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FutureMakers Talks: Digital Transformations

June 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$7 - $15

Tickets for the event range from $7-15, but BetaKit readers can get in FREE using the promo code “BetaKitPROMO”.

Worldwide spending on digital transformation is estimated to reach $2 trillion by 2022. Companies are going through large-scale transformations to maximize the opportunities and benefits that digital technologies provide. The seamless implementation of technology has arguably become the key distinguisher of success across industries.

This is an immense challenge. So, how are companies transforming without impacting existing critical business processes and services? How are they preparing to tackle and accept such fundamental changes in their business?

Come out to the June FutureMakers edition to learn from tech leaders across industries who are shaping digital transformations.


5:15pm : Innovation Lab Tour
6:00pm: Doors Open
6:30pm: Talks Begin
8:15pm: Open Networking

The evening will feature talks from tech leaders such as:

Bruce Ross

Group Head, Technology & Operations at RBC

Bruce Ross

As Group Head, Technology & Operations (T&O), Bruce Ross is responsible for the strategy and overall management of global technology and operations for RBC, which includes innovation, applications development, infrastructure and enterprise operations. Together with other members of the Group Executive, he is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.

Since joining in 2014, Bruce has led the T&O team in transforming RBC to a digitally-enabled relationship bank. He has spearheaded a technology strategy designed to deliver exceptional client experiences in today’s digital world, while also driving efficiency, maintaining security and growing talent. Under his leadership, the team is evolving traditional models to deliver efficiency as transaction volumes rise while continually innovating to create exceptional client experiences through data insights and leading digital capabilities. Bruce was named Canadian CIO of the Year in 2017 by the Information Technology Association of Canada.

Bruce is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of technology and business experience. Prior to joining RBC, he was the General Manager, Global Technology Services, North America at IBM and a member of IBM’s strategy team. His prior roles included General Manager, Global Technology Services, Europe for IBM and General Manager and President, IBM Canada.

Nora Jenkins Townson

Founder, Bright + Early

Talk: Technology’s Impact on Diversity and Inclusion.

Nora Jenkins Townson

Nora is an unconventional HR expert with 10 years of experience in the design and technology industries. After helping some of the most successful Canadian startups grow, she has a unique view into building healthy organizations. Nora believes that the best People strategies are human first and data-informed, with a dash of design thinking.

With a background leading HR at Canadian success stories like Wealthsimple and FreshBooks, she founded Bright + Early, a consultancy of forward-thinking HR experts on a mission to craft the world’s best workplaces. She is the co-author of The Parenting Playbook, a resource for small businesses on navigating parenthood in the workplace, and a writer at TechCrunch’s Extra Crunch. Her work has been featured in BetaKit and the Globe and Mail, and she is a frequent speaker on inclusivity, designing HR, and the future of work.

With AI and a keener understanding of inclusion at work both on the rise, how will each impact the other? Nora will discuss the latest technology in the D+I space, as well as the impact other innovations may have on it.

Alexis Zamkow

Digital Strategy & Innovation Leader, IBM Services

Talk: Exploring IBM’s Transformation to create disruptive business value

As a digital transformation expert at IBM, Alexis provides guidance to organizations on their roadmap to redesign processes, people and technology to deliver operations efficiencies, revenue growth and increased customer satisfaction. Prior to joining IBM, Alexis built and ran Capgemini’s Applied Innovation Center in Canada with a focus on cognitive tools, IoT, analytics and Toronto’s start-up eco-system. As a business leader, Alexis has both consulted and applied database and cognitive solutions across industries. She transformed the Digital Products and Services division for Canada Post to introduce online services and advanced analytics; established a social listening and customer analytics practice for a global CPG company; and has provided CRM, customer experience and database marketing consulting for organizations such as Bell, Ford, Scotiabank, Apple and Shoppers Drug Mart.

For more than 100 years, IBM has been embedded in the evolution of business, society, and the technologies that power it—enabling clients to transform themselves, era after era. Today, IBM and enterprises worldwide are facing fundamental questions about how to differentiate themselves in this new world. Hear how IBM has undertaken a transformative redesign across all of it’s business functions to recognize today’s digital and cognitive realities and create disruptive business value.

Jaime DeLanghe

Director, Search & Discovery Products, Slack

Talk: Enabling the Enterprise

Jaime DeLanghe is the Director of Search & Discovery Products at Slack, and is responsible for building data-driven products that make it easy to find everything you need to get work done.
Prior to Slack, Jaime spent more than seven years at Etsy. As Director of Product Management, she led a team of product managers responsible for the Etsy marketplace across platforms. Jaime has a bachelor’s in English from the Wesleyan University.

The average enterprise today uses over 1000 applications to power their business. It’s clear that software is eating the world. But how do we know that the software solutions we’re employing are helping us maintain the agility and alignment we need to adapt to increasingly fast-paced environments and not just adding to the noise? Jaime will talk about how tools like Slack are helping to bring technology and people together to enable companies to achieve success.


FutureMakers Talks

The FutureMakers Talks series is an on-going meetup and learn tech community event presented by RBC. The talks are designed to bring tech enthusiasts, practitioners and experts in the tech community under one roof to share knowledge and discuss major tech advances. The series will feature stimulating discussions on machine learning, digital payments, digital design, cybersecurity and more.

Tickets for the event range from $7-15, but BetaKit readers can get in FREE using the promo code “BetaKitPROMO”.

*** If cost is prohibiting you from attending our event, please contact us at futuremakers@rbc.com and we will ensure you have access to attend. ***

Those interested in attending can register here.


June 12, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$7 - $15
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