Partner, Digital and Government Solutions at KPMG AI & Former Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada
Alex Benay is an avid user of technology and he often voices the importance of taking risks, failing fast and challenging the status quo when it comes to technological innovation, especially in the government. Benay believes in the strength of social media channels to communicate to Canadians and engage them on shaping the way forward. He also uses social media as an outlet to offer a running commentary on the big initiatives and projects he’s involved in. Benay is not your typical executive!
At KPMG he helps the firms public sector clients effectively implement key digital technologies and solutions such as Artificial Intelligence (including ethical AI), Blockchain, Cloud computing, Data Security and Privacy, Digital Identification, Digital Integrity and Assurance.
In his previous role as Canada’s CIO, Benay was responsible for a broad portfolio with a budget of $6 billion, 17 thousand employees and countless vendors. With technology and change as constants, Benay balanced the needs of government information systems with the demands of an increasingly dynamic, digitally-savvy and on-demand population.
His previous roles have included that of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, and Vice-President, Government Affairs and Business Development at OpenText, Canada’s largest software company.
Benay’s authored a few books including: “Canadian Failures: Stories of Building toward Success”. He brings together successful Canadians such as astronauts and gold medal athletes to explore how failure got them to where they are today, in an effort to remove the national stigma surrounding the term ‘to fail’. He’s also released “Government Digital: The Quest to Regain Public Trust” that will lay down a blueprint for digital change for other governments and organizations.
Day One - February 25th, 9:30 AM
Keynote Speaker and Author, Rich Keynote, LLC.
Terry Rich is a successful CEO and President of 25 years who loves to engage and entertain audiences across the globe.
During his appointment by three Governors, his leadership increased lottery sales and profits by 50%. He also led the Blank Park Zoo to profitability from a $600,000 deficit while positioning it as the second largest attended attraction in the state. But his national insight on business, banking, gaming, TV production, marketing and PR led him to success in his professional career and to his passion for public speaking. Oh, and he’s also given away over $1 billion.
Recently, Terry headed the team that cracked the largest lottery fraud in US history and has given away over a billion dollars to lottery winners. During the investigation, Terry oversaw day-to-day operations while considering long-term consequences, adapting quickly to change, and delivering on promises.
Before that, he started four successful entrepreneurial businesses, and has numerous national media appearances including ABC, NBC, HBO, CBS, 20/20, CNN, CNBC, USA Today and The New York Times; a movie host on Starz!; and appeared as a panel guest on the "Tonight Show".
He’s a disruptive innovator and entrepreneur with a drive for integrity and honesty. He’s worked in the trenches, survived new business trends and had success with generational changes. Terry’s keynotes are energetic, motivating and perfect for an early morning, lunch or after dinner presentation.
Terry Rich has authored two books: The $80 Billion Gamble and Dare to Dream, Dare to Act.
Day Two - February 26th, 9:15 AM
Lt Col USAF (Retired)
H Rick Goff was born in the small town of Fitzgerald, Georgia. While still a “small town” boy at heart, he now resides in beautiful San Antonio, Texas, the Alamo City. H Rick proudly served in the United States Air Force for over twenty years. While in the military, he traveled extensively and loved the adventure of visiting and living in new and different places all over the world. He worked in “Corporate America” for several years where again he was able to travel and see the world from many different perspectives. But his passion has always been writing. H Rick’s first book, A Gorilla Ridin' on a Half a Hot Dog, shared the adventures and the fun he had watching and sharing life through the eyes of his two young boys. It was a special time as he was figuring out Fatherhood and his boys were just being little boys! His second book, A Line in The Water, shares how he found and forged lifelong friendships while on fishing adventures with “fishing buddies.” It is an insightful look at how a childhood hobby became a lifelong passion and helped shape his outlook on life in general.
H Rick Goff lives life to the fullest through his faith, family, and friends. He is an adventure seeker who loves the outdoors and appreciates watching a beautiful morning sunrise and evening sunset! He “smells the roses” while still making sure he adds something to the fabric of life by giving back in any way he can. H Rick has honorably served his country, ran for political office, hiked trails all over the country, put a line in the water at any fishing hole in his path, jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, and hacked up several nice golf courses. He is now a published author living his passion!
Day Two - February 26th, 4:15 PM
John Clark is the Principal and Founder of PCI Services, LLC, a consultancy firm providing Clients with sustainable solutions that positively affect their mission and protect their interests. PCI Services is a leading consultancy firm specializing in high risk, heavily regulated industries.
John has served as an executive for both public and private domestic and international businesses. His responsibilities have included implementing risk and loss mitigation strategies, governmental compliance initiatives, global security operations, investigative and crime analysis units, business assessment and control functions and the implementation of corporate governance practices.
Prior to his roles in business, he has held various positions with federal and local law enforcement agencies and is a Combat Veteran, honorably serving in the U.S. Air Force. While serving his country John earned degrees from the US Air Force Air University and Community College of the Air Force, earning a BS in Criminal Justice Administration and an AS in Industrial Security Management.
He currently serves in an advisory capacity for a number of national and state public-private sector partnership organizations focused on both criminal justice and international security related matters.
Day Two - February 26th, 11:45 AM & 1:45 PM
L. Wayne Hoover
L. Wayne Hoover is a Senior Partner of Wicklander-Zulawksi & Associates, Inc. (WZ) and the Executive Director of International Association of Interviewers (IAI), an organization which partners with WZ to offer CFI® preparation training seminars. IAI administers the certification process for qualified investigators to become a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI®).
Wayne is a member of the CFI® Advisory Board, as well as Senior Editor and Publisher for the CFInsider Journal. He currently serves on the Board of International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO), the Board of Trustees for Marmion Academy and is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators Trainers Association (ILEETA).
Since starting his career with WZ in 1991, Wayne has conducted hundreds of investigations for both the private and public sectors and has led over 1200 seminars on Interview & Interrogation Techniques, both domestically and internationally. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences including the ILEETA Conference, National Child Advocacy Conference (NCAC), National Retail Federation (NRF), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Vistage (a peer mentoring membership organization for CEOs and business owners), Young President’s Organization (YPO), Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retailers (CLEAR), numerous Chapters of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), among many others.
Day Two - February 26th, 11:45 AM & 1:45 PM
Retired after 26 years in law enforcement, while having served in Central Ohio as a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.), D.A.R.E. Officer (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), along with serving as a Tactics Instructor, SWAT team member, and Hostage Negotiator.
Bruce has conducted numerous trainings and consultations for safety planning and drills throughout Ohio, along with training for active violence and preparedness for businesses such as: Wendy’s International, Ashland Chemical, Cardinal Health, Smiths Medical, Sedgwick, and XPO Logistics.
He has been awarded Master SRO distinction from O.S.R.O.A. (Ohio School Resource Officers Association), along with Practitioner distinction from N.A.S.R.O. (National Association of School Resource Officers). Bruce was selected as M.A.D.D. Officer of the Year 2011, Knights of Columbus Blue Coat Award-Officer of the Year 2018, and for the Chief’s Award of Excellence 2019.
Bruce currently serves as the Director of Campus Safety and Security for St. Brigid of Kildare Dublin, OH. He also serves on the Diocesan Safety Committee as the lead instructor for active violence and preparedness training for the Columbus, Ohio Catholic Diocese.
Day Two - February 26th, 11:45 AM & 1:45 PM
Curt is a retired member of the Boise Idaho Police department, with 32 years of service. His most recent assignment was as the Special Services Manager in the Criminal Investigation Division. He also developed and supervised the Organized Retail Crime Interdiction Team. Curt has his Bachelors of Science Degree from Washington State University. Most recently Curt served as the President of the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR) CLEAR collectively brings law enforcement together with Retail in its fight against Organized Retail Crime. Curt is also the Past-President of the Idaho Crime Prevention group, the Idaho Fraud Investigators Association and a long time member of ASIS. In 2014 Curt was recognized by the Boise Police Department as Senior Manager of the Year and in 2013 received the Law Enforcement Partner of the Year from Sears Holding Corporation.