The Future of IT

CIO Think Tank

October 12, 2023 - Toronto, Canada

Past Speakers & Visionaries

Simon Nuss
Vice President, Data & Analytics

Think Tank Speaker

Hitachi, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. It is the parent company of the Hitachi Group and had formed part of the Nissan zaibatsu and later DKB Group and Fuyo Group of companies before DKB and Fuji Bank merged into the Mizuho Financial Group.
Alfred Yau
Global Head of IT Banking Credit & Lending

Think Tank Speaker

HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of HSBC, is headquartered in London. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 66 countries and territories in our geographical regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa. With assets of $2,659bn at 31 March 2019, HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations.
John Fleming
Director, Information Technology
Chapman's Ice Cream

Think Tank Speaker

As Vice President of Systems at Chapman’s Ice Cream, John Fleming pursues the continued evolution of the Chapman’s technology ecosystem. As part of this challenging role, John evaluates, trials and implements technologies that enhance and improve the capabilities of one of Canada’s favourite ice cream manufacturers. He has over 30 years of multi-disciplined I.T experience in manufacturing, education, insurance and legal. John’s work experience has seen him hold positions in Canada, Germany and the UK. His guiding philosophy is that systems should support the execution of the corporate strategies and help solve emerging problems.
Shane Fernandes
Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Technology Officer
Homewood Health

Think Tank Speaker

Founded in 1883, Homewood Research Institute offering patients mental health and addiction services. They are headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
October 12, 2023

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All times Eastern Time
9:30 AM-10:00 AM

10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Morning Networking

10:30 AM-10:40 AM
Opening Remarks

10:40 AM-11:25 AM
Vision Keynote Panel
Bridging the Gap Between IT and the Business

Bridging the gap between business and technology is not easy and requires discipline and balance between technology, people, and the business. For so many organizations today, technology is the business. Technology needs to be understood as a critical enabler in every part of the organization from the front line to the back office. It creates new value by crunching data to deliver new insights, it spurs innovation, and it disrupts traditional business models.

For business and technology leaders alike, new actions and behavioral changes can help their organizations make this shift. CIOs must take responsibility for problems, they should convey that when technology fails, many people typically share responsibility.

11:30 AM-11:55 AM
The Promising Future of Artificial Intelligence (AI): Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

The potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is vast, as it is now being utilized across all industries. With the combination of machine learning, AI has made significant improvements in the field of cybersecurity. Automated security systems, natural language processing, face detection, and automatic threat detection are some examples of how AI is revolutionizing cybersecurity. However, AI is also being used to create intelligent malware and attacks, which can bypass the most up-to-date security protocols, making it a double-edged sword. On the positive side, AI-enabled threat detection systems have the ability to predict new attacks and immediately notify administrators in case of a data breach.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Lunch & Disruptor Showcase

1:00 PM-1:45 PM
Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a rapidly growing area that CIOs must keep in mind. CIOs must evaluate the risks and benefits of cloud computing as its adoption continues to grow. While cloud solutions offer benefits like cost savings and flexibility, they also pose data security risks. CIOs must assess their organization's needs and integrate cloud solutions effectively. By managing these risks and benefits, CIOs can fully leverage cloud technology for their organization's success.

1:50 PM-2:25 PM
Fireside Chat
Digital Transformation

CIOs play a crucial role in driving their organization's digital transformation efforts. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies, and CIOs must continue to lead the way to stay competitive and meet the evolving needs of customers and employees. This requires a deep understanding of the organization's goals, processes, and IT infrastructure, as well as collaboration with other business leaders. By successfully leading digital transformation, CIOs can position their company for long-term success in a digital world.

2:25 PM-2:45 PM
Networking Break

2:45 PM-3:00 PM
Internet of Things (IoT) integration

As businesses increasingly adopt the Internet of Things (IoT) to optimize operations and improve customer experience, CIOs play a critical role in evaluating the benefits and risks of IoT adoption. They must carefully assess the security risks associated with IoT devices and ensure data security is adequately addressed. Furthermore, CIOs must possess the necessary expertise to effectively integrate IoT devices with existing systems and address issues related to data management, network connectivity, and interoperability. By taking a strategic approach to IoT adoption, CIOs can help their organizations unlock the full potential of this transformative technology while mitigating risks and ensuring data security.

3:05 PM-3:50 PM
Data Management and Analytics

Data management and analytics are critical areas for CIOs to focus on as organizations continue to generate large volumes of data. CIOs must implement effective data management strategies to ensure that data is accurate, secure, and easily accessible. This involves developing processes for collecting, storing, and analyzing data, as well as ensuring compliance with data privacy regulations. Additionally, CIOs must leverage analytics to gain insights from this data and inform decision-making. By using advanced analytics tools and techniques, CIOs can identify trends, patterns, and opportunities that can drive business growth and enhance the customer experience. Overall, effective data management and analytics are essential for CIOs to help their organizations make data-driven decisions and stay ahead of the competition.

3:50 PM-4:00 PM
Closing Remarks & Raffle Giveaway

4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Cocktail Hour

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