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The 2025 CIO PEER FORUM® will be held May 28th & 29th at the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa, ON.

The Flagship Technology Conference for CIOs

The CIO Association of Canada’s annual conference, the CIO Peer Forum, is a vibrant community event for attendees and the profession. We recognize the essential role of the CIO Peer Forum is now more important than ever. We need to bring our IT community together to share the latest trends, provide opportunities for thought leaders to learn about innovations, and be able to network with colleagues in their areas of expertise.

Connect with CIOCAN members and expert speakers from across the country as we share data, insights and best practices as companies shift and pivot to meet new challenges.

Welcome to the 2024 CIO Peer Forum. With a dynamic program planned we are well on our way to a successful conference.  As a committee we developed this year’s theme:

Adaptive Leadership at the Edge of the Future

IT leaders, CIOs, and CISOs understand that change is a constant, but this is unprecedented: AI is challenging the very foundation of society, work and corporate strategy while the technology narrative is increasingly being shaped by voices that span the enterprise. Never before has technology strategy been defined by so many opinions from so many directions. IT leaders must ensure they are a credible voice in shaping the future of their enterprise. The theme for the 2024 CIO Association Peer Forum is, “Inflection Point: Adaptive Leadership at the Edge of the Future.” This year we will delve into the ethics, governance and practical success stories of AI, while equipping IT leaders to create a culture of resilient adaptability and connect to the hearts and minds of stakeholders through storytelling and value mapping. 

Opening Keynote

Jon Montgomery

Olympic Gold Medalist | Host, The Amazing Race Canada

Jon Montgomery captured the hearts of Canadians — and the attention of everyone —during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. After years of hard work, training, and perseverance, Montgomery won a gold medal in the skeleton, securing his place in history as one of the best. His celebratory walk through Whistler Village showcased his passion, spirit, and sense of humour — traits that he brings to every platform, whether in front of a live audience or as host of The Amazing Race Canada. Montgomery embraces opportunities to share his journey from the flatlands of the prairies to the top of the Olympic podium, reminding audiences why the goals we set for ourselves are only as achievable as we believe they are.

Closing Keynote

Patti Blackstaffe

CEO, GlobalSway

Patti is an influential author, speaker, and consultant renowned for her transformative impact on digital leadership and organizational change. With a wealth of experience in IT outsourcing, systems integration, and enterprise tech stack transformations, Patti has led initiatives at some of Canada’s largest organizations, including pivotal roles in M&A with Microsoft 365 for companies like Parkland Fuel and systems for Enbridge and TC Energy.

Plenary Speakers

Gaetano Mazzuca

CIO, City of Red Deer | CIOCAN Member

Gaetano is CIO for the City of Red Deer and a senior IT leader with 20+ years of experience leading technology and business teams in multiple organizations, including government and education public sectors. 

Daniel Saroff

Group Vice President of Consulting and Research, IDC

Daniel Saroff is Group Vice President of Consulting and Research at IDC, where he is a senior practitioner in the end-user consulting practice. Mr. Saroff has over twenty years of experience in senior-level positions in both consulting organizations and delivering technology.

Jodi Baxter

Vice-president, 5G and Industry Solutions, TELUS Business

Jodi Baxter is a highly accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry. She currently serves as the Vice-president of 5G & Industry Solutions at TELUS, where she leads a dynamic team in driving digital transformation across IoT platforms, enabling businesses to harness the power of data and 5G technology to achieve their operational goals.

Sanjay Pathak

Partner, National Leader, Technology Strategy and Digital Transformation, KPMG in Canada

Sanjay Pathak is a partner and national leader of technology strategy and digital transformation services at KPMG in Canada. Mr. Pathak has nearly 25 years of technology and management global consulting experience in North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Japan across multiple industries such as financial services, banking and insurance, consumer and retail products, public service and telecommunications.

Ramprakash Ramamoorthy 

Director of AI Research, ManageEngine

Ramprakash Ramamoorthy leads the AI efforts for ManageEngine. He comes with a rich 12+ years of experience and has been instrumental in setting up ManageEngine’s AI platform from scratch. The AI platform currently serves over 5 billion requests a month and is growing strong. Ramprakash is a passionate leader with a level-headed approach to emerging technologies, and a sought-after speaker at tech. conferences.

Tsuneo Fujiwara

VP Analyst, Gartner Client Service Group

Mr. Fujiwara’s research focuses on interconnecting digital business transformation to digital innovation. He has held various IT leadership roles in the financial services industry, leading large-scale application development and digital business transformation projects on a global scale, including planning and delivery of IT cost optimization, digital insurance applications, mobile claims apps, commission systems, ERP, CRM and regulatory compliance projects.

Corinne Sharp

Co-Founder, The WIT Network

Corinne is a Co-Founder of The WIT Network, a global and local not-for-profit supporting women in their career journeys as well as organizations who value inclusion as a strategy to drive greater business results. She has been working in the IT sector for over 30 years leading sales, marketing, and channel teams at Fortune 100 companies and held leadership roles with Microsoft, General Electric and other tech companies.

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