Speakers 

Namir Anani - Canada’s Digital Economy   Namir Anani, President and CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ictc-ctic.ca), is the chief strategist and driving force in bringing ICTC’s world-class centre of expertise and services to industry, education and government; enabling Canada’s advancement as a leader in innovation, productivity in the global economy. Before joining ICTC, Namir previously led Policy Development & Research at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Namir Anani - Canada’s Digital Economy

Namir Anani, President and CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ictc-ctic.ca), is the chief strategist and driving force in bringing ICTC’s world-class centre of expertise and services to industry, education and government; enabling Canada’s advancement as a leader in innovation, productivity in the global economy. Before joining ICTC, Namir previously led Policy Development & Research at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Jean E Tardy - Machine Consiousness Discussion   Jean E Tardy (MS Math) is a Systems Analyst. His professional experience includes embedded system development, software management and large-scale software acquisition. He provides R&D consulting services under the business name of SYSJET inc.  Jean has a long-standing interest in Artificial Intelligence. His focus is Digital Consciousness, the creation of conscious machines using standard Software Engineering tools and techniques. He published MECA SAPIENS, a system architecture to implement autonomous agents that are self-aware and highly adaptable. His current research interest is Machine Learning as it applies to autonomous agents.

Jean E Tardy - Machine Consiousness Discussion

Jean E Tardy (MS Math) is a Systems Analyst. His professional experience includes embedded system development, software management and large-scale software acquisition. He provides R&D consulting services under the business name of SYSJET inc.

Jean has a long-standing interest in Artificial Intelligence. His focus is Digital Consciousness, the creation of conscious machines using standard Software Engineering tools and techniques. He published MECA SAPIENS, a system architecture to implement autonomous agents that are self-aware and highly adaptable. His current research interest is Machine Learning as it applies to autonomous agents.

Mike Savage - Opening Remarks   Mike Savage was first elected Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality on October 20th 2012, with a mandate to make Halifax the most liveable, entrepreneurial and inclusive city in Canada, principles that continue to shape his work at City Hall and in the community.

Mike Savage - Opening Remarks

Mike Savage was first elected Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality on October 20th 2012, with a mandate to make Halifax the most liveable, entrepreneurial and inclusive city in Canada, principles that continue to shape his work at City Hall and in the community.

Mrugakshee Palwe - Blockchain in the Real World   Mrugakshee combines her years of facilitation and coordination with a formal technical degree in Computer Science allowing her to lead the Atlantic Blockchain Company into projects that have tangible benefits and align with ABC's mission, accelerating the adoption of Blockchain technology.

Mrugakshee Palwe - Blockchain in the Real World

Mrugakshee combines her years of facilitation and coordination with a formal technical degree in Computer Science allowing her to lead the Atlantic Blockchain Company into projects that have tangible benefits and align with ABC's mission, accelerating the adoption of Blockchain technology.

Denise Alison - MC   Denise is a social media strategist, entrepreneur, and comedian. She gets entrepreneurs noticed by the right people and stand out online by making their personality their brand. Hailing from rural Nova Scotia, Denise credits the growth of her business to being her true self on social media, sharing her experiences and expertise, and building meaningful relationships with her social media connections.  Denise's personal mission is to encourage entrepreneurs to embrace their true selves (regardless of what they may not like about themselves) and boldly flaunt it!

Denise Alison - MC

Denise is a social media strategist, entrepreneur, and comedian. She gets entrepreneurs noticed by the right people and stand out online by making their personality their brand. Hailing from rural Nova Scotia, Denise credits the growth of her business to being her true self on social media, sharing her experiences and expertise, and building meaningful relationships with her social media connections.

Denise's personal mission is to encourage entrepreneurs to embrace their true selves (regardless of what they may not like about themselves) and boldly flaunt it!

Crane Wood Stookey - Mindfulness in Technology   Crane Wood Stookey is a Tall Ship officer and leadership coach with over 20 years experience of leadership and “attitude management” on sailing ships at sea. He is the founder of the Nova Scotia Sea School, and was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for the Sea School’s contribution to Canadian Society. Crane has also studied and taught mindfulness meditation for more than 30 years. Crane has published a book, Keep Your People in the Boat: Workforce Engagement Lessons from the Sea, which will be available at the Summit. Crane moved to Nova Scotia from the US in 1994, and says it’s the best move he’s ever made.

Crane Wood Stookey - Mindfulness in Technology

Crane Wood Stookey is a Tall Ship officer and leadership coach with over 20 years experience of leadership and “attitude management” on sailing ships at sea. He is the founder of the Nova Scotia Sea School, and was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for the Sea School’s contribution to Canadian Society. Crane has also studied and taught mindfulness meditation for more than 30 years. Crane has published a book, Keep Your People in the Boat: Workforce Engagement Lessons from the Sea, which will be available at the Summit. Crane moved to Nova Scotia from the US in 1994, and says it’s the best move he’s ever made.

Bob Martin - Cisco - SD Wan   Bob Martin, General Manager, Enterprise Networks Cisco Canada Partner Organization. His professional experience includes developing Digital Transformation Strategies with Cisco Canada’s Business partners. Developing Plans and strategy for the partners to offer solutions to the customers to deliver required business outcomes.  Bob has a passion for technology and building solutions for customers with his business partners. He has over 20 years experience in high tech in Canada.

Bob Martin - Cisco - SD Wan

Bob Martin, General Manager, Enterprise Networks Cisco Canada Partner Organization. His professional experience includes developing Digital Transformation Strategies with Cisco Canada’s Business partners. Developing Plans and strategy for the partners to offer solutions to the customers to deliver required business outcomes.

Bob has a passion for technology and building solutions for customers with his business partners. He has over 20 years experience in high tech in Canada.

Rohid Sharma - Network Test Labs - Live Hack   Rohid is an Executive Director with Network Test Labs (NTL), focusing on Partner Relations and directing the Managed Security Services Department. Obtaining a double major in science with distinction from Saint Mary's University, Rohid is adept in advisory services, risk management and security consulting, specializing in the SME market. Based in Nova Scotia, Rohid leads the expansion of NTL and its partners across Atlantic Canada. Rohid also displays his diverse range of expertise by sitting on the boards of The Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association - Innovation Committee and The Nova Scotia Community College IT Advisory Board. He is also the Chairman of the Halifax Consortium, an organization that works to foster a partnership based environment in Halifax.

Rohid Sharma - Network Test Labs - Live Hack

Rohid is an Executive Director with Network Test Labs (NTL), focusing on Partner Relations and directing the Managed Security Services Department. Obtaining a double major in science with distinction from Saint Mary's University, Rohid is adept in advisory services, risk management and security consulting, specializing in the SME market. Based in Nova Scotia, Rohid leads the expansion of NTL and its partners across Atlantic Canada. Rohid also displays his diverse range of expertise by sitting on the boards of The Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association - Innovation Committee and The Nova Scotia Community College IT Advisory Board. He is also the Chairman of the Halifax Consortium, an organization that works to foster a partnership based environment in Halifax.

 
 

Panelists

CIO Panel - Andrew Nemirovsky   Andrew Nemirovsky is a Registered Nurse, is currently completing his Masters of Health Informatics with the University of Victoria and is currently the Senior Director of Information Management and Information Technology (IM/IT) & Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Andrew is currently a fellow in Cohort 15 of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement EXTRA program which provides the opportunity for healthcare leaders from across the country to collaborate on Healthcare Improvement projects while learning Improvement methodologies and best practices from Improvement leaders from Canada and around the world.

CIO Panel - Andrew Nemirovsky

Andrew Nemirovsky is a Registered Nurse, is currently completing his Masters of Health Informatics with the University of Victoria and is currently the Senior Director of Information Management and Information Technology (IM/IT) & Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Andrew is currently a fellow in Cohort 15 of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement EXTRA program which provides the opportunity for healthcare leaders from across the country to collaborate on Healthcare Improvement projects while learning Improvement methodologies and best practices from Improvement leaders from Canada and around the world.

Women in Technology Panel - Keltie Jamieson   Keltie Jamieson is the Sr. Director for the One Person, One Record (OPOR) program for the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) & IWK Health Centre. In this role, she is responsible for the program to support OPOR clinical standardization and readiness, and representing IWK and NSHA for the implementation of OPOR Clinical information system. Keltie is also a sessional instructor with Dalhousie University. Prior to returning to NS, Keltie spent more than a decade in Alberta working with Alberta Health Services where she held progressive leadership positions within clinical informatics and information technology across the province. Keltie is passionate about using technology and clinical applications to support quality care transformation and improved patient outcomes. She holds Master’s in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University and is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) and Certified Informatics Professional (CPHIMS-CA). She is a current board member and CHIEF advisory member with Digital Health Canada.

Women in Technology Panel - Keltie Jamieson

Keltie Jamieson is the Sr. Director for the One Person, One Record (OPOR) program for the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) & IWK Health Centre. In this role, she is responsible for the program to support OPOR clinical standardization and readiness, and representing IWK and NSHA for the implementation of OPOR Clinical information system. Keltie is also a sessional instructor with Dalhousie University. Prior to returning to NS, Keltie spent more than a decade in Alberta working with Alberta Health Services where she held progressive leadership positions within clinical informatics and information technology across the province. Keltie is passionate about using technology and clinical applications to support quality care transformation and improved patient outcomes. She holds Master’s in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University and is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) and Certified Informatics Professional (CPHIMS-CA). She is a current board member and CHIEF advisory member with Digital Health Canada.

Lessons from the Cloud - Manish Samtaney   Manish is an IT Services and Consulting Professional with 22 yrs experience in Current and NextGen IT Infrastructure arena in global setups. For the last 10 years Manish has held multiple leadership positions while building profitable delivery units with a focos on quality and continuous enhancements. Manish is currently leading Infrastructure Service and Consulting for Capgemini North America.

Lessons from the Cloud - Manish Samtaney

Manish is an IT Services and Consulting Professional with 22 yrs experience in Current and NextGen IT Infrastructure arena in global setups. For the last 10 years Manish has held multiple leadership positions while building profitable delivery units with a focos on quality and continuous enhancements. Manish is currently leading Infrastructure Service and Consulting for Capgemini North America.

Digital Transformation Panel - Giles Crouch   Giles is principal and CIO of Ekspansiv, a firm which helps businesses thrive in the digital age. He has over 25 years working with various technologies. As a polymath, Giles brings to bear marketing, digital anthropology, design thinking and behavioural economics, creating unique solutions to business challenges. He’s helped companies bring new and emerging tech to market globally. He has been deeply involved in Big Data analytics, artificial intelligence, social media, cybersecurity and digital transformations. Giles is regularly interviewed by news media on issues of technology and society.

Digital Transformation Panel - Giles Crouch

Giles is principal and CIO of Ekspansiv, a firm which helps businesses thrive in the digital age. He has over 25 years working with various technologies. As a polymath, Giles brings to bear marketing, digital anthropology, design thinking and behavioural economics, creating unique solutions to business challenges. He’s helped companies bring new and emerging tech to market globally. He has been deeply involved in Big Data analytics, artificial intelligence, social media, cybersecurity and digital transformations. Giles is regularly interviewed by news media on issues of technology and society.

Women in Technology Panel - Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia   With a career spanning five geographic regions, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia is a multilingual, award-winning innovator, entrepreneur and TEDx speaker with over 20 years of global experience in the private, public, non-profit and academic sectors. Originally from Germany, she has held senior executive roles at prominent multinational high-tech corporations, SMEs, and start-ups and is currently the President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia (DNS).  In recognition of her unprecedented leadership with DNS and lifelong advocacy for equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility, Ulrike has received numerous awards and features, including the WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame, highlighting her as an inspiring role model for youth, women, immigrants, and under-represented groups in STEAM. Ulrike volunteers with multiple academic, non-profit and industry organizations on a local and national level, speaks six languages and moved from Israel to Nova Scotia in 2002. Ulrike is married with a son and daughter. Her mantra is “The biggest risk is not taking any risk”.

Women in Technology Panel - Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia

With a career spanning five geographic regions, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia is a multilingual, award-winning innovator, entrepreneur and TEDx speaker with over 20 years of global experience in the private, public, non-profit and academic sectors. Originally from Germany, she has held senior executive roles at prominent multinational high-tech corporations, SMEs, and start-ups and is currently the President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia (DNS).

In recognition of her unprecedented leadership with DNS and lifelong advocacy for equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility, Ulrike has received numerous awards and features, including the WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame, highlighting her as an inspiring role model for youth, women, immigrants, and under-represented groups in STEAM. Ulrike volunteers with multiple academic, non-profit and industry organizations on a local and national level, speaks six languages and moved from Israel to Nova Scotia in 2002. Ulrike is married with a son and daughter. Her mantra is “The biggest risk is not taking any risk”.

Lessons from the Cloud - Kevin Burgess   Kevin is the Vice President of Information Technology at Maplewave, a premier provider of software and retail optimization services for the telecommunications industry, and a highly accomplished senior IT executive and consultant. Leading a team of dedicated professionals and defining the strategic vision for the future of IT at Maplewave, Kevin holds almost 30 years of experience in the design, implementation and management of technology services that drive business profitability and growth. His global experiences include working with Fortune 500 companies, governments and small businesses. Kevin has spent the last number of years working with a SaaS provider, moving applications into and out of private and public cloud environments. As a huge proponent of the public cloud, Kevin has developed a set of best practices and guidelines for those looking to harness the power of cloud computing.

Lessons from the Cloud - Kevin Burgess

Kevin is the Vice President of Information Technology at Maplewave, a premier provider of software and retail optimization services for the telecommunications industry, and a highly accomplished senior IT executive and consultant. Leading a team of dedicated professionals and defining the strategic vision for the future of IT at Maplewave, Kevin holds almost 30 years of experience in the design, implementation and management of technology services that drive business profitability and growth. His global experiences include working with Fortune 500 companies, governments and small businesses. Kevin has spent the last number of years working with a SaaS provider, moving applications into and out of private and public cloud environments. As a huge proponent of the public cloud, Kevin has developed a set of best practices and guidelines for those looking to harness the power of cloud computing.

Technology in Sports Panel - Travis McDonough   Travis McDonough is the founder and CEO of Kinduct -- an Athlete Management System that consolidates medical and performance data for some of the world's biggest and best-known professional sports teams, universities, brands, and Olympic Committees.  Travis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. As a health care practitioner, Travis has dedicated his entire career to his passion for sparking innovation and driving constant improvement in the sport, health, and wellness industries. His work in these fields has been widely recognized, earning numerous awards including Atlantic Canada’s Innovator of the Year, Halifax Business Person of the Year, Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEOs (inducted into Hall of Fame in 2018), ITAC Ingenious Award, and The Experiential Learning Award via Game Changers Awards and Halifax Partnership.

Technology in Sports Panel - Travis McDonough

Travis McDonough is the founder and CEO of Kinduct -- an Athlete Management System that consolidates medical and performance data for some of the world's biggest and best-known professional sports teams, universities, brands, and Olympic Committees.

Travis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. As a health care practitioner, Travis has dedicated his entire career to his passion for sparking innovation and driving constant improvement in the sport, health, and wellness industries. His work in these fields has been widely recognized, earning numerous awards including Atlantic Canada’s Innovator of the Year, Halifax Business Person of the Year, Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEOs (inducted into Hall of Fame in 2018), ITAC Ingenious Award, and The Experiential Learning Award via Game Changers Awards and Halifax Partnership.

Digital Transformation Panel - Luke DeCoste   Luke DeCoste specializes in using entrepreneurship to propel a data driven public sector. For the last three years, he has done that by digitizing tens of thousands of decisions by co-founding  proofgov.com , one of Canada’s leading tech startups. The venture-backed company, which is an alumni of top global accelerators like Techstars and Creative Destruction Lab, is at the frontier of government digitization in Canada. Prior to this endeavour, Luke’s work with over 50 public sector organizations helped him co-found several companies focussed on evidence-based policy making. He has contributed to national data governance and his work has been featured in national media, including the Globe and Mail, Vice News, Policy Options, The Hill Times, and CBC News.

Digital Transformation Panel - Luke DeCoste

Luke DeCoste specializes in using entrepreneurship to propel a data driven public sector. For the last three years, he has done that by digitizing tens of thousands of decisions by co-founding proofgov.com, one of Canada’s leading tech startups. The venture-backed company, which is an alumni of top global accelerators like Techstars and Creative Destruction Lab, is at the frontier of government digitization in Canada. Prior to this endeavour, Luke’s work with over 50 public sector organizations helped him co-found several companies focussed on evidence-based policy making. He has contributed to national data governance and his work has been featured in national media, including the Globe and Mail, Vice News, Policy Options, The Hill Times, and CBC News.

Technology in Sports Panel - Jeremy Steinbach   Jeremy Steinbach is currently a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. Jeremy works as the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Halifax Wanderers and is responsible for their GPS analysis and off-field workouts. Jeremy is also currently an IST Lead in Strength and Conditioning for Hockey Canada's womens program. Jeremy worked as the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Women's Olympic Team leading into the Pyeongchang Olympics for ice hockey. Other programs that he currently works for are Hockey Canada's Women's Development Team, Rugby Canada's Women's U20 program and provincial rugby, hockey and soccer programs.

Technology in Sports Panel - Jeremy Steinbach

Jeremy Steinbach is currently a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. Jeremy works as the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Halifax Wanderers and is responsible for their GPS analysis and off-field workouts. Jeremy is also currently an IST Lead in Strength and Conditioning for Hockey Canada's womens program. Jeremy worked as the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Women's Olympic Team leading into the Pyeongchang Olympics for ice hockey. Other programs that he currently works for are Hockey Canada's Women's Development Team, Rugby Canada's Women's U20 program and provincial rugby, hockey and soccer programs.

Technology in Sports Panel - Matt Fegan   Matt Fegan is the VP of Football Operations at Halifax Wanderers Football Club.  Working closely with Head Coach & GM Stephen Hart as well as President & Owner Derek Martin, Matt's role covers the long-term development of the club, bringing together player recruitment and management as well as liaising with the sports science and medical team. Formerly VP Operations for Halifax-based interactive technology studio, Current, Matt believes the integration of sports and technology is critical in athlete performance analysis.  After spending his youth living around the world in Japan, England, Malta, Dubai and Bahrain, Matt has made Halifax home since 2001. He now has 2 young daughters and learns all his organization skills from his wife, Heather, a writer and family COO.

Technology in Sports Panel - Matt Fegan

Matt Fegan is the VP of Football Operations at Halifax Wanderers Football Club.

Working closely with Head Coach & GM Stephen Hart as well as President & Owner Derek Martin, Matt's role covers the long-term development of the club, bringing together player recruitment and management as well as liaising with the sports science and medical team. Formerly VP Operations for Halifax-based interactive technology studio, Current, Matt believes the integration of sports and technology is critical in athlete performance analysis.

After spending his youth living around the world in Japan, England, Malta, Dubai and Bahrain, Matt has made Halifax home since 2001. He now has 2 young daughters and learns all his organization skills from his wife, Heather, a writer and family COO.

Developer Panel - Luke DeWitt   For over 12 years, Luke has been building custom web applications with engaging and unique user experiences for television networks and other global brands. His expertise spans across a number of different web technologies on both the front and back end.  At REDspace, Luke helps oversee the company’s 80-person web team, helping deliver world-class work for the company’s clients, while also ensuring top industry standards are met. Luke has worked on and led a number of prominent web applications and projects for a large list of international clients, including Turner, MTV, Sony Pictures, Nickelodeon, and more!

Developer Panel - Luke DeWitt

For over 12 years, Luke has been building custom web applications with engaging and unique user experiences for television networks and other global brands. His expertise spans across a number of different web technologies on both the front and back end.

At REDspace, Luke helps oversee the company’s 80-person web team, helping deliver world-class work for the company’s clients, while also ensuring top industry standards are met. Luke has worked on and led a number of prominent web applications and projects for a large list of international clients, including Turner, MTV, Sony Pictures, Nickelodeon, and more!

Career Panel - Jim Garland   Jim has over 25 years of IT recruitment industry leadership experience. Prior to joining David Aplin Group as the Regional Director for Ottawa and Atlantic Canada, Jim spent many years leading local IT consulting firms. This includes ten years as Founder of Atlantic Canada based IT firm - Archway Search Consultants, until merging Archway with David Aplin Group in November 2015. Jim is a graduate of Acadia University majoring in Economics and Political Science. Jim is an active member of Epilepsy NS and Digital NS.

Career Panel - Jim Garland

Jim has over 25 years of IT recruitment industry leadership experience. Prior to joining David Aplin Group as the Regional Director for Ottawa and Atlantic Canada, Jim spent many years leading local IT consulting firms. This includes ten years as Founder of Atlantic Canada based IT firm - Archway Search Consultants, until merging Archway with David Aplin Group in November 2015. Jim is a graduate of Acadia University majoring in Economics and Political Science. Jim is an active member of Epilepsy NS and Digital NS.

Lessons from the Cloud Panel - Craig McLellan   As the Chief Executive Officer of ThinkOn, Craig believes in the power of cloud which is the very essence of the organization since inception. Craig has logged over 10,000 hours – and countless Airmiles – while building high-availability applications for Fortune 500 clients of Hosting.com, SunGard, and other large US cloud providers. And now, ThinkOn – where data thrives! As a leader in the cloud space, Craig has managed to extend full support to Innovate Cities – a first-of-its-kind cloud-based Community Hub to promote smart city innovation. In the last 22 years, he has grown several ventures and teams, all solving real market problems through smart technology. When he’s not growing ThinkOn, Craig is at home with his family, coaching baseball, or playing hockey.

Lessons from the Cloud Panel - Craig McLellan

As the Chief Executive Officer of ThinkOn, Craig believes in the power of cloud which is the very essence of the organization since inception. Craig has logged over 10,000 hours – and countless Airmiles – while building high-availability applications for Fortune 500 clients of Hosting.com, SunGard, and other large US cloud providers. And now, ThinkOn – where data thrives! As a leader in the cloud space, Craig has managed to extend full support to Innovate Cities – a first-of-its-kind cloud-based Community Hub to promote smart city innovation. In the last 22 years, he has grown several ventures and teams, all solving real market problems through smart technology. When he’s not growing ThinkOn, Craig is at home with his family, coaching baseball, or playing hockey.