Canada’s most successful companies are learning to respond to disruption by taking on risk, both financial and strategic, and building new business models with science and technology at their cores. What innovation trends are emerging? How are enterprises in a number of industries tackling challenges and finding opportunities in the new economy?
The Globe and Mail, through a series of fireside chats, panel discussions and networking sessions, will help answer these crucial questions, providing inspiration and insight to decision makers.
FIRESIDE CHAT WITH DON TAPSCOTT AND ALEX TAPSCOTT
Blockchain isn’t just hype: it is expected to fundamentally change the way companies conduct business. We’re already starting to see some real-world examples but mass adoption is still a ways off because blockchain is a difficult concept to grasp. Most of the discussions revolve around the back end, and how the technology works, when it should be framed around practical applications. In this wide-ranging fireside chat, Report on Business editor Derek DeCloet hosts a discussion with Don and Alex Tapscott, renowned theorists, entrepreneurs and authors of the new book Blockchain Revolution, a signed copy of which will be provided to all attendees.
DIGITILIZATION AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS
Most companies are just scratching the surface when it comes to digital transformation and realizing the potential of the Internet of Things. What can company case studies teach us? What do venture capitalists look for in an investment? How can a business use innovation to scale? Moderated by Technology Reporter, Sean Silcoff.
We’re an urban nation. Cities across the country are growing, and becoming tougher to manage. Technology can knit infrastructure together like never before. How are big cities such as Toronto pulling this off, and what can they learn from smaller innovative centres such as Kitchener, Ontario? What kind of leadership is coming out of academia and private-sector firms? Moderated by Architecture Reporter, Alex Bozikovic.
CORPORATE INNOVATION LABS
We hear a lot about incubators and accelerators, and unfortunately, a lot of them are having a hard time succeeding. But they provide a great service to startups that need mentorship, access to technology, and financial support. Learn how corporations such as Infiniti, Johnson & Johnson and Thomson Reuters have used corporate labs to give back to the community, to learn from entrepreneurs, and to spur internal innovation. Moderated by Managing Editor of Globe Edge Content Studio, Sean Stanleigh.
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1:15PM - 2:00PM
Panel Discussion: Digitization and the Internet of Things
2:00PM - 2:45PM
Panel Discussion: Smart Cities
2:45PM - 3:00PM
3:00PM - 3:45PM
Panel Discussion: Corporate Innovation Labs
3:45PM - 4:00PM
Cocktails and hors d'oeurves
4:00PM - 4:40PM
4:40PM - 5:30PM
SPEAKER BIOS: FIRESIDE CHAT WITH DON TAPSCOTT AND ALEX TAPSCOTT
Don Tapscott | CEO of The Tapscott Group
Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored 16 books including Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything which has been translated into over 25 languages. Don has been advancing ground-breaking concepts for over 3 decades. His 1992 bestseller Paradigm Shift helped coin the seminal management concept, and in 1995 his book The Digital Economy changed business thinking about the transformational nature of the Internet. Two years later he helped popularize the terms “Net Generation” and “the Digital Divide” in Growing Up Digital. Don’s most recent book is co-authored with his son, startup CEO and investor Alex Tapscott. Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology behind bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World has been a bestseller in Canada since its release in May 2016, and has been featured in nearly every major publication in North America since then. Blockchain Revolution is also in the process of being translated into 12 languages. With the success of Blockchain Revolution, Don co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute in Toronto with Alex Tapscott. The Institute is dedicated to conducting deep research into how blockchain will impact business and society over the next decade. In 2015, Don became a member of the Order of Canada, and was ranked the 4th most influential management thinker in the world by Thinkers50. He is Adjunct Professor at the Rotman School of Management, an Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and Chancellor of Trent University in Ontario.
Alex Tapscott | Founder and CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures
Alex Tapscott is a globally recognized thought-leader, speaker and writer focused on the impact of emerging technologies on business, society and government. Alex is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the bestselling book Blockchain Revolution. Alex is a founding member of the IMF High Level Advisory Group on Fintech, a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Blockchain, and a special advisor to Elections Canada. Alex is also the CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures, an investment company deploying capital in the blockchain space.
PANELIST BIOS: DIGITIZATION AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS
Hossein Rahnama | CEO of Flybits
Hossein Rahnama is a visiting professor at the Human Dynamics and Changing Places groups at the MIT Media Lab. He is also an assistant professor at the RTA School of Media, and the Co-Founder/Director of Research at the Ryerson Centre for Cloud and Context Aware Computing (RC4) in Toronto. His research combines artificial intelligence, mobile human-computer interaction and the effective design of persuasive contextual services on the Internet. In 2015, his research spin-off company, Flybits, became one of Deloitte’s Fast 50 Companies-to-Watch.
Marzio Pozzuoli | CEO of NuraLogix Corp
Marzio Pozzuoli is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He was the founder and CEO of Communications of networking company RuggedCom Inc., which he started in his basement and grew to become a global market leader. In 2013, Pozzuoli was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Canadian Venture Capital Association.
Michelle Scarborough | Managing Director of Strategic Invesments, BDC Canada
A highly experienced venture capitalist and investment leader, Michelle Scarborough is responsible for managing BDC’s $50-million investment in women-led technology start-ups. She was Senior Vice President at Kensington Capital Partners Limited, a Canadian alternative asset management firm. She also led the establishment of the Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund and founded Fronterra Ventures, an oil and gas technology venture fund.
Gaëtan Thomas | President and CEO of NB Power
Gaëtan Thomas is the President and CEO of NB Power. Before becoming President and CEO, Gaëtan Thomas has served as the Vice President of NB Power's Nuclear Division and Distribution and Customer Service Division. He has over 30 years of operations experience in Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Customer Service. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick.
Sean Silcoff | Technology Reporter, The Globe and Mail
Sean Silcoff joined The Globe and Mail in January, 2012, following an 18-year-career in journalism and communications. He previously worked as a columnist and Montreal correspondent for the National Post and as a staff writer at Canadian Business Magazine, where he was project co-ordinator of the magazine's inaugural Rich 100 list. He is the winner of two National Newspaper Awards and is the co-author of Losing the Signal; the Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry, to be released in May 2015. Sean has a bachelor of commerce from Queen's University and earned a master's degree in journalism at Carleton University.
PANELIST BIOS: SMART CITIES
Lucy Casacia | V.P. of Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Siemens Canada
At Siemens Canada, Lucy Casacia leads their strategic focus on cities infrastructure development that focuses on federal, provincial and municipal government infrastructure investment across Canada. Prior to this position, she was the head of the Low Voltage & Products business unit in the Energy Management division for 3 years. Casacia also worked for a global mining company in the Canadian arctic managing capital projects ranging from $1 million to $250 million.
Patricia McCarney | President & CEO, World Council on City Data; Director, Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto
Patricia McCarney is President and CEO of the World Council on City Data (WCCD), a globally standardized, worldwide database in conformity with ISO 37120. She is a professor of Political Science, Director of the Global Cities Institute, and former Associate Vice President, International Research and Development, all at the University of Toronto. Between 1983 to 1994, McCarney worked at the World Bank in Washington and the United Nations - HABITAT in Nairobi, and received her Ph.D. from M.I.T. She was integral to the development of the newly published ISO 37120, the first International Standard for Cities.
Rob Meikle | Chief Information Officer, City of Toronto
Rob Meikle is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Toronto. As CIO, Rob provides visionary leadership for the delivery of flexible and integrated information and communication technology solutions. Rob became the first Canadian municipal CIO to be named on the prestigious CIO 100 honoree list and has received global recognition for his visionary leadership and ability to maximize the potential of teams to achieve transformational results. In addition, he has received the Global Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leadership Award and the National Government (GTEC) Next Generation Leadership Award.
Mayor Berry Vrbanovic | Mayor, City of Kitchener
Berry Vrbanovic was elected as Mayor of the City of Kitchener in 2014, after serving as a City Councillor from 1994-2014. During his time as a councillor, Berry's commitment to his constituents resulted in the fire station at Ottawa Street and River Road, the Grand River-Stanley Park branch of the Kitchener Public Library and the Stanley Park Community Centre. In addition to serving on all regular standing committees of Kitchener city council and Region of Waterloo council, Berry is also an appointee and active participant on many boards and committees. He is also Treasurer of United Cities & Local Governments and is President Emeritus (2011-12) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. In 2014, Berry ran for the elected office of mayor and with an outpouring of community support was successful. He is committed to improving the quality of life for residents in Kitchener and throughout the Region of Waterloo.
Alex Bozikovic | Architecture Reporter, The Globe and Mail
Alex Bozikovic is the architecture critic for The Globe and Mail, covering architecture and urbanism across Canada and globally. He is the co-author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide, to be published by McClelland and Stewart in June 2017. He has won a National Magazine Award and has also written for publications such as Azure, Blueprint, Dwell, Spacing and Frame.
PANELIST BIOS: CORPORATE INNOVATION LABS
Steve Irvine | Founder and CEO of Integrate.AI
Steve Irvine is the founder & CEO of Integrate.ai, a leading Artificial Intelligence software company focused on making the interactions between people and businesses more natural and profitable. Prior to founding Integrate.ai, Steve was an executive at Facebook head office in California, most recently as the global head of partnerships for Facebook and Instagram. Steve held other senior leadership roles at Facebook including leading a global strategy team and helping to build Facebook's presence in Canada as an early member of the Facebook Canada leadership team. Steve is a serial entrepreneur having founded and built two marketing technology companies prior to joining Facebook. Steve is a board member at Polar, a leading branded content technology company and sits on the advisory board for the Vector Institute, a global leading AI research institute based in Toronto. Steve is an academic all-Canadian graduate from York University.
Brian Zubert | Director of Thomson Reuters Labs
Brian Zubert is Director of the Waterloo Region Thomson Reuters Labs, located in Communitech, a start-up accelerator that supports over 1100 start-ups annually. He develops customer-driven innovation projects exploring big data sets for new product offerings, services, and insights. Zubert has a long history of ecosystem building, as an Executive in Residence at Communitech and Director of Developer Relations at BlackBerry. He has valuable insights into dozens of different industries, with major brands, independent developers, and small businesses.
Stephen Lester | Managing Director, Infiniti Canada
Stephen Lester is responsible for Infiniti Canada’s sales, aftersales and marketing. Prior to that, he was National General Manager, Infiniti Canada, tasked with enhancing performance and generating growth at Infiniti's 38 retailers across Canada. Lester also held management positions with BMW Group in regional management and brand marketing, where he developed his international automotive experience with BMW AG Munich. Lester also has eight years of brand marketing experience with BMW Group Canada, overseeing all experiential marketing initiatives and managing dealer advertising groups.
Rebecca Yu | Head of JLABS @ Toronto, Johnson & Johnson
Rebecca Yu is head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s first JLABS incubator outside of the U.S., overseeing, managing, and setting its strategic direction. She is also the local J&J Innovation ambassador to the life science innovation community in Ontario. Yu is the former Director, Strategic Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in the Government Affairs & Market Access with Janssen Canada. She spent 15 years in Health Policy, Medical Affairs, and Government Affairs with Solvay Pharma, Procter & Gamble, Servier and Pfizer, and practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist at The Wellesley Hospital.
Sean Stanleigh | Managing Editor of Globe Edge Content Studio, The Globe and Mail
Sean Stanleigh is the managing editor of Globe Edge, The Globe and Mail's content marketing studio, and also serves as co-chair of Lab351, the company’s internal business incubator. Sean has held a number of senior editing roles at The Globe and the Toronto Star in disciplines that include small business, national, foreign and local news, and entertainment. Sean is an active participant in Canada’s startup community, serving as a mentor and adviser for several non-profit organizations related to entrepreneurship, and regularly appearing at events as a host, speaker and moderator.