National Business Technology Management (BTM) Conference 2015

Saturday, June 13 - 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Halifax, Nova Scotia




June 13, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: World Trade Convention Centre,
Halifax, Nova Scotia

(breakfast and lunch included)

Space is Limited


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About the National BTM Conference

The pre-eminent conference in Canada to learn about the fastest growing ICT sector – Business Technology Management (BTM). Introduced by ITAC Talent in 2009, BTM programs are now offered in dozens of post-secondary educational institutions across Canada. Demand is high and growing fast for professionals with hybrid business and technology skills. Some 200,000 professionals are in business technology management jobs today – twice as many as 10 years ago! Employers – in every industry – will need 50,000 more by 2020.

Halifax WaterfrontJoin us for the first National Business Technology Management (BTM) Conference, taking place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the World Trade Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hosted by ITAC Talent in cooperation with the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) 2015, the National BTM Conference is a must-attend event for academics and industry featuring:

  • Thought-provoking keynotes, breakout sessions and panel discussions
  • Leading academic and industry speakers
  • Professional development and networking opportunities
  • Insight into today’s hottest technology and education topics
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch   
Date: June 13, 2015
Location: Suite 301 & 302, World Trade Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Cost to Attend: Complimentary 


This conference is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program.

Who should attend the National BTM Conference?

Industry: Organizations across all industries interest in learning more about the fastest growing sector in ICT

Academics: Post-secondary educational institution faculty teaching business and technology-related programs and courses


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What is Business Technology Management (BTM) video

See our video above to learn more about the Business Technology Management (BTM) program

National BTM Conference At-A-Glance


9:00 – 9:30 am

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

 9:30 – 10:00 am

Opening Remarks
Chris Drummond, Managing Director, ITAC Talent



10:00 – 10:30 am


The ICT Talent Tap: Diversifying Skill-sets and Capacity in the Digital Economy 

Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia headshot

Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia
President and CEO
Digital Nova Scotia

 10:30 – 10:45 am






10:45 – 11:15 am

Refreshing and Specializing the BTM Program 

Dr. Blaize Horner Reich headshot

Dr. Blaize Horner Reich

Beedie School of Business
Simon Fraser University





11:15 – 11:45 am

Increasing Student Engagement 

Director, Corporate and Executive Education, Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Dr. Ron Babin

Director, Corporate and Executive Education, Associate Professor
Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University 





11:45 am – 1:00 pm

 Lunch & Keynote

Accelerating Canada’s Innovation

Valerie Fox, Digital Media ZoneValerie Fox

Executive Director

Digital Media Zone (DMZ)
Ranked Fifth Globally and First in Canada in University Business Incubator’s Global Ranking

Ryerson University



 1:00 – 1:30 pm

Growing a Business and Technology Start-up

Saeed El-Darahali headshot

Saeed El-Darahali
President & CEO




1:30 – 2:00 pm

Matching Graduates with Jobs 

Mark Patterson Magnet Headshot

Mark Patterson
Executive Director
Magnet Today






 2:00 – 2:45 pm

 Employers and BTM Alumni Panel
Topic: The Changing Workplace: What skills are required for the 21st century workplace


Rob Carruthers
Deloitte Canada

Lynda Arsenault headshot

Lynda Arsenault
Director, Outsourcing & Technology
Foreign Direct Investment
Nova Scotia Business Inc.


Dr. Yinglei Wang
Associate Professor
FC Manning School of Business
Acadia University


Dr. Darcy Benoit
Associate Professor and Director
Jodrey School of Computer Science
Acadia University


Rolando A. Fuentez Ruiz
Business Technology Graduate
Tacit Management Consulting

 2:45 – 3:00 pm

 Closing Remarks

More details on the program and speakers are coming soon – stay tuned!

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