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.
Sylvie holds a master’s degree in Statistics from Montreal University. She joined TD Insurance in 2000 and has held progressively more senior roles in Data Analytics, advanced analytics and business Insights. With her team of approximately 100 professionals, Sylvie is responsible for the Analytics and Insights Center of Excellence for TD Insurance. This department gives the right data to the right people to generate meaningful and relevant metrics and create strong predictive analytics capabilities. She is also responsible for TD Insurance data governance and is the owner of the TD Insurance Database Warehouse. As the owner of the database, she assesses project prioritization as it impacts the warehouse and defines business needs. Finally, she is also responsible for the Business Intelligence Competency Center, a cross-functional team that supports and promotes the effective use of business intelligence and information across the organization.
An innovative analytics leader who has created and rapidly grown the Data Science, Analytics, and Research practice at MLSE.
An accomplished sports analytics professional with a high level of business acumen, and an excellent record of developing high performing teams and delivering projects that generate significant organizational value.
MLSE’s Analytics Centre of Excellence is the catalyst for evolving MLSE into a data driven and digital first organization. A diverse, multidisciplinary, and collaborative team who has a bias to execution and focus on driving organizational value in everything we do.
Sean is an Alumnus of the Master of Management Analytics program at the Queen's School of Business.
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
Vicky is a seasoned business performance strategist and leader who drives improved marketing and business results through the smart, effective use of data. Having the unique ability to speak data and business equally, Vicky helps organizations better understand and leverage their customer and organizational data, utilizing it to transform their performance. She has extensive cross-functional leadership experience and a blend of strategic/operational/analytic expertise. With a career spanning 20 years. Vicky has developed a consistent track record for using data and analytics to transform organizational results across multiple markets, organizations, and sectors.
Christian has been cooking up data driven solutions for over 15 years as a management consultant at Deloitte and as founding partner at ecommerce startup SHOP.CA. Christian’s current role at Cara Operations is to lead the 130+ year old company into the digital era by using analytics and machine learning to unlock customer behaviours and restaurant opportunities that drive the perfect experience for millions of customers and thousands of restaurant associates. Christian remains active in the startup community, holding Advisory and Board positions at a number of data-centric Canadian technology companies.
Dean McKeown is the Associate Director of the Scotiabank Centre for Customer Analytics at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. His current interests are change management during corporate digital transformation and the introduction of artificial intelligence for ethical business decision making.
Mike Milkovich is an experienced technology executive developing and leading strategic initiatives for technology companies for more than 25 years.
His current areas of research include: conversation interfaces, applying machine learning to replace complex rule evaluation systems, self-improving coaching systems, and modeling emergent behavior (exploring the intersection of subject matter experts and product designers.)
Previously, Mike was the Chief Architect at RedBrick Health, where he lead the creation of innovative technologies to establish long-term improvement in consumer wellness. Additionally, his experience includes key roles at Ameriprise Financial, Thomson West, Zanby, Warecorp, Connect, Hewlett Packard and Firepond.
Selwyn Collaco joined the TMX group in 2017 as the Chief Data Officer. He is responsible for defining and implementing an enterprise data strategy and capabilities to leverage data across the enterprise for business enablement and monetization. Selwyn is a results-driven visionary leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and strategic leadership capabilities. He holds an an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business with over 20 years of Information Technology delivery experience in the field of Capital Markets, Risk Management, Cash Management, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Data Management, Data Governance and CRM. Besides working at various organizations as BMO, Pepsi etc. He has previously worked at CIBC as part the chief data office leading the Enterprise Client Data Management & Strategy portfolio (Client Data Strategy, Data Management Operations and Enterprise Client Analytics) and prior to that within the capital markets technology division.
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Gayle Ramsay is Head of Brand, Customer Analytics and Strategy (and the Chief Data Officer for Marketing). Gayle is accountable for the enterprise-wide strategy development, implementation and leadership of the brand, advertising, customer analytics and technology investment in digital marketing capabilities in support of the BMO Financial Group goals. Lead a team of 200 people. Manages a Budget of $60M.
Previously, Gayle was the Vice President, Customer Analytics in Marketing and Strategy with a mandate to help build the enterprise data strategy and develop strategic and analytic models to drive customer segmentation, acquisition, retention and SOW growth. Gayle has over 20 years’ experience in leading the creation of "best in class" CRM programs through effective planning, customer segmentation, targeted offers and customer life event marketing strategies within multi-product and channel organizations. She has extensive experience in developing customer focused strategies that improve customer loyalty while driving revenue for companies.
Andrew Brown is the Sr. Director of AI and Advanced Analytics Research at CIBC, within CIBC’s Chief Data Office, responsible for academic and industrial partnerships employing machine learning methodologies. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto under the direction of Prof. Geoffrey Hinton, and spent time doing research at Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL. Since joining CIBC, he has worked in a variety of roles in Risk Management, Finance and Treasury, applying statistical and quantitative modelling methods to problems such as consumer behaviour prediction, hedge optimization, and asset and liability management.
Mr. Kyle Kemper is the Executive Director of the Blockchain Association of Canada, Chief Strategy Officer of Global Blockchain Technologies Corp, and advisor. Mr. Kemper is a passionate visionary, connector, speaker, and problem solver with over 11 years of professional experience in many different industries. In recognition of his work in the Bitcoin and Blockchain space, Mr. Kemper is frequently featured on major Canadian and international radio, broadcast, and print media. Mr. Kemper has a BCOMM degree from Dalhousie University, has received designation as a Certified Bitcoin Professional and has over 15k hours of Blockchain related experience.
Cecilia Tamez is the Chief Strategy Officer at XE – the world’s trusted currency authority; she is a results-driven leader with a proven ability to craft omni-channel digital strategies with an emphasis on customer-centricity. She joined the XE team in 2004 and has helped grow the company to its current global presence, serving 275+ million people last year. She’s since led complex data integration and business intelligence projects to establish a data-driven business culture that has exceeded organizational goals through consistent performance optimization.
Cecilia is fascinated by technology’s potential to strengthen the relationships businesses have with their customers. As businesses become more digitally abstracted and people’s interactions expand across multiple channels and devices, it becomes more challenging to deliver effective customer experiences. More than ever, customers are demanding smarter, more efficient services and if used well, technology can help us deliver added-value in truly innovative ways. In the end, even though mediums and technology may be new, the fundamental objectives remain the same: take care of your customers and your customers will take care of you.
When she isn’t glued to a computer screen, Cecilia spends time volunteering and learning the ukulele.
Michael, a graduate of the University of Toronto, is the Director of Sales Analytics and Incentive Programs at the largest office furniture manufacturer in Canada. Over the course of his 21 year history with Global Michael has had various roles from customer service to change management. Using his vast experience and understanding of the company’s culture, he has taken the lead in moving Global Furniture Group from thinking of data as a liability to the world of analytics. He is implementing a program in which the asset of data will be used to inform decision making. This program has begun in the sales and marketing side of the business, but is expected to expand into purchasing, supply management and the customer experience.
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.
Born in Pointe Claire, Quebec, Jean Louis (JL) has undergraduate degrees in both Computer Science and Statistics from Concordia University. He also has his MSc in Statistics from Queens University and an MBA from the John Molson School of Business.
After working in the government with Statistics Canada and Transport Canada early in his career, JL moved into the private sector by joining Cantel (Now Rogers) in 1996 where he focused heavily on database development, reporting and Customer analytics in the wireless industry. JL was recruited to join MT&T (Now Aliant), and enjoyed success in a number of roles of increasing responsibility. In fact, in 2000 JL was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute for advancements made in business applications of data science. During this time, his work was featured in various industry publications – Including being featured in the cover story of SAS ExecSolutions magazine.
Since that time, JL has taken on increasingly more senior positions in data science across a variety of industries such as retail, automotive, and lottery. During this time JL has also been an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Vincent University and Dalhousie University. His teaching dossier includes courses in Data Science, Statistics, and MIS.
In January 2017, JL joined XE.com as the Director of Data Science where he is responsible for building out the data science capabilities for the organization. Current projects include leveraging Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
JL lives in Newmarket, Ontario with his wife and son and is an active volunteer in numerous charitable and educational organizations in both Canada and the US.
Nima Safaei received a Ph.D. degree in system and industrial engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. He held a postdoctoral position at the Center for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering (C-MORE), University of Toronto. Nima was with Bombardier Aerospace as a Senior Optimization & Data Mining Specialist. He is currently with Bank of Nova Scotia, Data Science and Analytics (DSA) as an Associate Director – Network Analytics. His field of specialization is Mathematical Optimization in Operations Research. His professional experience is to solve the large-scale optimization problems in different areas such as scheduling, manufacturing systems, maintenance & reliability, transportation & logistics, and data mining.
A Marketing Leader with 30+ years’ experience within the retail, financial services, media, telecommunications and consumer products industries. Recognized for exceptional results, strong organizational and planning abilities, balanced with excellent interpersonal and team development skills. Sought after to build or overhaul marketing programs and to develop new brands and dramatically improve marketing and corporate results. A solid reputation for being a key resource in the areas of strategic thinking, problem solving and program innovation while achieving financial performance goals.
Chris’ previous experience includes CMO/EVP Marketing roles at Sears Canada, Moneris, Just Energy and Sun Media, Quebecor Media. In addition, Chris also engaged in executive level marketing roles at Sirius Satellite Radio, Bell Canada/Bell Wireless and Nortel Networks.
In addition to Chris’ vast wealth of knowledge and experience, he is also an Instructor at University of Toronto where he teaches Brand Management in the Continuing Education Program. Chris holds a “Chartered Marketing” Designation. Known for marketing strategy and customer advocacy, and strong belief in the art and science of Marketing. Chris also sits on the Brand Strategy Council for the Canadian Marketing Association.
As the inaugural data scientist for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, I have been entrusted with the ambitious task of establishing a data science capacity in the Ministry. My vision of this capacity is to employ data science methodologies to improve patient outcomes, and advance health system performance in Ontario.
In my previous role at the Ministry as a senior methodologist, I specialized in the development of forecasting models and visual analytics products to support evidence-based decision making in the Ministry. I have also worked at Statistics Canada as a survey methodologist, playing a key role in the development of the Services Producer Price Index. I am also a certified trainer, currently providing training in analytics for internal Ministry staff.
I have been invited to participate at several forums including McKinsey’s Hackathon, International Conference on Establishment Surveys, and the Ontario Regional Trauma Networks Forum. I have also presented my work and research at several conferences including the Statistical Society of Canada Annual Meeting, Health Data Users Conference, Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference, and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences Rounds.
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.
With over 15 years of professional experience and as an award winning researcher, Aksel is best known for developing and honing research and analytics competencies in leading Canadian brands and organizations where none existed before. His experience spans multiple categories such as media & entertainment, advisory and aerospace with hands on experience in marketing, strategy, finance and engineering.
With the ultimate mandate of enhancing decision making capabilities through the generation of actionable insights, Aksel aspires to bring AHA! moments to leaders, movers and shakers and thrives in highly creative environments while fostering a working method where both left and right brain inclined individuals work together in a collaborative and synergistic fashion.
Aksel’s core expertise lies in consumer & market research, customer analytics and BI.
Pankaj Arora 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 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 North America contact center and middle office employees and business .
As a Six Sigma Master Black belt, Industrial Engineer, MBA and Masters in Management Analytics, Pankaj takes pride in 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.
Manu Sud is a senior Energy sector leader focused on the use of analytics and innovation to improve policies, programs, and quality. He has a strong academic background in Engineering, Sciences and Business and is currently pursuing Masters in Law. With more than 10 years of progressively senior management positions, Manu has broad experience across multiple sectors and organizations including federal and state Governments, IT, Finance, Automotive, Crown corporation (or state-owned entity), hospitals, and academia. Manu is a published author and has received numerous awards including the prestigious Ontario Public Service Amethyst Award.
Albert K. Hoang Duc, PhD is a Senior Data Scientist at Manulife. He has several years of experience in applying machine and deep learning algorithms to solve real-world problems across various lines of business (Product Development & Services, Regulatory Compliance, Finance & Asset Management, Risk Management, HR, Branding & Communication).
He is proficient in leading all aspects of a Data Science project including business problem formulation, data analysis, algorithm development/performance tuning, and presenting solutions to C-level executives.
Albert graduated with a Ph.D. in Machine Learning from University College London. His main fields of interest are Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing (NLP).
Chetan Mathur is the Chief Executive Officer of Next Pathway Inc., and is responsible for providing senior leadership and counsel to ensure the company is at the forefront of the ever-changing technology landscape.
In addition to Next Pathway, Chetan has established and grown 2 other information technology firms. He founded Sage Information Consultants in 1992, an international technology integrator that specialized in complex financial services software. Chetan oversaw Sage’s growth to become a leading supplier of IT consulting services for global banking and financial institutions. He negotiated the sale of Sage in June 2000 to a NASDAQ listed company.
Chetan co-founded M Systems Group (M) in 2003. Under his direction, M grew to become a leading global provider of out-sourced managed email and directory services to global financial services organizations. Chetan coordinated the sale of M to Bell Canada in 2006.
Chetan is also involved in numerous charitable organizations. He is one of the Founding Patron’s and served on the Board of Directors for Luminato (www.luminato.com) for 10 years, Canada’s preeminent festival of Arts & Creativity. Chetan is a member of the Board of Directors for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and previously served on the Board of Governors for Roy Thomson/Massey Hall from 2010-2012.
In 2012, Chetan and his wife Clara, established the Berlin Mathur Charitable Fund to benefit Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Hawaii to provide financial support and care to Kapi’olani’s patients and families.
Mr. Mathur graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Vinay Mathur is the Chief Strategy Officer of Next Pathway Inc., and helps oversee marketing, communications and go-to-market strategy for the firm. In his role, he works closely with clients and the product development team to help inform the firm's product strategy and roadmap.
Prior to joining Next Pathway, Vinay has held senior roles in marketing, sales strategy, and account management across many large organizations. This includes time at KPMG Canada where he was tasked with growing and managing the firm's national account management community.
He is also heavily involved in the community, and currently serves as Chair of Bloor Information Life Skills, a municipal non-for-profit organization that offers a variety of counseling services.
Vinay has an HBA in Marketing and Communications from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Craig has been with Scotiabank for 35 years. Born in Vancouver, Craig is a graduate of The University of British Colombia In 1984 in Economics and Business.
After joining the bank, Craig started in branch operations with numerous progressive positions in British Columbia including Vancouver, Victoria, Okanogan, culminating with a transfer to Toronto in 1989. During this period, Craig gained very beneficial operational experience related to Canadian banking.
In Toronto, Craig took charge of Banking Operations for the Caribbean, Central and South America offices. His main focus was on process and workflow development, controls, and back office organization. Craig transitioned to technical data center operations in the Caribbean focusing on the organizational and technical consolidation of the hosting in a central site in Toronto with the attendant reengineering of human resources, processes and procedures. From there, Craig moved to Information Security where he managed security programs and services across the global enterprise.
In his current executive position as the CIO of the Caribbean region and International Banking, Craig’s main focus is to lead end to end IT services and projects and strategic planning. In addition, on behalf of International Banking, Craig is leading several initiatives related to platform modernization, including Enterprise Architecture, Cloud and Cloud Native Development with focus on improving velocity and driving Agile development methodology.
As Vice President, Strategic Projects, Paul Tyndall helps the team at EA bring new product and service offerings to market. Paul has more than 20 years of experience working with data and analytics. Most recently, Paul led analytics, campaign design and member insights at Meridian Credit Union. Prior to that, he spent almost 10 years at RBC Royal Bank where he managed the modelling and segmentation team and oversaw the delivery of data-driven client knowledge and insights. Earlier in his career, he worked for Transcontinental Database Marketing, Rapp Collins and Royal Trust providing analytics and marketing database services. Paul graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master’s Degree in spatial analytics and geographic information systems.
Hamid is the CTO of Analytics for EMC’s Emerging Technology Division. He joined EMC in 2010 as one of the founding members of the Big Data Solutions Engineering and Product Management team where he successfully set directions for Analytics product and solutions roadmap, brought in 3rd party partners and integrators such as Attunity and was instrumental in integrating Attunity as the Greenplum CDC engine. He assisted in the development of Brazil Big Data R&D center, and led global partner training and sales enablement efforts. Hamid also won the annual EMC innovation award for multi-tenant Hadoop implementations and registered a patent for Genomic Data Store on Hadoop in 2013. Most recently Hamid led the Big Data solutions development for VCE/Global Solutions Engineering organization, developing proven solutions, reference architecture and best practices.
Prior to joining EMC Hamid held various engineering, pre-sales, post-sales, and leadership roles in pioneering startups such as Greenplum (Pivotal) and DatAllegro (Microsoft PDW/APS) as well as engineering Product Management roles at Oracle (Exadata) and Teradata. He has excellent knowledge, understanding of, and a great passion for analytics, MPP and distributed computing, and enjoys to learn new advances in technology. His passionate about the world of data analytics and improving the world through predictive data modeling. He holds a B.S. in Software Engineering from California State University Fullerton. He has also completed numerous data modeling and statistical analysis courses at University of California Irvine.
Hamid regularly speaks at conferences on Big Data, Data Science, and Analytics. He is a polyglot and is fluent in Dutch, Farsi and Spanish and conversant in German and Italian.
Paul C. Zikopoulos, is the VP of Cognitive Big Data Systems at IBM. He’s an award winning writer and speaker who has been consulted on the topic of BigData by the popular TV show “60 Minutes,” advises various universities on their graduate analytics programs,
and named to over a dozen “Experts to Follow” lists in social media. You’ll also find Paul taking a very active role around Women in Technology (including a seated board member for Women 2.0 - a global brand for women in tech and entrepreneurship that works to close the gender gaps of tech companies). Paul has written 19 books and over 360 articles on data. He doesn’t think NoSQL is something you put on a resume if you don’t have SQL skills and he knows JSON isn’t a person in his department. Ultimately, Paul is trying to figure out the world according to Chloë—his daughter, whom he notes didn’t come with a handbook and is more complex than the topic of BigData itself, but more fun too. The rest of the bio? It would be BLAH BLAH, BLAH, so find him on Twitter @BigData_paulz.Paul
Joe Cooper is the Financial Services Lead for Eastern Canada. Before Alteryx Joe spent the majority of his working career at IBM, with time spent in their Analytics and Analytics Solutions department. Joe is a recent graduate of the Queen’s University Masters in Management Analytics program. Joe is working with some of Canada’s largest institution helping the lines of business to leverage self-service analytics to improve their analytics culture across their organization.
Gord Uszkay joined the Indellient team to transition the BI team into the era of advanced analytics and data science while starting up the Indellient New York office. He combines a strong academic background in Mathematics and Computer Science (currently finishing his Ph.D.) with over 15 years’ experience managing data modeling, financial reporting, workflow and analytics applications. Most recently, he has been working extensively developing risk assessment and response applications in areas as diverse as Internet threat assessment and inappropriate business activity detection
Chris is an experienced analytics consultant and project lead for the IBM Chief Analytics Office. The purpose of the Chief Analytics Office is to drive IBM’s business growth and efficiency through data analytics and cognitive/AI modeling. Chris has an extensive knowledge in the area of fraud detection, with a focus on employee expense reimbursements. His team has deployed multiple solutions within the company and is focusing on developing applications for both internal and external consumption. Our current focus is to apply machine learning models for fraud detection on both structured and unstructured data.
As the Strategy Executive at SAS Canada Steve Holder is responsible for creating and driving the SAS solution strategy with our Canadian customers. A key part of this is providing thought leadership for the AI, Analytics, and emerging technology portfolios. A Canadian subject matter expert and AI & analytics evangelist Steve has seen first-hand how the use of SAS technology can help customers solve business problems; make the best decisions possible and unearth new opportunities. Steve’s passion is making technology make sense for everyone regardless of their technical skillset.
With many years of software industry experience, spanning: management, solutions architecture, presales and sales, Steve brings alignment and execution across SAS’ customers, sales teams, and partners.
Prior to joining SAS Steve was held leadership positions at SAP and IBM. Steve received his Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters. During his spare time, he enjoys traveling, cycling, skiing and spending time outdoors.
Jake Freivald is currently the vice president of Product Marketing for Information Builders. In this position, Mr. Freivald is responsible for the creation of all product campaigns, web content, formal product launches, and all product collateral associated to Information Builders three i’s platform – intelligence (business intelligence, analytics, and reporting, under the WebFOCUS brand), integrity (data quality and master data management, under the Omni brand), and integration (data, application, and B2B integration).
Prior to this role, Mr. Freivald held the position of vice president of Corporate Marketing where he was responsible for marketing operations: branding, marketing communications, events, Web marketing, and direct marketing. Mr. Freivald also held the position of vice president of Marketing for iWay Software, where he developed and executed all of iWay Software’s marketing strategies.
Mr. Freivald joined Information Builders in 1999, as a product manager for the Data Warehouse division where he supported cross-platform product development and deployment. He also became marketing manager for the Data Warehouse product line in 1999.
During his career, Mr. Freivald has held several managerial positions with Andersen Consulting and Prudential Life Insurance Company of America. He also served in the United States Marine Corps as a Signals Intelligence Officer at First Radio Battalion.
He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1991.
David Knox is the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales Engineering at MicroStrategy. He brings over 20 years of IT sales experience to his work at MicroStrategy, where he leads worldwide sales engineering efforts, drives technical sales-readiness, and promotes best practices, training, and productivity across the analytics, mobility, security, and services product lines.
Mr. Knox is a world-renowned technologist who holds patents and has published books on topics including computer security, data management, and data analytics. He is a popular speaker who exhibits an uncanny ability to simplify complex topics and make them digestible to all. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.
Will is President of CVM Data Sciences, a data science consulting firm focused on helping clients use their data to make better decisions. His past work includes building customer acquisition models for Verizon, developing risk & return forecasting models for a multi-billion dollar investment fund, and creating the most accurate public forecast for the 2015 Canadian federal election. He has a graduate degree in econometrics from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.