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Career Insights – a presentation from an expert then follow-up with a panel of experts discussing career insights in BI and analytics, June 8, 2017

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Dear Toronto/GTA Chapter BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Toronto/GTA Chapter meeting on June 8, 2017. Come meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Our speakers will be DW/BI end-users reporting on their success and lessons learned implementing various BI tools or projects. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.


June 8, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon



CBC Broadcasting Centre
250 Front Street West, Ground Floor
(Enter via Front Street or Wellington Street)
Toronto, ON


Career Insights
A Presentation from an Expert, Followed by a Panel of Experts Discussing Career Insights in BI and Analytics
June 8, 2017

  1. Presentation – Career Insights
  2. Panel Discussion – Career Insights

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8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Networking and Registration

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Introductions and Chapter Business

 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Presentation: Citizen Data Scientists
By: Bob Lytle , CEO, Analytics



Analytics Hiring Marketspace: Practical Analytics direct from School

We’ve just moved past Wave One of the Big Data revolution, and the results have been somewhat underwhelming. Massive investment projects in many cases have stalled from a “buy first, find value later” approach – and true business impact stories seem hard to come by. We now hear more about “small data/right data”, and smart team builders are looking more for Data Analysts with practical experience, and less for Data Scientists with untested algorithmic chops.

What skills are employers looking for from class projects, recent graduates, and advanced students - and what should students focus on to ensure viability in tomorrow’s job market? What are the universities doing to address the future needs of both the business and quantitative communities? And what about data science workshops, for-profit training centres, and online learning tools – can graduates of these programs fit into meaningful roles in our business community? This session covers practical application of new analytics graduates to solve daily business problems. Bob will review project examples that used students or recent graduates to make a big analytics impact, and share a few observations on the projects and approaches that sometimes fail to meet the grade.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Break and Networking

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion
Dr. Anteneh Ayanso , Felicity Morgan, Dr. Ayse Basar Bener, Robert Snoyer


Dr. Anteneh Ayanso, Brock University
Felicity Morgan, Director of the Career Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Dr. Ayse Bener , Program Director of the Data Science and Analytics Program at Ryserson University
Robert Snoyer, Managing Partner at Copperstone Connect

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Q&A and Wrap-up

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Bios of Presenters

Dr. Anteneh Ayanso – Speaker and Panelist
Dr. Ayanso is professor of Information Systems, director of the Centre for Business Analytics, and chair of the Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems at Brock University. He teaches business analytics, database design and management, data mining techniques, and applications and management of IS/IT. Dr. Ayanso received a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Connecticut and a MBA from Syracuse University.

Dr. Ayanso’s research interests focus primarily on data management, business analytics, electronic commerce, and electronic government. He has published many articles in leading journals such as Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Database Management, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Information Technology for Development, and Government Information Quarterly, among others. His research has been funded by internal and external grants, including a Discovery Research Grant by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. He is currently serving as an associate editor for Decision Support Systems journal and a review board member for Journal of Database Management, International Journal of Convergence Computing, and International Journal of Electronic Commerce.

In 2016, Ayanso was awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Graduate Professor of the Year Award. Ayanso was also awarded the Department Researcher of the Year Award in 2014-15.

Felicity Morgan – Panelist
Felicity Morganis the director of the Career Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She is an innovative career services leader, constantly exploring new ways to facilitate career education and help UTM students make a successful transition to their next goal. Felicity and her team work with students, staff, faculty, and employers to assist students in making positive career moves. The UTM Career Centre is proud to have been a Top 5 Finalist for the National Association of Colleges and Employers Members Choice Award for innovative practices and ranked fourth in a recent Canadian study of post-secondary career services.

Dr. Ayse Basar Bener – Panelist
Dr. Ayse Basar Bener is a professor and the director of Data Science Laboratory (DSL) in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University. She is the director of big data in the Office of Provost and Vice President Academic at Ryerson University. She is also the program director of both the certificate program in data analytics, big data, and predictive analytics, and the Master of Science program in data science and analytics at Ryerson University. She is a faculty research fellow of IBM Toronto Labs Centre for Advance Studies and affiliate research scientist in St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Her current research focus is big data applications to tackle the problem of decision-making under uncertainty by using machine learning methods and graph theory to analyze complex structures in big data to build recommender systems and predictive models. She is a member of AAAI, INFORMS, and AIS, and a senior member of IEEE.

Robert Snoyer – Panelist
Robert has spent close to 30 years in IT, with the last 15 years focused on business intelligence and analytics consulting. His entrepreneurial spirit is reflected in his success as a principal in four start-up businesses, three of them within BI and analytics. Robert’s extensive experience spans start-ups to multinationals, industry to consulting/recruiting, and delivery to business development.

A consistent theme across the varied and numerous roles Robert has held is staffing and resourcing. More recently, at Copperstone Connect he is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Talent Management practice and standing up the entire team, making him uniquely qualified for this panel topic.
Robert is driven by providing exceptional service to his clients, and brings his passion and enthusiasm to everything he does. Working with people makes him happiest—that and ‘doing battle’ on the squash court.

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