Cafe X

Café X will bring together faculty, staff, students and the broader community, to cultivate and develop “blue sky” thinking about topical issues and leading edge ideas. Invited speakers will share experiences in exciting innovative areas that will spark discussion, provoke debate and elicit thoughtful ideas.

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Catherine Booth

Catherine Booth, Senior Project Executive at University Health Network, Managing Director and Owner at Vision Ridge Ventures, Inc.

"Driving Successful Organizational Transformations: A Field Guide"

Thursday, March 17, 2016
3:30 - 4:30 pm

McMaster University
Engineering Technology Building, Room 535

Free admission, however seating is limited. Registration required.

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Café X will be open for business for one hour, starting with a presentation, followed by questions and answers. Refreshments will be available at the start and conclusion of the event.


Catherine Booth specializes in the management of large scale, complex, multi-year, technology-enabled organizational transformation programs. These typically touch every part of an organization, from its strategies, processes, structures and technologies to its employees, partners and customers. Based on her years of experience helping major organizations successfully complete these transformations, Catherine will share her lessons learned: the best approaches, the critical success factors, and the pitfalls. She will focus on the ‘universal truths’ about driving change that faculty, staff, and students will find applicable to their own pursuits, regardless of their nature and the organization(s) involved. She will also discuss the powerful role that integrated thinking plays in managing these initiatives, and the opportunity for today’s post-secondary institutions to foster much needed ‘solution integrators’.

About Catherine Booth:

Catherine Booth is a seasoned I.T. executive and consultant specializing in large-scale, complex technology-based transformation programs while leading IT strategy and operations.

Operating her own technology consulting services firm, Catherine recently led University Health Network’s evaluation of an enterprise-wide transformation of its Electronic Patient Record.   Prior to that, Catherine was interim Chief Information Officer (CIO) and consultant to US-based Aspect Software, supporting the implementation of cloud-based solutions and an IT organizational redesign.   Previously she was CIO of Plexxus, managing a major transformation of Plexxus, a major Ontario health care shared service, and its 10 member hospitals onto a common back-office platform.   

Before joining Plexxus, Catherine was Senior Vice President of I.T. (CIO) for Loblaw Companies Limited where she led an enterprise-wide, transformational technology refresh.   Catherine also served as Vice President of Retail I.T. for Canadian Tire Corporation, upgrading services to 450+ dealer-owned stores.  

Catherine spent several years as a Vice President with Capgemini Canada and as a Partner in Ernst & Young Management Consultants where she managed large, complex, technology-based change programs and process improvement initiatives for a diverse range of clients.  She is a frequent speaker on transformational leadership and has taught project and change management at the university level.

Catherine is currently Vice Chair of the Board of the University of Waterloo, and has served on the Board of The Timberland Group, The United Way of Greater Toronto and New Horizons Systems Services.

Catherine has a BASc in Systems Design Engineering and a MASc in Management Sciences, both from the University of Waterloo.  She is a Certified Management Consultant and was named Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2003 and Canada’s Most Powerful Women:  Top 100 in 2009.   

For event information, please contact Terry Milson,, 905-525-9140, ext. 27391.