May 2013

Announcing Guest Speakers for the June 3 - 5, CKM Program - "Building the Cultural Capacity for Innovation and Excellence"

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Day 1- June 3 – Nowshade Kabir, Owner, Knolee Group

Presentation Topic:  Personal Knowledge and Innovation in Corporate Environments”



Nowshade Kabir is the owner of Knolee Group. Nowshade holds a Phd in Information Sciences and an MBA. He has wide experience in Business Consulting, Deal Making, Commercial Property Development and Managing, International Trade, Internet Projects Development and Marketing.

 Day 2 – June 4 – Oswald Zachariah`, Manager of Innovation and Knowledge Management, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food / Ministry of Rural Affairs

 Presentation Topic: “Knowledge Challenges At OMAFRA And The Corrective Strategies Which Were Applied To Solve These Challenges”



 Oswald Zachariah is the Manager of Innovation & Knowledge Management at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food / Ministry of Rural Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph (PhD and MSc). Oswald has taught for three years, worked as a research officer for three years, served as executive director of a multi-island development agency for three years, and managed key environmental policy, research, innovation, and knowledge management initiatives during the past 15 years. He is currently leading his ministry’s Knowledge Management Strategy.

 Day 3 – June 5: Margot Brown, Executive Director, Knowledge Services at  KPMG

Presentation Topic:  Building a Knowledge Management Strategy at KPMG”



Margot is an information and knowledge management professional with leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. skilled in establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships and experienced in developing and implementing innovative and effective knowledge programs.

Margot's specialties include:Collaborative technologies, strategic approaches to managing knowledge, information management plans and strategies, operationalizing KM, organizational development specifically change management,

Prior to joining KPMG, Margot served as Director of Knowledge Management with Canada Health Infoway and Manager of Organizational Development at PricewaterhouseCoopers.


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Announcing our June CKM Program - "Building the Cultural Capacity for Innovation and Excellence"


“It has long been acknowledged that one of the chief aims of Knowledge Management is to encourage innovation through a concerted, focused effort to continually advance beyond current best practices. As well, the field of study has advanced to the point where it has become generally accepted that sustaining innovation requires the creation of an organizational culture and a prevailing mindset amongst employees and leaders committed to this goal” (B. Melnick 2013)

The June CKM will explore strategies and methodologies for designing a “culture of innovation” while demonstrating an immediate, measurable return on investment necessary to solidify the commitment to change.

Early Bird Special - Register by May 21, 2013 and receive a 15% discount on the price of the CKM

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Announcing Guest Presenters and Presentation Abstracts for 2-day Workshop at Royal Roads University November 28, 29 2013

We are pleased to announce and profile the guest speakers for the 2-Day KM Workshop at Royal Roads University titled:

 "Identifying and Building the Knowledge Imperative within your Organization"

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 Kelly Larkin - Chief Conservation Officer, BC Ministry of Environment

 Kelly Larkin served as an officer in ships and submarines of the Royal Canadian Navy, including appointments as Captain aboard three ships and a School - Venture, the Naval Officers Training Centre.  He now serves with the BC provincial government as Chief Conservation Officer.  He holds Masters in Business Administration from Royal Roads University, a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and serves on Advisory Councils for Royal Roads University and the Knowledge Management Institute of Canada.

 From 2006 to 2008, as Captain aboard HMCS Calgary he led a team comprised of 235 technicians, engineers, systems operators, food services experts and logisticians, aviators, and ships officers in preparing the ship for high readiness operations, culminating in a 6 month deployment to conduct a maritime security mission in the Arabian Sea."

Presentation Abstract

“Complex organizations of all shapes and sizes require specialized teams of knowledgeable, highly skilled and motivated people to accomplish the mission. As part of the management team, we need to provide adequate structure and process to ensure knowledge flows from those who know to those whoneed to know to efficiently and effectively align resources to achieve organizational objectives. Furthermore, in order to attract and retain the best talent we need to provide effective, motivational and visionary leadership for our people to thrive in the highly competitive environment of the knowledge age. Effective leadership is what takes your organization to the next level by focusing the energy of people to create a knowledge centric culture defined by continuous learning and innovation, and by providing the clarity, direction and inspiration through periods of intensity and uncertainty”.





Cairine MacDonald - Deputy Minister – Innovation and Technology, Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology

 Cairine MacDonald was appointed Deputy Minister – Innovation and Technology at the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology in October 2012. In British Columbia she has served as Deputy Minister for Environment, Housing and Social Development, Employment and Income Assistance, and Management Services, where from 2003-2005 she led transformation initiatives including bridging the digital divide, alternative service delivery, and information technology.

From 1997-2002, she was responsible for the transition from regulation to competition for the largest retail electricity company in Alberta, where she was VP Distribution and Transmission, and then President of EPCOR Energy Services Inc. During the first half of 2003, she was EPCOR Executive in Residence at CABREE (Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment) at the School of Business at the University of Alberta.

Cairine spent 14 years in telecommunications, progressing to Managing Director, ED TEL Mobility and President, TELUS Advertising Services (Edmonton) Inc. She developed an integrated, customer-focused approach to the marketing and delivery of network, data, business and residential services, and then assumed leadership positions in the mobility and directory businesses.

She completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta, Master of Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

During 2012-13 Cairine is serving on the Expert Advisory Panel for the University of Waterloo Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation – innovating our way to a resilient and sustainable future. In 2010, she was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 in the category Cisco Public Sector Leaders.

Presentation Abstract

"Finding your voice is as important for leaders as it is for songwriters.  In creating the narrative, leaders create a path, which allows others to venture forth and enable insights and experiences that translate into capacity for change.  While there are knowledge management tools, processes, procedures, approaches and a body of knowledge, the reality must adapt within an ecosystem, which has much in common with jazz.  As trombonist J.J. Johnson said, “Jazz is restless. It won’t stay put and it never will.”

 When it comes to productivity, high growth Canadian firms do well in the early years, but on average productivity growth slows down rapidly as they mature.  To remain competitive in a world where economics are shifting to the East, where technology evolves continuously, where the global challenges we face range from population growth to climate change, we need to build our ability to learn and apply knowledge:

“ Leadership which builds resilience, capacity and innovation is imperative for the individual, the organization and the country”



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