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JANUARY 30, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 am Opening Remarks and Welcome

Tech Manitoba CEO Kathy Knight, Minister Ralph Eichler, Elder Norman Meade, Conference Host, Tony Chapman

9:00 – 10:00 am OPENING KEYNOTE – Creativity Inspires Innovation Speaker - David Usher

DAVID USHER, Juno-Award Winning Musician, Humanitarian and Tech Entrepreneur: Through his dynamic, interactive presentations, David uses live music, video, improvisation, technology, and humour to electrify audiences and demonstrate that creativity and creative success is a learnable skill that anyone can master, and helps audiences jumpstart their creative process both in their work and their lives.

10:00 – 10:15 am Networking Break and Interactive Playground Interactive Playground

Come and explore the latest technological innovations and play with some of the tools that will become invaluable resources for us in the future. We have over a dozen organizations at Disrupted who are happy to share what’s new, what’s cool, and what’s just plain awesome in a setting that welcomes questions and experimentation.

10:15 – 11:25 am KEYNOTE – Work is Not a PlaceLinda

LINDA NAZARETH economist, author and respected futurist explains how globalization, urbanization and demographic change is morphing the world we know is  into a different planet with new enterprising opportunities and challenges. What are the trends taking today into tomorrow, what are the trends that are resulting from the shift and how will your industry be affected?

11:25 am – 12:25 pm Lunch, Networking and Interactive Playground 
12:25 – 1:25 pm KEYNOTE – The Future of Work in an AI World Armughan Ahmad from KPMG Headshot

ARMUGHAN AHMAD, President & Managing Partner Digital, at KPMG explores the future of work in an AI world. As our world is being disrupted by exponential technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, these technologies enable new and personalized experiences that customers now expect in every interaction, and in every industry. Companies that excel in this environment will be those that embrace disruption in a growth and innovation mindset.

1:25 – 2:00 pm KEYNOTE – Esports and #GirlsWhoGame ESPORTS

KATINA PAPULKAS AND ADAM GARRY, Educational Strategists, Dell, will share how the latest esports craze is transforming K12, Higher Education, and the workplace.  From recruitment and retention strategies, to global competencies and workplace readiness, esports is disrupting many of our traditional views around sports, equity, learning and careers.  A specific focus will be upon girls who use video games as part of their learning, which ultimately provides new opportunities for all.

2:00 – 2:15 pm Networking Break and Interactive Playground Interactive Playground

Come and explore the latest technological innovations and play with some of the tools that will become invaluable resources for us in the future. We have over a dozen organizations at Disrupted who are happy to share what’s new, what’s cool, and what’s just plain awesome in a setting that welcomes questions and experimentation.

2:15 – 3:15 pm KEYNOTE – The Highs and Lows of LeadershipSpeaker - Bruce Linton DP

BRUCE LINTON, Founder of World’s Top Cannabis Company:  In this captivating talk, Bruce dives deep into how he grew Canopy Growth Corp from scratch to a shareholder valuation of more than $13 billion (USD). He focused on collaboration, growth, customer service, and innovation. He was not prepared to sacrifice his long-term vision for short-term financial gains. And was fired. Hear what happened next.

3:15 – 3:30 pm Closing Remarks – Tony Chapman Tony

Tony Chapman is a world-class Conference Host, Keynote Speaker and Moderator and is well known for his ability to weave together and reiterate the highlights from a jam-packed day of content and summarize it into exceptional take-home value for the audience.

3:30 – 5:00 pm Reception, Networking and Interactive Playground Interactive Playground

In order to facilitate conversations with speakers and with fellow attendees, we have planned a cocktail mixer in the Interactive Playground from 3pm – 5pm. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss the learnings of the day. Cash Bar.

JANUARY 31, 2020

8:00 – 8:20 am Registration and Breakfast
8:20 – 8:30 am Opening Remarks
8:30 – 9:15 am KEYNOTE – Privacy by Design Screen Shot 2019-12-20 at 12.14.47 PMSpeaker Ann Cavourkian

DR. ANN CAVOUKIAN, one of the World’s Leading Privacy Experts, speaks on how successful businesses build customer trust and how to safeguard privacy in a networked world. She will provide steps businesses can take to protect themselves – and their customers – from privacy mishaps.

JP Perron, President and CEO of Payworks, will conduct a fireside chat following Dr. Cavoukian’s keynote. 

9:15 – 10:00 am KEYNOTE – Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Darrell Reimer 2
DARRELL REIMER, Distinguished Engineer at IBM: Significant advances in AI over the past decade have resulted in AI now commonly being used in critical decision-making scenarios, such as credit scoring, criminal justice, and job recruiting. These scenarios have significant human consequences, which underscore the need to ensure trust in AI systems. This talk will provide an overview of the impact of AI on the people involved, including ramifications for fairness and transparency.
10:00 – 10:30 am

Networking Break and Interactive Playground Interactive Playground

Come and explore the latest technological innovations and play with some of the tools that will become invaluable resources for us in the future. We have over a dozen organizations at Disrupted who are happy to share what’s new, what’s cool, and what’s just plain awesome in a setting that welcomes questions and experimentation.

10:30 – 11:30 am PANEL – Harnessing Tech for Social Good Panel - Valerie Chort

VALERIE CHORT, Technology and Environmental Disruption

Technology is shaping every industry, including the not-for-profit sector and social enterprise. Join Valerie Chort, VP Corporate Citizenship at RBC, to hear how RBC is bringing together charitable partners, technology experts, and the public and private sector – followed by a panel discussion on the potential of technology and the unique skillsets needed to engineer these future-facing solutions.

Panel (L to R) – Jane McDonald, President International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Carolyn DuBois of The Gordon Foundation and Chelsea Lobson, Lake Winnipeg Foundation.


11:30 am – 12:30 pm Coffee with Strangers coffee with strangers

Coffee with Strangers is the perfect way for strangers to become friends by sharing perspectives on a wide range of topics relating to the future of work. The gist of the facilitated conversations will be recorded by a volunteer scribe, and all of the comments will be anonymized and summarized for future discussions.

12:30 – 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 – 2:30 pm Margaux Miller with Start Graphic 2Start Podcast – Live Taping – Success on a Human Scale: Margaux Miller, Start Podcast Host, interviews founders of scaling businesses in the Canadian Prairies. They’ll cover re-inventing the technology industry’s culture and impact by focusing on building diverse teams to scale their companies.

Guests (L to R): Wade Barnes, CEO of Farmers Edge, Carly Shuler, Co-founder & CEO of Hoot Reading,  Jay Myers, Co-Founder & VP Growth of Bold Commerce and Chuck Loewen, Founder & CEO of Online Business Systems.

2:30 – 2:45 pm Networking Break and Interactive Playground Interactive Playground

Networking Break and Interactive Playground  This is your last chance of the conference to check out all that is new and game-changing in the Interactive Playground, so be sure to stop in and explore. Also take advantage of this break to exchange business cards and connect with other attendees who are keen on shaping the future of work and learning.

 2:45 – 3:30 pm CLOSING KEYNOTE – Turn and Face the Strange

HEATHER RUSSEK AND JESSICA THORNTON Authors, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship: “Turn and Face the Strange” is a 2019 report about the changes impacting the future of employment in Canada.  This session will highlight how policymakers, researchers, and academics can come together to address how Canada can stay ahead of the curve by identifying key factors affecting the future of work, use technology to enable knowledge transfer and use trends to our advantage.

 3:30 – 3:45 pm  CLOSING REMARKS