Ontario’s innovation economy is headed in right direction. Diverse institutions, practices, and sectors are needed to work together to create and sustain an innovation ecosystem. It’s a complex web of infrastructure, people, and investment, connected through digital infrastructure.
Day 3: May 2
Registration, Networking, and Breakfast
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
|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
Securing the Ecosystem – With great power comes great responsibility
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
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
Dino Miele, CIO, District School Board of Niagara
Iliana Oris Valiente, Managing Director – Emerging Technology, Blockchain, Accenture
Closing Remarks and Prizes
Day 2: May 1
|8:00am to 4:00pm||
CCISO Workshop Final Day
|8:00am to 4:00pm|
|4:00pm to 5:00pm||