Our Advisory Board is looking for individuals who are able to make referrals and recommendations to help our programs succeed. Please get in touch if you are considered a leader in your domain and our mission aligns with your professional and personal goals.

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

TECHNOLOGY

Mark Surman (USA/Canada)

 

Mark is Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global nonprofit that does everything from making Firefox to standing up for issues like online privacy. Mark is focused on fueling the broader internet health movement by working with citizens, technologists and civic leaders around the worldLinkedIn

PRIVACY

Carey Lening (Ireland)

 

Carey Lening, CIPP-E, CIPP-US, GCTI has over 20 years of progressive experience assessing risks and implementing practical, pragmatic, and risk-based data protection and security practices. Her cross-functional and cross-domain knowledge makes her equally comfortable discussing the legal nuances of data protection with lawyers, hashing out technical and implementation details with engineers and information security professionals, and explaining high-level outcomes to the C-Suite. LinkedIn

TECHNOLOGY

Tim Collins (UK)

 

Tim Collins is the Chief Data & Analytics Officer at Kognitiv. Tim is a passionate evangelist for the application of data science to deliver business performance. Deploying customer intelligence to inform business strategies, business processes and more personalized engagements. Tim’s remit is to ensure clients maximize the use of and return from their customers data (including Zero Party Data). One of the founders of Aimia’s Intelligent Shopper Solution business unit, over thirteen years, Mr. Collins held progressive leadership roles, serving as Managing Director for the last four. LinkedIn

HEALTHCARE

Hema Lakkaraju (USA)

 

Hema Lakkaraju is an international author, speaker, and the CEO and Co-Founder of HAYAG Corp. Hema provides data-driven strategic compliance solutions and consulting services to the healthcare and life sciences industries. LinkedIn

HEALTHCARE

Dr. J. Vincent B. Oriedo (USA)

 

Vincent is an executive global technology and people leader and philanthropist with a passion for mentoring, coaching, and developing performance-oriented and possibility-driven strength-based leaders.  His professional life focuses on biotechnology research and scientific development. An inventor and author, Vincent is a thirty year veteran of a major American chemical corporation with a presence in over 160 countries. LinkedIn

HEALTHCARE

Mia Champion (USA)

Based in Seattle, Mia has been a global trailblazer in life sciences, healthcare, machine learning and cloud computing. Mia is committed to helping shape a future where technology contributes to the betterment of humanity. LinkedIn

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Rohit Kumar (Canada)

 

Rohit is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto based boutique techno-management consulting firm, The Honest Consultants. LinkedIn

TECHNOLOGY

David González (USA)

 

David “Gonzo” González is an Executive and Data Science professional with well over a decade of experience putting AI and ML into production in mission-critical systems. He co-founded Zeff.ai, acquired in 2020 by Boston-based DataRobot, where he now works on product led growth. He led Zeff.ai as CEO and pioneered transactionally authored training and inference on multi-modal datasets. Gonzo is the primary author of The AI Manifesto for Applied Artificial Intelligence Development and has multiple ML patents. In his free time, he enjoys playing outdoors in the wilds of his adoptive home of Utah with his wife and five children. LinkedIn

TECHNOLOGY

XinChi Yang (Canada)

 

XinChi is an enterprise B2B product manager. XinChi's product experience focuses on data architecture and she is passionate about building solutions with a data first mindset. LinkedIn

STANDARDS

Keith Jansa (Canada)

 

Keith Jansa is the Executive Director of the CIO Strategy Council. The CIO Strategy Council is Canada’s national forum that brings together the country’s most forward-thinking chief information officers and executive technology leaders to collectively mobilize on common digital priorities. LinkedIn

OPERATIONS

Neal Oswald (Canada)

Neal is a senior executive leader and execution specialist with extensive financial services experience in retail and wholesale banking. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector in senior line roles and as a senior advisor. LinkedIn

INTELLIGENT COMMUNITIES

Richard Mullane (USA)

 

Richard is a California-based architect, urban designer, and urban planner with experience in transport infrastructure, commercial and education campuses, and waterfront precincts. LinkedIn

TECHNOLOGY

Sylvie Veilleux (USA/Canada)

 

Sylvie is the CIO at Dropbox and a global leader who has helped some of today’s largest technology organizations, including Apple, Salesforce, Mozilla and Dropbox, to scale for growth. Sylvie brings a deep understanding of developing technology transformation roadmaps and implementing scaleable governanceLinkedIn

ANALYTICS

Arun Nandi (USA)

 

Arun is the Head of Analytics at Unilever. Arun is a senior executive leader with extensive experience across Marketing, Sales and Finance and is a strong believer in the role of data and analytics in driving top and bottom line value for the organization.  His experience includes excelling in industries such as consumer goods, telecommunications and blockchain. LinkedIn

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Ana Brandusescu (Canada)

 

Ana Brandusescu is the 2019-2021 McConnell Professor of Practice at McGill University examining public investments and policy in AI across Canada. She is co-leading “AI for the Rest of Us”, a research project to develop a new model of public (civic) engagement in government decision making processes that are being automated with AI. Ana serves on Canada's Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Open Government and is a member of @OpenHeroines and <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms. LinkedIn

LEGAL

Paul Banwatt (Canada)

Paul is a partner at Gilbert’s LLP. Paul's practice focuses on emerging technologies, music, entertainment, and high-tech IP litigation. LinkedIn

TECHNOLOGY

Craig Bradley (Canada)

 

Craig is the Senior Vice President at YMCA of Greater Toronto and is a technology leader with a strong vision for how IT can secure the future of business. LinkedIn

TECHNOLOGY

Jacqueline Lu (Canada)

 

Jacqueline helps organizations build new nervous systems that use tech and data. At Helpful Places, she’s building a coalition to implement and improve DTPR, an open-source communication standard for digital technology. Jacqueline is also Data Lead at Mozilla Foundation, where she is building a data strategy that will glean insights and measure progress on Mozilla’s theory of change for trustworthy AI. LinkedIn

HEALTHCARE

Adam Samson (USA)

 

Adam is a US-based healthcare research professional with expertise in global and single center studies and clinical trial phases across multiple therapeutic areas including endocrinology, cardiovascular, respiratory, and infectious disease. LinkedIn

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Brenda Cunnington (Canada)

 

Brenda is the Managing Director, Americas, for Trayport at TMX Group.  Brenda has over 25 years of financial sector experience, bringing a deep understanding of market structure with a strategic view across multiple asset classes. Her experience includes market data, trading, capital formation, crypto/digital assets, and energy/commodities. LinkedIn

BIOTECHNOLOGY

Darrell Robinson (USA)

 

Mr. Darrell Robinson is the founder & owner of BioMedVerse LLC, a biotechnology research and data science software startup in Binghamton, New York. Darrell also is a PhD Candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Darrell conducts research on creating computational data science and machine learning models to better understand the genetic mechanism of the immune system while fighting disease with the aim to create safer and more effective therapeutic medicines. LinkedIn

EDUCATION

Kristin Riddell (Canada)

 

Kristin is an Ottawa-based principal of curriculum working with schools, schoolboards, post-secondary institutions, other districts, and central agencies to build educational excellence. LinkedIn

LEGAL

John Durland (Canada)

John is an associate at Gilbert’s LLP, where his practice spans the corporate, commercial, and intellectual property issues relevant to growing businesses, specifically technology companies where data governance issues are at the forefront. LinkedIn