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The Factory of the Future-Today

21st November 2019, Toronto

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Location: Rosewater Room


The Digital world isn’t coming-it’s here, and companies not embracing it are being left behind.  The “Power of Three” Alliance of Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade is the perfect partnership to enable manufacturers to harness the power of Digital to revolutionize your business.  This is not a technology event, this is a business event, in which business executives from leading manufacturing companies will have an opportunity to meet with Po3 industry and technology thought leaders in a small, interactive, business focused environment.  Manufacturing executives will have a chance to learn how Digital technologies can be leveraged to help them transform their business by speeding innovation, improving operational efficiency, connecting with your customer, opening new markets, and helping close the talent gap.  Manufacturing executives will hear from their peers and industry experts about how they can successfully incorporate digital technologies in their business.


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Drinks Reception
6:30 – 6:40 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
6:40 – 7:00 pm – Interactive Panel Discussion
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Wrap up and closing remarks

Discussion Topics

  • How a Connected Factory Can Reduce Operational Costs and Drive Innovation
  • IoT, Machine Learning and AI-More than Buzzwords for Manufacturers
  • How to Succeed in Your Digital Transformation Journey


Kaitlyn Schulze, Global Business Applications Innovation Lead, Avanade

As Innovation lead for Business Applications, Kaitlyn partners with customers to develop and showcase the best examples of new and emerging technologies in action. Prior to joining Avanade, Kaitlyn worked for Microsoft as a Technical Evangelist developing early adoption customer programs. She also spent 10 years in management consulting, concentrating on the manufacturing and oil and gas industries. Kaitlyn has a Masters of Business Administration as a Tauber Operations Fellow from the University of Michigan and an Economics degree from Michigan State University. She lives in Seattle with her husband, five year old son Max, and two dogs.


Michael Gardiner, P.Eng, Manufacturing Industry Solutions at Microsoft Canada

Michael Gardiner leads Microsoft’s digital transformation initiatives in the Canadian manufacturing industry. In his current role, he provides guidance on Industry 4.0 and helps manufacturers enhance engineering, operations, and services using Industrial IoT, Intelligent Cloud & Edge computing, and Artificial Intelligence.

For over 20 years, Mr. Gardiner has served manufacturers of all sizes who compete in the global automotive, aerospace, industrial machinery, high tech, resources, and consumer goods industries.

Mr. Gardiner earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA. He has been registered as a Professional Engineer since 2000.


Matthew Kim is a Managing Director of Accenture Industry X.0 Group

Matthew is a seasoned technology practice leader in the domains of Digital, Industrial IoT, Connected Transport and Industry 4.0. He has 25+ years of technology consulting and delivery experiences with deep understanding in business challenges in Telecommunication, Electronics, Manufacturing, Robotics and Automotive industries. Matthew has been a trusted advisor of many global companies looking for harmonization between strengthening core business and adopting innovations driven by emerging technologies.

Matthew has been passionate to share his thoughts within his organization and with industry communities on how traditional industries will reimagine and redefine the way of working. He is also one of Accenture patent holders for the Operation System of UAV and Transparent AI.


About Avanade

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals bring bold, fresh thinking combined with technology, business and industry expertise to help fuel transformation and growth for our clients and their customers. Avanade has 30,000 digitally connected people across 23 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation.

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