Agenda 2018

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

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


Melanie Muncaster, Executive Director, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Nadia Caidi, UofT Associate Professor, Faculty of Information

Rosie Mosquito, Oshki-Pimache-O-Win The Wenjack Institute

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

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


Samer Adi, CISO, Indigo Books

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

            Mohammad Qureshi, CCISO, Government of Canada

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.


Mark Dillon, City of Sarnia

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?


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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