The Change Leadership Conference Toronto 2019

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Change Leadership Conference 2019


Responding to Change Better and Faster.

May 8th, 2019

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  • Date: May 8th, 2019

  • 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 event, it's the Change Leadership EXPERIENCE!

Now is the time for organizations, leaders and change practitioners to start preparing for how to lead and respond dynamically to the rapid pace of Change and Innovation taking place around us, and The Change Leadership’s mission is to accelerate this preparation.

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Blockchain, and all things Fourth Industrial Revolution are now at the forefront and instrumental to business success. These technologies are revolutionizing how people live and work globally, and across diverse industries. 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.

During the conference, participants will be exposed to various ways in which our world and workplace are being impacted by Artificial Intelligence and the 4th Industrial Revolution, and will be equipped with practical tools and strategies that will prepare them to lead in today's disruptive business environment.

Meet Our Speakers

Alex Benay
CIO, Canada and Deputy Minister, Treasury Board
Alex is a Deputy Minister at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Chief Information Officer of Canada.Prior to his appointment in April 2017, Alex was the President and Chief.... read more
Dr. Laura Copeland
Chief Medical Information Officer, Healthtech
Dr. Laura was responsible for the change management, and leading 600+ physicians from a predominantly paper-based world into North America’s first fully digital hospital Dr. Copeland is also....
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Claudette McGowan
CIO, Enterprise Technology Employee Experience, BMO
Claudette is an award-winning Technology Leader with 17+ years of success leading digital transformation, optimizing infrastructure, designing new support approaches to....
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Armughan Ahmad
President & Canadian Managing Partner, Digital and Technology Solutions, KPMG

Armughan is a technology executive with 25 years of experience delivering digital and technology solutions globally by building diverse teams that digitally engineer business functions...
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Dr. Ann Cavoukian
Distinguished Expert-In-Residence, Ryerson University
Dr. Ann recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts, Dr. Ann Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada.... read more
Benoit Hardy
Associate Partner, Canadian
Lead – HR Reinvention, IBM
Benoit leads a team of consultants who reinvent HR by enhancing operating models and the employee experience. Through Design Thinking and Digital Change Management his team brings.... read more
Hessie Jones
Director, International Council on Global Privacy and Security by Design
Hessie is a seasoned digital strategist, author, tech geek and data junkie. She has spent the last few decades on the internet in banking, publishing platforms and tech start-ups.... read more
Maaz Rana
COO & Co-founder,
Maaz is a champion of inclusion and belonging. His mission is to help eliminate unconscious hiring bias and equitably increase diversity in the workplace.He is a keynote speaker and a.... read more

Michelle Joliat
MD&Head, Wealth Digitization, Robotics, and Process Transformation, BMO
Michelle is the Managing Director and Head, Wealth Digitization, Robotics, and Process Transformation at BMO Financial Group. She founded the Wealth Management Robotics Team.... read more
Dr. Rick Huijbregts
VP, Strategy & Innovation, George Brown College
As Vice-President, Strategy & Innovation, Dr. Rick Huijbregts oversees strategic planning and partnership development to ensure George Brown College remains well positioned to evolve .... read more
Gillian Fischer
Global Manager of Customer Advocacy, MindBridge Ai
Gillian is the Global Manager of Customer Advocacy, where she empowers customers to embrace and adopt new AI technology within their organizations Previous to MindBridge Ai, she worked for IBM's .... read more
Michael Gord
Michael Gord-founder and CEO, MLG Blockchain

Michael is focused on making blockchains and digital assets mainstream by working with enterprises, governments, universities, startups and institutions to educate, start and globally scale .... read more

Alex Weber
MC and Host
Alex is an Award-Winning Host, Motivational Comedian, and Keynote Speaker. Alex is also an American Ninja Warrior, World Record Holder, 5x TEDx Speaker and one of the.... read more
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. She is passionate about Change Leadership Coach & Teacher. Advising and supporting....
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Why You Should Attend

AI, Robotics, Blockchain and 4iR are disrupting the marketplace, 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, Robotics, Automation etc. will be decisive for the survival of your organization.

Get PREPARED to Lead Change in the face of AI, Robotics and the 4th Industrial Revolution!

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

Get insider tips, strategies and knowledge to help you lead and drive change 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 POSITION yourself and your organization to lead change in today's disruptive market.

Event Agenda

  • 8:30am - 9:00am

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

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

    Speaking Session 1 - The Changing Landscape - Canada in the 4th Industrial Revolution, with Q&A Session
on (Alex Benay - CIO, Canada and Deputy Minister at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • 10:00am – 11:00am

    Speaking Session 2 - : Future of Work – Why ‘Culture and Customer Experience’ is key, with Q&A Session (Armughan Ahmad - President & Canadian Managing Partner, Digital and Technology Solutions, KPMG)
  • 11:00am – 11:30am

    Speaking Session 3 - Change Leadership Tools
  • 11:30am – 12:15pm

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

    Panel Discussion: Is your business ready to adapt to disruption: Blockchain, IoT and Smart Cities? with Q&A Session
 (Hessie Jones, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Dr. Rick Huijbregts, and Michael Gord)
  • 1:15pm – 2:00pm

    Speaking Session 4 - It’s not about the technology - Driving Stakeholder Value, with Q&A Session
 (Dr. Laura Copeland - Chief Medical Information Officer, Healthtech)
  • 2:00pm – 2:25pm

    Recharge Lounge, Tea/ Coffee Break, Exhibition
  • 2:30pm - 3.25pm

    Panel Discussion: Leading Change - Tools and Strategy, with Q&A Session (Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta, Benoit Hardy-Vallée, Maaz Rana, Michelle Joliat)
  • 3:25pm – 4:10pm

    Speaking Session 5 – Case Study on the AI Adoption Journey, with Q&A Session
 (Gillian Fischer - Global Manager of Customer Advocacy, MindBridge Ai)
  • 4:10pm - 4:50pm

    Speaking Session 6 – Workplace of Future, with Q&A Session
 (Claudette McGowan - CIO, Enterprise Technology Employee Experience, BMO)
  • 4:50pm – 5:00pm

    Closing Remarks
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Drinks Reception

Testimonials From Conference

  • Laura Melnick
    Well, I had to catch my breath after spending the day at The Change Leadership Conference Experience on May 31st! Outstanding speakers and interesting new colleagues - Participantday at #changelead17 Feeling energized and full of ideas.
    Laura Melnick
    Change Management Practitioner
  • Andrea Carter
    What an amazing, inspiring day at the Change Leadership Conference. Great to hear from all the wonderful speakers
    Andrea Carter
  • Change Management Institute
    What a terrific line up of speakers. Each session was jam-packed with insight and information.
    Change Management Institute
  • Dr Stephen Murphy
    Had a great time talking disruptive leadership & innovation at The Change Leadership Conference. Thanks for having me!
    Dr Stephen Murphy
    Ted Rogers Business School
  • Teca Cameron - Tackie
    Amazing panel! Love the insights being shared by these change leaders.
    Teca Cameron - Tackie
  • Steve Pinkus
    This conference was brilliant. The environment and feel was perfect for the topic. The speakers each brought a uniqueness to the stage as they shared both their views and how they applied technology within their industries.
    Steve Pinkus
    Pinkus Consulting Inc.
  • Swaroop Dogra
    The focus on AI and Robotics coupled with industry leading speakers was a wake up call for CM practitioners and very timely.
    Swaroop Dogra
  • This event was full of relating topics and experiences in the field of change leadership. It helped me refocus and re-energize my love for change and it's amazing ability to create growth and evolution.
  • Real experoencial learning. Great insights to what a successful Change Leader is.
  • Masterclass has done a wonderful job providing opportunities for growth and development. It provided insight and relatability in situations that can sometimes be difficult to acknowledge. The speakers provided excellent self guided experiences that made you feel welcomed and validated. These are the events that help shape the leaders of tomorrow, kudos!
  • Jonathan Hood
    This conference was brilliant. The environment and feel was perfect for the topic. The speakers each brought a uniqueness to the stage as they shared both their views and how they applied technology within their industries.
    Jonathan Hood
  • Anne-Marie Cerasuolo
    Very thought provoking & motivational day. Change is happening so quickly yet it will never move this slowly again! Wow! A real game changer for me.
    Anne-Marie Cerasuolo
    Aviva Insurance

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More Reasons to Attend

  • 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

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About The Change Leadership

The Change Leadership envisions a future where a new type of leadership ideology thrives. One in which leaders of organizations and governments bridge emergent technology and innovation with the sustainability of employees, customers, the communities in which they do business, in the face of change, and are benevolently rewarded for doing so.

Our purpose is to foster a culture of change leaders who respond better and faster to the uncertainties stemming from disruption, innovation and technology permeating all industry sectors in a rapidly changing world.

Change is dynamic and unending; it is foundational for success, growth and market leadership. Without change, we remain stagnant, experience financial losses, and lose our relevance in the marketplace! Our 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.

'The Change Leadership' Series is presented by OliveBlue Incorporated, a global Change Management Consultancy and a team of business experts who are skilled in crafting memorable learning and brand experiences .


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