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Ken J. Cochrane

SSG Southside Solutions Group

John MacDonald

Google Canada



Ken Cochrane

Ken J. Cochrane

Managing Partner SSG Southside Solutions Group & former Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada

MONDAY, MAY 31 (8:45 a.m.)
Opening Keynote Speaker

Location: Alumni Auditorium, University Centre, first floor

Keynote Topic
“The New Reality” – How will IT respond?

Topic Abstract
World-wide economic conditions as well as attitudes and expectations of “citizens & clients” continue to present challenges to governments, businesses and academia alike. We all need to understand the implications - both in the short and longer term. This talk will focus on many of these factors and how CIOs and their IT teams can respond and continue to add value to help their organizations survive and thrive in this “New Reality”.

Bio
Ken Cochrane is a seasoned executive who has led information technology, shared services, business operations and transformational change initiatives in the private and public sectors.  He currently leads a private consulting practice, SSG – Southside Solutions Group and provides advice, guidance, project & program assessments as well as strategic roadmaps for clients in the public and private sectors.  Some of his former roles include:

  • Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada
  • Chief Executive Officer of I.T. Shared Services for the Government of Canada
  • Chief Information Officer of Canada Customs & Revenue Agency
  • Vice-President Development for MetLife-USA
  • Chief Information Officer of MetLife-Canada
  • Managing Director of Life Operations for MetLife-Canada

He brings broad knowledge and experience to business and technology issues that are essential to the success of both industry and government.  He frequently speaks to audiences in academia, industry and government.

John MacDonald

John MacDonald

Enterprise Account Manager, Google Canada

MONDAY, MAY 31 (1:00 p.m.)

Location: Alumni Auditorium, University Centre, first floor

Keynote Topic
Cloud Computing – The Evolution of Messaging and Collaboration

Topic Abstract
In this discussion, we will look at the buzz phrase "Cloud Computing" and how it has been reshaping messaging and collaboration. A paradigm shift has occurred where many people now have more access to information and power of computing sitting at home or in a coffee shop than they do through their formal establishments (at school or work). We will explore the drivers behind this shift and explain how traditional barriers to communication are coming down every day through the constant innovation of Version.Now.

Bio
John was born and raised in Ottawa, and completed his Undergraduate Degree at the University of Ottawa in Policy Management and Public Administration. He soon went on to complete a College Diploma in programming.

John has 10 years of Enterprise Software experience starting in software development with an Ottawa-based consulting firm. He soon realized his passion for helping people understand the potential of various technologies and emerging trends and moved his focus to account management. John moved into a role with Adobe in Ottawa and transitioned to Chicago after a few short years. During his 5 years there he held various positions focused on both account management and business development of Enterprise Solutions.

John's son Alexander was born in Chicago in the Fall of 2008 which prompted a move back home to be closer to family and an exciting new opportunity with Google. John has been with Google for a little over a year now working with customers on projects involving search, mapping, messaging and collaboration, and security.

Jean-francois Barsoum

Jean-François Barsoum

Managing Consultant and Innovation
Catalyst Green Technologies IBM Canada

TUESDAY, JUNE 1 (8:45 a.m.)

Location: Alumni Auditorium, University Centre, first floor

Keynote Topic
Green IT & Innovation

Topic Abstract
A year ago, IBM launched an ambitious program called Smarter Planet, which hinged on the belief that there is a seminal change in the way the world literally works. The Smarter Planet vision is based on three pillars:

  • Enormous computational power is now abundant and inexpensive, and is being put into things no one would recognize as computers: cars, appliances... but also in natural systems, such as agriculture and waterways.
  • All of these digital devices—soon to number in the trillions—are being connected through the Internet.
  • All of that data can be turned into intelligence as we now have the processing power and advanced analytics to make sense of it all.

We believe this is a practical framework that will help us address the kinds of problems that are seizing the world; in particular, problems relating to energy and the environment. In the year since we launched the Smarter Planet initiative, we have learned a great deal. We will discuss some of these findings during our session.

Bio
The Canadian leader of IBM's Green + Innovation consulting practice, Jean-François Barsoum has worked on setting strategies in companies and organizations as diverse as financial institutions, higher education, professional associations, pharmaceutical companies and telecoms, and has been a featured speaker at conferences on the subjects of innovation and corporate responsibility on four continents.

For the past seven years, Jean-François has spent much of his time promoting a green and corporate responsibility agenda for his customers and at IBM. Selected by the Climate Project, he was among a handful of Canadians trained by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mr. Al Gore, and became authorized to present the material seen in the movie An Inconvenient Truth to worldwide audiences. He currently leads the 1,000+ member worldwide Green IBM Community and is helping guide the worldwide Corporate Responsibility and Green consulting practices.