OCTOBER 23, 2017

WELCOME REMARKS

Jinny Sims

Jinny Sims | Minister of Citizens’ Services, Government of BC

Jinny Sims was elected as the MLA for Surrey-Panorama in 2017. She is the Minister of Citizens’ Services

Born in Punjab, India, Jinny immigrated to England at nine years old. She earned her education degree at the University of Manchester and became a high school teacher when she moved to Canada before becoming the president of the BC Teachers’ Federation in 2004.

In 2011, Jinny was elected as the Member of Parliament for Newton-North Delta and served as the critic for International Cooperation, Critic for Immigration and Critic for Employment.

Jinny is a mother and grandmother and is proud to call Surrey home.

Keynote | Shifting from ‘Doing’ to ‘Being’ Digital

Garth Andrus

Garth Andrus | Human Capital Leader, Deloitte Digital

Garth is the Human Capital leader for Deloitte Digital and is on the Board of Directors of Deloitte Consulting LLP. His areas of focus are digital transformations, change management, organization design, talent, and culture. He has worked in more than 15 countries and helped many large global companies transform major aspects of their business. He has a Doctorate in Organization Studies from Vanderbilt University. He has been quoted in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive Magazine, MSNBC, Analysts Reports, books, UPI, and the Associated Press.

Microsoft Augmented Reality with Llama Zoo and Finger Food Studios

Graham Cunliffe

Graham Cunliffe | Finger Food Studios

Graham is a versatile leader and professional engineer with experience in management, sales, marketing and product development. He is an expert in many leading-edge technologies and takes pride in finding elegant solutions to complex problems in both the business and technical realms. Graham loves working with passionate people and has a track record of delivering exceptional results.

Graham is currently the Director of Business Affairs and Operations at Finger Food, a Vancouver-based professional services company that develops custom solutions for global companies that increase revenue, manage risk and reduce cost. These solutions utilize a combination of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, AI, the Internet of Things and robotics.

Charles Lavigne Charles Lavigne | LlamaZoo Interactive, Co-Founder and CEO

Charles is a 12 year veteran of the video game and interactive entertainment industries, where he previously worked for companies such Electronic Arts, Ubisoft Montreal, and Microsoft as a game designer and developer on award-winning and multi-million unit selling products.

As co-founder and CEO of award-winning LlamaZOO Interactive, Charles has helped build a leading educational technology company in the VR/AR/MR space with clients including the University of Pennsylvania, University of Saskatchewan, Missouri, Adelaide and several other stealth clients. The company’s product “EasyAnatomy: Virtual Canine Cadaver” is the world’s first virtual simulation of a medically accurate canine dissection, and is used in over 70 universities worldwide. He leads the development team as the product and vision owner and is responsible for R&D, and business strategy.

Charles is also a board member of the “VRARA Vancouver chapter”, and a founding board member of BCTech’s the CUBE: Spatial Computing BC Association.

Charles Lavigne Edoardo De Martin | Microsoft Vancouver, Director

Edoardo De Martin is the Director of Microsoft Vancouver, the company’s sole Canadian development center and one of six worldwide. He plays a key role in global operations, overseeing site strategy.

Graduating from SFU with a double major in Economics & Geography, his skill in putting culture first to build profitable, productive teams has been at the heart of his more than two decades in technology. A British Columbian by birth, De Martin launched his career in telecommunications before transitioning to successive roles in video games that would see him deliver the franchise leading, number one selling game worldwide, Need for Speed Underground, and become a voice for operational excellence within the industry and earn back-to-back ‘Best Company’ honours for Next Level Games.

In 2010, De Martin joined Microsoft to lead HoloLens development. After six years working between Redmond and Vancouver, he was named site leader for the new global development centre in the fall of 2015. Today, De Martin lends his expertise to organizations shaping the local ecosystem. As an advocate for Vancouver’s tech industry, he seeks opportunities to drive action around the city’s position in the global marketplace. De Martin is also a sought-after speaker, with his real-world stories on the highs and lows of development circling around one central theme – people.

De Martin serves as a board member for BC Tech and co-chairs an industry work group designed to grow Vancouver’s tech ecosystem.

Panel | Exploring Dev/Ops

Tyler Sherwood

Tyler Sherwood | CGI

Tyler Sherwood is the CGI BC Region’s Chief Enterprise Architect, with over a decade’s experience building and leading the Architecture team across all of CGI’s major BC public sector partnerships. Currently, he is responsible for establishing and evolving DevOps within both the BC Natural Resource Sector and the BC Ministry of Health engagements. This process builds on CGI’s ISO 9001-certified management frameworks, and its two most relevant methodologies: Peritus for application maintenance and iConcert for application development.

Tyler’s leadership role in strategic planning for the Ministry of Health’s Application Management Services, has enabled him to initiate a DevOps approach to bridge the traditional gap between the project application development teams and the application maintenance teams. To accomplish this he has developed a training program for team members that work to not only educate but to forge the bonds needed to make the shift to DevOps successful.

The Natural Resource Sector’s Permitting Project (NRPP) is leading the BC Public Service in a large-scale organizational shift to streamline the path to deliver changes into production while reducing the time and effort required. Tyler’s role in this initiative began with leading the Common Software Framework (CSF) project and expanded into implementing the Application Life Cycle (ALC) initiative designed to support the goals of;

· Expediting the flow of deliverables from the developer to the end user and redefining the definition of done.

· Improving the speed and quality of end-user feedback through continuous integration and automated tests.

· Fostering a culture of continuous improvement and experimentation; “Fail small, fail early, recover fast”.

Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson | BC Developers’ Exchange

Todd Wilson is part of the team leading a transformation towards UX/Agile/DevOps application development teams across the BC government (BC Developers’ Exchange DevOps Pathfinder). They have embarked on a journey to leverage open source development to create new ways for innovators in the tech sector and government to work together, grow B.C.’s economy, and make services for British Columbians better.

 

Todd Yule

Todd Yule | Divisional Director, WorkSafeBC

Todd Yule is the Divisional Director of Cloud Delivery and Operations at WorkSafeBC, with over 15 years as a senior leader of the Information Technology Division. Currently, he is responsible for leading the transformation of the IT Division to DevOps practices in the cloud.

Mr. Yule has extensive experience in business relationship management at the executive level, strategy development, application development, infrastructure operations, vendor management, and contract management. In addition to his leadership role on the largest business and system transformation project undertaken by WorkSafeBC to replace all claims applications, Mr. Yule has also overseen the replacement of a mission-critical mainframe computer system and the relocation of the data centre. He is passionate about providing systems solutions that deliver the organization’s mandate of keeping workplaces safe and supporting injured workers.

Driving Disruptive Innovation through a Patient Centric Approach

Alexandra Best

Alexandra Best | Busines and Market Strategy Director, Telus

Business and Market Strategy Director
An experienced marketing strategist and leader, Alexandra has a reputation as a trusted advisor whose teams have made a substantial impact on reputation and revenue. In her role as Business and Market Strategy Director with TELUS Health, Alexandra supports the business and TELUS clients with innovative healthcare technology solutions for providers and patients.

Previous to this role Alex was Director, Marketing for TELUS Health responsible for the marketing strategy and programs for TELUS’ 20,000+ community-based physicians with electronic medical record (EMR) solutions. Alex led Marketing for Wolf Medical Systems (acquired by TELUS in 2012) from 2006-2010 and supported the company through successful bids to be a certified EMR provider in BC and Alberta. Alex has held senior marketing and communications roles in the technology sector since 1991, in the areas of data connectivity and analytics, CRM, and loyalty and referral marketing.

Shannon Malovec

Shannon Malovec | Patient Engagement, TELUS Health

Shannon is a highly skilled health informatics leader, passionate about transforming healthcare through patient engagement and is experienced in strategic planning, portfolio/program management, and systems implementation.

Shannon is Principal, Patient Engagement at TELUS Health. In her role, Shannon leads the strategy development, product management, and delivery management of TELUS Health’s patient-facing applications, including Personal Health Record, Home Health Monitoring, and EMR Portals. She also leads the execution of major health transformation initiatives and is responsible for the delivery of consulting services.

Previous to TELUS Health, Shannon was Director, Clinical Solution Delivery for Information Management Information Technology Services (IMITS), Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). Shannon led the execution of major clinical IM/IT projects across PHSA, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Providence Healthcare. Shannon also led the teams responsible for the Project Portfolio Management Office, Budget Planning and Management, and Performance Management and Benefits Evaluation. Shannon has also worked with a health management consulting company in Canada and in the United States and was engaged in strategic planning, project management, and implementation initiatives. Shannon spent time working with various healthcare organizations, hospitals, and private sector IT companies in Toronto, New York, and Illinois where she was involved in the planning and implementation of a variety of clinical solutions.

Panel | Digital Evolution from Around the Globe

Dejan Cvetkovic

Dejan Cvetkovic | Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft WorldWide

Dejan Cvetkovic is the Chief Technology Officer, Digital Transformation in Microsoft WorldWide Industry Group. Having gained an education in Serbia he then built his career within Microsoft Canada in a wide variety of positions, ranging from software development to business development. Some of the innovative projects where he led teams and developed solutions include the very first e-banking for HSBC and e-government for Western Canada back in the mid-90s. In 2003, Dejan was appointed as a first General Manager for the newly formed country team of Microsoft Serbia and Montenegro.

In 2008 Dejan assumed the role of Microsoft public sector business director for Central and East Europe, multicountry region, where he has brought together a strong and ambitious team of professionals that forged relationships with a network of 1000+ local partners and generated a list of clients that reads like the Who’s Who of Central and East Europe business and technology, but also includes educational institutions, humanitarian projects, and international organizations. Dejan also held a position of the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia striving for simplicity in laws, regulations, and procedures in order to accelerate the attraction of the Foreign Direct Investments.

In his current role, Dejan works with the Government officials, policymakers, and influencers to help paint the technology vision of the countries WW.

Taavi Kotka

Taavi Kotka | Entrepreneur and former Estonian Government CIO

Taavi Kotka, entrepreneur, and former Estonian Government CIO. European CIO of the Year 2014. Taavi has a strong background working in private sector. He started his career as a programmer, rising to be a CEO of the largest software development company in the region – Webmedia (now Nortal). In 2012, he sold his shares in Nortal and accepted Estonian Government offer to become country’s first Chief Information Officer.

Now he is back in private sector, helping his start-ups and consulting large enterprises and governments on digital transformation. He is also a very popular and visionary speaker in large conferences world-wide. As an engineer and CIO, he has been the brainpower behind many Estonian e-government innovative initiatives like e-residency (digital citizenship), data embassies, country in the cloud, no-legacy policy, VAT fraud detection etc.

Taavi is also a special advisor to European Commission vice-president Andrus Ansip on European Digital Single Market.

Craig Wallace

Craig Wallace | Transformation Global Practice Lead, CGI

As the lead for CGI’s Digital Transformation Global Practice, Craig is responsible for bringing together CGI’s global digital transformation point of view, solutions and services portfolio. With over three decades of transformation expertise, Craig provides portfolio management, thought leadership, counsel and support for clients’ digital transformation journeys. Previously, he led Digital Strategy and Transformation in CGI’s UK SBU. Prior to joining CGI, Craig was the Group CIO for FirstGroup, driving digitalization of cross-channel customer experience, customer satisfaction and organic growth. In his career, he was worked in senior positions in the FMCG, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, High Tech, and Transportation industries across North America, Southern Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East.

Craig holds a computer science degree from Coventry, studied strategy and organization at Stanford Graduate School and attended Kelley and IMD Business Schools.

Four Megatrends Drive our Future Realities

Will Allen

Will Allen | Inventor and Innovator, HP Labs

Will Allen is an Inventor and Innovator in the Emerging Compute Lab, part of HP Labs. For thirty years, Allen has been deeply engaged with inventing and commercializing digital technology, contributing to HP programs with global impact in instrumentation, inkjet printing at all scales, digital projection displays, and services. His current areas of interest include robotic systems, pan-organization innovation, future of the workplace with immersive collaboration, and HP technical career path governance.

 

Digital Buildings – The Building as the Personal Assistant

Ralph Bisschops

Ralph Bisschops | Smart Buildings Solutions Lead, CGI

As the lead for CGI’s Smart Buildings solutions and thought leader in IoT, Ralph is responsible for Digital Transformation in the building industry, Ralph is responsible for bringing together CGI’s partner knowledge, solutions, and services. Based on his experience, Ralph provides portfolio management, thought leadership, counsel, and support for clients’ Smart Building and IoT

 

 

Keynote | Trust your Engineers – The Digital Transformation of Estonia

Taavi Kotka

Taavi Kotka | Entrepreneur and former Estonian Government CIO

Taavi Kotka, entrepreneur, and former Estonian Government CIO. European CIO of the Year 2014. Taavi has a strong background working in private sector. He started his career as a programmer, rising to be a CEO of the largest software development company in the region – Webmedia (now Nortal). In 2012, he sold his shares in Nortal and accepted Estonian Government offer to become country’s first Chief Information Officer.

Now he is back in private sector, helping his start-ups and consulting large enterprises and governments on digital transformation. He is also a very popular and visionary speaker in large conferences world-wide. As an engineer and CIO, he has been the brainpower behind many Estonian e-government innovative initiatives like e-residency (digital citizenship), data embassies, country in the cloud, no-legacy policy, VAT fraud detection etc.

Taavi is also a special advisor to European Commission vice-president Andrus Ansip on European Digital Single Market.

Data Analytics as a Driver of Change

Adithi Pandit

Adithi Pandit | Partner, Deloitte New Zealand

Adithi is a Partner leading the Strategy and Operations and Social Innovation and Impact Services in Deloitte New Zealand. Her focus areas are operating model change, the transformation of social services and human centered design. Adithi helps organizations transform their business through changes to people, process, and technology – in a way that is collaborative, innovative and truly customer/citizen-centric.

Her passion is for bringing together individuals and organizations to address ‘wicked problems’ at multiple levels: changing systems to transform outcomes, redesigning services to be simpler and generate better outcomes, and shifting mindsets to focus on growth, innovation, and impact. In her most recent experience, she has supported the government of New Zealand to review and redesign the system for care and protection of children and young people, using child-centered, collaborative design techniques, including the requirements for the development of a technology solution using principles of viability, visibility, and desirability.

Reconstruction Work – Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and the Essential Role of Humans

Garth Andrus

Garth Andrus | Human Capital Leader, Deloitte Digital

Garth is the Human Capital leader for Deloitte Digital and is on the Board of Directors of Deloitte Consulting LLP. His areas of focus are digital transformations, change management, organization design, talent, and culture. He has worked in more than 15 countries and helped many large global companies transform major aspects of their business. He has a Doctorate in Organization Studies from Vanderbilt University. He has been quoted in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive Magazine, MSNBC, Analysts Reports, books, UPI, and the Associated Press.

Panel | The Future of Artificial Intelligence

Will Allen

Will Allen | Inventor and Innovator, HP Labs

Will Allen is an Inventor and Innovator in the Emerging Compute Lab, part of HP Labs. For thirty years, Allen has been deeply engaged with inventing and commercializing digital technology, contributing to HP programs with global impact in instrumentation, inkjet printing at all scales, digital projection displays, and services. His current areas of interest include robotic systems, pan-organization innovation, future of the workplace with immersive collaboration, and HP technical career path governance.

 

Peter Guest

Peter Guest | IBM

Peter Guest is a Client Technical Leader with IBM Canada and also teaches a variety of courses at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), primarily on Business Analysis and Project Management.

The Client Technical Leader is a technical leadership role focused on IBM’s largest customers. Peter provides strategic technical leadership and direction to Alberta and British Columbia public sector clients. Peter creates and maintains trusted client relationships at all levels within the client’s business. He designs solution recommendations for his clients by applying his broad technical skills, industry knowledge and business expertise. These recommendations leverage both existing and emerging technologies, architectures and integrated solutions to meet the client’s business needs and solve challenges. Typical solutions often include cloud, data, and analytics; however, technologies such as the Internet of Things and Blockchain are emerging more frequently.

In his spare time, Peter volunteers as an executive member of the Alberta Smart City Alliance, the Chair of the Board for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and is very active with Scouts Canada.

Ramy Sedra

Ramy Sedra | Data & Analytics Consulting Lead, PwC

Ramy Sedra is the Data & Analytics Consulting Leader providing leadership to the firm’s clients and consultants across the country. Ramy’s 22 years of experience have been focused on delivering Data & Analytics solutions across a variety of industries including Government, Agencies, Public Safety, Public Transportation, Retail, Financial Services, and Entertainment and Media.

His experience spans from data & analytics to AI to automation, leading complex, global, multi-disciplinary transformation programs. Ramy has a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, interact and navigate across all levels of organization from front-line staff, senior executives, and politicians. His depth in data and analytics combined with his business acumen, negotiation skills, and personable style make him a sought out program executive.

Ramy is an accomplished speaker and author on the topic of data and analytics. He has spoken at several conferences and written a number of articles on the subject. Ramy has most recently been speaking on “Big Decisions, the New Art and Science of Decision Making” and has addressed the Finance Executives International Association, spoken at the AICPA Internal Audit Conference. He recently was a guest on TVA Canal Argent to speak about the sharing economy, was interviewed regarding Smart Cities, and on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for CPA Magazine.

Using the Internet of Things to Solve Real World Problems

Steve Wysmuller

Steve Wysmuller | Lead Meteorologist, IBM

A respected leader in weather and climate resiliency for nearly 20 years, Steve Wysmuller currently serves as IBM’s global lead meteorologist for government, aviation, travel and transportation clients. He joined IBM in 2005 as a member of IBM’s Corporate Environmental Affairs department. He has since held several roles, including IBM’s Smarter Cities sales leader, Global Business Services team leader, and as a member of the Cognitive Solutions Team responsible for Sustainability & Emergency Management.

Most recently, Steve has been working closely with the DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) on a project to create a weather and traffic visualization platform. This project is helping INL increase the reliability, the resolution, and the communication of road and weather conditions along popular routes. Success at the INL means safer roads anywhere there is potential for hazardous weather.

Steve is very active in his local community and has held numerous board of director seats, including Board President. As evidence of his passion for local service, in 2016 he received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama for 4,000 hours of volunteer service.
Steve received his M.S. in Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his dual B.S. in Meteorology and Environmental Science from North Carolina State University.

Panel | Design Thinking

Julie Foxcroft

Julie Foxcroft | Program Manager, IBM

After fifteen years in a corporate career with leadership roles in senior positions, Julie pursued a coaching certification in 2012. Julie is currently IBM Global Business Services Canada Employee Engagement Program Manager, providing coaching, leadership workshop, and people development for over 2,000 employees.

15 years with Consulting and Project Management as part of Price Waterhouse, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting and then IBM Global Business Services. International experience working in various locations including the United States, Canada, India, and Romania. Leader and coach to multiple large teams with significant cultural diversity. 500+ hours providing coaching, custom leadership development workshops, group coaching and employee engagement team building events. Julie is also trained in Design Thinking principles and has lead several Design Thinking sessions across Canada leveraging unique technologies such as Zoom and Mural to enable virtual Design Thinking.

Adithi Pandit

Adithi Pandit | Partner, Deloitte New Zealand

Adithi is a Partner leading the Strategy and Operations and Social Innovation and Impact Services in Deloitte New Zealand. Her focus areas are operating model change, the transformation of social services and human centered design. Adithi helps organizations transform their business through changes to people, process, and technology – in a way that is collaborative, innovative and truly customer/citizen-centric.

Her passion is for bringing together individuals and organizations to address ‘wicked problems’ at multiple levels: changing systems to transform outcomes, redesigning services to be simpler and generate better outcomes, and shifting mindsets to focus on growth, innovation, and impact. In her most recent experience, she has supported the government of New Zealand to review and redesign the system for care and protection of children and young people, using child-centered, collaborative design techniques, including the requirements for the development of a technology solution using principles of viability, visibility, and desirability.

OCTOBER 24, 2017

Keynote | Design for the Data Boom – Meeting Citizens’ Expectations in an Age of Continuous Connection

Nora Young

Nora Young | Host, CBC

Nora Young is the host and the creator of Spark, CBC’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture. She was the founding host of the CBC Radio show, Definitely not the Opera, where she often focused on new media and technology.

As a journalist, author, and speaker, Nora explores how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Her book, The Virtual Self, on the explosion of data about our behaviours, opinions, and actions, is published by McClelland and Stewart. She is a lazy blogger and committed hobby podcaster. Her favourite technology is her bicycle.

Investing in Children – Social Services Reform in New Zealand

Adithi Pandit

Adithi Pandit | Partner, Deloitte New Zealand

Adithi is a Partner leading the Strategy and Operations and Social Innovation and Impact Services in Deloitte New Zealand. Her focus areas are operating model change, the transformation of social services and human centered design. Adithi helps organizations transform their business through changes to people, process, and technology – in a way that is collaborative, innovative and truly customer/citizen-centric.

Her passion is for bringing together individuals and organizations to address ‘wicked problems’ at multiple levels: changing systems to transform outcomes, redesigning services to be simpler and generate better outcomes, and shifting mindsets to focus on growth, innovation, and impact. In her most recent experience, she has supported the government of New Zealand to review and redesign the system for care and protection of children and young people, using child-centered, collaborative design techniques, including the requirements for the development of a technology solution using principles of viability, visibility, and desirability.

Panel | Ethics and Technology

Will Allen

Will Allen | Inventor and Innovator, HP Labs

Will Allen is an Inventor and Innovator in the Emerging Compute Lab, part of HP Labs. For thirty years, Allen has been deeply engaged with inventing and commercializing digital technology, contributing to HP programs with global impact in instrumentation, inkjet printing at all scales, digital projection displays, and services. His current areas of interest include robotic systems, pan-organization innovation, future of the workplace with immersive collaboration, and HP technical career path governance.

 

Will Allen

Micheal Vonn | Policy Director, BC Civil Liberties Association

Micheal Vonn is a lawyer and has been the Policy Director of the BCCLA since 2004. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the Faculty of Law and in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies where she has taught civil liberties and information ethics. She is a regular guest instructor for UBC’s College of Health Disciplines Interdisciplinary Elective in HIV/AIDS Care. She has been honoured for her work in HIV/AIDS with both an AccolAIDS Award and a Red Ribbon Award, and she is the recipient of the 2015 Keith Sacré Library Champion Award for support, guidance, and assistance given to the BC library community.

Her publication credits include the Birkbeck Law Review, Surveillance and Society, Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, and Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. Ms. Vonn is a frequent speaker on a variety of civil liberties topics including privacy, national security, policing, surveillance and free speech. She is currently a collaborator on Big Data Surveillance, a multi-year research projected lead by Queens University. She is an Advisory Board Member of Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression and an Advisory Board Member of Privacy International.

Panel | Smart Buildings/Cities

Ralph Bisschops

Ralph Bisschops | Smart Buildings Solutions Lead, CGI

As the lead for CGI’s Smart Buildings solutions and thought leader in IoT, Ralph is responsible for Digital Transformation in the building industry, Ralph is responsible for bringing together CGI’s partner knowledge, solutions, and services. Based on his experience, Ralph provides portfolio management, thought leadership, counsel, and support for clients’ Smart Building and IoT

 

 

 

Ralph BisschopsDr. Stefan Storey | Director and Co-Founder, Sensible Building Science

Stefan Storey, Ph.D., P. Eng., is director and co-founder of Sensible Building Science, a sustainable tech company leading solutions in the Smart Building sector. Stefan contributes expertise in building science and operations including financial analysis of commercial buildings, risk analysis, operations & maintenance, post occupancy evaluation, energy performance and IAQ evaluation. Sensible is the winner of the NVBC City Innovation Prize for their WiFi-to-HVAC innovation, creating energy efficiency for commercial buildings across Canada.”

 

 

Panel | The Mesmerizing World of Augmented and Virtual Reality

Will Allen

Will Allen | Inventor and Innovator, HP Labs

Will Allen is an Inventor and Innovator in the Emerging Compute Lab, part of HP Labs. For thirty years, Allen has been deeply engaged with inventing and commercializing digital technology, contributing to HP programs with global impact in instrumentation, inkjet printing at all scales, digital projection displays, and services. His current areas of interest include robotic systems, pan-organization innovation, future of the workplace with immersive collaboration, and HP technical career path governance.

 

Charles Lavigne Charles Lavigne | LlamaZoo Interactive, Co-Founder and CEO

Charles is a 12 year veteran of the video game and interactive entertainment industries, where he previously worked for companies such Electronic Arts, Ubisoft Montreal, and Microsoft as a game designer and developer on award-winning and multi-million unit selling products.

As co-founder and CEO of award-winning LlamaZOO Interactive, Charles has helped build a leading educational technology company in the VR/AR/MR space with clients including the University of Pennsylvania, University of Saskatchewan, Missouri, Adelaide and several other stealth clients. The company’s product “EasyAnatomy: Virtual Canine Cadaver” is the world’s first virtual simulation of a medically accurate canine dissection, and is used in over 70 universities worldwide. He leads the development team as the product and vision owner and is responsible for R&D, and business strategy.

Charles is also a board member of the “VRARA Vancouver chapter”, and a founding board member of BCTech’s the CUBE: Spatial Computing BC Association.

Envisioning the Future Digital Government Technology Platform

Bill Finnerty

Bill Finnerty | Research Director, Gartner Research

Bill Finnerty is a Research Director in Gartner Research, where he is a member of the public-sector team covering citizen engagement, government portals, mobile, and geospatial technologies for state and local governments.

Mr. Finnerty previously served as the Chief Information Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of State, where he was responsible for the Department’s IT strategic direction, budget, policy and staffing strategies. While at the Department of State, he established an agile project management methodology, implemented an ITIL practice, oversaw system modernization projects, and worked on projects to deliver online services to the public.

Mr. Finnerty was also the Director of Information Technology for Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, where he led the Information Technology, ERP, GIS, Elections and Archive departments. During his tenure with the county, he implemented a social media program, oversaw the implementation of a county-owned microwave network, and the creation of a county information security division. Mr. Finnerty has also been an Adjunct Professor for Central Pennsylvania College, where he taught classes in system analysis and design, ethics, and application development.

‘How To’ Utilize Dev/Ops

Tyler Sherwood

Tyler Sherwood | CGI

Tyler Sherwood is the CGI BC Region’s Chief Enterprise Architect, with over a decade’s experience building and leading the Architecture team across all of CGI’s major BC public sector partnerships. Currently, he is responsible for establishing and evolving DevOps within both the BC Natural Resource Sector and the BC Ministry of Health engagements. This process builds on CGI’s ISO 9001-certified management frameworks, and its two most relevant methodologies: Peritus for application maintenance and iConcert for application development.

Tyler’s leadership role in strategic planning for the Ministry of Health’s Application Management Services, has enabled him to initiate a DevOps approach to bridge the traditional gap between the project application development teams and the application maintenance teams. To accomplish this he has developed a training program for team members that work to not only educate but to forge the bonds needed to make the shift to DevOps successful.

The Natural Resource Sector’s Permitting Project (NRPP) is leading the BC Public Service in a large-scale organizational shift to streamline the path to deliver changes into production while reducing the time and effort required. Tyler’s role in this initiative began with leading the Common Software Framework (CSF) project and expanded into implementing the Application Life Cycle (ALC) initiative designed to support the goals of;

· Expediting the flow of deliverables from the developer to the end user and redefining the definition of done.

· Improving the speed and quality of end-user feedback through continuous integration and automated tests.

· Fostering a culture of continuous improvement and experimentation; “Fail small, fail early, recover fast”.

Crimson Project – A Smart Cities’ Initiative on Public Safety and Crisis Management Service Orchestration

Michael Lomax

Michael Lomax | Director of Assessment, Esri Canada

Michael Lomax is the Director of Assessment for Esri Canada and leads a group that develops and implements GIS Centric Assessment & Real Estate software solutions that support, enhance, and facilitate the ongoing development of Smart Communities. Michael has contributed in a senior role & leadership position on many innovative corporate projects such as Commercial Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) that is revolutionizing the Appraisal market.

Blockchain for Dummies

Alfredo Ramirez | Technical Lead for Cloud & Cognitive, IBM

Alfredo Ramírez is a Technical Lead for Cloud & Cognitive in Canada and the Caribbean with 27 years of experience in the IT Industry. He is an enabler to IBM’s customers adopting the Bluemix PaaS and Blockchain solution technologies. Alfredo has spent half of his professional career with IBM Development Software Teams and related software engineering technologies.

His work with clients in Canada and the Caribbean includes:
– defining software engineering strategy for enterprise solutions
– process improvement
– transition to service-oriented solutions

Alfredo has extensive experience in service-based design, component-based development, software engineering environments, scaling agile projects in outsourcing environments, globally distributed development, agile in large teams and enterprise application development tools.
He focuses on practical approaches to solving problems, finding pragmatic solutions, and achieving tangible business results for clients.

#EpicFail – The Sequel

Colin How

Colin How | Managing Partner, Innovations in Health

 

 

 

 

 

Bev McPhee

Bev McPhee | Principal Consultant, Bev McPhee Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Remarks

Jill Kot

Jill Kot | Deputy Minister, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

Jill Kot was appointed Deputy Minister, Citizens’ Services, on July 18, 2017. Jill comes from the Ministry of Education where she was the Assistant Deputy Minister for a broad area of responsibility, including information technology (e.g., student information systems, ministry systems and network connectivity to schools); services such as Student Certification and OpenSchool BC; and the Learning Modernization Project, which is the broad transformation across the education sector (60 school districts, independent schools, etc.), including Kindergarten to grade 12 curriculum, assessment and graduation.

Jill has held a number of roles in different ministries at an Assistant Deputy Minister level, and has led many large scale change initiatives across government. Prior to going to the Ministry of Education, Jill led the Integrated Case Management initiative for the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Before that, Jill held various positions in the Ministry of Citizens’ Services, including responsibility for the government network, workstations, data centre, and many corporate systems such as the financial and payroll system for government.

While with the Ministry of Education, Jill was a Premier’s Award finalist in the Leadership-Vancouver Island category.

Jill has over 30 years of experience in both the private and public sector, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.