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What does it mean to be a leader during this time of digital transformation? It means managing multidimensional transformation that involves people, roles, technology, expectations, and risks, all while aiming at an unknown future. There is wild speculation that automation and artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs and lead to mass unemployment, but this fear is unfounded.

The past has shown us that technological revolution is accompanied by the creation of many new types of jobs and a complete change in the way we work. The present digital transformation will lead to the creation of new jobs and shifts in how and why we work. It is an opportunity to re-invent the workplace and to take steps towards better work-life balance, where technology does the heavy lifting and connects people in new and compelling ways. Leaders can mindfully navigate these exciting times. Those that do will shine some light on the unknown and redefine the workplace of tomorrow.


This month’s topic: Leading The Workplace Through Digital Transformation

Guest Speaker: Jamie Doran, Executive Director of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Georgian College

Opening Remarks Provided By: Jason Reynar, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Innisfil 

Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am — Virtual Webinar via Zoom 



Who should join: CEOs and Presidents of businesses locally/within Central Ontario welcome.

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Jamie Doran, Executive Director Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Georgian College

Jamie has been an active contributor to Ontario’s innovation and entrepreneurship sector for 20 years. In his role as Executive Director, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship he leads a creative and impactful team who are committed to helping students and companies in central Ontario find success in innovation and business. Jamie holds a Ph.D. from the University of Guelph (Plant Physiology); a Master’s Certificate from the University of South Australia (Space Studies); an H.B.Sc. from Trent University (Biochemistry); a B.Ed. from Queen’s University; and a Diploma in Visual Art from Sheridan College.

Jamie is a serial entrepreneur having started and grown several companies. Prior to coming to Georgian, he ran Doran Strategic Consulting Inc (DSC) providing innovation, management, financing and strategy solutions to colleges, universities, municipalities, and private companies. Prior to DSC, Doran was Chief Operating Officer, Director of Client Services and Chief Executive Officer for Innovation Guelph between 2012 and 2016.

Beyond his professional capacity. Doran is a prolific musician having recorded dozens of albums that are available online through Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, etc. He’s an active member of PRF Monthly where he covers a different artist each month by collaborating with musicians in Canada, USA and Europe.


Jason Reynar, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Innisfil

Rapidly improving our quality of life through local government innovation is Jason’s passion. As a lawyer, he navigates through the haze of regulation to find practical—and sometimes disruptive—ways to deliver services, such as a public transit system powered by a ride-sharing app. As the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Innisfil (Ontario, Canada), Jason leads a team of dedicated public servants that strive to create an organization and community that is authentic, collaborative, and creative. When he’s not re-imagining how government works, Jason (and his family) enjoy all that Lake Simcoe has to offer.

Jason educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the University of Guelph; a Bachelor of Laws and Masters in Law (Municipal Specialization) from Osgoode Hall Law School; and, a Master in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business.


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