We aren’t your traditional conference organizers. Because we aren’t organizers at all!

We’re full-time analytics professionals and Toronto locals.

ABD began in 2018 as a group of grad students in technology, design and analytics hosted a conference to learn about the latest trends driving their repsective industries.

We’re now quickly growing into a community of students and professionals continuing to explore the various intersections of tech, analytics and design. From discovering novel business applications of analytics,  sharing trends in disruptive technologies, to evangelizing important societal problems that AI might bring globally, we produce content (articles, podcasts and videos) and host events (conferences) year round.


2019

Team

Michelle Liu

Michelle Liu

Michelle is the founder and co-chair of Analytics By Design. She currently works as a Senior Agile Project Manager (Advanced Analytics) at Scotiabank, overseeing rapid labs and pushing the digital-first agenda of the bank. Her team develops cutting-edge analytical solutions by leveraging AI and machine learning techniques. Prior to banking, Michelle was a former consultant at Deloitte where she strengthened the digital and analytics capabilities of large financial institutions and organizations in the public sector. Michelle was elected the co-president of the Master of Management Analytics (MMA) class of 2018. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).
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Glen Sewell

Glen Sewell

Glen has been in the analytics industry for 18 years and has had the pleasure of helping organizations build the case for analytics, define strategies for change adoption and apply leading analytics solutions to drive higher performance. Recognizing the value of big data ecosystems and a curiosity for open source technologies and emerging trends, Glen completed the Master of Management Analytics graduate program from Queens University. When not talking analytics Glen enjoys spending time with his two kids. He considers himself an espresso connoisseur, lover of smooth jazz and has the pleasure of boasting he has ridden all of the finest mountain bike trails Ontario has to offer.
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Stephanie Hosang

Stephanie Hosang

Stephanie works as an analytics consultant in anti-money laundering. She decided to pursue her Master’s in Management Analytics to explore the world of data and the potential of analytics and AI technology. She is constantly seeking new experiences to expand her horizons. Her biggest passion is travel – seeing the world and experiencing new cultures gives her a new energy. She also enjoys reading, yoga and hiking in her spare time.
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Jeremy Fajardo

Jeremy Fajardo

Professionally, Jeremy is a Data Analyst working in the Toronto tech space. For ABD, he’s a writer and generally keeps behind the scenes (website, newsletter, social media etc.). When not working or writing, he keeps busy by trying (and failing) to keep up with as much “good” television as he can.
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Jeffie Jia

Jeffie Jia

Jeffie is a Senior Analytics Consultant at a start-up company. She has recently completed her Master’s in Management Analytics degree from Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business, which she plans to use to drive her passion in applying analytics solutions to solve clients’ business issues and promoting Analytics Strategies. She loves reading, hiking and doing crafts in her spare time. One little secret is that learning something new always gets her excited.
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Usama Malik

Usama Malik

Malik is an Analytics and AI professional, passionate about the use of Analytics and AI for humanitarian purposes, particularly in rural and underdeveloped regions. He has recently completed his Master’s in Management Analytics degree, and hopes to create an environment in the AI and Analytics STEM community that is welcoming to new comers and people of all backgrounds. His goal is to explore possibilities where businesses can partner with communities to bring the benefits of Analytics and AI to the general public.
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Aaron Zhang

Aaron Zhang

Aaron currently provides strategic advice on ABD's organizational development and marketing. Since the inception of the ABD, Aaron has assumed many roles across the organization. He co-led the data analytics case competition in 2018, directed the organizational development and sponsorship work, and conducted strategic reviews on the marketing and social media practice. Aaron leverages his strategic consulting capabilities developed over his experience with IBM as a Watson Consulting Engagement Manager and with RBC as a strategy and transformation manager. During his MBA study at INSEAD, Aaron travelled to almost 20 countries and made many friends globally. He is a strong believer and advocate for diversity and inclusion.
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Jimmy Li

Jimmy Li

Jimmy has been everywhere, from working on growth hacking for a startup to marketing strategies for an environmental company to strategic positioning for an incubator and transforming digital banking platforms! He then switched to consulting at IBM doing PMO design, ERP transformation, process re-engineering and Blockchain POCs. Jimmy is a CFA Level 3 candidate and has a finance degree from Rotman. He enrolled in the Master of Management Analytics Program to strengthen his technical arsenal. Now he sits perfectly between finance and analytics. His interests are wide - It is easy for him to lose himself in a new venture! Some things are for sure: he exerts curiosity, enjoys envisioning the future and has fun with everything he does.
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Abe Warraich

Abe Warraich

Abe Warraich is a consultant in Capco’s Canadian office. He has a background in data analytics, corporate innovation, and operations. Previously, he worked at TD within their innovation space, where he helped drive proof of concept work from ideation to solution validation in areas such as emerging payments, big data, and IOT. Abe is passionate about enabling organizations to leverage data in a transformative way, which allows for better understanding of consumer behaviour, while also increasing revenue.
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Andy Lai

Andy Lai

Andy is the Operations Lead in Analytics by Design. Professionally, he is an engineer focused on process improvement, project management, automation, and data management in the manufacturing industry. With his passion in technologies and analytics, he completed his Master of Management Analytics (MMA) from Queen’s University, Smith School of Business, and continues his career journey to lead and support businesses with analytics strategies and solutions. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and freelance photography.
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Nabeel Khan

Nabeel Khan

Nabeel is a graduate of the York University School of Administrative Studies Commerce program. He also holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and Masters in Management Analytics (MMA) from Queen’s University. He works on optimizing and enabling his organization to marry business and technology. He currently manages a team in using several new AI-enabled tools to help General Electric Healthcare lead the Digital Transformation in Healthcare Services to assist hospitals and other healthcare providers in saving costs and optimizing asset utilization, ultimately improving patient experience and outcomes.
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We’re always looking for smart, fun people to join the team. Whether your a student interested in getting into the industry or an experienced professional looking to get more involved, lets chat!