The CIO Peer Forum 2021

Taking Care of Business

Don't Waste a Crisis!

April 7 to 29, 2021
#ciopeerforum

Agenda

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April 7 - Leadership: Being Our Best in Times of Change
April 7 - 2 to 3 PM EST - Leadership: Being Our Best in Times of Change - Dan Pontefract, Keynote Speaker

Dan Pontefract
Keynote Speaker

Author, Speaker, Thinker,
Leadership Strategist

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There are only two kinds of leadership in this world: leading self and leading others. It’s that simple, only two. In the midst of a pandemic, times are complex. Now, more than ever, how you conduct yourself might become the defining moment of your career, particularly as CIOs continue to work from home while leading teams and operations remotely. One of the keys is our relationships and our ways of collaborating.

When we understand the critical importance of crafting meaningful, respectful relationships among our colleagues, we’ve set ourselves up for success. But when those interactions are no longer face-to-face—when everything we do is virtual and remote—how can we ensure that those relationships will thrive?

The bottom line is we need to foster our relationships. All of it requires both reminders and new methods. In this virtual keynote, delivered by 4-time TED speaker, 4-time author and leadership strategist, Dan Pontefract, you will leave with insights, stories and practical techniques on the key facets of a more connecting, collaborative and caring form of leadership. Ultimately every CIO must remember that we’re all in this together, even when we’re leading from afar.

April 7 - 3 to 4 PM EST - Understanding the Governance of Innovation: How CIO's can build a transparent and trusting relationship with the board - Michael Hartmann

Michael Hartmann
Speaker

Principal, The Directors College and
Executive Director, EMBA in
Digital Transformation
at The Directors College,
DeGroote School of Business,
McMaster University

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3:00 to 3:30 pm EST

In a time of rapid change, corporate boards are evolving to embrace and support innovation and agile thinking. Responsible and sustainable governance around the ethical and cultural impacts of transformative change and the ability to balance the risks and opportunities of digital transformation has become more important than ever before. Boards must be forward-thinking, values-driven and change-enabling to support their organizations in the information age.

Boards that have a deeper understanding of the opportunities and risks of innovation are creating the cultural and ethical standards to drive success – evolving, expanding, and learning the art of the possible to better survive adaptation. CIO’s are agents of change in a post-pandemic world, and their relationship with the board is critical to organizational success. Boards are looking to CIO’s to remove blind spots impacting strategy by helping directors better understand technology and innovation, underscore the value of digital business systems, and participate in the creation of a culture of innovation that is impactful and sustainable.

Dr. Michael Hartmann, Principal of The Directors College and Executive Director of the EMBA in Digital Transformation with the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, joined by Chartered Director program faculty and alumni, will discuss the evolving role of the CIO in the boardroom and how to build effective relationships to support and drive an innovation agenda.

Networking: 3:30 – 4:00 PM EST

April 8 - 3 to 4:30 PM EST - Going Beyond IT - Jacqui Guichelaar

Jacqui Guichelaar

Group Chief Information Officer
and senior vice president
at CISCO

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3:00 to 4:00 pm EST

This is a time of incredible change, bringing both challenges and opportunities. Businesses need to move faster and deliver more than ever before. Cisco Group CIO Jacqui Guichelaar shares how she has reimagined and reinvented her organization and provides examples of what they are doing today to go beyond traditional IT responsibilities and lead the transformation for Cisco’s business and customers. Following the presentation, Jacqui and Cisco Canada Distinguished Engineer Robert Barton will participate in a fireside chat with attendees.

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Networking: 4:00 – 4:30 PM EST

 

April 9 - 2 to 4 PM EST - A change management approach to creating a high performing IT organization - Lisa Innes

Lisa Innes

Executive Director,
Client Engagement,
Service Delivery &
Innovation,
Workplace Safety &
Insurance Board
(WSIB)

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2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

Regardless of the nature of your IT “transformation” ambition, the nirvana is agile, the cloud, human centred design, AI, RPA, enterprise wide digital solutions and platforms etc. None of these will deliver on their potential if they are not enabled by your organization’s operating model – from your governance, processes, policies, org structure, employee skills and ambitions to your leadership alignment and your culture and values. Getting to the appropriate “way we do things around here” is critical. Learn how WSIB took a change management approach to redefining their IT operating model, the successes, learning and results.

Virtual Booths: 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

April 13 - 3 to 4:30 PM EST - Practical Considerations of a Software Supply Chain Attack - Chris Hallenbeck

Chris Hallenbeck

CISO for the Americas
at Tanium

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3:00 to 4:00 pm EST

While Solarwinds made a tremendous media splash and attention is finally focused on a long ignored topic, many organizations have doomed themselves to repeat history. Few will have adjusted their processes away from manual “clipboard” data collection efforts, and fewer still will have adjusted their threat models to account for our current reality. We’ll touch on: why Solarwinds was both shocking and utterly unsurprising why most organizations are only worried about backdoors when there are other considerations what history suggests to us will be the progression in supply chain attacks.

Networking: 4:00 – 4:30 PM EST

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April 14 - 3 to 4:30 PM EST - Are you my peer? - Dr Ibrahim Gedeon

Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon

Chief Technology Officer
Telus

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3:00 to 4:00 pm EST

Today’s world has gone digital and is largely driven by data. The opportunity is here for Canadian businesses to be connected beyond 5G; working toward a framework where exchanges are made at the ‘digital’ level to increase benefits for all Canadians.

Ibrahim Gedeon, Chief Technology Officer, TELUS, will share his perspective and knowledge on the opportunities and impacts that the 5G network will have on the business sector’s technology landscape, as well as how it will drive massive growth for IoT applications for all Canadian organizations.

Networking: 4:00 – 4:30 PM EST

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April 15 - 2 to 3:30 PM EST - Future Enterprise: The Role of the Strategic CIO - Joseph Pucciarelli

Joseph Pucciarelli

Joseph Pucciarelli

Group Vice President &
IT Executive Advisor at IDC

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2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

In the urgent rush to respond to the pandemic, IT delivered digital capabilities that supported virtual operations amid lockdown and business disruptions by rapidly enabling the transition to remote work, furnishing real-time data on changing customer requirements, and bringing advanced analytics to bear on crucial decisions.

Now, as the situation begins to shift, IT leaders across commercial and governmental organizations say they have gained influence in corporate boardrooms and expanded their role in front-office decision making—an upward trend that could elevate CIOs’ role long-term.

So, as with many great performances, come new opportunities, new responsibilities, and new accountabilities. In today’s session, we will explore CIOs’ role in enabling the transition to the Future Enterprise. In particular, we’ll address questions that many are asking, including:

  • How will CIOs accelerate the necessary evolution of the IT organization to deliver the required capabilities needed to meet their new opportunities, challenges, and imperatives?
  • How will senior IT leaders address the technical debt backlog created by many of the interim pandemic implementations?
  • How will CIOs best prepare the overall organization — not just IT — for the rising digital economy?

Networking: 3:00 – 3:30 PM EST

April 16 - 2 to 4 PM EST - I.T. Leadership Lessons from Darth Vader - Todd Kennedy

Todd Kennedy
Director of Technology,
Golden Hills School Division #75

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2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

Darth Vader is arguably one of the most infamous villains of all time. And yet his leadership skills and teachings are often missed, misunderstood, or completely underrated. Join us as we look at five specific topics from Darth Vader, and see how they relate to I.T. in our world. And you don’t have to own a lightsaber, or join the dark side… but it may help.


Virtual Booths: 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

April 20 - 2 to 3:30 PM EST - The New Modern Workplace is Virtually Augmented and Hybrid - Brian Kuhn & Zeshan Randhawa

Zeshan Randhawa

Brian Kuhn

Virtual CIO
at Softlanding

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Zeshan Randhawa

Zeshan Randhawa

Business Transformation
Practice Lead & Partner
at Softlanding

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2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

In 2020, many organizations made sudden and rapid changes to normal operations when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, forcing IT and business leaders to re-evaluate their constraints and objectives to allow remote work, and speed their shift to the cloud.

The crisis fueled short-term rapid transformation, but organizations must now shift to long-term strategy and foster a resilient digital workplace that survives and thrives in any crisis. To augment their strategy and cybersecurity capacity, organizations should evolve to incorporate on-demand virtual CIO and CISO roles to advance and help shape the transformation agenda. As part of their future work optional lifestyle, CIOs and CISOs may wish to consider a shift into virtual roles to invest meaningfully in others success.

Networking: 3 to 3:30 pm EST 

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April 20 - 3:30 to 4:30 PM EST - Factors to build in your asset management plan - Julia Armstrong

Julia Armastrong

Donations Manager
at Electronic Recycling Association

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Options for your asset management plan discussing reuse vs recycle vs salvage and how to enhance your corporate social responsibility profile.

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April 21 - 2:00 to 3:30 PM EST - Hacking Exposed: Learning from the Adversaries Series – Inside the Microsoft Exchange/ProxyLogon Hack - Brian Robison

Brian Robison

Senior Director, Product Marketing
and Chief Evangelist
BlackBerry

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2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

In this session, we will discuss the latest updates in the Microsoft Exchange/ProxyLogon exploits that target on-premises Microsoft Exchange servers. Understand the threat and potential impact to your organization. In true Hacking Exposed style, learn about zero-day vulnerabilities, remote code execution and get a firsthand look at how the exploit works with Brian as he walks through and shows what can be done by attackers to a vulnerable sever.

Networking: 3:00 – 3:30 PM EST

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April 22 - 2 to 3:30 PM EST - Practical insights to build, maintain & grow a resilient future-forward business. - Jonathan Bowness

Ryan Beckwith

Jonathan Bowness

Solutions Consultant,
Enterprise Workflow
Ricoh Canada

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2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

Canadian IT and business leaders have faced amazingly complex challenges and responsibilities in the past year. The coming year promises to be even more complex – with spectacular challenges AND incredible opportunities!

Join us as we present insights into the journey of one of Canada’s largest real estate brokerage as they maneuvered the year that was and its many challenges. Learn how each step in their technology transformation roadmap allowed them to gain operational efficiencies, increase data security and drive top-line growth to build a resilient future-forward business.

Networking: 3 to 3:30 pm EST

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April 22 - 3:30 to 4:30 PM EST - Application Security to Defend your Business from Fraud & Abuse - Jason Lang

Jason Lang

Senior Solutions Engineer
at Shape Security (part of F5)

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Web and mobile apps now represent the single most lucrative set of targets for cybercriminals – which means that application security has never been more important. F5 Shape Security’s industry-leading solutions deliver a comprehensive application security stack that fights automation, prevents fraud and enhances the customer experience, all through a single platform.

Attend this session to learn how F5 Shape Security’s outcome-based SaaS platform can help you achieve:
– Once-and-for-all, spoof-proof detection and mitigation from bots and unwanted automation
– Measurably reduced losses due to fraud & abuse conducted by bad human actors
– Becoming a champion by bridging between security; fraud and digital / marketing teams
– Becoming a revenue generator vs a cost center


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April 23 - 2 to 4 PM EST - Leadership in Times of Crisis - Guy M. Snodgrass

Guy M. Snodgrass

Chief Executive Officer
at Defense Analytics

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2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

CIOs don’t typically get leadership training from the cockpit of a fighter jet, but these are not normal times. Those that find opportunities to positively impact their community while staring down a pandemic, a faltering economy, and a rising tide of social unrest will distinguish themselves. With no manual to guide them and no time to prepare, these leaders need to see the bigger picture, adapt to the situation, and take calculated risks to address the rapidly changing needs of customers and employees. Months spent at sea in close quarters onboard an aircraft carrier, flying fighter jets while rapidly analyzing and acting on large amounts of data, and the need to handle rapidly changing circumstances all seem more real in today’s uncertain environment. In this session, we’ll find out what CIOs can learn from elite U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) Instructors.

Virtual Booths: 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

April 27 - 2 to 3:30 PM EST - 2021 as the ‘Year of the Hybrid’ - Jim Richberg

Daniel Sanchez Reina

Jim Richberg

Field CISO for the Public Sector
at Fortinet

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2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

2021 will be a year of blended activity by organizations, employees, and threat actors alike. Work patterns and locations will continue to shift, robotic process automation will affect how organizations operate and support their customers, and threat activity will evolve in terms of types of attack, tactics, and impact. Join us to hear what some companies are doing in response to this changing dynamic and how these lessons learned can help other companies and public sector organizations. Hear recommendations on three specific areas your organization should focus to enable expanding digital services efficiently and securely — even if your declining IT and security budget are declining.

Networking: 3 to 3:30 pm EST

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April 28 - 1 to 2 PM EST - Build a Culture of Resilience for the Remote/Hybrid Workplace - Daniel Sanchez Reina

Daniel Sanchez Reina

Daniel Sanchez Reina

Senior Director Analyst
at Gartner

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Employees are struggling with the prolonged pandemic. Forced, long-term remote or hybrid work, along with anxieties derived from the economic downturn, hinder motivation and engagement. CIOs must build a culture of resilience to keep psychological safety and performance in good shape.

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April 28 - 2:00 to 3:30 PM EST - CIOCAN Impact Awards Presentation

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April 29 - 1:30 to 3:00 PM EST - Don’t let a crisis waste you - Stan Sims and Gary Miller

Stan Sims
Speaker

Senior Vice-President
and Chief Security Officer
at CGI

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Gary Miller
Speaker

Vice President, Cybersecurity
at CGI

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1:30 to 2:30 pm EST

Lessons from the front lines – CGI’s experiences in readiness, execution, and evolution in supporting our global operations, workforce, and clients

Networking: 2:30 to 3:00 pm EST

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April 29 - 3 to 4 PM EST - Leveling Up: How to improve your cyber game - Michael Daniel, Keynote Speaker

Michael Daniel
Keynote Speaker

Cybersecurity Advisor
to President Barack Obama
(2012 – 2016)
& President,
Cyber Threat Alliance

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Over the last decade, the cyber landscape has shifted. Cybersecurity is no longer an esoteric technical subject relegated to the server room or obscure on-line forums. The topic is now mainstream. Yet, business leaders still struggle to understand the issue, board members remain confused about how to conduct oversight, and CISOs regularly grapple with how to communicate the costs and benefits. At the same time, the problem steadily grows worse – more diverse, more frequent, and more disruptive. Supply chains are more complex, and the policy landscape is tougher to navigate as governments generate news laws, regulations, and policies. So how does a CISO deal with these issues effectively?

This talk will discuss strategies for tackling these challenges. First, we need to shift our mindset about cybersecurity. It is no longer purely a technical problem, but rather a complex blend of issues, including economics, business processes, and psychology. It is not a problem to be solved, but a long-term risk to be managed. Second, we need to change our definition of success and failure; the goal is not to keep the adversaries “out” but to prevent them from achieving their objectives. Third, we need to change the metrics we use to measure cybersecurity to ones that will enable defenders to focus their resources on the activities with the highest return. Finally, the cybersecurity community needs to engage in the policy process to enable privacy and cybersecurity to be mutually reinforcing.

Even bigger than 2020!

Virtual thought leadership sessions

Registered technology leaders

Session attendees

2021 Sponsors

Gartner
ITWC
IDC
veeam
Fortinet
Commvault
Hitachi
DarkTrace
KPMG
KPMG
KPMG
Commvault
KPMG
KPMG
KPMG
KPMG
BlackBerry

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