Toronto CDAO Community


Join a powerful network of C-level peers

Connect with a local community of like-minded peers who share similar challenges and priorities. Access the collective expertise of CDAOs from diverse experiences, backgrounds and industries. Members of the community come together several times a year to connect with each other, exchange ideas and best practices, and validate strategies and solutions.

Join your local community for exclusive access to:

  • Participate in year-round gatherings both in person and virtually with your local peer group
  • Engage in unparalleled collaboration through in-depth discussions on the most critical and relevant issues
  • Network with like-minded peers facing the same challenges as you
  • Exchange ideas, strategies and solutions validated by peers
  • Gain exclusive access to community insights, including best practices and survey results, to benchmark your organization with others
  • Learn how other leaders approached their challenges by leveraging peer-recommended partners
  • Make new connections through facilitated networking opportunities, including curated 1:1 peer meetings
  • Grow and enhance your career through an exclusive network and mentorship
  • Build lasting relationships and stay connected with peers and colleagues

Toronto CDAO Governing Body

A regional Governing Body leads the Toronto CDAO community, shaping the topics and agendas for your local programs and ensuring that all content is driven by CDAOs, for CDAOs.


Allie Grassie

Canadian Red Cross
Lead, Digital and Data Transformation Execution

Aida Tahiri

Senior Director, Enterprise Data and Analysis; Chair, Enterprise Data Office

Alex Tait

Bank of Montreal
US Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Eugene Wen

VP & Global Chief Data Scientist


Denish Bhavsar

McCain Foods
Director, Global Data Governance

Mike Branch

Vice President, Data & Analytics

Michael Caesar

University Health Network
Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Viola Dessanti

Data IT Management & Strategic Analytics Director, Transformational Leader

Joe Greenwood

Vice President, Global Data Strategy - Data and Analytic Services

Shobhit Jain

Vice President, Global Analytics Lead

Jessica Jolly

Global Head, Data Strategy & Informatics

James Ki

Canada Life
Vice President, Data & Analytics

Milan Kliska

Cadillac Fairview
Senior Director, Data, Platforms and Integration

Daniel Liu

Bank of China
Head of ERM

Margaret Ma

CIO Canada

Patrick McCleary

TD Bank Group
AVP - Rahona Cloud Migration

Andrew Miller

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
Chief Data Officer

Anand Persaud

Director, Health Data Governance & Enablement

Adele Pugliese

BentallGreenOak BGO
VP Data Strategy, Innovation and Analytics

Venky Rajaraman

Vice President Data Platform

Qahir Rajwani

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Director Data Science and Analytics Solutions

Cal Rosen

SGI Canada
Chief Data Officer

Dr. Shweta Shah

Sun Life
Head Global Data Architecture

Ferial Sheybani

Colliers International
VP, Head of Technology & Data

Liben Terrefe

Haventree Bank
Director, Business Intelligence

Osgood Vogler

Global Director - Enterprise Platforms

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CDAOs today.

  1. Revising D&A strategy with a focus on generative AI
  2. Enabling a culture of data fluency through psychological safety
  3. Modernizing data governance with evolving business objectives

Upcoming Programs


December 14, 2023 | 1 day

Toronto CDAO Executive Summit

Beanfield Centre

Walk away from this peer-led program with new connections and with actionable insights.

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March 27, 2024 | an evening

Toronto CDAO Inner Circle

Blu Ristorante

A gathering with peers to discuss timely topics over dinner in a private setting.

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December 2024 | 1 day

Toronto CDAO Executive Summit

Walk away from this peer-led program with new connections and with actionable insights.

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