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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!

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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.

Special thanks to Snapd Windsor for the photos.

Windsor Essex Tech Show – November 14, 2017

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