The Data Effect Speakers Include


Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Ottawa, ON, Canada
April 12 & 13, 2017

Canada’s future prosperity is linked to the ability of its citizens, businesses and government to maximize the use of our data resources, as well as maximize the opportunities that disruptive technologies can offer, for the public good.

The seventh edition of The Data Effect, organized by CityAge on April 13th, 2017 in Ottawa, will look at the next steps in building our national strategy to use new tools in data — such as big data, AI and digital government — to build a better Canada. These new opportunities can promote economic productivity, demonstrate Canada is a sustainable resource exporter, make government more responsive and efficient, and encourage a healthier nation.

To date, more than 1,500 leaders from across North America and Europe have attended The Data Effect. This seventh edition of The Data Effect will continue to build the network of leaders who are achieving real progress in the use of data to improve the economy and society.  

For further information please contact Marc Andrew (, 778 835 0633) or Miro Cernetig ( 778-865-1557) at any time.


April 12 at The Rideau Club:

 CFO/CIO Roundtable on Digital Transformation in Partnership with DX Agents
(by invitation)
4:00-5:30 pm

Welcome Reception at The Rideau Club for All Delegates
5:30 - 7 pm

April 13 at The Chateau Laurier:

Full Program

NB ~ Subject to change

7:30 am           Breakfast

8:45 am           Welcome by Conference MC:

                        Catherine Clark, Catherine Clark Communications

9:00 am           Session 1:        Building on Disruption: Our National Strategy

The recent budget made clear Canada’s intention to embrace data-led innovation to create an engine of innovation and national prosperity. What are the essential next steps required to leverage Canadian talent in big data, AI and machine learning, and use it to better compete in the global economy? How can we build the national digital and supercomputing infrastructure required to lead in this race? Where do we have a lead that we can build on?

  • Khalid Al-Kofahi, Vice President, Research & Development, Thomson Reuters
  • Mohammed Qadir, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Fusion Genomics
  • Malcolm Campbell, Vice President, Research, University of Guelph
  • John Weigelt, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada

Panel Chair:     Mark Dietrich, President & CEO, Compute Canada

9:45 am            Sue Paish, President & CEO, LifeLabs

10:05 am         Hon. Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education, Minister of Digital Government, Province of Ontario

10:25 am         Morning Break

10:50 am         David Ramsay, Senior Director, Engagement SAP
                        The role design thinking in digital transformation

11:10 am         Session 2:       Driving Canada’s Digital Transformation
The most successful organizations are those moving most aggressively to implement digital transformation that drives clear results. How can best practices in digital adoption and implementation be accelerated throughout government and the economy? How can data visualization help drive transparency and decision-making?

  • Matthew Mendelsohn, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Results and Delivery, Government of Canada
  • Josée Touchette, Chief Operating Officer, National Energy Board
  • David Ramsay, Senior Director, Engagement SAP
  • Doug Logan, Digital Solutions, Deloitte
              Panel Chair: Humza Teherany, CEO, Compass Digital Labs and President, CIO Association of Canada

11:55 am       Fred Popowich, Executive Director, Big Data Initiative, Simon Fraser University
The transformative power of big data

12:15 pm       Jennifer Chan, Vice President Policy and External Affairs, Merck Canada and Roy Wilds, Chief Data Officer, PhEMI Systems
The role of data in accelerating life science innovation

12:35 pm         Lunch

1:45 pm           Kevin Lynch, Vice Chairman BMO (Former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet)
                        Embracing data and disruptive innovation to build the future

2:05 pm           Session 3:       Leveraging our Data for Use
The world is awash in data, and the topics of privacy and security rightfully occupy much of the conversation. But it’s not an answer to close access to data; rather we need to find the right ways to use data to drive a modern Canadian economy and government. What’s the balance between opening data up and protecting personal privacy and security? How can data be used to create value, build new companies and help improve operations in companies in government? What is the cutting edge of this issue, and what do we need to know and implement today?

  • Kevin Tuer, Managing Director, Canada’s Open Data Exchange
  • Chris Willsher, Director of Distribution, Pelmorex Weather Networks
  • Philippe Johnston, Chief Information Officer and Departmental Security Officer, NSERC and SSHRC
  • John Preston, Associate Dean, Research and External Relations, McMaster University
                 Panel Chair: Deborah Saucier, Provost and Vice President Academic, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

2:50 pm           Sheelagh Carpendale, Canada Research Chair in Information Visualization, University of Calgary
New innovations in data visualization

3:10 pm           Session 4:       Case Studies from the Future
Every organization needs to use data to solve problems and build value. How are businesses, universities and government using big data and the new tools it offers to make a difference? How do we extend these case studies into other organizations? The closing panel will look at practical applications in the use of data and its potential to drive a transformational innovation agenda for Canada.   

  • Niraj Bhargava, CEO,
  • Ayse Bener, Director, Data Science Laboratory, Ryerson University
  • Cliff van der Linden, Founder, Vox Pop Labs
                  Panel Chair: Kevin Lynch, Vice Chairman BMO

3:55 pm           Closing Comments

4:00 pm           Conference Close

Prior Speakers at The Data Effect include:

  • JP Balakrishnan, Vice President, Alliances and Partnerships, Infosys
  • Ray Boisvert, President, I-Sec Integrated Strategies
  • Alison Brooks, Research Director, IDC Government Insights
  • Corinne Charette, Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada
  • Paul Dorian, Department Director, Division of Cardiology, University of Toronto
  • Don Hathaway, Chairman, Compute Canada
  • Robert Hogg, Director, Drug Treatment Program, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
  • James Lingerfelt, Public Safety Lead, Smarter Cities, IBM
  • Bernard Lord, President & CEO, CWTA
  • Bill Pascal, Chief Technology Officer, Canadian Medical Association
  • Marc Smith, Principal Solutions Architect, SAS
  • Robyn Tamblyn, Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Chris Yiu, Head, Digital Government Unit, Policy Exchange, London, UK
  • Tom Corr, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence
  • Khaled El Emam, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Colin McKay, Manager, Global Public Policy, Google Canada
  • Patricia Brantingham, RCMP Professor of Computational Criminology, ICURS-Simon Fraser University
  • Ryan D’Arcy, Professor, SFU and Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation BC Leadership Chair in Medical Technology
  • Paul Drohan, President & CEO, Life Sciences BC
  • Joel Dudley, Assistant Professor of Genetics / Genomic Sciences & Director of Biomedical Informatics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Dan Goldowitz, Professor, Center for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
  • Harry Kim, Senior Director, Enterprise Services, WW Healthcare Strategy and Portfolio HP
  • Terry Lake, Minister of Health, Province of British Columbia
  • Marco Marra, Director & Distinguished Scientist, Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency
  • Francis Ouellete, Investigator & Associate Director, Informatics and Bio-computing, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Enakshi Singh, Product Manager, SAP HANA Platform for Healthcare
  • Ryan Wilson, CEO, Medeo
  • Shurjeel Choudhri, Senior VP and Head, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Bayer Inc.
  • Walter Robinson, Vice President, Government Affairs, Rx&D
  • Todd Khozein, Partner, SecondMuse
  • Aslam Anis, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
  • Josh Blair, Chief Corporate Officer and Executive Vice-President, TELUS Health
  • Valerie Casselton,  Associate Editor, Vancouver Sun
  • David Delaney, Chief Medical Officer, SAP
  • Asif  Dhar, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Deloitte
  • Alex Dickinson, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Illumina
  • Janessa Laskin, Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Agency
  • Sue Paish, President & CEO, LifeLabs
  • Robert Sindelar, VP Research & Academic Affairs, Providence Health Care
  • Peter Speyer, Chief Data Officer, Novartis
  • Chris Wagner, CEO, Contextual Genomics
  • Brian Bot, Senior Scientist and Community Manager, Sage Bionetworks
  • Bruce McManus, CEO, PROOF Centre of Excellence
  • Brad Popovich, Chief Scientific Officer, Genome BC
  • Allan Seckel, Chief Executive Officer, Doctors of BC
  • Shelley Gilberg, Canadian Health Care Lead, IBM
  • Brendan Byrne, Chief Innovation Officer, TELUS Health
  • Dianne Doyle, President & CEO, Providence Health Care
  • Mariya Filipova, Senior Manager, Health Ecosystems, Deloitte
  • Brian Forster, SVP and CIO, LifeLabs
  • Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • Eugene Kolker, Chief Data Officer, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Kirk LaPointe, Vice President of Audience and Business Development, Business in Vancouver
  • Larry Lynd, Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences
  • Scott MacDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Labour Markets, Province of British Columbia
  • Justin Massa, Director of Business Strategy, IDEO
  • Malcolm Moore, President, BC Cancer Agency
  • Ray Pradinuk, Healthcare Research & Innovation, Stantec
  • Paul Prescod, Chief Product Officer, Ayogo
  • Karimah Sabar, President & CEO, CDRD
  • Amy Schwartz, Leader, Health & Wellness, IDEO
  • Kate Wright, Director of Engineering, SAP Cloud Analytics
  • Paul Terry, President & CEO, PHEMI Systems
  • Bruce Carleton, Senior Clinician Scientist, CFRI
  • Diane Finegood, President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
  • Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education, Province of British Columbia
  • Jamie Sawchuk, Lead, Innovation Practices, Deloitte
  • Dick Vollet, President & CEO, St. Paul's Hospital Foundation
  • Robert Fraser, COO, Personalized Medicine Initiative, UBC
  • Rachael Ritchie, Director, International Partnerships, Genome BC
  • Greg D’Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of British Columbia
  • Greg Caws, President & CEO, BC Innovation Council
  • Jonathan Bingham, Principle Investigator and Co-Founder, Google Genomics
  • Irene Day, Director, Operations, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
  • Rupert Potter, Consul General, Consul-General of the United Kingdom, Vancouver
  • Julio Montaner, Director, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS


Prior Participants at The Data Effect Include:

  • AbbVie Corporation
  • Advanced Solutions, An HP Company
  • AdvantageBC
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Algonquin College
  • Americas SAP
  • Amgen Canada
  • Angus Reid Public Opinion
  • Astellas Pharma
  • AstraZeneca Canada
  • Baxter Corporation
  • Bayer
  • Bayer Inc
  • BC Cancer Agency
  • BC Cancer Foundation
  • BC Care Providers Association
  • BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
  • BC Centre for Disease Control
  • BC Children’s Hospital
  • BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network
  • BC Government
  • BC Government – Technology, Innovation & Citizens’ Services
  • BC Innovation Council
  • BC Medical Association
  • BC Mental Health & Addiction Services
  • BC Ministry of Health
  • BC Pharmacy Association
  • BC Public Service
  • Bedside Clinical Systems
  • Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
  • Beyond 20/20
  • Bitish Consulate
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada
  • British Columbia Business Council
  • British Columbia Personalized Medicine Initiative
  • British Consulate General, Vancouver
  • British High Commission
  • Brock University
  • Business Council of British Columbia
  • Business in Vancouver
  • Cambian
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital
  • CAMH
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation
  • Canada Health Infoway
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres
  • Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon
  • Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
  • Canadian HIV Trials Network
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group
  • Canadian Medical Association Journal
  • Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association
  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • CAPRA International Inc.
  • Cardiac Services BC
  • Cardiovascular & Stroke Strategic Clinical Network
  • Carleton University
  • Carleton University School of Computer Science
  • CDRD
  • CDRD Ventures Inc
  • Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences
  • Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
  • Centre for Research and Development
  • CGI
  • CIHR Institute for Health Services and Policy Research
  • Citizenship & Immigration Canada
  • City of Kitchener
  • City of Surrey
  • Clinical Trials Ontario
  • CML HealthCare Inc.
  • Cogniciti
  • College of Pharmacists of BC
  • College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
  • Communitech
  • Compute Canada
  • Conquer Mobile
  • Contextual Genomics
  • Council of Canadian Academies
  • Deloitte
  • Developmental Neurosciences & Child Health, C&W
  • Discovery Parks
  • Doctors of BC
  • Down Syndrome Research Foundation
  • DSRF
  • Eli Lilly Canada
  • EOWC Eastern Ontario Regional Network
  • Ericsson Canada Inc.
  • Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Excelleris
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC
  • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Fio Corp
  • First Nation Health Authority
  • Fraser Health Authority
  • FreeBird Connect
  • GE
  • GE Healthcare
  • Genome BC
  • Genome Canada
  • Genome Quebec
  • GI Society of Canada
  • GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
  • Google Canada
  • Government of British Columbia
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Ontario
  • GSK
  • Health Canada
  • Health Informatics Institute
  • Health Research BC
  • Health Sciences Association of BC
  • HealthWizer
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies
  • Hoffmann La-Roche Ltd.
  • Hoffmann-La Roche
  • House of Commons
  • HP
  • HP Advanced Solutions
  • HP Canada
  • HPCVL, Queen’s Univ.
  • HTX – The Health Technology Exchange
  • IBM
  • IBM Canada
  • IBM Global Business Services
  • IBM Healthcare
  • ICES
  • ICURS-Simon Fraser University
  • IDC Government Insights
  • Illumina
  • IMS Brogan
  • Industry Canada
  • Information Privacy and Archives, Ministry of Government Services
  • Infosys Limited
  • Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences
  • Institute of Population Health – University of Ottawa
  • Interior Health Authority
  • i-SEC Integrated Strategies
  • Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation
  • Janssen Inc
  • KFL&A Public Health
  • KPMG
  • Lawson Lundell LLP
  • LifeLabs
  • LifeSciences BC
  • Lunenfeld Research Institute Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
  • Marketing Performance Group
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • MaRS Innovation
  • MB Foster
  • McCarthy Tetrault LLP
  • McKinsey & Company
  • McMaster University
  • Medeo
  • Merck
  • Merck Canada
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
  • Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center, BC Cancer Agency
  • Milrad Law Office
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Labour, Citizens Services and Open Government
  • Mitacs
  • Mitacs / Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Mitacs / University of Ottawa
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Mustel Group
  • National Research Council of Canada
  • NDI Capital Inc.
  • NDP Official Opposition
  • Neil Squire Society
  • NetIQ
  • New Brunswick Department of Health
  • Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.
  • Nursing, University of Alberta
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Ontario Brain Institute
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence
  • Ontario Council of University Libraries / Scholars Portal
  • Ontario East Economic Development Commission
  • Ontario Genomics Institute
  • Ontario Health Study
  • Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Oracle Canada
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Pacific Blue Cross
  • Parkhurst Publishing
  • PC Lacroix Consulting Inc
  • Perinatal Services BC
  • Pfizer Canada Inc
  • Pfizer Canada Inc.
  • Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
  • PHEMI Health Systems
  • Phirelight Security Solutions Inc.
  • PHSA
  • Physician Information Technology Office (PITO)
  • Physicians Data Collaborative
  • Policy Exchange
  • Population Data BC
  • Positive Living BC
  • Premier’s Technology Council
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • PROOF Centre of Excellence
  • Providence Health Care Research Institute
  • Province of Alberta
  • Province of B.C.
  • Province of BC, Government Communications and Public Engagement
  • Province of British Columbia
  • Province of New Brunswick
  • Province of Ontario
  • Provincial Health Services Authority – Child and Family Research Institute
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Public Safety Canada
  • PwC
  • Quantum Black and Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa
  • Quantum Ideas
  • Queen’s University
  • Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton / Cygnos Information Security
  • Resonate Solutions Inc
  • Responsive Health Management
  • Retirement Concepts
  • Rick Hansen Institute
  • Roche
  • Rogers Communications Inc.
  • Rx&D – Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies
  • RX&D Guest, Boehringer-Ingelheim
  • Sage Bionetworks
  • Sanofi Canada
  • Sanotron
  • SAP Canada
  • SAS Canada
  • SAS Institute Canada
  • Sault Ste Marie Innovation Center
  • School of Population and Public Health
  • SciNet, University of Toronto
  • SecondMuse
  • Self Care Catalysts
  • Senate of Canada
  • Sensory Technologies
  • SFU
  • SHARCNET / McMaster University
  • Shire
  • Sick Kids Hospital
  • Simon Fraser University
  • SkunkWerks iClinic Inc.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • South East Local Health Integration Network
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • St Michael’s Hospital
  • St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation
  • StarFish Medical
  • Statistics Canada
  • STEMCELL Technologies Inc
  • STEMSoft Software
  • Stonewood Group
  • SuccessFactors, an SAP Company
  • T4G Limited
  • Telus Health Solutions
  • The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division
  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • The Centre for Applied Genomics, Hospital for Sick Children
  • The Gerri Sinclair Group
  • The JBL Group Inc.
  • The Mustel Group
  • The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
  • The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia
  • The University of British Columbia
  • The Wire Report
  • Therapeutics Initiative
  • TR Technologies Inc.
  • Traction Creative Communications
  • Trudat
  • UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
  • UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • UBC e-Health Strategy Office
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • UBC Human Early Learning Partnership
  • UBC School of Population and Public Health
  • UBC, Faculty of Medicine
  • UHN
  • Université d’Ottawa
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais
  • University Health Network
  • University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Washington
  • UOIT
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
  • Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Vancouver Sun
  • Vanedge Capital Partners Ltd
  • Verathon
  • Verisante Technology, Inc.
  • Wavefront
  • Wecker Associates
  • Western Economic Diversification
  • Western University
  • Workforce WindsorEssex
  • WorkSafeBC
  • WSIB
  • York University