Summit 2019

May 24, 2019 9:30 - 3:00
Archeo - Distillery District - 31 Trinity St, Toronto


Mr. Obi Ochu

Director of Sales

Topic & Bio

TOPIC: Empowering the Voice of L&D in Today's Digital Revolution

The importance of L&D in the evolution of upwardly mobile organizations cannot be overemphasized.
In addition to the critical and foundational roles L&D play, they are tasked with not only staying ahead of the curve, but becoming subject matter experts on trends that are here today and gone tomorrow. This presentation equips L&D professionals with insights on how best to navigate the digital revolution, and with strategies that impact an organization’s long-term trajectory.


• Influence organizational performance
• Elevate organizational efficiencies
• Elevate your profile/reputational value
• Become a thought leader in your organization

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.

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Dr. Stella Lee

Paradox Learning

Topic & Bio

TOPIC: Demystifying AI in Learning and Development

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is upon us. It has gradually entered the realm of learning and development and is now something that needs to be carefully evaluated. Every day I am more and more exposed to articles and newsfeeds that describe how AI is being deployed in corporate settings, whether in the form of chatbots, or leveraging big data to predict staff performance, or providing personalized curated learning journeys based on user engagement with systems and technology.

Today, AI is poised to support our workplace learning trajectory more than ever, but only if we can make sense of its proper use and understand the technologies that drive it.

This presentation aims to demystify what AI is (and isn’t), provide an overview of the various AI applications for learning, discuss how to leverage it for optimal use, and understand what it all means for the future of L&D.

Dr. Stella Lee has over 20 years of progressive experience internationally in consulting, planning, designing, implementing, and measuring learning initiatives. Today her focus is on large scale learning projects including enterprise-wide e-learning strategy and governance, learning management system (LMS) evaluation and implementation, learning analytics, digital transformation and change management. Stella has most recently consulted for the LMS implementation project at TransLink, the transportation authority in the city of Vancouver, Canada. She has also served as subject matter expert in evaluating e-learning standards for the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and conducted postdoctoral research with iCore Research Lab at Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University. Stella serves as Canada’s Startup Advisor and is the technology columnist for Training Industry Magazine. She is a regular international speaker, and has been invited to speak at organizations such as the University of Auckland, Cambridge University, Suncor Energy, the United Nations, and Google.
She runs a consulting company Paradox Learning Inc. (

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Dr. Alastair Summerlee

Education City

Topic & Bio

TOPIC: The Millennials are Here! What your Competition Doesn’t Know About Attracting (and Keeping) Graduates

There is a great deal of hype about millennials, and the need for both businesses and employees to be prepared for the impact of automation on the workforce in the coming years. This presentation explores two critical issues:

1. Understanding how millennial graduates think, what their expectations are, their biases, their attitudes, how they work, how they learn, and understanding what this means for employers that are looking to attract and retain the best talent.

2. Secondly, focusing on what post-secondary institutions in the Ottawa region (Education City) are doing to help prepare employees to adapt to the changing nature of the workplace. Based on a recent assessment from the Royal Bank of Canada, almost half of the currently available jobs in Canada will soon be replaced by automation, and the skill sets needed to remain active and relevant in the workplace will have changed substantially. How do businesses ensure that their employees are receiving the proper training to remain relevant? How do we ensure the right skills are being developed? During this presentation, I will share learning and insights around how both the system and the graduates will change over the next decade.

A passionate humanitarian, dedicated teacher, and internationally renowned researcher, Alastair Summerlee served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Guelph and Carleton University He is currently an adjunct professor in the Sprott Business School at Carleton and a professor emeritus biomedical science at Guelph. Summerlee spent six years on the board of the World University Service of Canada. He is involved in humanitarian issues in the refugee camps in Kenya and received the International Quality of Life Laureate at the United Nations in 2012 for his work. Summerlee has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters, and is regularly invited to speak on the future of education. He is currently serving as the interim leader of Education City– an initiative to provide innovation in postsecondary educational in the Ottawa region.

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Who should attend?

From digital learning enthusiasts to strategic decision-makers, from executive sponsors to L&D professionals – 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 learning and business goals?
  • Are you wondering about all the new buzzwords and technologies like AI, Machine Learning and Augmented Reality and whether they should be on your roadmap?
  • Are you interested in microlearning and mobile learning platforms and their role in your organization?
  • Are you curious about the learning needs of Millennials and how to create innovative design approaches that meet the needs of the modern learner?
  • Is attracting and successfully onboarding recent graduates one of your imperatives?


As an attendee, you will gain critical insight into:

  • How to become digital thought leaders in your organization
  • How to attract and seamlessly integrate new talent (recent grads) into your workforce
  • Next gen learning technologies and their role in corporate learning
  • How to impact organizational performance while maximizing organizational proficiency
  • The latest thinking on micro learning, mobile learning and content design

+ Added Bonus. Complimentary Insights Session

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

In this 90-minute session, we will work with you to understand your current digital learning landscape, your short and long-term objectives, and provide concrete examples and best practices to help guide your decision-making strategy.


Registration Fee


Includes morning snacks and a hot lunch at the beautiful Archeo restaurant in the Distillery District

Please note you will be contacted for payment after your registration has been processed

Summit Agenda

Doors Open
Registration and Refreshments
Shahin Sobhani, Founder and President of SwissVBS
Welcome Address
Plenary Session with Obi Ochu
Empowering the Voice of L&D in Today's Digital Revolution
Plenary Session with Dr. Stella Lee
Demystifying AI in Learning and Development
Coffee and Snacks
Plenary Session with Dr. Alastair Summerlee
The Millennials are Here! What your Competition Doesn’t Know About Attracting (and Keeping) Graduates
Lunch @ Archeo
Rotating Roundtable Discussions (Choose 3)
Theme A: Millenials, Automation and the Future Workplace
Theme B: L&D Technology Trends
Theme C: Mobile Learning, Microlearning - What's the difference and what's right for me?
Theme D: ECHO: Demo of the SwissVBS Mobile Learning Platform
Panel Discussion and Final Thoughts
Feedback from Discussions and Panel Q&A
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 17 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 1.8 million learners have taken a learning journey created by SwissVBS.

Summit Highlights

Gather Insights

Learn from leading experts and your peers in a relaxed an engaging environment. Connect with others 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.

Contribute & Build

Take a day to network, test theories, ask questions and be part of the evolving discourse around digital learning innovation and excellence in Toronto.

Location Details

Market leaders who rely on SwissVBS to
transform their learning.