Session 1 (9:00 am - 10:30 am) 

Topic: Business Etiquette: the New rules in a Digital age (Option A)

  Tonya Holowitski 5x6

Tonya Holowitski

Internal Recruiter    
Robert Half Management

Is it OK to friend your boss? Can an e-mail mistake jeopardize your career? There are many gray areas when it comes to communicating in the digital age. This presentation provides guidelines on digital protocols in the workplace, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, as well as traditional communication tools such as e-mail. Find out what executives say about etiquette in the workplace, and learn how to tend to your network in just five minutes a day.

About Tonya

Tonya is an internal recruiter with Robert Half, the world’s first specialized staffing firm. Based in Edmonton, she recruits top talent for Robert Half Financial Services, Robert Half Management Resources, Accountemps and OfficeTeam, and seeks energetic and motivated professionals for positions that include: Client Executives, Sales, Recruiters and Staffing Coordinators. Tonya is incredibly active in the local business community, is a Registered Professional Recruiter and Trainer, as well as a Canadian Management Professional.

 

Topic: Block Chain 101 (Option B)

  Dan Giurescu 5x6

Dan Giurescu

Founder, CEO    
TerraHub Technologies Inc

An overview workshop on the history of blockchain, current developments in supply chain and opportunities for supply chain professionals.

  • Blockchain has been in the works for over ten years. Why are we just hearing about it now?
  • What is blockchain: Key components that make the technology tamperproof, secure, and a prime candidate for supply chain transactions.
  • New business models for supply chain emerging now and running on blockchain technologies. They provide faster decisions, faster products, better distribution. How can an established business make the switch?
  • Jobs of the future as a result of technology adoption. What are they and where can you find training?

About Dan

Visionary. Strategizer. Idea Accelerator. Serial Entrepreneur.
Dan created TerraHub after his own attempt to build a blockchain product and struggling to find realistic, knowledgeable sources. Dan saw the need for a company to help cut through the myths and provide real world advice and guidance. Dan thrives on the challenge of commercializing new concepts, guiding teams and inspiring action by creating an environment where taking risks in pursuit of success is encouraged.

Community focused. Dan supports numerous local charities and is a Member of the A100 and Mentor with IBM District Ventures.

 

Topic: Reducing our Global Footprint through Innovation (Option C)

  Marilyn McNeil Morin 5x6

Marilyn McNeil-Morin

Director, Fashion Exchange     
George Brown College

This session will describe the challenges faced by the fashion industry to reduce the global footprint caused by this massive resource and labor intensive industry. Only through unified effort can innovation and technology be employed through all sectors of the supply chain to reduce pollution and improve sustainability. In addition, a shift to a circular economy in textiles is imperative to achieve zero waste targets.

  • Define challenges the fashion industry faces in the effort to reduce the global footprint caused by textile and clothing production, logistics and textile waste.
  • Describe the state of current efforts to address environmental impacts such as chemical toxins, water use and pollution, energy use and the efforts to resolve ethical impacts associated with indentured labor, working conditions and transparency within the supply chain.
  • Describe the post-consumer challenge of textile waste, and how the goal of zero waste and a circular economy address the waste stream.

About Marilyn 

As Chair School of George Brown College Fashion Studies, Marilyn was instrumental to guide the vision for Fashion Exchange (FX) and worked with industry partners, faculty, college departments and the community to open FX.  Presently seconded as Director Fashion Exchange, Marilyn continues to integrate her academic background with many years of professional experience in business, post-secondary education and design.  Marilyn holds a BSc in Clothing and Textiles (University of Alberta) and a MBA (Queen’s University). Previous experiences included faculty member, entrepreneur, sales management and operations management in design, retail, biotechnology and financial services sectors.

 

Session 2 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm) 

Topic: Evolution of Technology (Option A)

  Wade Baytun 5x6

Wade Bayntun

Associate Managing Partner  
F12.net

Technology replacing people is a clouded subject filled with truth, half-truths and beliefs that cause conflict.  How do you discuss the technology your company is adopting with your staff and what it means to them?  How do you explain your investment in Artificial Intelligence?  More importantly; How do you prepare them for their new role as it changes?

About Wade

An IT Partnership is the new face of what was the IT provider.  This has been the path that has lead Wade Bayntun from a front line call center agent for Dell in downtown Edmonton to become an Associate Managing Partner with F12.net.  Wade enjoys his day working to keep companies strategic by keeping their heads out of the noise of technology and focused on the value of their investments both now and into the future.

 

Topic: FinTech (Cyptocurrency) (Option B)

  Elena Dumitrascu 5x6

Elena Dumitrascu

 Co-Founder
Chief Research Officer
TerraHub Technologies Inc

An overview workshop on cryptocurrency, current development in the banking, payment and insurance industries, opportunities for supply chain professionals.

  • What is cryptocurrency?
  • Initial Coin Offering - a new way to raise capital for your business. What are the considerations and where can you find an expert lawyer and investor for this type of capital?
  • When and how will cryptocurrency become more stable?
  • Changes in banking and finance. Vendors may not be ready to accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment, but what else is happening in the financial world?
  • A look at majors in the fintec industry and their blockchain projects.
  • What trends should you watch for as a supply chain professional?

About Elena

Elena is the Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer at TerraHub. Elena as a computer scientist and ecosystem builder, is a driving force in educating corporate executive teams in understanding how Blockchain will improve productivity and strengthen profitability.

A highly sought after technological advocate and speaker, Elena educates national and international audiences on the significance of incorporating Innovation and Blockchain within their organizations plus introducing them to new game changing technologies that will certainly impact all industries now and in the near future (AI, ML, IoT, Virtual Reality).

 

Topic: Disruptive Threads - Transforming the Product Life Cycle (Option C)

  Marilyn McNeil Morin 5x6

Marilyn McNeil-Morin

Director, Fashion Exchange     
George Brown College

Technology use is transforming the apparel lifecycle to reduce harm, alter processes and to create a circular economy in textiles and apparel. Learn how 3D body scanning, laser cutting, dye sublimation printing, textile fiber innovations, RFID systems, automation and other technologies are changing the way clothing is made, distributed and consumed. Discover the potential impact of millions of pounds of textile waste diverted to a resource in a circular, recycling economy.

  • Define the apparel lifecycle and the challenges at each stage to incorporate sustainability.
  • Describe technologies emerging at each stage of the apparel lifecycle and the potential for each to contribute to people, planet and profit for a more sustainable future.
  • Explain the gaps in a circular economy and how research and future innovation are required to close the loop for textiles.

About Marilyn 

As Chair School of George Brown College Fashion Studies, Marilyn was instrumental to guide the vision for Fashion Exchange (FX) and worked with industry partners, faculty, college departments and the community to open FX.  Presently seconded as Director Fashion Exchange, Marilyn continues to integrate her academic background with many years of professional experience in business, post-secondary education and design.  Marilyn holds a BSc in Clothing and Textiles (University of Alberta) and a MBA (Queen’s University). Previous experiences included faculty member, entrepreneur, sales management and operations management in design, retail, biotechnology and financial services sectors.