2016 Judging Panel

Gary Davenport
President, CIO Association of Canada

GaryDavenport-Jul15Gary is the President of the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) which represents approximately 330 CIOs across Canada through networking, sharing of best practices, executive leadership development and advocacy as the “voice of CIOs”. He has extensive experience as a senior executive within both the telecommunications and retail sectors and has successfully run large scale IT operations and delivered complex business transformation initiatives.
As Vice-President of Information Technology at Allstream Inc. from 2006 to 2014, Gary significantly reduced IT costs while at the same time dramatically improving service levels, delivered hundreds of projects, launched a major business system transformation program and built a team of dedicated IT professionals focused on improving core capabilities in a very competitive and regulated telecommunications industry.
Gary has participated on many North American and European CIO Councils and also served as a Director on various not-for-profit Boards. He currently serves on the Information Technology Infrastructure Roundtable (ITIR) for Shared Services Canada and the Program Advisory Board for the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson University.


Brent Adair
Manager, Application Services, Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba 
Brent Adair-2016-rdBrent Adair is an Information Systems and Management professional with over 32 years of experience, including 17 years in consulting.  Currently a Manager of Application Services at the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, Brent has experience with both public and private sector IT departments, including with a number of Fortune 75 companies.  Brent has led the design and development of a variety of new products and services both for his own company and others.  Brent has shown to be a strong team builder, mentor, and problem solver for a wide variety of projects in a wide variety of business sectors and who relishes in utilizing his past experiences to plan, direct, and oversee the delivery of business and technology projects for the benefit of both his internal and external customers. A visionary leader who really enjoys determining a course of action designed to achieve the organizational goals, Brent’s plans recognize and are inclusive of all areas of the organization.


Ron Babin
Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of IT Management, Ryerson University
Ron Babin sq-rdDr Ron Babin is an Associate Professor in the Ted Rogers School of IT Management.  He joined Ryerson University in 2006 after a 30-year professional career in IT and Management Consulting.  Prior to joining Ryerson, Dr Babin was a strategy consultant at Accenture and at KPMG.
His research is focused on global outsourcing of IT and business processes.  He examines the social and environmental impacts of global IT outsourcing and has published several books, journal articles and conference papers on this topic.
Within the industry he maintains his knowledge currency through teaching executive education at the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE) and at the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP).    Finally, Dr Babin is an Adjunct Researcher with the International Data Corporation (IDC), IT Executive Program where he conducts research and writes about Vendor and Sourcing Management strategies.
Dr Babin is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and is a Certified Outsourcing Professional (COP).  He is an Academic Fellow of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI).


Michael Bach
Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of IT Management, Ryerson University
Mike Bach-rdIn the almost 20 years that he has worked with Siemens, Mike has moved steadily into more senior positions.  His current position, which he has held since 2013, is Vice President and CIO.  With a background in governance and infrastructure, and an international perspective on the company, gained through positions held in Germany and the US, Mike brings a collaborative leadership approach to strategic management of IT.


Stu Charles
CIO, Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
StuCharles-Jul15A graduate of Red River College (RRC), Stu began his career in Information Technology with the Canadian Wheat Board in 1979. After spending 17 years with the CWB he decided he’d like to try the world of consulting, working for SmartHealth and EDS before he joined the WCB in May of 2000 as Manager, Application Development. In September of 2001 he took over as Chief Information Officer. A strong advocate for innovative use of technology as an enabler for business change, he has helped lead the WCB in various business transformation initiatives in his time with the organization.
Stu maintained his strong ties to RRC where he served as an advisor for their IT programs for over 25 years. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Information Communication Technology Association of Manitoba (ICTAM) and a member of the Board of Directors for the Manitoba Chapter of the CIO Association of Canada.


Daniela Crivianu-Gaita
CIO, Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories
Daniela CG2016-rdDaniela joined Dynacare, a health solutions company, as Chief Information Officer in 2014 bringing extensive leadership experience in information and business technology management to her role.  Before joining Dynacare, she served in various leadership positions at the Hospital for Sick Children including Director of Information Services and Vice-President/Chief Information Officer.
Daniela has also served as a member of the National Board of Directors of the CIO Association of Canada, a member of the Governing Body for CIO Executive Summit, and as a member of the Professional Advisory Committee at the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, Ryerson University.  In addition, for two years in succession, Daniela was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence by the Women’s Executive Network, and she also has received the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader award in Spring 2015.


Antoine Haroun
Former CIO, Mohawk College
Antoine-Haroun-rdAntoine Haroun was the CIO for Mohawk College from 2010 to 2016, a position he moved into after a number of years with the Government of Ontario.  Antoine 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, and a graduate of the University of Toronto, Antoine is committed to the education and public sectors.



Silviu Hinta
Vice President, Technology, Expedia CruiseShipCenters
Silviu Hinta-rdSilviu Hinta is the technology executive and a member of the leadership team for Expedia CruiseShipCenters, a global leader in the marketing and sales of cruise vacations. Through its franchise network of over 220 independently owned retail locations and 4,500+ Cruise Sales Consultants, the company has grown at an average rate of 20% each year for nearly three decades.
Silviu’s Specialties include development of team leadership, system architecture, database architecture, and application programming interface.


Rita Lazar-Tippe
CIO, Environmental Monitoring and Science Division
Rita-LT-Jul15rdRita Lazar-Tippe is the Chief Information Officer at Environmental Monitoring and Science Division (EMSD) responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on key air, water, land and biodiversity indicators.
With more than 24 years of Business Technology experience, Rita is currently responsible for the overall IT strategy and operational management at EMSD. Her intuitive business sense and her multifaceted IT approach allows her to drive best practice data management and data services initiatives forward to best meet the needs of the organization. Her experience consists of leading various corporate wide projects that improved process efficiencies, enabled new revenue streams, reduced operating expenses and provided strategic corporate alignment.
Rita was selected to the Top 20 Most Innovative Midmarket CIOs, a group of IT executives that have contributed to the advancement of their organization through the innovative use of technology solutions and have demonstrated business value.


Robbie Madan
Director of IT – Liquor Stores, NA
Robbie Madan-rdRobbie Madan is the Director of IT – Business Applications for North America’s largest publicly traded liquor retailer, Liquor Stores NA, where he manages the Business Intelligence, Business Analysis, PMO, Application Development and Application Support teams.  Robbie’s experience in both the public and private sectors has focussed on developing and delivery in innovative applications.  In his 15 years of IT management, he has been working with software development teams to build high quality products that increase productivity, speed, and consistency. Robbie’s forte is managing large scale strategic business transformation projects through service delivery, strategic planning and business process re-engineering.  Working closely with both IT management teams and business executive leaders, Robbie develops strategic governance plans that ensure IT is consistently delivering and aligned directly with the business.
Prior to joining Liquor Stores North America in 2014, Robbie was an Application Development Manager at Microsoft, where he managed multiple Premier Services for Developers client accounts within Western Canada and assisted clients in improving their service delivery processes.


Ian McLeod
Director, Information Systems & Technology, Condrain Group
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Ian G. McLeod is a seasoned IT management professional with over 35 years of experience managing and directing a wide range of application and infrastructure environments. He has extensive, specialized knowledge and experience in the education sector, both post-secondary and K-12. Ian has participated in numerous advisory and consulting roles, and has presented at a number of recent conferences. He is committed to ongoing career development and is active in the support of the IT community in BC and across Canada.
With extensive background and success in operational management and client service, Ian has led and managed departments as large as 100, and supported large and diverse client groups. In his current position as CIO at Douglas College, Ian is responsible for administrative and academic technology services and infrastructure, including servers, SAN storage, wired and wireless networks, and telephony, along with applications development and support, client and helpdesk support services, and enterprise reporting


Kent Mills
CIO, Wakefield Castrol Canada
Kent-Mills-rdKent Mills is the Chief Information Officer, Wakefield Castrol Canada Inc.
Kent leads the Business Technology team at Wakefield, driving innovative, state-of-the-art technology solutions with strategic partners to drive the Wakefield advantage of speed, flexibility, and intuitive customer service.  Wakefield has been recognized as a Top 50 Best Employer and a Top 50 Best Managed company in Canada.
Strategic engagement of business stakeholders – early and often – to ensure that the technology is ‘all about the business’ is one of Kent’s core principles.   Creating simple user friendly processes, driving actionable insights from data, and driving business-focussed innovation has been the cornerstone of his team’s success.
His career has spanned several sectors including Retail, Manufacturing, Wholesale Distribution, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Pharmaceuticals, in such leading organizations as Hudson’s Bay Company, General Mills, Westburne, and GlaxoSmithKline.  Kent graduated from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Kent is a member of the CIO Executive Council of Canada and leads fundraising with Sick Children’s hospitals and the United Way across Canada.


John Pinard
Senior Director, Information Systems, Chartwell Retirement Residences
John-Pinard-cpd-rdCurrently the Senior Director, Information Systems, at Chartwell Retirement Residences, John Pinard is an accomplished, innovative, results-oriented IT visionary with 25 years’ experience and broad business knowledge. Through positions in health care and manufacturing sectors, John has developed strong leadership, technical, communication and organizational skills, demonstrated by his successful track record of developing high performance teams that have implemented strategic, technology-based solutions to improve business performance.


Robert Pope
Former CIO, Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Robert Pope-rdRobert Pope has over 30 years business and IT leadership experience. Robert was most recently Chief Information Officer at Technical Standards and Safety Authority where he was accountable for IT strategic and tactical planning, development, evaluation, and coordination of all enterprise and knowledge IT systems. Earlier in his career, Robert gained extensive IT leadership experience with Certified Management Accountants of Ontario, Canada Post, and Air Canada.
Robert is a member of several professional organizations including the CIO Association of Canada, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the Council of Chief Information Officers with the Conference Board of Canada. He previously served on the board of the CIO Association (Toronto Chapter) as the Director, Communications, and on the Advisory Committee for the Council of IT Executives with the Conference Board of Canada. Robert holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business, and a CMA professional designation from Certified Management Accountants of Ontario. He has completed additional studies in technology at Queen’s University, the Interac Association and SAP Canada.


Salah Sharieh
Author, Innovator, Adjunct Professor, Ryerson University
Salah Sharieh-sq-rdDr. Salah Sharieh is a senior technical Innovator with extensive experience in business, technology and digital transformation.
Salah holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from McMaster University. He has more than twenty peer-reviewed publications and has contributed to several books. He also is a technical reviewer for several journals and conferences and is a member of the CIO Association of Canada, IEEE and ACM.
Recently Salah led the National Occupation Standards for Cyber Security.
In the last 20 years, Salah Shariah has delivered high-profile solutions and provided vision and leadership to several industries including financial, telecommunication, manufacturing, and the public sector.  Salah is a member in the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University where he supervised Ph.D. and Master Student. One of his areas of research is the new role of CIOs in the new Digital Economy.


Sherif Sheta
CIO and Global IT Executive
Sherif-Sheta-rd-Aug15Sherif Sheta has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry spanning the disciplines of software development, project management, infrastructure services, and consulting. He has international work experience (Canada, the US, Latin America and overseas) covering diverse industries like software consulting, automotive, building materials, and healthcare.
Sherif’s passion lies in realigning IT with the business and ensuring that IT investments are put to work to enable the strategic imperatives of the business. He is adept at transformational change: culture; structure; people; and technologies. He has led the transformations at large multi-nationals leveraging his process and people skills.
Currently Sherif is the CIO at a private healthcare provider, and the Vice President of the Toronto Chapter.


Kevin Tucker
Director, IT and Business Systems, Active Exhaust

Kevin Tucker REVAn experienced senior IT leader, with close to 25 years of experience, Kevin Tucker currently holds the position of Director of IT & Business Systems at Active Exhaust. He has Global responsibility for setting the path of the company’s technology ecosystem toward a heightened collaboration and knowledge management.
Kevin’s experience includes public, private, government and not-for-profit organizations, across numerous industry verticals. Within IT, Kevin’s experience includes both the Application and Infrastructure side of the IT function. Kevin’s executive-level experience also includes leading profit centers, 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 organizations focused on leveraging technology to not only support business objectives, but to encourage innovation and development of new products, services, and collaborative structures that drive effectiveness in support of revenue growth.