Speakers

December 12, 2017, 8:00 am — 3:30 pm

Connecting AI Innovation to Opportunity

2017 Speakers are currently being updated.

Dr. Agrafioti is the Chief Science Officer at RBC and Head of RBC Research Institute. She is responsible for RBC’s intellectual property portfolio in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Prior to that, she founded and served as CTO of Nymi, a biometrics security company and maker of the Nymi wristband. Foteini is an inventor of HeartID, the first biometric technology to authenticate users based on their unique cardiac rhythms. She is also a TED speaker and serves on the editorial review boards of several scientific journals. Foteini was named “Inventor of the Year” in 2012 by the University of Toronto where she received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Namir Anani, President and CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ictc-ctic.ca), is the chief strategist and driving force in bringing ICTC’s world-class centre of expertise and services to industry, education and government; enabling Canada’s advancement as a leader in innovation, productivity in the global economy. Before joining ICTC, Namir previously led Policy Development & Research at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

He has also held several executive leadership roles in both the private and public sectors including the Department of Canadian Heritage (Director General & CEO), CGI consulting, Nortel, and Novartis (Switzerland). Mr. Anani’s experience extends to; strategic policy development and implementation, learning and capacity building, business transformation, national/international strategic alliances, economic and market research, and technology innovation.
Fawn Annan is the President, Chief Marketing Officer and Group Publisher of IT World Canada/IDG Canada. She is also partner and CMO for Haliburton’s Digital Reno, a new story-telling agency created to use the power of brand journalism to bring innovative video, podcast and written content to companies seeking to increase their online audience. Ms. Annan is Chair of the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council, sits on the Ontario Board of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and serves on the national board of Canadian Women in Communications and Technology (WCT). Ms. Annan has operated her own business and held senior positions in marketing and strategy with a variety of firms. In 2012 she received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award for her contribution to the IT industry.
Tracey Cook was a Police Officer in Toronto for over 18 years and left to pursue executive roles within the private sector. In 2012, Tracey returned to public service as the Executive Director of the Municipal Licensing and Standards Division for the City of Toronto, where during her more than 5 year tenure, she has overseen significant policy and regulatory initiatives including a new regulatory regime for street food and food trucks and two significant reviews related to the taxi industry. In 2016, she was responsible for the development of a new Vehicle-for-Hire bylaw, which included redrafting regulations for the taxi industry and developing new regulations to permit "Private Transportation Companies" such as Uber.

Tracey continues to represent the city in discussions on the role and response of government to the evolving "sharing economy", focusing on how to balance governments' regulatory role and ensure public safety, without stifling innovation during this era of technology driven disruption. She has represented the City of Toronto and spoken at events on this topic and others, from New York City to Amsterdam, San Francisco to Seoul.

Tracey is currently focused on addressing the municipal impacts related to the pending legalization of cannabis including the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries, and on the rise of short-term rental platforms, such as AirBnB. Tracey was a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and in 2016 was named Toronto Life's 13th Most Influential Person.
As the Chief Architect for Amazon Web Services, Glenn is responsible for creating architectural best practices and working with customers on how they use the cloud and innovation to transform their own businesses or disrupt new markets.

Glenn has held previous roles in AWS, most recently as head of architecture for Asia Pacific and EMEA for Amazon Web Services where he managed regional teams working in the fastest growing region. Glenn has experience in working in mature and emerging markets, helping customers use the latest advancements to give them a competitive edge.

Glenn is a hands-on technologist with more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining AWS, Glenn was the CTO of WebCentral where he worked on highly scalable web platforms and big-data systems for customers. He also held roles at OzEmail and UUNET the world’s largest network provider.

Glenn has worked in engineering, R&D and technology leadership roles working with customers such as Facebook, Twitter, NASA and working on projects such as the Hadron super collider, interplanetary networking and large scale distributed systems. Glenn is passionate about his customers and about technology and how it is changing how we live and work.
Ted Graham is the head of Open Innovation at General Motors where he helps identify partnerships that will help build new forms of mobility including autonomous and connected vehicles. He is also the former Innovation leader at PWC and a McKinsey strategy consultant with a focus on 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. His first hand account was initially released as a widely read LinkedIn influencer post, then a CBC Metro Morning interview and is now part of his book called "The Uber of Everything". /div>
Andrew Graham is co-founder and CEO of Borrowell, a financial technology company that helps Canadians make great decisions about credit. Borrowell is the first company in Canada to offer credit scores for free, and also provides low cost personal loans. Through a partnership with CIBC, Borrowell powers an online loan product to the bank's customers. In 2017, Borrowell was named by LendIt as one of six young companies globally "that has demonstrated the greatest potential to impact the future of consumer lending." Previously, he led PC Insurance, a fast-growing consumer finance unit within Loblaw Companies Limited. Earlier in his career, he has held senior roles in corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions. He holds an MA in economics from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Marlina Kinnersley is the CEO and Co-Founder of Fortay.ai, a machine learning based cultural alignment and scaling platform that is used by leaders to obtain actionable insights resulting in a dramatic 80% improvement in recruiting efficiency, as well as improved employee engagement and productivity. She also founded Culture Labx Toronto, leading the way in redefining workplace culture that brings together founders, C-suite and senior leaders, and culture practitioners. Marlina has over 10 years experience in marketing and sales across agencies and companies, as well building engaged teams. Originally from Victoria, BC, she moved to join Toronto's thriving tech ecosystem and is well on her way to building a world-class culture first company.
Bianca is an owner and Chief Identity Officer at BioConnect. It’s not a title you hear very often, but it’s becoming more and more important in our ever-connected world. As the CEO’s right-hand woman, Bianca runs BioConnect’s Cloud Business (BioConnect ID) and is responsible for business development, product development and marketing. With the bold task of redefining identity globally. She and her team are developing large global strategic partnerships multiple verticals, currently fast-growing on Banking, FinTech, Blockchain and Technology.
Jim Love is an IT leader, consultant, writer and Internet journalist with 35 years ‘experience across a variety of business and industry verticals. Jim has worked as an executive and a consultant for many large companies in Canada and internationally. Currently he is the CIO & Chief Content Officer at ITWC – Publisher of CanadianCIO, Computer Dealer News (CDN), Computing Canada, Direction Informatique (DI), ITWorldCanada.com and ITBusiness.ca - and the leading provider of IT related events in Canada.
As Economic Development Officer at the City of Toronto, Matchen is focused on developing and supporting Innovation Community Initiatives. Most of her career has been devoted to growing venture-backed technology companies, including Indigo Ltd, the digital printing pioneer, which was acquired by HP for some $850 million, and Check Point Software Technologies, (NASDAQ:CHKP), the Internet security software leader with annual sales topping $2 billion. She was a founding manager of startGBC, a gateway to entrepreneurship at George Brown College. She acted as Virtual VP Marketing for start-ups in Toronto including Flybits, VitalHub and eSentire. From 2003 to 2005, she served as Vice President, International Affairs at the incomparable Weizmann Institute of Science, raising more than $100 million annually for pure scientific research.
Rob Meikle is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Toronto. In his role as CIO,Rob provides visionary leadership for the delivery of flexible and integrated information and communication technology solutions that enable and drive Service Excellence. Rob is a strategic business leader who is innovative and results driven with a proven track record of 20+ years’ experience planning, developing, and implementing award winning global business and technology solutions in the private, public and not for profit sector. Rob was twice named a global CIO 100 Honoree and Computerworld's 2013 Premier 100 IT Leader. Prior to the City of Toronto Rob was the Chief Information Officer at the City of Brampton and has held various leadership roles in the private sector including Global Operations, Customer Service, Marketing, eBusiness and Information Technology.
Matthew Pegg is the Fire Chief and General Manager of Toronto Fire Services – the largest and most complex fire service in Canada. Toronto Fire Services is comprised of nearly 3,200 staff and respond to emergencies more than 275,000 times each year.

He is the past President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and past member of the National Advisory Council to the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. He is a renowned and sought after keynote speaker and author of the "Leadership Forum" column in Fire Fighting in Canada magazine. Matthew is the recipient of the Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal, Ontario Medal for Firefighter's Bravery and the Heroism and Community Service medal.
Tomi Poutanen is co-founder and co-CEO of Layer 6 AI (layer6.ai), which offers the world’s most accurate prediction engine for enterprise data. Layer 6 AI was the first company to offer clients a prediction engine powered by a real-time Deep Learning framework. Layer 6 AI helps banks, media, cable/telco and e-commerce companies leverage all of their data to predict customer needs and personalize each customer experience.

Tomi is a serial tech entrepreneur with exits to Microsoft and Yahoo! The acquired software powers Azure’s cloud storage and the search ranking algorithm of Bing and Yahoo Web Search. While at Yahoo, Tomi built a novel $200M search advertising program, Paid Inclusion, and launched Yahoo! Answers.

Tomi is also a founder of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and a founding Fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab, the World’s leading AI venture accelerator. Tomi holds an MSc in Computer Engineering and an MBA from University of Toronto.
Elissa was appointed Executive Director of SOSCIP in June 2015.

Elissa completed her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Following a post-doc at Lund University, in Sweden, she decided to pursue a career in research strategy, policy and leadership. In November 2008, she joined the University of Toronto's Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and was Director of Strategic Initiatives from January 2011 to June 2015. In that role, she led a small team dedicated to advancing the University's strategic research priorities, including international institutional research partnerships, the institutional strategy for prestigious national and international research awards, and other strategic initiatives, including establishing the SOSCIP research consortium in 2012. As Executive Director, she is leading SOSCIP through a major period of growth and expansion and is building programs, platforms and partnerships to ensure SOSCIP’s continued success as Ontario’s leading platform for collaborative R&D in data science and advanced computing.
Mike joined the City of Toronto in 2009. His main responsibilities include the implementation of the City’s Economic Development Strategy, Collaborating for Competitiveness, and its Culture Plan, Creative Capital Gains. He also sits on the boards of a number of local agencies connected to the City of Toronto, and in a volunteer capacity, the board of George Brown College. Mike has spent the majority of his career in general management, research, marketing and consulting, locally and internationally. Mike has an M.A. in Urban Geography and is a Certified Management Consultant (C.M.C.).