Toronto CDAO Inner Circle

March 29, 2023 | Arcadian Events

March 29, 2023
Arcadian Events

Collaborate with your peers

Join Toronto's top CDAOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

D&A talent strategy for the new normal

Adjusting your leadership direction for digital acceleration

Toronto CDAO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the discussion topics and agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CDAOs, for CDAOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Allie Harris

Co-operators Insurance and Financial Services
BI Expert

Della Shea

Vice President, Data Governance & Chief Privacy Officer

Eugene Wen

Vice President, Group Advanced Analytics


March 29, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

How CDAOs Should Attract, Develop and Retain Talent

Girish Pancha headshot

Girish Pancha



Adele Pugliese headshot

Adele Pugliese

VP, Data Strategy, Analytics & Innovation


Shreyas Becker headshot

Shreyas Becker

Head - Global AI Products Industrial affairs - Manufactuing & Quality solutions


Mirela Gondor headshot

Mirela Gondor

VP, AML Data


Alex Tait headshot

Alex Tait

US Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Bank of Montreal

The digital acceleration caused by the pandemic and its consequent global crisis demanded CDAOs quickly address new challenges around talent and ecosystems. Talent is the lifeblood of any successful organization but finding (and keeping) the right people in critical roles is no easy task. Remote work helps broaden the talent pool in some ways, but it also increases competition globally. How can CDAOs successfully tackle digital talent, specifically the extended time it takes to upskill/reskill employees and build a diverse D&A organization?

 In this interactive conversation among peers, CDAOs will discuss their role in proactively contributing to organizational success. 

Topic 1: D&A talent strategy amid market volatility

  • How are you approaching the D&A talent needs of your organization?
  • Have you recently adjusted your employment value proposition to attract and recruit top talent? 
  • How are you partnering with other areas of the business to ensure IT is aligned with overall organizational hiring goals and targets? 

Topic 2: Adjusting your leadership direction for digital acceleration

  • How have you adjusted your leadership competencies to keep up with the needs of the business?
  • How are you engaging a hybrid workforce while driving digital initiatives?
  • How are you ensuring an excellent employee experience to maintain retention?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.




Self-Parking is at Nathan Phillips Square Garage, 110 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N1 Canada.

$3.50/half hour

Monday – Friday

Day Maximum (7am – 6pm): $20.00

Night Maximum (6pm – 7am): $7.00

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Hallie Epps

Community Program Manager


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Community Program Manager