The CIO Peer Forum 2021

Taking Care of Business

Don't Waste a Crisis!

April 7 to 29, 2021
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Agenda

April 7 - Leadership: Being Our Best in Times of Change

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 - 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 8 - 3 to 4 PM EST - Speaker to be announced
April 9 - 2 to 3 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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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.

April 13 - 3 to 4 PM EST - Chris Hallenbeck, CISO for the Americas, Tanium

Chris Hallenbeck

CISO for the Americas
at Tanium

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Topic: TBD

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

Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon

Chief Technology Officer
Telus

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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.

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April 15 - 2 to 3 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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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?
April 16 - 2 to 3 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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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.

April 20 - 2 to 3 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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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.

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April 20 - 3:30 to 4:30 PM EST - Nil Singh, Director, Enterprise Technology, Electronic Recycling Association

Nil Singh

Director, Enterprise Technology
at Electronic Recycling Association

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Topic: TBD

April 21 - 2 to 3 PM EST - Speaker to be announced
April 22 - 2 to 3 PM EST - Speaker to be announced
April 23 - 2 to 3 PM EST - Leadership in Times of Crisis - Guy M. Snodgrass

Guy M. Snodgrass

Chief Executive Officer
at Defense Analytics

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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.

April 27 - 2 to 3 PM EST - Speaker to be announced
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 3:00 PM EST - CIOCAN Impact Awards Presentation
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.

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Hitachi
DarkTrace
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