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May 18, 2017 - Osgoode Hall Law School" active=1 speed=500]
[toggle title="Breakfast and Registration 8:15 - 8:45 am - Gowlings Atrium "]

Ignat Kaneff Building
Osgoode Hall Law School


[toggle title="Welcoming Remarks 8:45 - 9:00 am - Moot Court (1005)"]

Bob Gagne, CIO, York University

[toggle title="Opening Keynote 9:00 - 10:00 am - Moot Court (1005)"]

Paul Barter
Education Transformed; How Digital Technologies can empower a New Golden Age


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[toggle title="Session 1: 10:10 - 10:50 am"]
Track 1 - Room 1001
WordPress Plugin Development - The final piece of the puzzle - Calin Armenean

At the Faculty of Environmental Studies, we have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to the web. From various sub-sites maintenance and support to custom applications including front and back end development. Because of this it is important to create an environment that allows us to focus on the technical aspect, and not worry about content maintenance and updates.

We have achieved this in part via ToolSet (Views, Post Types and Fields) and Access, to delegate content update capabilities to various staff members within the Faculty. However, this left a gap for the most basic type of content - the static webpage.

Currently in WordPress it's either all or nothing - meaning we cannot assign one user editing capabilities to one specific page only (that they are not the author of). There are some plugins that can facilitate this in some form, but are always too complex or have too much unneeded overhead (not to mention cost).

To overcome this final hurtle, we decided to develop our own in-house Page By Page Access Plugin that allows Administrators to give specific edit access to individual pages to a user or role. In this presentation we will cover some of the challenges we encountered and how we overcame them in order to provide a lean and practical solution to our problem.

Topics will include basic overview of how the plugin works, how it was developed, how it interacts in the current WordPress UIT offering, limitations, as well as some insights into the source code. We will use a power point presentation as well as a live demo running from a local installation on a laptop. Source code will be available for everyone to view if they wish.

Track 2 - Room 1002
Elastic, Elastic and PeopleSoft - Sandeep Bhardwaj

Search is one of the key features of any web application now days. Elastic search is a search engine based on Lucene. It provides a distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search engine with an HTTP web interface and schema-free JSON documents. Elastic search is developed in Java and is released as open source under the terms of the License. Elastic is new in Oracle PeopleSoft world but in the market it has a proven track of solid performance and presence almost everywhere with customers including Microsoft, Cisco and Adobe. This session will be an introduction to elastic search and how elastic is now integrated and used in Oracle PeopleSoft Application. We will see the basic Elastic setup and what is the architecture in Peoplesoft with respect to Elastic search and how both interact with each other.

Track 3 - Room 1003
Using Change Intelligence to Create High Performance TeamsDavid Ip Yam & Lindsey Ostrosser

Participants in this workshop will leave with:

  • An understanding of change intelligence, and how it compliments change management
  • An understanding of the different personas of change intelligence, and how to motivate each personas
    Practical tips for identifying change personas on your project team, and how to compensate for those that might be missing
  • Using change intelligence to take your team from average to WOW

Track 4 - Room 2001
Vendor Presentation : Cyber security in the age of disruption - Farooq Naiyer, ORION

Farooq Naiyer, ORION’s CISO ( Chief Information Security Officer ) will discuss the current landscape of cyber security in the academic world – he will specifically look at the impact of various disruptive technologies on cyber security. 

[toggle title="Mid-Morning Break 10:50 - 11:00 am - Gowlings Atrium"][/toggle]
[toggle title="Session 2: 11:00 - 11:40 am"]
Track 1 - Room 1001
Remote Access (SSLVPN) Service Architecture - Veronica Timm

In this presentation we will discuss the SSLVPN Service Architecture so that IT Administrators can better utilize the service. We will answer questions such as:

• What are the problems that the SSLVPN service solves?
• What are the capabilities and (throughput) limitations of the service?
• What are the different policies applied to each SSLVPN URL?

Hopefully, with a better knowledge of the SSLVPN Service Architecture users can have a more productive SSLVPN experience.

Track 2 - Room 1002
YU Card : Advances, Access Control & Event Attendance - Gautam Janardhanan & Amar Chana

Learn about the latest developments on the campus card technology and its uses across campus - access control & perimeter door access, events attendance, bookstore rewards and more!

Track 3 - Room 1003
Get Unstuck: Strategies for better project management - Taras Danylak

The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, is often hailed as a fundamental work on military strategy. Its lessons are said to be applicable in all walks of life. Yet without fundamental understanding of the work, these lessons are difficult to apply in your everyday project management. What happened to Apple in 1997? How did Basecamp defy the odds to become the most popular project management software? And why has Linux become the dominant server operating system? Answers to these questions shine a light on what is strategy and how it can help you manage your projects better.

Track 4 - Room 2001
Vendor Presentation: Cognitive (Augmented Intelligence) the Future for Education - Kerri Moreno, IBM Client Manager

Education as an industry, and the educational professionals within it, are being challenged by the storms of digital disruption to prove their relevance, to maximize value and find ways to reinvent. Educators will need to evolve by embracing cognitive systems to deliver personalized learning in order to drive improved outcomes for all.

IBM will present their 'Point of View' on the Cognitive future for Education, as well share how IBM is building education ecosystems that create new forms of value leveraging new technologies (ie. Watson, Bluemix, etc)

[toggle title="Lunch Break  11:40am - 12:20 pm - Helliwell Dispute Resolution Centre (1014)"]
[toggle title="Lunchtime Keynote 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Moot Court (1005)"]

Alfonso Licata
The future is already here. It is just not evenly distributed.

[toggle title="Session 3: 1:40 - 2:20 pm"]
Track 1 - Room 1001
Improving WordPress Performance & Reliability - Rick Pan & Neal Stephenson

Learn about things that are happening behind the scenes to improve the overall performance and reliability of WordPress at York, as well as things you can do as a site owner or content editor to improve your site's performance.

Track 2 - Room 1002
Ransomware - Recognize, Reject and Report it! - Jean Chan Kong & Hendrawan

Cryptographic ransomware is a cybercriminal business model and accounts for over 50 percent of all malware configuration, meaning that it is a permanent fixture on the threat landscape.

Track 3 - Room 1003
Lean in the York Context - Jodi Tavares

What is Lean? What does it mean when organizations start talking about 'getting lean' or 'leaning out'? What does value and knowing your customer have to do with Lean? Is there a way to apply Lean principles while adding value? Join Continuous Improvement Project Lead Jodi Tavares as she discusses the application of LEAN principles at York University. Learn about LEAN tools and how to apply them in our everyday context, to increase value, improve service, and re-focus on the customer. Participants in this session will be invited to the Lean @ York confidential site where LEAN tools and a community of practice can be accessed.

Track 4 - Room 2001
Vendor Presentation: Intelligent BuildingsKevin Gillingham, Activo

  1. What is an Intelligent Building?
  2. What are the Benefits of an Intelligent Building to the Key Stakeholders
  3. How does the intelligent building change the way buildings are built, operated and the improves the user experience.


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[toggle title="Session 4: 2:30 - 3:10 pm"]
Track 1 - Room 1001
Curriculum Management with Kuali SystemsOmar Mohammed

This presentation will provide an overview of the Kuali system & workflow to help reduce Faculty administrative burden with Curriculum Management at the University.

Track 2 - Room 1002
A Review of AODA Website Requirements - Rick Pan & Neal Stephenson

New and significantly updated public websites must now be accessible under AODA. This session reviews the government web accessibility requirements, as well as the WCAG 2.0 success criteria that must be met, including Level AA in the near future.

Track 3 - Room 1003
Vendor Presentation:  Lenovo - Paul Hindman

Discover how Lenovo's Cloud Recovery and Image Management Services can increase operational efficiency.

Track 4 - Room 2001
Vendor Presentation : Connected Threat Defense for Today’s Threat Environment - Chris Jamieson, Systems Engineer, Trend Micro Canada

Today Universities are high on the list of targets for cyber criminals, including sophisticated attacks by cyber-criminal gangs. A layered defense strategy that includes advanced protection on the endpoint, on servers and on network level is the best approach to deal with this threat environment. Not only are these layers important, but as they scale to protect thousands of users and their endpoints, they need to “talk to each other” - sharing threat intelligence for quicker and even automated remediation. Join Trend Micro to learn how this Connected Threat Defense is implemented.

[toggle title="Afternoon Keynote 3:20 - 4:00 pm - Moot Court (1005)"]

Sunjay Nath

The number one thing that holds us back

[toggle title="Closing Remarks & Prizes  4:00 - 4:15 pm - Moot Court (1005)"]

Bob Gagne, CIO, York UIT

Closing Remarks & Prizes