Speakers

Meet our faculty of experts

Sami Ahmed VP, Head of Data, Analytics and AI Transformation

Bank of Montreal

Rohaan Ahmed Mission Systems and Project Engineer

MDA Corporation

Sedef Akinli Kocak, PhD Project Manager, Industry Innovation

Vector Institute

Marco Albuquerque Developer III

Kik

Shiva Amiri Director Research Infrastructure

23andMe

Carl Anderson Director, Data Science

WW

Andresa Karine de Andrade Data Scientist

PayBright

Zach Aragosa Data Analyst

Looker

Kate Arthur Founder & CEO

Kids Code Jeunesse

Steven Astorino Vice President of Development, Data and AI and Canada Lab Director

IBM

Deborah Awe Commercial Sales Engineer

Alteryx

Karthik Balakrishnan CTO

Wysdom.AI

Neil Bartlett SVP, Data and Analytics

RBC

Neil Beaton VP Corporate Development

CAPS Group

Helene Beauchemin Legal Counsel

Stradigi AI

Adam Bendriss Alami Director of Marketing of Provalis Research

Provalis Research

James Bergstra Co-founder & Head of AI and Research

Kindred AI

Christopher Berry Director, Product Intelligence

CBC

Saroop Bharwani CEO and Co-Founder

Senso

James Black Senior Engineering Manager, Data Engineering

Flipp

Eric Bogart VP, Advanced Analytics

Acosta

Nadine Boucher Data, Analytics and AI Lead IBM Canada

IBM

H.K. Brar Advisor, Strategic Technology Operations

FedEx

Rosario Cartagena Chief Privacy and Legal Officer

ICES

Rob Catalano Chief Engagement Officer

WorkTango

Ruben D. Chacon Vice President and CISO

Constellation Brands

Catherine Chen Founder & CEO

IG Liaison

David Chen Co-Founder and CTO

BenchSci

Ying Chen Chief Product Officer

Luminoso

Charlene Cieslik Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer & Chief Privacy Officer

Coinsquare

Mathieu Cliche Data Scientist

Bloomberg LP

Brian Cline Chief Technology Officer

Caddle

Selwyn Collaço Chief Data Officer

TMX Group

Fareena Contractor Head of Walmart Innovation Community

Walmart

Sean Copeland Vice President, Data

Lift & Co

Matt Cowell CEO

QuantHub

Jean-Christophe Petkovich Chief Technology Officer

Acerta Systems Analytics

Craig D’Souza Head of Global Investigations, Intelligence & Protective Intelligence

Facebook

Rob Davidson Manager, Data Analytics and Research

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Dan Demers Co-Founder and CEO

Cinchy

Jeff Dennis Entrepreneur in Residence

Fasken

Dean Dolan CPO and General Counsel

Staples

Don Duncan Director of Business Development,

NuData Security, A Mastercard company

Anthony Durocher Deputy Commissioner

Competition Bureau Canada

Jason Falbo Chief Technology Officer

Mircom Group of Companies

Nadeem Fazil Sr. Data Scientist, Enterprise Innovation & Analytics

Morneau Shepell

Michelle Fernandes Senior Vice President

Manifold Data Mining Inc.

Kevin Ferreira, Ph.D. Senior Manager, AI Labs

Bell Canada

Dominic Fortin Senior Director, Business Intelligence and Advanced Analytics

The Co-Operators

Isabel Freire MBA, CIPP Strategic Partnerships Consultant

Tech Nordic Advocates

Dr. Steve Frey Senior Scientist

Aquanty

Ketan Gangatirkar Vice President of Engineering for Job Seeker Products

Indeed

Inmar Givoni Senior Autonomy Engineering Manager

Uber ATG

Alex Gold Solutions Engineer

RStudio

Aleksandr Gontcharov Machine Learning Engineer 

IMRSV Data Lab

Robert W. (Bob) Gordon Executive Director

Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)

Andrew Graham Co-Founder & CEO

Borrowell

Alex Grbic Chief Technology Officer

Omnia AI, Deloitte’s Artificial Intelligence Practice

Maxime Guilbot Founder & CEO

Ekohe

Kobi Gulersen Vice President B2B & Product Marketing

Mastercard Canada

Edwin Guo Data Engineer and Cloud Architect

WeCloudData

Zhenyu Guo Director of Artificial Intelligence

Postmates X

Ashish Gupta Manager MIS Projects

Scotiabank

Sakshi Gupta Product Owner

The Home Depot

Patrick Hall Senior Director for Data Science Products

H2O.ai

Jon Hammond Managing Director – Data and Analytics, Enterprise Service Delivery

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Kevin Harmer Microsoft Practice Lead

Adastra Corporation

Nick Harvey Lead Developer Advocate

Pachyderm

Alyssa Harvey Dawson General Counsel, Head of Legal, Privacy and Data Governance

Sidewalk Labs

Ransom Hawley CEO

Caddle

Terry Hickey SVP and Chief Analytics Officer

CIBC

Mick Higgins Chief Growth Officer

Caddle

Monica Holboke Co-Founder and CEO/CSO

CryptoNumerics

Steve Holder National Strategy Executive, Analytics Ecosystems

SAS Canada

Anthony Hooper AVP Software and Big Data Architecture

AT&T

Dariane Hunt SVP; Design Director Artificial Intelligence

Bank of America

Brian Hu Director of Data Engineering

Index Exchange

Peter Husar Vice President, Analytics Strategy & Planning, Enterprise Data & Analytics

TD Bank Group

Janet Ilhm Director, Digital Experience

The Ontario Cannabis Store

Russell Irving Chief Engineer & Digital Twin General Manager, Retired

GE Research

Steve Irvine Founder & CEO

integrate.ai

Nehil Jain Senior Engineer, Data & Infrastructure

SnapTravel

Christopher Janca Project Manager Advanced Technologies

Parker Hannifin

Shane Johnson Senior Director of Product Marketing

MariaDB

Travis Juffinger Senior Predictive Analytics Specialist

ISM Canada

Krishna Kallakuri President & Founder

diwo®

Akshay Kalle Chief Technical Officer, The Pathway Group; CTO, Elastic Care

Pathway Communications

Dr. Suraj Kapa Director, Augmented and Virtual Reality Innovation

Mayo Clinic

Constantine Karbaliotis Director, Leader Managed Privacy Services

PWC

John Karabaic Senior Sales Engineer

Pachyderm

Azwar Khalid CTO and Software Architect

247 Labs Inc.

Brad King VP Sales & Marketing

Mitaa

Daniel Koffler Chief Digital Architect

Hatch

Ikjyot Singh Kohli Senior Manager, Data Science & Analytics

Cineplex

Konrad Konarski Artificial Intelligence and IOT Practice Head

V-Soft Labs

Anna Koop Senior Scientific Advisor

Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (amii)

Ryan Lanyon Manager, Transportation Policy and Innovation

City of Toronto

Mathieu Laporte Assistant Director, Communication and Dissemination Branch

Statistic Canada

Jean-Francois Lessard VP & Chief Data Officer

Intact – Data Lab

Kris Lawson Regional Director – Canada

Snowflake

Josh Lessing Co-Founder and CEO

Root AI

Derek Leung Digital Engagement Specialist

University of Waterloo

Jessica Leung Engineering Manager

Wattpad

Prof. Zhepeng (Lionel) Li Chief Science Officer at Qindom; Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems at Schulich School of Business

Qindom

Jasper Li Founder & CEO

SortSpoke

Xiaofeng Liu Lead Scientist for AI and Research

Fanhan Techologies

David Lloyd CEO

PostBeyond

Carolyn Loh Senior Director, Customer Data Analytics & Insights

Rogers Communications

Kevin Loo Co-Founder and CRO

CTO Boost

Jim Love CIO and Chief Content Officer

IT World Canada

Christian Magsisi Senior Director, Technology & Digital

MLSE

Anand Mahurkar Founder and Chairman of Findability Sciences

Findability Sciences

Nargiz Mammadova Co-Founder and CEO

Destin AI

Laura Manes VP Strategy, Innovation & Enterprise Analytics

LCBO

Paul Marek Founder & CEO

MiDATA

Dario Morrone Director of Client Transformation

Stradigi AI

Maciej Mazur Technical Sales Manager - IBM Analytics

IBM

Nikita Medvedev Senior Predictive Analytics Manager

Coca-Cola

Iqbal Mohomed AI Lab Lead

Samsung Research

John Morrell Senior Director of Product Marketing

Datameer

Andi Moshirvaziri Director, Product Owner Data Labs

Scotiabank

Paul Moxon VP of Data Architectures | Chief Evangelist

Denodo Technologies

Naresh Mudunuru AVP of Enterprise Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

TD

Nick Necsulescu Director of Customer Data and Insights

World Vision

Raj Neervannan CTO and Founder

AlphaSense

David Newall Director of Cybersecurity

Element AI

Sahar Nezami Senior Director, Advanced Analytics and Data Management

CIBC

Jennifer Nguyen Lead Data Scientist, Canadian Analytics COE

Sun Life Financial

Gabriela Nicolescu CEO

Kyber Security

Mike A. O’Quinn Chief Technical Officer

Astera

Deborah Orzel, MBA, CHRL Director, Talent Advisory and National Talent Leader

Omnia AI, Deloitte Canada’s Artificial Intelligence practice

Vik Pant Senior Technical Advisor (Applied AI)

MaRS Discovery District

Kishawna Peck Founder

Toronto Women in Data Science

Joseph Peter Vice-President, Fraud Risk Management

Sun Life Financial Canada

Scott Pinkney VP, ECD

Publicis Hawkeye

Beth Porter CEO and Co-founder

Riff Learning Inc

Emil Protalinski News Editor

Venture Beat

Muji Qadri Senior Solutions Engineer

Unravel

Jose Quesada CEO

AI Deep Dive

Saad Rais Lead Data Scientist

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Hossein Rahnama CEO and Co-founder

Flybits

Vish Ramkissoon VP, Decision Science

Publicis Hawkeye

Katya Ramos Manager, Performance Metrics & Analytics

Scotiabank

Niloo Ravaei Co-Founder

Iris

Jennifer Reif Developer Relations Engineer

neo4j

Andrew Ricchetti Head of Analytics

407etr

Michael Roberts Practice Lead

Newcomp Analytics

Christian Rodericks Director of Data Analytics

Recipe Unlimited

Dr. Lorne Rothman Principal Data Scientist

SAS

Mitesh Shah Senior Cloud Product Manager

Denodo

Mohak Shah, Ph.D. VP - AI and Machine Learning

LG Electronics

Sina Shahandeh VP of Data Science

Ecobee

Nazia Shahrin Senior Director – Operations Lead – Business Financial Services Transformation

RBC

Avishalom Shalit Head of Data Engineering & Data Science

Kik

Dalia Shanshal MSc Candidate - Data Science and Analytics

Ryerson University

Reza Shiftehfar Engineering Manager, Hadoop Platform Team

Uber

Patrick Siconolfi Principal & Co-Founder

Gensquared

Dr. Devin Singh Physician Lead for Clinical AI & Data Science (Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine)

SickKids

Parinaz Sobhani Director of Machine Learning

Georgian Partners

Dr Larisa Soldatova Reader in Data Science, Director online MSc Data Science programme

Goldsmiths, University of London

Sarah Sun Chief Data Strategist

Goldspot Discoveries

Patrick Surry Chief Data Scientist

Hopper

Aaron Swanson Vice President

Talend Cloud

Noelly Tamez Program Director, e-City program, IT Division

City of Toronto

Dr. Drew Taylor PhD, MSc, Co-Founder and CEO

Acorn Biolabs

Matthew Tenney Data Science Supervisor Data Analytics and Visualization Team

City of Toronto

Alexander Terado Solutions Specialist – Customer Advisory Data Sciences

SAS

Abhinav Tiwari Head of Advanced Planning

Alectra Utilities

Dr. Stephen W. Thomas Assistant Professor and Director, Master of Management Analytics and Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence

Smith School of Business

Ethan Lockshin Global Fivetran Evangelist

Fivetran

N. Ken Tran PhD Candidate - Health Informatics

University of Waterloo

Dr. John Tullis Data Analyst

University of Edinburgh

Yevgeniy Vahlis Head of Artificial Intelligence Technology

BMO

Angela Van Damme VP, Global Anti-Money Laundering Transformation

Scotiabank

Amar Varma Co-Founder & COO

Autonomic

Ott Velsberg Chief Data Officer

Government of Estonia

Carolyn Watters Vice-President and Chief Digital Research Officer

National Research Council (NRC)

Dan Waldner Director of Customer Data

Scotiabank

Christian Weedbrook Founder & CEO

Xanadu

Eugene Wen VP, Group Advanced Analytics

Manulife

Bryan Whitmore Chief Field Technologist

Vertica

Igor Wolford Director of Data, Insights and Analytics

Loblaws

Richard Wunderlich Director, Smart Grid Initiatives

Siemens

Yuli Ye Head of Machine Learning

Wish

Susanna Zagar Chief Strategy and Analytics Officer

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

Irene Zaguskin Chief Operations and Technology Officer

The Printing House

Jeff Zakrzewski VP Platform Engineering

Ritual Co.

Jolay Zhang Senior Software Development Engineer | Solution Architect

WeCloudData

Shaohua Zhang Co-founder

WeCloudData

Tamara Zimmerman AVP, Innovation

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Nabil Zoldjalali Senior Cyber Technology Manager

Darktrace

Paul Zovighian Senior Director, Exchange Optimization

Index Exchange

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