Why You Should Attend!



Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together leading senior IT executives across a wide range of industries for our annual Toronto event. Throughout a full day of engaging content and networking, we will hone in on and tackle current challenges that IT executives are facing, as their role continues to become an integral factor in overall business transformation. Armed with an agenda geared specifically towards IT, information security, technology and analytics executives. Attendees will come away with actionable insights to support effective execution and facilitate lasting change. Topics covered will include:

  • Realigning your business - leveraging information technology as your core competency and center of innovation in the digital age
  • Embracing the migration to a digital ecosystem to achieve enhanced productivity and increased speed to market
  • Harnessing the power of emerging technologies in big data, IoT and machine learning to efficiently and effectively redefine the customer experience
  • Building, training and attaining a nimble and flexible workforce that can evolve with the ever-changing modern IT landscape
  • Navigating the top trends, capabilities, and risks that are driving IT spend in 2018


Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel sessions and networking breaks will enable candid discussions with your peers focused on these topics and more. We look to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 CIO leaders hailing from Toronto and beyond!

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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

If you'd like to recommend a speaker, please email Rhonda Le at rle@argyleforum.com.

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ARGYLE HOST Robert Wong Chief Information Officer
Toronto Hydro Corp.
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Sonia Brar Vice President, Information Technology
Bell Media
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Mark Bryant Chief Information Officer
PCL Construction Enterprises
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Samreen Butt Vice President, Business Solutions - IT
Entertainment One
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Sean Campbell Senior Sales Engineer
Varonis
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Loris Dumanian Director, Delivery and Portfolio Management, Enterprise Infrastructure, Enterprise Services
Sun Life Financial
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Gareth Harron Vice President, Head of Information Systems and Technology
Nestlé Canada
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Justin Hurst Global Director of Technology
Nutanix
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Tricia Ireland Head, Enterprise Financial Systems
Government of Ontario
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Andy Langs Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
McCann Canada
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Abhi Mukherjee Finance Director
University Health Network
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Bijoy Naick Vice President, Omni and Mobile Technology
TD Bank
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Wanda Peteanu Director, Information Management
University Health Network
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John Ramoutsakis Vice President, Canada
Information Builders
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Dan Wesley Chief Technology Officer
Workday
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  • 8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 9:10am Opening Remarks by Argyle Host
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    Robert Wong
    Chief Information Officer 
    Toronto Hydro Corp.

  • 9:10am – 9:45am Keynote Presentation: “Artificial Intelligence, An Executive Perspective”
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    Wanda Peteanu
    Director, Information Management
    University Health Network

  • 9:45am – 10:05am Thought Leadership Spotlight featuring Nutanix
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    Justin Hurst
    Global Director of Technology
    Nutanix

  • 10:05am – 10:35am Networking Break
  • 10:35am – 11:25am Panel Discussion: “Fearless Leadership in the Age of Disruption”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Were you proactive in identifying the potential for digital disruption and overall impact on your organization?
      • How can organizations implement roadmaps to better identify time frames for impact and avoid setbacks? 
    • In what ways have you adapted your strategies to compensate for the new emerging technologies that will affect your organization?
      • What do you see as primary factors in disruption?
    • What process redesign strategies has your organization implemented during this period of digital disruption?
    • How are you partnering with other department execs to drive business forward?
    • What are the benefits to digital disruption within your industry?
    • How have you worked towards addressing skill gap with your employees as new technology requires differing skill sets?
      • Will organizations ever be able to overcome skill gap as technology will always be innovating?
      • In your opinion, are there strategies to shrink the gap if it cannot be closed?

    Moderator:

    Andy Langs
    Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer 
    McCann Canada

    Panelists:

    Loris Dumanian
    Director, Delivery and Portfolio Management, Enterprise Infrastructure, Enterprise Services 
    Sun Life Financial

    Gareth Harron
    Vice President, Head of Information Systems and Technology 
    Nestlé Canada

    Dan Wesley
    Chief Technology Officer 
    Workday

    Robert Wong
    Chief Information Officer 
    Toronto Hydro Corp.

  • 11:25am – 11:50am Networking Break
  • 11:50am – 12:40pm Panel Discussion: “Putting Technologies of Today to Work for Tomorrow”
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    Session topics will include but are not limited to:

    • Have you begun implementing machine learning strategies into your organization?
      • How have you determined where and when to implement machine learning algorithms?
    • How are you transforming your IT services to deliver at the speed the business demands?
      • Are there specific technologies or processes that are enabling your transformation?
    • How do organizations determine whether private, public, or hybrid cloud is right program based on organization’s needs?
      • Discuss the cost efficiency between the various cloud computing programs.
    • Should cost play a factor when deciding on cloud computing?
    • How do you see the impact of containers, kubernetes and ‘cloud native applications’ on your organization and technology stack?
      • How are you addressing the skills gap to address the challenges with the pace of innovation?
    • Has your organization been successful when implementing Blockchain?
    • What are the key differences between automation and orchestration when trying to improve IT processes within their DevOps culture?
    • How are you collaborating with other executives to ensure successful implementation across all other departments?

    Moderator:

    Mark Bryant
    Chief Information Officer 
    PCL Construction Enterprises

    Panelists:

    Sean Campbell
    Senior Sales Engineer
    Varonis

    Tricia Ireland
    Head, Enterprise Financial Systems 
    Government of Ontario

    Bijoy Naick
    Vice President, Omni and Mobile Technology 
    TD Bank

    John Ramoutsakis
    Vice President, Canada 
    Information Builders

  • 12:40pm – 1:40pm Lunch
  • 1:40pm – 2:25pm Roundtable Discussion: “Strengthening the CIO-CFO Partnership”
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    As technology continues to play a larger role in driving  competitive advantage across all organizations, it is more important than ever that CFOs and CIOs collaborate closely and efficiently. Despite the challenges, this partnership can improve an organization's ability to align IT investment with strategic business growth - through the strenghting of this partnership. 

    Join us for an interactive discussion as we hear from a finance leader on best practices for IT and Finance collaboration, and then get involved as the audience participates in roundtable discussions and presents their own experiences and solutions.

    Abhi Mukherjee
    Finance Director
    UHN

  • 2:25pm – 3:10pm Fireside Chat: “Breaking the Digital Ceiling: Women in IT”
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    Session topics will include but are not limited to:

    • Describe your career journey and your personal experience in your previous and current role in the industry. 
    • In your experience, how have you seen women break down barriers in regards to challenges in your department and organization?
    • If we understood and valued more of the right skills needed in today’s environment, would that naturally translate to more women in IT?
    • How are you partnering with HR and other departments in efforts to bring in more women into IT?
    • What advice do you have for the audience to increase the number of women working and holding management positions in IT?

    Participants:

    Sonia Brar
    Vice President, Information Technology 
    Bell Media

    Samreen Butt
    Vice President, Business Solutions - IT 
    Entertainment One

  • 3:10pm – 3:15pm Closing Remarks by Argyle Host
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    Robert Wong
    Chief Information Officer 
    Toronto Hydro Corp.

  • 3:15pm –4:15pm Closing Reception
  • *Schedule and timing is subject to change

Explore the most critical challenge areas and hot topics for IT leaders such as:

Innovation in technology

Examine how your organization is innovating in the IT space, and what new technologies will impact on the business sphere in the years ahead. Our speakers will discuss:

  • Driving productivity at work
  • Using the device to streamline practices
  • Harnessing data to create workable analytics
  • Realigning with online channels

IT's new normal

Review the major changes the field of IT has experienced over the past few years, the driving forces behind them, and the barriers they present. Get briefed on:

  • Overcoming obstacles in mobile integration
  • Protecting data from device to data center
  • Managing and enforcing BYOD security
  • Building a flexible org around the cloud

The cloud and mobility

How are CIOs guiding their teams through the inherent challenges that accompany growth in the mobile and cloud spaces? Learn to ease through the growing pains and gain insight into:

  • Leveraging real time data
  • Forging partnerships with other functions
  • Improving cloud communications internally
  • Recognizing key benefits of new technology

The business of security and the cloud

Evaluate how the cloud has transformed the way companies need to think about IT and security standards. Review the ways security infrastructure has evolved recent years, and catalysts of these changes. Hear discussions on:

  • Dealing with increased security risks from social technology
  • Closing the gap between security training and security awareness
  • Observing new industry trends and choosing which to adopt
  • Exploring major changes in business infrastructure

The CIO/CMO partnership

The digital sphere has changed the relationship between IT departments and other functions across the business. Talk about how successful CIOs are bridging the gap between IT and marketing to work toward common business goals. Gain insight on:

  • Establishing a common language to improve collaboration
  • Utilizing available business data from across the enterprise
  • Contributing to a customer-centric culture through partnership

Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you! request a pass.

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

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Traveling for the event? Stay at one of our recommended hotels nearby:

The below hotels are recommended by Argyle Executive Forum. Please note that we do not have a corporate rate. For details on where the event will take place, please contact your Argyle relationship manager.

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InterContinental Toronto Centre


225 Front St W
Toronto, ON M5V 2X3
Telephone: +1 416-597-1400
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The Fairmont Royal York


100 Front Street W
Toronto, ON, Canada M5J1E3
Telephone: (866) 540-4489
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Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel


525 Bay St.
Toronto, ON, M5G 2L2
Telephone: (416) 597-9200
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