Shaun Guthrie | Edmonton Chapter President, Vice President, Information Technology at 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 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.
Mark Bryant | CIO, PCL Constructors Inc
Mark is responsible for the strategic and innovative advancement of information technology (IT) within the PCL family of companies. Mark has over two decades of IT expertise, having served in the financial services, software, manufacturing, and AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industries. Prior to joining PCL he led the technology operations at a century-old financial services firm and was CIO at a leading planning, engineering, and consulting firm.
Mark received his business administration accreditation from Sheridan College in Ontario and additional credentials related to e-commerce from the Ivey School of Business. Mark completed his CIO MBA at Boston University.
Vince Davis | Program Manager and Lecturer, University of Alberta
Vince Davis is a Program Manager and Lecturer in Management Information Systems (MIS) for the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. Since 2000, Vince has played key leadership roles at the UofA in the development and delivery of MIS teaching curriculum, policy and technology, with a major focus on IT strategy, business intelligence, database transaction systems and system development methods. He has over 35 years of IT development and consulting experience, and for the past 20 years has been the founding director of an Alberta IT consulting firm.
Dean Doige | Executive Partner, Gartner Canada
As an Executive Partner, Dean serves his Gartner clients as a strategic advisor to the C-Suite including CIOS to support them in their development and execution of technology enabled Mission Critical Priorities. Dean has a passion for the development of the CIO role evident in his nearly 10 years of volunteer work with the CIO Association of Canada. Dean was the CIO with the Clark Builders Group of Companies, part of the largest construction conglomerate in the world. His portfolio included oversight of all enterprise technology and provided focus on strategic technology opportunities that drove positive business outcomes, significant annualized growth and revenue increases through an economic recession. Part of Dean’s contribution was the leadership of a technology startup focused on project management and business intelligence software for the construction industry. Before this role, Dean held several positions with the Tyco International Group of Companies managing IT teams and projects throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia. Prior to Tyco, Dean was a Systems Analyst with the Government of Alberta, Alberta Justice, Criminal Justice Division. Dean has a Master of Business Administration degree and is a Certified Engineering Technologist with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta. Dean also has his Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Telecommunications Engineering Technology. In addition, Dean is a Lean IT Professional (LITP) with the Lean IT Association.
Santiago Gomez | IT Manager, Williams Engineering Canada
Santiago Gomez is the Information Technology Manager at Williams Engineering Canada. For more than 12 years Santiago has played a key role in the strategic direction of the organization and the application of information technology, to increase productivity and enhance collaboration.
Santiago has a solid background in business planning and project management. He has led a variety of teams to deliver strategic value in the areas of IT infrastructure, application development, and organizational change. He is also a board member of the Latino Canadian Chamber of Commerce where he chairs the Technology Committee. Santiago enjoys giving back to the community in various ways, including leading WEC’s national United Way campaign since 2008.
Sherri Honeychurch | Director, MedIT, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, U of Alberta
Sherri Honeychurch is the Director of MedIT for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD), where she sets the strategic direction and has operational oversight of Information Technology related initiatives within the Faculty. Sherri is a proven senior leader who values communication, collaboration and delivering results. Her key focus is ensuring that IT is a trusted and valued partner to business, playing a vital role in helping the Faculty achieve their strategic goals.
As Director of MedIT, Sherri leads a diverse group of IT professionals specializing in IT infrastructure, support of innovative end-user technologies, application development, as well as privacy and IT/security compliance.
Sherri holds a Computer Systems Technology diploma from NAIT and is a graduate of the CIOCAN Leadership Development Program from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and graduate of the Gold College Academic Leadership Program from the University of Alberta.
Rita Lazar-Tippe | CIO, Environmental Monitoring and Science Division
Rita Lazar-Tippe has more than 25 years of experience in Transformational Information Technology and Innovation, within the following industries: environment, entertainment, media, education, engineering, service providers and federal and provincial government.
As leader of the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division – Oil Sands Monitoring Open Data initiative, Rita is responsible for the overall IT strategy, innovation, data management, business efficiency and operational management.
Rita was selected to the Top 20 most Innovative Midmarket CIOs and Midsize Enterprise Summit CIO 50 Group, a group of IT executives that have contributed to the advancement of their organization through the innovative use of technology solutions that have demonstrated leadership and considerable business value.
She holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Technology, has graduated from University of Alberta Executive Leadership, Dale Carnegie Organizational Leadership, International Association of Venue Management programs and completed a number of other business and technology-related certifications.
Robbie Madan | Vice President, Business Technology and Innovation, Liquor Stores North America
Robbie Madan is the Vice President, Business Technology and Innovation for North America’s largest publicly traded liquor retailer, Liquor Stores North America, where he manages the Application Development and DevOps, Data Analytics and Insights, and Business Integrations (ERP) teams. Robbie’s portfolio has recently expanded to build an internal innovation lab that has led to traditional reporting teams evolving into leading data science teams.
With 18+ years of IT management, Robbie’s forte is managing large scale strategic technology transformations through a constant focus on high-quality service delivery, strategic planning and business process re-engineering. Working closely with both IT management teams and executive leaders, Robbie develops strategies that ensure IT is consistently aligned with the business.
Prior to joining Liquor Stores North America in 2014, Robbie worked at Microsoft, managing multiple client accounts within Western and Eastern Canada. Robbie holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Sciences from the University of Alberta.
Scott Walker | IT Manager, Colas Canada Inc.
Scott Walker is the Manager of IT for ColasCanada Inc., a leading Canadian road construction group of companies. Scott has lead the IT group in the organization through expansion, growth and acquisitions, the opening of new offices, and relocations of others while focusing on driving excellence in our IT services to all our subsidiaries.
Scott has had several positions in the Information Technology field and always had a passion for working closely with the stake holders to understand the needs from the outside field level on up to the executive office levels.
Scott has a Computer Systems Technology diploma from the Northern Institute of Technology. His continuing education through several executive leadership courses has prepared him for managing strategic development and direction of the IT dept.
Roland Woo | Director, Application Development, Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Fund Board
Roland Woo is Director, Application Development at the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund where he leads all aspects of application development and project management for the organization. Previous positions include Canadian leader of Digital Architecture and Application Development for a large multi-national engineering firm and global software developer at a Fortune 500 company.
Roland holds Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Alberta. He also volunteers in the University of Alberta MBA Mentorship Program.