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ITAC - CCIO Roundtable Breakfast Series

March 3, 2010

Register now for the next event in the ITAC - CCIO Roundtable Breakfast Series with DAVID NICHOLL, Ontario Corporate Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

Our Sponsors: Ajilon Consulting, HP, PPI Consulting Ltd. (formerly Partnering and Procurement Inc.), Softchoice

Date Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Time 7:30 - 8:30 am Registration, networking and continental breakfast
8:30 - 11:15 am Program
Location The Suite at 1 King West, 1 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5H 1A1

WELCOME Linda Oliver, Vice President, ITAC
OPENING REMARKS David Nicholl, Corporate Chief Information and Information Technology Officer

Jim Hamilton, CIO, Community Services Cluster
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Ken Kawall, CIO, Economics and Transportation Cluster
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Robin Thompson, CIO, Government Services Delivery Cluster
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Corbin Kerr, CIO, Children, Youth and Social Services Cluster
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Registration Fee: (Space is limited, so register early)
ITAC Members - $70.00 + GST
Non-Members - $140.00 + GST
OPS Attendees - $70.00 GST Exempt

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Speaker Bios

David Nicholl, Ontario Corporate Chief Information Officer
David Nicholl was formally appointed Corporate Chief Information and Information Technology Officer on November 26, 2008. David was acting as the Corporate Chief Information and Information Technology Officer since May 2008. Prior to that, he held the position of Corporate Chief of Infrastructure Technology Services, within the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, since February 2006. He was responsible for leading the establishment of the Government’s new Infrastructure Technology Services (ITS) organization, establishing its business and service delivery model; and implementing key e-Ontario infrastructure consolidation projects.

Prior to joining ITS, David Nicholl was the Chief Information Officer at the Transportation I&IT Cluster (TC). David joined the TC in 2002, returning to the Ontario government where he worked as a programmer/analyst during the early 1980s.

Previous to the TC, David worked at Oasis Technology – a leading global provider of Unix/NT-based ePayment systems to card associations and financial institutions - where he was Senior Vice-President of Global Consulting and Delivery. In this role, David was responsible for the delivery of the company’s products to new customers and for the support and training of Oasis’s approximately 150 clients in 70 countries.

David also spent seven years in Bermuda and the United Kingdom where he worked for HSBC (Bank of Bermuda) as Vice-President and Director of Information Technology. His responsibilities included the creation of a new IT strategy to support the introduction of an electronic servicing capability for the Bank’s global customer base; the development of a resources plan to reduce IT operating costs, and the development and support of all business applications in a 7/24 environment. Previously, David worked at the Toronto Dominion Bank as a Systems/Project Manager.

Jim Hamilton, CIO, Community Services Cluster
Jim joined the Community Services I&IT Cluster as Chief Information Officer in February 2004. The Community Services I&IT is one of eight I&IT business focused clusters in the Ontario Government. The Community Services Cluster is responsible for the provision of I & IT services to six ministries and affiliated agencies, including: Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Tourism; and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Jim began working at the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) in 1978 as a field biologist in fish and wildlife management. He then joined the Credit Valley Conservation Authority in charge of integrating watershed and river management plans. In 1981 he entered the private sector were he was the consulting fisheries scientist involved in a 5 year study determining the feasibility of neutralizing lakes suffering from acid precipitation.

Jim re-joined MNR in 1986, undertaking progressively more responsible positions in provincial fish and wildlife policy and program development, corporate strategy and work plans, broad-based science development and transfer, information technology, information systems and information management.

He was the Head of Information Management Services across the Land and Resources Cluster (involving Ministry of Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources and Northern Development and Mines and responsible for information management (data acquisition, storage and retrieval). He was also responsible for business specific information systems, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing programs for MNR. At a provincial level, Jim was also the Director responsible for the provincially, nationally and internationally acclaimed Land Information Ontario (LIO) program.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Science from Trent University.

Ken Kawall, CIO, Economics and Transportation Cluster
Ken Kawall has been Chief Information Officer of the Economics and Transportation I&IT Cluster for just over two years. He is a visionary, people-oriented leader with over 20 years of business experience including a unique combination of expertise in Technology, Operations, Financial, and Marketing management.

Building best in class service organizations is Ken’s area of expertise. For the past fifteen years he’s honed a competitive advantage by elevating service quality for a number of different customer facing organizations, including financial services, regulated utilities, newspapers and logistics organizations. The key to these successes has been focusing on people and processes, developing a clear and easy to understand vision, maintaining a customer-focused perspective, rallying both stakeholders and staff around that vision and flawless execution of plans.

As a leader Ken understands the power of working cooperatively towards a greater goal. “I have seen how the whole can become greater than the sum of its parts and I’ve witnessed how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results given the right leadership”.

Ken’s open supportive and mentoring management style has been critical to repeated success in building high performing teams and in delivering complex, high quality solutions. He is a leader who genuinely believes in people and seeks win/win situations using influence rather than imperatives to build relationships with key constituents.

As a former CEO and colleague noted, “Ken’s leadership is characterized by constantly taking the initiative to find the best path and then working effectively to bring others along with him.”

Ken has held Senior Technology and Operational roles in a variety of companies including Scotiabank, Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan, Union Gas, TransCanada Pipelines and The CUMIS Group.

Ken is also heavily involved in his community as President of the Oakville Arts Council and as a representative on the Town’s Cultural Advisory Committee. He has also been involved with a local historical society, the local multicultural arts festival and has been a cub leader.

Ken holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. Ken is also a Certified Management Accountant.

Corbin Kerr, CIO, Children, Youth and Social Services Cluster
Corbin Kerr was appointed as Chief Information Officer of the Children, Youth and Social Services I&IT Cluster on March 1, 2008.

Corbin brings over 20 years of progressive I&IT industry experience to his current role with the Children, Youth and Social Services I&IT Cluster. Corbin was previously the interim Chief Information Officer for the Economics and Transportation Cluster. Prior to that, he was the Executive Lead, Infrastructure Operations within Infrastructure Technology Services.

Corbin spent two years outside of the OPS when he was CIO for the Bermuda Ministry of Education where he was responsible for developing a strategic plan for the use and introduction of information technology into the Bermuda education system.

He has worked in several ministries, including Agriculture and Food, Community and Social Services, Northern Development and Mines, Education, Government Services and Transportation.

Robin Thompson, CIO, Government Services Delivery Cluster
Robin Thompson joined the Ontario government’s I&IT organization in September 2009.

She has brought to the I&IT organization over 15 years of experience in IT, successfully completing multiple strategic initiatives at an enterprise level.

Robin has a proven track record for strategic leadership, as well as motivating and leading diverse IT teams.

Over the last 10 years, Robin has held senior management positions at Rogers Communications, where she demonstrated her commitment to being quality-driven, and client- and results-focused. As Vice-President of Integrated Customer Management at Rogers, Robin was responsible for the implementation of the IT strategy and the delivery of the Rogers Enterprise Integrated Customer Management Solution.

Robin’s leadership skills and experience will help grow Ontario’s Government Service Delivery I&IT Cluster organization, building upon the firm foundation built over these past several years.

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