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Geoffrey Moore is a best-selling author, a Managing Director at TCG Advisors and a venture partner at MDV. Recognized as a leading business consultant to large companies facing formidable strategic challenges, Geoffrey works with established enterprises in his role of Managing Director of TCG Advisors. In this role, he divides his time between consulting on strategy and transformation challenges with senior executives and developing mental models to support the practice. With this focus in mind he has written Dealing with Darwin: How Great Companies Innovate at Every Phase of Their Evolution.
Also recognized for his expertise in market development and business and investment strategies, as a Venture Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures he serves as an advisor to many of their portfolio companies by drawing upon best practices derived from his extensive background working with technology startups.
Geoffrey has made the understanding and effective exploitation of disruptive technologies the core of his life’s work. His books, Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado, The Gorilla Game, and Living on the Fault Line are best sellers and required reading at leading business schools. Highly regarded as a dynamic public speaker, Geoffrey is the founder of The Chasm Group and currently is the managing partner of TCG Advisors.
Earlier in his career, he was a principal and partner at Regis McKenna, Inc., a leading high tech marketing strategy and communications company, and for the decade prior, a sales and marketing executive in the software industry.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from Stanford University and a doctorate in literature from the University of Washington. http://www.dealingwithdarwin.com[/tab_content]
The Technology Agenda
Today’s most rapid changes are happening in technology, and changing everything around us. Wacker discusses virtual reality, artificial intelligence, telecommunications, information technology, bio/genome “pharmacogenomics,” ethics and technology, nano-science, the future of physics, quantum tech, and more, revealing what will happen as these sciences continue to advance.
Watts Wacker is one of the most celebrated and influential minds in modern business. Mr. Wacker — lecturer, best-selling author, political commentator and social critic — is one of the world’s most respected futurists. His uncommon versatility and vision has allowed him to help the world’s top corporations and organizations navigate the sea of change that is taking hold in the new millennium.
He has been the futurist at SRI International, the legendary Menlo Park think tank, and spent ten years as the resident futurist at the preeminent social research organization, Yankelovich Partners. Read More [/tab_content]
The BIG Conversation, featuring Geoffrey Moore, MKS CEO Phil Deck, John Ruffalo, OMERS, and Eugene Roman. Moderated by Kevin Newman
Special Feature: The BIG conversation
The BIG Conversation is about big shifts in the industry — both tech business (balance sheet, end of internal application development, global motions) and tech trends (rise in startup funding, niche stuff, everything mobile and cloudy), and more.
Moderator: Kevin Newman
A journalist for more almost 30 years, Kevin Newman is one of Canada’s legendary news anchors. Kevin Newman recently stepped down from his position of being the anchor and executive editor of Global National since it first aired in September 2001. He has been a journalist for almost 30 years, reporting from the front lines of the war in Iraq and anchoring live coverage of the September 11 attacks.
With ABC News and Global National, Kevin Newman has reported from the front lines of the war in Iraq, anchored live coverage of the September 11 tragedy, and interviewed the likes of Jimmy Carter.
Having worked as a journalist on both sides of the border, Newman presents a clear picture of the cultural differences between Canadian and American viewers. He takes audiences behind-the-scenes of the news business, and addresses the influence of advertising and profitability on news reporting. In addition, he explores the idea of journalists as truth seekers. Newman presents an informal yet award-winning approach to news reporting, while dissecting issues of the day that Canadians care about most.>
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Philip Deck is the Executive Chairman of MKS, also serving as Chairman of the Board. As Executive Chairman, Philip is the company’s primary connection to the shareholders of MKS and he also contributes actively to corporate strategy, strategic partnerships and financial issues.
Philip served as CEO of MKS from 2001-2009, during which time the company became the fastest growing competitor in the ALM market as it transformed from a desktop tools provider into an enterprise software vendor to the Global 1000. MKS’s renewed product strategy, growth and profitability has positioned it to become the global leader in the ALM market.
Prior to joining MKS, Philip was Chairman and/or CEO of Certicom Corp where he established the company as one of the worldwide leaders in cryptographic technology. Philip is also a director of the Bank of Canada, the C.D. Howe Institute and the Canadian Opera Company. Philip holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics from Queen’s University [/tab_content]
is Senior Vice President and Head of Knowledge Investing, leading the build-out of OSI’s world-class Knowledge Investing management team. He serves as Co-CEO of Inkef Capital, an international joint venture in life-cycle technology investing and is also playing a leading and supporting role in other OSI led initiatives.
Prior to joining OSI, Mr. Ruffolo was a Partner at Deloitte, as well as the Global Thought Leader, the Global Tax Leader and the Canadian Industry Leader for Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice. Mr. Ruffolo serves as Chair of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s Tax Policy Committee and the David Suzuki Foundation Friends of Ontario. He is also a member of the Corporate Fundraising committees for Sunnybrook Foundation and the Art Gallery of Ontario and is a member of the Toronto chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Prior to joining Deloitte, Mr. Ruffolo was a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP and has also spent time as an instructor for both the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and York University’s Schulich School of Business.[/tab_content]
Eugene Roman holds the position of Chief Information Officer at Open Text Corporation. Eugene is a seasoned, hi-tech executive with 28 years of global experience in the IT, infocom, network design and R&D sectors.
He has a multi-skilled background in advanced technology, computer science, business development and finance which will nicely compliment the skills of the Executive Leadership Team. Eugene is a strong leader who encourages his team members to excel and work together on delivering above and beyond their expectations.
Eugene started his career with Nortel in 1981 upon graduation from the Faculty of Management Studies at the University of Toronto. He has worked in various groups within BCE including Finance, Information Systems, R&D, and Corporate Office with significant international assignments in Asia, Europe and South America. Eugene is on the Board of Directos of a community based financial institution and has supported its evolution to an e-business.[/tab_content] [/tab_container]
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Breakout: The Myths of Innovation
Prepare for a hilarious, fast-paced ride through the history of ideas. Author Scott Berkun will show you how to transcend the false stories that many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture foolishly use to guide their thinking about how ideas change the world.
Scott quit his regular job in 2003 to make a living writing full time.
His work as a writer and public speaker has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired magazine, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post and other media. He has taught at the University of Washington, blogs for Harvard Business and BusinessWeek, and has appeared frequently as an innovation expert on CNBC and MSNBC. He is the author of three bestselling books:
He lives off book royalties and fees from speaking for hire, and frequently performs keynote lectures at Fortune 500 companies, universities, events and the occasional living room couch. You can see him in action here.
Breakout: Deliberate Leadership
Building high performance teams is critical for organizational success. However, few teams ever reach their peak performance. In this workshop you will discover the challenges that teams face in their development and some tools and strategies to help you work towards high performance. This session is ideal for leaders, managers and team members and will provide insight into the stages of team development and the evolution of leadership styles that you can use to accelerate team development and to enhance team performance.
Scott began his career in training and development in 1989 and has worked with some of the leading experiential training organizations in the world including, Pecos River, Aon Consulting and Outward Bound. He has studied adult learning, leadership, conflict resolution, change management, and much more at the hands of some of the most talented trainers in North America. Scott is also a licensed facilitator of The Coaching Clinic©, Identity Mapping©, Foundations of Leadership™ , Effective Intelligence® and Emotional Intelligence®.
Years of experience, two undergraduate degrees and a Masters in Leadership and Training provide Scott with unique qualifications to design and deliver some of the most innovative corporate experiential based training available today. Scott is also an instructor of leadership for the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Professor for the University Of Windsor Odette School Of Business, and teaches in their Executive MBA program. He was recently voted professor of the year.
Scott is President and founder of Summit Training & Development Ltd., and is President of The Frontier Group and has created highly successful development programs for many of the Fortune 500 companies. Scott has only one goal; to assist teams, leaders, and individuals in reaching their peak performance. This is accomplished through combining the latest team and leadership theory with cutting edge experiential training to create one of the most effective training programs available today. Scott’s team and leadership development programs are custom designed to meet each clients needs.
Scott has also gained great insight into the inner workings of leadership and teams through over 20 years of leading climbing expeditions. He has summitted peaks throughout North America, South America, Africa and the Himalayas including Mount Everest and three other of the seven summits. Scott has designed a dynamic keynote presentation based on his team and leadership lessons while climbing the highest peaks in the world. [/tab_content]
Breakout: Developing your Digital Roadmap
Dan will show you how to build and optimize an integrated, web-facing and social communications effort. A highly relevant and exceptionally valuable session that is sure to enlighten and educate your organization on specific “how-to’s” for determining and realizing your organization’s most effective digital strategy.
Dan Christian has led and managed digital projects for some of the best companies in the world including Lonely Planet, Discovery Channel, Gap Adventures and Expedia. He’s won awards for launching new websites and online marketing campaigns, developed industry-first online products, and created new revenue steams for industry leaders. Now, as founder & CEO of Dano Digital, a web consultancy, Dan and his team work directly with clients to enable them to determine and realize their most effective digital strategies.
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Breakout:Under Construction: The Sales and Marketing Organization of the Future
Though the b2b landscape is dramatically different than it was in 2005, the sales and marketing structure in many organizations continues to support tradition more than it does today’s reality. These legacy structures impede not only the progress of each function individually, but their joint efforts to integrate more tightly. In this presentation, John will answer the following questions:
- How must sales and marketing evolve from a structural standpoint over the next five years?
- How specifically will the rise of social media, technology and shifting segmentation approaches change the marketing paradigm?
- How must the roles of specific sales and marketing functions be fundamentally altered to support a new organizational model?
John Neeson, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Sirius Decisions is a well-recognized thought leader in business-to-business marketing, having developed many of the best practice marketing models used in the industry today. John has more than 25 years of experience focused on marketing, product development, sales management, communications and general management for a variety of businesses and industries[/tab_content]
Sharon Rudy is a member of Spencer Stuart’s global Technology, Communications & Media Practice, Human Resources Practice and the Education, Nonprofit & Government Practice, leading the practice in Canada. She has conducted senior-level assignments for private, public and nonprofit organizations, ranging in size from early-stage, venture-backed companies to global organizations. Recent clients include Yahoo!, TELUS, University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, Cancer Care Ontario, Canada Health Infoway, Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network and the MS Society of Canada. Sharon manages the firm’s relationship with Research in Motion and she also has worked on multiple searches with EdgeStone Capital Partners. Sharon launched the Toronto office’s annual Human Resources Summit in 2001.
Before joining Spencer Stuart as a consultant in 1999, Sharon spent more than three years with an international search firm as senior associate and associate director based in Toronto. Prior to entering search, Sharon taught at Queen’s University, and worked for the International Affairs Directorate of Environment Canada and for Public Affairs International in Ottawa. She also held positions in marketing and public affairs at IBM Canada in Toronto. Sharon holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Queen’s University in Kingston and a B.A. in history and economics from the University of Waterloo. www.spencerstuart.com [/tab_content]
Special Breakout Panel: LIFE AFTER EXIT
Three successful entrepreneurs come together to talk about how their personal and professional lives changed as they approached and negotiated the sale of their companies, and what ‘life after exit’ looked like for each of them.
With discussion topics that include:
• Describing the decisions and situation that led to exit
• The steps and activities involved
• Working for an acquiring company
• Managing wealth, personal time and life after exit
• Key lessons learned
Steve Woods, Site Director, Google Inc
Ron Neumann, Innovation Factory
Yvan Couture, CEO and co-President, Primal
Please visit the Tech Leadership Site for panelist biographies.