Windsor-Essex Tech Show


Watch the panel from the Windsor Essex Tech Show with Amazon, GM, and IBM!

Photos from the Windsor Essex Tech Show - November 14, 2017

Special thanks to Snapd Windsor for the photos.

What does the future hold?

With robots poised to transform today’s society as completely as the internet did twenty years ago, can we predict what’s coming down the line?

From intelligent homes, driverless cars and robotic helpers, intelligent agents have the potential to put us in a new age of affluence and leisure — but what will the transition look like?

This is your chance to hear from acclaimed speakers, meet IBM’s Watson and network in YQG’s first ever KELCOM Tech Lounge. Join IBM, General Motors and Amazon in breaking down the world of AI through their knowledge of machine learning, predictive analytics, and information visualisation.

Who should attend?

The Windsor Essex Tech Show will gather business owners, AI start-up innovators, tech lovers, press/media, and acclaimed researchers.

What we’ll discuss:

How is Artificial Intelligence reshaping our lives?

What are the opportunities coming with A.I. and Robotics?

What problems can A.I. solve and what new problems can they create?

What is the state of A.I.?

How will advances in A.I. impact existing jobs?

How can someone future-proof themselves against the rise of the machine?

And much more!


Daphne Jacobs Zargar is a high-performing executive specializing in digital innovation strategy, strategic partnerships and alliances with strong expertise in building new business models in emerging technology.

Daphne has extensive global experience working in large corporations and organizations across three continents and is the co-creator of the nation’s first experiential hackathon – Project 34.

As Global Manager – Partner Relations, Daphne is responsible for Managing the partner relationships across all brands for GM’s Global Connected Customer Experience with a focus on third party application development and production application operations for in-vehicle infotainment system, including the SDK/Emulator development for in-vehicle global application integration.


Ms. Landers is the Vice President, Cognitive Solutions at IBM Canada. In this role, she leads a large cross-country team focused on working with our clients to find innovative new ways to grow and transform their businesses by leveraging IBM’s investments in Cognitive Computing (Watson) and Cloud as well as our legacy of excellence in Consulting and Delivery Services, Analytics, Cybersecurity, Systems and Software. Today’s unprecedented industry disruption caused by digital transformation means that businesses of all sizes have both new challenges and new opportunities which Debbie and her team, along with the rest of IBM and our partners, will work to help them address in ways that create new value and competitive advantage.

In her previous role, she was the Vice President of Innovation Investments for IBM Canada.

Prior to joining the IBM Canada team in 2016, Ms. Landers held a number of global positions within IBM, including her most recent experience as the General Manager of Kenexa & Smarter Workforce. The foundation of this business was the December 2012 $1.4B acquisition of Kenexa. Before taking on the role of General Manager of the business, Ms. Landers lead the team integrating Kenexa in to IBM.

Ms. Landers started IBM in 1985 and has held various roles throughout her tenure, including Vice President and Integration Executive for the Netezza acquisition, Vice President of Global Client Support for IBM Information Management; and Director of IM Customer Support and Services Strategy, among others. She is also an active mentor to a number of protégé(e)s from across IBM. Outside IBM, Ms. Landers sits on the Board of Advisors for the University of Windsor Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre).

Ms. Landers holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario, a Diplome de Francais Practique also from Western; and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.


Lillian, a Windsor native, has recently moved to Seattle and joined Amazon, as HR Director. Amazon is a company of builders and pioneers who make bold bets and get energy from inventing on behalf of customers. At Amazon, Lillian leads a team of HR professionals supporting the talented global Amazon Marketplace team in over 40 locations worldwide. Amazon Marketplace is the e-commerce platform that enables sellers to sell products on These sales represent just under half of Amazon’s annual sales, and reach hundreds of millions of customers instantly selling several billion units per year.

Lillian’s early career years were in Windsor, starting at Ford Motor Company upon graduation at from Kennedy Collegiate. Lillian enjoyed 13 years at Ford starting on the assembly line while pursuing her education at University of Windsor. Lillian quickly progressed at Ford to pursue a leadership role implementing lean manufacturing systems, to become six sigma black belt, to several years of senior management roles in HR, Quality and Manufacturing while completing her Bachelor of Commerce, Honors Business Administration and her Master of Business Administration full time at the University of Windsor.

In 2007 Lillian decided to diversify her skillset and moved to Waterloo to join BlackBerry (then Research in Motion) as HR Director. At BlackBerry Lillian managed the HR Shared Services function which was responsible for building the infrastructure to support BlackBerry’s exponential growth and her responsibilities included technology, PMO, Analytics and employee services supporting over 20,000 employees worldwide.

In 2011 Lillian joined Kobo in Toronto to lead HR as Vice President of Human Resources. Kobo is a global eReading service with one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world. Lillian supported Kobo through rapid global growth resulting in the acquisition by Rakuten, where Lillian led the integration of the organizations.

In 2013 Lillian returned home to Windsor to work at Accucaps to lead HR as the Vice President of Human Resources. A technology professional at heart, Lillian returned to the tech space to lead HR at Covisint in Detroit, and ultimately to become the Chief Human Resources Officer at Plex, a world leader in today’s cloud ERP market. At Plex, a recipient of multiple Best Place to Work awards, Lillian led the company through the creation and evolution of end to end HR while nurturing a world class culture and supporting over 35% YOY growth.

Lillian likes to stay active, is an avid reader, and spends as much time as possible with friends and family.

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Photos from the Windsor Essex Tech Show - November 8, 2016

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce along with presenting sponsors WEtech Alliance and WindsorEssex Small Business Centre present The Windsor-Essex Tech Show!

Discover how technology can help your business increase efficiencies, save you money, build your brand, and increase the chances of Google finding you. Hear from leading industry experts and walk away with tips and tricks that you can take home and implement immediately. Network and mingle one-on-one with our experts following the Show in Cogeco’s Cloud lounge. This is your chance to ask the experts your most burning tech questions and challenges.

Who should attend: Small business owners, entrepreneurs, non-profits and others interested in technology to gain knowledge, perspective and insight into technology as a tool to grow your business.

Special thanks to Snapd Windsor for the photos.

Highlights from the Windsor Essex Tech Show - November 8, 2016

Windsor Essex Tech Show Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Networking
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.: Opening Remarks
8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Why is Tech Important for Small Business?
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: The Cloud Series
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: The Web Series
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.: The Social Media Series
11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Cloud Lounge

Intro Session: Why is Tech Important for Small Business?

Justine Kilby, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Small Business Implementations, Ceridian

Justine Kilby is Senior Vice President of Strategy & Small Business Implementations at Ceridian. She is a former small business owner and spends her days helping small businesses across North America adopt human capital management technology solutions to improve their operations. Justine joined Ceridian as part of Ceridian’s acquisition of technology startup, Dayforce, in 2012. Prior to joining the world of tech startups, she worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman where she lead growth strategy projects for Fortune 1,000 companies.

Justine is passionate about technology, community building, and entrepreneurship. Justine has a business degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

1. The Cloud Series – Get your Head out of the Clouds about the Cloud

Learn how to leverage Cloud Computing technologies from infrastructure and programming platforms to internet based applications. Get a better understanding on how Cloud Computing can give you on-demand services through a pay as you go model. Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of Cloud Computing technologies and how small businesses can leverage this technology efficiently, safely, and cost effectively.

Hassan Farhat, B.SE, IT. Business Analyst, AlphaKOR Group (Topic: introduction to Cloud Computing)

Hassan Farhat joined AlphaKOR Group in 2012 as IT. Business Analyst. In this role, Hassan delivers comprehensive IT Solutions with a focus on Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Network Security, and business management solutions. Hassan has more than 20 Years’ Experience in different IT fields.

Peter Sutherland, Director Business Development, SherWeb

Peter Sutherland is the Director Business Development, Partners for Cloud Solution Provider, SherWeb. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry at major global technology companies such as IBM, Lenovo and Apple as well as small and early stage companies contributing to the evolution of traditional on premise IT to the cloud infrastructure.

Wissam Aoun, Clinical Director, International Intellectual Property Law Clinic

More info soon!

2. The Web Series - Today’s First Impression Starts with Strong Online Presence

Learn how to take your website to the next level with clean, impactful designs and intuitive navigation for the best customer experience. Get knowledge on how to track campaign success and lead generation. Find out how to get potential customers to better find you online through Google. Plus, learn the importance of e-commerce and how to optimize your sales online.

Joel Paterson, Owner, Primary Target Media (Topic: SEO/Google Analytics)

Joel Paterson founded Primary Target Media in 2002, and has extensive experience in both SEO and Google Analytics. With clients ranging from restaurants, to construction companies, hair salons, and even luxury resorts in the Caribbean, Joel understands the tremendous impact professional SEO and measurement services can offer businesses of all types and sizes.

Over the past 14 years, with a unique, and relatable approach, Joel and Primary Target Media have continued to push the limits of both strategy and application of technology, to deliver measurable results for their clients

William Hawksworth, Designer, Douglas Marketing Group (DMG) (Topic: Web Design and User Experience)

As Art Director and Web Designer at Douglas Marketing Group, it’s Will’s job to translate strategic vision into impactful web design. He knows that getting the message across quickly and effectively is key, while also assuring that the audience is able to navigate with ease and deliver on your objective. Before joining DMG, Will owned his own company for 7 years (Hawksworth Designs). In 2013 his company won the Biz X Website Wizards Award.

John Lyons, Partner/Digital Marketing Director, Hub Creative Group

More info coming soon!

3. The Social Media Series - It’s TIME to get Social Media Right

Learn how to leverage popular social media platforms to increase your brand, sales, and customer loyalty. Get knowledge from local social media experts on top strategies to maximize your time regardless of having one (1) hour a week or ten (10) hours a week to spend managing your online presence. Attendees will leave the session with “do it yourself” tips and tricks that can be implemented immediately to help gain quick results. Plus, learn what other local small businesses are doing RIGHT on social media that’s gaining them the RIGHT results.

Frank Abbruzzese, President, AlphaKOR Group

Frank Abbruzzese is the President of AlphaKOR Group. Frank brings over twenty-eight years of experience within the technology and innovation sector. Some of Frank’s experiences include: developing long-term relationships with companies and organizations of all sizes, and providing strategic planning for technological advancement. Past Chair of WEtech, Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 and Chamber member since 1995.

Cierra Bray, CEO & Founder, CGal Media

Powered by passion and coffee, Cierra Bray is a 23-year-old recent Public Relations graduate and now CEO and founder of CGal Media. Cierra is crazy about philanthropy, entrepreneurship & supporting local businesses. She plans on teaching youth about entrepreneurship and personal branding and would like to impact 1 million youth by the age of 30.

Matt Senechal, Marketing/Online Content Administrator, Motor City Community Credit Union

A Windsorite born and raised, Matt (@MatthewSenechal) is the Marketing/Online Content Administrator at Motor City Community Credit Union (@MotorCityCCU) and President of the LaSalle Rowing Club. He is often called a “social butterfly” and that suits him just fine. A self-proclaimed foodie, Matt is always open to new taste experiences. He looks forward to what’s next, while keeping his eyes and ears open around him.

Katie Stokes, Owner, Blab Media

Katie Stokes is the owner of Blab Media; a social media and digital marketing agency in Windsor. She has spent the last four years providing businesses of all sizes with social media strategies, digital content, brand monitoring, social media maintenance, corporate training and much more. When she isn’t busy running Blab, she’s teaching part time at St Clair College Centre For The Arts and consuming far too much coffee. She has a serious passion for crafting content and an embarrassing addiction to Instagram food photography.


Highlights from the Third Annual Windsor Essex Tech Show - November 4, 2014


Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Caboto Club

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce along with presenting sponsor KPMG present the annual Windsor-Essex Tech Show.

Discover the latest in technology for your business from our tradeshow exhibitors. Hear from leading industry corporations such as Google, Detroit Venture Partners, Cisco and more!

Who should attend?: C-level executives, business owners and others interested in technology to gain knowledge, perspective and insight into the technology issues and trends.

Latest News:

October 29, 2014
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and KPMG Present Windsor Essex Tech Show Featuring IT Solutions - Speakers and Agenda Announced

October 28, 2014
Chamber hosts technology tradeshow

September 15, 2014
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and KPMG Present Windsor Essex Tech Show Featuring IT Solutions

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Meet Our Speakers!



Impossible Minus One
How technology is redefining what’s possible, and why you can’t sit idly by while it does.

Fab Dolan


Click here for Fab Dolan's bio.

Detroit Startup City
Get an inside look at the growth of the startup scene in Detroit.

Jacob Cohen


Click here for Jacob Cohen's bio.

Cloud Platform – Leveraging new technologies
Learn more about Azure to move your company forward saving both time and resources.

Sharon Bennett


Click here for Sharon Bennett's bio.

Cisco’s Threat-Centric approach
Understanding the modern threat landscape and Cisco’s threat-centric security approach.

Tony Abi-Jaoude


Click here for Tony Abi-Jaoude's bio.


Thanks to Our Sponsors!


Highlights from the Second Annual Windsor Essex Tech Show - October 29, 2013

October 29, 2013 - Windsor tech sector building, says Chamber President
October 25, 2013 - Gearing Up for the Windsor-Essex Tech Show Video via The Windsor Star
October 23, 2013 - Speakers Announced for Windsor-Essex Tech Show
October 1, 2013 - Early bird tickets on sale for Windsor-Essex Tech Show
September 18, 2013 - Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and KPMG Present Windsor-Essex Tech Show

Tech Show Flyer

Tech Show

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Tech Show sponsor logos

The Windsor Star, A division of Postmedia Network Inc.
Cogeco Cable Canada LPM
WEtech Alliance
AlphaKOR Group
Next Dimension Inc.
Empire Communications Inc.


AlphaKOR Group Inc.
American Roads Technologies
Applied Computer Solutions
Canadian Digital Media Network
Cogeco Business Solutions Fibre Services
Conceive-It Corp.
Constant Contact
Empire Communications
HackWE competition winner
Hold Please Communications
MC Business Solutions Windsor
Netmon Inc.
Next Dimension Inc.
Security ONE
St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology
The Funding Portal
The Windsor Star
University of Windsor
Vollmer Data Communications
WEtech Alliance



8:00 a.m.       Doors Open – Registration & Networking

8:55 a.m.       Welcome - Matt Marchand, President, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Carlo Ciaramitaro, Partner, KPMG LLP

9:00 a.m.       Google - John MacDonald, Sr. Enterprise Account Executive, Google Inc.

10:30 a.m.     Polycom - Paul Lorimer, Account Manager

12:00 p.m.     Constant Contact - Lisa Kember, Regional Development Director, Eastern Canada

1:30 p.m.       Mitel - Lynn Beech, Channel Manager

3:00 p.m.       BlackBerry - Nick Dawson, Director, Eastern Canada & Government

4:30 p.m.       Closing Remarks 

Highlights from the First Annual Windsor Essex Tech Show - October 30 2012