; from setting the stage and clarifying purpose, to lining up your assets, and finally to sustainable delivery and growth

Sahar Nezami, Senior Director, Analytics & Data Management at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Sahar Nezami

Senior Director, Analytics & Data Management
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Business Meetings

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm Business Meetings

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm Business Meetings

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm Empowering Better Decisions Through Self Service BI

Self Service BI technology and best practices have been disrupted drastically over the past decade from the dominance of Microsoft Excel on the desktop to the emergence of sophisticated Data Preparation, Visualisation and AI tools on the cloud.
While we can provide now advanced self service BI capabilities and features to our knowledge workers like never before, collaboration, coordination and automation is still a major issue in the enterprise. 

Emerging evidence shows also that there is little discussion about contexts and qualifications needed to apply self service Bi efficiently in a decision processes. This session will highlight based on real life experience, success criteria, pitfalls as well as what you should look at before tackling an enterprise wide strategy including anticipated innovative disruptions in the near future

Learn how to:
•Develop an executable plan
•Achieve sufficient data governance
•Recruit champions to drive adoption
•Deliver training to users to maximize results
Ghalem Ben Nouna, Senior Director Data Management & BI at Ivanhoé Cambridge

Ghalem Ben Nouna

Senior Director Data Management & BI
Ivanhoé Cambridge

6:15 pm - 6:45 pm Networking Cocktail Reception