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Toronto Area SIM Meeting Wednesday November 20th, 2013 6:00 - 9:00 pm


Dinner and Discussion: The 31st Quarterly C Suite Survey

Zia Shah will present the topics that are of top importance to today's C Suite leaders, including Information Security, Collaboration, Human Resourcing and what CEOs and CFOs are looking for from the CIO. Be prepared to explore the issues that keep us up at night.     


Event Schedule for Wednesday November 20th, 2013:
6:00 - 7:00: Cocktails & Networking
7:00: Dinner and Discussion


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Location:
The National Club
303 Bay Street (between King and Adelaide - on the east side)
Toronto, ON M5H 2R1
416.364.3247


Fee:Members and SIM Guests: FREE

Non-members: $125.00 & HST (Includes dinner)



Toronto Area SIM Meeting Tuesday October 1st, 2013 6:00 - 9:00 pm


Dinner and Discussion: The New Landscape of Risk Governance


Claudiu Popa, one of Canada's most respected security and privacy experts, shared his insights on the fundamental changes taking place in the global economy, including post-whistleblower revelations and legislative changes impacting compliance. Claudiu is an author, a lecturer and the CEO of Toronto-based Informatica Security. He brought his experience in working with enterprises across Canada to discuss trust, governance and risk leadership.



Event Schedule for Tuesday October 1st, 2013:
6:00 - 7:00: Cocktails & Networking
7:00: Dinner and Discussion


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Location:
The National Club
303 Bay Street (between King and Adelaide - on the east side)
Toronto, ON M5H 2R1
416.364.3247


Fee:Members and SIM Guests: FREE

Non-members: $125.00 & HST (Includes dinner)




June 19th 2013: 5th Annual Toronto Area SIM Golf Event at Angus Glen

The Fifth Annual Toronto Area Society of Information Management (SIM) Nine-and-Dine Golf Event was held on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at the prestigious Angus Glen Golf Club. This event gave SIM members and guests a terrific opportunity to network with fellow IT professionals while playing a relaxing nine holes of golf, followed by dinner and a speaker. For this event, as with regular meetings, SIM members could invite a guest free of charge. Non-golfers were welcome to join for dinner and discussion.

Event Schedule for Wednesday June 19th, 2013
4:30pm Registration and Driving Range
5:15pm Golf
7:30pm Dinner

Location:
Angus Glen Golf Club
10080 Kennedy Road
Markham, Ontario L6C 1N9
905-887-0090

Fee: Members: FREE (Note Members may bring a complimentary guest)
Non-members and their guests: $125.00 GST (Includes golf and dinner)






Toronto Area SIM Meeting Wednesday April 24th, 2013 6:00 - 9:00 pm


Dinner and Discussion


Event Schedule for Wednesday April 24th, 2013:
6:00 - 7:00: Cocktails & Networking
7:00: Dinner and Discussion


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Location:
The National Club
303 Bay Street (between King and Adelaide - on the east side)
Toronto, ON M5H 2R1
416.364.3247


Fee:Members and SIM Guests: FREE

Non-members: $125.00 & HST (Includes dinner)



Toronto Area SIM Meeting Wednesday February 27th, 2013 6:00 - 9:00 pm


Dinner and Discussion: CIO's Top Initiatives and Concerns for 2013

Using the recently published SIM International Survey of CIOs as a backdrop, we will be discussing our top initiatives and concerns for 2013:

  • Top issues, concerns and technologies (page 2 - 4 of the report) will be discussed and explored
  • In addition to helping ensure the success of your organization this year, we will also use the discussion to influence deep-dive topics for future SIM Chapter dinners and sessions at our CIO Forum in October

 

Event Schedule for Wednesday February 27th 2013:
6:00 - 7:00: Cocktails & Networking
7:00: Dinner and Discussion


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Location:
The National Club
303 Bay Street (between King and Adelaide - on the east side)
Toronto, ON M5H 2R1
416.364.3247


Fee:Members and SIM Guests: FREE

Non-members: $125.00 & HST (Includes dinner)



Toronto Area SIM Meeting Tuesday November 20th, 2012 6:00 - 9:00 pm


Dinner and Discussion: The Next-Generation CIO

Given that business trends and enterprise technologies are advancing rapidly (e.g. cloud, SaaS, consumerization, mobility, BYOD, big data, etc.):

  • What will the CEO’s expectations for the CIO be in the future? (in two, five and ten years out)
  • How will the expectations of organizations evolve?
  • What are the challenges of maintaining business objectives (Privacy and Security, Availability and Uptime, Cost, etc.) in the new landscape?
  • How should a CIO best prepare and respond?

 

Event Schedule for Tuesday November 20th 2012:
6:00 - 7:00: Cocktails & Networking
7:00: Dinner and Discussion


http://www.thenationalclub.com/images/logo.gif

Location:
The National Club
303 Bay Street (between King and Adelaide - on the east side)
Toronto, ON M5H 2R1
416.364.3247


Fee:Members and SIM Guests: FREE

Non-members: $125.00 & HST (Includes dinner)



Toronto Area SIM Meeting Wednesday Sept 26th, 2012 6:00 - 9:00 pm


Dinner and Discussion: Success in Leading Application Development

Event Schedule for Wednesday September 26th 2012:
6:00 - 7:00: Cocktails & Networking
7:00: Dinner and Discussion



Toronto Area SIM GOLF EVENT Wednesday June 20th, 2012 4:00 - 10:00 pm

Fourth Annual Toronto Area SIM Golf Event at Angus Glen Golf Club

The fourth annual Nine-and-Dine Golf Event was held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 returning to the prestigious Angus Glen Golf Club. This event gave SIM members and guests a terrific opportunity to network with fellow IT professionals while playing a relaxing nine holes of golf, followed by dinner and a speaker. For this event, as with regular meetings, SIM members can invite a guest free of charge. Some Members and guests chose to attend the dinner and speaker only if they were non-golfers.


Toronto Area SIM Meeting Wednesday April 25th, 2012 6:00 - 9:00 pm


Dinner and Discussion: Your Project World in 2012

Your Project World in 2012 PowerPoint Download

Abstract:

Tom Peters a number of years ago stated that "We live in a Project World” that technology advancements, the globalization of the workplace and the new value metrics of a worker’s efforts or "deliverables” as he called them would impact all of us in our day to day lives. This is certainly been true for those working in the technology sector where the successful implementation of IT projects can be an industry game changer for competitive organizations.

Norman Schutz of Practical Resolutions Inc will discuss the increased interest in IT project outcomes by the business community and technology consumers and what some organizations are doing to enhance their respective outcomes in an era of increased visibility and awareness.

1) Recent trends that have contributed to the increased demand in improving IT Project Success Rates and the pressures this will create on software vendors, system integrators and their clients alike..How will you respond to and manage this?

2) Alternative Dispute Resolution in the IT Sector: "Interests-based” resolution of commercial disputes and project conflicts through Mediation & Arbitration vs Rights based legal options...The risks, costs and benefits

3) Early Dispute Resolution: The benefits of dealing with project conflicts early on and how lessons learned from other industries are now being applied to ICT projects and contracts.

4) The Road Ahead: Recent litigation decisions and IT project write-offs-what have we learned? What will the increased participation of lines of business in their IT investment decisions mean for future corporate technology project investments?

Facilitator: Norman Schutz co-founded Practical Resolutions Inc. (PRI) (http://www.practicalresolutions.ca) in response to the growing need for organizations to resolve their technology commercial disputes and conflicts through more expedient, cost-effective and sustainable means. His personal business experiences in managing commercial disputes over the past 15 years leveraging various facilitated negotiation and mediation techniques contributed to this belief that business conflicts could be resolved more productively and successfully when addressed in a pro-active business focused manner early on in their life cycle. The challenge he foresaw in the IT & ICT industry was the ability for organizations to call upon IT industry experienced and independent Mediation or Facilitation professionals to support a group of disputants in creating a viable solution to their situation in a confidential non-public forum. This gap coupled with the limitations that today’s senior executives face in their ability to be actively involved in dispute resolutions led to his decision to found PRI as a "practical solution” for those organizations seeking to resolve their commercial disputes and related conflict management issues in a more timely, productive and cost-effective manner.

Event Schedule for Wednesday April 25th 2012:
6:00 - 7:00: Cocktails & Networking
7:00: Dinner and Discussion


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Location:
The National Club
303 Bay Street (between King and Adelaide - on the east side)
Toronto, ON M5H 2R1
416.364.3247


Fee:Members and SIM Guests: FREE

Non-members: $125.00 & HST (Includes dinner)



Toronto Area SIM Meeting Wednesday February 29th, 2012 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Dinner and Discussion: The CIO's changing role with the Cloud and Outsourcing

Presentation is available here

Abstract: Are Outsourcing and the Cloud and corporate consolidation reducing the scope of the CIO’s responsibility and control, especially for Canadian subs of foreign organizations? We will cover likely scenarios for new world IT (within the IT department and without), how to assess objectively your specific challenges (or threats), and what you can do to make the inevitable transition effective for both you and your organization.

 

Facilitator: Andy Woyzbun is a Lead Analyst with Info-Tech Research Group with over 35 years experience in various technical, management and executive IT roles. He has worked in a broad variety of industries, including computer services, government, consulting services, financial services and telecommunications. At Info-Tech, Andy specializes in improving the relationship between IT and senior management and IT’s relationship with vendors.Andy has over 15 years of experience in executive roles. He gained deep experience in the business impact of technology during his tenure as executive in charge of lending services for Royal Trust, and as executive in charge of marketing, operations and systems for North American Trust. Andy has been Chief Information Officer for two organizations providing telecommunications services, AT&T Canada and C1 Communications, and for ADP Canada, a leading payroll and human resources services provider.

 


Toronto Area SIM Meeting Wednesday November 23rd, 2011 6:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Innovation: Planning for 2012

Abstract: How important is Innovation to the future of your industry, your company, your department? How much of your budget is therefore dedicated to Innovation? Or how do you cope just keeping up with existing demands on a shrinking budget? We will discuss methodologies, strategies, and practical plans for 2012 and beyond that will help our companies stay with the times and prepare for the future.


 


 

 

Toronto Area SIM Meeting Tuesday October 4th, 2011 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Technology Considerations: The Cloud

Abstract: Time to come down from the clouds. Beyond the hype, what are our companies actually saying and doing about the Cloud. What projects are underway and planned and what are you hearing from business partners, IT staff, and vendors? What are the drivers, barriers, challenges, successes?




 


Toronto Area SIM GOLF EVENT Monday June 20th, 2011 4:00 - 10:00 pm

Third Annual Toronto Area SIM Golf Event at Angus Glen Golf Club

The third annual Nine-and-Dine Golf Event was held on Monday, June 20, 2011 returning to the prestigious Angus Glen Golf Club. This event gave SIM members and guests a terrific opportunity to network with fellow IT professionals while playing a relaxing nine holes of golf, followed by dinner and a speaker. For this event, as with regular meetings, SIM members could invite a guest free of charge. Some Members and guests chose to attend the dinner and speaker only if they were non-golfers.


Event Schedule for Monday June 20th, 2011
4:15pm Registration and Driving Range
4:45pm Golf
6:45pm Dinner

Location:
Angus Glen Golf Club
10080 Kennedy Road
Markham, Ontario L6C 1N9
905-887-0090

Fee: Members: FREE (Note Members may bring a complimentary guest)
Non-members and their guests: $125.00 GST (Includes golf and dinner)



Toronto Area SIM Meeting Wednesday April 20th, 2011 6:00 - 9:00 pm

People Management, Development, Retention

Abstract: What are the key trends and focus for 2011 with our staff? Developing the next generation of IT Leaders, understanding cross-cultural and cross-generational collaborative styles, work-life balance, retention strategies for tough economic times, and more.



Toronto Area SIM Meeting Thursday March 3rd, 2011 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Innovation: Process Improvement


Abstract: Discussion on which areas of our organizations are the focus for process improvement in 2011. Are you working harder or working smarter? How do we do more with less in this economic environment? What are areas of new investment?



Toronto Area SIM Meeting Wednesday Nov 17th, 2010 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Innovation: Key Enablers for 2011 Planning and Beyond

Abstract: A lively practitioner's roundtable on our companies' Innovation Portfolios! What portion of your 2011 project portfolio is dedicated to high-innovation initiatives? What portion is maintenance, upgrades, upkeep? What is the right mix of Innovation? How can we execute successfully in 2011 and beyond?

 

 


Toronto Area SIM Meeting Tuesday Sept 21st, 2010 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Technology Trends: Looking Forward – Emerging Trends in IT Technology

Abstract: Enterprise IT strategy and operations are going to be directly impacted by trends emerging in the Consumer and Service Provider segments. The presentation will provide an overview key emerging trends, including topics such as Collaboration and Cloud Computing.

Speaker: Alex Smith


Biography: Alex Smith brings 26 years of broad IT and customer experience. Prior to the past seven years with Cisco Systems, Alex had roles ranging from systems engineering to marketing and sales with leading vendors such as IBM and EMC.

 

 


 

June 14th 2010: Toronto Area SIM Golf Event at Angus Glen

The Toronto Area Society of Information Management (SIM) Nine-and-Dine Golf Event was held on Monday, June 14, 2010 at the prestigious Angus Glen Golf Club. This event gave SIM members and guests a terrific opportunity to network with fellow IT professionals while playing a relaxing nine holes of golf, followed by dinner and a speaker. For this event, as with regular meetings, SIM members could invite a guest free of charge.

Event Schedule for Monday June 14th, 2010
4:15pm Registration and Driving Range
4:45pm Golf
6:45pm Dinner

Location:
Angus Glen Golf Club
10080 Kennedy Road
Markham, Ontario L6C 1N9
905-887-0090

Fee: Members: FREE (Note Members may bring a complimentary guest)
Non-members and their guests: $125.00 GST (Includes golf and dinner)



May 3rd 2010: Social Networking Discussion

Toronto Area SIM Meeting Monday May 3rd, 2010 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Collaboration, Social Media and Knowledge Management: Real Business Experiences, Challenges and Lessons

Abstract: Social Networks, Collaboration, Knowledge Networks and similar Social Media applications – all claim to be the next great transformational technology. But what’s the real story? Who has experimented and tested these or similar solutions in a business environment? What are your corporate experiences and challenges?

Our May Chapter Meeting was intended to ask our members to exchange their experiences and questions on these issues in a round-table format. To stimulate our discussion we invited Gordon Vala-Webb of PwC to join us and share the exploratory work he has been leading in these areas. Gordon recently outlined PwC ’s initiatives at a Toronto Knowledge Workers Forum.

Speaker/Contributor: Gordon Vala-Webb, National Director of Knowledge Management for PwC Canada.

Biography: Gordon is responsible for the development and execution of PwC’s internally-focused knowledge management strategy. Included in that is PwC's internally-facing portal which won the IIR Portals, Collaboration and Content Excellence Award (2007) and has been documented in a Microsoft case study.

Prior to joining PwC in 2005 he had a similar position with Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. His team's portal was named one of the "Top Ten Government Intranets" by NN/g and was given an Ontario Showcase Merit Award for Organizational Transformation (2004).

He has a Masters in Management Science (Technology) from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo and a MA (Politics) from Queen's University. He is also Chair of Board of Directors of Safe Workplace Promotion Services Ontario which is North America's largest provider of occupational health and safety training and consulting services.

Event Schedule for Monday May 3rd 2010:
6:00 - 7:00: Cocktails & Networking
7:00: Dinner and Guest Speaker

 


 

February 22nd 2010 Event:
OPEN SOURCE DISCUSSION

Open Source: Ready for Primetime – Why Open Source Solutions should be in your IT Playbook

Abstract: Open source solutions have proven their staying power and they continue to demonstrate tangible benefits and offer new cost and performance options for IT strategies. This presentation discussed the background and evolution of the open source model as seen by suppliers and end users in the industry. The briefing included an overview of the most common types of open source solutions that are being deployed today and describe how IT departments typically introduce these solutions into their application portfolios. Since open source software is new to many, participants were encouraged to ask questions and discuss their perceptions of the open source business model – its’ challenges, reputation and future opportunities.

Speaker: Christine Steger, Red Hat Canada Ltd, General Manager


 

 

 

November 19th 2009 Event:
BUILDING A SMARTER PLANET

Toronto Area SIM Meeting November 18th, 2009 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Building a Smarter Planet

CLICK HERE for links to subjects Tom mentioned.

Abstract: To build a Smarter Planet, better decision making isn't just an opportunity. It is a mandate.
Leaders need to make crucial decisions every day. You may be operating with major blind spots, precisely at a point in time when the public is demanding transparency, where costs have to be taken out of the system, where the velocity of decision-making is increasing exponentially. Intuition and gut-feel are no longer sufficient.

Stimulus and economic recovery investments around the world are accelerating the development and deployment of smarter systems such as intelligent utility grids, electronic medical records, improved transportation systems and food traceability. These smarter systems require new digital infrastructures to improve the speed and quality of decision making.

CLICK HERE for IBM Whitepaper on The New Voice of the CIO

Speaker: Tom Vassos IBM CIO Innovation Executive,
Ambassador, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (www.greatertoronto.org)
Instructor, University of Toronto


 

 

 

September 16th 2009 Event:
HEALTHY AGILE- Benefits and Challenges in Real Organizations

Toronto Area SIM Meeting September 16th, 2009 6:00 - 9:00 pm

In this talk, Mishkin Berteig gave an overview of the benefits and challenges of using agile methods in real organizations. Two organizational case studies were presented: a failure and a success. The relationship of agile methods to other organizational systems such as CMM/I, Lean/Six Sigma and traditional project management were examined in the context of these two cases.



June 24th 2009 Event:
GOLF EVENT at Angus Glen Golf Club

 

 

 

The Toronto Area Society of Information Management (SIM) Nine-and-Dine Golf Event was held on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at the prestigious Angus Glen Golf Club. This event gave SIM members and guests a terrific opportunity to network with fellow IT professionals while playing a relaxing nine holes of golf.


 

 

 

May 5th 2009 Event:
MAKING THE BUSINESS CASE FOR VIRUALIZATION

One of the biggest challenges facing CIOs and IT Managers today is how to utilize IT infrastructure is a cost-effective way, while offering responsive support and flexibility in adapting to organizational changes. This event with give you the opportunity to talk to Grant Aitken, General Manager of VMWare Canada, about how cost-effective, simple and flexible virtualization can be achieved in today’s challenging economic environment. The discussion will focus on business benefits rather than product features.


 

 

 

March 2nd 2009 Event:
OPTIMIZE YOUR IT ORGANIZATION THROUGH AGILITY

In these times where the economy is causing CIO's to focus more on efficiencies, effectiveness and cost containment, Jim Knight, Global CIO for Chubb and Son is focusing on agility. Jim will share his experience and views on optimizing an IT organization through agility, structure and leadership.

Speaker: Jim Knight
Global CIO/Executive Vice President
Chubb and Son Insurance Company

As a Global CIO Jim provides vision and leadership to maximize the usage of information technology to create and maintain leadership for the Chubb Corporation worldwide. Jim is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and he serves on the boards of the Society of Information Management (SIM) - International, SIM New Jersey Chapter Foundation and the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD).

 


 

 

November 20th 2008 Event:
IT-BUSINESS FUSION and XBRL

 

SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY EVENT

To celebrate SIM International's 40th Anniversary and the Toronto Area Chapter's 2nd Anniversary, SIM Members are invited to bring a complimentary guest to this dinner event! Space is limited, RSVP details below.

Hugh Wallis, International XBRL Consortium
Standardized Business Reporting

XBRL International is a not-for-profit consortium of approximately 550 companies and agencies worldwide working together to build a standard business reporting language and promote and support its adoption. XBRL is a language for the electronic communication of business and financial data which is revolutionising business reporting around the world.
Reference: Analyst suggests that CIOs educate their CFOs and the people responsible for investor reporting on XBRL and "start baking it into the architecture of the firm." (Aug 2008 | SearchCIO.com)

Tracy Shouldice, Forrester Research CIO Group
Beyond Alignment: IT-Business Fusion

The Path to Fusion – Moving Your IT Organization Beyond Alignment. The presentation, based on Forrester's CIO Group Leadership Boards research project, demonstrates that CIOs and their teams can impact the bottom line by following a series of tactical and strategic steps, called the "Path To Fusion.” Reaching a state of fusion is becoming an organizational imperative for success and not simply an IT objective; fusion is becoming a source of competitiveness and innovation.

 


 

September 22nd 2008 Event:
THE CANADIAN IFRS MIGRATION INITIATIVE

Abstract: The Canadian International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Migration Initiative: An Enterprise Wide Project Management Initiative OR Just an Accounting Standards Conversion?

More than 100 countries currently require or acknowledge the use of the IFRS accounting standards. The planned adoption by Canadian public companies of these new standards will further enhance their ability to compete in the ever changing global marketplace. Recent IFRS implementations in Europe and Asia illustrated the need to establish sound project management practices early in the planning process to ensure timely regulatory and industry compliance reporting. While many of the lessons learned from recent SOX/Bill-198 projects can be applied to Canadian IFRS implementations there are key differentiators.
The high visibility of the change management decisions that will arise from an IFRS transition initiative and the responsibility that the IT organization assumes with respect to the execution of these decisions will be presented for discussion. In addition we will also review the current state of readiness within Canada for this major undertaking.

Facilitator: Norman Schutz is a Managing Director with Thomas Technology Partners (TTP) a leading Canadian Project Management Professional Services Organization. Norman brings a unique perspective to his current role having worked in the financial services and IT sectors in various operations, business development and marketing positions. He has held senior management roles working in Canada the US and abroad, with EDS, ISM/IBM Global Services, and Infosys Technologies.
TTP provides project management consulting services and support to a variety of Canadian clients including leading Banking, Wealth Management, Pension fund managers and major retailers. Additional information on our organization can be found at: http://www.ttp.ca/ Norman can be reached at mailto:norman.schutz@ttp.ca%20or by phone at the office at 905 640-8378/cell: 416 706-1511


 

 

 

June 5th, 2008 Event:
BUSINESS AND IT TRANSFORMATIONS

Abstract: Session Objectives are to describe and define transformation. Is transformation even possible? Examine the barriers to transformation, and offer some insight on two key areas: Archetypes and Leadership.

Facilitator: Jim Love, FCMC Managing Partner, Performance Advantage

Special Guest: Brent Furneaux, Schulich School of Business
Managing the Information Systems Life Cycle: What factors lead successful organizations to make the decision to retire legacy systems? Presentation HERE.


 

 

 

April 14th, 2008 Event:
CRITICAL ISSUES FOR 2008


 

 

 

February 26th, 2008 Event:
FINDING AND RETAINING IT TALENT

Abstract: At a virtually zero percent IT unemployment here in Canada, it is critical to have a practical plan to differentiate your company to IT professionals. This topic has been on the list of "Top 10 Issues of Concern to CIOs" as surveyed by SIM every year from the survey's inception in 1980. At SIMposium 2007 it was announced that for the first time, recruiting and retention of staff has become the NUMBER ONE concern for CIOs in 2008.

Facilitator: Tim Cerny is Executive Vice President of Canadian Operations at TEKsystems, North America's largest and most experienced IT staffing firm. Tim has been with TEKsystems since 1994 and currently holds ultimate responsibility for all of TEKsystems Canada’s strategy execution and operational oversight.


 

 

 

November 22, 2007 Toronto Area SIM AGM and Roundtable
WHAT2008 TRENDS REALLY MATTER AND WHY?

Facilitated Roundtable Abstract: At this time of year we are inundated with forecasts about the 2008 trends in Strategy, Management, Security/Risk or Technology. We see these at SIMposium, in webinars, trade magazines and in the many marketing promotions which land in our inboxes.

This roundtable probed our collective wisdom and tested your view of the top issues by:

  • Noting some typical key trends suggested for 2008
  • Exploring one of these in detail: Mobility
  • What trends really matter to you and Why?

Facilitator: Ray Gilbert is a member of our Chapter Executive and a participant in other societies (IEEE, ACM etc). He's involved in teaching initiatives at the Rotman School and conference advisory groups at UCLA's Engineering and Business Schools. He will kick-off and facilitate our roundtable by sharing the observations he's gained while delivering seminars on telecom trends (especially mobility) to thousands of CIO-IT leaders and hundreds of our SIM peers across North America.
Over the last 25 years, Ray has held a number of senior management positions with Nortel, Alcatel and Lucent Technologies. His specific attention has been on the business impacts, plus technical successes of enterprises that have been deploying or exploring new broadband cellular data options like EVDO, HSDPA and FMC (Fixed-Mobile Convergence). Ray resides in Toronto and has a BASc, MASc and MBA.


 

 

 

September 18th, 2007 Panel Discussion:
WOMEN IN I.T.

Some commentators have noted that talented women are leaving the IT field: at the same time 4 of the Top 25 CIOs in a recent poll are women. Women's enrollment in technology related programs is falling, and at a dramatically different rate than men's enrollment. How do young women view technology? In an age where virtually all successful enterprises are concerned with diversity and engagement, how do we engage women in our technology organizations? What makes them succeed? What makes them leave? How do we attract, retain and groom them for top technology roles?

Our esteemed panel delved into these difficult questions. Our panel of accomplished women was drawn from academia, market research and corporate technology leadership roles to offer a diverse perspective on these important issues.

Moderator: Jacqueline Allard, SVP Information Technology, State Street Corporation
Jacqui manages State Street's Global Technology Services for North America. She is responsible for software application development and client technology infrastructure management for State Street's North American offices, which are located in Ontario, Quebec, New Jersey, Missouri, California and New York. She has held a variety of prior technology, operational and client account management positions in the investor servicing and investment management fields in Canada, the United States, Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Jacqui holds a BAH in Economics from Queen's University and an MBA from Bentley Graduate School of Business in Massachusetts. She chairs the Advisory Board for Sequentia, and is the Vice Chair and Director of the Board of Serve Canada. She is sits on the Boards of the White Ribbon Campaign and the Society for Information Management for the Toronto Area.

Panelist: June Drewry, Global CIO, Chubb & Son Corporation
June Drewry is Global CIO of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Previously, she served as executive vice president and CIO for Aon Corporation. June received her B.A. in mathematics from Caldwell College for Women. She has served as a member of the SIM Central New England chapter Executive Board, a New Jersey chapter president, a Member-at-Large on the SIM Executive Board and she served as the president of SIM International in 1999 and 2000. In 2005 she served as VP for Enterprise Programs. She has sponsored scores of Regional Leadership Forum participants and is active member of the Advanced Practices Council.

Panelist: Dr. Wendy Cukier, Associate Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management Ryerson University
Wendy is the Associate Dean, of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Canada's largest business school and a professor of Information Technology Management. In 1998 she founded The Diversity Institute to research ways of increasing the participation of under-represented groups in the workplace. She has written 200 articles and papers, and is coauthor Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park.

Her study on diversity and the ICT labour market was published by the Canada's Information and Communications Technology Council' and she is a judge with the Canadian Information Productivity Awards. She has received many honours including two honorary doctorates, a YWCA Woman of Distinction award and the Meritorious Service Cross, one of Canada's highest civilian honours. In 2000, the University of Toronto named her among the 100 alumni who had shaped the century. She has an MA and MBA from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Management Science from York University.

Panelist: Jennifer Evans, President of Sequentia Corp
President Jennifer Evans is a Toronto-based entrepreneur, writer, and technophile and the president of Sequentia Communications, recently ranked as Canada's 24th (2005) and 27th (2004) fastest growing emerging company by the PROFIT Hot 50.

Prior to starting Sequentia, Jen co-founded DigitalEve International, a not for profit association for women and technology, and served as Executive Director its international and national organizations from 2000-2002. She is the co-chair of the White Ribbon Campaign and a board member of both Computer for Schools Ontario and The Beach School, and sits on advisory panels for the Software Human Resources Council (SHRC) and Women in Film and Television (WIFT). Jen was a two-time finalist for the Canadian New Media Awards and continues to function as a judge for the awards. She is a technology columnist for the Globe and Mail's online edition and appears regularly on Business News Network's Tech Tuesday panel.

Jen has taught at the University of Toronto, York University, Humber College, and Ryerson. She is a graduate of Queen's University and her international work experience includes Bermuda, Tokyo, the US, South America and Korea. Jen is currently working on a book examining how customer communities develop online called The Momentum Machine, to be published in the fall of 2007.

Panelist: Jennifer Thompson, Vice President, Head of Information Services, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Jennifer is responsible for leading the Information Services team at CPP Investment Board with a focus on the company's systems strategy, implementations and operations. She has more than 25 years of experience in information technology, most recently as Head of Information Technology for Citigroup Fund Services in Canada. She has held other senior positions including Chief Operating Officer at Merrill Lynch HSBC Canada, Chief Information Officer at Merrill Lynch Canada and Vice President of Information Services at Canadian Tire.

Jennifer holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from Queen's University. She is the former Chair of the Council of Chief Information Officers for the Conference Board of Canada, and was previously a member of the Queen's University MBA for Science and Technology and the Ontario IT Strategy Advisory Boards. She is also Chair of the Board, Havergal College, a private girl's school in Toronto.

Panelist: Dr. Krista Scott-Dixon, Institute for Work and Health
Dr. Krista Scott-Dixon is the author of Doing IT: Women Working in Information Technology (Sumach Press, 2004), and has published a number of articles on employment, gender and technology.

Currently Krista is a researcher for the Institute for Work and Health. She's been an internet junkie since Netscape 1.0 and alt.barney.die.die.die.



July 7th, 2007 Toronto Executive Roundtable in Partnership with iRise:
HIGH PERFORMANCE BUSINESS

 

 

 

iRise Executive Roundtable

We partnered with iRise to create a superb educational environment where we networked, enjoyed provocative content and debate with industry leaders while attending a world class event in Toronto. During the Roundtable we had the chance to examine the theme of the "High Performance Business” through the eyes of our peers from Fannie Mae, Google, and AOL Technologies among others.


 

 

 

May 15th, 2007 Panel Discussion:
BUILDING THE I.T. LEADERSHIP TEAM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Building the IT Leadership Team

Facilitator: Martin McManus, VP Membership of Toronto Area SIM, SIM RLF Graduate
Panelist: Dr. James L. Norrie, Director of the Ryerson School of Information Technology Management
Panelist: Jacqueline Allard, SVP - Global Technology Services Americas, State Street
Panelist: Dan Houle, VP - Business Solutions, Investments Information & Technology, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan



February 6th, 2007 Workshop:
ALIGNING IT GOVERNANCE WITH BUSINESS OBJECTIVES

 

 

 

The format is a workshop. The focus will be on a framework for aligning IT objectives and priorities with corporate direction and business objectives. As a case study, we will discuss disaster recovery and business continuity objectives that resulted from SARS.

Workshop Agenda
11.30 am - 12.00 pm Establish a framework for alignment
12.00 pm - 1.00 pm Breakout sessions to work on a case study
1.00 pm - 1.30 pm Reconvene to report results



December 6th, 2006 Conference Call:
ITIL ITSM implementation discussion, Sheila Bridge, Lucent ITSM Project Leader

 

 

 

Speaker: Sheila Bridge, Director, Lucent IT – ITSM project leader

Description: an interactive conference call discussion, sharing learnings of a high-speed ITIL/ITSM implementation (10 major ITIL processes completed in parallel over an 11 month period).



November 14th 2006 Event:
Stephen Pickett, CIO Penske Corp

 

 

 

AGENDA
6:00 - 6:30pm Reception & Introductions
6:30 - 7:30pm Dinner
7:30 - 8:30pm Speaker: Stephen Pickett "Information Technology Effectiveness”
8:30 - 10:00pm Round Table & Networking

Speaker: Stephen Pickett is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Penske Corporation, a closely-held diversified transportation services company which includes: Penske Truck Leasing Corporation; Penske Automotive Group, Inc; UnitedAuto Group, Inc.; Penske Transportation Components, LLC; Transportation Resource Partners, LLC; and Penske Performance, Inc. Penske Corporation and its subsidiaries manage and operate businesses with annual revenues approximating $17 billion and employ 35,000 people at more than 1,700 worldwide locations. Prior to joining Penske Corporation, Pickett spent many years in the automobile industry with OEMs on two continents (American Motors, Volkswagen) and automotive suppliers in North America. He also holds the position of President of SIM and is a member of their Advanced Practices Council. Pickett holds as Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Advanced Management Program at Michigan State University.


 

 

 

September 26th 2006 Event:
Rod Hamilton, CIO Hygeia, and Phil Zwieg, Principal Z-Sharp

 

AGENDA
5:30 - 6:15 pm Reception & Dinner
6:15 - 6:30 pm Introductions
6:30 - 7:00 pm Rod Hamilton: "The Future of IT Leadership from a CIO Perspective"
7:00 - 7:30 pm Phil Zwieg: "Supply and Demand Crisis for IT Leaders"
7:30 - 8:00 pm Round Table & Networking

 

SPEAKERS: Rod Hamilton is a Toronto-area CIO who joined Hygeia Corporation in September 2000 after spending 21 years at KPMG. At Hygeia he is responsible for all aspects of technology, including strategy, development and ongoing support. His efforts have been directed at applications of web technology since 1995; this remains the primary technology in use at Hygeia. With clients scattered around the globe, use of highly available web applications has been pivotal to Hygeia's client service strategy. As recognition of Hygeia's commitment to technology-business alignment and agile development, Hygeia was named by CIO magazine as one of the "Agile 100" in 2004 and has also been named to the CIO Innovative 100 in 2006.

Phil Zwieg is currently a principal with Z-Sharp, LLC. He previously served as a Vice President in the Information Systems Department at Northwestern Mutual, where he was responsible for all infrastructure and IT operations activities. Previous responsibilities included heading up applications and support activities for all home office business domains, as well as architecture and security functions. Prior to joining the Northwestern, he was head of the Information Systems organization at WE Energies. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his MBA from Marquette University. He has completed work towards his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is on the adjunct faculty of the graduate business school at Marquette University; has served on the Executive Technology Review Committee and the IS Strategy Advisory Board for the Milwaukee Public School System; and is a member of the Board of Directors of Lad Lake, Inc. Zwieg has been a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and the Wisconsin Chapter for over 20 years, serving in many capacities, including past president. He is currently the Vice President for Advocacy and Communities of Interest on the SIM National Executive Board.

 


 

Toronto Area Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) is an association of senior IT executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants, and other IT thought leaders from Toronto and surrounding area who come together to share and enhance their rich intellectual capital for the benefit of its members and their organizations. Members are expected to participate in SIM activities for the purpose of knowledge sharing and networking, rather than for selling. SIM is a not-for-profit association of key information technology leaders dedicated to: knowledge sharing among its membership, serving as the voice of the IT leader on key issues, developing future IT leaders, and giving back to the communities in which we operate. Started in 1968, SIM International has over 3000 members in more than 30 major metropolitan chapters.

 


 

 

 

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