Thursday, Nov 8th, 2018

Featured Session

Demystifying AI
Facilitated by Kevin Hornidge, RBC and Nygel Weishar, CIBC

Demystifying AI


In this session we will explore the following topics:

  1. What is AI?

  2. Clearing up the confusion around what gets called AI but isn’t really AI

  3. How is AI being used in the Customer Experience space as well as the Employee Engagement space

  4. Call to Action - Don’t wait for it to be figured out as it is not your typical mass markets product it is how you use it to solve your business challenges........

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Kevin Hornidge, Sr. Director, Intelligent Automation and Innovation


Kevin is a business technologist specializing in Intelligent Automation – Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Automation, Big Data and Process Design. Kevin leads delivery at RBC to incubate solutions and deploy at scale to transform client and employee experiences across service and fulfillment.   Kevin is a proven people leader who inspires groups across the business and IT organizations to achieve amazing results through innovation, design thinking and creativity.  He has a background in technology, data, process and business design.

Kevin has added value in all parts of contact centres, domestic operations allowing him the ability to  provide a unique perspective of global business development, big data design thinking, collaborative delivery and a track record of business transformation.”

Previous to RBC Kevin worked for many organizations across the Canada, US and internationally in both start up tech companies to large Fortune 500 organizations specializing in driving customer centricity and employee engagement.
Kevin has a passion for change leadership, people building and developing programs to drive client experience, efficiency and employee experience building programs to have a complete balance of each and leveraging technology to simplify business for clients and employees.  Kevin is a trusted industry advisor as an Influencer with GTACC.


Kevin is married and an active father of two young girls keeping busy with all of their activities. He enjoys spending time with family and friends constantly entertaining at his home in the Glen, tinkering in the garage and is a HOCKEY junkie!


Nygel Weishar


Nygel’s passion is where digital enthusiasm and client advocacy meet. Throughout his career, he has held an assortment of roles but the common thread has always been digital communications. On a general level, Nygel is a big picture thinker that brings excitement and passion to any project/team he’s fortunate enough to work on. Last year he started the Digital Agent (chatbot) Centre of Excellence and continues to drive the Social Media engagement/analytics strategy forward on behalf of the CIBC/Simplii banks.


On a personal note, Nygel prides himself on his growing family and loves spending time with his wife and 2 boys under 3 years old. Otherwise you can expect he’ll have his mind wrapped around something related to sports, technology, science/philosophy, or any generally useless facts.