Category Archives: Speaker Profile

Speaker Profile: El Emam, Khaled

Dr. Khaled El Emam is the founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics Inc. As an entrepreneur, Khaled helped to start up five companies, all of them involved with data management and data analytics. He has worked in England, Scotland and Japan in various technical and management capacities.  At the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, Khaled is a senior scientist and leads the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory (EHIL) team, focusing on de-identification and re-identification risk. He is a world renowned expert in statistical de-identification and re-identification risk, and is one of only a handful of individuals known to be qualified to certify the anonymization of PHI in North America. Previously, Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, and prior to that he was head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. To commercialize the results of his research, Khaled co-founded two companies. In 2003 and 2004, Khaled was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement.  Khaled was one of the first Privacy by Design Ambassadors, he holds the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa, and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University. He holds a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.

Speaker Profile: Gemino, Andrew

Andrew Gemino ( is Associate Dean for the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He received his doctorate in Management Information Systems from UBC. his research in business intelligence systems and project management ( is funded through grants from National Sciences and Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Andrew is an award-winning teacher who has taught in programs such as the CIOCAN Leadership Program, Certificate in Applied Business Analysis and Diploma in Applied Project Management Programs.

Speaker Profile: Levi, Thomas

Thomas Levi is Senior Data Scientist at PlentyOfFish. Tommy started out with a doctorate in Theoretical Physics and String Theory from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. His post-doctoral studies in cosmology and string theory, where he wrote 19 papers garnering 600+ citations, then took him to NYU and finally UBC.  In 2012, his career singularity moment happened, and Tommy took on the role of Senior Data Scientist at POF, analyzing their billions of rows of data as part of a 5 person research team studded with PhDs in Physics, Computer Science and Machine Learning. The rapid pace at POF has meant that in the past year Tommy has also been involved in projects as diverse as scam detection, Bot detection, matching algorithms and lexical processing.

March 8, 2013 – Don’t miss these two… Predictive Analytics and Database Trends

Bringing Sexy Back – Why the database marketplace is changing quickly After several decades of standardization and commoditization, the database marketplace is now rapidly transforming due to disruptive forces in both technology and business. New entrants have emerged recently that are challenging conventional wisdom on the role of a database in an organization. Companies everywhere are re-allocating resource and money toward the database layer as a means of harnessing this change for competitive advantage. This presentation will focus on key trends that that are driving this change in the landscape and what it means for business.

Michael Bain:Michael Bain Global Database Director, Go-to-market Innovation, SAP. Michael has been involved in the Database marketplace for more than 20 years. In his current role, he is responsible for driving new go-to-market models for SAP’s database business. SAP as a company has set its sight on being the #2 database provider by 2015. Michael joined SAP in a sales leadership role and was responsible for the first global sale of SAP’s flagship HANA database. Prior to that, Michael worked for IBM for 15 years in a variety of sales and sales leadership roles, and led the sale of the one of the largest DB2 based data warehouses in North America. Michael started his career with Information Builders in Vancouver. Michael has a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and is a former Board member for the BC Technology Industry Association. Making the most of your data through predictive analytics & data mining SAS Logo The ability to make effective, fact-based decisions is not based on data quantity. Most organizations are awash in data – too much of it, in many cases. Rather, success is based on an organization’s ability to discover more meaningful and predictive insights from the data it already has. In this presentation Tara Holland from SAS and Ella Young from Vancouver Coastal Health Authority will describe and show examples of how Predictive Analytics and Data Mining can reveal new insights out of existing data to improve business performance. The presentation will focus on how organizations can:

  • Discover new and relevant insights with speed and flexibility
  • Analyze data to find useful results with confidence
  • Act quickly to make better decisions and drive better actions.

Biographies of Co-Presenters Tara Holland, SAS Canada Tara HollandTara Holland is the manager of the Public Sector Solutions Team for SAS Canada. She leads a team that provides technical support and business guidance to Federal, Provincial and Healthcare customers across the country. Based in Ottawa, Tara has been with SAS for 15 years supporting the Analytic and Business Intelligence solutions. Her passion is in brdging the gap between Business and IT and enabling organiztions to deliver on the value of SAS Business Analytics using concepts such as Competency Centres. Prior to joinign SAS, Tara led the Data Mining team at Revenue Canada and lived the real-life challenges faced by organizations wanting to be more data driven. She also held positions in IT management, application architecture and business analysis at Revenue Canada, Saskatchewan Economic Development and Statistics Canada.

Ella Young, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Ella YoungElla Young recently (January 2, 2013) joined Vancouver Coastal Health Authority as their Director, Care Continuum and Actuarial Analytics. Ella joined VCH to continue work she had been lauded for during her time as the Director, Actuarial and Risk Analytics with the BC Ministry of Health (MOH). At MOH Ella was responsible for building predictive models focused on chronic diseases, informing health sector decision making and providing leadership in modeling and data access. One example was a highly accurate predictive model for citizens of high-risk of becoming Heart Failure incident so resources may be focused the ‘triple aim’ of individual and population health improvement, positive patient experience and best use of system resources. Prior to her time at MOH, Ella held a number of senior-level roles with HEABC, CHSPR at UBC, PHC, the Provincial Blood Coordinating Office, etc. In addition, she has held senior positions in the energy and insurance industries including Risk Manager for Worksafe BC where she built and implemented predictive models that highly accurately identified likely future high-risk claims, and Western Region

Registration & Location:

Proceed to Registration Networking & Registration @ 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks & Presentation  starts at 9 a.m. The event will be held at: Deloitte Offices 26 Floor Learning Centre, Bentall Four 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Speaker Profile: Szabo, Andrew

Andrew SzaboAndrew is a Senior Manager of Enterprise Mobility at Deloitte.

Over the past fifteen years, Andrew has worked with large North American energy, banking, telecom, manufacturing and defense firms, as well as federal and municipal governments in general strategy/technology consulting, process design and system implementations.  Andrew managed the  implementation of large scale  mainframe  and distributed based system implementations at Bank of America, Wachovia, Citi Bank, and Wells Fargo for more than 5 years.

Andrew also ran a national consulting practice at a large carrier where he was involved with strategy development and intricate system design for wireless networks (P2P and P2MP, public and private), mobility cost management, applications development, customer experience management, middleware and backend integration, process enablement and risk governance for Fortune 50 Clients.

Andrew’s main focus is to help clients with properly designed and implemented mobility strategies to transform a firm’s customer experience, bottom line and operational efficiencies.

Andrew holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Speaker Profile: Meyer, Rob

Rob Meyer is the Senior Director of Product Marketing of the Data Integration Business Unit at Informatica. He is responsible for all go-to-market activities for Informatica’s core data integration products including PowerCenter, PowerExchange, Metadata Manager and Data Services. Rob has worked for nearly twenty years in marketing, product management and engineering on business intelligence, integration, messaging and SOA technologies at startups and larger companies including Hyperion, Microsoft, Oracle and TIBCO.

Speaker Profile: Elias, Armando

Armando Elias, Sales Engineer at MicroStrategy

Armando is responsible for driving MicroStrategy’s initiative to deliver world-class Business Intelligence (BI) to the Western Canadian market. Armando has over 9 years of Sales and consulting experience on the enterprise software industry. He joined MicroStrategy in 2006 as a consultant on the US Pacific Northwest division where he supported BI implementations at major retail and financial customers. He relocated to Canada in 2008 and he is now based out of Vancouver.

He was born and raised in Mexico, where he also worked for Microsoft and Citrix Systems on various roles reporting to their Latin American divisions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering for the Monterrey Institute of Technology and he is currently enrolled on the MBA program at UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

Speaker Profile: Ristic, Ana

Ana Ristic, Data Architect at Canaccord Financial
Ana has over 15 years of experience in data modeling of information systems for large public and private companies in securities, investment, utilities, insurance, telecommunications, student loans and travel industry.

Ana’s specialties include dimensional modeling, data warehousing, data governance and stewardship, data quality management, data integration, metadata management and BI/Analytical reporting.

Ana holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and has completed the Project Manager certificate program at UBC Sauder School Of Business.

Speaker Profile: Bayley, Cindy

Cindy Bayley, Manager of Enterprise Data Management at Canaccord Financial

Cindy is one of the original team members in Canaccord’s IT business area and has watched the department grow from a small group, who were entirely responsible for all IT needs of the company, to over one hundred individuals world-wide who specialize in data management, application development, database development, business intelligence, business analysis, networking, infrastructure and operations. Canaccord identified the need to focus on their data assets and the governance surrounding the information. Cindy’s in-depth knowledge of Canaccord’s data and business was a perfect fit to move the Data Governance Program forward.

Cindy and her husband Douglas, race cars in their spare time, and are kept busy with two daughters and two dogs. Cindy holds a Diploma in Computer Systems from BCIT.

Speaker Profile: Rojin Nair

Rojin Nair, Senior Business Intelligence Architect, Fujitsu Consulting Canada
Rojin has over 18 years of Information Technology experience, of which nearly 13 have been spent as a Data Warehouse Business Intelligence specialist. Rojin is the founder member of the Vancouver chapter of TDWI (The Data Warehousing Institute) and has presented Business Intelligence topics at various professional seminars and workshops. Currently he is focused on Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management and Master Data Management solutions and services, R&D activities for Fujitsu in Canada and globally. Some of the R&D initiatives that he is pursuing are around ‘BI As A Service’, ‘BI – Cloud Computing’, ‘Ontology based semantic BI’, ‘BI and XBRL’.