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April 5, 2022

(All times are in EDT and subject to change.)

12:30 PM

Glenn O’Farrell, Corporate Director (Emcee) to provide opening remarks

12:45 PM

Keynote speaker: Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

BDC Economic Outlook: What to expect?

Join Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist of the Business Development Bank of Canada, the bank for Canadian entrepreneurs, for an overview of the economic situation across Canada. From labour shortages to supply chain issues and inflation, find out how our business environment has changed and what the COVID-19 pandemic and global events could mean for interprovincial trade. Also discover how Canadian entrepreneurs can build the way forward in this new context.

1:26 PM

Break 1

1:43 PM

Plenary Session 1: The Urgency of Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy: Challenges and Opportunities in Canada

This session will be delivered in English and translated into French.

Today, executives view cyberthreats as one of the top risks to their business.

Vast increases in data and digital connectivity have created risks for businesses and consumers, especially during the COVID-19 global pandemic, with more employees working remotely.

As a result, cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing sectors worldwide.

Engage with cybersecurity experts as they discuss the top cybersecurity trends in 2022 and strategies to keep your business protected from ever-evolving attacks, including:

  • What is the impact of the pandemic on risk management and privacy for Canadian businesses?
  • What has changed, and what has stayed the same? Is there anything we need to do differently?
  • Charles Finlay, Executive Director, Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst
  • Jordan Prokopy, Partner, Cybersecurity & Privacy, National Privacy Practice Leader – PwC
  • David Shipley, CEO and Co-Founder of Beauceron Security Inc
  • Shri Kalyanasundaram, Director of Cybersecurity Solutions – TELUS

2:24 PM

Break 2

2:40 PM

Plenary Session 2: The Economic Transformation: Innovating for Success

This session will be delivered in French and translated into English.

The global health crisis has demonstrated the need to modernize not only our economy and industries, but also our practices and technologies. To this extent, innovation is one of the key transformational levers to ensure a greener, more inclusive, and more sustainable economic recovery.

In this plenary session, experts and innovators will discuss the key trends in 2022 to boost the creativity of Canadian Businesses.

  • Mariette Mulaire, President and CEO, World Trade Centre Winnipeg
  • Frantz Saintellemy, President and Chief Operating Officer, Leddartech
  • Karima-Catherine (KC) Goundiam, Founder & CEO, Red Dot Digital Inc &
  • Meriem Dibaj, Chief Transformation Officer, iTransform

3:21 PM

Break 3

3:36 PM

Channel 1: Food and Beverage Processing

This session will be delivered in English and translated into French.

Opening remarks by: The Honourable Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Channel 2: IT Solutions and Cybersecurity

This session will be delivered in English and translated into French.

Opening remarks by: The Honourable Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Channel 3: Agri-Food & IT Solutions

This session will be delivered in French and translated into English.

Opening remarks by: The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Francophone Affairs

3:43 PM

Channel 1

Farm to Fork: Pre and Post-Pandemic Supply Chain Issues in the Agri-Food Sector

Canada’s food supply chain is one of the strongest in the world, but it has been pushed to the limit by the pandemic.

With the increased demand, it's important to take a deeper look into what is going on with supply chains and consumers--how did these changes affect the way people consume? What does this mean for future success in business models like fast casual restaurants, coffee shops or larger brands still trying recover?

Learn how these companies have innovated and adapted to meet demand while gaining valuable insights for your own enterprise’s future success.”

  • Chris Elliott, Senior Economist, Restaurants Canada
  • Roberto Sarjoo, Director of Marketing and Communications, Restaurants Canada
  • Patricia Thompson, Vice President Sales and Marketing, King Cole Ducks
  • Serene Martin, New Business Development Lead, Tree of Life Canada
  • Kelly Higginson, Executive Vice President of Operations, The CFW Group

Channel 2

Ransomware Explained: How it works and  how to protect your business

As the fastest growing type of cyber-crime, ransomware is a significant threat facing many Canadians.

Learn steps your business can take to protect against ransomware, and what to do if you’re compromised from this expert panel.

  • Robert Gordon, Strategic Advisor, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)
  • Imran Ahmad, Partner, Head of Technology, Co-Head of Information Governance, Privacy and Cybersecurity – Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Jonathan Gagne, Co-Founder/CEO – F8th Inc.
  • Elana Graham, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, CYDEF

Channel 3

Addressing the Post-Pandemic Future of Jobs in Agri-food through Robotization and AI

Providing 1 in 9 jobs in Canada, the agri-food industry is facing a debilitating labour shortage. The global pandemic has increased the role that automation, robotics and intelligence can play in the agri-food industry.

In this breakout session, industry leaders will discuss the latest development that could help address the labour shortage faced by the agri-food industry.

Presenter and Moderator:
  • Sylvain Charlebois, Professor, Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab and Former Dean of the Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Columnist – The Globe and Mail, La Presse
  • Marco Dufresne, Vice President, Engineering and Environment, Olymel
  • Daniel Badiou, Founder and CEO, Ukkö Robotics
  • Marilou Cyr, Director, Zone Agtech

4:34 PM

Break 4

4:48 PM

Closing Session

Creative thinking: a driving force for innovation and success in business

This session will be delivered in French and translated into English.

Daniel Lamarre released a book on January 18 entitled “Balancing Acts: Unleashing The Power Of Creativity In Your Life And Work”.

He will share his experiences and what he learned along the way to show how anyone, regardless of the position and industry, can achieve a new level of success through creativity, audacity and innovation.

  • Daniel Lamarre, Executive Vice Chairman of the Board and Former President and CEO, Cirque du Soleil

5:18 PM

Closing remarks by: The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

5:30 PM

Forum Ends