ITAC Champions for Change: Male Leaders Supporting Women in Tech

Wednesday, February 27 - 2019
5:00 - 7:30 pm
Toronto

Following the ITAC National Board meeting on February 27th,  ITAC will be hosting a networking reception and “Oprah-style” panel discussion, Champions for Change: Male Leaders Supporting Women in Tech.

Lisa Carroll, Senior Vice President, National Capital Region, CGI and ITAC’s National Board 2nd Vice Chair and ITAC Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair will moderate.

Panelist Include:

  • Kevin Peesker, President, Microsoft Canada and ITAC National Board Chair
  • Paul Madore, President & CEO, Hydro One Telecom and ITAC National Board Director
  • Xerxes Cooper, General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada and ITAC National Board Director
  • Glenn Laverty, President & CEO, Ricoh Canada & SVP, Strategy Office, Ricoh Americas and ITAC National Board Director

Come and hear an engaging discussion providing different perspectives of four male technology leaders on how they are activating change, and how their organizations have made progress increasing female advancement and retention in the tech sector.

The reception offers a great opportunity to network.  For the panel discussion, audience will be encouraged to ask questions and overall it is sure to be a dynamic discussion.

DATE:  Wednesday, February 27, 2019

  • 5:00-6:15 pm Networking Reception with host bar & appetizers
  • 6:15-7:30 pm  Panel Discussion

LOCATION:
Toronto Board of Trade – Lennox Hall
77 Adelaide W, Suite 350
Toronto   Google Map

We encourage both males and females to attend and bring colleagues young and “established”.  We challenge every female to bring a male friend or colleague.

Ticket Price:  $65 includes host bar and appetizers during reception

Thank you to our sponsor

 

MODERATOR

Lisa Carroll, Senior Vice President, National Capital Region, CGI

ITAC’s National Board  2nd Vice Chair & ITAC Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair

Lisa Carroll leads CGI’s business operations within the National Capital Region, Canada. She has overall responsibility for operations, client relationships and service delivery for the many government and commercial clients supported through the Ottawa team, in the areas of consulting, digital transformation, managed services and leading Canada’s Cyber Security Centre of Expertise.

Since joining CGI in 2002, Lisa has held management positions leading client relationships and delivery in Toronto, Atlantic Canada and Ottawa.  Prior to joining CGI, Lisa’s 24 year IT career has included leadership roles with other leading Canadian organizations, such as Sierra Systems, University Health Network, Liberty Technology Services and Compugen Systems Ltd.

Kevin Peesker, President, Microsoft Canada and ITAC National Board Chair

As President of Microsoft Canada, Kevin is responsible for leading a world class team who delivers transformative outcomes for Canadians.  Through Microsoft’s partner ecosystem, citizenship efforts and employee engagement programs, Kevin’s objective is to empower every person and organization across Canada to achieve more.

A proven transformational leader with more than 28 years of experience in technology that has taken him to over 70 countries, Kevin has held leadership roles in finance, marketing, operations, sales, and general management.  Kevin is passionate about the development of teams, building customers for life and driving collaboration between government/industry and technology.  He focuses his time with Microsoft customers, partners and teams, traveling extensively so he can hear first-hand how Microsoft can better serve each stakeholder as a true technology partner.

Most recently, the President of Dell EMC Canada, Kevin held multiple senior leadership roles spanning every customer/industry segment over his 14 years with Dell including leading the UK & Ireland Consumer, Small and Medium Businesses (CSMB), and leadership of the CSMB business units spanning Europe.

Xerxes Cooper, General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada, ITAC National Board Director

Xerxes Cooper, General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada Ltd.,
leads the country’s largest services integrator to design, build, and run the systems and services that Canadian organizations rely upon.

Xerxes partners with clients to achieve their strategic objectives by leveraging resilient public, private, and hybrid cloud implementations that are underpinned by managed security services across networking, systems and mobility offerings. His organization’s industry-driven view enables clients to harness the value of cognitive computing and emerging technologies while addressing their individual market needs.

Over the course of his career, Xerxes has spent nearly two decades as a senior technical executive in Canada and around the world.  His deep background in transformation gives him a unique and valuable viewpoint as a respected technology executive.

Focused upon giving back to the community, Xerxes participates in activities that support the advancement of young women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). In addition, Xerxes is a member of the Board of Directors for the Markham Stouffville Hospital Network, where he is also a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Glenn Laverty, President & CEO, Ricoh Canada & SVP, Marketing Ricoh Americas

Mr. Laverty’s responsibilities range from providing leadership and direction at the executive level, to charting the pathway for the company’s important evolution to a services organization.  An early architect in defining Ricoh as a technology and thought leader, Mr. Laverty’s vision for Ricoh’s growth in the Services arena has been a rallying point for the organization as a whole, and is part of the transformation of Ricoh globally.

Mr. Laverty is able to draw on over 30 years of industry experience, and has a deep and thorough understanding of virtually every facet of Ricoh’s existing and emerging spheres of business.  Common to all of these activities stands his clear insistence – company wide – on Ricoh defining itself as the stand-alone leader in the delivery of an Exceptional Customer Experience.

 

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Paul Madore, President & CEO, Hydro One Telecom and ITAC National Board Director

Paul Madore is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro One Telecom Inc., the Toronto based  subsidiary of Hydro One Limited which offers a range of broadband telecommunications services to enterprise, government, and institutional clients in the Province of Ontario.  After 13 years in senior operations and engineering roles with the company, Paul was appointed to lead the business in 2015.

Prior to joining Hydro One Telecom in 2002, Paul spent nearly 20 years in the telecommunications sector with both startup and incumbent service providers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario.  Paul’s customer-centric leadership style is driving a transformation of Hydro One Telecom’s business to meet the needs of clients seeking secure and reliable connectivity between branch offices, data centres, and the cloud.

 


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