Dr. Omolade Saliu is an Executive Data Scientist & the Head of Data Science at IBM Canada’s Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Analytics Practice. He leads a team of Data Scientists, Data and Machine Learning Engineers across Canada to deliver innovative and enterprise scale AI solutions.⠀
He has over 20 years of cross-sector consulting and research experience in providing thought leadership and delivering innovative AI & machine Learning and optimization solutions. He leads the IBM’s AI-at-Scale offering development in Canada. Dr. Saliu holds six (6) US patents and has two patents pending resulting from his work on the application of AI/ML to complex industry problems.⠀
He is the author of numerous publications in international journals, conferences, and books and was featured in the Alberta Oil Magazine discussing the application of AI & ML in Energy & Mining. Dr. Saliu is an IBM certified Data Scientist Thought Leader.⠀
Zainab Walji (2019)
Professional Excellence Award
Zainab is a Deals Partner & Inclusion Champion at PwC Canada and a CPA, CGA. Her professional excellence led her to be one of the youngest to be admitted into PwC Canada’s Partnership. An advocate for women, Zainab co-sponsors PwC’s Women in Leadership Program, mentors young professionals and speaks on panels about the importance of gender equity in the workplace. As an Inclusion Champion, Zainab leads by example to foster an inclusive culture and empower employees to bring their whole selves to work. During her partner admission process, she made the decision to wear her hijab and has spoken openly about this very personal decision, inspiring many to live authentically. Zainab has two daughters who inspire her to make the world a better place for future generations. Zainab is an active member in her community, involved at her children’s school, her mosque and with various charities. She is often volunteering with her family, and in 2017, travelled to Iraq with them to deliver donations to Dar-al-Zahra Orphanage.