Special Guest Speakers

Wayne Gretzky

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed "The Great One," is widely considered to be the greatest hockey player of all-time. Following his successful career on the ice, Gretzky has stayed close to the game he loves. He was Head Coach and EVP of the Phoenix Coyotes from 2005 to 2009 and more recently was named the Vice Chairman of the Edmonton Oilers in 2016 and the official ambassador for the NHL’s Centennial Celebration in 2017.

Gretzky retired as a player on April 16, 1999, after 20 seasons in which he dominated the National Hockey League unlike any player in history. Gretzky helped win four Stanley Cup Championships and three Canada Cup tournament titles during his illustrious career. He became the NHL's all-time leading goal, assist, and point producer for both regular season and playoffs. Gretzky won 10 Art Ross Trophies as the NHL's leading scorer, nine Hart Trophies as the League's MVP, and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP. He earned five Lady Byng Trophies as the NHL's most gentlemanly player and made 18 consecutive All-Star Game appearances, securing three All-Star MVP Awards. Gretzky is an eight-time First All-Star Team member and seven-time Second All-Star Team member. He holds virtually every offensive record in the NHL and his tireless support of the game has contributed significantly to the popularity it enjoys today.

Upon his retirement, Gretzky held or shared 61 NHL records. Following his final game, the NHL bestowed on Gretzky the unique distinction of being the only player in the history of the NHL to have his jersey number retired by all member clubs. "No. 99" was formally retired at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game in Toronto and will never again be worn by an NHL player.

On November 22, 1999, seven months after his retirement, Gretzky was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada, becoming the tenth and final player in Hockey Hall of Fame history to have the mandatory three-year waiting period for enshrinement waived by the Hall's board of directors.

In 2002, Gretzky served in a managerial role with Team Canada as the Executive Director of Team Canada's Olympic Hockey Team. Under Gretzky's leadership, Team Canada persevered to win the Gold Medal. Gretzky served in the same capacity with Team Canada for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

The Wayne Gretzky Foundation is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youngsters throughout North America participate in hockey. Gretzky also gives his time to countless other charitable endeavors. He serves as Honorary Chairman of Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities in Canada, and is an Athlete Ambassador and Honorary Member of the Board of Trustees of Right to Play, an athlete driven humanitarian organization that uses sports to enhance child development in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Gretzky also is a participant in “Hands That Shape Humanity”, a project for the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre.



Michele Romanow

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Michele Romanow

Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. The newest (and youngest ever) entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce platforms Buytopia.ca and Snap By Groupon, which have saved millions of users hundreds of millions of dollars. She is also the co-founder of Clearbanc, an online financial service for freelancers, independent contractors, and entrepreneurs. Ranked in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada” and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list, Michele brings her youthful energy and incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage.

In addition to starring on Dragons’ Den, Michele was previously a panellist on the show’s web series, Next Gen Den.

Snap by Groupon (previously called SnapSaves) was acquired by Groupon in 2014, and Buytopia.ca, who accelerated their growth by acquiring seven smaller competitors, ranked #3 on the “Profit Hot 50” list of the fastest growing Canadian companies, and #1 on Chatelaine’s W100 list of fastest growing companies.

Michele has worked driving new digital solutions to many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil, and she was also the Director of Strategy for Sears, where she led apparel growth strategies at the company — a $2.5 billion category.

Michele was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award; the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards; and was a Cartier Women’s Initiative Award global finalist. She is also the winner of the Toronto Board of Trade Award for entrepreneurs under 30, among many other honours.

In the media, Michele’s work has been profiled in Forbes, Canadian Business, The New York Times, INC, The Globe and Mail, and Chatelaine.

During her Civil Engineering undergrad at Queen’s University, Michele founded The Tea Room, the first zero-consumer-waste coffee shop. At Queen’s, she was given the Queen’s Tricolour — the highest honour awarded by the university — and, after completing her Queen’s MBA, she founded Evandale Caviar, a vertically integrated commercial fishery.

Michele is a director for Vail Resorts, Freshii, and Shad Valley, a transformational program that develops the entrepreneurial potential of exceptional Canadian youth.



Main Stage Keynote Speakers

Enterprise World keynote speakers are every attendee’s ticket to exploring, discussing, and defining the future of information management.

Bringing together key OpenText executives with the industry’s most respected thought leaders, business drivers, and futurist visionaries, the Enterprise World keynote is a unique opportunity to get inspired and invigorated with the latest in best practices, evolving technologies, and emerging relationship and business models.

Check back often as this page will be updated with speakers as they are confirmed.

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    Mark ‌Barrenechea

    CEO & CTO, OpenText

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    Muhi ‌Majzoub

    Executive Vice President, Engineering, OpenText

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    Adam ‌Howatson

    Chief Marketing Officer, OpenText

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    Dean ‌Haacker

    Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, The PrivateBank

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    Fredrik ‌Härén

    Entrepreneur, Publisher and Author

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    Kristijan ‌Jarc

    VP Digital Improvement Center, KUKA

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    Sarah ‌Shortreed

    Chief Information Officer, Bruce Power

Track Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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    Karen ‌Hobert

    Digital Workplace Content & Insights Research Director, Gartner

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    Murtaza ‌Masood

    CIO, Los Angeles County Department of Human Resources

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    Isabel ‌Meyer

    DAMS Branch Manager, Smithsonian Institution

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    Tara ‌Mulrooney

    CTO, Alberta Energy Regulators

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    Shelley ‌Youens

    Director, Alberta Energy Regulators

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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    Lori ‌Bieda

    Head of Analytics Centre of Excellence, BMO Financial Group

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    Bennett ‌Borden

    Chief Data Scientist, Drinker Biddle & Reath

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    Bruce ‌Pfannenstiel

    Senior Director, Information Governance and Compliance, PPD Inc.

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    Dan ‌Playfair

    Sr. Director MCR, Bruce Power

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    Gilbert ‌Sabat

    Former CIO, Region of Peel

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    Randall ‌Urban

    Vice President, Digital Office Adient Corp.

Future Forward

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Future Forward is a one-day event hosted at Enterprise World geared for university students and faculty with an interest in technology and innovation.

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    Mark ‌Bergen

    Shopify Plus

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    Feridun ‌Hamdullahpur

    President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

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    Craig ‌Haney


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    Martin ‌Laforest

    The Institute for Quantum Computing

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    Stephen ‌Piron

    Deep Learni.ng

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    Larry ‌Smith

    University of Waterloo

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