Program : September 30th 2020

All sessions will be live streamed online and available on-demand until Dec. 31.

Big Data Conference Room

  • The Foundations of Data
  • Workshop: Introduction to GPU Data Science with RAPIDS

    09h00 - 10h00

    RAPIDS is a suite of software libraries for executing end-to-end data science completely on GPUs. It relies on NVIDIA® CUDA® primitives for low-level compute optimization, but exposes that GPU parallelism and high-bandwidth memory speed through user-friendly Python interfaces. In this talk, the speaker will give an introduction to RAPIDS and GPU data science. A hands-on demo will be provided to show how RAPIDS can help drastically reduce model training time and improve productivity. 

    • Rhys Williams AI Instructor WeCloudData
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  • Break & Networking

    10h00 - 10h30
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  • Collaborative Intelligence: How the emergence of Data Fabric technology unlocks the next big shift

    10h30 - 11h00

    Your brain manages more data than the biggest organizations on the planet. More than Google, more than JP Morgan, more than most governments.

    This amazing feat is accomplished with a network-based design that produces faster outcomes as more knowledge is linked. This is exactly how Autonomous Data Fabric technology works. It takes the datasets from fragmented apps and data stores and upgrades them to a single interconnected network, enabling accelerated IT projects while reducing data silos and data integration overheads. The best part? It keeps getting better with every project. 

    Join Dan DeMers, CEO and Co-founder of Cinchy, as he explains why leading analysts are reporting on how Data Fabric technology is the next big shift and how you can develop plasticity in your Target State Architecture through Autonomous Data. Dan will walk through a roadmap for the future that will show you how your IT teams can cut time to market and eliminate the need to buy, build, or integrate new applications.

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    • Dan DeMers CEO Cinchy
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  • Leveraging Existing Technologies in a Digital Transformation: Panel

    11h00 - 11h45

    High level speakers come together to discuss the pros and cons of implementing new policies and process using legacy systems and when to know when to push back on management for upgraded solutions. 

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    • Gerald Belton Vice President, Data Architecture and Engineering Hilton Hotel
    • Roberto Gennaro Chief Digital Officer redtag.ca / Travel Brands - HISgo group of companies,
    • Sidita Zhabjaku Director, Data & Analytics Transformation Bank of Montreal
    • Christopher Janca [Moderator] Project Manager, Advanced Technologies Parker Hannifin Corporation
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  • Lunch break

    12h00 - 13h00
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  • Big Data Conference Room
  • The Foundations of Data
  • Leveraging Real time Data & Actionable Insights for the Financial Sector

    13h00 - 13h30

    As the financial services sector is undoubtedly the most data-intensive sector in the global economy, the influence of Big Data on the sector is tough to overestimate. Due to the increasing and changing customer expectations, business intelligence and data analytics having become a crucial element architectural optimization for banks. There’s a strong requirement for real-time models leveraging the data driven decisions making concept. In this talk, I’ll discuss the prudent approach for a multi-dimensional data exploitation and how Real-time and batch data can be analysed simultaneously at scale- allowing embedded analytic processing into the applications. This in turn enables programmatic decisions based on real-time analysis. We’ll discuss practical use cases for leveraging a real-time data integration pipeline to avoid all problems of classic Extract-Transform-Load tools, which are data processing latency, functional miscomprehension and metadata heterogeneity. The audience will infer the value of leveraging real time architectural approach towards enhancing the value-driven insights,reporting, quality and availability.

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    • Vinnie Saini Director, Data & Analytics Scotiabank
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  • Generating Targeted AI revenue at Mass Scales

    13h30 - 14h00

    Targeted and personalized marketing solutions powered by AI generally result in better ROI on a per deployment basis. But they have encountered the persistent problem of never being able to reach the scale of audiences and unit uplift that can be generated with mass campaigns. Deploying personalized solutions at scale is a complicated problem, but one that has huge upside if solved correctly. In this talk, I’ll discuss how AI can be realized at mass scales with a combination of engineering, data management and business process updates.

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    • Jane Moran Senior Vice President, Data & Technology AIR MILES Reward Program
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  • BLOCKCHAIN IN ENERGY SECTOR

    14h00 - 14h30
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    • Abhinav Tiwari Head of Advanced Planning Alectra Utilities
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  • Knowledge Graphs for Financial Institutions: Driving Insight and Business Value

    14h30 - 15h00

    Bank of Montreal (BMO) needed a modern approach to understand the relationship between enterprise data and social media to drive business insight. Faced with the challenge of integrating many disparate sources of data, the BMO team built a Knowledge Graph with Neo4j graph database technology to enable them to easily and quickly uncover obscure connections in their data. In this session, we’ll share our experience delivering a proof of concept and discuss best practices that can help you solve similar challenges

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    • Mike Carey AE, Canada Neo4j
    • Paolo Délano Alonso IT Architect BMO Financial Group
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  • Building Large Scale Data Lakes with Apache Hudi (Incubating)

    15h00 - 15h30

    With the proliferation of data in the past years, most business critical decisions are heavily influenced by deep data analysis. As companies rely more on data for their functioning; storing, managing and accessing data intelligently and efficiently is more important than ever before.

    Traditionally, any conversation around data would revolve around how one can effectively ingest data into a large data warehouse. As more business decisions are driven by data in real time, we require strong guarantees such as acceptable latencies, high data quality and system reliability. Moving from a full-reload to a delta model of ingesting quickly became the primary way to ingest large amounts of data at scale. A number of such ingest patterns showcased how a transaction support on such datasets could benefit use-cases immensely. 

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    • Nishith Agarwal Engineering Leader UBER
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  • Break & Networking

    15h30 - 16h00
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AI Conference Room

  • Cultivating AI
  • Workshop: Product Development for Identifying and Leveraging ML Opportunities 

    09h00 - 10h00

    Do you really need AI to solve your problem? Are you doing AI projects or building AI products? Are you working on the right problem? In this session I'll go through a step by step framework to show how product development concepts can be used when identifying and developing ML opportunities. I'll review some common frameworks used and provide lists of items that need to be considered in every step of the process.

    • Russell Martin Data Scientist Pragmatic Institute Company
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  • Break & Networking

    10h00 - 10h30
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  • A More Human-centered Approach to AI

    10h30 - 11h00

    Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have become ubiquitous and essential to user experiences across almost every industry, product category, and services. These advances have dramatically increased who can benefit from and who are affected by ML and AI. But how do we ensure these benefits are positive for everyone? How do we ensure whoever is affected by ML and AI gets a say in how they are used and can maintain their control of these technologies? How do we do all of this with a focus on equity and empowerment?

    In this talk, Jess Holbrook, founder and lead of Google’s People + AI Research group (PAIR) will discuss practical steps to help make human-AI partnerships productive, enjoyable and fair for everyone to use, as well as ready-to-use tools that help developers build AI responsibly. 

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    • Jess Holbrook Founder and Lead, People + AI Research Google UX
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  • AI, Big Data, Digital Platforms and Future of Agriculture

    11h00 - 11h30

    Information coming soon,

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    • Dr. Rozita Dara Principal Investigator University of Guelph
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  • Time Series Analysis for Financial Data

    11h30 - 12h00
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    • Keyvan Kasiri Senior AI Researcher Bank of Montreal
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  • Lunch break

    12h00 - 13h00
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  • AI Conference Room
  • Cultivating AI
  • Scaling Data Science in the Enterprise

    13h00 - 13h30

    In this fireside chat, Ajinkya Kulkarni, Senior Director, Data Science at Scale at RBC speaks with Jed Dougherty, VP of Field Engineering at Dataiku, about what it means to deploy data science at scale within the enterprise. Join them as they walk through real-life examples of the business, technology, and organizational lessons learned and best practices that can be implemented in your business.

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    • Ajinkya Kulkarni Senior Director, Data Science at Scale RBC
    • Jed Dougherty VP of Field Engineering Dataiku
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  • HOW TO LEVERAGE GPUS-ON-DEMAND WITH OVHCLOUD AI TRAINING POWERED BY ELEMENT AI : TECHNICAL DEMONSTRATION

    13h30 - 14h15

    During this technical demonstration, attendees will discover how the OVHcloud AI Training solution powered by Element AI allows users to build, train and deploy deep learning models in production.  Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will go through four step-by-step demos allowing you to learn how to leverage AI Training to train models with GPU across multiple use cases and how to deploy an API endpoint in just a few minutes to easily request the model.

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    • Christophe Rannou Machine Learning Engineer OVHcloud
    • Jerome Pasquero AI Product Manager Element AI
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  • Moving from Experience to Data: Panel

    14h15 - 15h00

    Panel experts discuss the methods of augmented data driving decision-making compared to relying on a combination of data and experience. 

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    • Richard Downe Senior Director, Data Science Loblaw Digital
    • Biju Misra Director, Operations- Enterprise Systems & Automation CoE Enbridge Inc.
    • Dalia Hashim [Moderator] AI and Emerging Tech Policy Advisor Ontario Digital Services
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  • Law & Disorder

    15h00 - 15h30

    The unfortunate death of George Floyd and others has eroded significant trust between law enforcement and citizens which has created a demand for a means to assess police behavior to improve the safety of both citizens and law enforcement officers. The terms "defund the police" or "reform law enforcement" is part of the narrative from countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and all across America. With recent advances in technology, particularly Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning, it may be possible to better assess high-stress situations and help to improve law enforcement response with less reliance on violence. No one has yet addressed this challenge applying a solution using existing and emerging technology to affect change in law enforcement procedures during potential violent encounters.

    The questions for this panel are: Law & Disorder – How will leadership & new technologies in artificial intelligence reshape law enforcement?

    What challenges lie ahead & why? Who is making progress and how?

    Confirmed Panel Members include:

    • Doug Wise, Former Deputy Director of DIA and retired member of CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service

    • Kevin Danford, former FBI Supervisory Special Agent

    • Dr. Kenneth Dekleva, Associate Professor and McKenzie Foundation and Chair in Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center

    • Faramarz Farhoodi, CEO Sapient Shopping

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    • Douglas Wise Former Deputy Director of the Defense intelligence Agency CIA [Retired]
    • Taimour Zaman Co-Founder 8 Billion Acts of Innovation
    • Faramarz Farhoodi CEO Sapient Shopping and AI Nexus 
    • Dr. Kenneth Dekleva Associate Professor and McKenzie Foundation and Chair in Psychiatry UT Southwestern Medical Center
    • Kevin Danford Owner KD Risk Evaluation and Investigations LLC.
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  • Break & Networking

    15h30 - 16h00
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  • Combing RPA with Cognitive Technologies

    16h00 - 16h30

    To reduce the risk that business confidence in RPA and cognitive technologies could be lost we should start addressing (AI & RPA) should have put in circulation the term "intelligent Automation" from the very beginning of the recent technology advancements. Organically, one would think that IA is the automation that is completed only by cognitive technologies such as ML, NLP, speech recognition and object recognition. 

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    • Penka Bocheva Director, Enterprise Robotics, Technology Data & Analytics Bank of Montreal
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  • Deployment of Machine Learning and AI solutions

    16h30 - 17h00
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    • Phoenix Unnayan Majumder Director Data Science Sun Life Financial
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Cloud Conference Room

  • Cloudability Realized
  • Workshop: An Introduction to Topic Modeling using Python

    09h00 - 10h00

    "Topic Modeling" is an unsupervised learning method where we seek to group documents together that are about the same topic.  We will consider some of the common topic modeling methods in Python such as K-Means Clustering and Latent Dirichlet Allocation, utilizing tools in the scikit-learn and gensim libraries.  We show how these methods can be used to perform topic modeling using the same data set, together with common preprocessing steps in the analysis.  We discuss advantages and drawbacks of each method, concentrating especially on the central question of "How many topics are contained in the documents in the data set?"   

    • Amir Feizpour Founder Aggregate Intellect
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  • Break & Networking

    10h00 - 10h30
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  • The Cloud Has Changed Cyber Security Forever

    10h30 - 11h00

    Uncover, investigate and shut down cyber-attacks faster. How Check Point achieved it using pure Machine Learning.

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    • Mark Ostrowski Security Evangelist, Office of the CTO Check Point Software Technologies
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  • Cloud Repatriation – when does it make sense for you?

    11h00 - 11h30

    As many organizations are adopting cloud-first strategy, there is also a growing trend that organizations are moving their workload and data away from public cloud.  Discover their motivations, what, when and why it makes sense?  Understand the options, roadmaps and obstacles that are associated with this decision.  Join us at a devil's advocate perspective to the public cloud migration journey. 

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    • Hubert Chan Director of Cloud Data Innovation Platform Hudson’s Bay
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  • Embrace your Digital Journey with Talend Data Fabric - Plan International Testimony

    11h30 - 12h00

    Join Talend and Plan International describe how customers are using modern data management platform to accelerate and future proof their digital infrastructure. You'll discover what data challenges Plan International is facing during their digital journey, how and why they chose Talend to build a future proof data architecture in the cloud.

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    • Altaz Hemani VP Information and Technology Plan International
    • Ivan Barsby Director, Business Solutions and Infrastructure Plan International
    • Dion Maynes Vice President, Canada Talend
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  • Lunch break

    12h00 - 13h00
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  • Cloud Conference Room
  • Cloudability Realized
  • Scaling on Demand Fireside

    13h00 - 13h30

    Information Coming Soon. 

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    • Abbas Jaffrey Head of Cloud Platform and Reliability Engineering and Architecture Interac Corp.
    • Patrick Lopez CEO Core Analysis
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  • How Snowflake Powers Marketing Analytics

    13h30 - 14h00
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    • Tim Fletcher Senior Director of Solutions Marketing Snowflake
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  • Data Science for Real Problems: Our Story of Productionizing Data Science to Deliver Engaging Digital Shopping Experiences

    14h00 - 14h30

    This session will present on how a DS team builds and ships things with the help of cloud platforms.

    Data Science is at the core of building personalization and recommendation services in Loblaw Digital’s e-commerce website consumer journey and the omni-channel customer experience. In this talk, Xiaoming will present her work at Loblaw Digital to create engaging digital experiences for Canadian customers, and how data science teams could work together with the product team, Dev team and DevOps/SRE team to achieve a productive collaboration.
    Xiaoming will also present a case study with how her team ships the ML models as managed  microservices, enabling the A/B testing and more sophisticated online multi-armed bandit testing for continuous improvement. She’ll discuss the ML engineering aspects of her team’s work to achieve faster and more reliable releases, compliance to standard policy enforcement and central observability.

     

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    • Xiaoming Zhang Senior Data Scientist Loblaw Digital
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  • Break & Networking

    15h30 - 16h00
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Cybersecurity Conference Room

  • The Value of Cybersecurity
  • Sessions start at 10:30am

    09h00 - 10h30
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  • Women in Cybersecurity

    10h30 - 11h00

    Join us for a deep discussion of Adrian’s journey to becoming one of Can's Top 20 Women in Cybersecurity and what she's learned along the way. 

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    • Adriana Gliga-Belavic Privacy Lead and Cybersecurity Partner MNP
    • Isabel Freire Partnerships Lead Tech Nordic Advocates
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  • Securing Your Data: Panel

    11h00 - 11h45

    Key players from a diverse range of industries come together to share their top strategies and solutions to securing sensitive data. 

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    • Samer Adi Infrastructure and Security Leader Goodfood Market
    • Mahmoud Mussa, Moderator Senior Cybersecurity Specialist Indigo Books and Music
    • Najma Sultana Senior Director, Transformation, Cyber Security Program Delivery Air Canada
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  • Lunch break

    12h00 - 13h00
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  • Cybersecurity Conference Room
  • The Value of Cybersecurity
  • Securing the Future of Work: Securing the New Normal: How Cyber AI Learns on the Job

    13h00 - 13h30

    The future of work remains unpredictable and uncertain. More than ever before, business leaders need to remain confident that their operations can continue securely in the face of global or even regional crises, and while sections of the economy are slowly re-opening, cyber-attackers are ramping up their campaigns. As businesses look set to rely on cloud and SaaS tools for the long term, our digital environments are going to be more dynamic than ever. Yet organizations are finding themselves undergoing a delicate balancing act—each new work practice and technology that is introduced also brings unforeseen risk.

    Static, legacy approaches have become redundant, both unintelligent and ill-equipped to adapt. Organizations must rethink their approach to security, and rely on new technologies like AI to achieve much-needed adaptability and resilience. Darktrace leverages unsupervised machine learning to seamlessly adapt and integrate into changing environments, and to detect and respond to attacks in the earliest moments. 

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    • Marcus Fowler Director of Strategic Threat Darktrace
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  • “Cybertelligence”: How AI is Changing the Face of Cybersecurity

    13h30 - 14h00

    Cyber threats are considered the top priorities for businesses nowadays, with Cybersecurity Ventures predicts cybercrime will cost the world in excess of $6 trillion annually by 2021 (up from $3 trillion in 2015), the challenge becomes bigger and the human resources to fight the threats are not catching up. The need of AI based automated cybersecurity solutions that will help human cybersecurity experts in this battle is becoming more of a necessity than complimentary. This talk will focus on the role of AI in fighting cyber crimes.

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    • Hisham Qaddoumi Manager, IT Consulting for Cyber Security Run Straight Consulting Inc.
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  • Resiliency in perspective

    14h00 - 14h30

    Area: Resiliency - Disaster Recovery (DR)

    Keywords: Framework - fine line - awareness - planning for success - approach

    Objective: defining Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity in a business manner

    Details: 

    .Frequently, we come across two temenologies business continuty "BC" and disaster recovery "DR") where organizations tend to mix them up

    .Utilization of Disaster Recovery vs. Business Continuity

    .Presentation will elaborate on the fine line between the two functions and how to sort out the confusion internally

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    • Ammar Yousef Sr. DR Specialist Moneris Solutions
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  • Optimizing the future, The 5G & IOT Revolution: Here's What To Expect

    14h30 - 15h15
    • 5G is a next-generation mobile network technology that can enable an astonishing range of innovative new products and services and offers the promise of significant economic and social benefits as well. However, like many emerging technologies, it is equally likely to disrupt multiple industries.  
    • The arrival of 5G and the growth of IoT devices are guaranteed to affect the cybersecurity landscape, it is so imperative that companies proactively assess their security strategies and data security.
    • 5G also introduces critical concerns around data security and  privacy that  and Cyber Security and Privacy  professionals need to understand, mitigate and manage.
    • This session will establish a clear understanding of the essentials around 5G &IOT  from a privacy and security perspective.
    • This  session will discuss why deploying a risk-based approach to security will be critical, ensuring that high-risk areas are seen as the biggest priority, in order to minimize damage.
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    • Ferris Adi Senior Cyber Security and Compliance Manager Rogers Communications
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  • Break & Networking

    15h30 - 16h00
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