BTM TalentMash Québec 2017 Speakers & Skills Sessions


The BTM TalentMash Québec 2017 Speakers & Skills Sessions will be posted closer to the event.

See the 2016 Speakers below:

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Jan Hall, ITAC Talent
Jonathan Ha-Tran, JSBA
Raul Valverde, JMSB



Silvino Mezzari, Senior Manager, IT Advisory Services – EY

Silvino is a senior business executive with outstanding record in Professional Services. He is a Senior Manager with our IT Advisory Services group in Montreal. With over 25 years of experience with Information Technologies Silvino spent the last 16 years helping companies deploy and optimize several software components, particularly around SAP-based technology. Silvino is a global professional, with experience managing multi-cultural teams in Canada, United States and Brazil. He is fully proficient in English, French and Portuguese and has good working fluency in Spanish. Silvino is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

How can businesses leverage the upside of the digital disruption?

Disruption and the need to innovate are fundamentally changing the way the world works. Today’s business, government and individuals are responding to shifts that would have seemed unimaginable even a few years ago. At EY, we’re interested in uncovering the opportunities created by these transformative trends to help clients to seize the “upside of disruption”. The question is no longer: “What is my Digital strategy” but “Is your business fit for a digital world?”. At EY, we have listened to business stakeholders and created a cutting edge, fully aligned IT strategy by leveraging four disruptive technologies as the innovation engine for new and enhanced services in order to become by 2020, a leading example of technology profitable revenue growth: valued by the business, appealing to our people, trusted by clients and envied by competitors.



Diana Cheptene, Consultant, IBM Digital

Diana helps large corporate clients embark on digital transformation with a focus on experience-driven interactive and mobile solutions. She has worked closely with client teams to create new products in a variety of industries, like telecommunications, oil and gas, aerospace and HR. Passionate about tech, innovation and leadership. Certified Design Thinking facilitator.

Introduction to Design Thinking

Join us for an introductory Design Thinking workshop where you will discover and apply the design thinking process in solving complex problems, innovating collaboratively, and creating human-centered solutions. This methodology is used by small and large corporations, entrepreneurs and startups – open to everyone ready to collaborate and have fun!  This is a two hour interactive workshop.


ITAC Talent & Concordia University

Raul Valverde, P.Eng PhD MEng MSc MLSCM

Raul Valverde ,P.Eng PhD MEng MSc MLSCM is the Senior Lecturer of Supply Chain and Business Technology Management and Academic Director of BTM and SCOM Coop programs within the Supply Chain and Business Technology Department of the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University.

The BTM Forum

During this 30 minute information session Raul will take you through an introduction of the new BTM Forum along with the benefits and process to join. Joining the BTM Forum is your opportunity to continue growth and networking within the BTM professional community! A Q&A will immediately follow Raul’s presentation.

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Sarah Grace Law, North American Recruitment Team Lead, FDM Group

Sarah Law is the North American Recruitment Team Lead for the FDM Group, an international IT Services Provider with a footprint in North America, Europe, as well as the Asia-Pacific region. She has been working closely with fresh graduates from STEM and Business/Commerce backgrounds, helping to bridge the gap between academia and entering into the workforce through FDM’s unique opportunities. Though she holds a Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Sarah’s passion lies within Recruitment, as she thrives from seeing young professionals blossom into the next chapter of their career lives, bringing them one step closer to achieving their goals in IT and Business. She splits her time between the 2 key offices in North America as she manages both Recruitment teams operating in Toronto, Canada and New York, USA.

Career Paths for BTM Students & Roles within the S/W Development Life Cycle

This session will more clearly outline the duties and responsibilities of an Application Support Analyst, Business Analyst, and Project Management Officer – all of which are potential roles that a BTM graduate could be good fit for. It will also discuss the match between a graduates’ skillset and personality with their ideal role.

Emile Rochefort Laberge, District Manager, Fastenal Canada

Originally from Quebec City, Emile lived in Montreal for the past 5 years. He graduated from University Laval in Management and has been working for Fastenal since 2008. He has people accountability for  45 employees in 10 different stores in the Greater Montreal.

The Blue Machine

This presentation will be about how Fastenal has been able to disrupt the traditional supply chain in the North American industrial market.