Breakout session #2   11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Technology & The Changing World of Work

How are Robots, AI and other technologies impacting the future of work?

Name: Tim Siemens
Company Online Business Systems
Title Partner and Chief Technology Officer
Biography Tim is a recognized authority in the information technology industry. With more than 30 years of experience, he is an expert in the latest technologies, mobile architectures, service-oriented architectures, and technical infrastructures that underpin integration strategies and solutions. He has extensive experience in defining mission-critical enterprise architectures for complete solutions that integrate multiple systems.

Tim oversees the architectural direction taken on the solutions that Online develops and implements for our clients, and ensures that the underpinning architecture is state-of-the-art. Tim leads Online’s efforts in the research and development of technologies to determine their capabilities, the types of business challenges they will address, and the likelihood of market acceptance, thereby ensuring that Online is always applying the best practices to the work we do. Tim also oversees the development of Online’s methodologies, and the quality management function that ensures usage. His technical proficiency has helped propel Online to the forefront of the industry.

Tim is the executive leader of Online’s Innovation Lab where he directs research in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), conversational user interfaces and blockchain.


Name: Ralf Klenke
Company WSI International
Title President of Winnipeg Office
Biography A “leading” Digital Marketing Expert in Central Canada, President of WSI Office in Winnipeg.

Specializes in: Digital Strategy Development SMM, SEO, Analytics, Social Marketing, Marketing Automation

Location           Winnipeg, Canada Area

Industry           eCommerce, Manufacturing, Hospitality. B2B


1.   President at WSI- Digital Marketing, Winnipeg

2.   President at GameMasters Live Escape Games Inc.

3.   Secretary Treasurer/Board Member at



1.   President / Owner Nutri-Lawn Winnipeg

2.  Winnipeg Water World Parks/ Northern Riviera Water Park

3.   Vice President

4.   Regional Manager LIEBHERR Export AG, Switzerland

5.  Area Manager ALDI, Germany


Name: Ken Sanderson
Company Broadband Communications North Inc.
Title Executive Director
Biography Ken Sanderson is a member of Pinaymootang First Nation and is currently Executive Director of Broadband Communications North Inc., an Internet Service Provider with a network covering over 1000 sq km. Since starting at BCN, Ken has helped lead them to the establishment of subsidiary company, Mahkesis Group Inc., an industry training centre with international accreditation, and numerous large projects and partnerships. Ken is also the Chair of Canadian Aboriginal Human Resource Management Association Inc and a Council member with Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.

Ken comes with over 15 years of professional experience in consulting, research and analysis, public speaking, group facilitation, organizational development, and project management.

Ken’s past experience includes:

Management Consultant in the private and public sectors; first President (then called coordinator) of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce; Aboriginal Economic Development lead and later, Director of IT with 10 direct reports in the Manitoba Government. Over the years, Ken has delivered presentations and speaking engagements to dozens of conferences and events with crowds up to 1,000 people and has facilitated discussions, workshops and planning sessions with groups from private sector, public sector, and non-profit sector.

Ken is a Certified Service Manager, Certified Fiber Optics Technician, and trainer.


Name: (Moderator) Kathy Knight
Company Information and Communication Technologies Association (ICTAM)
Title CEO
Biography Kathy joined the Information and Communication Technologies Association (ICTAM) as CEO in January 2005. As a member-driven, industry association, she has worked with ICTAM’s Board of Directors and the Manitoba ICT sector to grow the fledgling organization into the robust, relevant and responsive association it is today. With approximately 150 corporate members representing a wide range of solutions providers and ICT consumers, ICTAM has evolved to become the leading voice of the ICT industry in Manitoba.

Over the years, Kathy has delivered programming and initiatives to grow Manitoba’s ICT sector through targeted business development activities; promoting ICT careers to youth; and, creating greater knowledge about how this sector contributes to the economic well-being of this province.

In addition, Kathy serves as a Director on the Board of Directors for Technology Councils of North America (TECNA).  At home in Winnipeg, she served as Vice Chair of Red River College’s Board of Governors and Chair of the Audit Committee. Currently, she contributes to a number of other Committees in Winnipeg including the External Advisory Committee for the Department of Science at the University of Manitoba.

Prior to joining ICTAM, Kathy was a successful independent marketing consultant. Her client base was in information technology, digital media, education and training.  She was instrumental in the design and implementation of Manitoba’s first-ever post-secondary training programs in digital animation, game development and new media.  She is a proud alum of Red River College’s Creative Communications Diploma Program and the University of Manitoba’s accredited Business Management program.