Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has been cancelled. Please see the announcement in the News section.

Friday Keynote:  ALFREDO TAN

Alfredo C. Tan is the first Chief Digital & Innovation Officer for WestJet Airlines, responsible for building a culture of inno­vation and in the process transform the airline to become a digital enterprise. His focus is to significantly enhance WestJet’s digital experience and transform all their digital platforms, allowing for not only a seamless guest experience, but improved commercial performance. He leads a tal­ented and passionate team of experts in E-Commerce, Mobile, Digital Marketing, Engineering, Software Development, Mobile, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Product Management, Content Strategy, UX Research and Design. Alfredo currently sits on the Digital Advisory Board at the World Aviation Festival, the University of Waterloo, the Advisory Board on Innovation at McMaster University and provides research support for the McMaster Digital Transformation Research Centre.

Saturday Keynote: TANYA TALAGA

An award-winning journalist and author, and the first Ojibwe woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures, Tanya Talaga is an acclaimed storyteller. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers, a national best­seller that introduced us to seven Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died in Thunder Bay, won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize. In her powerful keynotes, Tanya shares Indigenous stories from across Canada and the world, humanizing the legacy of residential schools and colonization, and sharing her hope for a more inclusive and equitable future. Tanya is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grand­mother was a residential school survivor and her great-grandfather was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. For the past 20 years, Tanya has worked as a journalist, and is now a columnist for the Toronto Star. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. From 2017-2018, Tanya was the Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy through the Canadian Journalism Foundation. Tanya is the bestselling author of two books: All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward and Seven Fallen Feathers.



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