BTM TalentMash Manitoba 2019 – Speakers & Skills Sessions



BTM TalentMash Manitoba 2019 – Speakers & Skills Sessions TBA


BTM TalentMash Manitoba 2018 – Speakers & Skills Sessions:


Terry Bunio – “Student of the Game”

Through the multiple roles over 25 years in Information Technology, Terry has played multiple roles on many different successful projects and teams. In his current role, Terry Bunio is the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry will review the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba, how projects are selected, and how project teams are formed, and how projects are run. In particular, the Project Leadership team of Project Manager, Solution Architect, and Business Lead will be reviewed. Terry will also review how the Project Management Office has been formed, evolved and improved over his time at the University of Manitoba.

Through those 25 plus years and multiple roles, there has been one principle that has driven success and remain unchanged throughout the years. In this session, Terry will also review the principle of being a Student of the Game has taken him to new knowledge and challenges and ultimately successes.

Terry Bunio has worked in Information Technology for over 25 years. Through out his career, Terry has performed the roles of Software Developer, Database Administrator, Data Architect, Project Manager, Delivery Manager, and Principal Consultant. Terry has worked for Investors Group, Protegra, and now the University of Manitoba giving Terry experience in working with private companies, Government, Higher Education, and Consulting. Terry Bunio was the Project Manager on the team that developed the Park Reservation Service that was developed for the Province of Manitoba that was awarded the Project of the Year award by PMI Manitoba in 2006.

As a practical Manager and Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strives to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional Project Management and Agile approaches. Terry believes in the principles of Brutal Visibility, Minimizing Inventory, Right-Sizing Processes, Architecture, and Collaboration.

Along the way Terry discovered that he enjoys helping to build teams, growing client trust, solving problems and issues, and helping to guide solutions. It seems that some people like to call that Project Management.

Terry is a fan of the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why.


Kathy Knight, CEO, ICTAM

Kathy joined the Information and Communication Technologies Association (ICTAM) as CEO in January 2005. As a member-driven, industry association, she has worked with ICTAM’s Board of Directors and the Manitoba ICT sector to grow the fledgling organization into the robust, relevant and responsive association it is today. With approximately 150 corporate members representing a wide range of solutions providers and ICT consumers, ICTAM has evolved to become the leading voice of the ICT industry in Manitoba.

Over the years, Kathy has delivered programming and initiatives to grow Manitoba’s ICT sector through targeted business development activities; promoting ICT careers to youth; and, creating greater knowledge about how this sector contributes to the economic well-being of this province.

In addition, Kathy serves as a Director on the Board of Directors for Technology Councils of North America (TECNA). At home in Winnipeg, she served as Vice Chair of Red River College’s Board of Governors and Chair of the Audit Committee. Currently, she contributes to a number of other Committees in Winnipeg including the External Advisory Committee for the Department of Science at the University of Manitoba and Co-Chairs the Faculty’s Branding Sub-Committee. She is also a member of the National Advisory Group for ICTC’s Digital Dash initiative.

Prior to joining ICTAM, Kathy was a successful independent marketing consultant. Her client base was in information technology, digital media, education and training. She was instrumental in the design and implementation of Manitoba’s first-ever post-secondary training programs in digital animation, game development and new media. She is a proud alumni of Red River College’s Creative Communications Diploma Program and the University of Manitoba’s accredited Business Management program.


Michael Antonio – “Rethinking the Future of Business Analysts Right Now!”

With the rapid pace of environmental, economic and technological change Private and Public sector organizations are being confronted with new challenges and opportunities. This results in the growth in Business Analysts being engaged as business and technology strategists, creating transformational value for organizations. In this session, we examine the drivers of this direction and explore how well we are preparing Business Analysts to enable profound and radical change. This is a change that reorients the profession and practice in a new direction taking it to a different level of scope and demands.

Michael Antonio Bio: Michael Antonio is a Senior IT Executive with over 20 years leadership experience partnering and building trusted relationships with business executives to drive the delivery of value-for-money IT investments to support their strategic business goals. He is an entrepreneurial, highly motivated leader with a track record of success supporting organizational change, delivering successful IT strategic plans, and effectively managing IT budgets, procurement, vendor relationships, major transformational projects and business risk.

Michael is currently the Executive Director, ICT Shared Services: Department of Finance, Mb government and has held senior positions that include President: Infocorp Computer Solutions, Outsourcing Director: Systemhouse/EDS, IT Director: Mb Family Services/Manitoba Lotteries, and National Systems Manager: Burns Meats. He has also been teaching Business Analysis courses for the past 11 years.

His experience includes conducting business in the Caribbean, N. America, Africa, and the Pacific Rim and responsibility for multimillion-dollar solution deployments and product launches. Michael holds the Certified Computer Professional (CCP), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and the Information Systems Professional (ISP) professional designations and the CobiT Foundations certification.

Phillipe Girouard – “Accounting for UX in Agile Projects”

Agile has become the dominant method for software-project management but Agile processes weren’t originally developed with UX in mind. As a result, UX practices and Agile workflows don’t always easily fit together. This session will discuss how UX professionals have had to adapt their processes and workflows to fit within the rules, ceremonies, and pace of Agile development for better results.

As a User Experience (UX) Design Consultant, Phillipe helps define and drive the future of Online clients’ digital experiences. He identifies and sets product strategies, envisions complex UX ecosystems and inspires project teams to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Phillipe brings with him 20 years of knowledge in human-computer interaction and excellence in design execution.

Terry Davison, President of Global Office Software

Topic: Fail Fast and Fail Often – The Key to finding the Right Solution

Terry started Global Office sixteen years ago and now has offices in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto, and New Brunswick. Global office started with their medical clinic software Juvonno and has grown from a few clients in Winnipeg to over 10,000 doctors and practitioners using the system every day. Global Office has also developed a new software solution called Mehd for the medical supply business which has launched this year and already has sales across Canada. Terry is also a partner in Hops Pizza, a local pizza and beer delivery company. Recently Terry has also partnered in a new company launching shortly which has the potential to disrupt the interior design industry. As a cereal entrepreneur Terry has experienced all the challenges and benefits of owning and running his own business.

Jason Khan – Director, Digital Strategy, Wawanesa Insurance

Topic: Skilled For Innovation

In response to the speed of digital competition and an increasingly tech-savvy customer, corporations are sharpening their edge through corporate innovation programs and modernization of their application methods. Learn how traditional IT roles are evolving in light of innovation labs, design thinking, and agile delivery methods.

Jason Khan is a technology leader with experience in all things digital. He’s had progressive roles in application development, architecture, management, and strategic planning. Always at the front-end of change, Jason has led the implementation of enterprise solutions for several organizations in customer service, content publishing, CRM, advertising, digital sales, and data warehouse/analytics. Most recently, he is responsible for leading digital strategy at Wawanesa Insurance, working with the Research and Innovation team at their Winnipeg Innovation Lab. In his personal life, Jason records ambient music from his home studio, enjoys running, yoga and continuous learning.


Ben Goldstein, Director, Northfield Projects

Ben Goldstein has acted as a bridge between people, business, and technology within large North American organizations for nearly 20 years. He brings a unique perspective as both a communicator and project leader who has worked on web and digital properties, starting with hand built HTML sites and corporate intranets.

Ben has become a respected leader in making changes in the workplace, helping user adopt new technology, and helping teams deliver the best value. His approach blends technology, team facilitation, and empathy for the complexities of work.

Although self-declared, Ben is an expert in collaboration tools, agile methodologies, and devops practices. He’s a past winner of the PMI Manitoba Project of Year Award (2011) and is currently a board member of the Agile User Group Winnipeg.”

Ashleigh Lodge, Team Lead Application Development, Neovation Ashleigh Lodge, Team Lead Application Development, Neovation

Ashleigh Lodge is the Team Lead of Application Development at Neovation, which encompasses the development, UI/UX and QA teams for multiple products. A graduate of the Computer/Analyst Programmer/CAP program at Red River College (now called Business Information Technology/BIT), she has held various development and management roles in the tech industry for the past eight years. Recently, she has turned her focus to accessibility and inclusive design, working to make Neovation’s products more accessible to users with a wide range of needs. In her free time she consumes a truly frightening amount of pop culture media, including movies, TV shows, comic books, and novels. Ashleigh Lodge is the Team Lead of Application Development at Neovation, which encompasses the development, UI/UX and QA teams for multiple products. A graduate of the Computer/Analyst Programmer/CAP program at Red River College (now called Business Information Technology/BIT), she has held various development and management roles in the tech industry for the past eight years. Recently, she has turned her focus to accessibility and inclusive design, working to make Neovation’s products more accessible to users with a wide range of needs. In her free time she consumes a truly frightening amount of pop culture media, including movies, TV shows, comic books, and novels.

Dan Belhassen, President, Neovation Learning Solutions 

Dan Belhassen is a microlearning evangelist, obsessed with using technology to improve teaching and learning. Dan and the Neovation Learning Solutions team are headquartered in Winnipeg, and provide elearning consulting and systems to organizations such as The Winnipeg School Division, River-East Transcona School Division, Manulife Financial, Brandt Equipment, Home Hardware Stores and the City of Philadelphia.



Mrs. Juanita Ama De-Souza-Huletey is currently the Manager, Application Services with the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. Prior to that, Juanita was the Divisional Commander / Manager of the Information and Technology Solutions Division at Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) for over 6 years, and was responsible for all information technology needs, communication systems, and platforms for WPS. Prior to this appointment, she held two other managerial positions at the City of Winnipeg Corporate Support Services (Manager, Business Solutions), and Property Assessment Department (Supervisor, System Development & Support). Other employment outside the City of Winnipeg includes, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), University of Manitoba (Lecturer, Researcher, and Program Advisor) and IBM Canada Ltd. Juanita is also an occasional instructor for Red River College Continuous Education Division and the University of Winnipeg.

Juanita obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Manitoba and successfully completed her course work as a PHD Candidate. She has an undergraduate degree with Double Honors from the University of Ghana. Juanita also holds a number of professional designations and certificates including the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, Advanced Law Enforcement Planner certification, Business Relationship Management Professional, and ITIL.

Juanita serves on a number of committees and boards at the executive and advisory role including educational institutions, NGOs, and professional organizations. In addition, she was an active member of the Project Management Institute, and other community based organizations. Juanita has published a few papers in international journals and has presented papers/reports at international conferences. She is married and has 3 boys.