BTM TalentMash Manitoba 2018 – Speakers & Skills Sessions


BTM TalentMash Manitoba 2018 – Speakers & Skills Sessions

To Be Announced

The BTM TalentMash Manitoba 2017 Speakers & Skills Sessions:

Speakers From:
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Loren Cisyk, Executive Vice President, Technology Solutions – Information Services Corporation ISC

Mr. Cisyk is Executive Vice President, Technology Solutions at Information Services Corporation ISC.

Loren has held many roles during his 35 plus years in business. One such role was the opportunity to run IBM’s operations in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean. This region covers 22 countries – 20 in the Caribbean and 2 in South America. It operated through 6 primary offices in Bermuda (Bermuda/Cayman), Bahamas, Barbados (Eastern Caribbean), Curacao (Dutch Caribbean and Suriname) and Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago/Guyana). Loren has also held roles in IBM’s Business Consulting organization including Western Canada Services Executive, eBusiness Practice Leader and Senior Project Manager. Prior to his tenure with IBM, he held several Information Technology based Management roles within Great-West Life and Cargill. Loren is also a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Loren is also active in the community. He is currently Chair of the Board of Governors for Red River College. Mr. Cisyk was elected to the Board of Governors of The Manitoba Museum in 2006 and is a member of the Executive Committee; he serves as Chair of the Revenue Committee and member of the Human Resources Committee. He is Past-Chair of the Information, Communications and Technology Association of Manitoba (ICTAM), past board member of the Manitoba Business Leaders Network (MBLN) and was the past Section Chair for the Technology Industry of the United Way of Winnipeg.

In 2007, Loren was honoured with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Red River College and in 2011, received a Fellowship as a Certified Management Accountant (FCMA).

Business Analyst Alumni Panel – Red River College

In this 45 minute session graduates from Red River College who now work as business analysts will share their careers path and business experiences. A 20 minute interactive question and answer session will follow.

Mitchell Heintz, Business Analyst – Unionware

Mitchell is currently working as a Business Analyst where he has been working on projects for more than 25 different organizations represented by Unionware. He has successfully run multiple implementation projects with two projects in progress now. He is updating his knowledge and education in the field currently taking courses at Red River College by distance.

Mitchell is a graduate of the Red River College Computer Analyst/Programmer program and has worked for over 5 years as a Software Developer including 3 years at Unionware prior to his move to the Business Analyst role.

Andrew Liebrecht – BIRD

Andrew Liebrecht is a Business Analyst holding a PMP credential, assisting in the transformation of a large Canadian general contractor through acquisitions and growth. Starting with Bird Construction through a co-op placement, his career has been focused on advancing with an information technology department and a company where project management practices are the core of its business.

Trained as an analyst through the Computer Analyst/Programmer program from Red River College, Andrew has had involvement in a wide variety of initiatives.  While focusing on project management, he has delivered corporate wide rollouts, infrastructure builds and renewals, ERP implementations and maintenance, and a long catalogue of application phases enhancing the business.

Marta Chukh, Business Analyst, Norima Consulting and Wawanesa Insurance

Marta Chukh is a Business Analyst, Developer and Consultant with Norima Consulting Inc. with almost 10 years of varied industry experience. She possesses an exceptional ability to work as part of a dynamic project team, with proven ability to cultivate business relationships and provide exceptional delivery and service quality. She has experience working in scrum, agile and waterfall methodology, and she also has experience soliciting requirements and working with stakeholders across platforms. She has a keen eye for detail, and she has experience in gaining comprehensive understanding of diverse systems and processes under an accelerated timeframe. She has worked as a Developer on projects of various sizes and scope, including a social networking application, as well as data migration and integration. More recently, Marta has worked as Business & Process Analyst for a large-scale systems integration (strategic system renewal).

Tia Hatch, Senior Business Analyst, National Leasing

After graduating from the Computer Analyst/Programmer Diploma program at Red River College in 2002, I have spent the last 15 years working in information systems development. I have played a role in building systems for use in agriculture, medical, transportation, insurance and leasing/finance industries. While I have held roles in analysis, development and quality assurance, I have spent the last few years working as a Senior Business Analyst for National Leasing on two major system replacement projects.

My Business Analyst Certificate was completed at Red River College in 2011. I am currently working towards a Bachelor’s of Business and Administration with a specialization in Accounting and expect to graduate in 2019

Industry Panel Discussion

Senior managers and executives provide insight to students on the role of the BTM professional in business. They will talk about the skill set they are looking for in this role and how this role bridges the gap between the needs of the business and IT. These professionals will also discuss the possible career paths of BTM graduates. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists in the last half of the session.

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.

Kevin Haines, Principal Consultant / Senior Business Systems Analyst, Online Business Systems

Kevin is passionate about using technology to enable business. He has over 17 years of business analysis experience in a variety of industries. Kevin is a Principal Consultant for Online Business Systems, President of the IIBA Winnipeg Chapter, a Business Analysis Instructor at Red River College and a Career Mentor. Kevin leads teams that improve process and technology to achieve business goals. Kevin enjoys speaking at events such as MISA’s BizTek, Building Business Capability and BA World Winnipeg. Kevin has degrees in Philosophy, Psychology, Finance and MIS from the Asper School of Business. His certifications include Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP), Management of Risk, PROSCI Org Change Management and PRINCE2 Practitioner.

David Hodge, Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Great West Lifeco Canada 

David Hodge joined Great-West Life in 1998, and was responsible for the development and delivery of the I.S. Shared Services to Great-West Lifeco and IGM Financial across Canada, Europe and the US. In 2009 his role changed, and he became the Chief Information Officer for Great-West Life in Canada. In 2013 it changed again to include London Life and Canada Life.

Prior to joining Great-West Life, David spent five years as Director of Corporate Technology and Operations for a 200 store retail chain, and prior to that he worked with several industry vendors in senior technology positions, including Apple Computer.

David has served on several Boards and Advisory Groups including the Information & Technology Association of Canada, Canadian Information Processing Society, the Asper School of Business, and is a past Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Winnipeg. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Concordia Hospital, and a member of Council for the First Mennonite Church.

David resides in Winnipeg with his wife Barbara-Anne. They have four children, most of whom are pursuing education or careers in Music.

Alyosha Boldt, Product Coordinator, Skip the Dishes

Saskatoon born, Alyosha Bolt; Product Coordinator at SkipTheDishes, specializes in project prioritization and product roadmapping. His efforts allow the SkipTheDishes network to operate at peak efficiency by balancing and future-proofing the needs of the company’s Product team, Engineering team and Business Development teams.

Proud of his roots in the Canadian prairies, Alyosha completed a Biology degree at the University of Saskatchewan before securing a position at Adventure Destinations International (ADI), an operating group of PIC Investment Group. After 3 years with ADI, he relocated to Winnipeg to join the SkipTheDishes team full time in October of 2015.

Alyosha launched his career with SkipTheDishes as a Project Manager with the Restaurant Growth team where he formalized processes, executed new city launches, built out teams and developed project road maps for spin-out teams. He moved into a Product Management role where he built and scaled up tech solutions to meet the needs of Skip’s diverse groups of users: restaurants, couriers, customers and internal teams. Alyosha has steered the company’s major efforts in enhancing user experience, positively impacting stakeholders spanning the entire SkipTheDishes network. Recently, his creative problem solving talents have been put to good use by revamping the restaurant experience and delivering innovation to daily interactions between SkipTheDishes and it’s constantly expanding network of customers, couriers and restaurants.