Keynote Speaker: Ted Graham
Ted was recently appointed Head of Open Innovation at General Motors, where he works with outside partners to solve important problems that will shape the future of transportation (including AI more generally, and specifically autonomous, shared and connected vehicles).
Prior to joining GM, Ted was PwC's Innovation leader and completed 99 rides as an UberX driver to see what he could learn about disruptive innovation in transportation and apply back to his own industry. His first hand account became a widely read article and the subject of numerous CBC interviews and a TEDx talk. His forthcoming book The Uber of Everything helps readers understand the implications of Uber and its imitators across a multitude of industries.
He is also founder of the South Core Innovation Hub, a collaborative group of innovation leaders from Toronto's unique waterfront area. Member organizations include large banks, start-ups, public transportation - all of whom are looking to make a substantial impact on their companies and communities. Prior to PwC Ted was a McKinsey strategy consultant with a specialty in understanding and leveraging people networks to influence the spread of ideas.
Ted often speaks to audiences about The 5 things I learned about disruptive innovation as an UberX driver and how to apply some of these lessons across a multitude of industries on the cusp of disruption.
Over the years Ted has enjoyed diverse pursuits in his spare time, most notably becoming a scrabble champion and attending three Olympic games as a journalist.
Jodie Wallis, Managing Director, Artificial Intelligence, Accenture
Jodie Wallis is a senior leader at Accenture with more than 24 years of progressive experience in the consulting industry. She is responsible for driving key client relationships in Financial Services, and leads Accenture’s Canadian Artificial Intelligence practice. Jodie works with leading financial services companies to shape and deliver business innovation, operational strategies and technology solutions. As the head of Canada's AI practice, she also brings innovation and global AI expertise to Canadian clients across all industries, aiming to expand Accenture’s business presence in the AI space, and attract top talent. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (Hons.) from the University of Waterloo with a major in Operations Research, and is active in the Toronto community with organizations including Covenant House.
Patrick Vandenberg. Worldwide Program Director, IBM Security
Patrick is responsible for offering go-to-market for IBM Security covering security analytics, threat hunting, threat intelligence and endpoint. Patrick came to IBM through the acquisition of Watchfire in 2007 and brings more than two decades experience across product management, product marketing, development and sales, with over 18 years in IT Security. Patrick holds a degree in Systems & Computer Engineering.
John Armstrong, National Industry Lead for Financial Services, KPMG Canada
John Armstrong is the National Industry Lead for audit, tax and consulting at KPMG in Canada. John has over 25 years of consulting experience in Financial Services, ranging from business and corporate strategy to operations and technology. He is also an expert in country and regional competiveness and currently serves on the Ontario Panel on Economic Growth and Prosperity.
Prior to joining KPMG, John was Managing Partner of Capco in Canada, a global business and technology consultancy dedicated solely to the financial services industry. Prior to Capco, John served in a variety of senior leadership roles over twelve years at Accenture, including as Managing Director of the firm’s Canadian Financial Services practice
John earned his Bachelor of Commerce, with distinction, from the University of Toronto and his MBA, with High Distinction, from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar. He also serves as Chair of the board of the United Way of Oakville and has his ICD.D designation.
George S. Takach, Senior Partner, McCarthy Tétrault
George, one of Canada’s pre-eminent technology lawyers, has over 30 years’ experience helping clients solve the thorniest contracting and legal challenges posed by new technologies and business models. He advises buy-side customers and sell-side suppliers with their sophisticated tech procurement relationships. He also advises on finicky e-commerce, privacy, and cyber-security issues. He helps buyers and sellers in technology company M&A deals. George will be presenting a half dozen real life examples of how to better manage risk in an IT/IP world that is daily being disrupted by fundamental changes in technology and business models. If you’re wondering “how am I going to manage the legal and contractual risks around IoT, AI, Big Data, SaaS, Cloud, Social Media, big ticket tech procurement, “etc.”, then this session is for you.
Harp Ahluwalia, Vice President, Information Technology Solutions, WSIB
Harp Ahluwalia is the Vice President, Information Technology Solutions for the WSIB. In this role, Harp is accountable for solutions delivery and client relationship management. Harp provides leadership in overseeing a multi-phased and multi-year implementation plan aligning with WSIB strategies, policies and standards. Harp is an innovative change leader with over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors with focus on strategic planning and managing large scale business transformation technology projects in complex and dynamic environments. Harp will respond to George’s presentation, presenting insight and real world examples.
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Join us for 5 thought-provoking discussions about issues disrupting the state of technology and outsourcing.
The Uber of Everything: How the "Freed Market" Economy is Disrupting and Delighting (Ted Graham, General Motors)
The word Uber has popped up in countless headlines, start-up pitches and conversations around the world. What does the CEO of billion dollar global ad agency mean when he says "our industry has been ubered"? How do we evaluate the constant stream of companies (500 and counting) that have publicly claimed to be the Uber of Dry Cleaning, Gentlemen's care, etc and how can you be the driver of innovative change in your own organization? Ted will share the story of his own experiment as an UberX driver coupled with his mandate as Innovation leader at PwC (and now working on self-driving cars General Motors) to help others understand how we might navigate industries in the midst of numerous challenges but with huge opportunities.
How to Create Value from AI (Jodie Wallis, Accenture)
According to a recent research report by Accenture and Frontier Economics, businesses that successfully apply artificial intelligence could increase profitability by an average of 38 percent by 2035. In this discussion, Jodie Wallis will explore what organizations must do to identify and assess potential sources of value, what it means to move beyond the experimentation phase to unlock value, and the new capabilities, skills and organizational models companies will need to realize this value.
The Cognitive Security Era Starts Now: How Innovations are Revolutionizing the Security Operations (Patrick Vandenberg, IBM)
The volume of threat data is exceeding the capacity of even the most skilled security professional. When analysts see over 200K security events every day, where do they turn? How do they spot emerging advanced attacks or ransomware? Technology breakthroughs are enabling change in security operations, from cognitive, to cloud, to collaboration. Augmenting an analyst’s ability to fill gaps in intelligence and act with speed and accuracy is paramount, where systems help analysts connect obscure data points humans can’t possibly identify on their own, enabling enterprises to more quickly and confidently tackle cyber threats. The development and integration of advanced technologies is helping resource challenged teams build cognitive SOCs, take better control of digital risk, and is helping transform security programs.
Disruption in the FInancial Services Sector (John Armstrong, KPMG)
The rise of platforms such as Facebook, Amazon and Google have already changed the dynamics of many industries and with their massive user base pose a real threat to the financial services sector in their own right. In addition, as these firms drive down the cost for market entry of fintechs, this adds another dimension of disruption. As the core of competitive advantage changes, customer experience is becoming a key driver of differentiation, something that many banks are struggling to get right. In this environment, financial services firms must get better at detecting and understanding these threats and most importantly, reducing their innovation and transformation cycles to adapt.
Legal Levers to Manage Disruptive Technologies and Business Models (George S. Takach, McCarthy Tetrault and Harp Ahluwalia, WSIB)
George will be presenting a dozen real life examples of how to better manage risk in an IT/IP world that is daily being disrupted by fundamental changes in technology and business models. If you’re wondering “how am I going to manage the legal and contractual risks around IoT, AI, Big Data, SaaS, Cloud, Social Media, big ticket tech procurement, “etc.”, then this session is for you.
Harp is an innovative change leader with over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors with focus on strategic planning and managing large scale business transformation technology projects in complex and dynamic environments. Harp will respond to George’s presentation, presenting insight and real world examples.
Toronto Board of Trade Tower
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