Humza Teherany | President, CIO Association of Canada, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Group Canada
Humza Teherany is Chief Innovation Officer at Compass Group Canada where he is responsible for technology, innovation, and consumer experience strategy across industry verticals such as Retail, Sports and Entertainment, Business and Industry, Healthcare, Education, Oil and Gas among others.
Compass Group is the worlds largest hospitality experience company and has operations in over 50 countries, with annual revenues of more than $28 Billion. Compass operates major retail brands such as Starbucks & Tim Horton’s and also operates its own world class retail branded offerings serving millions of customers per day. Humza received his under-graduate degree from York University and also has various professional training certificates from both The Schulich School of Business, and the Niagara Institute. Over his 16 year career in IT, beginning in a technology start-up and then in software development, Humza eventually moved into management positions within the Telecommunications Industry. Prior to Compass Group, Humza worked at MTS Allstream, where he was Director of Business Transformation and IT Enterprise Architecture.
Dean Doige | Vice-President, CIO Association of Canada, Clark Builders Group of Companies
Dean Doige is Chief Information Officer at the Clark Builders Group of Companies: Canadian leaders in the general contracting, construction management, and equipment rental industries. His portfolio includes strategic planning, information technology, information management, and virtual construction across the Clark Builders Group of Companies. Dean has overall accountability of overseeing the management of key strategic business initiatives and their related projects, assets, and people, ensuring bottom line business value is achieved. Prior to this role, Dean filled several positions within the Tyco International group of companies managing IT teams and projects throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia. Dean has a Master of Business Administration Degree, a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management, and a Diploma in Telecommunications Engineering Technology and is a Certified Engineering Technologist with the Association of Science Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta.
Steve Biswanger | Director, Information Security, Encana Corporation
Steve Biswanger is Director of Information Security at Encana with accountability for cyber security risk and governance across the organization. In this role he has built a mature risk management culture laying the ground work for agility in the adoption of new technologies and processes at the root of Encana’s organization reengineering. Prior, Steve was a cyber risk consultant for over 15 years building practices and delivering services for companies ranging from specialized boutiques to multinationals like EDS. Clients during this time ranged from oil & gas, to international banking, Silicon Valley high tech, telecommunications and manufacturing. All of these have different business strategies, and risk tolerances, but the experience also highlights their Cyber risk similarities.
Steve is also a member of the Alberta Chapter Board of (ISC)2, an international non-profit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world, and provides consulting services in Information Security Architecture.
It’s not about security, it’s about trust.
Catherine Boivie | Founding President, CIO Association of Canada
Dr. Catherine Boivie retired from the position of CEO of Inventure Solutions and Senior Vice-President of IT and Facilities at Vancity Credit Union. She is Executive in Residence, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Dr. Boivie is the founding President of CIOCAN. She is on several Boards, including the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC), MedicAlert Canada, Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS). Dr. Boivie leads the International CIO Portfolio for CIOCAN.
Dean Burgess | CPCC, Principal Owner, DKMC Consulting Inc
Dean Burgess is the Principal Owner of DKMC Consulting Inc, an Executive Coaching, Leadership Development and IT Transformation Consulting company. Dean works with teams and individuals in a variety of industries, including Technology, Retail, Commercial Real Estate, Financial and Non-Profit organizations.
Dean has 20+ years of corporate global experience, and has held CIO and VP level roles for over 15 years. She has been accountable for all aspects of technology services including strategy, operations, managing teams and projects throughout the Americas, Europe, Madagascar, Cuba and parts of Latin America and Asia.
Dean ignites team spirit, injects humor, and thrives on challenges and diversity. She swiftly gets to the heart of the matter to remove hindrances, dismantle perceived obstacles, and revitalize collaboration and commitment for intended results.
Dean is a member of the Toronto CIO Community, a board member for FSYR, and an affiliated Director for Forrest Company, an organization transformation firm.
Gary Davenport | Past-President, CIO Association of Canada
Gary Davenport has extensive experience as a senior executive within both the telecommunications and retail sectors and has successfully run large scale IT operations and delivered complex business transformation initiatives. He has served on many CIO councils and NFP Boards of Directors and is currently a Board member for the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and the Information Technology Infrastructure Roundtable (ITIR) for Shared Services Canada. He is also a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson University.
Steve Delaney | CIO, MCAP
Steven Delaney is a highly successful and experienced executive with a track record of delivering outstanding results in both the private and public sector. He has an excellent reputation as a results-driven manager, team builder, strategic planner, and leader of very successful operations in a variety of areas.
Steve is currently the CIO of MCAP and has the responsibility for all technology supporting the company. MCAP is a large Canadian independent mortgage bank with $46B of AUA. As CIO, Steve establishes technology strategic direction, leads a large IT team, manages more than 100 applications, operates two state of the art data centres and is responsible for R&D.
Previous to MCAP, Steve worked as the CIO for the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), and has held executive positions with RBC and BCE.
Steve has an MBA from York University, and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. He is currently enrolled in the Institute of Corporate Directors Program leading to the ICD.D designation. Steve has been a Director on both private and public sector Boards.
Andrew Dillane | Former CIO, Randstad Canada Group
As CIO, Andrew Dillane led the e-business strategy for Randstad Canada including Randstad Staffing, Randstad Professionals and HR Solutions. Andrew’s management experience in business and technology has focused on client-centered technology solutions. His leadership role in Randstad Canada’s CONNECT™ technology solutions resulted in the company being a two time recipient of a Canadian Information Productivity Award (CIPA). Andrew holds a BCOM from Ryerson University, is the Past President for the CIO Association of Canada and serves on the Program Advisory Council for Ryerson University’s Information Technology Management (ITM) degree programs.
Shaun Guthrie | Vice President, Information Technology, AutoCanada Inc
Shaun Guthrie is the Vice President of Information Technology at AutoCanada Inc., an organization that generates $2.9 billion in revenue a year. Shaun provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure business technology environment across all of AutoCanada’s interests. He oversees the business technology strategy of the company and is passionate about building a world class team to execute that strategy.
Shaun is very active in the local IT community, serving as President of the CIO Association of Canada Edmonton Chapter and as an advisory board member for the Electronic Recycling Association, Ryerson University, and Tekion Inc.
With 17 years of Information Technology experience, Shaun also holds a Computer Systems Technology diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and recently completed The Executive Program from the U of A Alberta School of Business..
Steve Heck | Executive Partner, Gartner Canada
Steve Heck is an Executive Partner with Gartner, where he functions as a strategic advisor, partnering with CIOs, C-Level Leaders and their leadership teams, guiding them as they execute business strategies that are underpinned by technology. Steve brings to this position his rich experience with Microsoft, Canada where he leveraged IT as an asset while having responsibility for the IT function.
Philippe Johnston | CIO and Director General, Information and Innovation Solutions Division for NSERC and SSHRC, Ottawa Chapter President
Philippe Johnston came to his position at NSERC and SSHRC in January 2017, from the Treasury Board Secretariat, where he led various parts of the internal IM IT organization. He performed the duties of Infrastructure, IT Security, and Applications Development, and spent his last two years as Deputy CIO for TBS. During his time there he helped establish the Secret Network for the Government of Canada, as well as developing and implementing a comprehensive Front Office strategy for the Department.
Prior to joining TBS, Philippe helped establish the Cyber Defense program at the Communications Security Establishment, while creating partnerships with academia, vendors and with key international organizations in the realm of cyber security.
After retiring from the Canadian Forces in 2001, Philippe obtained his Hi-Tech MBA and PMP certifications while performing consulting work for various departments in the field of project management and IT Security.
Philippe was a proud member of the Canadian Navy where he obtained his Combat Systems Engineering Head of Department qualification before his retirement.
Rita Lazar-Tippe | CIO, AEMERA
Rita Lazar-Tippe is the Chief Information Officer at Environmental Monitoring and Science Division (EMSD) responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on key air, water, land and biodiversity indicators.
With more than 24 years of Business Technology experience, Rita is currently responsible for the overall IT strategy and operational management at EMSD. Her intuitive business sense and her multifaceted IT approach allows her to drive best practice data management and data services initiatives forward to best meet the needs of the organization. Her experience consists of leading various corporate wide projects that improved process efficiencies, enabled new revenue streams, reduced operating expenses and provided strategic corporate alignment.
Rita was selected to the Top 20 Most Innovative Midmarket CIOs, a group of IT executives that have contributed to the advancement of their organization through the innovative use of technology solutions and have demonstrated business value.
Freddie Martinez | Director, Information Systems, City of Spruce Grove
With more than 15 years of information technology experience in both the private public sector, Freddie Martinez is the Director of Information Systems at the City of Spruce Grove, providing leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the City of Spruce Grove local government. The primary responsibilities for this office encompass a wide variety of strategic technology issues: governance and policy, resource allocation, information technology protocols, and the City’s Information Technology organization.
Prior to joining the City of Spruce Grove in 2017, Freddie was the Manager of Infrastructure Technology for Fountain Tire, and has also served in various IT leadership positions in NATO Missions in Bosnia, (BiH SFOR) & Kabul Afghanistan (ISAF).
Ian McLeod | CIO, Douglas College
Ian G. McLeod is a seasoned IT management professional with over 35 years of experience managing and directing a wide range of application and infrastructure environments. He has extensive, specialized knowledge and experience in the education sector, both post-secondary and K-12. Ian has participated in numerous advisory and consulting roles, and has presented at a number of recent conferences.
Ian has led and managed departments as large as 100, and supported large and diverse client groups. In each of his responsibilities, he has built strong staff relationships and teams in collaborative environments. Ian has extensive background and success in operational management and client service. He has prepared and managed operating budgets up to $10 million annually, and has led a number of operating and strategic planning processes.
In his current position as CIO at Douglas College, Ian is responsible for administrative and academic technology services and infrastructure, including servers, SAN storage, wired and wireless networks, and telephony, along with applications development and support, client and helpdesk support services, and enterprise reporting.
Previous positions included Director level responsibilities at Camosun College for 5 years, BCIT for over 5 years and School District #36 (Surrey) for eleven years.
Ian has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Regina, and holds certifications from CIPS and ICCP. Ian is committed to ongoing career development and is active in the support of the IT community in BC and across Canada.
Gary Munro | Vancouver Chapter President and CIO and Manager, Information Technology Services, District of West Vancouver
Gary Munro is the President of the Vancouver Chapter Board of Directors, has been an active member since 2006, and a member of the chapter Board since 2008. Gary has worked for over 38 years in the information technology sector, most recently with the District of West Vancouver in Client & Business Applications Services.
Before coming to the District of West Vancouver, Gary was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Justice Institute of British Columbia for 10 years (2005 – 2015), and prior to that was Director of Technology Services at Accenture Business Services.
Gary attended the Banff Centre for Management for the Executive Business Management program. He participated in the first offering of the Leadership Development Program, which is a partnership between SFU and our CIO Association of Canada’s Vancouver Chapter. Gary has also served on non-profit Boards including BCNET, representing institutes and universities in B.C. higher education; and as the Vocational Service Director for the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise.
Dani Pokornik | VP of IT (CIO), Western Canada Lottery Corporation, President of the Manitoba Chapter
As Vice President of Information Technology (CIO) at Western Canada Lottery Corporation,Dani Pokornik has responsibility for aligning IT strategy & operations and participating in the development of corporate strategy. With 25+ years of experience in lottery security, operations, and more, he has built an international reputation for implementing effective systems and processes. Dani also serves as a member of the Red River College Business Information Technology Advisory Committee and Flight Captain for Canadian Owners and Pilots Association Flight 35.
Dani has a Quality Assurance Management certificate, an Applied Management: Information Technology Specialization certificate, and has completed the IT Executive Leadership Program at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.
Sherif Sheta | CIO & Global IT Executive, President of the Toronto Chapter
Sherif Sheta is a progressive CIO who specializes in creating IT strategies that enable business growth, streamline internal operations and increase employee engagement. Throughout his career he has championed technology solutions that improve the customer engagement model and result in higher customer loyalty, better brand differentiation and increased sales.
Having worked at global companies for over 25 years, Sherif has recently shifted his focus to consulting and acting as CIO to growing companies, helping them extract more value from their technology dollars. In response to emerging trends in IT leadership, and to better serve the challenges faced by companies in aligning technology with business strategy, he embraces the role of the bimodal CIO. In merging the steady-paced, traditional suite of skills that are essential to the smooth operation of an enterprise IT organization with the agile, nimble, and cloud-based IT expertise required for commercial effectiveness, Sherif unburdens the business, mitigates risk, contains costs, and fuels topline growth.