The Agenda

Plenary style, high-level and engaging conversations that will be attended conference wide. 

These sessions are meant to invoke organic conversation and promote learning through engagement and knowledge sharing. The roundtables will be facilitated by two subject matter experts  

Classroom style learning typically through PowerPoint presentation. These case study presentations are meant to dive deep into a topic or thematic area and provide best practices, education, and comprehensive strategies. There will be time at the end of each presentation for Q&A. 

Day One - 11.15.2022

Exhibition Hall opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 4:00 PM

Time

Session Name

Speakers

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks, Welcome Address and Blessing

Brenda Beckedorf, Executive Director, Alberta IoT Association

Navin Arora, Executive Vice-president, TELUS and President, TELUS Business Solutions

Dwayne Dulmage, Vice President, National Leader, Technology Financing, BDC



9:00 AM

Panel Sponsor:

Panel Discussion | Innovate in Canada: Survive or Thrive This compelling and thought-provoking discussion will bring together the top minds in Canada’s tech ecosystem to explore and debate the latest technology trends that are shaping the future, as well as the challenges, benefits, and impact of The Internet of Things across industries. As Canada competes on the global stage to position itself as a digital economy and leader in Innovation, the race is on to advance digital adoptions to survive and thrive in 2022 and beyond. 

Cara Wolf, CEO, Ammolite Analytx

Michel Langelier, CEO, AIoT Canada   

Mark Collins, Founder, F2Factor

Neeraj Gupta, Chief Strategy Officer, Attabotics

Russ Erickson, Vice President of Investments and Partnerships, Amii (Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute)


10:30 AM

Networking Sponsor:



Morning Coffee & Networking

Exhibition Hall Opens/Ribbon Cutting

11:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions - Roundtables

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Roundtable | Working to Overcome Barriers to Adoption This valuable session will address how to overcome the numerous technical, legal, social, and regulatory challenges associated with the implementation and deployment of IoT technologies. This roundtable will also include a meaningful discussion around the specific barriers to adoption that many rural/remote and Indigenous communities face, such as network access, and outside engagement and collaboration.

Renae Barlow, VP, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Economic Development Lethbridge

Nathan Wilson, Director of Innovation & Collaboration, SaskTel

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Roundtable | Entrepreneurs & Start-up Zone This is a session you simply can’t afford to miss if you are an Entrepreneur (SME’s & Start-ups)! Learn all about engaging with investors - where to start and how to navigate different opportunities. You’ll learn from some of the most knowledgeable minds on topics such as: angel investing, policies, programs, and accelerators to support IoT development, and cross border investment.

James Freeman, Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy, Westgen Technologies

Neeraj Gupta, Chief Strategy Officer, Attabotics

Koleya Karringten, Co-Founder & CEO, Absolute Combustion

Tiffany Linke-Boyko, Principal, Flying Fish Partners

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

National Roundtable IoT Policy and Legal Roadmap for Canada: Barriers to Accelerate Technology’s Adoption This session discussion aims at bringing together industry, government, and association leaders to discuss the challenges that the ecosystem faces regarding the need to accelerate IoT Adoption. This conversation will pave the way for meaningful discussion to identify the key challenges to be solved, determine goals, timelines, and a path to success in applying and reinforcing responsible data governance best practices.

Edona Vila, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)

Riccardo Badalone, CEO, C2RO and Board Member, AIoT Canada

Keith Jansa, Executive Director, CIO Strategy Council

11:00 AM

Technical Presentations

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

A Tale of Deep Learning and Process Efficiency

Wei Li, Senior Research Scientist, InnoTech Alberta

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Emerging Synergies between IoT, AIoT, and Cybersecurity

Jérémie Farret, Chief Executive Officer, Mind in a Box

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Optimizing Pipelines with Machine Learning Decision Support [Case Study]

Ian Verhappen, Senior Solution Architect, Willowglen Systems Inc.

12:15 PM

Networking Sponsor:



Networking Lunch

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1:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions - Roundtables


1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Roundtable | Rethinking Your Talent Strategy: Building Capacity and Growing Tech Talent The Canadian technology sector is thriving, but the ongoing shortage of qualified workers remains a challenge. Find out in this session how to train and prepare your most valuable assets, your people, to be ready to tackle IoT digital transformation. The touchpoints of this session will include developing training programs to support innovation, incubating talent to bridge the IT skills gap, and strategies for finding and recruiting the best tech talent.  

Moderator: Sandeep Parmar, General Manager, Digital Platforms & Operations at Suncor

Gordon Harling, CEO, CMC Microsystems

Jeremy Thompson, CEO and President, Eagle Spirit Business Development


1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Roundtable | Leading with Innovation & Tech: Following the Data Value Chain Bringing IoT and digital transformation to the forefront of your business has never been more important. Learn from the experts about how to put a successful IoT and data implementation strategy into place. In addition, discover how data visualization, immersive technology, and machine learning & artificial intelligence (AI) can all be managed together so that you can start tapping into the enterprise-wide benefits of digital transformation.  

Jeff LaFrenz, President, VizworX inc.

Jefferson Gardner, Technology Consultant

Adam Burley, Senior Manager - IoT at Rogers Communications

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Roundtable | Industry Impact – IoT and Digital Dynamics in Oil & Gas From carbon footprint control to health and safety, this session will dissect some of the most innovative trends and technologies that are driving change in this industry. As the full potential of IoT is being realized, the leading organizations are seeking strategies to help maximize efficiency and improve their profit. 

Catherine Berg, Senior Principal, Slalom

1:30 PM

Technical Presentations

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

IoT Literacy - Navigating the IoT Space and its Business, Adoption and Governance

Walter Knitl, CEO and Principal Consultant, Praxiem

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Smart City: Digital Transformation Acceleration through Digital Twin

Peter Leathley, Director - Technology Strategy, TELUS

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Unleash the Potential of Industrial IoT with Sparkplug

Frédéric Desbiens, Program Manager IoT and Edge Computing, Eclipse Foundation

2:45 PM

Networking Sponsor:



Afternoon Coffee & Networking

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3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Panel Discussion | The Perfect Match: ESG and Digital Transformation Inaction is no longer an option, considering ESG. These issues are becoming an increasing priority for all companies and organizations across the world. ESG and IoT can be a match made in heaven, but to be successful, companies must also be aware of the risks associated with blind-faith reliance on tech only. This discussion brings together a panel of trail blazers, technology experts, and business leaders to discuss how the thoughtful applications of various forms of tech can help companies not only quantifiably measure improvement and impact but also qualitatively articulate their purpose. 

Moderator: Nannette Ho-Covernton, Sustainability Leader, Spartan Controls

Dr. Steve Liang, Founder & CTO, SensorUp

Marshall Berkin, Vice-president, Industry Solutions, TELUS Business Solutions

Bill Whitelaw, Managing Director, Strategy and Sustainability, geologic Systems ltd.

4:30 PM

Visit Exhibition Hall

5:00 PM

Opening Night Reception



Day Two - 11.16.2022

Time

Session Name

Speakers

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks and Welcome Address


8:45 AM

Panel Discussion | Trajectory of Talent in IoT This panel will help to articulate the many challenges and opportunities around tech talent including how to support, grow and retain the current and future workforce; building skills and management expertise in immature tech ecosystems; and identifying what types of roles are necessary to adopt IoT technologies. This discussion will flow into the next panel on how showcasing top tech talent will also lead to investment opportunities.

Moderator: Stuart Cullum, President, Red Deer Polytechnic

Jim Gibson, Chief Catalyst, SAIT School for Advanced Digital Technology

Kyra Jones, Head of Talent and Academy, Communitech

Darian Kovacs, Founding Partner, Jelly Digital Marketing & PR Agency

Helen Knight, Helen Knight Consulting

10:00 AM

Networking Sponsor:



Morning Coffee & Networking

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10:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions - Roundtables

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Roundtable | Industry Impact: The Digital Transformation of Agriculture Ag Tech is quickly evolving and becoming an industry that other sectors are looking to for Inspiration for how to utilize IoT devices and sensors to maximize efficiencies, increase profits, and be sustainable and environmentally conscious. This session will explore the IoT use cases in agriculture and examine their benefits. If you’re in the industry, or considering investing in smart farming or planning to build an IoT solution for agriculture, dive right in.


Robert Saik, CEO, AGvisorPRO

Todd Ormann, Associate Vice President, Industry Solutions & Partnerships, Olds College 

Remi Schmaltz, General Partner, Koan Capital Corp.

Anita Ludwar, Director of Special Projects & Innovation, Index Biosystems

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Roundtable | Industry Impact: A Digital Prescription for Healthcare Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT, healthcare is taking a major step forward in the collection and analysis of high-quality data. From wearable devices that are improving patient care, to accessible healthcare in remote communities, IoT is transforming the healthcare industry. Come find out what’s next for digital health and the future of wellness.  

Dr. Christy Lane, PhD. Founder & CEO, Lane Solutions Consulting 

Jehangir Appoo, MD - Founding Partner AIoT Health

Justine Jones, Vice-President, Business Development, Orpyx Medical Technologies.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Roundtable | Industry Impact: Don’t Go West… Go Digital! This session will explore some of the innovative technologies that are shaping the development of Smart Cities. Discover how future-forward municipalities are using pioneering technologies like IoT, 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and more to optimize operations and efficiently manage resources as they move to enhance civic life.

Grant McLarnon, Technology Leader

Soumya Ghosh, Director, MNP Digital

Colin Adderley, IT Engineer 2, The City of Calgary

10:30 AM

Technical Presentations

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Cost Effective Deployment Strategies - New Standards and Technologies

Alfieri Negro, Business Development - Network and Security Solutions, Anixter

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Responding to the Cyber Risks of a Modern Supply Chain

Owen Key, Director of Cybersecurity, KPMG

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

How Wearable Technologies Together with Digital EHS Solutions Augment Reality to Improve Worker Safety

Doug Junor, Director, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Field Safe Solutions

11:45 AM

Networking Sponsor:



Networking Lunch

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1:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions - Roundtables


1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Roundtable | An Inclusive Innovation Environment - Increasing the Representation of Equity-Deserving Groups in Tech for Business Performance Building an inclusive innovation culture is not about meeting quotas or making excuses for your team's lack of diversity. It's about leveraging unique talents by tapping into diverse talent pools. Whether you are just starting to develop a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy, or trying to address gaps in your current approach, you’ll want to be a part of this lively, engaging, and meaningful discussion. 

Gregory John, Founder, Unimaize Technologies, Inc.

Darian Kovacs, Founding Partner, Jelly Digital Marketing & PR Agency

Margaret Glover-Campbell, Chief Operating Officer, The Virtual Gurus

Jillian Elizabeth, YEG lead, Startup TNT


1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Roundtable | Monumental Matters:  Digital Solutions for Supply Chain Resilience Supply Chain issues have affected businesses in all sectors. It’s critical to understand how IoT is transforming supply chain management and how IoT deployment can improve customer service, revenue growth, profitability, waste reduction, sustainability, and risk mitigation. Supply chains are crumbling all around us; hear from industry experts on how to build supply chains that balance efficiency with resiliency.  

Trevor Cain, Senior Account Manager, Solutions Sales Lead – Western Canada, AVNET

Biju George, Associate Partner, Digital Supply Chain & Operations, EY

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Roundtable | Executive Outcomes: Tackling the “Big Three” While the financial benefits of Digital adoptions are clear, the path to IoT success is not. This session will address how to overcome the three biggest challenges that executive technology leaders face today: Talent, Security, and Investment. Skills gaps, lack of executive buy-in and financial justification, as well as poor data management and security are all issues that have the potential to derail a project before it even gets off the ground. Learn from the successes (and failures) of your peers and fellow technology leaders to discover what it takes to achieve IoT digital transformation success. 

Geoff Mair, CEO, SensorUp

Helen Knight, Helen Knight Consulting

Paul Parzen, Director, IT, Tara Energy Services Inc.

Neal Isaac, Managing Director, Technology Assurance, Data Science and Analytics, ATB Financial

1:00 PM

Technical Presentations

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Location Intelligence Equation for Smart IoT:

Discover how adding location intelligence to the location equation helps provide Smarter IoT solutions

David Monaghan, Business Development and Industry Manager, IoT, ESRI Canada

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Focus on the IoT Edge to Reduce your Total Cost of Ownership

Mike Fraser, RSD Canada, Telit

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Reduce Costs and Mitigate HSE & ESG Risks with Intelligent Visual Monitoring

Paul Ritchie, CEO, Osperity Inc.

2:15 PM

Networking Sponsor:



Afternoon Coffee & Networking

Visit Exhibition Hall

2:45 PM

Panel Discussion | Investing in IoT & Innovation Many businesses (and entire industries) are experiencing rapid growth because they are successfully investing in and leveraging IoT and Digital Solutions. As we look toward the future and the impact of IoT around the world, Canada has a global opportunity to be a significant contributor to the advanced application of IoT, and a leading stakeholder that creates jobs and a significant economic contribution. With a collective and intentional effort from Industry, government, academia, and the investment community, IoT can become a major component in the diversification of Canada’s economy. 

Brenda Beckedorf, Executive Director, Alberta IoT Association

Dwayne Dulmage, Vice President, National Leader, Technology Financing, BDC

Wilson Acton, President & CEO, ALCO Ventures

Philippe Hebert, Director General Innovation, Department of Defense

Reg Joseph, CEO, Health Cities

4:00 PM

Scaleup IoT Companies: Pitch/Showcase

4:30 PM

Day 2 Closing Remarks

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