Dani Pokornik | Manitoba Chapter President and VP of IT (CIO), Western Canada Lottery Corporation
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.
Cynthia Fortlage | Manitoba Chapter Past President, VP of IT and Social Business Leader, GHY International
As the senior executive in charge of information technology at GHY International, Cynthia Fortlage leads an award winning team of professionals who push the boundaries in all things they do.
She enjoys a diverse portfolio of responsibility, and oversees all aspects of social media as part of GHY’s overall business development strategy and actively participates in business development opportunities.
Cynthia has a certificate in Applied Management: Information Technology Specialization through the University of Manitoba, and in 2005 was a recipient of the prestigious IBM Innovation Award for the ‘i’ series server on behalf of the company in Chicago. She also shares her passion, knowledge, and insights through written articles, interviews, public speaking nationally and internationally.
Kim Robinson | VP, Payments Technology Services, Credit Union Central of Manitoba
Kim Robinson is enjoying a 30+ year career in Information Technology with ever-increasing areas of responsibility and leadership. Currently, as Vice-President, Payments & Technology Services with Credit Union Central of Manitoba (CUCM), Kim is responsible for all CIO and Payments activities. Previously, Kim grew her technical expertise and leadership skills with TransCanada and Celero Solutions. Kim has recently enjoyed a number of successes: new data centre deployment; implementation of a new banking system that supports Prairie credit unions; and providing strategic direction for credit unions in an acting-CIO capacity.
Outside of her career, Kim is an active volunteer within the community, currently serving as a board member of the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre, and as Secretary of the Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba.
Kent Smith | Director, Innovation & Technology Tundra Oil & Gas
Kent Smith’s oil & gas career started and continues with Tundra Oil & Gas where he now holds the responsibility of Director, Innovation & Technology. Since coming onboard with Tundra in 2006, Kent has been an integral part of Tundra’s substantial company success. This success lead to quick growth and transition in all areas of the organization. Overseeing technology for three unique company entities, Kent assembled a highly effective team of IT professionals from the ground up including the areas of IT support, infrastructure, development and leadership. As a creative and forward thinker, and by working closely with his team and business groups, Kent fosters innovation throughout the organization for the business needs of today while building for further success tomorrow.
Munna Zaman | Chief Information Officer & Assistant Deputy Minister, Government of Manitoba
As the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Munna Zaman has overall responsibility for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Business Transformation strategy and service delivery for the Government of Manitoba. Additionally, the CIO works with the broader public sector, citizens and business with a view to modernize Manitoba’s ICT environment, and identify innovative service delivery models and economic opportunities.
Munna has more than 20 years of experience in operations management, directing large portfolios of multi-million dollar projects, formulating strategic plans, and leading complex organization-wide change initiatives. Additionally, he enjoys teaching for the University of Winnipeg’s Faculty of Business and Economics on a part-time basis.
Munna obtained his MBA from the University of Manitoba, his Computer Science degree from the University of Winnipeg, completed a Queen’s University executive program in Strategy and Leadership, and holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation.
Vincent Brady | CIO for Motor Coach Industries (MCI)
Vincent Brady has over 25 years of Information Technology experience in Manitoba spanning agriculture, aerospace and transportation manufacturing sectors with the latest role as the CIO for Motor Coach Industries (MCI) – the North American market leader in the manufacture of luxury highway coaches. As a business leader having a direct role in setting business priorities and decision making, Vincent established strong interpersonal ties with the executive leaders and network of key stakeholders across the business. In addition to leading the MCI IT team and business through major IT systems and infrastructure upgrades and new technology following a comprehensive roadmap, he identified key risks in PCI controls and technology for the $40M online sales parts store and guided the business through development and implementation of a robust PCI compliance program.
As the VP of IT for StandardAero – a global leader in the service and maintenance of leading jet propulsion systems and airframes — Vincent witnessed first-hand the validation of years of investment of in establishing robust IT service continuity capability, eventually leading the IT team through successful recovery of global IT services within 48hrs of major factory fire that destroyed the primary corporate data center. He developed a comprehensive IT Function Performance Scorecard that tied into company objectives and reward systems, and enabled the cascade of goals through all levels of the organization. Effective nurturing of leadership and resource development led the applications team to the creation of a world-class shop floor execution system tightly integrated with Oracle eBusiness that allowed StandardAero to be a leader in operational efficiency.
Vincent gives back to the community by leading website development and administration activities and implementing appropriate IT controls for non-profits. He is currently working as a volunteer with the board of a non-profit mental health services organization taking a hands-on role implementing a new hosted server and website to deliver critical education and support resources to the community.
Vincent has a Bachelors in M.I.S., an executive degree in Global Business Essentials, has completed numerous leadership development curriculum, wrote and passed CISA certification exam and maintains CPE hours for his CGEIT and CRISC certifications through ISACA.