HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable in Toronto Highlights the Role of IT Leaders in Driving Innovation and Business Growth in Fast-Changing Markets



WESTPORT, Conn., April 21, 2011 /CNW/ -- Innovation drives business growth, and companies expect their CIOs to be effective transformational leaders. That's one of the key topics for discussion at the CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Ontario, on May 5. HMG Strategy LLC, the leading producer of CIO Executive Leadership Events in North America, will present the invitation-only roundtable as part of its 2011 schedule of transformational CIO leadership series events.

"This high-value, executive-level roundtable is designed expressly for CIOs and IT leaders in the Toronto area," said Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy. "Our carefully selected team of 'A-List' speakers and panelists will address the key issues confronting transformational leaders seeking optimal strategies for leveraging new technologies to drive innovation and business growth in rapidly evolving markets."

Keynote speakers include Alex Kramer, Partner, IBM Business Consulting Services; and Michael Vels, Chief Financial Officer, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and Canada Bread Company, Limited. Mr. Vels will focus on the strategic role of the CIO and the CIO's relationship with other C-level executives, with emphasis on his leadership role in the company's four-year transformational strategy to establish common business practices across multiple business units, enabled by a new ERP solution.

Peter High, Founder and President, Metis Strategy, LLC, will kick off the CIO Executive Leadership Roundtable by providing examples of innovation led through the IT department, drawing on his many years of advising Fortune 500 CIOs.

Additional speakers and panelists include Harry Pickett, SVP & CTO, Global Information Services, Manulife Financial; Catherine Booth, CIO, Plexxus; Roman Coba, CIO, McCain Foods Limited; Dave Revell, Executive IT Consultant, CIBC; Steven John, Strategic CIO, Workday; Lisa Porlier, Technology Sector Leader, Russell Reynolds Associates; and John Mealia, Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International.

"The roundtable will be highly interactive and fully loaded with actionable advice that you can use to help grow your business and achieve transformational change," said Mr. Muller. "The format includes substantial time for networking, meeting with peers, exchanging information and establishing key business relationships."

To register for this exciting half-day event and to view a complete list of HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Events, please visit the HMG Strategy website at


    About HMG Strategy


HMG Strategy, LLC is the leading provider of innovative IT leadership, management and technology support to CIO/Senior IT executives by focusing on the 360-degree needs of the CIO/IT Leader. Our events and services raise thought leadership, knowledge sharing and networking to the highest level. HMG Strategy provides access to an international network of more than 8,000 global CIO/Senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders.

Our CIO Executive Leadership Series offers a unique event experience to build relationships with peers and gain the latest insights and best practices for driving increased business value through the use of information technology. Additionally, our partnership with the world's leading search firms provides you with invaluable insights into the changing role of the CIO.


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