Rewire, Reinvent, Simplify, Secure

July 14, 2020 | Toronto, ON


Jenny Alfandary, Chief Information Officer

Jenny is an accomplished, business-driven technology leader with international experience in leading large technology organizations in evolving IT functions and teams through roles as CTO, Head of R&D, Director of Architecture, Product and Project Management and Development. Jenny is passionate and deeply committed to leading people, developing individuals and building teams.

Jenny has extensive applied experience in Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Big Data, Cloud, DevOps and Digital Transformation. Recently Jenny was recognized by Deloitte’s “Diversity 50 Board of Directors” as one of the most influential Board Directors to impact Canada’s corporate boards and improve global competitiveness.

David Stevens, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Munich Re New Ventures

David Stevens is Vice President, and Chief Information Officer and leads the technology, marketing, customer experience and business development for the innovation division of Canada’s largest reinsurance company. A senior digital leader with a strong background in e-commerce, social media, financial services, insurance, and healthcare. He is delivering exceptional results by creating a strong strategic vision and motivating teams to execute on key tactics that are required to transform and grow businesses with a focus on customer experience, e-commerce, technology, and marketing.

Rafi Majeed, Chief Digital Officer
BDO Canada

Rafi is a business technology executive with over 20 years of experience, leading digital technology teams for some of the world’s top-performing organizations, such as BDO, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG, and CIBC. He specializes in driving digital agendas of organizations by helping reimagine processes. This includes everything from ideation to the deployment of innovative technology solutions that result in operational efficiencies and competitive gains. Rafi has extensive experience in developing and delivering on platform and product roadmaps with underlying modern technology stacks including AI and RPA, powered by cloud computing services.

With a Bachelor of Engineering degree from NED University of Engineering, Pakistan, and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Toronto, Rafi maintains a keen interest in technology advancement and how it impacts the enterprise of the future.

Salman AshrafDirector, Information Technology Risk
Travelers Canada

Salman is the Director of IT Risk at Travelers Insurance where he leads the IT Risk, Security, and Compliance activities. In this role, he is the primary point of contact spanning diverse activities including Risk Management practices (utilizing ISO 27005/31000, NIST, COBIT, ITIL, and TRA); Threat and Vulnerability Management; IT Audit/Compliance (SOX, PCI, OSFI); and Business Continuity.

Previously, Salman has motivated and led high-performing teams in consulting environments to develop IT security programs and create enterprise-wide risk-aware cultures for his clients in North America and The Middle East. As a consultant, Salman managed and delivered over 50 successful information security and risk projects in Information Security, Cyber Security, IT Audit, IT Risk Management, and Business Continuity for large financial and telecommunication organizations. The projects included ISO 27001 implementation and certification, PCI Compliance implementation and attestation, and establishing Security Operation Centers.

Salman holds an MBA in Technology Management in addition to numerous security and risk certifications including PMP, CISSP, CISA, and ISO 27001. Salman enthusiastically pursues continuous professional development opportunities; he has completed Harvard University’s Cybersecurity Managing Risk in the Information Age Certificate.

Peter SinghExecutive Officer, IT & IM Services, FOI and Privacy Officer
Toronto District School Board

Peter is a proud father of three kids who firmly believes in the mantra of the family first. As a parent who has been actively engaged in his kid’s education as they have gone through GTA schools, colleges and universities, he has a very rich and positive perspective on the strong expectations that parents place on the education of their children. He brings 25+ years of K-12 sector experience to his Information Technology portfolio, Peter has been described as both a practical-minded and visionary leader. On the one hand, he has his feet firmly planted on the ground and is pragmatic and realistic in his approach; on the other hand, he also has a clear, exciting, and meaningful vision for the future of TDSB IT Services. Besides being an avid reader, he is a very fitness-conscious individual who plays volleyball weekly, enjoys golf over the summer months, and passionately follows the game of cricket around the world.

Grema Gandonu OgboruChief Information Officer
Rand Merchant Bank

Initially starting her career in engineering, Grema has been in Information Technology for over 20 years. She spent several years at Standard Bank as the Head of IT Infrastructure. After overseeing acquisition complexities, extending and stabilizing the bank’s technology infrastructure, and extending IT services to other Standard Bank subsidiaries, she decided it was time to broaden her capabilities and took over the responsibility of managing IT Security across the bank.

After completing her MBA at IE University, she moved to Rand Merchant Bank as CIO where she has successfully expanded the organization’s digital footprint through innovative digital transformation and collaboration to deliver on business strategy, streamline system operations and ensure regulatory alignment.

Grema enjoys mentoring young women in the Information Technology field and often participates in events and talks that encourage girls in financial literacy and STEM.

Dugald TopsheeChief Information Officer
Justice Canada

After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Dugald’s love of programming led him to a career in Information Technology. He worked for British Telecom in Europe and Nortel Networks in Ottawa before founding his own consulting company in 2001.

Dugald spent eight years developing solutions for clients in the public and private sector, before accepting a job with the Department of Justice Canada, one of his former clients. Dugald moved through several roles at the Department of Justice Canada, eventually being appointed to his current position as its Chief Information Officer in 2018.

Michael Dundas, Senior Director, Risk Management Services

Michael is a Cybersecurity expert with over 20 years’ experience in the secure design of applications, networks, and services used by financial services and other enterprises.  

He presently works for a large financial services company where he leads a Risk Management Group for Cyber Security. The teams are responsible for risk management and provide risk assessment and security consulting services, Application Security and Penetration Testing, and Threat modeling of the technology and the information used by the business. We also have a dedicated team to provide assessment services for suppliers and third parties who require access to the companies’ technology and data.

Duke Butler, Head of Dev Ops Adoption
Royal Bank of Canada

Duke Butler is currently the Head, Enterprise DevOps Adoption Program, RBC, Innovation & Technology Group at Royal Bank Canada. He previously held the title of Head, Digital Bank Program Strategy, RBC, Senior Director, Enterprise Architecture and Strategy, RBC, and Director, Head of Strategy at RBC Capital Markets (Top 10 Investment Bank). Duke has held leadership positions at Microsoft, Deloitte, and American Express. He is also the founder of Duke & Company Strategy and Corporate Development Consultancy in FinTech advising on M&A.

Additionally, he is the co-founder of Magellan, a global risk software and services company – E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee, where he also held a leadership position. Duke is an advisor to FinTech start-ups including for Enterprise Ireland and RBC incubators and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

Duke received his Bachelor’s and MASc, Management Science, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He received his MBA, Finance & Strategy from Queens University, Smith’s School of Business.

Maria Aiello, Global Head, Real Estate and Mortgages Technology

Maria Aiello is Global Head, Real Estate and Mortgages Technology for Manulife. Maria has over 

30 years of experience in developing and implementing multi-year IT strategies in complex real estate organizations. She has a track record in leading operational teams focusing on service quality and customer experience.

She is a seasoned CIO and leader of people and believes in the power of technology to sustain and transform the organization’s success and profitability.

Michael Cole, Chief Technology and Privacy Officer
Markham Stouffville Hospital

Michael Cole is the Chief Technology and Privacy Officer at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Michael has been involved in Information management and technology for more than eighteen years, with the past fourteen focused on health care. Within those fourteen years, areas of focus included: Clinical academia, Research, Provincial Health Authorities, Ministries, First Nations, and community hospitals.

Before his current role, on behalf of the BC Provincial Health Authority (PHSA), he led the technology design and implementation on the creation of a new acute pediatric tower in Vancouver, The Tech Acute Care Centre. Before that role, he was a part of the creation of British Columbia’s First Nations Health Authority focused on leading the technology and client services portfolio. Additionally, Michael has spent more than eight years working within clinical academia and research for the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, whose campuses, services, students, and programs are distributed across the province.

He is actively involved in volunteer work and coaching youth soccer in his community.

Andrew Richards, Cyber Security Account Executive

Andrew Richards is a Cyber Security Account Executive at Darktrace, the world’s leading machine learning company for cyber defense. He has worked extensively with clients across numerous industry verticals, from financial services to manufacturing, helping them deploy Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System, the only AI technology capable of detecting and autonomously responding to early-stage cyber-threats. Andrew graduated with a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University and is based out of Darktrace’s Toronto office.

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