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Advisory Board

Our advisory board provides guidance on compelling issues and topics for CIOs and the vendors that serve them, ensuring that we remain relevant and valuable to both communities. 


Maria Aiello

Maria Aiello is a Managing Director at PwC, leading the Real Estate Technology Advisory practice. Prior to joining PwC, Maria held CIO positions at Morguard Corporation and Regal Lifestyle Communities (acquired by Revera in 2015).

Maria is a strong advocate of the CIO and real estate communities and was active in the initial launch of the One Million Acts of Innovation. Her previous positions include: Vice President of the Toronto Chapter of the CIO Association; chair of the Real Estate CanTech Conference; panel moderator for the Homebuilder and Renovator Expo; and advisor for the Realcomm Conference. She was nominated one of the Top 35 People to Watch by Realcomm. Maria has been featured in CIO Magazine and has appeared in interviews produced by IT Canada, The IT Media Group, and IT World Canada. In addition, for most of her career, Maria has either participated or led various peer groups in North America for Real Estate. As a result, she has strong relationships with peers globally and most of the technology vendors and service providers in the industry.

Maria is a graduate of McMaster University with Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and French. Maria has also completed Innovation and Project Leadership Executive courses with Queen’s Business school along with Leadership and Strategy Education with the Rotman School of Business. 

 

Dr. Peter Carr

Peter Carr Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Management Sciences in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada’s leading university for science and technology. Peter is author and director of three online certificate programmes from the University of Waterloo in Project Leadership, Technology Entrepreneurship and Social Media for Business Performance and researches and consults in these areas. The certificates are delivered online to students in countries throughout the world. He has also authored a Masters project management course that involves students working in virtual teams with the world’s major aid organisations on projects involving technology-based third world development.

Peter acquired his PhD from Cranfield University in the UK where his studies focused on Manufacturing Systems Engineering and particularly the implementation of lean operations and supply chain environments in both the manufacturing and service sectors. He lives in Toronto, Canada. 

 

John Comacchio

John is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Teknion Corporation. He is a member of the IDC CIO Research Review Board, Masergy Customer Advisory Board, OKTA CIO Advisory Board, and the Institute of Corporate Directors. Previously, John was a Principal in the e-Integration Practice of KPMG Consulting, General Manager of the Toronto office of professional services firm US Interactive, and Information Technology Officer at Nissan Canada.

John is responsible for providing enterprise-wide technology vision, leadership and management, and for the planning, development and implementation of information technology initiatives. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Ability Online Network, a non-profit organization that helps kids with disabilities or chronic illnesses accomplish great things by connecting them to a supportive online community for friendship, support and skill development opportunities.

John holds a Master of Business Administration, granted by the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.


Michelle Dennedy

Michelle is Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco and the Founder of The iDennedy Project, a consulting and advisory company helping to bring privacy and security products to market and to advance small information based companies’ business objectives. Michelle is also a founder and editor-in-chief of a new media site—TheIdentityProject.com—that was started as the ultimate source for individuals and companies who wish to debate, learn, lead, innovate and drive the concept of Identity in all its forms and facets.

Previously, Michelle was the Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer at Intel after serving as Vice President of Security & Privacy Solutions for the Oracle Corporation. Before the Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Inc, Michelle was Chief Data Governance Officer within the Cloud Computing division at Sun.

Michelle has a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BS degree with honors from The Ohio State University. In 2009, she was awarded the Goodwin Procter-IAPP Vanguard award for lifetime achievement and the EWF – CSO Magazine Woman of Influence award for work in the privacy and security fields.


Paul Lewis

Paul is the Chief Technology Officer of Hitachi Canada responsible for the country’s Technology, Architecture, Advisory and Economic practices. Additionally, Paul leads technology advocacy of the Hitachi vision and strategy, heads field enablement of Analytics for the Americas, evangelizes complex technology trends including Cloud, Mobility and Analytics across the Americas; and represents Americas in the Global Technology Office, the Hitachi LTD R&D division. 

Prior to joining Hitachi, and for the past 20 years as a client, Paul has focused on technology R&D and innovation, IT/business strategic plans and governance, security and risk management, software and infrastructure architecture as the CTO and Senior Executive Technologist of several financial services organizations from start-ups to large business services providers. Paul is a frequent speaker at technology and industry events as well as various higher educational institutions across the country on topics ranging from IT leadership to Big Data/Internet of Things. In his role of trusted advisor to CIO community, Paul’s explicit goal is to ensure clients’ problems are solved and opportunities realized.  

Paul can be found at his Blog, on Twitter @PaulLewisHDS and on LinkedIn

 

Ted Maulucci

Ted Maulucci is the Chief Information Officer for the Tridel Group of Companies and has been with the Tridel Group for over twenty years, leading the information technology group for the last fifteen. 

Ted is passionate about contributing and advancing innovation across Canada through partnerships and collaboration. He has been recognized with several international and local awards for IT leadership, IT application development for the real estate industry, smart buildings, and innovation. Some notable awards are the “Top Ten Best in Class CIO’s in North America” by Computerworld, CIPA Gold Award of Excellence for application development in the real estate industry, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for promoting Canadian innovation, and the Mid-Career Award from the University of Toronto for industry and social contribution in an engineering career. 

Ted has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business with a specialization in Real Property Development. 


Frances Newbigin

Frances is Vice President Transformation Solutions at OnX Enterprise Solutions. Previously she held the role of Vice President of Enterprise Software for Canada at Hewlett-Packard Canada. Prior to joining HP, Frances was Vice President of Sun Microsystems of Canada’s unified software sales and technical force, successfully driving market penetration and revenue growth for Sun’s enterprise software solutions.

Prior to joining Sun, Frances held Country Manager positions at Bachman Information Systems, Logic Works, and NetDynamics – all successful Canadian divisions of US-based software firms. She has been instrumental in supporting a number of these software organizations in their successful pursuit of an IPO.

Frances has more than 20 years of stellar sales and management experience in the software technology industry and holds an Economics/Commerce Honours B.A. from the University of Waterloo. Outside of her professional pursuits, Frances’ chief enjoyment is spending time with her young family.


Helen S. Polatajko

Helen is Vice President, Information and Technology at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer at CIBC Mellon. Prior to joining CIBC Mellon in 1998 as Chief Information Officer, she was CIO at a former Mellon subsidiary inHouston,Texas. Helen also serves on the board of directors for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

In 1996, Helen was recognized by the McGraw-Hill group of companies as one of the Top 100 Women in Computing, acknowledging her achievements and contributions to information services and technology. In May 2003, she was featured on the cover of CIO Canada for an article entitled “Fusing Business and Technology.” Since 2004, Helen has served on the judging panel of the Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA). In 2005, she joined the CIO Executive Council as an advisory board representative.

Helen received her education from The University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.