BTM TalentMash Québec 2019 – Montréal Speakers & Skills Sessions



BTM TalentMash Québec 2019 – Montréal Speakers & Skills Sessions TBA


BTM TalentMash Québec 2018 – Montréal Speakers & Skills Sessions


Saad Chafki, Vice-President, TI & Digital Solutions – Agribusiness Division at La Coop Fédérée

Topic:Entrepreneurship for Digital Transformation : lessons learned”

Bio : Saad Chafki has worked more than 20 years as a specialist and leader in the field of Business Intelligence, Analytics and Digital technologies. His experience spans several industries namely : Finance, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Advertising and AgriBusiness. Mr Chafki teaches graduate level courses in BI and Data Management and has a Bachelor and a Master degree in Computer Science and a Master in Business Administration. 

Jan Christopher Arp, Founder & Managing Partner at Holt Accelerator

Topic: “FinTech – Jobs of the Future”

Bio : Jan is a fintech evangelist with over a decade of experience, who believes fintech will transform our world for the better. He recently co-founded the Holt Fintech Accelerator with the Holdun Group (5th generation family office), where he works as Managing Partner in order to support seed stage fintechs by helping them partner with financial institutions, build AI based products, and close their funding rounds. Previously, he founded a non-profit FormFintech that’s supported or formed hundreds of fintech teams in domains such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and cybersecurity. Prior to this, he helped dozens of startups raise a total of $15 million of diversified funding (i.e. instutional VC, angel, debt, grants, etc.), and was head of finance for as it went from incorporation to Series A.

Alexandre Langlois, Managing Partner, agileDSS

Co-founder of 2 technology firms at the age of 21, co-owner and managing partner of agileDSS, a consulting firm in the analytical world and speaker, Alexandre has close to 20 years of adventures in technology businesses, navigating from start-ups to big firms. Focused towards innovation, leadership and value-based consulting, he is a graduated MBA from ESG UQAM.



Opening Keynote:

Sponsored By: Workland

Julie Hubert – President at Workland

Julie Hubert is President and co-founder of Workland, a fast-growing privately-owned company specializing in recruitment technologies, solutions and services. Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Concordia University, an MBA from McGill and through the years she has had the opportunity to work on creating & marketing some of the biggest brands in Canada.

Julie is an active board member of PME MTL an organism whose mission is to finance high-potential SMEs, she is also Co-President of Technochic, a CEIM-led initiative to regroup and support women Presidents in the field of technology and she is actively involved with several not-for-profits. She is an active blogger, speaker, mentor and influencer focused on business topics related to entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, recruitment & HR.

Closing Keynote:

Sponsored By:

Peter Croubalian – Vice President of Business Development at Dataperformers

After speaking to hundreds of students, Peter noticed that the same two topics come up all the time.
– Will my past/GPA affect my career?
– What are the opportunities in the market right now?

To say Peter didn’t follow a normal path would be an understatement. With experience in Experiential Marketing, Banking, Marine, Power, Aviation and now, Artificial Intelligence; he has never been scared to try new things and push his boundaries.

That said, there is one thing that remains constant in Peter’s life, and that’s giving back to emerging professionals. Over the years, he’s helped mentor and teach them to be ready for the job market. Come see his panel about “Digital Transformation”, where he promises you’ll learn, while at the same time, enjoying the show!”

Julien Kafo, Recruitment Consultant at FDM Group

Topic:” Video Interviewing Tips”

Are you passionate about technology and business? Come check out FDM Group workshop! Our staff will also conduct a Video Interview workshop to help you ace your next interview.

Prior to work at FDM group, Julien worked in Financial Services. He attended the University of Minnesota where he studied Finance and Risk Management Insurance and played football at the Division 1 level. What Julien enjoys the most about his role is the opportunity to help people launch their career in an industry that is growing rapidly and that will give them access to so many more future opportunities.

FDM Group is the market leader in the recruitment, training and deployment of IT and business professionals, launching the careers of thousands of graduates each year. FDM is located in downtown Toronto with offices across the globe in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. FDM’s business model provides opportunities for recent graduates and young IT professionals to kick-start their careers as IT and Business Consultants. FDM is renowned for their Academy Program equipping graduates with award-winning business and technical training in core disciplines prior to working on client sites as FDM Consultants for two years where they can gain practical commercial experience with our diverse client range and help to achieve specific business objectives within various sectors. All opportunities are entry-level roles not requiring work experience as a prerequisite, making this the perfect leeway to get a foot in the door with top financial institutions and blue-chip companies as a fresh graduate in Toronto, Montréal and other locations. Check out FDM website for more information:


Topic: “Discovering Digital Transformation”

This panel coincides greatly with the theme of our BTM Talent Mash will be – Discovering Digital Transformation! The panelists are living proof that pushing the typical boundaries can in fact make a change for the better! This panel is all about the future, whether we’re talking about AI, DI or BTM. Our speakers will help shed light on how BTM is found everywhere in our everyday lives.

Sponsored By:

Host: Michael Wladysiuk


Peter Croubalian – Vice President of Business Development at Dataperformers

To say Peter didn’t follow a normal path would be an understatement. With experience in Experiential Marketing, Banking, Marine, Power, Aviation and now, Artificial Intelligence; he has never been scared to try new things and push his boundaries. That said, there is one thing that remains constant in Peter’s life, and that’s giving back to emerging professionals. Over the years, he’s helped mentor and teach them to be ready for the job market. Come see his panel about “Digital Transformation”, where he promises you’ll learn, while at the same time, enjoying the show!

Winston Wang Program Manager – Business Analytics, Strategy at PW&C

Winston is the Program Manager of the Business Analytics hub, an independent Strategy division of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) created to meet rapidly changing needs in analytics, enterprise digital transformation, and future aspirations in AI. Winston has had experience in Diagnostics, Prognostics, and Health Management for Aerospace MRO. He has led a number of strategic IoT digital transformation projects that pivoted P&WC’s value for its customers into the digital age with connected engines and advanced analytics solutions. Earlier in his career, Winston dabbled in the emerging field of data sciences at National Research Council Canada. Where he advanced machine-learning predictive modeling research for helicopter structural vibration monitoring. In addition to a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, Winston has also earned an M.A.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) with a thesis on sustainability of biofuel combustion in aviation gas turbines. Winston is currently working towards his MBA at McGill University.

Allan Lau Director of Application Development & Infrastructure at Omnitrans

Allan has spent over 20 years in the Information Technology field developing software and leading hardware and software groups. Allan is presently the Director of Application Development & Infrastructure at Omnitrans Customs Brokers Inc. He is deeply passionate about operational excellence and process management. He has successfully spearheaded the implementation of multiple enterprise level software applications for Canadian and US operations.  Prior to joining Omnitrans Inc. Allan worked for a Canadian bank where he received a national award of excellence. Allan completed his Executive MBA at the John Molson School of Business, and his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia.

Gregory Ning – Manager | Strategy & Transformation at EY

Gregory Ning specializes in strategy, performance and organizational transformation with a focus on strategic, technological, organizational and operational issues from assessment to implementation, using various methodologies, such as, Lean, Six Sigma, PMP and other quantitative methodologies. He has accompanied many clients conducting diagnosis, performing process optimization initiatives and leading transformation projects; allowing them to generate substantial savings. He leads strategic initiatives and manages team projects to provide added value to clients based on his expertise.


Topic: “Women in the Technology World”

 It’s time we focus on the next generation of technology talent, and to make sure every gender equality exists for the good of everyone. This means more flexible working arrangements, more women in leadership roles, and more encouragement at an early age for women. This panel, comprised solely of women, will dive into what it took to go from an employee, to a successful business woman in this ever changing world we now live in, with the hope of inspiring the many women to be empowered to pursue what they are deeply passionate about.

Sponsored By:    

Host: Nada Kharrague


Michelle Shi – Business Analyst & Project Manager at Bell Canada

Michelle has experience in project management and business analysis across multiple industries. She’s worked with companies such as Universal Music, Connect&GO, and Coca-Cola. Currently, she supports various digital transformation programs at Bell which impact Canada’s biggest enterprises. In her spare time, Michelle has led various projects including conferences, benefit concerts, art exhibitions, and community workshops. For the past 2 years, she has been a volunteer at Montreal’s AI Hackathon, with the personal goal to attract more women in tech to these events. As a recent BCom graduate from McGill, Michelle hopes to give insight to students on how to ease the transition from school to the workplace.

Allison O’Brien – Chief Executive Officer at Alero Consulting

Allison O’Brien is a McGill University Alumni, who has founded and is now acting CEO of Alero Consulting, a comprehensive one-stop shop for Brand Strategy, Growth Hacking, Digital Marketing and Corporate Event Management. Alero offers attentive, individualized service for their clients, who have ranged from small independent startups to major Fortune 500 companies. O’Brien is also the Chief Operating Officer of the thriving Personal Fitness App – Fittcoach. In which she works to expand, and improve the brand, it’s partnerships and it’s potential within Canada. Along with her other projects,  O’Brien currently acts as a consultant in IT Project Management at Openface Internet, where she works to streamline upcoming & active projects, finds more efficient processes and works to implement them into the workplace. She has recently expanded her scope with Openface and now also works with their marketing team in order to improve the acquisition of qualified leads.

Diana Mihaela Baranga – Co-Founder & Executive Director at UpstartED Inc.

Diana Baranga is the Executive Director and co-founder of UpstartED, a social enterprise that empowers students and educators to succeed in tech-infused future. Diana leads the development of UpstartED’s digital literacy and entrepreneurship programs, and consults institutions on how to embed innovation into their DNA.

Alexandra OspinaMarketing Specialist at Transtex

Alexandra Ospina currently holds the position of Marketing Specialist at TRANSTEX, a pioneer manufacturer of aerodynamic solutions and vehicle safety technology. Over her tenure, she has managed digital and traditional marketing campaigns for Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In her role, she has developed a proficiency in content management, trade show organization, video production, advertising, event planning, and sales analysis. She has supported due diligence efforts resulting in the acquisition of E-SMART, a speed and fuel management software, as well as rebranding strategies for TRANSTEX. She is an active member of Women In Trucking and Women In Technology International, two associations with aligning goals of empowering women and fostering their career growth. After completing her Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in Marketing from the John Molson School of Business, she pursued certificates in Social Media Marketing and Photoshop, and is currently completing diplomas in Graphic Applications in Desktop Publishing and Web Programming at Concordia University.


Topic: “The Fight For Talent In Today’s Workplace”

This panel will discuss the high turnover rate in regards to technology jobs. Building on this idea, it will explain the added value Business Technology Management students can bring to the company in the current workplace with the many diverse skills they have to offer and what they can do to stand out to employers. Furthermore, each panelist will have the opportunity to tell their story, about how they got to where they are, and go into depth about certain strategies put in place to retain their current employees.

Sponsored By:     

Host: Michael Wladysiuk


Rebecca Reich – Practice Manager, Mobile Center of Excellence

Rebecca Reich has held a variety of technical and managerial roles in companies spanning the USA, Europe and Canada prior to joining Sun Life Financial in the summer of 2017. She has worked in audio and acoustical engineering for over 10 years at Analog Devices, Octasic Semiconductor, WSP and the National Research Council. She also worked as Business Development Team Lead for the non-profit Mitacs Inc. for 5 years, bringing together academia and industry for collaborative research projects. Rebecca holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering (minor Arts) from McGill University and a Master of Science in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a mom of two young boys and loves to play piano, jog, and ride Bixis

Natalie Bisaillon – Director Strategic Initiatives – Claims at Intact

Natalie Bisaillon is Director, Strategic initiatives in claims at Intact Financial Corporation, the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada and a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America.  Her team leverages data analytics to develop and deploy national initiatives, tools, and processes related to the claims supply chain and technology. Before assuming this function in 2016, Natalie held various roles in the investment management branch of Intact where she was responsible of the governance, middle office, and data operations.  Prior to joining Intact in 2007, she worked as a portfolio manager and trader at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, a public pension fund. Throughout her career, she has lead the implementation of numerous key strategic priorities. She sits on the board of the Club de la médaille d’or, a non-profit organisation that develops, supports, and promotes the next generation of athletes.  Natalie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A), majoring in finance and a Master of Science (MSC), finance from HEC Montréal. She has earned the Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA institute. She is passionate of strategy and transformation driven by data analytics and design thinking.

Amandeep Sanger – Web Database Programming at SportLogIQ

Amandeep is Quality Assurance Specialist at Sportlogic. The forefront of the sports analytics revolution, providing data backed insights into player and team performance. His interest in technology and overall curiosities, about how a business functions, has lead Amandeep into an unconventional career path. Over the past 20 years, his journey has intersected many industries, from Transportation to Hospitality, Finance to Supply Chain, & Manufacturing to Big Data Analytics. In the process he has collected many stories along the way and is happy to share his experiences. Die hard lover of cinema, music and adventures, his aim is to write a collection of short stories based on his own life experiences. Connect with Amandeep on Instagram and Linkedin!

Michel Doucet – Senior Enterprise Architect

Michel Doucet joined CN four years ago as an enterprise architect and is now the Senior Manager, Information Architecture. Passionate about information management, Michel’s exposure to different industries, and involvement in diverse IT projects throughout his career, fueled his development at CN. Today, Michel’s expertise continues to influence and help CN be a better data-driven company.