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The Future of Machine Learning: Developing Neural Networks at 13 years old- Zaynah Bhanji

Zaynah is a 15-year-old machine learning and virtual & augmented reality developer. She began her journey developing neural networks at 13 and has been supported by companies like Google, CIBC, TD, Deloitte, and Microsoft.

Zaynah believes that artificial intelligence will disrupt every single industry, and computer vision will play a huge part in that. To that end, she is the founder of ARTICULATE. A Company Reimagining Oratory Skill Development Through Virtual Reality & Artificial Intelligence.

She has been speaking at leading conferences globally in places including Dubai, Poland, Toronto, San Francisco, and more. Zaynah is also a huge advocate for women and girls in technology, and speaks to many girls to inspire them to pursue their interests in a science or tech field. Her mentors and advisors represent some of the leading companies in the AI and VR/AR space.

Building a Data Driven Culture – Christina Hoy

Christina is an experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the health care and insurance industries. A strong visionary leader skilled in, Healthcare Management, Data and Analytics, technology, and large complex program/project delivery.

Currently she is Vice President, Corporate Business Information and Analytics at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

Previously she was director of Health Data and Health System funding at The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. There, she provided strategic direction related to information management solutions, system wide information management developments; As well as strategic direction and leadership for the development and implementation of the provincial health system funding reform.  This included the policy framework and models which contributed to the overall strategic direction and provincial priorities for patient focused funding and enhancing the quality of care across the health system.

She has spoken at many conferences including the Predictive analytics world conference and the notable Chief data and Analytics officer conference. She is a passionate voice in the healthcare and insurance industries and believes that “Better intelligence leads to better outcomes”


Privacy in the Digital Age – Della Shea

Della is a recognized data privacy thought leader and her work has been featured in numerous publications.

Currently, she is the Chief Data Governance Officer for Symcor Inc.; a leading provider of payment processing and data services. There, Della is responsible for creating and leading the organization’s data strategy including, data management, data operations, governance and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Symcor, Della was the Director of Privacy and Information Risk for the Royal Bank of Canada where her strategic leadership helped shape many of the Bank’s most innovative and challenging data initiatives.

In 2013 she was selected as Canada’s Information Security Executive of the year by the Technology Executive Network.  She is also an international board member of the Information Accountability Foundation and an advisory board member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Council of Chief Analytics Officers.


Predictive Analytics in Action – Katrin Shechtman

Katrin can best be described as Entrepreneur, Technologist, Software architect, Leader, Developer, Speaker and Trainer.

Currently she is Head of Architecture at Thompson Reuters, Corporates

Katrin has held many senior architecture position working in software development, with experience in multi-platform distributed systems development, Java2EE, full stack web development, single page applications, scala, phyton and hadoop.

She is also, professors at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto in the Data Science Certificate Program. She is a Big Data guru, who has been aspiring many data science students over the years and I’m excited to have her with us today.

Data Governance and Veracity – Monique Hesseling

With more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, Monique has held senior leadership positions in many large companies. Currently she is a Director of the Data Business Group at Accenture.

Throughout her career, Monique has helped companies grow their businesses based on data insights and analytics. She has worked on numerous BI initiatives, data warehousing, customer insight efforts, market segmentation and product development projects. Her success in assisting in global development and expansion planning is widely recognized. She draws on her global experience when applying her expertise in different markets.


Leading through uncertainty: A look at how to navigate large scale changes in a big data world- Debra Keeling-Christmas

Debra Keeling – Christmas is a 40 + year industry veteran with a wealth of experience in leading organizations to use data and technology to navigate challenging global landscapes, ultimately helping them to deliver positive business outcomes.

Currently, she is an Executive partner at Gartner

Over the years, she has led strategy and technical services as VP of Americas Technical Sales at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. There she set the vision, business model and go to market strategy for the evolution of the software portfolio and technical resources. Previous to that,  she was Chief Information Officer in the cities of Kinston and Kanata in Canada;  Where she ran all aspects of technology from application development to Operation within the City.

She advises on big picture organizational strategy for achieving positive outcomes in data projects and beyond.

Data Use Cases in Insurance – Cindy Maike

As General Manager for Insurance, Cindy Maike is responsible for global insurance strategy and customer engagement for Cloudera. She works with customers and partners leveraging analytics for business growth and exploring the use of new data sources to drive innovation in the evolving world of insurance. She has over 25 years of finance, consulting and advisory services experience in the insurance industry working with clients globally on their business strategy leveraging analytics and technology to further drive business results.


She is passionate about solving business problems and eternally believes in process improvement and strongly believes that today’s next generation of business intelligence in the form of advanced analytics will revolutionize the insurance industry.

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The SheKnowsData initiative aims to inspire and educate data professionals world wide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. The Podcast features leaders in various industries talking about their work,  their journeys and lessons learned along the way.

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