OpenText keynote speakers
Vice Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, OpenText
Mark J. Barrenechea joined OpenText as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2012, and also serves as a member of the Board. In January 2016, Mark took on the role of Chief Technology Officer. As CEO of Canada’s largest software company, Mark oversees the strategic direction of the organization and upholds the company’s position at the forefront of the industry. Under his direction, the Company has grown both organically and through strategic acquisitions, into a $1.9 billion technology company. Mark’s unwavering commitment to innovation and results, combined with a dedication to customers’ needs, led him to successfully realign the company’s products, transforming OpenText into an Enterprise Information Management leader. A prominent thought leader, Mark‘s extensive experience in information technology affords him a unique insight into the technological changes ushering in the fourth industrial revolution. In his latest book, The Golden Age of Innovation, he identifies the opportunity this unprecedented change holds for today’s businesses and how to successfully maneuver the ever-changing digital world. Mark has been the recipient of many accolades over the years. In 2011, the San Francisco Business Times named him the 2011 Best Large Company CEO. Most recently, he was named the 2015 Results-Oriented CEO of the year by the CEO World Awards. The prestigious award recognizes Mark’s leadership and innovation in attaining results for the company and its customers. In addition, Mark has authored several books including The Golden Age of Innovation, On Digital, Digital: Disrupt or Die, eGovernment or Out of Government, Enterprise Information Management: The Next Generation of Enterprise Software, Software Rules and e-Business or out of Business. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Saint Michael’s College. He currently serves as a member of the Board and Audit Committee of Dick’s Sporting Goods and also serves as a board member of Hamilton Insurance Group. For more industry thoughts from Mark, you can subscribe to his blog, follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.
Executive Vice President, Engineering and IT, OpenText
Muhi S. Majzoub was named Executive Vice President, Engineering and IT in January 2016. Muhi joined OpenText as Senior Vice President of Engineering in June 2012. He is responsible for Corporate and Commercial IT, including Cloud Services, as well as defining the vision and strategy for OpenText products, leading the development organization and transitioning OpenText to the cloud. Prior to OpenText, Muhi was Chief of Products for NorthgateArinso, where he was responsible for defining the company's product vision, strategy and the development life cycle. He focused on consolidating the late software portfolio and developing new product capabilities for both cloud and on-premise solutions. Muhi has also held the position of Senior Vice President of Product Development for CA, Inc., where he was responsible for the development of the common technology platform and components and integration strategy. Prior to CA, Muhi was Vice President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation. During his tenure at Oracle, he was responsible for the delivery of the Sales Automation Suite, including Sales Online TeleSales, Sales Compensation, Sales Intelligence and many other Internet technology projects, such as Oracle Store, Oracle.com and the MetaLink TAR system. Muhi attended San Francisco State University.
EVP of Baseball Operations and minority owner of the Oakland Athletics of MLB
Considered one of the most progressive and talented baseball executives in the game today, Billy Beane has molded the Oakland Athletics into one of professional baseball’s most consistent winners since taking over as General Manager following the 1997 season. Beane shattered traditional MLB beliefs that big payrolls equated wins by implementing a statistical methodology that led the Oakland A's, one of the worst teams in baseball with one of the lowest payrolls, to six American League West Division Titles. That strategic methodology has come to be known as the Moneyball philosophy, named for the bestselling book and Oscar nominated film chronicling Beane’s journey from General Manager to hero to celebrated management genius. Most recently, Beane was named Major League Baseball Executive of the Year for the second time by Baseball America in 2013 (first earned in 2002).
Today, Billy Beane’s “Moneyball” philosophy has been adopted by organizations of all sizes, across all industries, as a way to more effectively, efficiently, and profitably manage their assets, talent, and resources. He has helped to shape the way modern businesses view and leverage big data and employ analytics for long-term success.
Beginning in 1999, Beane and former Assistant GM Paul DePodesta shattered antiquated MLB beliefs that big payrolls could mean more wins by implementing an unorthodox (by MLB standards) strategic methodology that led one of the worst teams in the American League to become a perennial postseason contender. Bestselling author Michael Lewis chronicled their journey in his 2003 bestselling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game; the film adaptation, starring Brad Pitt as Beane, garnered 6 Academy Award nominations in 2012.
Beane’s strategy has since opened the eyes of many top sports executives and CEOs around the country who now utilize the Moneyball methodology. In 2008, Beane even collaborated with Newt Gingrich and Sen. John Kerry in co-authoring an article in the New York Times offering possible remedies for the U.S. health care crisis.
Under Beane, the A’s have adopted an organizational philosophy that stresses plate discipline and pitchers who command the strike zone. Over 16 seasons with Beane at the helm, the A’s have won six American League West titles (2000; 2002-03; 2006; 2012; 2013). In 2012, they secured the AL West title with the smallest payroll in the American League, and with the third smallest AL payroll in 2013.
Beane was named Sporting News’ Executive of the Year twice, first in 1999 and again in 2012. He also earned Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year honors twice by Baseball America magazine, following the 2002 and 2013 seasons. In November of 2001, Beane was named one of Street & Smith’s Sport Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and in 2004, he was rated 16th on their list of Baseball’s Heavy Hitters.
A first round draft pick of the New York Mets in the 1980 June Free Agent Draft, Beane played six major league seasons as an infielder, outfielder, and catcher for the Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and Oakland A’s. His final season in uniform was 1989 when he was a utility player on the A’s World Championship team. Beane retired as an active player in the spring of 1990 when he joined the A’s front office as the club’s major league advance scout. Former A’s President Sandy Alderson promoted Beane to General Manager in 1997.
A native of San Diego, CA, Beane attended Mt. Carmel High School and UC San Diego, where he studied economics. Beane is the proud father of twins, Brayden and Tinsley, and daughter, Casey. He lives with his family in Danville, California.
Canadian journalist, author, and speaker
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. He has explored how ideas spread in The Tipping Point, decision making in Blink, and the roots of success in Outliers. With his latest book, David and Goliath, he examines our understanding of advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and over-estimated the value of privilege. Malcolm’s latest venture was actually a 10-part podcast titled Revisionist History. In the weekly podcast, Malcolm re-examined an overlooked or misunderstood aspect of past events. This popular podcast still continues in additional seasons. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honored by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post. Malcolm is an extraordinary speaker: always on target, aware of the context and the concerns of the audience, informative and practical, poised, eloquent and warm and funny. He has an unsurpassed ability to be both entertaining and challenging.
Third Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2014–2017)
Megan Smith is an award-winning tech entrepreneur, engineer, and evangelist. As the third U.S. chief technology officer, Smith helped the President harness the power of technology, data, and innovation to advance the future of our nation and the world. She recruited top tech talent to serve across government and to collaborate on the most pressing issues of the day, from data science and open source, to inclusive economic growth and criminal justice reform. She focused on broad capacity building by co-creating all-hands-on-deck initiatives, including the public-private program TechHire, the Computer Science for All initiative, and the Image of STEM campaign. Prior to her role as U.S. CTO, Smith served as vice president of new business development at Google, managing early stage partnerships across the company’s global engineering and product teams. She led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, and Picasa, steered the shift of Google.org to include more direct engineering impact, such as Google Crisis Response, and later served on the leadership team of GoogleX, where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers. As CEO of PlanetOut, Smith was a leader of the online LGBT community in the early days of the Internet. She drove engagement and revenue by partnering closely with top Internet companies, including AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, Netscape, RealNetworks, and others. She also worked as an engineer at General Magic on teams designing early smartphone technologies and at Apple Japan in Tokyo. Smith is an advisor to the MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices, and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded. Over the years, she has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cook stoves. Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She was a member of the MIT student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2,000 miles across the Australian outback. She has recently been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.
Tech Diversity & Inclusion Lead SAP
A seasoned technologist and serial entrepreneur, Danny has been able to turn a passion for change into an assignment at SAP Labs in Tech Diversity; dedicated to finding a self-sustaining method for ethnic inclusion via the natural complement to corporate profitability; especially for SAP in Cloud Engineering and Cybersecurity. He works with all SAP teams, while focusing on partnership and collaboration with our SAP ecosystem partners, customers and schools in three areas: - Supply (Talent pipeline development and sourcing) - Demand (Industry diversity exposure and best practice sharing) - Legislative (Government partnering and policy response). Prior to undertaking this diversity role, Danny led the global Cloud Operations and Service Delivery team within SAP’s UxD development team. From 2009 to 2016, he was responsible for the Operational Engineering and Architecture necessary to deploy SAP next-generation applications on various Cloud infrastructures; inclusive of methodologies for developing automated infrastructure management and security. During his 30+ year career in information systems, software development, voice/data/video infrastructure, operations, support and management, Danny has experienced and contributed to innovation in numerous industries: Computing, Banking, Engineering, Research, Broadcast and Telecommunications. Mr. Allen is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where he received a B.A. in Economics with coursework in Electrical Engineering, and Saint Mary’s College of California, where he received his Masters of Business Administration. He is a member of Association for Computing Machinery and past member of IEEE Communications Society; served as a member of the Technology Committee for the San Francisco Multimedia Development Group; recipient of Electric Power Research Institute’s Business Excellence award and was a lecturer on voice and data communication technologies.
VP Research & Development, OpenText
Mei Dent, VP of Engineering at OpenText, is currently leading EIM applications and services development on the OpenText Cloud. Under her direction, the OpenText Cloud has experienced significant growth and been established as a market leader, capturing EIM market shares and driving Cloud revenue.
Mei joined OpenText in 1995 as a Senior Developer and Team Lead. Since then, she has become an integral part of the OpenText community and has helped shape the culture at OpenText by mentoring new employees, onboarding and integrating acquired companies, and pioneering the Site Leader program in Waterloo. As a Site Leader, Mei focused on increasing engagement through employee events and appreciation. Mei also led important pipeline initiatives, including Hour of Code workshops, to foster interest in the field of computer science and encourage young children to enter STEM fields. Mei remains dedicated to creating a culture of continuous learning, to being customer focused, understanding what motivates people, and developing win-win solutions.
In her spare time, Mei enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering, helping create plans and campaigns, and mentoring young athletes in setting personal and career goals, and finding balance between school and training.
Mei has over 25 years in the tech industry, leading design and delivery of enterprise software with innovation and execution. She holds a BEng in Systems Design Engineering from Tianjin University and MSc in Computer Science from Western University.
Co-Host, The Social | Former Co-Host and News Anchor, Canada AM
For over 15 years, Canadians from coast to coast woke up every morning to Marci Ien’s friendly, familiar face as the co-host and news anchor of the national morning program, Canada AM. Today, Ien is seen across the country as a co-host of one of television’s most popular daytime programs, The Social. On-stage Ien also shines as an emcee, interviewer, moderator, and speaker. In addition to her broadcasting work, Ien is a former distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts (RTA) program. She now sits on the university’s Board of Governors. In 2014, the program gave her the distinction of an award co-named in her honour. The Marci Ien and Dwight Drummond Award celebrates students from under-represented and marginalized communities who show great potential in any three of the school’s programs. In 2013, Ien was inducted into the RTA’s Wall of Fame for her significant contributions to the field of media. Ien’s career in television spans over three decades, and has taken her from Halifax, where she joined CTV National News as a reporter in 1997, to Vancouver, where she was the News Anchor for CTV’s Olympic Morning at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In 2016, Ien was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in the category of Best Talk Show Host for her work on Canada AM. Deeply committed to humanitarian causes, Ien travelled to Sierra Leone on behalf of Journalists for Human Rights, where she met with reporters and led training workshops. That same year, she was honoured by the Black Business and Professional Association with a Harry Jerome Award. Ien also works with World Vision, and travelled with them to Sri Lanka to report on the situation following the 2004 Tsunami.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, #MoveTheDial
Jodi is the founder of #movethedial, which is a global movement increasing the participation and advancement of women in technology that is gaining tremendous momentum. She regularly speaks and writes on diversity and inclusion and advancing women in technology in Canada and the United States and is currently writing a book. Jodi serves on the SickKids Foundation Capital Campaign Cabinet to raise $1.3B to transform children’s health in Toronto, Canada leading an innovative technology sector strategy, serves on the advisory board of Rosenzweig & Company, Maple Corporation, Mediseen and Brim Financial and Mayor of Toronto John Tory’s Toronto Innovation Council. Jodi was previously the CEO of AceTech Ontario, Director of Business Development at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP a cross-border law firm and prior to that practiced law. She obtained her business degree at the Richard Ivey School of Business and studied International Business in Milan. Earlier in her career she worked in marketing at a technology start up that went public, worked in leadership development at a bank and consulted for a top-tier global consulting firm.
Founder & CEO, Blendoor
Stephanie Lampkin, TEDx speaker and former downhill ski racer, has graced the cover of The Atlantic, MIT Tech Review and Forbes to name a few. She is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, artificial intelligence & people analytics that mitigate unconscious bias in hiring; in other words, technology that enhances the ability of humans to judge other humans based on merit, not molds. Stephanie has a 14 year career in the tech industry founding two startups and working in technical roles at Lockheed, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor. Stephanie holds a BS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from MIT.
Product Designer, SAP .iO
Lucia Melgarejo is a product designer at SAP.iO, SAP’s incubator. She works with startups to build businesses that tackle some of the biggest problems in enterprise software. Lucia currently leads design for Atlas by SAP, a geospatial analytics platform. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Product Design from Stanford University.
Founder, TechGirls Canada
Saadia Muzaffar is a tech entrepreneur, author, and passionate advocate of responsible innovation, decent work for everyone, and prosperity of immigrant talent in STEM. In 2017, she was featured in Canada 150 Women, a book about 150 of the most influential and groundbreaking women in Canada. She is founder of TechGirls Canada, the hub for Canadian women in science, technology, engineering, and math - and cofounder of Tech Reset Canada, a coalition of business people, technologists, and other residents advocating for innovation that is focused on maximizing the public good. She is part of Canada Beyond 150: Policy for a diverse and inclusive future's Feminist Government initiative, and an advisor to Government of Canada's Economic Strategy tables for the Access to Skilled Talent working group. Her work on modern leadership explores big ideas and impactful strategies that address growing challenges for business leaders in today's connected & vigilant markets; and has been featured in CNNMoney, Fortune Magazine, Globe & Mail, VICE, CBC, TVO, and Chatelaine. Saadia is also a Pushcart Prize nominated short fiction writer. In February 2018, her work joins that of Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale), Gabby Rivera (America), Hope Larson (Batgirl), and Amy Chu (Wonder Woman) in Dark Horse Comics' new anthology featuring comic and prose stories. Recently Saadia and her team released Change Together: A Diversity Guidebook for Startups and Scaleups.
Global Ambassador, Technovation
Anar is a key influencer for Women, Girls and Technology. She led this initiative at Mozilla and was appointed as a Deputy to the UN High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. She is the Global Ambassador for Technovation - which is building a pipeline of young girls to enter STEM careers which has now reached over 100 countries. Anar works with governments, international agencies and technology companies on the digital inclusion of women. In addition she has been instrumental in the growth, outreach and experience of the US State Department’s TechWomen initiative which empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East with their counterparts in Silicon Valley. She has been an invited speaker at IEEE Women in Engineering - International Leadership Conference, the Anita B.org Grace Hopper Conference, the Women’s Forum Global summit, Mobile World Congress - Africa, UNESCO - Mobile Learning, WiSTEM, the White House Summit on the United State of Women etc. Anar has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Communications, University of Calgary and a graduate of Program in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Anar has been recognized for her leadership and outstanding contribution to closing the industry gender gap by the University of Calgary as a Distinguished Alumni, UN Women and ITU GEM-Tech Award, GSMA Global Mobile Leadership Award for her leadership and outstanding contribution to closing the industry gender gap. In 2017 Anar was recognized as a Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Dean, Faculty of Engineering University of Waterloo
Pearl Sullivan was appointed the Dean of Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2012, after serving as Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering from 2006 to 2012. She was recognized with the University’s Outstanding Performance Award in 2009. As Dean of Canada’s largest engineering school, Dr. Sullivan believes that education can develop exceptional tech talent, startup founders and future leaders by enabling students to experience early, innovate early and incubate their ideas early - right from the first day of school. Her support for diversity including STEM careers for girls/women led to the doubling of females entering Waterloo Engineering.
She received her BEng with distinction and MASc degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. After earning her PhD degree in materials engineering from the University of British Columbia, she started her academic career at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 1991. She returned to Canada in 1994 to join the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, where she was twice honoured with the UNB Faculty Merit Award for Excellence.
Dr. Sullivan currently serves on the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board. She is Professional Engineer, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials (U.K.).