Dennis C. Hogarth, FCPA, CIPP, CISM, CISA President
Dennis Hogarth brings over 40 years of experience in ICT organizational governance, project management, information risk management and ICT finance, having worked in management and leadership roles as a partner with KPMG, a large multinational professional service organization, and also more recently as an independent consultant. During his career, Dennis served in a number of international leadership roles in addition to managing projects and service delivery teams. One of Dennis’ major accomplishments included planning the organizational design for KPMG’s first global technology organization with a focus on consolidating the disparate ICT functions, systems and processing needs of over 100 KPMG member firms. He was subsequently assigned responsibility for forming and managing this organization over a 5-year period.
During the past 20 years, Dennis has been involved in the design of functions and organizations to support major international ICT initiatives and reforms, and the management of associated implementation projects to achieve significant organizational change in ICT environments. Through this effort, he has gained considerable experience working in international and multi-cultural settings. He has effectively managed the change processes and communications involved with the formation and restructuring of global ICT functions, as well as recruiting, training and managing high performance teams to lead ongoing ICT functions and operations. His recent clients have included the PKF International Limited, the Green Climate Fund, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and UNICEF.
Chris Hogarth, B.Comm Partner and Consultant - Marketing and Business Development
Chris has more than 8 years of experience in social media, website building, web marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and sales. He has recently completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University (Graduated 2019). Chris’s specific area of expertise is in Business Development and Marketing Strategy. Chris recently held the position of Marketing Coordinator at Altus Group Limited headquartered in Toronto, Ontario where he assisted with branding strategy and implementation. His most recent past position was as a Marketing Coordinator at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), where he helped to market trades and career paths accordingly as well as assist with publications, and create several media lists for their Marketing Department. As an active Partner, Chris has helped with the preparation of numerous proposals and contracts for D.C. Hogarth and Associates to the United Nations, Unicef, UNHCR and the Department of Justice. Recently before Graduating from Dalhousie University's Rowe School of Business, Chris signed on to join Agriculture Solutions Inc. in a full time permanent position as Business Development Manager which he is honoured they had opened up for him. A consulting firm in agriculture with sales across Canada and the United States, Agriculture Solutions Inc. also distributes high quality natural and organic fertilizer products to ensure that organic and conventional farms can grow crops with the highest levels of nutrition and yield possible. Amongst other things, Chris is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and is able to travel and work freely in both countries, without sponsorship.
Frank Voortman is a D.C.H. & A. Associate and award-winning technology innovator with experience as a CIO, IT Architect and Office 365 Consultant at large global organizations. As an IT Manager at KPMG International Headquarters in The Netherlands, Frank developed and implemented KPMG’s Global IT strategies, including managing the transition of KPMG’s technology environment from the Apple platform to Microsoft. Frank is an expert in knowledge management system integration and cloud-based collaboration environments, with a proven ability to develop bespoke strategies to merge legacy information-sharing systems with new technology solutions to eliminate digital boundaries and increase enterprise productivity. In 2014-15 Frank helped migrate the global company Wavin from a Lotus Notes environment to Office 365, and he is currently assisting a major US corporation with IT architecture related to the implementation of a Global Office 365 solution. In this role he works closely together with Microsoft to implement a true Dev/Ops Cloud environment for O365/Azure/CRM. Frank received a Global Innovation award at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in 2006. He is an MBA graduate of the Technical University of Twente (Netherlands).
Katie Corcoran, B.A. Associate
Katie Corcoran has over six years of experience in data privacy, program management and internal communications. As a manager at KPMG International, she performed privacy reviews of global applications and systems and advised on the development of standard global privacy requirements, including those for cloud and mobile applications. She also worked with business leadership to maintain compliance with European data protection laws.
During her tenure at KPMG, Katie managed the global information risk and security training and awareness program, and later assumed responsibility for the Global Information Risk and Security Office's internal communications program, while also independently managing an executive level information risk governing body. Katie has recently completed a solo trip around the world, exploring destinations such as New Zealand, Indonesia, Swaziland, Greece, Italy and the UK. She has a B.A. in International Studies from The College of New Jersey.
Howard J. Deane, CPA, CA Associate
Howard is a seasoned knowledge and information executive, consulting in both the private and public sectors with a focus on knowledge management, social media, web presence and Google initiatives.
He is a principal of Acme Metric Company Ltd., a Greater Toronto Area based consulting organization consulting in social media, web design, knowledge management, web analytics and search engine optimization. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 30 years of experience, most of which with KPMG where he was the Chief Knowledge Officer of the Canadian firm, managing significant portions of the firm’s knowledge and research functions. He has a strong IT management background having run the IT Consulting Group for KPMG in the Bahamas.He has given several presentations in the field including "Looking at Google in a Different Light – What Google Should Do," a speech for the World Congress on Intellectual Capital at McMaster University, and "Your Information: Lost, Saved or Sold," for the Metroland Editors' in Chief meeting. Most recently he was Moderator for the KM track at the 2013 KMWorld Conference in Washington D.C.
He is a member of the Consumer Council of Canada's Board of Directors and its Issues Committee on Current and Emerging Information Technology. He has conducted research projects for the Council on Personal Online Reputation Management, Cyber Threats on Mobile Devices, Creditors Insurance, Home Renovations, and the effectiveness of Retail Apps on Smartphones.
Mark Uygur, B.A. Associate
Mark has worked for more than 10 years on consulting projects that have included developing strategic plans, organizational evaluations, organizational performance assessments, process mapping and redesign, labour market research, government policy research, database management and IT application development.
Mark’s clients have included federal government agencies, labour unions, special interest groups, think tanks, not-for-profit organizations, private sector companies and United Nations agencies such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the United Nations Children’s Fund. His consulting projects have allowed him to travel to Switzerland, Belgium, Egypt, Jordan, Hungary, Kenya, South Africa, Panama, the USA, the UK and Thailand.
Mark was also a member of the research and development team in the Optical Loadbuild department at Nortel Networks. At Nortel, Mark gained valuable technical experience designing and implementing applications to improve Loadbuild operational performance. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from McMaster University.
George Fehling, B.A. Associate
George Fehling has more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications, global internal communications, and marketing communications. He has advised numerous organizations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia regarding effective communications strategies, and has played a hands-on role in implementing the tactical aspects of many of these strategies. George’s specific area of expertise is in global internal communications in decentralized, multi-cultural and highly matrixed organizations. As the Senior Manager of International Marketing Communications at KPMG International in The Netherlands, George was second-in-command of a large and culturally diverse team of communications professionals with responsibility for communicating the strategic vision of the KPMG International Board to more than 100 member firms. Following his return to the US, George continued to advise KPMG global departments as a consultant on matters of internal communications. He developed successful communication and awareness programs for Global IT, Firmwide Security, the Information Risk and Security Office, and the Forensic practice. George has recent experience at UNICEF, having served in 2014-15 as the Senior ICT Communications Specialist in D-ITSS. George holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from New York University.