The Marriott Rosseau Muskoka Resort in Southern Ontario’s cottage country was the location for IT World Canada’s CIO Innovation Summit, which saw speakers and panels discussing leadership, big data and security. Here’s a few images from the event. CanadianCIO editor Shane Schick posted this story with a slide deck on his presentation there and we’ll soon post video interviews. He’ll also have stories in the next edition of the magazine’s digital edition. Photos by Christien Paul, IT World Canada

IT World Canada president and group publisher Fawn Annan welcomed the attendees at the opening dinner

Slide Fawn Annan

Rogers Communications sponsored the event. Gerry Skipwith, the company’s senior vice-president for medium enterprises, helped welcome the attendees.

SLIDE Gerry Skipwith

Keynote speaker Claudiu Popa, CEO and principal risk advisor of Informatica, got the official agenda off to a good start

SLIDE Claudiu Popa, CEO Informatica

During the day there were lots of opportunities for people to informally talk about the issues raised. At this table were Dave Wallace, CIO of University of Waterloo (right); Rob Meikle CIO city of Toronto(second right); and Nigel Fortlage, vice-president of information technologies at Winnipeg’s GHY International.

SLIDE table shot


Former policeman Joseph Coltson, left, now managing director at Duff & Phelps responsible for forensic services,  spoke on the value of communicating technical information in a way that captivates listeners.


SLIDE Joseph Coltson



ITWorldCanada CIO Jim Love, right, spoke at a break-out session on innovation and business intelligence. One point that group came away with is that BI requires a cultural change – you can’t push it on the organization. It it doesn’t have a culture of making decision driven by data then analytics is useless.

SLIDE Jim Love


Brett Sheppard director of big data at Splunk Inc., was a special guest speaker

SLIDE Brett Sheppard


Ana Andreasian, director of technology at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, centre, was part of an animated discussion during a session.
SlLIDE table


Doug Weir, a long-time CIO recruiter who started a big data consultancy called Alpha Insights, ended the conference in a fireside chat with Shane Schick.

SLIDE Doug Weir, Alpha Insights


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Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]