PETER CARSON | President, Envision IT
As the founder and president of Envision IT, Peter brings over 20 years of technology consulting and application development strengths combined with strong communication, analytical planning and business skills. This has allowed our clients to see more -transitioning internal facing Information Management systems to powerful customer facing, web enabled Enterprise solutions.
Within the Microsoft Community, Peter is known as a partner-evangelist for leading-edge Microsoft Technology. Peter is a past President of the International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners - Canadian Chapter and speaks at a variety of Microsoft and industry events. Peter holds a Bachelor of Applied Science - Computer Engineering (Dean's Honour List) from the University of Waterloo.
Peter is actively involved in Envision IT's SharePoint 2010 preparedness plans and maintains a blog on these activities at blog.petercarson.ca
Caroline Hogwood| VP, Store Solutions, Canadian Tire Corporation
Caroline Hogwood is currently VP, Store Solutions for Canadian Tire Corporation. Caroline has been with Canadian Tire for 17 years, and has held senior leadership roles in Information Technology, Human Resources, Financial Services' Operations, and Dealer Finance. In her current role, Caroline is responsible for various components within the Store Operations division including store communication, new product introduction processes, daily operations, store program development and various customer & store governance roles. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA. Caroline's key contributions to Canadian Tire include the national launch of:
- an in-store ordering and inventory management system;
- an award winning store eLearning system;
- a re-engineered store audit system and Dealer progression model; and
- a Store portal that has enabled the Corporation to move to an almost paperless environment between their stores and home office.
Caroline has held various management positions with other firms including CSA, KPMG Consulting, and GE Canada before joining Canadian Tire Corporation.
Wanda YU | Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Canada
Wanda Yu is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft Canada where she is responsible for the strategic business planning and in-market execution of outbound programs within Canada including public relations, online marketing, marketing communications and channel management strategies. Wanda has a proven record of bridging the gap between business objectives and enabling technologies. Prior to this role, Wanda spent a number of years in the Silicon Valley as a SharePoint Technology Solution Professional where helping Fortune 500 companies across various industries (healthcare, financial, retail, etc...) establish information management strategies that enabled increased employee productivity and improved customer connections.
She has spoken as a subject matter expert at numerous industry, business and technology events including: Canadian Institute Human Resource Management Conference, Canadian Institute Social Media Conference, Webcom, Interdoc SharePoint Conference and Microsoft Office System Launch.
SHANE SCHICK | Editor-in-Chief, IT World Canada
IT World Canada is a media company that brings together communities of technology professionals and helps them succeed in the Canadian market. Shane joined the IT Business Group in 1997 as a staff writer for Computer Dealer News. In 2000, he was appointed the company's first full-time online editor, launching ITBusiness.ca in 2001. Shane later edited Computing Canada and oversaw its integration and redesign as part of ComputerWorld Canada following the merger of the IT Business Group and IT World in 2007. As Editor-in-Chief, he is in charge of editorial strategy for all of IT World Canada's print publications, Web sites and events including CIO Canada, Network World Canada and CDN. Shane has a B.A.A. in journalism from Ryerson Polytechnic University. Shane has made a number of appearances on TV and radio, including CBC Newsworld, discussing Canadian technology trends and writes a column about technology for the Globe and Mail's Report on Business. In 2006, Shane received the Innovation Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting from the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance.