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Judges

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JANET MENARD, Deputy Minister, ONTARIO

Janet joined the Ministry of Community and Social Services in 2015 with more than 30 years of experience in the field of human services, including progressive roles with Metropolitan Toronto, Halton Region and the Region of Peel.


Positions in Peel include Director of Ontario Works, Executive Director, Transition and Integration, Director Housing Policy and Programs and Commissioner of Human Services.


Her areas of focus in both her professional and volunteer commitments include organizational transformation, collaborative management strategies to deliver and integrate human services and creating opportunities for people to reach their potential.


Janet’s academic credentials include both human services and broader management studies at the University of Waterloo, York University, the Schulich School of Business (Toronto), Queen’s University, Ryerson and Centennial College.


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LAURA DOTTORI-ATTANASIO, Senior Executive Vice-President & Chief Risk Officer, CIBC

Laura Dottori-Attanasio leads CIBC’s Risk Management function, which encompasses all areas of strategic, market, credit, operational, liquidity and reputational risk, as well as compliance and anti-money laundering.


Previously, Laura was Global Head of Corporate Credit Products where she had business unit responsibility for Corporate and Global Banking and ran all credit activities for CIBC's Capital Markets.


Laura has over 20 years of experience in the financial sector. Before joining CIBC, she was with one of Canada's chartered banks where she held a number of senior positions.


Laura is a member of the Board of Directors of Teck Resources, GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals), and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. 


She has been inducted into the WXN “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” Hall of Fame. Laura resides in Toronto with her husband and four children.

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RIZWAN KHALFAN, Executive Vice President & Chief Digital and Payments Officer, TD BANK GROUP

Rizwan Khalfan is responsible for setting the strategic direction for all digital and payments activities, while creating more intuitive, personalized and integrated experiences that help customers live their lives. Rizwan's mandate includes partnering with business units across the organization to strategically invest in transformational digital capabilities, overseeing the evolution of the payments ecosystem, and collaborating with innovators, fintechs and start-ups, all with an eye on delivering differentiated experiences to customers and employees.


Prior to this role, Rizwan was responsible for delivering the technology strategies and development supporting the bank's North American ATM, Phone and Online/Mobile channels. He has held roles of increasing seniority since joining TD in February 2002.


Before joining TD, Rizwan worked for Citigroup, overseeing their Operations and Technology in Europe.


A CFA charterholder, Rizwan is a graduate of the University of Toronto. He is married with three children, and actively involved in his community, serving on the Board of his children’s school. He is an avid tennis player.

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DAVID GARCIA, Director Data Supply Chain and AI Programs, TELUS

David is responsible for articulating the data strategy at TELUS, with the objective of facilitating the creation of better experiences for customers and team members, through personalized, contextualized and automated interactions, to ensure that TELUS delivers on its customer-first commitment, and realize our goal of becoming the most recommended company globally. As part of his scope, David also supports the development of AI programs. 


Over almost 25 years of experience, both in Europe and Canada, David has led teams through significant transformations in the areas of customer service, contact centre technology, data development, and digital experiences. At TELUS since 2006, David has supported functions in project management, technology, resource planning, service strategy, and business intelligence.


David volunteers as National Chair for MOSAIC, the TELUS employee resource group focused on fostering multiculturalism, partnering with local immigration and employment councils to facilitate the integration of immigrant qualified professionals in the Canadian workforce.


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CHAMI AKMEEMANA, CEO Blockchain Learning Group & Blockscale Solutions

 

Chami Akmeemana is the CEO of Blockchain Learning Group and Blockscale Solutions. He is a Blockchain and AI Specialist. He pursued a Ph.D. in Bioceramic Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London, until deciding to forgo an academic career in favor of Law Enforcement. In 2002, he joined London’s Metropolitan Police.


Chami has had 4 successful exits over the last decade and is passionate about the intersection of technology, business and social good. His experience includes serving as Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs at ConsenSys Inc; Fintech Advisor to the Ontario Securities Commission; Managing Director, Fintech and Blockchain at the Global Risk Institute; and Regulatory Advisor to the Republic of Liberland.


Chami is also the Chairman of the Blockchain Association Australia and an Advisory Board member of doc.ai.

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PETER SELBY, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, MHSc, DipABAM, DFASAM Chief, Medicine in Psychiatry Division, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

  

Peter Selby MD is the Chief of Medicine in Psychiatry Division, Deputy Physician-in-Chief of Education, and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is a Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Psychiatry, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also a Clinician Scientist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Selby focuses on a range of interventions and development studies with a focus on tobacco use disorders and related physical & mental health conditions. His STOP study has enrolled and treated over 230,000 Ontarians, creating the largest health services research program in tobacco addiction treatment in Canada. The TEACH Project has developed the largest cadre of health professionals in Canada to treat tobacco addiction in a variety of populations and settings. 


He has received grant funding totaling over 85 million dollars from CIHR, NIH, and Ministry of Health and has published 150 peer reviewed publications. He has published 6 books (including 5 edited), is the author of 31 book chapters, and 38 research reports prepared for the government. He is the Chair of the Medical Education Council for the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Selby mentors Fellows in Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry, junior investigators and medical students. The use of innovative methods to communicate messages makes Dr. Selby a sought after speaker for various topics including addictive disorders, motivational interviewing, and health behavior change.

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KRISTIN CLEVERLEY, RN, PhD, CPMHN(C), CAMH Chair in Mental Health Nursing Research, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

  

Dr. Kristin Cleverley is the CAMH Chair in Mental Health Nursing Research, Assistant Professor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto and an Editor of the Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Her research engages youth and their families as experts in informing and co-designing novel clinical and health service interventions to improve mental health care transitions for children and youth with mental illness, addictions, and concurrent disorders.

 

Dr. Cleverley leads the Longitudinal Youth in Transition Study (LYiTS), a 5-year CIHR project exploring how youth experience transitions in the Canadian mental health system. She is also the Principal investigator on a CIHR funded National Delphi Study that is prioritizing core components of transition interventions to facilitate better continuity of care in collaboration with youth, caregivers, clinicians, and administrators.

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BARBARA FALLON: Professor; Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare; Associate Dean, Research; Ph.D.

Dr. Barbara Fallon is the Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare, Professor, and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Toronto. For the past 20 years, Dr. Barbara Fallon has worked to bridge that knowledge gap by collecting reliable national and provincial child welfare data across Canada and mining it with innovative statistical techniques to help policymakers determine what works and is needed to best help children based on evidence, not perceptions. 


Throughout her career, Dr. Fallon has received over $11 million in research grants and contracts as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator. These research grants include provincial-wide studies such as the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse & Neglect (2008 & 2013) as well as several knowledge mobilization grants have allowed her to capitalize on the analytic potential of child welfare’s administrative data. Dr. Fallon also has an exceptional publication record with over 120 peer-reviewed publications and over 120 peer-reviewed conference presentations. She has disseminated her research to over 500 stakeholders (child welfare agencies, government bodies, and other related organizations). This process has ensured that participants receive the results in a direct and interactive format.