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Day 3: May 2

8:00 am
Registration, Networking, and Breakfast
9:00 am
Opening Panel

Digital Divide and the Inclusive Ecosystem

Northern Ontario suffers from being disconnected from economically robust areas. Connectivity could bring more economic development to these areas, as well as improve education and research opportunities. How can we include the diverse ideas from all geographies, and embrace the differences as an asset?

Moderator: Maxim Jean-Louis, President & CEO, Contact North


9:45 am
ORION Update
10:00 am
10:20 am – 10:50 am
Breakouts by Stream

Security – Effectively Managing a Ransomware Attack: Lessons Learned

What happens when your most private data is held ransom? It’s your worst nightmare, but with cyber threats on the rise in our increasingly interconnected innovation ecosystem, no institution is to be spared. Learn from these experts who (unfortunately) report from the trenches to help before it happens to you, no matter what kind of institution you’re from.

Moderator: Bo Wandschneider, CIO, University of Toronto


Denise Ernst, ISO, Queens University

Jason Testart, ISO, Waterloo University

Jeff Gardiner, CISO, Western University

Rick Daoust, CIO, Cambrian College

Research and Intelligent Communities – The Living Network

Meet a health collaboration between startup, research partners, computing and support organizations. They are working together to humanize data to bring better healthcare to citizens.

Moderator: Jenn Maclean, Executive Director, SOSCIP


Olivia Lin, Co-CEO Research and Design, Studio1 Labs

Neil Wilkinson, Research and Project Manager, Niagara College

Nadja Bressan, Assistant Professor Sustainable Design, UPEI

            Laura Nicholson, Director Nursing Simulation Centre, York University

Education – Diverse, Talented: The (Work)force Awakens

An innovation economy needs a well-educated, well-rounded, diverse workforce. How can our institutions create an environment in which all kinds of students thrive?  How can they encourage the development of skills for a future none of us can fathom? How do we continue to support one of the most educated workforces in the world? If we can, it will attract global organizations, with jobs to support just the kinds of curious minds we’ll be turning out.

Moderator: Lena Patterson, Operations Manager, eCampus


Mark Patterson, Executive Director, Magnet

Wendy Cukier, Vice President Research, Diversity Institute Ryerson University

Jim Spyropolous, Executive Superintendent, TDSB

10:55 am – 11:25 am
Breakouts by Stream

Security – Disruptive Technologies and the Cyber-Threat Landscape

Technologies such as big data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and mobile computing are reinventing the way organisations handle everything from decision making to customer service. The automation of virtually all business processes and the increasing digital connectedness create agility, but they also significantly raise cybersecurity risks and threat levels. In this panel discussion we will discuss the current cyber security threat landscape and its impact on the disruptive technologies; the panelists will also be sharing their perspectives on the key steps that can be taken to mitigate these threats.

Moderator: Russell Verbeeten, Product, Dev, Strategy and Operations, ConsenSys


Samer Adi, CISO, Indigo Books

Dr. Michele Mosca, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo

Mohammad Qureshi, CISO, Government of Ontario

Research and Intelligent Communities – How 5G will change the innovation ecosystem

5G is more than new antennas and wireless technology; it is an end-to-end ecosystem to enable a fully mobile and connected society that empowers consistent, valuable technology-enabled services and solutions.

5G will be a game changer in wireless telecommunications, ushering in a high-speed network for future generations with more devices and forming the wireless backbone for technological advances such as connected cars, smart cities and the Internet of Things. Everything from traffic to health and environmental monitoring will be impacted. The latest truly innovative ecosystem involves autonomous systems working in concert with the brightest minds. Find out how researchers and cities are working together to gather and analyze data from these devices to make decisions informed by data, save resources, and create improved services for citizens.

Moderator: Benoit Pelletier, Business Development, Leader PM, New Product Introduction, Ciena


Mark Dillon, City of Sarnia

Rob McCann, President and Founder, Clearcable Networks and Hamilton Technology Centre

Carolyn McGregor, Associate Dean, UOIT

Education – Watch your Language

Where are the opportunities for creating more inclusive education through cultural- and language-sensitive materials? What is already being done to ensure that education is made accessible for a diverse innovation ecosystem?

      Moderator: Enrica Piccardo, Associate Professor, OISE-University of Toronto


Rusul Alrubail, Educator in Residence, Parkdale Centre of Innovation

Mohini Athia, Director of Communications, COPA

Rebecca Jamieson, President-CEO, Six Nations Polytechnic

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Leadership Awards Ceremony

1:00 pm
Plenary Panel

Securing the Ecosystem – With great power comes great responsibility

Why are boards focussed on battening down the hatches? How can we empower them to be advocates of change when it comes to the security needs of an innovative ecosystem?

Moderator: Mark Snyder, Security Specialist, Juniper


John Levay, CIO, Niagara College

Nela Petkovic, CIO, Wilfrid Laurier University

Scott Currie, CISO, Hospital for Sick Children

Grant Frost, Executive, Information Technologist and Security Strategist, Niagara Catholic District School Board

1:45 pm
Plenary Presentation – The Innovation Ecosystem

Recent reports indicate that Ontario’s innovation economy is headed in right direction.

An innovation ecosystem brings sustainable jobs, economic well-being and, we hope, a brighter future. It takes a complex web of infrastructure, people, and investment to make it happen; it’s our diversity that is our strength. Find out how these leaders are creating ecosystems in various regions and specific sectors. What’s worked? What have we learned from failures? And where do we need to go from here to ensure this bright future comes to fruition?

Moderator: Geneva Starr, Project Manager and Engineering Researcher, Canadian Urban Institute


Alison Paprica, Vector Institute

David A. Wolfe, Co-director, Innovation Policy Lab, University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs

Dino Miele, CIO, District School Board of Niagara

Iliana Oris Valiente, Managing Director – Emerging Technology, Blockchain, Accenture

2:45 pm
Closing Remarks and Prizes
3:00 pm
Networking Reception

Day 2: May 1

8:00am to 4:00pm
CCISO Workshop Final Day
8:00am to 4:00pm
Blockchain Workshop
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Networking Reception

Day 1: April 30

8:00 am to 4:00 pm
CCISO Workshop Begins

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