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Speaker, Panelists and Moderators Bios

Our Keynote Speaker - Tom Jenkins, Chairman of OpenText

Tom Jenkins Tom Jenkins served as President and CEO  of OpenText from 1994-2005,  and as the Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer from 2005 - 2013. Prior to these positions, Mr. Jenkins was employed in technical and managerial capacities at a variety of technology companies dating back to the late 1970s. Mr. Jenkins served as Chair of the Government of Canada’s military procurement review Panel in 2013; Chair of the Government of Canada’s Research and Development Policy Review Panel which reported “Innovation Canada: A Call to Action” in October 2011; and was also Chair of the November 2011 report to the Government of Canada on Innovation and Government Procurement.  Tom is also the Chair of the federal Centre of Excellence Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) which co-ordinates commercialization activity in the digital economy throughout Canada.  For Tom Jenkins complete bio please click here.



As President of Express Scripts Canada, Michael Biskey (Session 2) is responsible for all aspects of the business operations and planning related to the long-term growth of the company. He oversees the development and implementation of business strategy, and products and services that provide value to insurance carriers, plan sponsors and plan members.  
Mr. Biskey is also a member of the senior management team for Express Scripts Canada’s parent company, Express Scripts Inc., which oversees and guides strategic international initiatives. Prior to joining Express Scripts Canada, Mr. Biskey spent 23 years with IBM Canada, where he held a number of positions, including Vice-President and Canadian Leader, Financial Services for IBM’s Business Consulting Services (BCS) division.  During his tenure, he was responsible for strategy, operations, and financial results for the largest management consulting and systems integration business in the Canadian financial-services sector. 

Michael Biskey
Selim Burduroğlu (Session 5) Global Innovation Evangelist & Architect at Oracle has more than 23 years of experience in the software industry, supporting sales, strategy, development, and the implementation of enterprise software applications with a primary focus on the Higher Education, Research, and K-12 industry. Selim joined PeopleSoft in 1997 and March 2005 became part of the ever-growing Oracle family.Selim has an extensive background in master data management, cloud computing, enterprise application integration and service-oriented architecture. He has supported North America Applications Enterprise customers as an Enterprise Architect for the last five years, elevating the customers'/prospects' awareness on Oracle's application and technology strategy to executives.
Selim Burduroglu

Brian Detlor (Session 4) is an associate professor of informations systems at the DeGroote School of Business and Chair of the McMaster Research Ethics Board (MREB).  His graduate education concentrated in the areas of information management and end-user adoption of information systems. Prior to his academic career, Brian worked over 10 years in the computer field, performing system analysis and database design, including working on large-scale data warehousing projects in major corporations. He has published extensively on topics pertaining to information management, information literacy skills, and business-driven information systems. In his role as Chair of MREB, he seen an increase in the number of researchers creating large research databases containing personal identifiable information and discussions within the research ethics community on the challenges and issues of constructing large research data banks.

Brian Detlor

Bill Dupley
(Session 5) is the Canadian Cloud Strategist for Hewlett-Packard and has more than 35 years of experience in information technology consulting, IT Process Design, and Enterprise Architecture.
Bill is a specialist in Information Technology Strategic Planning and has led IT Transformation and Strategic planning teams for more than 40 companies and governments globally. These accounts include Toyota North America, Sony Ericsson, Ikea, Raiffesen Bank, Finland Regional Health, Nova Nordisk, Dofasco, and Cenovus. Over the past 35 years Bill has held several positions within HP including: Director, Strategy & Business Development, HP Consulting, ITSM Practice Manager, and Project Centre District Manager. He is a member of the HP IT Global SWAT team. He is a global conference speaker, and writes many of the thought leadership messages currently delivered by HP Canada.

Bill Dupley
Nigel Fonseca, CEO, SWI  (Session 1) Nigel has taken a lead role in delivering projects in the financial and energy sectors for over 25 years and has been a driving force behind SWI's growth and continuous innovation. He has seen the use of data progress from rudimentary data acquisition for analysis and control in the early years, followed by the emergence of relational databases for increasingly sophisticated applications, through to today's multidimensional models with an explosive growth in data volumes and analytics. As SWI's CEO, Nigel has supported SWI's innovative analytics and advanced visualization solutions that help customers obtain insights from data. He sees Big Data as a key component in delivering on the promise of using data for more comprehensive decision making.
Nigel Fonseca

Greg Gilbert
(Session 2) is Vice-President, Research & Development of  Aviva Insurance. Greg is responsible for the Research and Development (R&D) department within Underwriting.  He leads a multi-disciplinary team of 22 staff including data engineers, actuaries, and technology experts.  The team support the majority of predictive analytic projects across UW and other functions of the business including Claims.  Recently they have worked on Rating by Peril, designed and developed the Commercial Lines rating tool (Aviva Quoting System – AQS), and supported Personal Lines with the Optimal Pricing initiative. Greg has built the R&D from a team of 1 to the 22 employees that there are today. Prior to joining Aviva in 2006, Greg was a Pricing Manager at Intact Insurance responsible for the Quebec region. Greg graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Mathematics.  Greg is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS).

Greg Gilbert

Michael Hillmer (Session 2) is Director, Planning, Research and Analysis Branch in the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Michael is  a Director in the Health System Strategy and Policy Division and has been part of the Ontario Public Service since 2007. Michael has been involved with many exciting projects during his tenure at the Ministry including developing the chronic disease prevention and management strategy, the Trilateral First Nations Health Senior Officials Committee, and creating guidelines for multiple sclerosis care. His excellent work has been recognized with several awards including the Ministry of Health’s ACE Award, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ Pinnacle Award, and across the OPS with two Amethyst Awards.  Previous to the OPS, Michael was a Project Manager at the Health Council of Canada where he contributed to their agenda to monitor the progress of the Health Accords. He also contributed to improving the quality and safety of care at Sunnybrook Hospital’s General Internal Medicine Division as a consultant.  His experience in the private sector arises from his work in the pharmaceutical industry.  Michael’s academic background includes a PhD in clinical epidemiology and a Masters in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto, and a BSc from Carleton University. He remains involved at the University through teaching and mentoring.


Michael Hillmer

Jerry S. Iwanski (Session 3) served as Chief Technology Officer of Route1 Inc. from January 2004 until February 2011 and currently serves as its Senior Vice President. He is a key figure behind Route1’s innovation, technology and product development.  Jerry is responsible for the strategy behind Route1’s entry into the US federal government space, including US Department of Defense, and accreditation of its technology.  In his role, he has been collaborating with numerous government departments and agencies on information assurance issues - particularly identity management and data leakage.  Jerry is the co-inventor of Route1’s both patents – the foundation of Route1’s technology.  He has led the implementation of Route1’s Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Root Certificate Authority hierarchy.  Through his company Scene Above, Jerry assists organizations with intricate cyber-security and cloud-computing challenges.  Prior to Route1, Jerry held various consulting and architect roles, including at Fujitsu Consulting and MCI.

Jerry Iwanski

Jarek Kazmierczak (Session 5) is a Solutions Architect at the Microsoft Technology Centre. Jarek is an accomplished architect with over 20 years of experience in enterprise architecture, technology strategy, information management, solution architecture, product and program management.  His industry expertise spans healthcare, public sector, financial, and telecommunications sectors. Jarek began his career as an R&D Software Engineer with NCR/AT&T and Motorola Information Systems.  In 1995, he joined Microsoft Canada where he held senior positions in Enterprise Services, Technical Sales, and Research and Product Planning.  Over his career with Microsoft, Jarek worked with major Canadian and global enterprise clients driving large scale software development, infrastructure deployment, and technology transformation projects from inception to successful completion. In 2013, after a few years with Microsoft Research Healthcare Solutions Group, Jarek joined Toronto Microsoft Technology Center, where his  primary focus has been on  big data and advanced analytics incubation across industries and verticals.

Jarek Kazmeirczak

Bilal Khan
(Session 4) is the Managing Director of OneEleven, a company focused on building a community of high potential, data-driven entrepreneurs, by providing them with the resources and support to scale their technologies. Before joining OneEleven, Bilal acted as the Director of Policy and Senior Advisor to three consecutive Minister’s of Economic Development, Trade and Innovation for the Province of Ontario, where he was responsible for establishing and implementing policies to help advance Ontario’s economy. A lawyer by profession, Bilal spent his early career practicing corporate and securities law, first at a full-service business law firm, then as legal counsel to a multi-national financial institution. Early in his career Bilal worked on a project with the United Nations focused on corporate social responsibility.

Bilal Khan
Mark Kovarski (Session 3) Consulting Manager, Cisco  is a highly sought-after and recognized business technology strategist and trend forecaster who has worked with large multinational organizations in the Financial, Manufacturing, and Telecommunication. Mark has helped organizations spot innovation opportunities, assisted in transforming IT investments into profits and advised on adopting new technologies only when their best practices were established. His focus is on Cloud Computing,  SoLoMoN (Social + Location + Mobile Networks), Big Data and Business Transformation. Mark is also involved with technology startup communities where he is actively involved in exploring potential new business ideas and concepts that will help organizations put themselves in leadership positions.
Mark Kovarski

Mark Morreale
(Session 4) is an Epidemiologist with more than 20 years of experience in the Canadian healthcare system. Before joining SAS, Mark worked in several Analytics positions for the pharmaceutical sector, hospitals, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and Health Canada. Currently, Mark’s role is to facilitate relationships & Industry Partnerships with Academics & SAS.

Mark is also a professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University, where he lectures on Clinical Decision Support, Health Care Performance, Quality and Health Research Methodologies. Examples of his research includes: Evaluation of Care Maps, ER wait times, Patient Safety and Quality of Care.

Mark Morreale

Pierre Mullin
(Session 5) leads the Siemens Smart Grid software R&D team that develops Demand Response products for the global market. Prior to joining Siemens, he was a Software Development Manager in Research In Motion’s R&D organization.Pierre is a native of Fredericton, a graduate of UNB’s Computer Science program and began his professional career at NB Power. During his 20+ year career in the IT industry he has held leadership roles in product development start ups, consulting firms and corporate IT organizations.
He is currently sits on the boards of the OpenADR Alliance and the New Brunswick Information Technology Council.  

Pierre Mullin
Annette Ryan (Session 4) is Director General of Employment Insurance Policy at Employment & Social Development Canada. In this position, Annette leads a core federal policy agenda that provides support to Canadians when employment income is disrupted due to job loss, sickness or the need to provide care to vulnerable family members – in a way that advances a dynamic and flexible national labour market.  In her previous experience with federal and provincial central agencies, she has led research and policy analysis on varied economic issues, including productivity, innovation and investment, fiscal federalism, labour markets, government expenditure and taxation. Before joining the civil service, Annette conducted microeconometric research on innovation and labour demand at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, U.K.  She holds a Masters degree in Economics from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Acadia University.

Annette Ryan
Donald Stuss (Session 3) is the President and Scientific Director (2011- present) of the Ontario Brain Institute. He is an adjunct (on leave of absence) Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest Centre; University of Toronto Professor of Medicine (Neurology and Rehabilitation Science) and Psychology; founding Director of the Rotman Research Institute, from 1989 to 2008, Reva James Leeds Chair in Neuroscience and Research Leadership 2001-2009, and Vice-President Research, at Baycrest, 1991-2004, 2006-2009; Vice-President Academic Education at Baycrest 2006-2008; interim Director and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery 2008-2009. His research focuses on understanding and treating the cognitive functions and personality changes associated with the frontal lobes as they occur after stroke, normal elderly, and in those with traumatic brain injury or dementia. He has one co-authored book, and four co-edited books; over 205 publications and 50 chapters; and presented over 270 invited scientific lectures and workshops. His publications have been cited over 18,000 times.
Donald Stuss
Ben Zifkin, (Session 1) is the Founder and CEO of Hubba, a B2B product information network that lets brands share rich product content with their trading partners. Hubba has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 3 Best New Startups and Top 20 Most Innovative Companies. Ben has spent the last decade helping some of the world’s largest organizations leverage technology to meet their business goals.  Living and working in North America, Europe and Asia, Ben has become a trusted advisor to executives in Retail, Financial Services, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Consumer Packaged Goods. Prior to Hubba, Ben co-founded Axsium Group,  a specialty system integration firm.  Axsium grew to be the largest player in its space and was recognized as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies on two consecutive occasions prior to being acquired.  Ben sits on the boards of  The Upside Foundation Ladies Learning Code and HackerYou. Follow @Ben_Zifkin
Ben Zifkin

Paul Zikopoulos, Vice-President, Information Management, Technical Professionals, Competitive Database & Big Data Technologies, IBM (Session 1) is an award winning writer and speaker with more than 19 years of experience in Information Management. Paul is seen as a global expert in Big Data and database. He was picked by SAP as one of its “Top 50 Big Data Twitter Influencers”, named by Big Data Republic to its “Top 100 Most Influential” list, Technopedia listed him a “A Big Data Expert to Follow”, and he was consulted on Big Data by the popular TV show “60 Minutes”. Paul has written more than 350 magazine articles and 16 books.
Paul Zikopoulous


Session 1 Moderator Guillaume Paré is a Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, Director of the Genetic & Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory, Ontario Early Research Award scholar, and holds the Cisco professorship in Integrated Health Biosystems. Guillaume's clinical interests  are centered on lipoprotein disorders, obesity and cardiovascular disease prevention. His corresponding research interests are in human genetics, cardiovascular genetics, biomarker development and pharmacogenomics. These interests have led to expertise in bioinformatics, high-throughput biology and genetic epidemiology.

Guillaume Paré
Session 2 Moderator Bob McNutt is Executive Director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network.  Bob has served as McMaster's Dean of Science and was Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga. Since his formal retirement in 2003, he has held acting administrative positions at McMaster, including: Dean of Humanities, Provost, Special Advisor to the Provost and Dean, DeGroote School of Business. Bob McNutt

Session 3 Moderator Fei Chiang is an assistant professor of Computing & Software. Her research interests are broadly in the area of data management, with a focus on data quality, data analytics, text mining, self-managing systems, and information extraction. She received her M. Math from the University of Waterloo, and B.Sc and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto, all in Computer Science. She has worked at IBM Global Services, in the Autonomic Computing Group at the IBM Toronto Lab, and in the Data Management, Exploration and Mining Group at Microsoft Research.

Fei Chiang

Session 4 Moderator Paul McNicholas is a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics. Paul's research is at the cutting edge of international work on mixture model-based clustering and classification, and includes research on big data featuring outlying or spurious points. Paul is a guest editor for the forthcoming Advances in Data Analysis and Classification special issue on the Science of Big Data: Theory, Methods and Applications.

Paul McNicholas
Session 5 Moderator Victor Kuperman is an assistant professor of Linguistics and Languages, whose research focuses on quantitative research of language, specifically experimental studies of reading and literacy acquisition and computational studies of language and emotion in social media.


 Victor Kuperman