About Global Forum

The Global Forum/Shaping the Future is an internationally recognized think-tank for exchange and networking among governments at national, regional & local levels, private & public organizations, research & development experts.

The Global Forum is an independent, high profile, international, non-for-profit event dedicated to business and policy issues affecting the successful evolution of the Digital Society. The Global Forum brings each year in a different city around the world more than 300 key policy-makers and public/private stakeholders from more than 30 countries from all continents, it is often considered as the Davos for ICT.

Organizers & Co-organizers


Items International is an international consulting firm based in Paris, dedicated to Information & Communication Technologies strategies. ITEMS International is specialized in digital technologies and services: broadband, Internet, broadcast and software.

ITEMS proposes a various range of consulting assistance: Strategic studies, Market analysis, International benchmarks, Technological Analysis, Business plans, Due diligence, Roll out assistance.

Created in 1994, the company has a long experience in strategic and marketing consulting, networking, knowledge sharing and transfer. ITEMS has launched a strategic activity in smart grids and smart cities (including contactless, open data, e-Gov, mobility and smart energy). ITEMS operates with public and private institutions, including the European Commission and the French government. The different backgrounds and the versatility of our consultants lead to a unique company’s expertise in the areas of ICT strategies, project management, services
and usages.

City of Winnipeg

Twice ranked a ‘Top7 Intelligent Community’ in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum, Winnipeg leads, innovates and inspires—and not just in one field but in many. There’s much more to our Prairie city than you might think.

Get connected to a dynamic cluster of information, communications and technology (ICT) innovators that include telecommunications firms, film and animation studios, computer system designers, electronic component manufacturers, aerospace industry, computer equipment providers and wire/cable suppliers. Winnipeg’s advanced fibre optics and digital switching platforms support geographic information systems, health informatics, agri informatics, consulting services and software development. Innovation and creativity are plugged into every industry, supported by Winnipeg’s economic advantages, talented professionals, and telecommunications infrastructure.

The information and communication technology (ICT) industry is critical to the global digital economy in Winnipeg and constitutes a key driver of productivity growth in the knowledge-based economy. The competitively low costs of doing business in Winnipeg help ICT companies achieve better profit margins, allowing them to reinvest more of their earning toward the development of new intellectual property assets or other growth strategies. The city’s highly skilled labour force, well-connected and innovative developer community, and world-class education infrastructure strengthen the advantage ICT firms experience in Winnipeg.

ICT firms in Winnipeg are able to address multiple vertical markets because of the rich diversity of experience, expertise and skills in Winnipeg’s ICT workforce. There are a variety of high-tech employers in Winnipeg in the finance, insurance, manufacturing, life sciences and health-care sectors.

More than ever, ICT startups are loving Winnipeg. SkipTheDishes is disrupting North America’s food-delivery business with its proprietary algorithms, Bold Commerce is helping online retailers sell goods through its Shopify and YouTube applications, Permission Click is revolutionizing the way parents give consent for their children to participate in school-led field trips, and Farmers Edge is using big data to develop predictive modelling that helps farmers make more money.

Winnipeg’s strength is its diversity, and its newest champions are writing history. In October, you’re invited to see how Winnipeg’s past and present have primed the city for an even more remarkable tomorrow.
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The University of Winnipeg is a dynamic campus and a downtown Winnipeg hub that connects people from diverse cultures and nurtures global citizens. It offers high-quality undergraduate and graduate programming across a range of academic disciplines including bioscience, environmental science, technology, political science and public policy among others. The UWinnipeg is engaged in several research activities relevant to digitization and public policy, for example, applied research in collaborative technology, high performance computing and the development of rural and remote communities. The UWinnipeg is also an active partner in the Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI) through research collaborations as well as workforce training and development. These activities serve the evolving realities and industry commercialization activities involving artificial intelligence and machine learning. The UWinnipeg equally plays an active role in informing public policy with evidence-based information pertaining to urban planning and socio-economic issues through work undertaken by its independent research arm the Institute of Urban Studies. These teaching and research activities are complemented by efforts on the part of the University’s Faculty of Business and Economics, and through its recently established partnership with Manitoba Technology Accelerator. As part of these efforts new developments in science and technology are identified and aligned to activities that develop the business and entrepreneurial capabilities of UWinnipeg students to best meet the demands of an increasingly digitized world.

Global Forum 2017

Global Forum 2017 Proceedings

See the GF 2017 Pictures   

(credits: Holly Bochurka, University of Winnipeg & Michael Jung)

Welcome Event at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy / Gateway to the Arctic Building with Welcoming words of Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Manitoba & Annette Trimbee, President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Winnipeg, Canada

WELCOME ADDRESSES 8:45 am – 9:15 am

Sébastien Lévy, Vice President Global Forum/Shaping the Future; Partner Items International, France
Sylviane Toporkoff, President Global Forum/Shaping the Future; Founder & Partner Items International, France

Brian Bowman, Mayor, City of Winnipeg, Canada
Dayna Spiring, President & CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg, Canada
Annette Trimbee, President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Winnipeg, Canada


OPENING SESSION     9:15 am – 10:45 am

Gary Shapiro, President & CEO, CTA Consumer Technology Association, USA

Jørgen Abild Andersen, Founder & CEO Abild Andersen Consulting, Denmark

Paul Mahon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, Canada AI Robotics
Olivia Neal, Executive Director of Digital Change, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada Global Leaders
Yoshio Tanaka, Professor, Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Graduate School of Innovation Studies; Emeritus Councilor, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan Things & Systems


SESSION 1     11:00 am – 12:30 pm
AGILE INFRASTRUCTURES; Evolution of Connectivity: The Future of Networks & the Cloud

John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA

Debate & Introduction
John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA
Wladimir Bocquet, Director of Spectrum Management & Policy, Eutelsat, France

Jean-Pierre Chamoux, Professor Emeritus, Université Paris Descartes, France

Adiel Akplogan, Vice President Technical Engagement, ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Extension TLD in DNS
Tim Nickerson, Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer – Shared Enterprise Services, Great-West Life, Canada Agile Infrastructures  
Joel Ogren, Board Member, NxtVn, The Netherlands
Nagaaki Ohyama, Professor Imaging Science and Engineering Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Jason Olson, Director – International External Affairs, AT&T, USA  


Keynote Session    2:00 pm- 2:30 pm
Keynote Speakers

• Julia Glidden, General Manager, Global Government Industry, IBM, USA Digital Government Transformation
• Anja Wyden Guelpa, Chancellor of State, Republic and Canton of Geneva, the Switzerland Trust & Confidence


SESSION 2    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Lewis Shadle, Member of the Board of Directors, NxtVn, USA

Steven Lafosse Marin, CEO, Dgt4leaders, France

Gulshan Kisoona, Manager, IT Security, Risk and Compliance, Air Canada, Canada Cyber Security in the Aviation Industry
Michael Nelson, , Public Policy, CloudFlare, USA
Eikazu Niwano, Research  Professor, Secure Platform Laboratories, NTT Corporation, Japan IoT Security with Trusted Secure Module
Dan Shoemaker, Principal Investigator and Senior Research Scientist, University of Detroit Mercy – UDM’s Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies, USA Why I Sleep Like a Baby
Colin Williams, Director SBL, United-Kingdom Homo Sapiens Cyborgia
Sarah Zhao, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels, China China Cybersecurity Law


SESSION 3  4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Annette Trimbee, President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Winnipeg, Canada

Philip Armstrong, Executive Vice President & Global Chief Information Officer, Great-West Life, Canada Convergence Automation, Robotics & AI
Don Davidson, Acting Director Cybersecurity Risk Management, Office of the Deputy DOD-CIO for Cybersecurity (CS), US Department of Defense, USA Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity
Grady Johnson, Senior Solution Architect, CGI Federal, USA Adaptive Artificial Intelligence
Guy Levesque, Vice-President, Programs and Performance, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Innovation.ca view
Herve Rannou, President, Items International & CEO Cityzen Data, France Connection from Big Data to AI
Sebastian Stoessel, Big Data and Business Intelligence Strategy, Audi of America, USA Audi


SESSION 4   4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

• Andrew Lipman, Chair Media and Technology Practice, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, USA

• Stuart Brotman, Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
• Christopher Mondini, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, North America and Global Business, ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
• Jason Olson, Director – International External Affairs, AT&T, USA
• Alice Pezard, Attorney at Law and Arbitrator, France
• Gérard Pogorel, Professor of Economics and Management-Emeritus, Telecom ParisTech, France
• Jurgen van de Kemenade, Co-Founder, Board Member & Member Senior Leadership & Strategy Team, NxtVn, The Netherlands


Welcome Cocktail 7:00 pm & Gala Dinner 7:45 pm to 10:30 pm at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights

• Sylvie Albert, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Winnipeg, Canada Keynote Video
• Bruno Burnichon, Honorary Consul of France Keynote video
• Olin Wethington, President, Wethington International, USA Keynote video 


KEYNOTE OPENING 9:00 am – 10:00 am

• Jay E. Gillette, Professor Emeritus of Information and Communication Sciences, Center for Information and Communication Sciences, Ball State University, USA Evolve the Kownledge


• Walid el Abed, Founder & CEO, Global Data Excellence, the Switzerland Data Excellence Science
• Dylan Jones, Deputy Minister, Western Economic Diversification, Canada
• Samia Melhem, Chair, eDevelopment Group Information and Communication Technologies Sector Unit, World Bank Group Transport & ICT Global Practice


SESSION 5    10:00 am – 11:30 am

• Randy Zadra, Director, Government and International Relations; Senior Advisor Eureka Clusters, National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada Innovating Innovation 

• Jeremy Millard, Senior Consultant, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark

• Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canada
• Charles Lemoine, Senior Project Analyst, CSA – Canadian Space Agency, Canada Space Projects and Open Data as Innovation Drivers  & Video
• Steven A. MacLaird, Senior Vice President, Government & Industry Strategy, OMG – Object Management Group, USA Object Management Group
• Joel Semeniuk, Laudato Si’ Challenge Mentor; Imaginet Cofounder, Global Microsoft Regional Director, Fresco Capitol Impact Partner, Horizon Three Founder & Executive Director, Canada Horizons of Innovation
• Jurgen van de Kemenade, Co-Founder, Board Member, & Member Senior Leadership & Strategy Team, NxtVn, The Netherlands
• Bert van den Berg, Acting Vice President, Research Partnerships, NSERC-Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Innovating Innovation 

SESSION 6   10:00 am – 11:30 am


• John Jung, Chairman & Co-Founder, ICF – Intelligent Community Forum, USA

• Hugo Kerschot, Founder & Managing Director, Is- Practice, Belgium

• Karl-Filip Coenegrachts, Chief Strategy Officer, City of Gent; President of the Executive Committee of Eurocities, Belgium
• Wayne Kelly, RPLC Project Coordinator, Brandon University, Canada
• Rob McCann, Founder and President of Clearcable Networks; Owner & Operator,  Hamilton Technology Centre, Canada
• Michael Legary, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Winnipeg, Canada
• Sehl Mellouli, Full Professor, Department of Information System, University of Laval, Canada
• Alan Shark, Executive Director & CEO, PTI – Public Technology Institute, USA
• Catherine Warren, President & Board Director, Centre for Digital Media; Founder & President, FanTrust, Canada


SESSION 7      11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Chair/ Moderator
• Mariane Cimino, CEO, Hoa-Ora, France Better Coordination of Health and Social Services for Fragile Persons at Home

• Eyal Bloch, Cofounder & Co-director,  Institute Education for Sustainability & Social Change, Israel & Philippe Scheimann, Co-Founder & CTO, TOPGlobal.org, Israel Improve Health in Developing Countries 
• Ryan C.N. D’Arcy, Professor and Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation BC Leadership Chair in Multimodal Technologies for Healthcare Innovation Faculty of Applied Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Canada Digital Health NeuroTechnology
• Joe Jarzombek, Global Manager, Software Supply Chain Solutions, Synopsys, USA Enabling Cybersecurity Assurance for Network-Connectable Medical Devices 
• Josh Payne, Executive Director, Sales & Enterprise Solutions, Powerland, Canada Digitization within Healthcare
• Michele Thonnet, eHealth European & International Affairs Executive, Ministry of Solidarities and Health, France Digitalisation Healthcare: A National Strategy
• Paul Wormeli, Executive Director Emeritus, Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, USA  Trust in Data


SESSION 8     11:45 am – 1:00 pm

• Gérard Pogorel, Professor of Economics and Management-Emeritus, Telecom ParisTech, France

• Namir Anani, President & CEO, ICTC – Information and Communications Technology Council, Canada
• Alan Elias, Senior Manager Global Public Policy; Member eBay Public Policy Lab, USA Industry 4.0 & eBay
• Jeremy Millard, Senior Consultant, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark  Shift to Distributed Manufacturing, Mass Customisation and the Future of Work 
• Nitya Karmakar, Professor, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney, Australia Emerging Issues Challenges in Managing Global Supply Chains 
• Michaël Stankosky, Research Professor, George Washington University, USA Industry 4.0 


SESSION 9      2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Chair/ Moderator
• Danny Blair, Director of Science, Prairie Climate Centre, University of Winnipeg, Canada Agri-Business Introduction

• Ali Kone, COO & Co-Founder, Coders4Africa Inc, USA Affordable Technolgies to Empower Rural Economies
• Louis Longchamps, Research Scientist in Precision Horticulture,  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Big data: Role of Public Organizations for a Proper Use of Agricultural Data
• Maurice Moloney, Executive Director & CEO, GIFS – Global Institute for Food Security, Canada Agri-Tech and Big Data & Video
• Pascal Poitevin, Digital Strategy Consultant, ITG, France  Role of Public Organizations for a Proper Use of Agricultural Data
• Mitch Rezansoff, Integrated Solutions Manager, ENNS Brothers, Canada Rules of Agriculture are Changing
• Philippe Scheimann, Co-Founder & CTO, TOPGlobal.org, Israel representing Emmauel Simiyu, Co-Founder & CEO, GOIP GROUP, Kenya Digital Agriculture Extension Services Support System


SESSION 10     2:30 pm – 4:00 pm


GF 2017 S10_Successful Women

• Lisa Zellers, Director Agile Enablement Group, CGI Federal Emerging Technologies Group, USA
• Marta Arsovska-Tomovska, Former Minister of Information Society & Administration of the Republic of Macedonia; Digital Transformation Strategist & Business Development Consultant, Macedonia
• Beth Bell, Vice President & Partner, Canadian Public Sector Leader, IBM Global Business Services, Canada
• Martine Delannoy, Chief Foresight Officer of Digipolis, the IT organisation of the cities of Ghent and Antwerp, Belgium
• Kathy Knight, CEO, ICTAM – Information & Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba, Canada
• Tamara Shoemaker, Director University of Detroit Mercy – UDM’s Center for Cyber Security & Intel Studies; Operations Manager for CISSE (Colloquium for Information System Security Education), USA


The Global Forum 2017 is taking place in Winnipeg, Canada on October 2nd & 3rd. It will be the first Global Forum edition in Canada!

We decided to organize the Global Forum in Winnipeg as the city, located in the middle of Canada, is among others the home to several successful aerospace, energy, and transportation exporters, insurance and financial companies and has a growing advanced manufacturing and life science industries.
We are sure that this first Canadian experience will be a tremendous & memorable success. Take part in this new edition!

City of Winnipeg

Known as the “cultural cradle of Canada,” Winnipeg is Manitoba’s cosmopolitan capital city offering plenty of charm. This four-season destination boasts a dazzling arts, vibrant theatre and indie music scene, as well diverse dining choices from award-winning chefs.
Winnipeg’s attractions educate, entertain and delight. Be moved by the galleries at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and watch polar bears swim overhead in the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Forks is the city’s premier meeting place with attractions, shopping, parkland, restaurants and entertainment. Explore diverse neighbourhoods, such as the historic Exchange District or the boho chic Osborne Village. Marvel at the grace of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, hop aboard the Nonsuch—a full-size ship at Manitoba Museum, or admire contemporary Inuit art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.



For More Information on SPONSORSHIPS & REGISTRATION GLOBAL FORUM / Shaping the Future 2017

Please contact:
Dr. Sylviane Toporkoff, President Global Forum

Mr. Sébastien Lévy, Vice-President Global Forum

Tel: + 33 1 46 42 48 76
Fax: + 33 1 41 08 94 27


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