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Wednesday, November 8

13:15 MST

Improving Technology Access and Use In Rural Communities
Many First Nations and rural communities in Canada are facing severe issues with access to technology and internet. This panel will feature community leaders who have found new and novel ways to tackle those disparities: from building an ISP from scratch, to creating a grassroots association of business, learning, lifestyle, health and agriculture leaders to share technology tools and ideas. Other panelists will focus on what comes after your community has connected to the internet, highlighting the need to build computer skills and understanding, as well as utilize (and protect) the data that is now available. Can these initiatives be emulated in other communities? And what role should business / government play in fostering technology access? This panel will dive into the issues and solutions available to Canadians.

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Robert Dyrda

Business Development, Strategy & Rural Broadband, Alberta SouthWest Regional Economic Development Alliances
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James Van Leeuwen

Innovation Architect, Ventus Development Services
James Van Leeuwen is an Alberta-based consultant and entrepreneur focused on leveraging ICT and data for community innovation and economic development. His principal focus is developing efficient and effective methods and models for local and regional collaboration. James has extensive experience... Read More →
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Barb Scully

Connected Communities Coordinator, Parkland County
Barb has been in the community economic development field for the past decade and has a passion for local economies and building community capacity. She has been the Connected Communities Coordinator in Parkland County, AB since spring 2015 and responsible for the Smart Parkland... Read More →
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Neal Shade

IT Manager, Red Crow Community College
Neal Shade has been employed at Red Crow Community College since 2003 as the IT Manager. He currently volunteers with the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association in two capacities as Vice Chair - ULAA First Nations Metis & Inuit Chapter, and Director - University of Lethbridge... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 13:15 - 14:15 MST
Kinnear Centre - KC 303
Thursday, November 9

14:00 MST

The Coming Disruption: How Canadian Organizations Should Respond
Administrators within the public and education sectors are forever putting out fires caused by 1) Decreasing budgets, 2) Increasing cybersecurity threats, and 3) Evolving technology needs of staff, students and researchers. And these disruptions will only grow more complex! In the next 10 - 20 years, we could be facing:

  • Artificial Intelligence working alongside / replacing a significant percentage of administrative and teaching staff
  • Students seeking more ‘online learning experiences’ versus traditional diplomas / degrees
  • Organizations sharing one pool of software, tools, and computing staff

How can you prepare your institution for these changes? And how can you treat them as potential opportunities (instead of potential threats)?

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Art Exner

Associate Vice President / CIO, University of Regina
Art Exner is currently responsible for IT infrastructure for the University of Regina, including voice and data networking, desktop provisioning and service, operations, security, and system administration activity. In addition to the foregoing, Mr. Exner provides support to... Read More →

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Michael Barr

CIO, Mount Royal University
Michael Barr is Chief Information Office (CIO) of Mount Royal University (MRU) and leads a team that supports over 12,000 credit students, 4,000 continuing education students and 1,300 professors, instructors and staff. Michael was previously Director of IT at the Calgary Catholic... Read More →
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Jeff Oliver

Manager, Network and Telecommunications, University of Lethbridge
Jeff started his professional career in the electronics/computer industry quite on a whim when his first choice of attending a cooking school did not come to fruition. After obtaining a certification in electronics and working in the industry for a number of years, he returned to... Read More →
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Vaughn Ravenscroft

Vice President, Strategy and Chief Information Officer, Bow Valley College
Vaughn Ravenscroft is the Vice President of Strategy and CIO at Bow Valley College. Vaughn has 30 years of leadership experience in a range of global academic, professional and financial services environments. His career focus is using technology to create value for organizations... Read More →
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Angie Tarasoff

Senior Manager, Planning, Projects and Applications, NorQuest College
NorQuest College serves approximately 17,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students, and is among the fastest growing post-secondary institutions in Alberta, posting annual growth over 15% for the last two years. At the college, Angie is accountable for a diverse... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2017 14:00 - 15:00 MST
Kinnear Centre - KC 303