Summit 2018

September 27, 2018 1:00pm - 5:15pm
One King West, Toronto - Austin Room

SwissVBS in collaboration with Training Industry


Ken Taylor

President, Training Industry, Inc.

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Learning Leader Challenges and the Modern Learning System

This presentation explores the eight top challenges of the corporate learning leader, as identified through a Training Industry research project of hundreds of companies across many verticals. A shared theme among many of these learning leader challenges is the role of learning technologies and tools, to deliver consistent and effective learning experiences that reach learners at their point of readiness and need. This presentation will also explore the important role of data and measurement in developing highly effective training.

Ken Taylor is president of Training Industry, Inc., and serves as editor-in-chief of Training Industry's editorial content, including and Training Industry Magazine, all of which provide guidance for the learning and development leader. Ken's passion for technology and its impact on organizational effectiveness drives his deep interest in learning technologies and the role of technology in employee development.

Ken's career spans 30 years in leadership and entrepreneurial roles in multiple industries and functions, including consulting, operations, technology, sales, and marketing. His experience in finance includes serving as CFO of several multibillion-dollar business units. His prior experience and current focus combine to give him a unique perspective on the training sector, understanding both the challenges of learning leaders and the perspectives of leadership teams tasked with driving performance and outcomes. His experience also enables him to bring together companies and individuals who operate as suppliers and buyers of learning services.

Dr. David Chandross

Professor in Residence, Humber College

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Tripping the Light Fantastic: Virtual Learning Environments, Serious Games and Authentic Alignment

In this fascinating look at the future of digital learning technology we will describe ongoing work in the design of serious games and mixed reality in learning. Virtual learning environments, particularly game worlds, provide impressive learning gains as evidenced by thousands of publications in the field produced by institutions such as Stanford University, MIT, University of Bristol, Simon Fraser University and national aging, health care and trade training settings. During this session we will discuss research on the effectiveness of serious games, the integration of open gameworld training with phased simulation gamification, new trials on XR, augmented and virtual reality based learning and how you can use gaming right now with my current LMS and design best practices. The key question to ask ourselves every day in this field is “what is coming in 5 years?”, not “what do we need right now?”. Come find out how to stay agile in an educational technology environment that shifts almost every day.

Dr. David Chandross is based at Ryerson University where he coordinates education and research on learning, engagement and and serious game design. He is currently working with many partners in this area, including the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Baycrest Health Sciences, George Brown College, Simon Fraser University, The National Center of Excellence on Technology of Aging-Age Well and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He has collaborated in studies on the creation of fully gamified university courses across disciplines and work on the use of serious games in addiction medicine. Current interests include the design of virtual people, virtual reality integration with deep learning and the neuroscience of engagement.

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Obi Ochu

Director of Sales, North America, SwissVBS, Inc.

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Become a Superstar: Learn how to sell a business case all the way to the top floor of your organization

Organizational transformation and market leadership demands an unparalleled ability to sell a business case up to the decision-makers of that organization.

Influencers, managers, directors and individual contributors on the front lines, are uniquely positioned to understand the strategies and solutions their company needs to win!

Whether its filling the gaps in an organization's trajectory or insulating a leadership position from the competition, "selling up" is no-longer a nice-to-have skill in today's business landscape, but an integral element in the successful realization of your organization's vision.

In addition to elevating your profile as a professional, in this presentation, I will share strategies and best practices for creating a powerful business case and the best way to socialize it internally for maximum impact. This session is geared towards individuals serious about igniting positive change in their organizations (and not just talking about it!).

Obi Ochu is the Director of Sales, North America at SwissVBS. Obi brings well over two decades of consultative selling and talent optimization experience to the table. Obi has held senior sales & marketing positions with some of the largest and most respected organizations in the world. His passion centers on igniting organizational and individual change. Obi is also a published author. His book, Unleash the Juggernaut Within! provides incredible insight into the power of one's potential and the importance of relational acumen and emotional intelligence in the execution of a shared vision.

Who should attend?

From digital learning enthusiasts to strategic decision-makers and executive sponsors – if you are grappling with any of the following questions, then this event is for you.

  • Is digital learning a strategic imperative to achieve your goals?
  • Are you interested in actionable data generated from your learning campaigns?
  • Is mobile reinforcement on your roadmap and do you know how to get there?
  • Are you looking for ways to demonstrate a direct link between training and ROI?
  • Are you looking for innovative design approaches to meet the needs of the modern learner?


As an attendee, you will gain critical insight into:

  • How to use simple concepts of gamification in everyday instructional design
  • What “successful” companies are doing in the digital learning space
  • The top challenges that companies have faced and how they are moving forward
  • How to address the needs of the modern learner in our changing learning landscape
  • How to better use data and metrics in training development
  • Digital learning best practices and case studies from leading organizations

+ Added Bonus

This year we are offering all attendees a dedicated and complimentary insights session with the SwissVBS team.

By request, we will guide a one hour assessment around the current digital learning landscape of your organization, sharing best practices and trends driving transformation in today’s corporate learner.


95 CAD (Early Bird Rate - ends August 31st)
150 CAD (Normal Rate - begins September 1st)

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Summit Agenda

Shahin Sobhani, Founder and President of SwissVBS
Welcome Address
Plenary Session with Ken Taylor
Learning Leader Challenges and the Modern Learning System
Plenary Session with Dr. David Chandross
Tripping the Light Fantastic: Virtual Learning Environments, Serious Games and Authentic Alignment
Plenary Session with Obi Ochu
Become a Superstar: Learn how to sell a business case all the way to the top floor of your organization
Refreshment Break
Interactive Sessions
Theme A: How to use simple concepts of gamification in everyday instructional design
Theme B: How to address the needs of the modern learner in our changing learning landscape
Theme C: What successful companies are doing in the digital learning space
Panel Discussion and Final Thoughts
Summit Ends

Your hosts, SwissVBS

SwissVBS is a full-service digital learning design and production agency, focused on providing value at every step of the learning journey.

For the past 15 years, SwissVBS has provided learning solutions to leading multinational corporations in an array of verticals including finance, insurance, telecom, automotive, and pharmaceutical. To date over 1.5 million learners have taken a learning journey created by SwissVBS.

Summit Highlights

Gather Insights

Learn from leading experts in the digital learning space and come away with fresh ideas to inform and reshape your own learning strategies.

Share & Explore

Take advantage of our roundtable breakout sessions to share your experiences, hear from your peers and explore new ideas and concepts with subject matter experts.

Enjoy & Build

Enjoy an afternoon of breakout sessions, refreshments, music and laughter in the heart of downtown Toronto and help to shape Toronto as a leading center for digital learning innovation and excellence!

One King West Hotel and Residences Austin Room

1 King St. West,
Toronto ON, Canada

September 27, 2018 1:00pm – 5:15pm

Market leaders who rely on SwissVBS to
transform their learning.