CIO Calgary Summit | Sept. 28, 2023 | Calgary, AB, Canada


Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Address

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Keynote Panel: Future Leadership - Strategize and Adapt for 2024 and Beyond

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM
This session will explore the challenges and opportunities that executives face in the ‘Office of the C-Suite Exec. The role continues to evolve with the rapid pace of technological advancements and increasing cyber security threats. Speakers will discuss the latest trends, evolving threat landscape, collaboration from CIO/CISO, and required skills for future leaders in this field.

Innes Holman

SVP, Technology Strategy Risk Architecture and Cybersecurity,

ATB Financial

Annette Cooper

Director Data and Analytics


Jonathan Kennedy

Director of Process Excellence

Western Financial

Sponsor Keynote IBM: Put Your AI to Work

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
The current AI landscape presents an opportunity for businesses to achieve a significant breakthrough in productivity and competitiveness amidst a challenging economic environment and talent shortages. Consumers around the world have been awakened to the possibility of AI to augment their abilities and improve work. But AI for business has unique needs: governance, a modern data foundation, and intelligent automation across tools and teams that allows organizations to seize new opportunities for growth. Learn from business leaders how they are taking advantage of this convergence of new technologies, unleashing creativity, and up-leveling skills with AI and automation at scale.

Chris Bontempo

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

IBM Americas

AM Break

10:15 AM - 10:25 AM

CIO Think Tank: Leveraging AI to Affect Process Improvement & Drive Organizational Change

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM

This session will explore the essential ingredients to leverage AI and Drive Process Improvement and Organizational Change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Considerations for designing a People, Process, Data & Technology Strategy
  • What is the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (AIDA)
  • How AI is Helping Companies Redesign Processes
  • Artificial Intelligence and Change Management: Unlocking the Full Potential

Colin Bolton

Head of Transformation

Western Financial Group

Think Tank: Data Governance Renaissance

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM
Data Governance Renaissance: Stories And Real Strategies in Operational Efficiency

Prasanna Nadimpalli

Director, Data Management, Nextgen IT

Parkland Corporation

Innovation Session: Accelerated Transformation with Low-Code

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM

Accelerated Transformation with Low-Code - Digital transformation has long been a sought-after yet nebulous and elusive goal for enterprises and CIOs, often leading to failure or, at a minimum, missed expectations.

Hear real-world examples of how we at Accelerated Focus, the only OutSystems Premier Partner in North and South America, leveraged the OutSystems AI-driven, low-code platform to accelerate transformation with our customers.

When disruptive technology meets a transformative way of working and approach to platform adoption, it's game-changing in delivering tangible results in record time. It is not Digital Transformation. It is Transformation, Accelerated.

Travis Cavanagh


Accelerated Focus Inc.

CISO Think Tank: Cyber Alberta and Building a Cybersecurity Professional

11:45 AM - 12:10 PM
The organization’s perimeter has traditionally been the focus of attack surface management. This has gone through a radical transformation over the last couple of years, from third party vendors and contractors to Cloud services and API that connect in various ways to the organization systems and data. Identifying and managing the attack surface is fundamental to protecting the company assets from cyber threats. It is imperative to look beyond the traditional firewall and ask the right risk based questions to truly understand the effective attack surface that needs to be protected and monitored.

Billy Ma

Executive Director, Cybersecurity Services, Cybersecurity Division Technology and Innovation

Government of Alberta

Stuart Lee

Director, Cybersecurity Strategy and Planning

Government of Alberta

CISO Think Tank: Advancing Cybersecurity: Harnessing the Power of AI for a Resilient Future

12:15 PM - 12:40 PM

In an ever-evolving digital landscape, the role of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) has become pivotal in safeguarding organizations from sophisticated cyber threats. As AI technologies continue to reshape the cybersecurity landscape, CISOs face the challenge of adapting to the new frontiers of defense.

Take aways:

  1. Exploring how AI is revolutionizing cybersecurity practices,
  2. AI’s potential to enhance threat detection and response,
  3. The critical role of C-suite Execs in leveraging AI for a resilient future.

Presented by: Dr. Adeniyi Adebayo, CTO, Bennett Jones

Adeniyi Adebayo

Chief Technology Officer

Bennett Jones SLP

Networking Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Knowledge Exchange Roundtables:

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
1. The Use of AI & ML Within Your Industry 2. Identifying & Reducing Risks

Gary Andrusiek

Director, BI Program


Eddie Brown

Director, Cybersecurity Threat Analysis and Response

Xylem Inc.

Knowledge Exchange Roundtables:

2:35 PM - 3:05 PM
  • Surviving the Talent Shortage
  • The Human Factor of Cyber Security

Alan Brazendale

Director, Technology Enablement

Secure Energy Services Incorporated

PM Break

3:10 PM - 3:35 PM

CIO Think Tank: Eliminating the traditional silos with Synthetic Data

3:40 PM - 4:05 PM

Eliminating data silos enables an organization to manage and use data more effectively. It often also helps lower technology and data management costs. There are different approaches that can be used separately or in tandem to remove silos and connect data assets to better support business operations.

In order to have a single source of truth, you'll need to ingest data from across the organization and build a unified view of individual customers. Having the data development closer to the development teams and a distributed data-mesh approach can help your organization move forward faster in a compliant manner.


  • How to put the right tools in place to support both compliance and developers.
  • Integrate and unify your data when you need a relational model out of hundreds of NoSQL schema-less collections.
  • Enhance your data governance without slowing the development teams down.
  • Choose applications wisely, as it might be costly to replace!

Jean-Francois Cloutier

VP of Technology

NEO Financial

Fire Side Chat :

4:10 PM - 4:35 PM

A Conversation on using Collaborative, Highly Innovative and Solutions-focused Strategies to Create Business Transformation

Colin Bolton

Head of Transformation

Western Financial Group

Closing Panel: Diversity & Inclusion - The Positive Impact on Transformation

4:40 PM - 5:10 PM

Embracing diversity and inclusion can have an immense impact on a C-Suite Exec role by   promoting innovation, expanding the talent pool, improving risk management, enhancing employee engagement, fostering cultural competence, and reducing biases. These factors contribute to the overall effectiveness of the security function and the organization's ability to adapt to evolving security challenges.

Join this session to discuss:

• Enhance problem solving and innovation

• Improved Risk Management

• Enhanced employee engagement and retention

• Cultural competence and global readiness

• Mitigating biases and blind spots

Gary Andrusiek

Director, BI Program


Andrew Crawford

IT Director

VCA Canada

Dianna Pieper

Director of IT, Enterprise Application Services

De Havilland

Adeniyi Adebayo

Chief Technology Officer

Bennett Jones SLP

Closing Remarks

5:10 PM - 5:15 PM

Summit Happy Hour

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM