Toronto CDAO Community


Join a powerful network of C-level peers

Connect with a local community of like-minded peers who share similar challenges and priorities. Access the collective expertise of CDAOs from diverse experiences, backgrounds and industries. Members of the community come together several times a year to connect with each other, exchange ideas and best practices, and validate strategies and solutions.

Join your local community for exclusive access to:

  • Participate in year-round gatherings both in person and virtually with your local peer group
  • Engage in unparalleled collaboration through in-depth discussions on the most critical and relevant issues
  • Network with like-minded peers facing the same challenges as you
  • Exchange ideas, strategies and solutions validated by peers
  • Gain exclusive access to community insights, including best practices and survey results, to benchmark your organization with others
  • Learn how other leaders approached their challenges by leveraging peer-recommended partners
  • Make new connections through facilitated networking opportunities, including curated 1:1 peer meetings
  • Grow and enhance your career through an exclusive network and mentorship
  • Build lasting relationships and stay connected with peers and colleagues

Toronto CDAO Governing Body

A regional Governing Body leads the Toronto CDAO community, shaping the topics and agendas for your local programs and ensuring that all content is driven by CDAOs, for CDAOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Allie Grassie

Canadian Red Cross
Lead, Digital and Data Transformation Execution

Aida Tahiri

Senior Director, Enterprise Data and Analysis; Chair, Enterprise Data Office

Alex Tait

US Chief Data and Analytics Officer

Eugene Wen

VP & Global Chief Data Scientist

Governing Body Members

Denish Bhavsar

McCain Foods
Director, Global Data Governance

Mohan Kumar Boregowda

Enterprise Data Architect

Mike Branch

Vice President, Data & Analytics

Michael Caesar

University Health Network
Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Viola Dessanti

Data & Strategic Analytics Director, Transformational Leader

Neil FitzGerald

Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
VP, Applied Data Analytics & Insights

Joe Greenwood

Vice President, Global Data Strategy - Data and Analytic Services

Shobhit Jain

Vice President, Applied AI

Jessica Jolly

Global Head, Data Strategy & Informatics

Gurminder Kandola

Critical Mass
VP Technology

James Ki

Canada Life
Vice President, Data & Analytics

Milan Kliska

Cadillac Fairview
Senior Director, Data, Platforms and Integration

Daniel Liu

Bank of China
Head of ERM

Margaret Ma

CIO Canada

Nitin Mathur

Definity Financial
AVP, Data Platform & Cloud Engineering

Pat McCleary

CWB Financial Group
Head of Data Analytics

Paul Mendes

Sun Life
AVP Data Enablement & Governance

Andrew Miller

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
Chief Data Officer

Anand Persaud

Senior Director of Enterprise Data and Analytics

Adele Pugliese

BentallGreenOak BGO
VP Data Strategy, Innovation and Analytics

Venky Rajaraman

Vice President Data Platform

Qahir Rajwani

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Director Data Science and Analytics Solutions

Andrew Ricchetti

Transportation & Infrastructure Industry Leader
Head of Analytics

Cal Rosen

SGI Canada
Former Chief Data Officer

Dr. Shweta Shah

Sun Life
Chief Data Architect - Global

Farid Sheikhi

YUM! Brands
Business Intelligence & Digital Transformation Leader

Ferial Sheybani

Colliers International
VP, Head of Technology & Data

Liben Terrefe

Haventree Bank
Director, Business Intelligence

Osgood Vogler

Global Director - Enterprise Platforms

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CDAOs today.

  1. Foster a Strong Data and Analytics Function Through Leadership and Influence
  2. Restructuring Data Strategy and Governance to Responsibly Deploy Generative AI
  3. Enhance Data Literacy Across the Organization to Drive Business Value

Upcoming Programs


June 20, 2024 | 1 hour

Toronto CDAO Town Hall

Data Readiness to Prepare for AI

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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December 2024 | 1 day

Toronto CDAO Executive Summit

Walk away from this peer-led program with new connections and with actionable insights.

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