April 15–16 Toronto
The Strategic Roadmap For Canadian Business Leaders
As the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether evolves, the potential for blockchain to create a trusted way to exchange almost any item of value has become a talking point across multiple industries. The time has come for Canadian business leaders to take the next step by developing an action plan to test, evaluate and harness the power of blockchain in ways that will serve customers, citizens, their own team members and beyond.
April 15 April 16
Pre-Summit Workshop Registration and Continental Breakfast
Blockchain for Business Leaders
Details to be advised.
Pre-Summit Workshop Adjourns
Plenary Session 1
Blockchain in Canada: A Progress Check
While the hype around distributed ledger technology reached an all-time high last year, some experts have recently suggested blockchain is failing to deliver in terms of real value to the enterprise. As the best-selling co-author of Wikibrands and a well-recognized thought leader on innovation, Sean Moffitt has conducted primary research on blockchain adoption to help Canadian organizations benchmark themselves, while conducting one-on-one sessions with countless companies who are trying to pioneer new applications in this space. In this session, Sean will provide a globally-benchmarked report card of sorts on how blockchain has evolved in Canada, a current snapshot and a looks at what needs to happen in the future.
Plenary Session 2
The Global Lessons Canada Can Learn from Blockchain’s Earliest Adopters
In PwC’s 2018 survey of 600 executives from 15 territories, 84% said their organizations have at least some involvement with blockchain technology, whether it was experimenting in a lab or running a full-scale implementation of distributed ledger technology. This session will share best practices in blockchain deployment and governance as they are emerging within the Fortune 500.
Plenary Session 3
Finding Blockchain’s 1,000 True Fans: Adoption and Change Management
Even when it is successfully deployed, blockchain may introduce new processes and norms within businesses and industries that will require different behaviors among professionals and customers. Failure to manage those kinds of shifts, along with other challenges, has already caused some blockchain companies to struggle, even those well past the startup stage and who have been considered success stories. This session will explore how blockchain companies can develop a viable business model and build the kind of credibility that will enable them to earn their trust with potential enterprise customers.
Plenary Session 4
Executive Panel: The Blockchain Backlash and Its Aftermath
A report from McKinsey suggested blockchain was offering little in the way of real value so far. A column in the Financial Post declared “the blockchain revolution has been cancelled.” Much in the way the early days of the Internet were prematurely written off, blockchain is bound to face its fair share of skeptics and critics. Our experts will discuss how to address the key objections around scalability, interoperability, and more.
Closing Remarks from the Chair
Day 1 Adjourns
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Plenary Session 5
The Commercialization Journey from Blockchain Research to Mass Adoption
Mohamed El Handri
As it becomes better understood, blockchain has spawned countless labs, research, and special projects within academia as well as in less traditional institutions that are trying to help industries innovate. Learn more about some of the most recent data available on blockchain, as well as the keys to creating effective partnerships between experts and practitioners.
Plenary Session 6
How to Identify the Blockchain Startups That Will Innovative, Thrive, and Survive
While some of the world’s biggest technology companies have added blockchain-related products and solutions to their portfolio, some of the most cutting-edge applications will inevitably come from firms that didn’t exist even a few years ago. This presents Canadian executives with considerable risks as well as opportunity: what if some blockchain startups aren’t prepared to serve the needs of a more traditional enterprise? How quickly will the market be swept up in M&As? As a partner with BlockGeeks, Ameer Rosic is working directly with new entrants in the blockchain space and this fireside chat will help our audience navigate this emerging ecosystem.
Plenary Session 7
Does Blockchain Have A “Fake News” Problem?
Pierre Bourque, Abhayjeet Yadav
Every new wave of technology comes with a dose of hype, but blockchain raises even bigger risk of misinformation and speculation with the advent of initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the cryptocurrency space. Major newspapers and broadcasters occasionally produce thoughtful investigations of key industry developments and players, but not always enough to provide Canadian business leaders the news and insight they need. This session will examine other sources of news and information to consider as strategies are developed.
Plenary Session 8
Meet the Next Generation of Canadian Blockchain Talent
Just 17 years old, Talha Batta is already making a name for himself as the Head of Marketing for The Blockchain Society, a Toronto-based community association, and as one of the first to complete Udacity’s Blockchain Developer Nanodegree program. As more organizations seek to attract and hire those with the right skill sets to execute a blockchain initiative, Talha will discuss what young professionals will want and expect as they find the right home for their capabilities.
Plenary Session 10
What Blockchain Can (and Can’t) Do for Your Brand
Much like moving to business models based on cloud computing, mobile computing, and AI, organizations that successfully make use of blockchain will need to inform and educate their customers, prospects, and many other stakeholders. Yet blockchain is still perceived as a technical topic and more commonly associated with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. How can organizations develop a communications strategy that will be transparent, accessible and well-received?
Plenary Session 10
The Smart Standards and Public Policy Blockchain in Canada Needs
Blockchain will help build new businesses while potentially eliminating intermediaries in entire industries. There are rampant questions about how this technology will be used for social good, how we can prevent another “brain drain” and ensure Canada doesn’t lose its competitive position. This session will look at what’s needed next from businesses, regulators and more.
Concurrent Sessions—Set A (please select one)
General Stream: Innovations in Blockchain
Public Sector Stream: Blockchain in Government
Session A1: General Stream
Innovations in Blockchain: Canadian (and Possibly World) Firsts
Cloud computing opened up new ways of allocating IT resources and even new business models. The Internet of Things helped usher in an area of predictive maintenance in manufacturing. Artificial intelligence is bringing insight to decision-making. In a similar way, blockchain has unleashed creative applications in many disparate fields. This session will offer a glimpse at early success stories in agriculture, online experiences and more.
Session A2: Public Sector Stream
Blockchain in Government: Creating Public-Private Partnerships That Work
While decentralized applications and blockchain projects could transform service delivery and other government processes, most public sector organizations will inevitably need to partner with outside experts to begin pilot projects or full-scale initiatives. This session will feature the Toronto chapter president of the Government Blockchain Association, who will provide insight into the GBA’s work in other markets, offer advice on evaluating consultants and development groups and more.
Concurrent Sessions—Set B (please select one)
General Stream: Building Blockchain into The Digital Transformation Journey
Public Sector Stream: What Blockchain Is Bringing to Smart Cities Outside of Canada
Session B1: General Stream
Building Blockchain into The Digital Transformation Journey
Long before blockchain appeared on the radar, many organizations were already embracing new tools and technologies to create value for their customers, employees, and other stakeholders. While some of those projects—which could span everything from cloud computing to mobile workforce initiatives—are still underway, business leaders are realizing they also need to keep pace with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and decentralized applications. This session will look at where AI and blockchain may work well together, and how they can be successfully woven into DX today.
Session B2: Public Sector Stream
What Blockchain Is Bringing to Smart Cities Outside of Canada
For years, the notion of a “smart city” has included everything from open source and open data to highly sophisticated enterprise applications. The result could improve everything from public transit to policing—if projects don’t get bogged down in red tape. This session will look at how one of the biggest cities in the world is bringing together communities of stakeholders to move smart cities forward with blockchain.
Concurrent Sessions—Set C (please select one)
General Stream: The Way Forward for Financial Services in Canada with Blockchain
Public Sector Stream: Digital Identity Vs. Self-Sovereign Identity
Session C1: General Stream
The Way Forward for Financial Services in Canada with Blockchain
Some of the country's largest banks and insurance companies have been trying to meet the potential disruption from cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin head-on with their own industry initiatives and pilot projects, but are they moving fast enough? Where will fintech firms create disruption, or merely fill unmet market needs? This session will explore some of the milestones to date and some of the emerging opportunities that have yet to be pursued.
Session C2: Public Sector Stream
Digital Identity Vs. Self-Sovereign Identity: The Future “I”
While decentralized applications and smart contracts could be applied to a range of government transactions, how might blockchain contribute to the development of government-issued digital identity to reduce costs and risk for businesses, while also providing citizens with greater security, privacy and control over personal data? This session will provide a framework for further discussion and debate.
Plenary Session 11
Birds of a Feather: Participatory Discussion on How You Can Use Blockchain to Transform Your Business
Session details to be advised.
Plenary Session 12
Using Blockchain to Drive Better Outcomes All Over the World
While much of our focus tends to be on the impact of blockchain in our local communities, there are much broader ways to harness the technology to help those in developing countries and other areas of humanitarian need. Our final session will offer a look at what’s possible, and how prepared Canadians are to participate in the transformation of human lives, as well as their own businesses.
Closing Remarks From the Chair
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