IDC Directions 2018 – Innovating the DX Economy

Thursday, April 26 - 2018
All Day Event
Toronto, ON

Innovating the DX Economy from Experimentation to Automation

Join IDC Canada in partnership with ITAC, ITWC and CIO Association of Canada for the IDC Directions 2018 Canada event on April 26th in Toronto!

Date:  Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location:  Snell Hall, St. James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church Street, Toronto

In 2018, digital transformation (DX) will continue to dramatically reshape the global economy as the 3rd Platform’s second chapter hits full stride. In this chapter, digital innovation – and IT industry growth – will be fueled by open innovation ecosystems, massive data sharing and monetization, and hyper-agile application deployment technologies.

A new “IT world order” is emerging, around changing technologies, new offerings, evolving business models, and emerging DX use cases. New IT industry power positions will emerge, IT vendor leadership ranks will be disrupted, and IT buyers will need to adjust and adapt to properly position for future success.

Join us for our annual Directions conference, where our industry thought leaders will provide unmatched insights and analysis on the evolving ICT market along with actionable advice for those looking to gain a competitive edge in 2018 and beyond.

Event Benefits

This year’s attendees will benefit from the following:

  • Market intelligence and guidance to identify and optimize growth opportunities
  • Contact with IDC analysts through presentations, Q&A, networking breaks
  • Predictions on the vendors, products, and strategies best-positioned for growth
  • Opportunities to network, learn, and share with colleagues and potential business partners
  • Post-event, online access to Directions presentations

Who Should Attend

IDC Directions events are attended by technology professionals, members of the investment community, and executives from ICT companies in:

  • Executive Management
  • Marketing/Business Development
  • Product Management
  • Distribution Channels
  • Strategic Planning
  • Market Research/Competitive Analysis
  • Information Technology Management
  • Operations


CXO Panelists:

Jason Cassidy
Founder & CEO

Cassidy has been solving digital enterprise technology challenges for over 20 years as a new product developer and entrepreneur. His solutions transform the digital landscape from modernizing Content Services to leveraging Machine Learning and AI to deliver Cognitive Information Management. Jason is the driving force behind Shinydocs’ success as OpenText’s Technology Partner of the Year 2016 & 2017 and its best-selling 3rd party technology worldwide.

Alex Miller
President & Founder
Esri Canada

Alex Miller is president and founder of Esri Canada, which provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions to Canadian organizations in the public and private sectors.  He founded Esri Canada in 1984 and has led the company through more than two decades of growth.  Esri Canada now has more than 300 employees serving more than 10,000 customers across numerous industries.

In his role, Mr. Miller is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Esri Canada.  He has broad experience in surveying, mapping, engineering, information systems design and management consulting.  He also has extensive expertise in the application of information technology to land, natural resource and environmental management.

Jennifer Villers
Senior Manager
Canadian Marketing, Ingram Micro 

Villers promotes the  vision and strategy of Ingram Micro Canada through various marketing initiatives. Responsibilities include the organization of events, programs, services, digital and social communications, and business intelligence sectors.  She is also responsible for the creation of the Trust X Alliance and the company’s Women in IT event run in partnership with CDN, a brand of ITWC.

Bohdan Zabawskyj

Zabawskyj has been associated with the creation of over $8 Billion of value over his 20+ year tenure as a senior technology leader.  He is a serial CTO (Mercatus, Rypple (acquired), Audiobooks (acquired), Redknee (IPO)), Advisor/Director (Kik, Fixmo (acquired) Parkbench, Printchomp, DevBBQ (acquired), TechStars), and organizer (Toronto CTO Group) and co-founder (, TrueNorthCTO). He is also an  inventor with over 50 patents worldwide. He was recognized as Toronto’s best Technology Manager in 2016.


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