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September 14th, 2018 meeting

Fri, Sep. 14, 2018 2:00pm — 4:00pm

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September 14th, 2018


2:00pm to 4:00pm (PDT)


KPMG KCampus - 11th floor

777 Dunsmuir Street, V7Y 1K3, Vancouver B.C.

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Chipping Away at the Iceberg: Making Sense of Big Data Within your Organization


Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D.


A portion of this meeting will be dedicated to the AGM.

Please note the floor # has changed, we will most likely be on the 11th floor not the 4th. We will make sure to redirect anyone on the wrong floor, thank-you



The data explosion of recent years has turned the big data problem into an issue for all corporations and it is no longer exclusive of large organizations. In this talk, we will discuss the challenges faced by corporations of all sizes dealing with big data. We will then address how developing an effective Information Strategy can lead to the development of an ongoing business intelligence program that would bring value to the entire organization.



Dr. Alma Barranco-Mendoza is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur, with over 25 years of experience working in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, higher ed., IT, biomedical, software development, telecomm, legal, and chemical industries in Canada and Mexico. She currently serves as Chief Information Officer at the Canadian Space Society.  Prior to that she was Chief Operating Officer for NerdForce Canada, a global technology and cloud solutions and managed services provider. She also worked for 8 years at Trinity Western University (TWU), where she served as Chief Information Officer and held a tenure faculty appointment in the Biotechnology and Computing Systems and Informatics departments. Her primary research interests are in the areas of mobile health informatics and artificial intelligence where she has written several publications and held numerous grants and awards. She co-founded the Gender Studies Institute and the Institute of Chronic Conditions and Ageing at TWU.

As an entrepreneur, she co-founded Infogenetica Bioinformatics, a health informatics research and consulting group in 2003, and the spin off company Infogenetica Solutions Ltd., a Natural Health and Cosmetics manufacturer, in 2014. Prior to that, from 1999-2002 she was a founding member and Chief Knowledge Engineer and Director of R&D at Knowledge Junction Systems, a software development company focused on developing mobile and web-based business intelligence solutions for the Telecommunications industry. In 1987, she developed the first Spanish-language law practice management software, adopted by some of the largest law firms in Mexico and Latin America.

Dr. Barranco-Mendoza received her Ph.D. in Computing Science, with focus on Artificial Intelligence and Health Informatics, from Simon Fraser University and M.Sc. and B.Sc. Hons. in Computer Sc. and Mathematics from Trent University. She is married and has twin teenage sons. She and her family enjoy the outdoors, traveling, singing, and playing music.



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