Tech This Out: Today’s (and Tomorrow’s) Top Business Trends

Marc Saltzman, Technology Specialist

Marc Saltzman has reported on the high-tech industry since 1996 as a freelance journalist, author, lecturer, consultant, and radio and TV personality.

His specialties lie in consumer electronics, computers, Internet trends, small-to-midsized business technology and interactive entertainment.

Marc writes and hosts “Gear Guide,” a technology-focused video that runs nationally across Canada at Cineplex movie theatres; is a frequent guest on CTV, Global TV, CNN, and FOX; and along with his weekly syndicated columns with USA TODAY and Gannett, Marc currently contributes to more than 40 prominent publications and has published 16 books. Marc is also the host of three radio shows in Canada, and a syndicated radio show in the United States (via Radio America).

Marc Saltzman



The Intelligence Revolution

Stephen Harrington, Talent Strategy National Leader, Deloitte

Stephen Harrington is the Talent Strategy National Leader at Deloitte and a firm believer that workplace design for the ‘future of work’ can impact culture, especially when employee experience is placed at the heart of design and given equal weight to other strategic objectives. His most recent co-authored publication, The Intelligence Revolution, covers how the future of work will be shaped by a completely new force, and it will change what a job means—but Canadians can thrive in this new world of work if we act boldly now.

With 17 years’ experience in Consulting, Stephen is focused on building and implementing talent strategies that deliver not only improved employee value proposition, but also business benefits in the form of improved productivity and bottom line savings. His past work in transformation has often been for organizations pursuing ‘future of work’ transformations, fundamentally changing the way work is done and requiring careful consideration of leadership alignment and cultural change.

Stephen Harrington

Kate Morican, National Organization Transformation & Talent Leader, Deloitte

Kate is a partner in Consulting and Deloitte’s national lead for strategic transformation and change services in Canada. Her experience includes private and public sector organizations, and focuses on human capital programs to support major organizational change. Kate’s work also includes supporting C-suite officers in project management practices and building guidance teams.

Kate Morican

The Future of Work and Learning: Empathy is the #1 Job Skill

Ilana Ben-Ari, Founder, CEO and Designer, Twenty One Toys

For over a decade, Ilana has been working at the intersection of design and social innovation at studios in Canada and around the world. She is disrupting the world of work and learning, by addressing the questions . . . What are the job skills of the future? How can we train ourselves, and our employees, to be indispensable to business success? Ilana maintains that when so many of our jobs are becoming automated, the future of work and learning lies in social and emotional intelligence.

Ilana is an award-winning, international speaker with family roots in Winnipeg.

Ilana Ben-Ari

Ditch the Resume; Create a Conversation

Dave Wilkin, Co-Founder, Ten Thousand Coffees

Co-Founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, helping organizations match and build relationships between colleagues to drive high performing and happy teams. An international speaker and expert in millennials, innovation, mentoring, and networking.

Through partnerships with leading education institutions across North America, Wilkin and his team are innovating the student to work transition by helping students match with upper years and alumni for valuable career and education conversations, all over coffee (or tea)!

Dave Wilkin

The Possibilities of Personalized Learning

Adam Garry, Director of Global Education Strategy, Dell

Personalized learning helps bridge the disconnect between how students learn in their personal lives, and how they learn in the classroom. Personal investment in learning is critical for every individual. Adam Garry will share his vision of empowering students and increasing their motivation through a method of learning that is influenced by the students themselves. Mr. Garry is a former teacher who, over the past 12 years, has become an influential educational disrupter through books he has authored, schools he has consulted with across the USA, and talks he has given internationally.

Adam Garry

So You Want to be Future-Proof?

Sean Mullin, Executive Director, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship

Sean is an economist, public policy expert, leader and thinker. In 2015, he joined the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) as its founding Executive Director, where he provides strategic direction and leads the overall day-to-day activities of the institute.

For more than a decade, Sean has championed and shaped important public policy decisions with a particular focus on economic issues. Through this experience, he has become increasingly convinced of the importance of fostering innovation and entrepreneurship as a conduit for economic growth and prosperity. Sean also served for more than six years in senior advisory roles to the Premier of Ontario and Ontario’s Minister of Finance.

Sean has a degree in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Toronto, an MA in Economics from McGill, and an MBA from the University of Oxford.

Sean Mullin

Leaping to Take Hold of the Opportunity of Digital Transformation

John Weigelt, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada

John Weigelt leads Microsoft Canada’s strategic policy and technology efforts. In this role, Mr. Weigelt helps business and governments innovate with technology while avoiding the unintended consequences that might arise. He leads Canadian outreach for Economic Development, Privacy, Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Government 3.0, Accessibility, Environmental Sustainability and Interoperability.

A strategic thinker, John has contributed to the development of international standards and guidelines, government policies, national strategies, provincial and federal legislation. These contributions range from the detailed technical specificity of protocol definition to macroeconomic principles.

John Weigelt


Inclusive Innovation – Discussing how we work, learn and live with the impact of Indigenous gifts on Canadian culture

Designing an approach to learning with foundations grounded in Indigenous culture may be one of the keys to success in the future of work



Moderator: Kimberley Puhach, Director of Human Resources and Indigenous Inclusion,
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
Kimberley Puhach is a strategic leader with over 20 years’ experience. She spent the greater part of her career in business and has developed expertise in the areas of organizational development, human resources, management, sales and marketing. Prior to recently joining the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology as the Director of Human Resources, Ms. Puhach was a Consultant with Higgins Executive Search/Leaders & Co. Previously she spent several years in a strategic advisory role for the Manitoba Government in a portfolio on skills training and development, engaging with the private sector, education, labour and community agencies/organizations to support Manitoba’s labour market development.
Kimberley is proud of her First Nations heritage and is a member of the Sandy Bay Ojibway Nation with roots in Peguis First Nation.





James B. Wilson, Deputy Minister of Manitoba Education and Training



Elder Norman Meade, Elder in Residence, the University of Manitoba


Dallas Pelly, Indigenous Education Coordinator, Connected North



Ashley Richard, Associate with Higgins Executive Search / Leaders International




Tech on the Brain: A Community Conversation


Jody Milburn

Moderator: Jody Milburn, Consultant, Summit Organizational Development
Jody is passionate about working with individuals and organizations by helping them leverage their strengths. With a personal desire to reach new peaks, Jody has elevated her service to clients by attaining professional coaching and facilitation training as well as achieving her CPHR (Chartered Professional in Human Resources). With over 10 years of Management Consulting experience in customized learning programs, innovation, strategic planning and more, Jody’s relational approach helps bring lasting change in organizations.


Alisa Simon, Vice-President Counselling Services and Programs, Kids Help Phone

Jordan Friesen, National Associate Director, Workplace Mental Health, Canadian Mental Health Association




The People Imperative: Corporate Reality and the Millennial Dream

How are companies creating the conditions to attract and retain young people? Are employers ready to embrace these disruptors who approach work differently? Or are they clinging to the status quo at their own peril?


Moderator: Usha Srinivasan, VP Venture Programs, MaRS discovery district
Usha Srinivasan leads a team dedicated to nurturing the talents of Ontario entrepreneurs through a range of diverse programs, including the Business Acceleration Program, Entrepreneurship Education, Market Intelligence, Scale up voucher program and Studio Y. Together, they provide advisory services and leadership training, connect entrepreneurs with program funding, help leverage market & industry intelligence, and work to make online and experiential educational content accessible through Regional Innovation Centre’s across the province, including MaRS.
Prior to joining MaRS, she worked at Frost & Sullivan, a leading global market research and consulting company where she published key research papers, consulted for companies of varying sizes and managed a group of analysts to provide quality market research and consulting services. She has technical & industry background in water, environment and building technologies space having worked with global clients such as GE, Siemens, Veolia, American water, IBM, Honeywell and Brita.



Michael Furdyk, Co-founder; Director of Technology, TakingITGlobal


Leona McCharles, Vice President, Global Recruitment, RBC

Mike Langedock, Chief Information Officer, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries



5×5: Learning for Lifelong Success. 5 Perspectives

Five individuals each take 5 minutes to share their insights on the impact that personalized learning is making in companies and classrooms.


Dan Belhassen, President, Neovation Learning Solutions


Ken Sanderson

Ken Sanderson, Executive Director, Broadband Communications North Inc.



Jonah Perron, Co-Founder, Beyond VR

Carol Paul, Executive Director, Manitoba Construction Sector Council


Serena Vandersteen, Software Developer, iQmetrix and Winnipeg Chapter Lead, Canada Learning Code



Where are the Women?

With an unemployment rate of under 2% across the country, the tech sector is searching for top talent. Yet, those resources may be closer at hand than we think as studies show women comprise only about 25% of the industry’s workforce. As leaders, what more needs to be done to create the conditions to attract and retain women in tech? Where do we start?


Moderator: Beth Bell, Vice President, IBM Global Business Services
Beth Bell is the Canadian leader of the IBM Global Business Services Public Sector Practise. Her team brings IBM’s transformational expertise to support federal, provincial and municipal government and healthcare clients who are embarking on large transformational initiatives.
Beth has a rich heritage in IBM’s Diversity Community. She was the founder and former-Chair of the IBM Manitoba Women in Technology (WIT) Program which won a Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award and a Conference Board of Canada Partners in Education Award. She was the visionary behind IBM’s National Aboriginal Strategy which Beth launched in 2004. She is currently the Canadian Executive Sponsor for IBM Persons with Disabilities. Beth was also one of 36 global executives selected for the IBM`s inaugural Executive Corporate Services Program. Beth has a B.Comm from University of Manitoba, is a lifelong Winnipeg citizen, wife and mother of two young adults.




Katrina German, Award-winning Entrepreneur


Stefi Baum

Dr. Stefi Baum, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba


Kevin Sokolowski, Vice President, Information Technology, Payworks


Joel Semeniuk, Imaginet Co-Founder, Global Microsoft Regional Director, Horizon Three Founder & Executive Director