Canadian Club Toronto
Is Canada Fit For Growth? Being Digital Is Not Enough.
Ricardo Costa (Purolator), Claudia Krywiak (Ontario Centre of Innovation) & Ron McKenzie (Rogers for Business) with Chris Mar (PwC)
DATE: Thursday, May 26th, 2022
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern Time
Organizations are busier than ever digitizing – spending a lot of energy and investment – but leaders are still concerned that they are falling behind, not seeing a return on the investment, and not creating any differentiation for their organizations. What steps can leaders take to execute such transformations? In a digital economy, how can organizations realize the promise of Industry 4.0? How important is getting this right to Canada’s global competitiveness?
Join Canadian Club Toronto on May 26 to hear our expert panelists discuss how organizations can think beyond digital and be clear on the unique capabilities that enable them to deliver value in a unique way, work with digitally enabled ecosystems, and build trust across their stakeholders. This conversation will be moderated by Chris Mar, Partner and National Leader for Strategy&, PwC Canada and will feature:
- Ricardo Costa – Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Purolator
- Claudia Krywiak – President and CEO, Ontario Centre of Innovation
- Ron McKenzie – President, Rogers for Business
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Purolator
Ricardo is responsible for the end-to-end delivery of technology and digital solutions and services for Purolator. With over 20 years of experience, Ricardo is a business-focused technology leader who has helped transform organizations using technology to enable business growth, while improving operational and supply chain efficiencies and mitigating risks.
Ricardo brings experience in supporting complex, North American-wide distribution and delivery networks, large-scale technology project leadership and experience working through an IT shared-service model.
President and CEO, OCI
Claudia Krywiak is President and CEO at Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), a not-for-profit organization that works with industry, government, and academia to accelerate the commercialization and adoption of new technologies.
Since joining OCI in 2011, Claudia has championed innovation as a key driver of competitiveness, productivity, and economic growth. She has led the development and deployment of large-scale strategic initiatives that brought together multiple levels of government, post-secondary institutions, anchor firms, and start-ups to fuel growth in emerging technology areas, including artificial intelligence, autonomous and electric vehicles, 5G and next generation networks, cybersecurity, and clean technologies.
Prior to joining OCI, Claudia held the position of Vice President, Business Development at Mitacs, a national research organization that funds research and training programs.
Claudia started her career at Bruker Corporation, a world-leading manufacturer of scientific instruments for molecular research and industrial analysis. Claudia serves on the Boards of Directors for IBI Group and Waterloo’s Accelerator Centre.
She received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto.
President, Rogers for Business
Ron McKenzie was appointed President, Rogers for Business in June 2021. He is responsible for delivering Wireless, Wireline, IoT, Advanced Services and Data Centre products and solutions to small, medium, large and public sector businesses across Canada.
Prior to taking on this role, Ron led Technical Operations at Rogers for more than two years, where he was responsible for Install, Service & Maintenance, and Technical Support for both Wireless and Wireline. Most recently, he led the acceleration of our Technical Operations transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver a three-year plan in a matter of weeks – keeping our customers connected, and our team members safe.
Ron has deep roots and expertise in the telecom industry, spanning more than 30 years, across Canada and the United States, partnering with large scale operators around the globe. Prior to joining Rogers, Ron spent more than 10 years in senior leadership at Shaw Communications in Calgary, including leading operations as the Chief Operating Officer, and as the executive lead of Business, where he ran the business-to-business operations and delivered significant growth in the organization’s Small-Medium and Enterprise business.
Ron is a respected leader who truly champions the customer experience. He has extensive experience across operational and network equipment functions, always with a focus on supporting and enabling customers, and creating new services from a customer-centric view.
Ron graduated with a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and has attended the CTAM Executive Management programs at Harvard. He is currently Secretary of the Board of Directors – on the executive committee – of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). In his role on the Board of SCTE, Ron is contributing to the future of connectivity through technological leadership and innovation to help build and give back to the industry.
Partner and National Leader for Strategy&, PwC
Chris Mar is a Toronto based Partner at PwC and leader of Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting practice. He is also a core member of PwC’s technology, media and telecommunications practice. Chris has worked extensively with Canadian and global clients on engagements related to innovation, commercial growth, operational efficiency, long-term strategic planning, organizational redesign and mergers & acquisitions. Chris has authored numerous publications on accelerating the digital economy in Canada and recently advised the Government of Ontario on the Industry 4.0 strategy for the province. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s of Business Administration from Ivey Business School.