Director of Workplace Strategies, ModernTO, City of Toronto
Silvia has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience with the cities of Toronto and Mississauga in driving positive change through engagement. Highly skilled in helping high-performance teams develop intelligent workplace strategies, Silvia is adept at leading complex operations, transformative programs, including business strategies, transformation initiatives, and modernization, to help municipalities attain their strategic goals.
Global VP of Client Insights and Research, & Head, IBM Canada Studios & Innovation , IBM
Karel introduced and implemented IBM's design system including Enterprise Design Thinking into each of the business units of the company globally and founded the Design Executive Team of senior design executives. He serves as the head of IBM Studios Canada, is Industry Professor at McMaster University, and co-founded the Future of Design Education initiative with Don Norman. Karel blogs on design, technology, and optimizing the human experience.
Executive in Residence, University of Toronto Scarborough, Management
Brien has decades of global transformational change and values-based leadership experience in multiple industries including Consumer Products, Technology, Management Consulting Services, Human Resources, Financial Services and Banking, Construction, Real Estate and Higher Education.
As a talent executive, published thought leader, TEDx speaker, and podcaster, Brien has been featured in many publications, books, and magazines and has received numerous honours and awards for his work and passion supporting youth and their careers. Brien is a graduate of The University of Hartford, Connecticut holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations.
Executive Advisor Future of Work, Deloitte & Executive-in-Residence and Board Advisor
Her other roles include Senior Advisor at Knockri, Board Director at Sleep Country Canada, Executive-in-Residence at Beedie School of Business Simon Fraser University (SFU), Special Advisor to the Clerk of the Privy Council, Board Member at Public Policy Forum, and Visiting Professor, King’s College London.
She has been widely recognized for her impact, including Canadian HR Awards, Ivey Business School Lifetime Achievement in Leadership, Governor General's Meritorious Service medal for Diversity and Inclusion, SFU Outstanding Alumni Award, and Catalyst Canada Honour for championing women and minorities in business. Zabeen holds an MBA from SFU.
Dr. Dave Mayers
Chief Scientist, and HR & AI Adoption Expert. Knockri
He has worked on numerous research projects in the areas of job analysis, assessment development, and machine learning, culminating in numerous publications and presentations at leading industry conferences worldwide. His work is shaping the future of employee-decision making, enabling companies to leverage the power of technology while ensuring fairness and equality in their processes.
Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta
Change Management Strategist & Founder, The Change Leadership
She is passionate about helping professional and organizations lead and respond to change better & faster. She has worked with organizations such as RBC, TD, Deloitte, Loblaws, and JP Morgan Chase to lead and manage their Strategic, Technology and Change Initiatives.
She holds a BSc honours in Business Information Technology from London Guildhall University, an MBA from Warwick Business School, and a Change Leadership Certificate from Cornell University. She works closely with professionals to help them more effectively lead and manage change in their organizations, to become sought after change leaders in their organizations and industry. She is a published author and change catalyst.
Executive Director, Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society
Monique was previously the Director of Strategic Engagement & Partnerships at Indoc Research, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to driving scientific innovation and research excellence. Prior to this role, she led strategic initiatives at Compute Ontario, a publicly funded organization that coordinates supercomputing for research. She has spent the last six years heavily focused and invested in promotion and use of advanced research technologies.
VP & Partner, Leadership Pipeline Institute TEDx Speaker & Schulich ExecEd Faculty
David holds a Masters Certificate in Adult Training & Development (MCATD) from Schulich, Change Management Practitioner (CMP) Designation from APMG, a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is a Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP). He is an active member of The Institute for Performance and Learning which demonstrates his ongoing commitment to development for himself and his students. David’s diverse training experience extends beyond the corporate setting.
Chief Digital Officer and Technology Strategist, GlobalDWS
Yahya’s passion for utilizing technology to drive digital transformation and foster business growth and opportunities is evident in his successful track record. Yahya possesses a strong skill set in project management, stakeholder management, client relations, and business strategy development. His extensive knowledge in IT Solutions Architecture, Enterprise Applications Development, new technology evaluation, and IT risk management further reinforces his qualifications.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Harbinger SCR Inc.
As a Harbinger, Greg’s instincts, leadership and modern approach to change management has provided his clients with the blueprint needed for them to drive sustainable and effective business transformations. While he has achieved many milestones throughout his career, one of Greg’s greatest satisfactions comes from seeing his clients thrive and enable change by empowering their people, with and without titles, to lead change.
Chief Executive Officer, Conservation Halton
He is responsible for overseeing environmental regulations related to flooding hazards, managing a network of dams, and an extensive portfolio of conservation parks spread over 11,000 acres. His organization is home to a UNESCO biosphere reserve and attracts over 1.5 million visitors a year, including Ontario's third busiest ski hill.
His focus on modernization and making green space accessible for everyone, especially with a EDI lens, has made Conservation Halton a leader in sustainability. He's dedicated to ensuring that green spaces are accessible and sustainable, especially in the face of a growing, diverse population and the increasing challenges posed by climate change and funding constraints.
Hassaan is dedicated to ensuring that future generations have the same opportunities to enjoy and protect our planet. His message to businesses is clear – by embracing change, we can create a sustainable future for all.
Director of Talk & Talent, Corus Entertainment
Amanda's expertise in storytelling through audio formats has led her to train executives and professionals across the globe. She is a part-time university lecturer and has helped to redefine the radio courses at both Seneca College and Toronto Metropolitan University. Amanda believes that communication through audio formats helps to enhance human connection and hopes to inspire organizations to use audio storytelling to foster learning, growth and empathy.
She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University and a Masters in the Psychology of Leadership from Penn State University.
Director, Talent, Recruitment & Community
Shane has had the opportunity to grow and evolve in the startup ecosystem, much as the DMZ and Toronto have over the years. Today, Shane enjoys being able to mentor and guide the next generation of DMZ program staff, and working with founders on pursuing their startup dreams.
Shane holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University. In his spare time, he enjoys attending music concerts, cheering on the various sports teams across Toronto, and every so often playing the latest video game release.
Innovator & Disruptor, The Knowledge Society
When she is not working on her projects, Ashna enjoys exploring topics related to biology, philosophy, and feminism. Her enthusiasm for learning has helped her develop a well-rounded perspective on the challenges facing the world today.
Ashna's work is a testament to her unwavering commitment to promoting sustainable food systems and finding innovative solutions to the world's most pressing problems.
Innovator & Disruptor, The Knowledge Society
Pavi’s strong drive and dedication towards this cause has led her to collaborate with some of the world’s largest companies in the industry. Her eagerness to learn and build has helped her gain invaluable experience in the field of healthtech.
Pavi’s work is a testament to her vision of transforming the status quo of healthcare systems around the world. She is a curious learner who is always on the lookout for innovative solutions to the world’s most significant problems. Pavi has her sights set on changing the world by making a significant impact in the healthcare industry.
Innovator & Disruptor, The Knowledge Society
Alex has a diverse range of interests, including quantum mechanics and philosophy, and has worked on various innovative projects. These include creating algorithms for quantum computers to predict the price of financial options, exploring wireless energy transmission in developing nations, and consulting with multinational corporations like CAE and IKEA. He also co-hosts a podcast called Collimator, where he shares insights into physics and technology.
Alex is fueled by his entrepreneurial spirit and a deep passion for technology. He is determined to create solutions that can make a positive impact on society.
Director, Organizational Development, William Osler
Karen’s focus on change management has ensured that organizational changes have been implemented well with lasting, positive impact, most recently at William Osler Health System where Karen leads a team focused on developing and implementing organizational improvements aimed at enhancing the employee experience. Prior to Osler, Karen worked in municipal government at the Region of Peel where she embedded change management as an organization-wide strategic capability.
As a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP), Karen served as President of the Toronto Chapter for several years supporting the advancement of the discipline of change management in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Karen is committed to elevating the dialogue around change as a strategic discipline enabling organizational success.
Senior Director, Client Management, Inkblot