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The world of Sourcing is changing, and we all need to prepare.  Core is happy to announce that on November 13th, 2019 we will be holding  our 14th Annual Core Conference. This year we will be discussing Disruption in Sourcing

Join the Core community of sourcing leaders from across Canada to learn and discuss topics such as Cyber Security, the Gig Economy, Sourcing Trends, and the direction of the sourcing industry. 

For this event, we are proud to have Kristina Verner, Vice President, Innovation, Sustainability & Prosperity at Waterfront Toronto as our keynote speaker who will be discussing the impact of smart cities.

We will also have presentations by industry leaders from IBMWipro, ISG, and TCS.

Tickets to this event are complimentary for Core members.

Core's Annual Conference always sells out early. - Get your ticket today! 

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Core would like to thank our event sponsors for making events like this possible. Thank you to IBM, Wipro, ISG & Tata Consultancy Services




Kristina Verner, Vice President Innovation, Waterfront Toronto

Kristina Verner is the Vice President, Innovation, Sustainability and Prosperity, responsible for a variety of strategic initiatives for Waterfront Toronto. Kristina is a core member engaged on the Sidewalk Toronto Project, a joint effort between Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs. In 2013 and 2014, under her stewardship, Waterfront Toronto led the bid to have the City of Toronto recognized in both the Smart21 and Top 7 communities in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). In 2014, Toronto was selected as the Intelligent Community of the Year. She is active both nationally and internationally in the smart city movement and serves Board of Directors for the ICF Foundation and ICF Canada. Previously, Kristina led various aspects of the Connecting Windsor-Essex Smart Community, securing significant funding to support region’s smart city efforts and led the bid that resulted in Windsor-Essex being recognized as one of Top 7 communities in the world by the ICF. 


Ray Boisvert - Associate Partner, Industrial Sector, IBM Canada

With his deep background in national security, as well as his varied experiences in consulting within the realm of corporate risk, Ray has been recently appointed Associate Partner, Industrial Sector, for IBM Canada.

At the outset of his career, and after five years in federal policing with the RCMP, Ray joined the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in 1984 and retired in 2012 as the Assistant Director. During his tenure, Ray was involved in all aspects of security intelligence operations, such as leadership of the Intelligence assessment directorate, counter terrorism, as well as driving national security priorities pertaining to operational risk, data exploitation and covert operations.

Previously, and in the private consulting realm, Ray worked with a variety of clients to help them acquire a deeper understanding of geo-strategic threats to business integrity and viability. He delivered business intelligence solutions affecting core challenges such as cyber and insider threats, while guiding resilience building. He also consulted on global business strategies such as M+A opportunities.

More recently, Ray was appointed as the first Security Advisor for Province of Ontario.  In this role, Ray provided advice and intelligence on areas of public safety and national security that fall within provincial responsibility. While reporting to the Secretary of Cabinet, Ray supported efforts to protect provincial assets from events that could affect services, networks and facilities that are critical to Ontario’s economy, public safety and security.


Shafqat Azim - Partner, Digital Strategy & Solutions - ISG

Shafqat Azim is a Partner in ISG’s Digital practice and brings more than 25 years of business and IT experience to the firm, including international business management experience in Southeast Asia and Europe. Throughout his career, Mr. Azim has led the ideation, incubation and operationalization of new capabilities within the organizations he has led. He is well-versed in Digital and IT strategy development, with a focus on Innovation, IT governance, organizational change management, IT process architecture, business analytics and information management. He also brings a wealth of industry knowledge, especially in the banking vertical, where he has led several M&A integration and revenue growth initiatives over the past 10 years. Mr. Azim holds many industry-recognized IT certifications, such as Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and ITIL. He has frequently presented at strategic financial services and IT forums, seminars, and planning sessions and has also been published in many industry periodicals. Over the past 7 years, he has personally led or supported dozens of digital transformation engagements within large enterprises across multiple industries. These engagements have ranged from the development of digital business transformation strategies (and resulting operating model changes to drive new channels and sources of revenue), to employee workplace transformation based on emerging technologies and cultural nuances of Generation X, Generation Y and Millennial employees.  Prior to joining ISG, he was part of Gartner Consulting’s executive leadership team, and led Gartner Consulting’s Global Digital Transformation, CXO Strategy, as well as the Security & Risk Management Practices.


Dyan Finkhousen, Founder & CEO Shoshin Works

Founder & CEO of Shoshin Works, Dyan Finkhousen has driven game-changing impact and transformed enterprise operations for more than two decades.

Before launching Shoshin Works, Dyan was GE’s Global Director of Open Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, Founder of GE GeniusLink and GE Fuse. A global authority on The Future of Work and Open Innovation - Dyan cultivated an expert ecosystem with reach to over 21 million resources, oversaw over 1,000 outcome-based programs and enabled over $6 billion in impact for GE teams and clients. She also helped coach GE’s industrial leadership teams on the development and

commercialization of new IoT product and service portfolios, and oversaw the development of GE’s global IoT brand, Predix. Valued for her record of creating and scaling transformational business models, Dyan has served on client advisory boards for Expert Economy companies and is an Advisor and Founding Member for Open Assembly. Dyan’s award-winning thought leadership has been showcased in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, Harvard Innovation Lab, Harvard Analytics curriculum, MIT Sloan, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Nikkei Business, CIO Review, Slush, keynote speaking engagements and podcasts.


PR Krishnan, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Enterprise Intelligent Automation & Artificial Intelligence (EIA & AI) at Tata Consultancy Services

In his current role, PR Krishnan (PRK) defines how emerging and disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, smart automation, machine learning and cognitive thinking can solve complex business challenges. Over 35 years, he has worked with more than 600 TCS customers, helping them adopt transformative digital business models that use the latest advancements in data center, network infrastructure and cloud technologies. In his previous role at TCS, he was the Global Head of IT Infrastructure Services unit.  PRK holds a master's degree in Instrumentation Engineering.


IBM:  Information Overload - The challenges and opportunities facing organizational security in a 21st Century context
Today’s cyber security challenges are complex, and they are becoming more obviously so with every data breach event. More specifically, the volume and velocity of those local and remote threats are increasingly poised to interrupt your business.  Disconnected point products and services don’t provide the comprehensive solutions you need, when you need them. What’s more, those solutions tend to be expensive and hard to manage, potentially leaving you with depleted pockets and unmitigated risks.
In a field flooded with 1,200+ point product vendors, join us to understand how you can make the right strategic decisions to safeguard your business interests, while enabling your strategic business objectives.

ISG: Sourcing Trends - ISG will discuss results from the Q3 ISG Index™

CORE is happy to announce that Shafqat Azim - Partner, Digital Strategy & Solutions with ISG will discuss results from the Q3 ISG Index™.   Shafqat will also discuss early findings from ISG’s Generation 3 research study which is focused on next-generation IT services and sourcing.  The ISG Index™ has been assessing and analyzing the state of the global IT services market for the past 17 years, over 67 consecutive quarters. The Index is considered the authoritative source for marketplace intelligence related to outsourcing transaction structures and terms, industry adoption, geographic prevalence and service provider performance. It covers both the traditional, managed services sourcing market as well as the fast-growing as-a-service market.  A look at the data in the ISG Index™ shows dramatic changes to the sourcing industry over the past two decades, including profound changes to the typical size and length of outsourcing deals and to the fundamental business rationale for outsourcing. The result has been significant changes to both the structure and focus of traditional and as-a-service providers.

ISG is a leading global technology research and advisory services firm.   ISG was formed with the 2007 acquisition of TPI; considered by many to be the pioneer of the third party outsourcing advisory industry followed by Compass (acquired by ISG in 2012); the pioneer of the IT benchmarking industry.   Since then, ISG has gone on to acquire a number of other companies including Alsbridge and TracePoint; a firm focused on Organizational Change Management for large-scale technology implementations impacting people, process and technology.  ISG has advised on more than $500 billion in contract value in more than 40 countries around the world.


TCS: Reshaping a Business Around AI: The Machine First™ Approach to Digital Transformation

Work that couldn’t be automated in prior decades is now, or soon will be, done by machines. Leaders must determine the best way forward -- how best to tap the power of machines for work that should be automated, and the power of people for work that should not.

TCS' Machine First Delivery Model (MFDM™) augments human capability with automation, analytics and AI. Join us for some proven and actionable advice on how to digitally transform your company by leveraging the present and future value of machines.


WIPRO: Crowdsourcing at Scale:  Why every company needs gig economy strategy
With five billion workers online by 2020 - crowdsourcing offers the reach, speed and precision required by companies to succeed.  Platforms and ecosystems will make the difference in who thrives, and who just survives Industry 4.0.
Today however, most companies are still applying these tools at the project or department level within their organization, if at all.  Companies relying exclusively on traditional resourcing models will increasingly be outmaneuvered and outpaced by those that integrate expert ecosystem mindset and methodology at scale. 
So how to survive sampling to scale for impact? 
McCarthy Tetrault,
66 Wellington St W Suite 5300
Toronto, ON 
M5K 1E6


13 Nov 2019
8:00am - 2:00pm EST

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