BTM TalentMash Alberta 2017 Speakers & Skills Sessions


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

See the 2016 Speakers below:

Welcome & Opening Remarks



Dr. Lloyd Steier, Vice-Dean, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta

Lloyd Steier is a Vice-Dean at the University of Alberta School of Business and is also a Professor in the Department of Strategic Management and Organization. He holds a Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise and is the Academic Director of both the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise and the Alberta Business Family Institute. His research interests span family business, strategic management, organizational theory, and entrepreneurship; he is particularly interested in how entrepreneurs use family as a resource during new venture creation, as well as the ways in which “family based” approaches to organizing economic activity confer strategic advantage at both firm and societal levels.

Dr. Steier is an active and recognized family business scholar internationally, one of the founders and hosts of the international Theories of Family Enterprise Academic Conference, and is a co-editor of numerous special issue publications on Family Business in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. In 2008 he was a visiting Professor at the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Japan. Lloyd is the recipient of a number of teaching awards and has received a Killam professorship for 2007/08, a McCalla Professorship for 2008 and, in 2010, the Barbara Hollander Award. He has also worked with numerous public and private sector organizations in facilitator, speaker, consulting, and executive development roles.

Opening Keynote


Shawn Kanungo, Senior Manager, Strategy & Operations, Deloitte Canada

Hyper Cannibalism – The Competitive Advantage of Competition

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Disruption is the new norm. Competition is fierce. Strategy is no longer played out the marketplace – competition is for losers. Today, the game is actually played within your organization. Hyper cannibalism requires companies deliberately to build internal competitive teams to rapidly build experiments – new products, services or experiences. Competition and chaos are encouraged within a safe environment, while failure is praised and incentivized. The introduction of hyper cannibalism will be the responsible for exponential progress and instability in ways that are unforeseeable.

About Shawn:  Shawn Kanungo is a sought-after speaker, futurist and strategist. Over the past decade with Deloitte, he has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space. Shawn works with corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation. He is on the ground floor helping private and public sector organizations adopt new technologies and business models for the digital age. Shawn has adopted the concepts of behavioural economics, human-centered design, crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence, drones and film to help create world class client experiences.

Shawn is also passionate about growing the province of Alberta. Born and raised in Edmonton, a graduate from the University of Alberta and a designated Chartered Accountant, Shawn is a strong community leader within the City of Edmonton. He is also active in the technology space, and has built a number of consumer-based mobile apps, which have been featured in The Guardian, CBC and CTV. In 2016, he was awarded CPA Alberta’s Early Achievement Award. He is also currently co-host of The Dip, a podcast focused on strategy, marketing and innovation – available on iTunes and Google Play.


Nate Payne, Global Analytics & Engineering Leader, Finning Digital

Winning In A Connected World: Becoming Customer Obsessed Through Connectivity

In a recent Gartner release, Gartner forecasted that by 2020, 21 billion connected “things” will be in use with over 5.5 million new “things” getting connected every day. This connectivity is estimated to support total services spending of over $240 billion in 2016, with double digit year over year growth. And yet, while many organizations and media continue to talk about this brave new world of connectivity & IoT (Internet Of Things), the fact of the matter is that connectivity without clear pathways for activation will yield little return. In this presentation, Nate will discuss what it takes to do to win in a connected world – tying connectivity to customer obsession. Additionally, Nate will talk about how Finning is working to build and power a better world using this blueprint, bringing innovative solutions and driving business transformation and success through a customer obsessed approach that leverages the power of IoT and connectivity to create transformative change!

About Nate: Nate is the Global Analytics & Engineering Leader for Finning Digital. Nate is responsible for leading agile teams that build & manage infrastructure, analytics and intelligent technology solutions across multiple continents, supporting the global success of our eCommerce business through the development of pricing, merchandising, and competitive intelligence tools that enable our customers and sales teams to win, while leading & support Finning’s rapid expansion into multiple new technology and analytics areas including autonomy, cloud computing, machine learning, and IoT. Nate has a B.B.Afrom Simon Fraser University, M.Sc in Statistics from Simon Fraser University, M.Sc in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is doing his PhD in artificial intelligence & intelligent systems at the University of British Columbia.



Santiago Gomez, Information Technology Manager, Williams Engineering Canada

Technology Innovation Driving Business Transformation

The process of leading organizations through technological change can be invigorating and demanding at the same time. Information Technology Manager Santiago Gomez shares his perspective on business transformation at Williams Engineering. His experience from two decades at the firm provides a unique perspective into the challenges and the fulfillment available from a career in technology management.

About Santiago: Santiago Gomez is the Information Technology Manager at Williams Engineering Canada, a multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm that provides services in a variety of sectors including property, social infrastructure, energy, resources, and industry. In his position, Santiago provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the organization. His primary responsibilities encompass strategic technology issues including governance and policy, resource allocation, information technology protocols, and business process improvement with a focus on using technology to unlock hidden potential available for efficiency and productivity during planning, design, and construction.

Santiago serves on the board of the CIO Association of Canada, a not-for-profit community of CIOs and IT leaders, where one of his roles is engaging with students and people starting jobs in IT, helping them explore the possibilities of their careers, and to fully understand how they can contribute to Canada’s long-term global competitiveness. Santiago also serves on the board of the Latino Canadian Chamber of commerce where he is dedicated to creating opportunities for immigrants to discover new possibilities for their future and to thrive in this great country.



Vince Davis, Program Manager and Lecturer, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta

The BTM Forum

Vince Davis is a Program Manager and Lecturer in Management Information Systems (MIS) for the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. Since 2000, Vince has played key leadership roles at the UofA in the development and delivery of MIS teaching curriculum, policy and technology, with a major focus on IT strategy, business intelligence, database transaction systems and system development methods. He has over 35 years of IT development and consulting experience, and for the past 20 years has been the founding director of an Alberta IT consulting firm.



Kyle Dobson, CA, Manager, IT Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

Kyle is a Manager in the IT Advisory Services practice of EY, having spent a total of 10 years with the firm.  His career in consulting includes 6 years of experience on various IT and IM strategic initiatives, including delivering successful technical architectures, transitional roadmaps, data governance strategies and frameworks, and developing business intelligence capabilities. Kyle has an in-depth knowledge of emerging information management trends, their potential to create disruption, and brings innovative solutions to his clients. Experienced in leading teams on a variety of projects, he is an expert in addressing the critical challenges of Public Sector groups, including municipal, provincial and other heavily regulated organizations. Kyle has a specialized degree from the University of Alberta focusing on Accounting and Management Information Systems, is TOGAF certified and has significant experience working for the Public, Oil & Gas, Insurance, and Utilities sectors throughout his consulting career.


Adrian Milczarek, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young

Adrian is a Senior Manager in the EY IT Advisory Practice.  His main areas of focus are on technology strategy, architecture, and technology transformations for large public sector and oil and gas organizations. Adrian has provided technology advisory and program support services, specializing in enterprise architecture, enterprise standardization, mobile strategy, and application analysis/implementation.  Adrian has worked on numerous projects in various roles ranging from facilitation, program/project management, business analysis, and business/enterprise architecture. Adrian is a Certified TOGAF Architect, ITIL practitioner and holds a Bachelors of Commerce Degree with a Management Information Systems focus from the University of Alberta.


Global trends in mobility and transportation

Join Adrian and Kyle for a discussion on the future developments and trends in transportation, mobility, and digital. They will also be demonstrating how EY is helping organizations build a better working world in the face of a changing technological landscape.


Chris Hammond-Thrasher, Director, Human Centric Security, Fujitsu Canada

Alice & Bob: A Quick Tour of the Technology that Secures the Web

Alice wants to send an important message to Bob, but she doesn’t want Eve to be able to read it. What is Alice to do? A tale of love and treachery unfolds until Alice discovers that Transport Layer Security (TLS) can protect everything from online dating to financial transactions. Participants will learn the basics of TLS, the most important and widely used crypto on the Internet.

About Chris: Mr. Chris Hammond-Thrasher is Fujitsu Canada’s Director of Human Centric Security. Chris holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta where he focused on technology, privacy regulations, records management, and government documents. In addition, Chris has held the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation from (ISC)2 for the past 13 years and has recently become one of 50 Canadians to hold the CISSP-ISSMP (Information Systems Security Management Professional) specialized certification.

In his 20 years of high-tech consulting, Chris has tackled a wide variety of challenges including leading a team advising a provincial health ministry on $3.5 billion of fee-for-service physician compensation, developing the global security architecture for one of Canada’s largest asset management companies, completing privacy compliance documentation for two separate multimillion-dollar health information systems with a province-wide scope, managing the library IT operations for a regional university spanning 12 developing countries, architecting an award winning system replacement for Canada’s second largest school board, and managing the web site for the 2001 IAAF World Track and Field Championships. Early in his career, he was among the first professional web developers and information architects to work in Edmonton. He is recognized within Fujitsu as a leader and mentor, and by his clients as a results oriented consultant with a collaborative interaction style.