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ISA Calgary Show | Digital Energy Ready
Spring 2026
BMO Centre at Stampede Park - Calgary, Canada

Included in your visitor pass!

Join key presentations happening on the ISA Calgary Show Main Stage on the exhibition floor, Level 1, Hall C at the start of each day featuring:

Tuesday, June 11th, 10:30 -11:30 am

Peter G. Martin PhD

Industrial Performance Consultant

Peter Martin, an Industrial Performance Consultant with over 40 years of industrial experience, recently retired as Schneider Electric's VP of Innovation and Marketing. Holding various leadership roles, he contributed significantly to Schneider Electric's success, focusing on improving operational profitability. Dr. Martin holds multiple patents related to real-time accounting, dynamic performance measures, and industrial control systems. He authored several books and coauthored others, receiving numerous awards for his contributions, including the Schneider Electric Lifetime Achievement Award and International Society of Automation Life Achievement Award. With degrees in Mathematics, Administration, Industrial Engineering, and Biblical Studies, Dr. Martin has left a lasting impact on the field.

Wednesday, June 12th, 10:30 -11:30 am

Jason Maynard

Field CTO Cybersecurity Canada


Jason has been architecting, designing, and deploying security technologies that secure the most complex computing environments for almost 2 decades. His understanding of operational and informational technologies, people, and processes enable him to deliver effective, comprehensive security solutions that align to an organization's security goals and strategic imperatives. Jason is adept at addressing a range of risk profiles across multiple industry verticals; skills he has cultivated as an end-user security practitioner, partner/integrator, and now manufacturer as the FIELD CTO, focused on Cybersecurity for Cisco Systems. Jason is also active in the direct community speaking at BC Aware, Vancouver International Privacy and Security Conference, Cisco Live achieving distinguished speaker, and has delivered multiple sessions at BSides. Jason also holds over 75+ designations across a variety of products and technologies including the CCIE designation.

Thursday, June 13th, 10:30 -11:30 am

Jose Valls

CTO Manufacturing

Microsoft Corporation

Jose is a CTO Manufacturing at Microsoft based in Redmond, Washington. As part of the global Manufacturing Industry leadership team, Jose is responsible for driving thought leadership, defining and shaping AI and Cloud adoption opportunities, and activating Microsoft’s partner ecosystem to drive industry use cases at scale.

Jose has over 40 years of experience in executive positions in Advance Process Control, Automation Control Solutions, Process Manufacturing, and Historians across Europe, South Asia, Latin America and the United States. During his career he has played key roles leading complex transformation and innovation engagements, driving business platform development, leading technology and strategy groups, and serving as an Industry technical visionary. Jose joined Microsoft in 2014 and is currently focused on: technical principal guidance framework, hybrid computing, the industrial metaverse, unified analytics and data solutions for the era of AI, and how humans visualize and interact with technology.

"The Value of Automation" presented by Peter G. Martin PhD

Automation systems and the control they provide can be among the most valuable investments industrial companies can make. But the experience over the past 25 years demonstrates that these investments have not lived up to expectations. Industrial companies make huge investments replacing an older automation system with a state-of-the-art system without realizing much, if any, economic improvement. This has led to industrial companies redirecting investments to other areas that have shown measurable financial improvements. The good news is that this does not have to be the case. Automation systems are technically capable of driving huge financial returns for industrial companies, often paying for themselves in well under a year. But for this to happen several critical changes need to be made in procurement processes, project management and execution processes, real-time control, and performance measurement. This presentation will explain the barriers that have been hindering potential financial gains over the past 25 years and the simple remedies that will enable automation and control systems to realize huge economic returns.

“Advancing Cyber Defense Capabilities in Operational Technology” Presented by Jason Maynard

Time to level up our defensive measures in Operational environment using the MITRE ATT&CK framework. It underscores the growing cyber threat to critical infrastructures and details how the framework aids defenders in identifying, understanding, responding to, and mitigating attacks that impact the energy vertical. We’re in a time that highlights the necessity of adapting advanced threat intelligence and tailored cybersecurity strategies to the unique needs of OT environments, thereby strengthening our resilience against common threats as well as mitigating the more sophisticated adversary.

"Intelligent and Secure Operations in the Era of AI" presented by Jose Valls

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is significantly transforming various industries. Recent technological advancements that democratize data and AI capabilities play a crucial role in accelerating AI applications that enhance safety, sustainability and productivity, particularly in energy and process manufacturing. The potential of AI to assist and enhance human capabilities for front-line and corporate workers cannot be overstated. According to a new report from Microsoft, conducted by Accenture, Generative AI alone could contribute $180 billion annually to the Canadian economy through labor productivity gains by 2030, saving workers 125 hours per year. By adopting responsible AI practices, we can create a future where every employee benefits from an AI assistant, maximizing productivity and innovation.