Sol currently holds 3 patents in the Information Management space and is a keynote speaker at several technology conferences speaking on various topics such as Machine Learning, Cognitive Computing, Data & Analytics, and Emerging Operating Models. Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, Sol was a Partner at Ernst & Young in the Data & Analytics practice, and before that she was a part of the 1st generation of leaders taking WATSON to market at IBM. Goal oriented and a team player, Sol believes in bringing together people, processes, and technology to cultivate environments that are innovative, driven, and collaborative. A Thought Leader in the Data, Robotics, AI, and IT space, Sol is a competency player who solves complex Business, IT, and Operational problems and helps companies with large Transformational Programs. Sol has a unique ability in bridging the gap between Business and IT, her deep understanding of multiple functional disciplines (i.e. change management, enterprise data, application architecture, process re-engineering, sales, etc.) enables her to drive change by articulate the need for change in organizations that otherwise wouldn’t evolve with the emerging market place.
In her role as Chief Data Strategy Officer for the AHA, Gloria is responsible for the organization’s information and data initiatives - particularly initiatives that drive innovation and provide value to the field in the areas of healthcare payment and delivery reform. Prior to joining the AHA, Gloria was the Vice President and Chief of Healthcare Data Analytics for DataGen – a subsidiary of the Hospital Association of NYS (HANYS). In that role, Gloria led a team of analysts and developers to provide health policy-based analytic tools to State Hospital Associations, multi-state healthcare systems, and other stakeholders across the country. Gloria is a nationally recognized speaker on healthcare finance and policy issues such as Value-Based Purchasing, Bundled Payments, and Medicare payment rules. Gloria has a BA in Mathematics and an MBA, both from the University at Albany.
Bala is Managing Director, Data Division at Pelmorex, the parent company of The Weather Network/MeteoMedia brands. He leads business and product strategy around Big Data of Audience (Login, Behavioral, mobile location) and weather datasets for Pelmorex. Bala also leads the Big Data Solutions team of GIS, Data Science/Engineering and BI. He leads partnerships with other Data/Technology companies and with top Canadian Universities in Data Science/Analytics.
The Weather Network/MétéoMédia are Canada’s most popular weather information websites and mobile/tablet/ Interactive TV applications, as well as the most frequently watched specialty television networks. In addition, Pelmorex owns and operates El Tiempo Previsto, S.L.U., Spain’s leading multi-platform weather information provider. Pelmorex generates weather forecasts for hundreds of millions of locations every hour and processes billions of bread crumbs of audience data every day.
Manager for McDonald's Canada where he leads the development and evolution of the McD's analytics framework and digital analytics maturity to understand and meet the desires of the modern consumer.
Previously, Houtsin has worked in Strategy, Operations, IT, and Logistics across a wide range of industries including Retail, Automotive, and Financial Services. He holds a bachelor of Commerce in Business Technology Management with a Minor in Business Communications from Ryerson University
Pankaj Arora's career has spanned over 20 years with global experience in top tier fortune organizations including Manufacturing, Technology and Financial services. Pankaj Joined TD in 2012 as Vice President of the NA Business Planning, Analytics and Performance Enablement group, leading a team of 225+ SME's responsible for overseeing the Workforce management and Data analytics and Reporting Centre of Excellence across North America. His team supports the performance of TD’s 10,000 contact center and middle office employees supporting 62 business .
As a Six Sigma Master Black belt, Industrial Engineer with a Post Graduate in Systems and Operations Management, Pankaj takes pride in solving complex problems, fostering innovation and enhancing the performance of individuals, teams and organizations. Pankaj is passionate about what he does and is entrusted to lead as a frontline player, he has progressed through increasing senior roles across various functions including Process excellence, Operations, Technology transformation and Analytics .
Pankaj has served on several occasions with non profit organizations, including JA (Junior Achievement), JDRF and champions United Way fund raising for his team.
Pankaj is a member of the board at Halton Healthcare and represents phone centers at Diversity Leadership Council for Direct Channels. Pankaj lives in the Greater Toronto area with his wife Karishma and 2 kids. He loves spending time with family, volunteering and is a technology enthusiast.
Janet Scott is Director of Business and Community Development with Enterprise Saint John, a regional economic development agency in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
She works with partners to develop and implement strategies and initiatives to grow the local economy that focus on entrepreneurship, investment attraction, and business growth. Janet’s past economic development experience includes roles in youth entrepreneurship, microfinance, international business development, and marketing and communications. She has worked in China to support Atlantic Canadian companies entering new markets, and led a micro-finance initiative for people living with HIV in Ghana. As an entrepreneur, Janet was co-founder of an urban weekly newspaper that was named an Atlantic Canadian Finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and operated in three cities.
In 2015, Janet received recognition as a 40 under 40 rising star in economic development by DCI International. She was also selected to participate in Next New Brunswick’s 21 Leaders for the 21st Century program to encourage young people to help set the agenda for the future of the province.
Mirko an experienced, bilingual IT Professional with expertise in Management Consulting, Program Management, Architecture and Business Analysis. Mirko has a deep understanding of technology and how to leverage solutions, from envisioning, planning and delivery, to address Business Problems and drive Business Results. He is comfortable working with technical delivery resources and business leaders, and speaking the language of each, to ensure stakeholders are kept informed throughout engagements, no matter the complexity.
With over 20 years of experience in numerous technical and business roles, in a wide array of organizations, Mirko has shown versatility, and ability to adapt and quickly integrate to the situation at hand to deliver value to clients. His focus is to ensure technology is not deployed for the sake of technology but, rather, to address specific business needs. He works with customers to understand their business projects they need to solve, or business results they seek to achieve, to ensure the solutions deployed will deliver real value.
Mirko’s experience, combined with his Certificate in Third Party Neutral Negotiation and Mediation from the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, allow him to effectively manage workshops and get the best from those participating to drive results.
Ultimately, Mirko knows that any initiative is merely a step in a longer journey. Knowing this ensures Mirko looks to the past to see what has happened, and to the future to see what may come next, and set up clients with foundational projects that ensure short term results and that can also support future improvements and growth.