Blockchain for the Public Sector
December 3 - 4, 2019 · Ottawa, Ontario
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Namir Anani, President & CEO, Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
Namir Anani, President and CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ictc-ctic.ca), is
the chief strategist and driving force in bringing ICTC’s world-class centre of expertise and services to industry, education and government; enabling Canada’s advancement as a leader in innovation, productivity in the global
economy. Before joining ICTC, Namir previously led Policy Development & Research at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
He has also held several executive leadership roles in both the private and public sectors including the Department of Canadian Heritage (Director General & CEO), CGI consulting, Nortel, and Novartis (Switzerland). Mr.
Anani’s experience extends to; strategic policy development and implementation, learning and capacity building, business transformation, national/international strategic alliances, economic and market research, and technology
Namir holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Salford (UK) and holds Professional Engineer designation in Ontario (P. Eng.). He is also a board member of the Women in
Communications and Technology.
Kevin Armstrong, Partner, Deloitte Digital, Canada
Kevin Armstrong is a Partner in Deloitte Digital in Canada and has over twenty seven years of experience in providing consultative services to clients around digital transformation. He leads Deloitte’s Innovation Program for the Federal Government and is Deloitte’s global network leader for their Public Sector Blockchain community. Kevin himself has worked on a variety of projects related to Blockchain technologies.
Mr. Armstrong is also an active participant in the innovation community within Ottawa and is the co-founder of the Singularity University – Ottawa Chapter which brings together business and government leaders to discuss exponential change and its disruptive impact on business and society.
Louisa Bai, National Market Lead, Deloitte Canada
Louisa is a former equities trader, turned FinTech enthusiast and is currently leading Deloitte Canada’s Blockchain practice as the National Market Lead. She works with a group of strategy specialists engaged in assisting clients to understand and apply blockchain / distributed ledger technology (DLT) concepts to their business models, technology infrastructure and operating processes.
Ms. Bai has over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry across Canada, the US and Asia, specifically in Capital Markets. Since joining Deloitte, Louisa has developed an enthusiasm for disruptive technologies and their intersection with enterprise-wide initiatives across all industries.
Most recently, Ms. Bai has led the delivery of a blockchain solution for the public sector in Western Canada involving a number of stakeholders, including regulators.
Louisa holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Laurent Féral-Pierssens, Leader, Blockchain & Digital Assets, Deloitte Digital, Canada
Laurent is a Blockchain practice leader of Deloitte where he focuses on Canadian enterprise blockchain and Digital Asset innovation.
With a unique combination of business, scientific and technical skills, and 20 years of experience leading tech companies in Canada, the United States and Europe as a founder and CEO, Laurent has anchored himself as an early investor and advisor to the technology industry. He has been advising a wide range of traditional and financial services organizations faced with technology disruption.
He is a regular speaker on the subject of fintech, blockchain, cryptoassets and artificial intelligence.
Laurent holds a joint major in Computer Sciences and Mathematics from McGill University. He is a member of the Quebec Regulator's Technology & Innovation Advisory Committee, member of the Artificial Intelligence Advisory Board of Finance Montreal and a member of the Information Technology Program Committee of McGill School of Continuing Education.
Mark MacDonald, Leader, Government & Public Sector (Ontario), Public Finance Management (Global), Ernst & Young LLP
Mark is an experienced leader of public sector reform, having worked with dozens of governments worldwide and in every major policy sector including health, human services, justice and security, finance and treasury,
transportation, agriculture, trade and economic development, education and government services. Mark’s primary focus has been on advising senior officials on the design and implementation of whole-of-government and organizational
programs to improve performance, secure better operating results in financial terms, and to significantly improve customer service. He is the Lead Partner for EY's Global Public Financial Management practice, and Lead Partner for the
Government & Public Sector practice based in Toronto, Canada.
Lorraine Mastersmith, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Lorraine Mastersmith is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Corporate Commercial and Capital Markets Groups and leads the Ottawa Technology Group and the Ottawa Blockchain and Smart Contracts Group. She has particular
expertise assisting emerging and established technology companies with commercial agreements, mergers & acquisitions and capital raising. She is highly engaged in the technology start up community and regularly speaks on regulatory
matters relating to blockchain and cryptocurrency trading platforms.
Ken McMillan, Product Line Manager, Digital Identity, Treasury Board Of Canada
Ken McMillan PMP, CISSP, ITIL, MIPIS, PCIP, is a Product Line Manager for Digital Identity at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Ken has more than 20 years’ experience introducing new products to private and
public sector audiences all over the world. Some of the positions he has held include Senior Advisor at Public Services and Procurement Canada, Acting Director at the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises for the National Capital
Region. Ken earned his Master’s Degree in Infrastructure Protection and International Security from Carleton University. He volunteers as Co-Chair of the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) Trust Framework
Usman Sheikh, Partner, Blockchain & Smart Contracts Group, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Usman Sheikh is a Partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. Named in 2018 as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers” by Canadian Lawyer and one of the top three FinTech lawyers in Canada by Chambers, he
serves as the National Head of the firm's Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, as well as the National Litigation Lead of the firm's Securities, Compliance & Investigations Group. Usman provides legal advice on blockchain advisory
mandates, including cutting-edge token sales, cryptocurrency exchanges and others. He is also litigation counsel on several of the largest and most high profile blockchain litigation (enforcement, civil and criminal) cases in Canada. His
clients include Canada’s largest banks and stock exchanges, co-founders of Ethereum, twelve of the largest cryptocurrencies in the world as well as several blockchain pioneers. Usman currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the
University of Toronto Faculty of Law, teaching a Master’s level course on the topic of blockchain and digital assets. In 2019, Usman is scheduled to publish The Law of Blockchain Technology (Thomson Reuters).
Dr. David Wiljer, PhD; Executive Director of Education Technology & Innovation; University Health Network
Dr. David Wiljer is a member of the community providing groundbreaking perspectives and inspiring contributions to digital health policy, management, education and evaluation. He is the Executive Director of Education,
Technology & Innovation at the University Health Network, and former Senior Director of Transformational Education and Academic Advancement at CAMH. David is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of
Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is a former President of the American Association of Cancer Education, and the current Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the
Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Wiljer has led research and development projects that focus on putting knowledge into action by utilizing health information technologies and knowledge management approaches to
promote lifelong learning and CPD. Through his research and scholarship, he also explores the impact of digital technologies on patient partnerships and on high quality care.
Abhishek Sinha, Canada Partner, Technology Consulting, FSO Advisory, Ernst & Young LLP
Abhishek Sinha is a Partner/Principal in the Financial Services Advisory
practice of Ernst & Young LLP with a focus on the transformative impact
technology has on the financial services industry. He has over 5 years with
Ernst & Young gaining extensive experience implementing global scale
banking technology architecture, change and operations.
He works with clients to strategize and operationalize major transformative
initiatives within Core Banking Operations, Retail & Commercial Banking,
Finance & Treasury and Payments. Abhishek’s current focus includes Digital
Adoption, Innovation, Open Banking, Open APIs, Enterprise Architecture, Data
Management, Analytics and IT Strategy.
Abhishek also leads EY’s Blockchain practice, helping clients develop
competitive strategies leveraging the fundamental impact blockchain has on
business and operations.
He has also played significant roles in setting up de-novo banks in different
jurisdictions and has held various management positions in global banks.
Select engagement experience
Enterprise IT Strategy, Big 5 Canadian Bank
AGILE || DIGITAL || TALENT || ARCHITECTURE || CLOUD || DATA & ANALYTICS
Enterprise Data Strategy, Big 5 Canadian Bank
DATA GOVERNANCE || DATA ARCHITECTURE || OPERATING MODEL || EXECUTION
Enterprise Data Strategy, Large Regional Canadian Bank
DATA GOVERNANCE || DATA ARCHITECTURE || OPERATING MODEL
Core Banking Re-Engineering, Big 3 US Bank
BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE || BIAN || SOA || FSDM || AGILE
BCBS Compliance Program, Big 3 US Bank
DATA GOVERNANCE || DATA ARCHITECTURE || OPERATING MODEL
Target State Enterprise Architecture, Big 5 Canadian Bank
BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE || BIAN || SOA || FSDM || AGILE
Core Banking Implementations (SAP, ICBS, Finacle, FlexCube), Various
SAP- BANKING || SAP- BANK ANALYZER || SAP- ECC || ICBS || FINACLE || FLEXCUBE || KONDOR+ ||
URBIS || DIGITAL CHANNELS
Select industry experience
Head of Technology- Canada, Large Global Bank
RETAIL BANKING || COMMERCIAL BANKING || TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS || DIGITAL STRATEGY ||
TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT || PAYMENTS || ANALYTICS
Sr. Manager- Online Banking & Payments, Large Canadian Bank
TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS || DIGITAL CHANNELS