National BTM Academic Conference 2016

Agenda for the National BTM Academic Conference

Date and Time 



 June 4th, 2016   Edmonton, Alberta
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM    


  • This open invitation to BTM schools to share their respective program and graduate accomplishments. 
  • This is a unique opportunity for BTM Program Directors to present how BTM standards have been adopted and implemented within their school. 
  • Program showcase and/or innovative educational practices will be included as Poster topics. 
  • Tables & Poster Boards will be made available to Program Directors who will engage participants in lively discussion and mutual learning.
  • Sign up to lead a discussion by notifying This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • 9:00–9:30-Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30–9:45-Opening Remarks ITAC Talent
  • 9:45–10:40-The Critical Role of Engagement at a BTM oriented School – A Director’s Perspective
    Presenter: Ozgur Turetken, Ph.D., Professor & Director Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, Ryerson University
  • 10:40–10:50-Break
  • 10:50–11:45-The Critical Role of Engagement at Simon Fraser University – A BTM Advisory Board Chair’s Perspective
    Presenter:Nelson Lah, Executive Consultant & Chair, Simon Fraser University BTM Advisory Board
  • 11:45–Noon-Break and Lunch Set Up
  • Noon–12:45-Lunch and Networking
  • 12:45–1:30-Panel Discussion: The Start-up Mindset: Innovation, Disruption, & Creative Collisions
    Panel: Steve Eppley, Director of Information Technology, Edmonton Economic Development Corp.,
    Noreen Hoskins, U of Alberta EHub,
    Start-up Edmonton
  • 1:30-2:15-Building a BTM Program: From Degree Proposal to First Graduates
    Presenter: Patricia Genoe McLaren, PHD, Area Co-ordinator & Associate Professor, BTM Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, Wilfred Laurier University
  • 2:15 – 2:30-Break
  • 2:30 – 3:10-Evolution of the BTM Standards
    Presenter: Stéphane Gagnon, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Université du Québec en Outaouais
  • 3:10 – 3:30-National Occupational Standards: The Employability Factor
    Presenter: Ben Akoh, Ph.D. (Candidate), Standards Development Director, ITAC
  • 3:30 – 3:45-Break
  • 3:45 – 4:30-Panel Discussion: The Challenge of Talent Management in Business Technology
    Moderator: Dale McNeely, Director Business Career Services, University of Alberta
    Panel: Mike Battistel, VP Information Technology & CIO, Athebecsca University,
    David Booth CIO City of Edmonton,
    David Oh, CIO & VP Innovation & Technology Services, Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission
  • 4:30-4:40-Conference Close
  • 4:45-6:00-BTM Program Showcase

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