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2019 Emerging Technologies in Automation Conference & Trade Show


Paul Zikopoulos

Vice President BigData Cognitive Systems, IBM

Paul is an award-winning professional writer and speaker who has been consulted on the topic of BigData by the popular TV show “60 Minutes”, advises various universities on their graduate analytics programs. Most recently, Paul was named to Analytics Insights’ “2019 Top Global AI & BigData Influencers” list and has appeared on over a dozen other global “Experts to Follow” and “Influencers” lists. You’ll also find Paul taking a very active role around Women in Technology (including a seated board member for Women 2.0 … who he became involved with after his tweet was mentioned on “The View” TV show), LGBT+ workplace inclusivity, and Coding for Veterans. Paul’s written 19 books (including 4 ‘For Dummies’ titles and 360+ articles during the 23 years he’s been focused on data; he doesn’t think NoSQL is something you put on a resume if you don’t have SQL skills and he knows JSON is a technology … not a person in his department. Paul’s always keeping with his grass roots … a newbie with no computer courses before coming to IBM. He knows on his dumbest days he’s never as dumb as he feels, and on his smartest days, he’s never as smart as he feels either. Ultimately, Paul is trying to figure out the world according to Chloë – his daughter, whom he notes didn’t come with a handbook and is more complex than the topic of BigData, but more fun too. This BIO starts to get BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, so find and follow him on Twitter @BigData_paulz.

Joris Myny

Senior Vice-President, Digital Industries Siemens Canada Limited

Joris Myny is Senior Vice President, Digital Industries. Mr. Myny is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the business in Canada, including sales, marketing and service operations within the fields of Automation, Drives, Motion Control, Instrumentation, Process Control and PLM Software.

Mr. Myny is an Electrical Engineer. He began his career with Siemens Belgium in 1990 and has extensive international management experience, latest as Vice President at Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. in Plano, Texas.

Prior to that assignment, he was the Business Development Director for Automation in Siemens’ head office in Germany covering Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Mr. Myny is serving on a number of Boards: Chairman of Siemens PLM Software (Siemens PLM) Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGM Canada) Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)

Reid Schook

Director Connected Enterprise Consulting Services Rockwell Automation

Reid Schook has been with Rockwell Automation for 35 years and held numerous roles including Business Manager for both the Sensing business in Boston and Component business in Shanghai, China, and Global OEM Segment Director responsible for Rockwell’s $600M machine builder business in the Automotive, Tire, and Metal Forming industries. Reid was recently appointed to the role of Director Connected Enterprise Consulting Services, bringing a wealth of Rockwell Automation and Industry knowledge and expertise that is critical to this new role of helping Rockwell customers with their Digital transformation journey.

Darren Ward

Manager, Business Planning and Commercialization, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Darren works with Vineland’s research teams providing support with commercial aspects and mapping the pathways to market for Vineland’s technologies. In his capacity he works directly with Vineland’s partners and licensees to ensure successful commercialization and the creation of impact in the horticultural sector. Darren’s past experience includes over fifteen years of product management, successfully managing portfolios of high-technology products from concept to market. Darren holds an MBA and B.Eng.Mgt in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University.

John Laughlin

Manager, Business Planning and Commercialization, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

John Laughlin is the Chief Technology Officer at Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen). A not-for-profit organization that matches manufacturing companies with new technologies to drive advanced manufacturing in Canada. John joined NGen from the United Kingdom where he was responsible for setting the strategies and running some of the UK government’s highest profile research and development programs worth more than $8.5 billion across the automotive, aerospace and intelligent mobility sectors. John has held senior engineering and programme management positions at Visteon responsible for program delivery of all Powertrain components in Europe for Visteon’s Asia Pacific customer base, including Honda, Mazda, Toyota and Suzuki. Other interesting assignments include delivery of part of the Olympic Transport Strategy for the London 2012 games at Transport for London and being the Technical lead for Nesta’s Flying High Drone Challenge prize. John has an Engineering Degree in Manufacturing Systems Management and a Diploma in Industrial Studies. He is a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.