OCIO Connect 2018

October 2, 2018

WELCOME REMARKS

  headshot of CJ Ritchie CJ RITCHIE | Province of BC

Government Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

Her recent accomplishments include: fostering a strong and competitive investment climate driving job creation, business opportunities and growth in BC; leading the development of a Mental Health Strategy on behalf of seven ministries; leading the development of the #BC Tech strategy, which launched in 2016; and, creating the Strategic Partnerships office which provided corporate leadership to a $5.8 billion portfolio of the Province’s high value technology contracts. Driven by high standards, CJ has a track record of producing results. She believes that systemic issues and complex problems can be solved if you attract the right resources, shift existing processes, and change culture in order to promote necessary change.
CJ holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, two Bachelor degrees from the University of Victoria in Social Work and Psychology, and has taken Advanced Negotiation courses with the Harvard School of Business.

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 | IT for the Ocean: How Authenticity is Turning the Ocean’s Greatest Threat into Humanity’s Richest Opportunity

David Katz | Founder & CEO, The Plastic Bank

David has been named one of the world’s most compassionate entrepreneurs by Salt magazine. He is the recipient of the United Nations Lighthouse award for Planetary Health, recipient of the Paris Climate Conference Sustainia community award, is the Past President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), and named the Entrepreneur Organizations, Global Citizen. 

David is the founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank, an internationally recognized solution to ocean plastic. The Plastic Bank is a global network of micro recycling markets that empower the poor to transcend poverty by cleaning the environment. The Plastic Bank is an eco-system that provides an opportunity for the world to collect and trade plastic waste as a currency. Global partners include IBM, Shell Energy and Henkel.

A.I. – From Hype to Hope

Shelby Austin | Managing Partner and National Leader, Omnia – Deloitte’s Artificial Intelligence Team

Shelby Austin leads a diverse team of AI practitioners, which includes machine learning engineers, data scientists, AI strategists, and risk specialists. She also chairs the Global Innovation Council for Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice.

Following her role as a partner at a large Bay Street law firm in Toronto, Shelby founded her own business, ATD Legal Services, which was acquired by Deloitte in 2015. A true entrepreneur, Shelby brings great vision and leadership to her role at Deloitte and has been key to the firm’s innovation efforts both locally and globally, bringing leading AI services and solutions to market. Shelby has a proven record of accomplishment in helping organizations drive significant growth and manage change with technology and data-driven decision-making. She is the recipient of several awards including, the Risings Stars award given by Lexpert Magazine, and the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award given by The Women’s Executive Network (WXN).  Shelby’s previous company was named one of Canada’s Hot 50 companies by Profit Magazine.

Unlocking the Power of MS Dynamics: A Digital Framework for the Connected Citizen

Grant McLarnon | CEO, KPMG

With over 20 years’ experience leading citizen engagement implementations for the public sector, Grant is a trail blazer in the smart cities movement. He has worked with a number of local governments; Federal, Provincial, State and municipal, Internationally including New York City, Phoenix, Seattle, Victoria, Langley, Lethbridge, Brampton, Guelph and right here with the Province of British Columbia.

Grant loves making connections and empowering citizens through technology, and was instrumental in designing and building the citizen services solution which Microsoft purchased in 2015.

A.I. In Government – Without the Headaches

Bill Lobig | Vice President, Watson Offering Management, IBM

Bill is responsible for IBM offerings to deliver AI to the worlds’ most essential business applications with Trust and Transparency. Bill has over 18 years experience in the engineering and product management roles ranging from unstructured data/content management, information life cycle governance, data governance, machine learning & AI, as well as cross product disciplines such as performance analysis and capacity planning.

 

Exploring the Frontiers of Virtual Reality

Gary Perkins | Chief Information Security Officer, Province of B.C.

Gary Perkins is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Government of British Columbia.  As the Executive Director of the Information Security Branch, Perkins is responsible for providing cybersecurity services in support of the province.  He has more than 18 years of experience in information technology, risk management and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the BC Government, Perkins worked in the private sector as chief of staff for security at TELUS and, earlier in his career, led teams responsible for incident response, operations, delivery and architecture for both corporate and managed security services customers.  A CISSP since 2004, Perkins also holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University’s Management of Technology program.

 

Digital Government Accelerating Your Way to a Modern Digital Government 

Guy Legever | Senior Manager Partner Consulting, DXC Technology

Senior executive with +30 years of experience within services and industry. Twenty years
experience in global and European leadership roles in general management, management
consultancy, digital transformation, technology services and industry solutions.
He has been responsible for managing businesses in excess of $1,5 Billion, directing culturally
diverse teams of 3000+ consultants and associates in +20 countries, carrying global and
regional P&L targets. He is used to work in matrix organizations and experienced with
collaborative development and virtual management teams.
Guy is a recognized industry expert and thought leader. Specialized in strategic direction,
process transformation, information technology strategy, digital transformation and business
process outsourcing with more than 25 years experience within different industries.
He has been supporting Government and Administrations, Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Medical
Product, Medical Device and Diagnostic companies, Hospitals, Research Institutes, Insurance
Companies and Industry Associations to define their strategic direction and to transform their
business and processes.

 

Digital Technology Supercluster… Our Journey Starts Here

Michael Jung | Telus

Michael is passionate about transforming healthcare through the application of technology and connecting systems while keeping the patient at the center. Michael led the building of the Supercluster application to the Federal Government at TELUS. More recently, he was the program manager and participated in the building of the TELUS’ supercluster proposals submitted to Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster.

Previously, Michael worked on the contracting of Home Health Monitoring with the BC Provincial Government, the incorporation of the Ministry of Education into the Province’s Master Service Agreement and the introduction of Telepresence into the Province of BC.

 

 

A.I. – The Use of Trust and Transparency for Better Transformation and Use

Bill Lobig | Vice President, Watson Offering Management, IBM

Bill is responsible for IBM offerings to deliver AI to the worlds’ most essential business applications with Trust and Transparency. Bill has over 18 years experience in the engineering and product management roles ranging from unstructured data/content management, information life cycle governance, data governance, machine learning & AI, as well as cross product disciplines such as performance analysis and capacity planning.

 

 

What is Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster and Why Should You Care? 

Sue Paish | CEO, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster

For over 35 years, Sue Paish has led transformation and innovation across professional services, healthcare and technology – driving business growth, and leading large-scale organizational change.

In her role as the inaugural CEO of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster (CDTS), Sue oversees innovative cross-sector projects and initiatives that will digitally transform Canada’s leading industries and create export opportunities.

Sue was one of Canada’s foremost employment and labour law lawyers, and the youngest managing partner ever appointed at Fasken, BC’s largest law firm. She oversaw the firm’s growth to nine offices across three continents, and led it through one of the most significant law firm mergers in the country. She seamlessly transitioned to corporate leadership, first as the CEO of Pharmasave, Canada’s largest chain of independent retail pharmacies. From there she was appointed CEO of LifeLabs Diagnostic Laboratories, where she doubled the company’s size through acquisitions and integrations to create Canada’s largest diagnostic lab, while driving organic growth, and entry into transformative markets including genetics.

The humanitarian spirit that led Sue to her first career in law is expressed through her continuing community engagement where she has been recognized with awards including: UBC Faculty of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, YWCA Woman of Distinction, Queen’s Counsel, Hall of Fame for Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and an Influential Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Cars. Accommodation. Even Groceries. Why not Citizen Services? Embracing Platform in the Digital Age. 

Marquis Cabrera | Global Leader of Digital Government Transformation, IBM

Marquis focuses on emerging technologies, agile citizen services, and open government. He has advised senior government officials in Switzerland, Singapore, New Zealand, Denmark, Australia, Belgium, and Dubai on transformation strategy and new asset creation. Marquis has led the development of open source emergency resilience, defense intelligence, and logistics Blockchain solutions for global governments.  He was IBM’s lead in the Global Citi T4I  Startup Tech for Integrity Challenge, which incubated thousands of startups. Marquis also prepared a memo on cognitive citizen services for the IBM CEO Ginni Rometty when she met with the White House Office of American Office of Innovation, and he recently co-authored A two-front battle: How governments can prevail in the face of the global skills crisis” (IBM Institute for Business Value).

Prior to joining IBM, Marquis was CEO of Foster Skills, a social enterprise – supported by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case – focused on citizen-driven social innovation. He also founded two startups: RateMyFosterHome.com, a first mover in public sector customer experience metrics; and Physiocare.io, an upstart Uberizing physical therapy. Early in his career, Marquis worked for Y-Combinator’s Wefunder to champion the Startup Jobs Act; Wayfair, where he developed brand strategy with HGTV celebrities; Massachusetts Appeals and Supreme Courts, where he helped role out new digital case management system; and the White House Chief of Staff’s Office, where he led efforts to improve Recovery Act reporting requirements, helped White House Counsel with now Justice Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings, and wrote memos for President Obama.on Smart Grids and FIFA’s ”Race Against Racism” campaign.

 

Empowering & Energizing the Digital Citizen

Brenda Wolfe | Senior Product Manager, ESRI

As Senior Product Manager, Brenda works directly with governments, NGOs, businesses and academic institutions around the world to understand their needs and ensure Esri’s software supports their goals and workflows. In her 11+ years at Esri, Brenda has helped create software products used by the Government, Commercial, and NGO sectors for economic development, community outreach, and internal decision-making. Those capabilities now play a role in a larger product, ArcGIS Hub, which helps align government and community organizations, data, and activities around important initiatives that improve the community.

Brenda has an analytical background, with degrees in both Statistics and Economics.  She began her career working as a tax policy analyst in the Department of Revenue for the State of Montana, analyzing revenue streams and the tax revenue impacts of proposed legislation.

 

Panel | Women in IT

Shelby Austin | Managing Partner and National Leader, Omnia – Deloitte’s Artificial Intelligence Team

Shelby Austin leads a diverse team of AI practitioners, which includes machine learning engineers, data scientists, AI strategists, and risk specialists. She also chairs the Global Innovation Council for Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice.

Following her role as a partner at a large Bay Street law firm in Toronto, Shelby founded her own business, ATD Legal Services, which was acquired by Deloitte in 2015. A true entrepreneur, Shelby brings great vision and leadership to her role at Deloitte and has been key to the firm’s innovation efforts both locally and globally, bringing leading AI services and solutions to market. Shelby has a proven record of accomplishment in helping organizations drive significant growth and manage change with technology and data-driven decision-making. She is the recipient of several awards including, the Risings Stars award given by Lexpert Magazine, and the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award given by The Women’s Executive Network (WXN).  Shelby’s previous company was named one of Canada’s Hot 50 companies by Profit Magazine.

Corrie Barclay | Province of BC

Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Sector IMIT Division, Ministry of Health

Corrie has significant experience with business transformation, creating a culture of innovation and inspiring teams to advance a business vision that achieves better outcomes through enabling digital strategies. Corrie’s health experience includes leading the first clinical deployments across the Province of BC for the Pan-Canadian public health surveillance solution.

Before joining the public service, Corrie was the CIO at BC Assessment where she led the creation and implementation of a digital strategy to optimize the business and increase the use and value of property information. Corrie holds a professional accounting designation with the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC.

 

headshot of CJ RitchieCJ RITCHIE | Province of BC

Government Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

Her recent accomplishments include: fostering a strong and competitive investment climate driving job creation, business opportunities and growth in BC; leading the development of a Mental Health Strategy on behalf of seven ministries; leading the development of the #BC Tech strategy, which launched in 2016; and, creating the Strategic Partnerships office which provided corporate leadership to a $5.8 billion portfolio of the Province’s high value technology contracts. Driven by high standards, CJ has a track record of producing results. She believes that systemic issues and complex problems can be solved if you attract the right resources, shift existing processes, and change culture in order to promote necessary change.
CJ holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, two Bachelor degrees from the University of Victoria in Social Work and Psychology, and has taken Advanced Negotiation courses with the Harvard School of Business.
Jill Tipping | President & CEO, BC Tech
Jill Tipping is President & CEO of BC Tech, the industry association that is dedicated to making BC the best place to grow a tech company. BC Tech focuses on helping tech companies grow and scale, helping non-tech companies adopt technology and encouraging more people – especially women – to pursue careers in technology. BC Tech promotes technology as a positive force for good – for the economy, for society, for our future.

 Prior to joining BC Tech, Jill was Vice President Operations and CFO with Schneider Electric Solar (formerly Xantrex), the Burnaby-based global supplier of solar power conversion solutions and leading player in BC’s thriving CleanTech sector. She started her career as a director with Deloitte in London, U.K. specializing in technology and growth companies.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Economic Commission and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Jill is also a member of BC’s Climate Solution and Clean Growth Advisory Council and Emerging Economy Task Force.

Jill holds an MA in Economic History from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Management from Stanford.

 

LlamaZOO VR Demo Room

Back again this year, LlamaZOO Interactive will be hosting another exciting, interactive VR demonstration. Make sure you stop in at the demo room to experience the virtual world.

 

Leveraging Big Data, ML and AI to Progress Digital Citizenry

Dr. Dian Gutiw | Director Consulting, CGI

Dr. Diane Gutiw has over 25 yrs of experience in the design, development and delivery of big data solutions and analytics for both public and private sector organizations. She has served as solution architect for highly integrated solutions across numerous industries including healthcare, municipal government, social services, justice, elections, municipal affairs, emergency services, transportation and education. The last ten years of her career have been focused on analytic program strategies as well as conducting health program evaluations. Diane has been working directly with organizations across Canada and the United States to conduct program evaluations and offer strategic solutions to improve their service delivery and analytic programs.

Most recently Diane has assisted in data governance strategies and data science modeling for the BC Government, Vancouver International Airport, City of Surrey, and BC Health Authorities. Diane has also been engaged in helping enable cross organizational and cross Ministry data sharing initiatives to expand the scope of what information is available to answer critical questions.

 

Panel | Digital Technology Supercluster

Peter Jones | Industry Lead – Canadian Healthcare, Microsoft Canada Co.

As Healthcare Industry Lead for Microsoft Canada, Peter is responsible for developing the strategy vision of modern healthcare for the Canadian marketplace. Working closely with the Microsoft Worldwide Healthcare team, Peter is deeply enriched in the best practices of healthcare digital transformation that is being practiced by healthcare industry leaders around the globe. Peter’s mandate is to help clients improve their clinical and operational performance by leveraging Microsoft solutions for healthcare data and records management, advanced analytics, and big data, while remaining compliant. Peter joined Microsoft nearly 20 years ago and has been focused on the healthcare industry for over 10 years. He is actively involved in a number Health Informatics groups such as COACH, CHIEF (Advisor), and is an active ITAC Health board member.

 

 

 

 

Michael Jung | Precision Health Leader, Telus

Michael is passionate about transforming healthcare through the application of technology and connecting systems while keeping the patient at the center. Michael led the building of the Supercluster application to the Federal Government at TELUS. More recently, he was the program manager and participated in the building of the TELUS’ supercluster proposals submitted to Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster.

Previously, Michael worked on the contracting of Home Health Monitoring with the BC Provincial Government, the incorporation of the Ministry of Education into the Province’s Master Service Agreement and the introduction of Telepresence into the Province of BC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Paish | CEO, Canada’s Digital Technology

For over 35 years, Sue Paish has led transformation and innovation across professional services, healthcare and technology – driving business growth, and leading large-scale organizational change.

In her role as the inaugural CEO of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster (CDTS), Sue oversees innovative cross-sector projects and initiatives that will digitally transform Canada’s leading industries and create export opportunities.

Sue was one of Canada’s foremost employment and labour law lawyers, and the youngest managing partner ever appointed at Fasken, BC’s largest law firm. She oversaw the firm’s growth to nine offices across three continents, and led it through one of the most significant law firm mergers in the country. She seamlessly transitioned to corporate leadership, first as the CEO of Pharmasave, Canada’s largest chain of independent retail pharmacies. From there she was appointed CEO of LifeLabs Diagnostic Laboratories, where she doubled the company’s size through acquisitions and integrations to create Canada’s largest diagnostic lab, while driving organic growth, and entry into transformative markets including genetics.

The humanitarian spirit that led Sue to her first career in law is expressed through her continuing community engagement where she has been recognized with awards including: UBC Faculty of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, YWCA Woman of Distinction, Queen’s Counsel, Hall of Fame for Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and an Influential Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

headshot of CJ RitchieCJ Ritchie | Province of BC

Government Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

Her recent accomplishments include: fostering a strong and competitive investment climate driving job creation, business opportunities and growth in BC; leading the development of a Mental Health Strategy on behalf of seven ministries; leading the development of the #BC Tech strategy, which launched in 2016; and, creating the Strategic Partnerships office which provided corporate leadership to a $5.8 billion portfolio of the Province’s high value technology contracts. Driven by high standards, CJ has a track record of producing results. She believes that systemic issues and complex problems can be solved if you attract the right resources, shift existing processes, and change culture in order to promote necessary change.
CJ holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, two Bachelor degrees from the University of Victoria in Social Work and Psychology, and has taken Advanced Negotiation courses with the Harvard School of Business.

Transforming Government with the Power of Data and Artificial Intelligence

Lily Kim| General Manager of Azure Government Engineering, Microsoft Corporation

Lily is the General Manager for Azure Government Engineering, and is the product lead for Azure Government, Microsoft’s commercial cloud solution specifically engineered to meet US government compliance and security requirements. With an expanded world-wide government focus, and as the Azure Government product owner, Lily is responsible for leading and delivering Microsoft’s Azure Government capability (which includes eight datacenter regions at both Unclassified and Secret) to support the full spectrum of US Government cloud needs, including State, Local Government, Federal Civilian, Defense Department (including the Defense Industrial Base), and the Intelligence Community. Lily is also responsible for the US Government market sector for Azure and driving adoption of cloud in the US government through enablement resources and support.

 

Prior to joining Microsoft, Lily was with the US Department of Defense (DoD) from 2010 to 2015, where she worked for the DoD Chief Information Office (DoD CIO) as a Division Chief for the Information Assurance (IA) Plans and Programs Division. At DoD CIO, Lily led the largest division in the organization responsible for providing strategic oversight, accountability, and governance of DoD’s $5+ billion cybersecurity program.

 

October 3, 2018

WELCOME REMARKS

headshot of CJ RitchieCJ RITCHIE | Province of BC

Government Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

Her recent accomplishments include: fostering a strong and competitive investment climate driving job creation, business opportunities and growth in BC; leading the development of a Mental Health Strategy on behalf of seven ministries; leading the development of the #BC Tech strategy, which launched in 2016; and, creating the Strategic Partnerships office which provided corporate leadership to a $5.8 billion portfolio of the Province’s high value technology contracts. Driven by high standards, CJ has a track record of producing results. She believes that systemic issues and complex problems can be solved if you attract the right resources, shift existing processes, and change culture in order to promote necessary change.
CJ holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, two Bachelor degrees from the University of Victoria in Social Work and Psychology, and has taken Advanced Negotiation courses with the Harvard School of Business.

The New Tech Future is Closer than You Think: How Eight Technologies Will Revolutionize What’s Next

Scott Likens | New Services and Emerging Technologies Leader, PwC

Scott leads PwC’s New Services and Emerging Tech practice in the United States, Japan, and China. With more than 21 years of emerging technology experience, he has helped clients transform their customer experience and enhance their digital operations.

Scott has worked across industries with some of the biggest multinational companies to transform their business by applying a local lens to global digital and emerging tech trends. He has expertise using emerging technology and advanced analytics in many areas including e-commerce, digital architecture, mobile technologies and social customer engagement.

 

Lessons from Down Under – The Australian Experience in New South Wales: Digital Government

Simon Cooper |Deloitte Consulting, Digital Director – Government & Public Services Practice

Simon leads digital government services focused on strategy and innovation for Deloitte Digital covering the Australian New South Wales and Federal Governments in Australia. He is passionate about making it easier for citizens and businesses to interact with governments in Australia. He has led engagements covering digital strategy, service design and delivery, pricing, marketing, prototype delivery, operating model design and policy.

Simon joined Deloitte from the UK Government where he led multi-disciplinary teams to deliver digital transformation including working closely with the Government Digital Service. Simon’s 13 years+ experience has focused on Immigration and Central Agencies covering digital, strategy, ministerial and operational roles. He holds an Executive MBA with Distinction from Cass Business School in London.

Simon is currently co-authoring a book ‘Are we there yet? Digital transformation in government and the public service in Australia’ that is due for publication in 2019.

 

Your Next Wave of Innovation Will Come From Ecosystems

Paul Stokes | Senior Executive Partner, Gartner

Paul Stokes is a Senior Executive Partner based in Victoria, British Columbia. He works closely with Gartner Executive Programs clients, providing executive-level advice, guidance, counsel, direction and assistance to enable, support and help members to use Gartner resources and best practices to succeed in their organizations. His portfolio of clients consists of CXOs and IT Leaders in Healthcare, Government and Education across Canada and is a resource leveraged across North America. Complimentary to supporting clients, he delivers roundtables, workshops, keynotes and briefings across Canada and at Gartner’s CIO events.

 

 

 

The Future of Data Panel: How BC Companies are Helping Unlock the Value of Public Data

Frank Hangler | Co-founder, Plot and Scatter

Frank Hangler is a designer and developer interested in the relationship between society, technology, and design in the digital era. He has more than ten years of experience with using web technologies to build social and analytics platforms. He has also written on emerging web technologies and their social impact. Frank is co-founder and principal at Plot + Scatter, a Vancouver-based data consultancy that helps organizations large and small with data strategy, analysis, and visualization.

 

 

 

Dr. Dimitri Marinakis | President and Chief Scientist, Kinsol Research

Dr. Marinakis is a computer scientist and technologist. He holds a Ph.D. from McGill University and is the President and Chief Scientist of the Victoria-based company, Kinsol Research. He has over 20 years experience developing algorithms and software related to information processing. His areas of research and experience include artificial intelligence and machine learning, machine vision, network protocols and wireless routing algorithms, recommender systems, natural language processing, IoT systems, and embedded design.

 

 

 

Mark Masongsong | CEO and co-founder, UrbanLogiq

With a decade in government and politics, he has been a featured speaker on the future of smart cities and analytics at the White House, World Bank, State Department and Harvard Smart Cities Accelerator. Mark also serves as a director humanitarian and environmental non-profits and was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

UrbanLogiq helps governments build better communities with data. They work with public servants to consolidate data that is currently fragmented in silos to create a unified view of a community and then utilize artificial intelligence to derive insights to help governments make faster, cheaper and more accurate decisions.

 

Mobilizing Growth in BC Companies Through Technology Adoption

Neil Huff | Business Development, Innovate BC

Neil Huff has over 30 years of experience in operational and senior management positions with companies ranging from seed stage start-ups to multi-nationals such as GE and Rockwell International. He spent 5 years as CEO of Ballard Powers lithium battery division and was instrumental in spinning that division out of Ballard, which was subsequently purchased by Eagle Picher Energy Products. He co-founded and was President and CEO of Tekion Inc., which was founded in 2003 to commercialize low-cost micro fuel cell systems using formic acid as a fuel.

Neil most recently founded Foresight CAC, a not-for-profit that is the clean technology accelerator for Western Canada. He was CEO and Managing Director of Foresight for five years before joining Innovate BC. Neil’s Business Development role at Innovate BC focuses primarily on connecting industry and government partners with BC-grown innovation throughout the province. Neil has a Chemical Engineering degree from Queens University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

 

Disruption in Inventory Management: 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

Keith Moore | HP Fellow, Printing and Personal Systems Group, Hewlett-Packard Company

Keith Moore is an HP Fellow and Vice President of R&D at HP Labs.  He has an extensive background in R&D as both an inventor (with over 35 patents) and as a line manager bringing inventions to market. His inventions ship in almost all HP LaserJets and commercial printing products.

In his current role, Keith leads the Print Adjacencies and 3D Lab where he and his team develop and research the underlying material science and microfluidics for HP’s polymer and metal 3D printing technologies. Prior to his current role, Keith was VP of R&D for all of HP’s LaserJet and Inkjet software (including drivers, management software and 3rd party solutions).

Keith’s favorite part of being at HP Labs is the ability to see the future. His favorite part of being at HP is bringing that future to market.

 

The Symphonic Enterprise: Tech Trends 2018: A government Perspective

Scott Buchholz |LLP, CTO – Government & Public Services Practice, Deloitte Consulting

Scott is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the US Government and Public Services practice within Deloitte Consulting LLP. He has more than 25 years of experience in innovating within technology, including Cloud, Blockchain, Analytics, Big Data, Architecture, Modernization and IT Service Management.  He leads complex technology-enabled business transformations, from advisory and optimization efforts to full lifecycle implementations.  Scott advises clients on how to best use technology to improve productivity, lower costs, improve user experience and transform organizations.

Scott has been involved in Tech Trends, Deloitte’s industry leading research on the most significant technology trends impacting government and industry, for each of the past 11 years of this global program.

The Path to Government Transformation: Trends and Approaches to Support a Digital Citizenry 

Rick Howard | Research Vice President, Gartner

Rick is a Research Vice President at Gartner, where he focuses on emerging business and technology trends in the public sector. His key areas of coverage include data governance and analytics, open government data, case management, and artificial intelligence in civilian government. Prior to joining Gartner, Rick served as a state health and human services CIO and co-chaired a governor-appointed leadership council charged with coordinating the statewide adoption of electronic health records to promote regional health information exchange. Rick’s experience includes large information systems planning and implementation, infrastructure modernization, service delivery and organizational development, strategic planning and execution, governance, business case development, and IT financing.

 

 

Unlocking the Potential of Intelligent Automation

 Mark van Engelen | Director Consulting (Innovation & Emerging Technologies), CGI

Mark van Engelen is a senior IT professional with over 16 years professional experience gained in Europe, Africa and North America. Mark has led many innovative projects and the implementation of many proof of concepts in emerging technologies, for ideation, and design through to implementation. Mark brings focus on business solutions, with a focus on value delivery and benefits realization. With a broad background in emerging technology, Mark is able to share many lessons learned and best practices, leading to practical implementations of emerging technologies that add value.

 

 

WATSON Cognitive Assistant for Mental Health

Colleen McDowell | Associate Partner/Global Mental Wellness Manager, #HERE4U – IBM Cognitive and Analytics

Colleen McDowell is the lead for Watson Health Practice in IBM Canada and an Associate Partner in Cognitive Business Support competency. She is also the Global #HERE4U Mental Wellness Offering Manager with a national and global focus on mental health solutions to help save lives and give hope through data and AI. Colleen has worked for IBM for 19 years in a variety of roles such as from Global Delivery Operations, Business Operations & Transformation, Talent, Resource and Capacity Management, Systems Analysis & Design, and Systems Support and acts as an executive mentor within IBM and is part of both the IBM LGBTA Employee Diversity Network Group Advisory committee and the IBM Mental Wellness Executive Advisory Committee.

 

 

Digital Showcase: Advancing Digital for BC 

Alys Pivetta | Director, StudentAid BC Service Delivery, Advanced Education, Skills & Training

Alys is a long time public servant with an undergraduate degree in Child & Youth Care and a graduate degree in Leadership. With this background, not surprisingly, her first 18 years were spent at MCFD, where she worked as a child protection social worker before moving into management positions and then finally as the Business Lead on the ICM project. (Ask her about that experience!) Over the last 2 years, she has moved to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training, initially as the Project Lead for EducationPlanner BC and now as the Director for Service Delivery in StudentAid BC.

When not serving children, youth or families across BC, she spends her time transporting her boys across western Canada, to various high-level hockey and lacrosse games. She can probably tell you how to get to any hockey arena in the lower mainland!

She loves a good challenge, is passionate and curious and her insights profile says that if there is a rule…she is going to be the one to break it!

 

Brian Price | Full Stack Developer, Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure

Brian is a full stack developer with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. He has a passion for all things development, data, and IoT, and is bringing that passion to his role as Development Lead for the Advanced Camera and Sensor Information System Project, challenging current business processes and helping business units see the potential of their data.

 

 

 

 

Sharon Armstrong | Provincial Director, Residential Resources, Ministry of Children and Family Development

After completing a Master’s degree in Social Work, Sharon was hired by the BC government with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Front line Social Work was extremely challenging and provided a foundation for future work recruiting and screening new Foster Parents, managing Residential Resource Teams and Units and eventually to her current role as Provincial Director of Residential Resources. In July of 2017, Sharon assumed the role of project lead for the web-based, child to home matching system – The In Care Placement Mapper. The development of this project continues.