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Mark your calendar for these Canadian ICT events

8 upcoming conferences that IT pros & CIOs won’t want to miss.

Looking to expand your knowledge or upgrade your skills? As summer turns to fall, there are a range of industry events, summits and conferences all across Canada that are tailored to IT pros and CIOs. These events can help you stay on top of the latest tech trends, network with peers and mentors, and take your career to the next level. Here are a few worth noting.

 

Smart Cities Expo World Forum 2017

Smart Cities Expo World Forum 2017

September 18-19, Toronto

Location: Toronto Congress Centre

Cost:

  • Free exhibition pass
  • Workshops from $150 – $250
  • Full conference passes from $1000 – $2,000

Register: http://smartcitiesexpoworldforum.ca/registration/

This forum is designed to educate attendees about smart cities and urban planning technologies, covering a range of topics from industrial IoT to smart grids, fog computing and big data analytics.

Why attend? It’s a chance to meet the experts, with more than 100 speakers and a state-of-the-art conference floor. Highlights include keynotes on smart energy and the shift to a low-carbon economy, exploring new revenue streams in the IoT ecosystem, and why ‘smart’ is the new ‘sustainable.’

 

ITAC Cyber Security Forum

ITAC Cyber Security Forum

September 29 in Ottawa or via teleconference from 9:30 am – 12 noon

Location: In-person location TBD. The WebEx link will be sent to teleconference attendees a day or two before the event.

Cost: Free

Register: http://itac.ca/blog/event/itac-cyber-security-forum/

The quarterly ITAC Cyber Security Forum will focus on the theme of securing communications.

Why attend? The forum will teach you about the threat landscape affecting online communications, hacking-as-a-service, automated hacking tools and AI controlled by cyber criminals. They’ll also discuss cyber security regulation that affects communications. Highlights include a presentation of security defense strategies in a borderless world by Stew Wolfe of Cisco Security Solutions, and a presentation on how cyber hacking has become so easy that even your grandmother could hack your email, by Sem Ponnambalam of XAHIVE.

 

iTech

iTech 2017

October and November in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver

Locations and Dates:

  • Edmonton: October 17, Shaw Conference Centre
  • Calgary: October 19, Telus Convention Centre
  • Toronto: November 2, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Vancouver: November 9, Vancouver Convention Centre

Register: https://www.itechconference.ca/

Canada’s IT technology conference and exhibition focuses on infrastructure, cloud, mobility and security.

Why attend? Attendees will discover (and get hands-on experience with) the latest products and services, stay up-to-date on industry trends and directly engage with experts, vendors and peers. This event is also designed to help create a network of like-minded IT professionals. Highlights include sessions on how to secure your data from ransomware, how IT can negotiate disruptive change, and traditional backup versus business continuity.

 

Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) 2017

Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) 2017

October 17-18, Toronto

Location: Hilton Toronto

Cost: $645 (early bird until September 15)

Register: http://canadianinnovationexchange.com/2017/

CIX 2017 will bring together key players in the Canadian innovation ecosystem, from North America’s top VCs to cutting-edge founders and CEOs.

Why attend? You’ll learn about new tech trends and opportunities from industry leaders, plus meet the most active tech investors from across Canada and the U.S. CIX 2017 will feature keynotes from the likes of Marc Teerlink, Chief Business Strategist at IBM Watson, and Jason Smith, the Founder/CEO of Real Matters and recipient of CIX’s 2017 Innovator of the Year. Panels, fireside chats and workshops take on issues facing the Canadian tech community, including how Canadian startups are leveraging AI and becoming international players in the process, and why big data is the new competitive advantage for corporations and startups alike.

 

BTM TalentMash Manitoba 2017

BTM TalentMash Manitoba 2017

October 28, Winnipeg

Location: Red River College

Cost: Free

Register: http://btmtalentmash.ca/manitoba/

This brand new event, called the BTM (Business Technology Management) TalentMash Manitoba, is organized by ITAC Talent, which is a division of the Information Technology Association of Canada. Designed to connect employers with top talent — specifically, hundreds of current BTM students and recent grads — the event will give attendees the chance to network with others in their industry and gain professional insights about what skills are needed in the job market.

Why attend? TalentMash provides an opportunity to learn from thought leaders who represent academic and business professionals, and to meet, greet and network with recruitment professionals representing national and global organizations.

 

SecTor 2017

SecTor 2017

November 13-15, Toronto

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Cost: $50 for expo-only passes or $1,399 for the full conference experience

Register: https://sector.ca/

This annual security education conference brings IT professionals together from across Canada to learn from and network with some of the world’s top security professionals.

Why attend? Experts from around the world will share their latest research and techniques, shedding light on the underground threats and mischief that threatens corporate and personal IT systems. Featured keynote speakers include Allison Miller, Product Manager of Security and Privacy with Google, and Bruce Schneier, Special Advisor to IBM Security. Highlights include sessions on hunting ransomware through automation and how modern SaaS companies can defend themselves against cyber attacks.

 

FTC 2017 — Future Technologies Conference 2017

FTC 2017 - Future Technologies Conference 2017

November 29-30, Vancouver

Location: Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver

Cost: $600

Register: http://saiconference.com/FTC

FTC 2017 is a forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of computing, electronics, AI, robotics, security and communications — bringing together researchers, academics and technologists from universities, research firms, government agencies and companies in more than 50 countries.

Why attend? FTC is all about new tech trends, demos, training and networking with like-minds. You’ll learn about key technologies that are creating breakthroughs across different industries, plus “gain insight and training through hundreds of presentations and demonstrations” — which is a compelling reason to attend. The event also promises to offer informal networking settings, so attendees can mingle with other thought leaders in a relaxed environment. Additional highlights include a keynote by John Martinis of Google on how to build a quantum computer, and James Hendler of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on the coming collision of artificial intelligence, social networking and humanity.

 

Microsoft Tech Summit

Microsoft Tech Summit

December 13-14, Toronto

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Cost: Free

Register: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/techsummit

IT professionals and developers can build their skills with the latest in cloud technologies at this free, technical learning event.

Why attend? You’ll evolve your skills and deepen your expertise by connecting with Microsoft’s cloud engineers across Azure, Office 365 and Windows 10. You’ll also discover the latest trends, tools and product roadmaps at more than 70 sessions, from keynotes and breakouts to hands-on labs. And to make sure you meet the right people, there’s also the event Hub — a gathering place where you can discuss everything you’ve learned and network with partners.

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Vawn Himmelsbach

Vawn Himmelsbach is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto. She has covered technology and travel for 15 years, for media outlets such as CBCNews.ca, The Globe & Mail, Metro News, ITBusiness, PCworld Canada and Computerworld Canada. She also spent three years living abroad and working as an Asian correspondent.

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