Enabled by Blockchain technology, digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum hit the mainstream in 2017, and it appears to be full steam ahead. While digital currencies are getting the most media attention, the enabling Blockchain technology is also gaining momentum across industries and governments as we begin to explore the possibilities of using distributed ledgers.
This session will discuss Blockchain and other emerging technologies to help us gain a better understanding of these technologies and how they are being applied. As well, our speakers and panelists will discuss how these technologies and concepts are being explored for use in industry, government, and, finance.
Erik Berg, CPA, CMA, CISA, PMP, CISA
Partner, KPMG, Technology Risk Consulting
Erik is a Partner and service line leader for KPMG’s Technology Risk Consulting Advisory portfolio of services in British Columbia, including Cyber Security and Business Resiliency services. Additionally, Erik is KPMG’s national lead for Emerging Technology Risk services which includes risks associated with mobile, cloud, social media, IoT and Information Management. Erik has more than 18 years of experience performing Technology Risk Management related services at the Enterprise, Operational, Process and Technology layers of organizations.
Executive Director, Services Strategy, Office of the CIO
John Jordan is an accomplished technology strategist and practitioner who has worked in the private/tech and public sectors. Besides providing strategic guidance on digital service delivery to senior executives for both federal and provincial governments, he has hands-on experience delivering service transformation initiatives in content management, ID management, open data, and mobile apps. He received the Canadian Public Sector Award for Excellence in the Innovation category and holds a Master degree in Applied Science, Management Sciences (Management of Technology).
Kevin MacMillen – Panelist
Executive Director, Banking and Cash Management Branch, BC Government Provincial Treasury
Kevin MacMillen’s career in Banking began in Edmonton in 1986 with Canadian Western Bank, after his graduation from the University of Alberta. His experience with that organization includes stints in retail banking, heavy equipment financing, marketing, general commercial banking and real estate financing. Prior to his departure from the industry in 2008 he was Assistant Vice President with responsibility of a large commercial branch in Edmonton.
Kevin transitioned his career into private business for two years before joining the Province of Alberta in their Treasury Board and Finance ministry as Director of Banking. In that role he worked on numerous projects and initiatives aimed at modernizing government revenue and payment processes. In 2015, Kevin and his family pulled up stakes in Edmonton and moved to Victoria to join the Province of BC. As Executive Director of Banking and Cash Management with the Ministry of Finance. Kevin has overall responsibility to deliver banking, payment and working capital management for the Province.