Leading Change In The Face Of AI And Robotics

Responding to Change Better and Faster. May 30th, 2018


Join us to hear from Renowned AI, Innovation and Leadership Experts, and our Leading Industry Panelists right here in Toronto!

Date: May 30th, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m
Audience: Leaders, Managers, Change Practitioners, Professionals and Innovative Organizations
Location : MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto, Canada

Not Just another Leadership Event, it's the Change Leadership EXPERIENCE!


     Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on the brink of revolutionizing how people live and work across diverse industries and globally. It is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide, with Canada playing a strong role as one of the forerunners as evidenced by the significant global in-flow of investments from both Public and Private sectors.

It is expected that in the next several decades there will be disruption in many of the traditional work functions. In a nutshell, AI will bring about a paradigm shift in all industries; and how organizations handle the adoption of artificial intelligence and automation will be decisive for their survival.

Now is the time for organizations, leaders and change practitioners to start preparing for how to lead and respond to change better and faster. During the conference, participants will be exposed to various ways in which our world and workplace is being impacted by Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and how we can be better prepared and positioned to lead these changes. The Change Leadership 2018 conference is being organized to help prepare Leaders, Change Practitioners and Organizations to lead change in face of AI and Robotics! Participants will be equipped with practical tools and strategies that will prepare them to lead in today's disruptive business environment.

The Change Leadership’s mission is to accelerate the preparation of leaders, change agents, and organizations to respond dynamically to the rapid pace of Change and Innovation taking place around us.



Michelle Holland

Toronto's Chief Advocate for the Innovation Economy

Michelle Holland is the Chief Advocate for the Innovation Economy for the City of Toronto and has been the leading voice on technology and innovation.

Tomi Poutanen

Co-Founder of the Vector Institute & Chief AI Officer, TD Bank

Tomi is the co-founder of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Layer 6 AI, and Chief AI Officer at TD Bank.

Claudette McGowan

VP of Organizational Change Management, Holt Renfrew

Claudette is an award-winning Technology Leader with 17+ years of success leading digital transformation, optimizing infrastructure, designing new support approaches to improve service experience.

Prof. Tiff Macklem

Dean, Rotman School of Management

Tiff is widely regarded as a top-class economist, innovative thinker and a leader whose opinion is much sought-after regarding impacts of disruptive technologies on business and economic development.

Dr. Nick Horney, Ph.D

Leadership Agility Expert, Author & VUCA Master

Dr. Horney is a master in VUCA ((volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity), and the founder of Agility Consulting and Training, and has been recognized for innovations in organizational agility theory and practice which includes The AGILE Model®.

Dr. Laura Copeland

Director of Medical Innovation & Transformation, Humber River Hospital

Dr. Laura Copeland is currently the Director of Medical Innovation and Transformation at Humber River Hospital, the first fully digital hospital in North America, and the first Canadian Hospital to recruit a humanoid robot.

Daniel Marquez

National Strategy Leader for AI, Accenture

Daniel is Accenture’s Strategy leader for AI, which has seen him work directly with ecosystem partners to help shape the Canadian AI landscape.

Mara Nickerson

Chief Knowledge Officer, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Mara is an acknowledged Canadian industry leader in legal services innovation and services delivery, which includes the implementation of Artificial Intelligence and Automation.

Niluka Kottegoda

VP Merchandising Innovation & Development, Sobeys Inc

Ms Kottegoda is an innovative thinker and visionary leader. As Vice President Merchandising Innovation & Development for Sobeys Inc.

Carole Piovesan

Litigator and AI Lead, McCarthy Tétrault

Carole is the firm's lead on artificial intelligence and an active member of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Management group.

Jahanzaib Ansari

Co-Founder & CEO, Knockri

Jahanzaib is a leader in Transformative HR Technology, and works with fortune 500’s like IBM, to help transform their Talent Acquisition function into a competitive advantage.

Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta

Host, Change Strategist & Advocate, OliveBlue Inc.

Yvonne is a Change Management and Leadership Consultant, Speaker, Author and John C. Maxwell Leadership Coach.

Why You Should Attend?


AI and Robotics is disrupting the marketplace, and positioned to disrupt the workplace and how we drive change, and only those who are prepared will survive.

The decisions you make and how prepared you are will dramatically impact your position as a change leader; and the adoption of AI and automation will be decisive for the survival of your organization.

Get PREPARED to Lead Change in the face of AI and Robotics!

Hear from industry experts and leaders currently driving and implementing innovative change in their own organizations.

Get insider tips, strategies and knowledge to lead change and innovation in today’s INCREDIBLY fast-paced business environment.

Go far beyond the WHAT & WHY! Find out how to Get Ready, and Stay Ahead.

INCREASE YOUR INFLUENCE to help you successfully LEAD CHANGE within your team, organization, and become a market leader.


  • Create a culture of change and increase your influence

  • Learn how to respond to change better and faster

  • Hear real-life case studies on leading change and innovation

  • Better harness your teams in leading and managing resistance to change

  • Increase ROIs from change initiatives in your organization

  • Strategies and insights to stay ahead in a competitive market


  • 8:30am - 9:00am

    Open Registration and Tea/ Coffee Reception, VIP Registration and Refreshments Lounge, Networking and Exhibitions
  • 9:00am - 9:15am

    Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:15am - 10:00am

    Speaking Session 1 - The Changing Landscape of AI and Robotics, with Q&A Session
  • 10:00am – 11:00am

    Speaking Session 2 - Change Agility, Tools and Strategy, with Q&A Session
  • 11:00am – 11:30am

    Speaking Session 3 - AI, Robotics and Toronto - Michelle Holland, Toronto Mayor's Advocate for Innovation
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm

    Lunch, Pictures and Exhibition, and VIP Networking Lunch in Lounge
  • 12:30pm – 1:15pm

    Panel Discussion on Leading AI & Robotics - Leadership and Organisational Readiness, with Q&A Session
  • 1:15pm – 2:15pm

    Speaking Session 4 - Humber River Hospital Case Study on Leading AI & Robotics, with Q&A Session
  • 2:15pm – 2:45pm

    Tea/ Coffee Break, Exhibition
  • 2:45pm - 3.30pm

    Speaking Session 5 - Re-imagining the workplace in the face of AI and Robotics - The Employee Experience, with Q&A Session
  • 3:30pm – 4:15pm

    Panel Discussion on Leading AI & Robotics - Strategy, Driving Adoption and Change Management, with Q&A Session
  • 4:15pm

    CLOSE and Networking


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