Speakers

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Lara Swift
MC, 2017 AutoTech Symposium
Lara Swift is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Swift Labs Inc in Kitchener. Swift Labs is a hardware company specializing in the design of innovative IoT products for consumer and enterprise markets. Lara holds a Masters of Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo.
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Hon. Steven Del Duca
Event Kick-Off
Steven Del Duca is the Minister of Transportation and Vaughan MPP. First elected to the Ontario Legislature in September 2012 in a provincial byelection. In less than two years, he secured approval of the Highway 427 extension. Del Duca was re-elected in June 2014 and appointed Ontario’s Minister of Transportation in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet.
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Michael Robinet
Speaker,
Technology and Traditional Manufacturing
Michael Robinet became a Managing Director within IHS Markit Automotive Consulting Practice in November 2011. He has led the North American Advisory Group since 2015. Core competencies include global vehicle production and capacity forecasting; future product program intelligence; platform consolidation and globalization trends, supplier business planning/transition, trade flow/sourcing strategies on OEM footprint/logistics trends.
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Greg Boehmer
Moderator, Embedded Security and Cyberwars
Greg Boehmer is a senior manager in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Cyber Risk Services practice, specializing in cyber security for the automotive industry and public utilities. He has more than 13 years experience helping his clients be secure, vigilant and resilient in a landscape of increasing cyber risks. Greg’s experience focuses on SAP security, controls and governance, risks and compliance.
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David MacFarlane
Panelist, Embedded Security and Cyberwars
David MacFarlane is the Managing Director of ESCRYPT Canada. He joined the global ESCRYPT team in 2016 to establish the Canadian office and build its business through offering innovative security solutions, products and services. In his first year as Managing Director, ESCRYPT Canada developed and launched the data analysis platform for an automotive intrusion detection solution and acquired TrustPoint Innovation Technologies, a technology company with deep expertise in IoT and automotive security.
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Jim Alfred
Panelist, Embedded Security and Cyberwars
Jim Alfred is Vice President of Certicom Corp, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Ltd. And a member of the BlackBerry Technology Solutions business unit. Jim is responsible for all Certicom commercial activities. He has been involved with embedded technology and the move to smart, connected devices for over 25 years.His team at Certicom helps manufacturers and service providers protect their content, devices and applications with government approved security – from cryptography libraries and security protocols to end-to-end security solutions for global silicon manufacturing and managed PKI services for device manufacturers.
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Dan Mathieson
Panelist, Becoming a Smart City
Dan Mathieson is in his fourth term as Mayor of the City of Stratford and has sat on municipal council since 1995. During his tenure Dan has been a member on numerous Boards and Committees in healthcare, municipal affairs, law enforcement, athletics, not-for-profits, universities and colleges. He is also currently Chair of numerous boards.
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Berry Vrbanovic
Panelist, Becoming a Smart City

Berry Vrbanovic was elected as Mayor of the City of Kitchener in 2014, after serving as a City Councillor from 1994-2014. He is committed to improving the quality of life for residents in Kitchener and throughout the Region of Waterloo.
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Geordie Hagerman
Panelist, Becoming a Smart City

Geordie Hagerman is Vice President of Business Development at Carnegie Technologies, which develops ground-breaking connectivity and convergence solutions for mobile operators, satellite communications, the Internet of Things and connected vehicles. Geordie was a founding team member of Pravala Networks, which focused on connected vehicle technologies and was acquired by Carnegie in 2016.
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Ross McKenzie
Panelist, Collaborative Research Funding Opportunities

Ross McKenzie is the Managing Director of the University of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR), a top 5 North American automotive -academic research centre. Through proactive outreach, Ross facilitates research with successful engagement of industry partners. He currently serves on the Board of Intelligent Transportation Systems Canada and is the Chair of the Electric Mobility Canada’s annual student competition.
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Justin Gammage
Panelist, Collaborative Research Funding Opportunities

Justin Gammage is Industry Liaison Manager for the Vice President of Research at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). He leads the institution’s automotive and transportation industry outreach and creates industry driven research programs with leading faculty and research labs. Among these labs is the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), Canada’s most sophisticated full-scale climatic research facility.
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Kevin Tuer
Panelist, Data and the Connected Car 
Kevin Tuer is Managing Director of the Canadian Open Data Exchange, a national initiative to help the private sector adopt and commercialize data from public and private sources for the purpose of enhancing their current products or creating new products. As Vice President Strategic Initiatives for Communitech, Kevin leads cluster building activities including open data, big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT), for the purpose of creating or accelerating new opportunities in emerging fields for the private sector.
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Dan Deeth
Panelist, Data and the Connected Car
Dan is Sandvine’s Media & Industry Relations Manager who oversees the Global Internet Phenomena Report. His research is responsible for revealing the facts, fads and future trends about the Internet that are regularly cited by both media and Communications Service Providers across the globe.
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Jean-Christophe Petkovich
Panelist, Data and the Connected Car
Jean-Christophe Petkovich is a PhD candidate in computer engineering at the real-time embedded software group at the University of Waterloo. He has 8 years of experience with pattern recognition, data analysis, statistical modelling and machine learning. His extensive experience includes working with leaders in the transportation industry, including QNX and Bombardier, where he wrote software for safety-critical systems.
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Dave Resnick
Keynote
Dave Resnick is Head of Google Canada’s Automotive division, although his passion for cars began during his first job in a dealership 25 years ago. Prior to re-joining Google Canada in 2016, David led various teams in Google Singapore, and also served as the VP and GM for Workopolis Canada where he fell in love with digital disruption.
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Jon Walgate
Moderator, AI + AVs: Enabling Intelligent Transportation
Jon is Strategic Research Initiatives Office for Waterloo Engineering. He has written extensively on artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things, working with some of Waterloo’s leading scientist and engineers to help advance their research agendas. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Jon worked at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Calgary, where he studied quantum information theory. He holds a doctor in Physics from the University of Oxford.
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Justin Eichel
Panelist, AI + AVs: Enabling Intelligent Transportation
Justin Eichel is the Technical Director for Miovision, responsible for designing, prototyping and deploying worldwide Artificial Intelligence-based traffic solutions. Dr. Eichel graduated from Systems Design Engineering in the field of Computer Vision and Statistical Modelling, then started his own consulting company and won three international industrial awards on behalf of a Toronto-based company he represented. He holds patents for his work with AI, video encoding, statistical modelling, aerospace, and control systems. In 2016, Dr. Eichel and his team at Miovision created and deployed the world’s fastest vehicle segmentation system, deploying the GPU cloud-based operation to transform over 18,000 hours of weekly video into traffic models and transportation analytics. In 2017, Justin and fellow panelist Alex Wong collaborated on a breakthrough in optimizations that allows a traffic AI system to be deployed road-side, enabling dynamic vehicle flow. As an NVIDIA AI City and an Amazon Smart City partner, Dr. Eichel is exploring new ways to interface with vehicles while protecting driver privacy and anonymity.
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Alexander Wong
Panelist, AI + AVs: Enabling Intelligent Transportation
Alexander Wong is a Systems Design Engineering professor at the University of Waterloo. In the realm of artificial intelligence, Dr. Wong specializes in evolutionary deep intelligence for enabling powerful yet efficient deep learning under different operational scenarios, ranging from intelligent transportation to healthcare and finance. He is a member of the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute (waterloo.ai), has received over 20 national and international awards and given numerous invited talks to industry and academia. Dr. Wong is co-director of the Vision and Image Processing Research Group, has published over 400 refereed journal and conference papers. He holds over 20 patents and patent applications, in various fields including artificial intelligence, computer vision, and imaging.
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Juliette Powell 
Closing Keynote Speaker
Data is fundamental to everything we do. The amount and type of data that will be available in the future is unimaginable. Juliette Powell will share her insights on the world we are about to enter and how it impacts the automotive industry. Listed by Forbes as the “ultimate connector, Juliette Powell is co-founder of The Gathering Think Tank and Turing AI.
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