Toronto SIGnature Event

November 07, 2018

Goodmans LLP
333 Bay Centre, Suite 3400
Toronto CAN M5H 2S7

Sponsored By:

Morning Agenda

8:00 - Welcome and Delegate Breakfast

8:45 - Live Peer2Peer Discussion

9:45 - Break

10:00 - Executive Buy-side Keynote presentation on Blockchain as a Procurement Exercise by Richard Corley, Partner, Goodmans LLP, and Peter Ruby, Partner, Goodmans LLP.

10:55 - Sponsor Provided General Session Keynote: The Importance of Total Spend Management to Drive Intelligent Procurement by Panos Kelamis, Director Digital Transformation, SAP Ariba 

Afternoon Agenda


12:45 - Roundtable Breakout Sessions (Each Delegate will attend 2-3 roundtable discussions)

2:00 - Sponsor Provided General Session Keynote: How Procurement Can Help Drive Contingent Workforce Program Transformation in the New World of Work by Travis O'Rourke, Head of Hays Talent Solutions Canada and Craig Huntley, Sale Deveopment Manager, Hays Talent Solutions

2:55 - Executive Buy-side Presentation: FUTUR - Is Sourcing Future Ready? By Lorri Rowlandson, Senior Vice President, BGIS 

3:45 - Executive Buy-side Presentation on Outsourcing in a Digital World by Don Smith, Vice President of Global Procurement Services, Scotiabank

4:15 - Closing Discussion

4:30- Adjourn


Purchasing Blockchain Services presented by Richard Corley, Partner, Goodmans LLP and Peter Ruby, Partner, Goodmans LLP

This discussion will focus on Blockchain as a Procurement Exercise including:

  • The use of Blockchain as a requirement for other outsourcing services.
  •  The consideration of using provider services who are using Blockchain. Benefits and potential risk.
  • Looking at Blockchain from an application perspective.

Richard Corley

Goodmans LLP

Richard Corley is a partner at Goodmans and leads the firm’s Outsourcing practice group. Combining his legal expertise with a unique background in engineering, mathematics, computer science and business, Richard's practice focuses on the intersection of law and technology.

Richard has over 25 years of experience advising clients on complex outsourcing transactions, technology M&A, joint ventures, cleantech and technology-related competition law matters.  With technology at its core, Richard's practice is focused on the growing information technology and cleantech sectors. Richard's practice complements his personal interest and involvement in energy conservation and energy alternatives.  He is currently involved with the Canadian implementation of the Third Industrial Revolution initiative, which integrates distributed renewable energy, low-energy buildings, intelligent power distribution and management, and energy storage systems.

Peter Ruby

Goodmans LLP

Peter Ruby is a partner at Goodmans. He has a national and international practice focused on business and information technology dispute resolution, including software, telecommunications, film, radio, television, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, ecommerce and internet litigation, Canadian and cross-border arbitration, mediation and advice.  Peter represents both large multi-national organizations and some of Canada’s most entrepreneurial providers and users of information technology.

Peter also deals with the regulation of the electricity industry, has acted as counsel for the Canadian Electricity Association, and represented electricity utilities across Canada, as well as green energy developers.  He has appeared at the Ontario Energy Board with respect to generation, transmission, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development and distribution issues, and before other provincial energy regulators.

With respect to privacy and data protection, Peter has successfully litigated business-related privacy cases that have been brought before the courts and has considerable experience assisting clients in dealing with privacy breach incidents.  He also assists organizations to draft domestic and multi-jurisdictional privacy and data retention policies, deal with privacy inquiries and investigations by privacy commissioners, and negotiate privacy-related agreements.  

Peter is recognized as a leading IT litigator in Chambers Global Guide to The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Euromoney’s Guide to The World’s Leading Information Technology Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in Canada, and is also recognized by Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys in the areas of international arbitration, energy and intellectual property. 

Peter was a law clerk to the Federal Court of Canada, taught at Osgoode Hall Law School and is a Professor of Law (adj.) at the University of Toronto teaching Telecommunications and Internet Law.  He was a co-chair of the 2017 World Technology Law Conference in Chicago.  Peter is a frequent speaker at industry and legal events and is the author of articles in his fields of practice.

The Importance of Total Spend Management to Drive Intelligent Procurement

Not all spend is created equal. Different categories require different processes, communities, and levels of supplier collaboration. Only a truly integrated source-to-settle process on a digital platform of established business networks for all categories of spend can drive value for your organization and lead to intelligent procurement.


Panos Kelamis

Director Digital Transformation
SAP Ariba

Panos Kelamis is a Director – Digital Transformation Organization for SAP Ariba. Panos runs collaborative engagements with organizations to create differentiating business capabilities, new business models, and drive incremental economic value, enabled by digital innovations across procurement. Panos’ experience in procurement and technology Is focused on price reduction, spend compliance, process efficiency and working capital benefits across the procurement lifecycle. Additionally, Panos works with organizations to develop and deliver success planning strategies to drive value realization for their procurement transformation.

Prior to joining SAP, Panos worked in the financial industry with a multitude of roles and responsibilities ranging from investment banking, private equity and wealth management driving value for his clients and stakeholders.

Panos holds a MBA in international finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Honours BA in Economics & International Relations from Trinity College at the University of Toronto

How Procurement Can Help Drive Contingent Workforce Program Transformation in the New World of Work

Welcome to the gig economy! Driven by a number of compounding demographic and market forces the world of work has fundamentally changed, resulting in huge spend increases within the HR / Professional Services categories. As a result, the way most organizations have traditionally managed these categories has become much less effective and therefore ripe for transformation. In this thought provoking session you’ll gain some important historical context, explore the strategic landscape, and learn about some innovative new approaches where procurement can partner with HR and Talent Acquisition to ensure the organization has all the workers it needs, in the right place and time, for a fair cost.

Travis O’Rourke

Head of Hays Talent Solutions Canada
Hays Talent Solutions

Travis O’Rourke is the Head of Hays Talent Solutions Canada and brings over 30,000 hours of Canadian contingent workforce management experience.   With a Canadian workforce of over 1000, Hays Talent Solutions provides outsourced workforce management solutions and the technology that enables and measures it.  Hays Talent Solutions currently oversees $1B + in services procurement spend with a focus on spend realignment, and proper milestone + deliverable tracking.  Travis sits on the board of directors for the National Association of Canadian Consulting Businesses (NACCB) and is passionate about future proofing Canadian companies to have the skills and talent required to succeed in the world of tomorrow.

Craig Huntley

Sales Development Manager
Hays Talent Solutions

Craig started his career working in technology for a firm focused on Human Capital Management. After a few years in the space, Craig realized his passion for educating enterprise clients on the complexity of their workforce and move to an IC Compliance and Payrolling organization, where he built out the inside sales team before joining the Solutions team. In 2017 Craig accepted his current role with Hays Talent Solutions, helping to drive their expansion into the America's. Craig is responsible for identifying industry trends, building the inside sales team and helping to drive the overall strategy of the go-to-market team. 

FUTURE - Is Sourcing Future Ready?

Lorri Rowlandson

Senior Vice President
Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions

Lorri is a skilled executive with over 20 years of experience in strategic sourcing and corporate real estate.  She is a relationship driven and results oriented professional who coaches and empowers her team to deliver unprecedented results. Lorri has made a career of tackling highly complex projects with an innovative entrepreneurial spirit, consistently achieving multimillion dollar savings results.

An equally accomplished professional in Strategic Sourcing and Corporate Real Estate, Lorri is a progressive business leader whose results are measured not only in the impressive numbers she delivers but also in the dedication and commitment she offers clients. Lorri is sought after by her industry peers as a subject matter expert as it pertains to Real Estate Outsourcing, with particular specialization in transitioning complex first generation outsourcing arrangements.

She is a powerful presenter and communicator where she effectively conveys thought leadership and subject matter knowledge with an entertaining presentation style.

Outsourcing in a Digital World by Don Smith Vice President, Scotiabank

Don Smith

Vice President
Scotia Bank

Donald is an accomplished Operations Executive with experience in Procurement, Global Operations Management and Strategic Planning and Execution. He is a transformational leader, respected executive and result-focused professional with demonstrated success in leading the entire life cycle of responsibilities associated with the management of global operations and processes, with focused experience directing strategic sourcing, procurement and supply chain operations. Straight-forward and decisive with the wit, intelligence and experience to recognize opportunities for improvement, eliminate deficiencies and build strong consensus in favor of company goals.

Previous Attendees

  • Air Canada
  • Bank of Canada
  • Bank Of Montreal Financial Group
  • Bell Canada
  • Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce
  • Canadian Tire Corporation
  • Cancer Care Ontario/Action Cancer Ontario
  • CBC Radio Canada
  • CBRE Group Inc. (User)
  • Cirque du Soleil Inc
  • CME Group Inc.
  • Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
  • GE Canada
  • GE Healthcare
  • HSBC Bank Canada
  • Intact Financial Corporation
  • Manulife Financial
  • Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
  • Michaels Inc.
  • Ministry of Government Services
  • Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
  • Open Text Corporation
  • RBC Financial Group
  • Rogers Communications Inc
  • RSA Insurance Group
  • Scotiabank
  • Sears Canada Inc.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
  • TD Bank Financial Group
  • Veridian Connections
Event Sponsor: 
SAP Ariba