Tech Disruption: Your Career and Your Company Can’t Wait

Join Alredo Tan, formerly of Facebook, for a provactive conversation about the future of work.


Date & Time

February 15, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.





Includes parking, cocktails, and canapes.


Kristine Leadbetter


Man and Woman Working Together at a ComputerTechnology and disruption are among today’s hottest buzzwords. But how are technological developments going to affect your business and your job? What should you be doing about it? How can you avoid the trap of doing nothing until it’s too late? What does your future promotion look like?

Join us on February 15 for a thought-provoking conversation about the future of work with WestJet’s Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, and former Facebook exec, Alfredo Tan.

Alfredo will reveal why every role, every company, and every industry will be affected by technology. He will challenge the way you think about technological change and disruption.

This event is open to alumni, business community members, and students.



(Ron Joyce Centre-McMaster University, Burlington, ON, Canada)



5:00 p.m. Doors open. Registration, networking, cocktails and canapes
6:00 p.m. Presentation
7:15 p.m. Optional networking continues

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Keynote Speaker:

Alfredo Tan’01, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, WestJet; Former Group Director of Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

Alfredo C. Tan is the Chief Digital and Innovation Officer for WestJet where he will transform the WestJet guest experience across all digital channels over the entire travel journey and across all guest touch points. Alfredo joins WestJet as a former Facebook and Instagram Executive in Canada, where he was a founding team member in early 2009.  Alfredo went on to work with the leadership team in Asia-Pacific in 2016 to help launch Facebook and Instagram in the Philippines. Similar management and leadership assignments brought him throughout Southeast Asia and Latin America, where he was responsible for helping to build culture, drive operational excellence, strategic planning and accelerate revenue growth in emerging markets. His 20-year career has been focused in technology, digital media, enterprise marketing and strategy. Prior to his tenure with Facebook and Instagram, Alfredo has held leadership roles at Yahoo!, Sympatico MSN and Bell Nexxia.

Alfredo currently sits on the board of directors of the West Neighbourhood House, the advisory board at the University of Waterloo, and the Leadership Council at the Institute for Theoretical Physics. Previously, Alfredo was a lifestyle coach & personal trainer, holding numerous national certifications. Alfredo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science & Biology from the University of Toronto, an MBA with a specialization in Information Systems & Technology from McMaster University. He has also completed Executive Programs at the Harvard Business School. Alfredo was awarded the Desmond Parker Young Alumni Award and the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto, and will be inducted in the McMaster University Alumni Gallery in the Spring of 2018.

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