Sherif Sheta | CIO & Global IT Executive
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.
Christine Day |CIO, Questrade Financial Group
Christine Day is a performance-driven technology and business leader known for disruption in the Financial Services Industry. An entrepreneur by nature, an innovator, and a visionary, Christine has defined Questrade’s technology posture for 11 years, steering it from a small start-up to one of Canada’s top online financial services firms. As the CIO at Questrade Financial Group, Christine led the growth of the technology team from 8 to 160 IT staff in 3 countries. In tandem, she led the creation of Questrade’s suite of proprietary brokerage systems including an industry-leading, low-latency, direct access trading platform for equities on all North American markets. Christine offers a unique blend of objective analytical thinking, creativity, curiosity, and the tenacity to deliver results. She is a passionate advocate for consumers and digital transformation and thrives on challenge. Christine is responsible for a fundamental change in Canada’s regulatory posture and the introduction of Canada’s first robo-advisory platform. Questrade is consistently ranked as the fastest growing online brokerage and one of Canada’s best-managed companies for 6 consecutive years with business success fueled by emergent technology adoption and innovation.
Antoine Haroun |Director of Information Technology, Halton Region
Antoine Haroun is a seasoned senior executive with experience in successfully leading high profile transformations across organizational boundaries. As a change champion with sound judgment, political acuity and strong business skills, he has successfully demonstrated senior executive-level achievement as a strategic, innovative and results-oriented leader.
A strong team builder, with a background in Engineering, Antoine is committed to the education and public sectors.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Antoine is pleased to join the Toronto Chapter Board and looks forward to contributing to the Association.
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.
Jonathan Landon | President & Founder, Connectiv Innovation Corporation
Jonathan Landon‘s firm specializes in technology-infused accelerated innovation, emerging technology research, and digital strategy enablement, while also advocating to influence Canada’s commercialized innovation output and the creation of sustainable next generation organizations and middle-class jobs.
Prior to founding Connectiv, Jonathan spent the majority of his career at Kimberly-Clark Corporation where he held various positions with global accountability including IT Strategy, Innovation & Architecture, e-Commerce, Infrastructure, Computer Security, and Business Intelligence.
Having held several positions of responsibility at the country, regional and enterprise levels, Jonathan has implemented technology in over 50 countries and played key roles in a diverse range of projects ranging from starting up a business in China to divesting a $2 Billion global Health Care business and moving it onto a set of could-based set of services.
Arlene McDonald | VP, Corporate Services & Risk Management, PointClickCare
Arlene McDonald is proven team builder, executive sponsor and advocate for her team and for her business partners. In her current role Arlene oversees the Corporate Technology services team, Business Intelligence, Risk Management (including Security and Business Continuity Management) and Facilities Management. She possesses a very strong ability to think about technology from a business impact perspective and not just from a technology view. Arlene is a true people leader with a proven ability to manage change across an organization.
In the past few organizations she has been with, Arlene has succeeded in changing the organizational perspective of the IT/IS teams. Identifying the goal of improving internal NPS measurements, Arlene encouraged her teams to improve the levels of services provided, resulting in significant increase in respect for the department.
As well as being a successful IT leader, Arlene’s strong communication skills and confidence make her an effective executive.
Nim Nadarajah | Partner & Director, CIO Advisory Services – CriticalMatrix
Nim Nadarajah is a seasoned Management Consultant & Strategic Program Leader, with technology and business systems transformation expertise. He is a facilitative leader, an expert in establishing and executing business transformational initiatives. Having managed globally dispersed teams, large organization of direct reports, and managed multiple simultaneous programs, Nim has partnered as a trusted advisor and delivery leader with CIOs, VPs, and CEOs. Nim takes a take a consultative approach to problem solving, ensuring thought leadership and reflecting on the “big picture”.
Nim’s key areas of focus and expertise are Enterprise Technology & Business Transformation, Cybersecurity, Security Strategy Risk & Compliance, CIO Advisory and Strategy creation. Nim has a canny ability to integrate business and technology together, seamlessly enabling the creation of business value through investing in technology. Nim has led large enterprise initiatives in the Mining, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Automotive and Real Estate industries.
Moustafa Naguib | Director of Infrastructure, Superior Propane
Moustaf Naguib is an Information Technology executive with expertise in strategy, operations and service delivery, transforming departments into customer-focused organizations. A true business partner who builds trust, Moustafa has an excellent track record in creating long-term relationships and obtaining buy-in from technical and business stakeholders in fast-paced and complex multi-national environments.
Through his 25+ years of experience Moustafa has worked in multiple industries including Banking, Process Manufacturing, Building Materials, Software Consulting, IT Services, and Educational institutions.
As director of Infrastructure for Superior Propane, Moustafa is responsible for all of Superior’s Infrastructure across Canada. Previously he led the infrastructure team at Lafarge through largest ERP implementation across North America.
Lan Nguyen | Deputy Chief Information Officer, City of Toronto
Lan Nguyen is the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the City of Toronto responsible for a diversified enterprise portfolio to support city program operations and service delivery to Toronto citizen and businesses. Her mandate is to create business value through business transformation, IT innovation, resource optimization and to enable city services more accessible and relevant to customers and Toronto public. Lan has accumulated over 40 years of experience spanning a diverse discipline of strategic planning, partnership development, software development, organization development and service transformation in various executive, managerial and consulting roles in both public sector, academic and corporate setting. Prior to joining the City, Lan held the role of Vice President/Chief Information Officer of Innovations and Partnerships at Centennial College where she helped establish a new IT governance in directing IT investment priorities toward student services improvement and academic competitive advantage. She was instrumental in developing many successful Centennial’s strategic partnerships with IT industry which opened many opportunities that enhanced the College’s learning and teaching environment.
Robert Pope | Senior Strategic I&IT Advisor, Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA)
Robert Pope is currently providing I&IT leadership for the complex multi-year transition of Waste Diversion Ontario into a newly created Government of Ontario Authority (RPRA). Robert has over 30 years’ business and IT leadership experience centred on IT strategy, operations and innovation. Previously, Robert was CIO with Technical Standards and Safety Authority. He has also held IT leadership roles with Certified Management Accountants of Ontario, Canada Post, and Air Canada.
Robert earned an MBA from the University of Toronto, and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) professional designation from CMA Ontario. Additional studies in IT were completed at Queen’s University, the Interac Association and SAP Canada. Robert currently serves as a board member with the CIO Association of Canada (Toronto Chapter) and previously contributed on the Advisory Committee for the Council of IT Executives (CITE) with the Conference Board of Canada.
Yasemin Sezer | Head – Technology & Operations, LTI Canada
Yasemin Sezer has been with LTI Canada and its predecessor organizations for over 15 years and currently Heads Technology Delivery organization. She is responsible for end-to-end delivery of technology solutions spanning Architecture, Business Analysis, Development, Testing and PMO both in Canada and globally. Yasemin oversees delivery of multi-tenant cloud based solutions for Transfer Agency applications for Wealth/Asset Management, Big Data/AIM solutions for Reporting and Analytics, Web Services/ Micro-services, Digital Case and Content Management, Client and Advisor Portals, Digital Transformation and Automation solutions for both Business and IT. Yasemin has taken the organization through full transformation in the last 3 years driving significant improvements in quality, client satisfaction and full automation of SDLC.
Yasemin has a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from Bosphorus University in Istanbul.
Kevin Tucker | Director of IT & Business Systems, Active Exhaust Corp
Currently the Director of IT & Business Systems at Active Exhaust Corp, Kevin Tucker is a senior IT leader with over 25 years of experience. He has Global responsibility for setting the path of the company’s technology ecosystem toward a heightened sense of employee & customer collaboration and efficiency.
Kevin’s experience includes public, private, government, and not-for-profit organizations, across numerous industry verticals. His IT experience includes both the Application and Infrastructure side of the IT function, and his executive level experience spans beyond the borders of IT. Kevin has lead both profit centres and cost centres; thus providing him with critical knowledge of the challenges that cost-constrained business units face on a daily basis.
Combining his wide array of Education and Strategic Management, Kevin keeps the organization focused on leveraging technology to not only support business objectives, but to encourage a spirit of innovation and the development of new products or services that drive effectiveness while also pleasing customers.
In his free time he enjoys reading industry papers and novels, playing golf, a daily fitness regimen and spending time with his family.
Scott Wu | VP Technology, Compass Digital Labs
Scott Wu is the VP of Technology at Compass Digital Labs which is driving innovation for Compass Group North America, an organization that generates $16 billion in revenue a year. He oversees the technical strategy of the company and is devoted to building a team of world class designers, engineers and data scientists. He is often described as a tech geek with a unique ability to understand the big picture. Scott developed emerging technologies early on while working in various telecommunication companies. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business (York University)