SPEAKERS

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Colin is a partner with over 20 years’ experience in successfully developing and delivering strategy, portfolio and capital project advisory. Colin is KPMG Canada’s National Transport Lead Partner; and currently serves as Chair of KPMG’s Global InfraTech and Innovation Board.


He has deep experience working with high profile clients across multiple industries (government, public infrastructure, oil & gas, mining and financial services) and has worked across multiple geographies (UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia) to help co-develop and solve some of their most complex corporate and digital Transformation challenges.


Colin excels in developing and leading cross-functional teams focused on governance, planning, delivery and operations to build the capacity, capability and confidence of executive teams in delivering either their complex; multi-stakeholder; transformation programs or mega capital projects (USD$1bn+).

Partner, National Transport Leader & Global InfraTech Chair

KPMG Canada

COLIN EARP

KEYNOTE

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Mike is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Geotab and leads the charge for developing solutions that enable insight from over 2 million connected vehicles and 30 billion telematics records that Geotab processes on a daily basis.

 

Mike joined the Geotab team in 2016, and prior to that was the CEO of Inovex Inc. which in 2013, spun off a brand new entity Maps BI -- a platform for geo-spatial data visualization. Maps BI was integrated within Geotab's telematics platform as a key partner and was later acquired by Geotab in 2016.

 

Mike has received numerous honors including the University of Toronto Arbor Award and Early Career Award, Engineers Canada Young Engineer Award, Professional Engineers of Ontario Engineering Medal, and the Cloud Innovation World Cup.

Vice President, Data & Analytics

GeoTab

MIKE BRANCH

KEYNOTE

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Edona Vila is a lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais’s Toronto office where she practices litigation and advises on compliance and risk management.  In her litigation practice, she acts for municipalities, manufacturers, distributors, and financial institutions in a variety of disputes and in this capacity, she advocates on behalf of her clients at all levels of Court in Ontario.  

 

Much of her risk practice is focused on the liability associated with smart assets, Internet of Things, additive and advanced manufacturing products. In this capacity, she assists her clients to identity and mitigate against commercial, regulatory, insurance, and litigation risks to inform internal enterprise risk management.

Senior Associate

Borden Ladner Gervais

EDONA VILA

PRESENTER

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Cyrus is the City of Hamilton’s Chief Digital Officer and his portfolio includes Smart City / Intelligent Communities Initiative, Open Data, Digital Transformation and CityLAB programs.

 

Cyrus has over 20 years experience in senior leadership roles in IT, digital solutions and transformation, quality assurance, process improvement and project management in the health care, manufacturing and education sectors. 

 

Cyrus has a degree in Engineering and Management from McMaster University, is a Professional Engineer and Certified Project Management Professional with keen interest digital social equity and all things technology related.

LinkedIn  Twitter

Chief Digital Officer

City of Hamilton

CYRUS TEHRANI

PANELIST

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Jeff has undertaken progressive management positions within the telecommunication and power distribution industries.  He has over 20 years of experience that encompasses product management and engineering along with network operations in both startups and large enterprises.  

Jeff is an active contributor within the Cable and Telecommunication industries across North America having actively participated within Cablelabs, IEEE, Metro Ethernet Forum, and other industry assemblies. In 2015, Jeff joined HCE Telecom and began creating and executing upon a Product and Services roadmap formally establishing HCE Telecomas a fibre based telecommunications provider.

Jeff also sits on the Mayor of Hamilton’s Intelligent Community Committee and presents to the committee on the ever-changing world of technology and how the City can leverage its current and future assets to benefit not just the city but the greater community as well.

Vice President & CTO

HCE Telecom

JEFF COWAN

PANELIST

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With Team Eagle since its inception in 2000. Previously Steve was the founding and then managing partner of the Airfield Equipment Division of G.C. Duke Equipment Ltd. beginning in 1977 (the predecessor to Team Eagle). Steve is responsible for new product development, executive management and strategic planning.

CEO & Founder

Team Eagle

STEVE MCKEOWN

PANELIST

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Bern is an author, innovator, and entrepreneur in the fields of autonomous vehicles, parking reform, and road pricing. Bern is the author of the book “The End of Driving: Transportation Systems and Public Policy Planning for Autonomous Vehicles” and was named Toronto Star Wheels’ Newsmaker of the Year for original work on AVs and Transit. Maclean’s magazine described his work as “…fascinating and carefully argued…”. 

Bern brings 45 years of passion and experience as a Systems Design Engineer with specializations in Machine Vision, Geographic Information Systems and Human Factors Psychology.

Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer

Harmonize Mobility

BERN GRUSH

PANELIST

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Richard is a public policy professional and people leader with 10 years' experience in the emerging technology, autonomous vehicle (AV), health and environmental sectors.  As a Senior Policy and Programs Manager with Gatik, Richard is leading Gatik’s efforts to establish itself as an industry leader in business-to-business AV short-haul logistics.

 

Prior to working in the AV space, Richard spent 7 years with Cancer Care Ontario’s Indigenous Cancer Care Unit, applying emerging technologies in healthcare to meet community needs, after specializing in communications and community engagement for advanced energy-from-waste technology firms in London, UK. Richard holds a Master of Public Policy from King’s College London.

Senior Manager for Policy and Programs

Gatik

RICHARD STEINER

PANELIST

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Chris has been focused on operational performance improvement, innovation and customer satisfaction for over 25 years in a wide variety of industries and sectors in Canada, the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

 

In his current role as Manager, Applied Research Business Development, he is the college lead for connected and autonomous vehicles. As well, Chris works to connect companies in the advanced manufacturing and craft brewing sectors with funding and expertise needed to realize their innovations.

Manager, Applied Research Business Development,

Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Durham College

CHRIS GILLIS P.Eng.

MODERATOR

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Prior to joining iF, David was CTO and Co-founder of Awareness Inc.  His company raised 20 million in venture capital and worked with brands like New York Times, Major League Baseball, Sony Pictures and McDonalds.

 

David will tell you his sweet spot is where technology, sales, and marketing intersect. He is quick to warn that technology alone does not ever solve the problem. During the 90s David worked for Microsoft and saw the arrival of graphical computing, smartphones, tablets and the Internet.  He left Microsoft in 2001 to begin his first start-up.

Executive Director

Innovation Factory

DAVID CARTER

EMCEE

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Raed Kadri is Head of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) and Senior Director of Automotive Technology and Mobility Innovation at Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). In his role, he is responsible for leading AVIN, an initiative by the Government of Ontario which drives economic growth, creates high-quality jobs and strengthens Ontario’s competitive advantage in the automotive, transportation and mobility sector.

 

Raed received his Bachelor of Applied Science (Industrial Engineering) from the University of Windsor, his Master of Science (Industrial Engineering) from Wayne State University in Detroit and his Master of Science (Business and Management Research) from Henley Business School in Henley-on-Thames, U.K. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration from Henley Business School in partnership with Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Head of Ontario's Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network

Senior Director, Automotive Technology and Mobility Innovation

Ontario Centres of Excellence

RAED KADRI

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