York Region Broadband Summit 2018

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Thursday, November 8th | 7:30am to 11:30pm
Toronto Marriott Markham Hotel & Conference Centre
170 Enterprise Blvd, Markham, ON L6G 0E6

The theme of the 2018 York Region Broadband & Innovation Summit is “York Region as a Knowledge Workforce Hub“.

A “Knowledge Workforce”, as defined by the Intelligent Community Forum, is a labour force that creates economic value through its knowledge, skills and ability to use information effectively.

Success in the Broadband Economy requires the ability to create a workforce qualified to perform knowledge work from the factory floor to the research lab, and from the construction site to the call centre.

The 2015 York Region Broadband & Innovation Summit focused on Broadband and the integral role it plays in supporting all aspects of modern society.

In 2016, the Summit explored the social and economic benefits achieved by Intelligent Communities and how York Region and its nine local municipalities can work toward becoming more “Intelligent”.

In 2017, the event’s focus was on exploring the role Innovation plays in ensuring economic growth and prosperity, as well as environmental factors that allow and encourage innovation to take place.

Building on the successes of previous events, the 2018 Summit will focus on discussions regarding current and future trends in desired skills for various industries, practical applications for attracting and retaining talent, supporting the development of future knowledge workers, and the role of broadband and other technologies on the nature of work.

2017 York Region Broadband & Innovation Attendees
AGENDA | 7:30am - 11:30am

7:30 – 8:00 | Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 | Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:30 – 8:50 | YorkNet Update

8:50 – 9:20 | Keynote Address #1

9:20 – 9:50 | Moderated Panel Discussion

9:50 – 10:00 | Refreshment Break

10:00 – 10:30 | Keynote Address #2

10:30 – 10:50 | York University and Seneca College Showcases

10:50 – 11:30 | Wrap-up and Networking

**Agenda may be subject to change**


Marc Saltzman | Journalist, Author, Radio & TV Personality

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 and social media, small-to-midsized business tech and interactive entertainment.

Along with his weekly syndicated column with Gannett and USAToday.com, Marc currently contributes to more than 40 prominent publications, including USA Today, USA Weekend, AARP, Yahoo!, Costco Connection (U.S. and Canada), MSN, Toronto Star, Postmedia, Media Planet, Rogers Connected, Common Sense Media, Movie Entertainment, Chill, Telus Talks Business and Homefront.

Marc has written 15 books and also writes and hosts “Gear Guide,” a technology-focused video that runs nationally across Canada at Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters and its sister chains. It is seen by a “captive” 7 million people per month.

Marc is a frequent guest on CNN, CNN International and CTV’s Canada AM. He has also made appearances on NBC’s “Today Show,” QVC’s Saturday Q” and the “CBS Early Show.”

Laura Bradley | General Manager
YTN Telecom Network Inc. 

Laura Bradley is the General Manager of YorkNet – a role she has held since operations commenced January 1, 2018.

She is dedicated to advancing networks into communities to ensure there is adequate and cost effective access to meet current and future demands.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the telecom industry in Canada working for carriers, manufacturers, ISPs and as a consultant, Laura brings a wealth of knowledge in business management, network deployment, strategic planning and collaboration with her. For almost a decade she focused on programs and projects which helped deliver networks to rural areas, ensuring that users outside of urban communities were prepared to participate in the Broadband Economy.

Laura has worked with all three levels of government on various programs and initiatives to advance the deployment of broadband networks and initiatives. She believes fibre is the key infrastructure for the future of “smart communities” and a necessary foundation for businesses. Laura was also a key contributor to the Eastern Ontario Regional Network development including the delivery of a project valued at over $250M to enhance broadband across 50,000 square kilometers.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer.

Deborah Bottineau | Regional Vice President
Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group 

Deborah is a district director for Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group, a division of Robert Half International. Her area of responsibility currently includes building and leading the temporary and permanent divisions of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Ottawa, Montreal and Winnipeg. Deborah also develops key relationships with clients and professional associations to promote the company’s vast array of service offerings, and presents them with strategic staffing solutions for their administrative resource challenges.

Deborah joined Robert Half in 1998 and has also held the roles of Staffing Manager, Division Director, Branch Manager and Metro Market Manager. With over fifteen years of experience in the staffing industry, Deborah has experienced all phases of the job market cycle first hand. As a spokesperson for Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group, Deborah provides insightful commentary on issues related to hiring trends and career management. Her expertise has been featured in media outlets such as Global News Toronto, CityTV and the Globe and Mail.

Prior to joining the organization, Deborah worked in the insurance, retail and advertising industries and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Sociology and Human Resource Management) from the University of Guelph.  In addition, Deborah often shares her perspectives on employment and workplace issues at industry conferences and events.

MODERATOR: Al (A. C.) Wilson  | Executive Director
Workforce Planning Board of York Region 

Al Wilson is the Executive Director of the Workforce Planning Board of York Region, one of 25 Boards established by the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities in 1999.

The Board works collaboratively with many local stakeholders across the Region including York Region’s Local Immigration Partnership and Community Partnership Council, the Human Resources Professional Association, Seneca College, York District & York Catholic School Boards, York Region Women’s Centre and other organizations with the focus on labour market trends and opportunities. The Board also established the ‘Employers Leadership Councils’ across the Region, a forum for local employers to discuss experiences, challenges and concerns in recruiting and retaining employees.

Prior to his current role with the Workforce Planning Board of York Region, Al was Senior Manager of Sales Development with BMO. Al is also an active member of the Board of Directors for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

PANELIST: David Clarkson | Director, Talent Acquisition
Compugen Inc. 

At Compugen, David is accountable for all hiring, talent and development related activities, with the deliverable of upgrading the organizations capabilities internally and with clients. Compugen has successfully implemented a new Applicant Tracking System in 2018 to help upgrade its digital and social media recruitment footprint.  In David’s first year at Compugen, the organization acquired Metafore Systems – an organization roughly 50% of Compugen’ s size and has now been fully integrated.

Previously, David had leadership roles in Human Resources and Sales Operations at Cisco Systems Canada. David has a proven record of building up morale through creative employee engagement strategies including process redesign and performance enhancement, resulting in achievement of the distinctive # 1 position in the “Canada’s Best Employer” award for numerous consecutive years. Prior to joining Cisco, he spent 10 years as a consultant in the Finance, Telecom, Software and Not-for-Profit industry.

David holds an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Guelph. David and his wife of twenty years have two wonderful children the oldest of which is currently at Ryerson University studying Business.

PANELIST: David Lahey | Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer
Predictive Success 

David has been specializing in leadership development, talent acquisition, change man-agement and productivity improvement for over 25 years across a variety of industries. He is an executive coach and consultant to 28% of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. David has been a master certified Predictive Index® Analyst since 1988 and received his training by Predictive Index Boston Headquarters.

David’s experience growing people and business units has included dramatic success as an Enterprise Global Manager, Financial Services at Microsoft in Seattle, WA and Toronto, ON. In 2015, Predictive Success was awarded by Profit Magazine the ‘Profit 500 Award’ for the fastest growing new companies for five-year growth. David’s work has been featured in over 40 publications and media outlets and is a frequent guest lecturer for; Ryerson University MBA classes, Queen’s University MBA classes, HRPA, and BCHRA.

David is the author of three books; his latest, a best seller on the value of human analytics in the workplace, Predicting Success: Evidence-Based Strategies to Hire the Right People and Build the Best Team (Wiley, 2015).

Pro bono volunteer work has included great causes such as; Princess Margaret Hospital, the Circle of Champions board for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Canada and the Canadian Breast Cancer Association. His client list includes; Bell, Bell Mobility, HBC, PCL Constructors, CIBC, RBC, Google, Oxford University Press, NHL, Thomson Reuters, Colliers, City of Toronto, Domtar, (BDC) Business Development Bank, Microsoft, John Wiley & Sons Ltd Worldwide, Salesforce.com, Siemens and the University of Toronto Medical School.

PANELIST: Pamela Leslie| Senior Manager, Global Talent Management
Magna International Inc. – Closures, Mirrors & Lighting 

In her role as Senior Manager of Global Talent Management for Magna Closures, Mirrors and Lighting, Pam’s responsibilities include leading the strategies that support Magna Closures/Mirrors & Lighting global talent management practices including those related to performance, development, succession, leadership and talent attraction, branding and acquisition.

Pam has more than 16 years of Human Resources experience and 8 plus years specializing in the Talent Management space. At Magna Closures, Mirrors and Lighting she serves as the Talent Subject Matter Expert, a member of the Talent Resourcing Committee and the main driver of aligning global programs, process, and talent practices.

Prior to joining Magna, Pam held Human Resources and Talent Leadership roles at The Home Depot and Staples Canada.  Over the course of her career, she has demonstrated excellence in talent acquisition, learning, leadership development, succession planning and organizational development consulting.

Pam lives in Newmarket with her husband Roger and two children Tyler (6) and Eden (4).  She is an active member in her community participating in the School Council at Denne Public School.

Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Resources Management from Bishops University along with official certifications in Hogan Assessments, Eqi-2.0, Belbin Team Roles, Talent Branding and Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

Dr. Thomas Lee | Chief Education Officer

Dr. Thomas Lee has been an active contributor in the global engineering and control system community for over twenty years. As Chief Education Officer at Quanser, a leader in real-time control and mechatronics solutions for education, research, and industry, Dr. Lee develops and implements the company’s strategy for enriching and increasing the educational effectiveness of technology in the modern engineering education context.

Prior to his appointment at Quanser, Dr. Lee was Vice President of Applications Engineering at Maplesoft, creators of the renowned Maple mathematical software system. In that capacity, he helped the company transform the mathematical technology to a complete engineering modeling and simulation solution. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, noted for its leadership in engineering, computer science, and mathematics.

Dr. Lee earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and his M.A.Sc. and B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He has published numerous papers and is a frequent invited speaker in the areas of engineering education, engineering modeling and simulation, and engineering computation.

Dr. Rhonda Lenton | President
York University 

Dr. Rhonda L. Lenton is President and Vice-Chancellor of York University.

She joined York in 2002 as Dean of the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, and went on to serve as the University’s inaugural Vice-Provost Academic, and then as Vice-President Academic & Provost from 2012 until April 2017. A dedicated champion of community engagement and innovative partnerships, she has played an instrumental role in the creation of the York University-TD Community Engagement Centre and in expanding York’s institutional collaborations with other postsecondary education partners.

A sociologist by training, she earned her PhD from the University of Toronto. Her areas of teaching and research expertise include gender, family conflict, research methods and, more recently, higher education. She has published peer-reviewed book chapters and articles in a broad array of academic journals. Prior to joining York, she was an associate dean and professor at McMaster University.

 David Agnew | President
Seneca College 

David Agnew became Seneca’s fifth president in 2009.

Mr. Agnew has held leadership positions in public, private and non-profit sectors, including as Secretary to the Cabinet in the Ontario Government from 1992-95 after serving as the Premier’s Principal Secretary. He has held the positions of President/CEO of UNICEF Canada, Principal at Digital 4Sight, Executive Vice-President and Corporate Secretary for the Credit Union Central of Ontario and Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments. He was seconded to the University of Toronto’s Massey College as a Senior Resident.

Mr. Agnew serves on numerous boards and committees, including as a director of Polytechnics Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada, and Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) as well as past chair of Colleges Ontario and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.


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