Keynote Presenter

Jill Dyche, Vice President, SAS Best Practices
Jill Dyché—frank, funny, and full of great stories—has been thinking, writing, and speaking about business-IT alignment for over two decades. In her career as a consultant and advisor to executives across industries, she’s seen technology organizations deliver strategic change, and has worked with managers across IT and business organizations to make it stick.

Jill has lived in far-flung locales including Paris, London, and Sydney, lecturing at industry conferences, tech events, and leading business schools, and blogging on the topic of why corporate technologies are—or, at least should be—business-driven. She is the author of e-Data (Addison Wesley, 2000), The CRM Handbook (Addison Wesley, 2002), and, with co-author Evan Levy, Customer Data Integration (Wiley, 2007). Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and journals including,, Information Week, Computerworld, and

Her latest book—The New IT: How Technology Leaders are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age—offers fresh frameworks for transforming enterprise IT organizations. It also features case studies of executive change agents across the technology and business divide, all profiled in Jill’s irreverent voice.

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Session Presenters

Tamara Dull, Director of Emerging Technologies, SAS Best Practices

Through engaging publications, rich media and industry engagements, Tamara delivers a pragmatic perspective on emerging data topics, including big data, privacy, and the Internet of Things. She was recently listed as #13 on the Big Data 2015: Top 100 Influencers and Brands list.

Tamara has been in the high tech industry for 30 years, and has held positions in enterprise training, consulting, software development, marketing, and IT, product, and executive management. She uses her unique blend of data-rich experience, market understanding and technical prowess to educate and entertain data professionals on the how-to’s, best practices, and trends in today’s emerging marketplace.

As a pioneer in social media and online strategy, Tamara has established dynamic social marketing and collaboration initiatives. Prior to SAS, she provided strategic marketing and branding leadership and online media expertise for a management consulting firm, helmed a major release of a high-tech startup’s enterprise collaboration software suite, and developed a website application in her role as co-founder of a nonprofit.

Tamara regularly writes and blogs for SAS, SmartData Collective and The Cyberista Says at Two popular publications include The Big Data E-book: A Tale of Customer Loyalty and Going SoLoMo and A Non-Geek’s Big Data Playbook: Hadoop and the Enterprise Data Warehouse.

Tamara is a self-described “cyberista,” whose favorite TV shows are from the Stargate franchise and Battlestar Galactica. (Yes, she has all the DVD box sets.) She finds science fiction to be more believable than some of the experiences she’s had in corporate America.

Anne Buff, Thought Leader, SAS Best Practices

Anne Buff is a Business Solutions Manager and Thought Leader for SAS Best Practices, a thought leadership organization at SAS institute. As a speaker and author she specializes in the topics of data governance, MDM, data integration and data monetization. Her energy, excitement and enthusiasm for all things data will grab you in ways you never expected, leaving you refreshed and ready to take on your toughest of data issues.

Anne has been a specialist in the world of data for over 15 years and has developed courseware for a wide range of technical concepts and software, including SAS® Data Management. In her current role she leverages her training and consulting experience and her data-savviness to lead best practices workshops and facilitate intra-team dialogs to help companies realize their “data potential.”

Anne is passionate about sharing her love for data and ensuring everyone knows the technical world can (and should) be FUN! Before joining SAS, she developed a vocational training rehabilitation program that helped over 1,000 local displaced workers gain skills to re-enter the workforce in technology positions.

Anne went to clown school as a child, which culminated in spending a week with the circus, an experience that taught Anne to always have fun in her job. She went on to attain a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication from West Virginia University, which wasn’t as fun as the circus – but it has taught her all about juggling corporate teams. Her mission is to help you find your love for data because (as she says) it will love you back.

Antonio Castro, Managing Director – North America Information and Analytics Strategy Lead, Accenture

Antonio leads Accenture's North America Analytics Strategy Practice assisting clients make the most of their information assets through helping clients develop their data science and analytics capabilities.

Antonio has a deep Engineering and Mathematics background with a focus on algorithms for mining massive datasets and machine learning ("Big Data"). In addition, he has over 20 years of experience in technology and consulting, primarily in the Financial Services industry. Antonio was previously an executive at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital leading a Global Data Management Services team for the Investment Bank. Prior to that, he ran BearingPoint's Capital Markets IT Strategy and Architecture practice and has also held CTO, Sales Leadership, and Product Management roles at start-up and mid-sized SaaS software companies.

Bill Johnston, GM Business Intelligence & Analytics

Bill is responsible for maximizing the value of Canada Post's data assets through the development of an appropriate technology infrastructure, the creation of business enabling reports and the application of effective Data Governance.

Bill has an economics background holding a masters degree from the University of Guelph. With over 20 years’ experience in analytics, Bill has held various roles in financial services and government organizations. Prior to joining Canada Post, Bill held Sr. level roles at Chase Cards Services, Citi Cards Canada, Exchange Solutions, CIBC and CMHC.

Todd Warnell, Senior Director, Loblaw's Business Intelligence Competencey Centre

Todd is the Senior Director of Loblaw’s Business Intelligence Competency Centre. Having been with Loblaw since 2001, Todd has delivered technology and process improvement solutions across a wide range of business units including Finance, IT, and Operations, which has allowed him to develop a detail-driven approach to Information Governance, BI, and Analytics. Todd is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). In his spare time, Todd tries to stay ahead of his children in all things related to technology and geekery.

Date & Time: April 15, 2015 – 7:30 am – 10:30 am

Location: St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre
150 King St. W., 27th Floor
Toronto, ON
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Cost: Complimentary

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