Robert Brennan Hart Announces The Canadian Cloud Council's Permanence
10/01/2018

A once in lifetime event about the future of Alberta's digital economy. Featuring George Kurian, CEO of NetApp and Shawn Henry, President of CrowdStrike

Online PR News – 01-October-2018 – Edmonton, Alberta – The Canadian Cloud Council is proud to announce Permanence, the organization's ninth major enterprise technology conference. We cordially invite you to the Art Gallery of Alberta in the heart of downtown Edmonton on March 28, 2019 for an unforgettable gathering of the brightest minds of our generation.

Permanence will feature an honorary opening keynote address by George Kurian, CEO of NetApp and a closing keynote address by Shawn Henry, President and Chief Security Officer at CrowdStrike. The astonishing, gender balanced cast also includes: Bryson Koheler, CTO of Equifax I Vasu Jakkal, CMO of FireEye I Jimma Elliot Stevens, Chief Privacy Officer at Rackspace and Lance James, Chief Scientist at Flashpoint.

The conference will feature a centrepiece roundtable discussion with many of Alberta's most influential business leaders including:

Derek Hudson, CEO of EEDC I Malcolm Bruce, CEO of Edmonton Global I Stephanie McLean, Former Minister of Service Alberta I Tina Thomas, Executive Director of Strategy and Innovation at Edmonton Public Library I Mark Bryant, CIO of PCL I Tara Mulrooney, CTO of Alberta Energy Regulator and Brian Stewart, Deputy CIO at University of Alberta.

"Economic development, especially in resource economies, has historically been a balancing act between forced false choices - growth vs. equity; opportunity vs. outcomes; profit vs. people; economics vs. environment. Traditional approaches to economic policy have devolved into existential battles between two ideological solitudes, further entrenched in social and political divides that prevent meaningful discussion, policy and execution, " lamented Robert Brennan Hart, CEO of the Canadian Cloud Council and Permanence Chair.

"Alberta, for long the engine of Canada's growth, faces not only these policy debates, but also a new uncertainty related to what has historically been its primary resource - non-renewable traditional energy sources. Optimism in the face of uncertainty is no policy, and Alberta needs to balance a continued focus on the oil sands with a diversified and renewed focus on the other two critical natural resources every sovereign has at its disposal - land and people.

The planned and purposeful application of emerging technology to economic development, through a true partnership between entrepreneurs, governments and societies, can create new employment opportunities, new pathways to success, and new communities linked through technology into common social and economic pursuits.

Financial institutions, particularly through credit, become critical to this new model for economic development, by supporting the various drivers of innovation, making opportunities available to a broad ecosystem of citizens and residents, and reflecting emerging patterns of value and consumption that are different from what existed even 10 years ago. Innovation in finance, when partnered with technology-driven economic development, can truly revolutionize how societies are defined, formed and function, and how value is defined, created, and shared.

What progressive digital initiatives are being leveraged in Alberta to improve not only the survivability of private business or government, but also the survivability of the province at large? How are public-private sector partnerships being leveraged to accelerate the rate of innovation and economic diversification across the province? Is it realistic to think Alberta can transform itself from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based economy in time to effectively compete in the digital age?

These are the questions that will be asked and sought to be answered at Permanence, concluded Mr. Hart

Registration to The Canadian Cloud Council's Permanence.live is now open.