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April 16, 2024 – The Nature of Data – Wade Walker, Intelligent Data Management


In today’s interconnected digital landscape, increasingly how business perceives the nature of data is changing, transcending its ‘traditional’ role as mere information to emerge as a tangible source of differentiated opportunity and business value. The narrative begins by unraveling the historical trajectory of data, from its humble origins as raw facts to its evolving status and perception as a powerful driver of strategic business outcomes. As we navigate through the changing landscape of data, the talk explores a current and increasing paradigm shift in the perception of data as a business asset that merits investment.

No longer perceived broadly as an “IT problem” confined to the realms of storage and retrieval, data is increasingly recognized as a valuable resource that can be leveraged to drive innovation, inform decision-making and fuel economic growth. Most organizations have a long queue of technology projects with a deep and fundamental dependency on their data asset. However, the state of data in most organizations is nowhere near ready to drive realization of the desired value of these projects. The same is true of the organizational culture and data literacy.

This talk will address the critical role of data governance and ethics in ensuring the responsible and sustainable use, protection, and enhancement of the economic characteristics of data. It explores the challenges and opportunities associated with managing data’s evolving status and emphasizes the need for an integrated, holistic approach, aligning factors and inputs across the four dimensions of People, Process, Technology and Data, to unlock its full potential.

Learning Objectives:

• Gain insights into the transformative power of data and its measurable impact on industries, fostering a deeper understanding of the role data plays in shaping the future.
• Have perceptions challenged on the nature of data, and how its economic characteristics can be preserved and enhanced.
• Add new and impactful business-oriented ideas and language to their elevator pitch, to aid in influencing skeptical business and technology leaders in recognizing the value of data


Wade Walker

Wade Walker fuses strategic vision with the effective management and ethical use of data as amongst the most valuable assets any business owns, emphasizing the capture, measurement, management and the ethical exploitation of an organization’s data in business terms.

Wade has gained over 25 years strategic consulting experience across more than 10 countries on 4 continents, spanning the broad data space with extensive architecture, delivery and best practice experience. During his career, Wade has led the technical delivery of the data and analytics backbone for some of the largest international and multinational companies in the world.

Today, working closely with executives and board members with a business-centric lens and language, Wade works with to marry data with organizational strategy, providing advisory and technology delivery services to collaboratively envision and execute on long-term data and technology roadmaps.

Wade actively serves on several technology advisory committees in Academics, offers strategy, technology, architectural and data consulting through his company Intelligent Data Management Ltd and is Executive Producer and Conference Chair with his company DMC Data Management Conference (, which delivers high-value, knowledge-oriented annual data and technology conferences. In addition, Wade is a member of the leadership team of Bill Inmon’s company, Forest Rim Technology (Denver, USA), serves as Associate Director with Life Sciences Consulting Partners (Zurich, Switzerland) and is Executive CDO with Alstrada (United Arab Emirates).


To encourage members and guests to register for this event, we’re offering an Early-Bird Registration Incentive Door Prize Draw.
The Door Prize Draw is for a $50 Gift Card, donated by True North Group.
To qualify for this Early-Bird Registration Incentive, you must register via Eventbrite by 5:00 pm MT on Saturday April 13 2024 and be in attendance for the duration of the event.
Registration links for the virtual event will only be sent to those registered. Event Registration closes 5 pm MT on Monday, April 15th.

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Times: All times shown are Mountain Time

6:15 PM – 8:00 PM (6:15 pm welcoming- Event start at 6:30)

Place: 110 9 Ave SW Calgary AB T2P 0T1 (7th Floor #710) or Online via Microsoft Teams

Cost: Current CIC Members: FREE; Guests & Future CIC Members: $20+GST

Please register via Eventbrite (click here)


Event Sponsor

DMC Data & Security Connect Conference

The Data & Security Connect Conference brings a diverse group of industry professionals and speakers together to explore Data Science, Business Analytics, Natural Language Processing, Blockchain and Cryptography, Streaming Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Management, Data Modeling, Data Architecture, Data Governance, Data Stewardship, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Data Security.

Our purpose is to support Albertans and Canadians learn, build their professional network, build professional accreditation, and create opportunity for meaningful work. To drive innovation and diversification in Alberta and Canada in today’s emerging Data technologies.

Platinum Sponsor

Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”), the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Recognized as one of Canada’s Great Places to Work, Microsoft Canada Inc. provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software. Microsoft Canada is a creative workplace which attracts the best and brightest talent in the IT industry who bring an ever evolving vision of the future to reality.

Microsoft software helps businesses and consumers to reach their full potential, however they define it. Woven throughout daily life, whether it be work or play, Microsoft technologies flourish when they get into the hands of millions of Canadian partners and customers enabling innovation often in new ways.

Microsoft Canada is equally passionate about committing to Canadian communities. Since its inception, Microsoft Canada has had a corporate giving philosophy that goes beyond financial donations to champion inventive forms of philanthropy. For more information on how Microsoft Canada has joined forces with organizations across Canada to make a difference and invest in local communities visit

As a registered not-for-profit association, CIC has met the qualification requirements for discounted and donated Microsoft software distributed through TechSoup Canada. Microsoft has donated 10 Office 365 Business Premium subscriptions plus 25 Office 365 E1 subscriptions for CIC’s internal use. This software is used by CIC for operational and administrative purposes.

Gold Sponsor

iTech Calgary Conference

iTech is Canada’s leading portfolio of IT technology conferences and exhibitions focusing on Infrastructure, Cloud, Security, Data Centre, Virtualization & Mobility.

At iTech you will have the opportunity to; discover new cutting edge products & services, network & meet new people in the industry, stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends, see technology in action through live demonstrations, attend conference seminar sessions, research information to enhance your IT strategy, enjoy this Local event right in your backyard!

CIC Members are eligible to receive free VIP conference registrations valued at $99.

Silver Sponsor

True North Group Inc

True North Group Inc. provides Canadian integrated cloud, managed IT and security services as well as professional IT consulting services to small and mid-market enterprises.

True North Group provides door prizes at many events as well as contributions toward CIC’s operational funding.