ITAC Board of Governors dinner, featuring guest speaker Adam Chowaniec (Chair, BelAir Networks)
Where: The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2R1
When: Thursday, December 1, 2011
5:30-6:30pm - Reception
6:30-9:00pm - Dinner
By any measure Adam Chowaniec is one of the most experienced technology entrepreneurs that Canada has produced. He began his career as scientist at Bell Northern Research. He was recruited to join Commodore International in the United States where he led the design team that created the iconic Amiga personal computer. He returned to Canada in 1995, when he founded Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. Adam's expertise as an executive is widely sought by technology ventures in Canada and the Unites States. He has served as a director or chair of a number of corporations including Liquid Computing, IceFyre Semiconductor and Microbridge. He has also been executive in residence at VenGrowth Capital Partners. He is currently the Chair of BelAir Networks and has a Privy Council Appointment to Export Development Canada.
Few others can claim as active a resource in the business of building technologies. Yet not all of Adam's experiences have been about growth. As Chair of Tundra he oversaw its acquisition in 2009. Most recently as the Chair of Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. he negotiated its sale to a U.S. based firm. These experiences have demonstrated that there are a number of systemic issues in the Canadian business landscape that make even the most robust companies vulnerable to acquisition. As the former Chair of ITAC, Adam believes it is essential that the association and the industry take stock of these issues and seek remedies if we are to ensure that there is a Canadian information technology industry in the future. He will outline his view of the issues and possible solutions at the next ITAC Board of Governors dinner. This may well be the most important event that ITAC has produced. Please join us for ! a provocative discussion about the future of our industry.
Downtown Toronto hotels that are near the National Club:
The Sheraton Centre - 123 Queen Street - www.sheraton.com/centretoronto
Marriott - 525 Bay Street - www.marriott.com
Intercontinental Toronto - 3225 Front Street - www.ictc.ca
Fairmont Royal York - 100 Front Street - www.fairmont.com
Cambridge Suites Hotel - 15 Richmond Street - www.cambridgesuitestoronto.com
Delta Chelsea - 33 Gerrard Street West - www.deltachelsea.com