ITAC and IDC Canada Breakfast Event – Internet of Things (IoT)

Wednesday, September 10 - 2014
7:30 am - 10:30 am


 What is the Value of a Highly Connected Economy?

Join ITAC and IDC Canada to discuss the Internet of Things (IoT), one of the far reaching technology disruptions driving unprecedented business process transformation across the landscape of Canadian industry between now and 2020. 

As an industry, join us to take a closer look at the Canadian realities of IoT adoption.  In a world with billions of connected autonomous networked devices – who do you partner with? Who is your competition? Who is your customer? What does the roadmap for IoT in Canada look like? What are the most important vertical opportunities?

IDC will provide an update on the IoT market and specifically the Canadian opportunity as we see it unfolding over the next few years.  Case studies and panel discussions will help us understand the use cases, business value, pitfalls and opportunities for both vendor, channels and end-user stakeholder communities. What is the Value of a Highly Connected Economy?

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time:    7:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Sheraton Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Registration Fee: $75.00 + HST
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7:30-8:00 Registration/Networking/Continental Breakfast  
8:00-8:10 Welcome and Opening Comments
Introduction of Speakers
President and CEO, ITAC
8:10- 8:40 The Canadian Realities of the Internet of Things    NIGEL WALLIS
IoT and Vertical Research, IDC Canada
Group VP Research, IDC Canada
8:40-9:00 IoT and Industrial Process Transformation STEVE WEST
Sr Director, Business Development: QNX Cloud, QNX Software Systems
9:00-9:25 Networking Break  
9:25-9:45 IoT and the Big-Data Use-Case   RICK HUIJBREGTS
VP, Industry Transformation,
Cisco Canada
9:45-10:15 Panel Discussion

IoT Applications in Practice  

GM and Group VP, IDC Canada

ERIC SIMMONS, General Manager, M2M, Rogers
RICK HUIJBREGTS, VP, Industry Transformation, Cisco Canada
STEVE WEST, Sr Director, Business Development: QNX Cloud, QNX Software
PETER FRISE, Scientific Director & CEO, AUTO21
10:15– 10:30 Closing Comments & Wrap-up KARNA GUPTA
President and CEO, ITAC




  Karna Gupta, President & CEO, ITAC Karna Gupta, President and CEO, ITACOn August 10, 2011, Karna Gupta was named President and CEO of ITAC.  Karna Gupta is one of Canada’s most respected and well-seasoned executives in information and communications technology. With more than 30 years of outstanding industry experience, his expertise and accomplishments span across North American and international business domains.   In addition to his experience and exceptional track record, he brings a passionate commitment to building strong ICT ventures to this new role.  In 2008, Mr. Gupta was named CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Certicom Corp (TSX: CIC). Prior to his appointment at Certicom, Mr. Gupta held the role of President for the Real-Time Billing Division of Comverse Technologies from 2006 to 2008 (NASDAQ: CMVT). Prior to Comverse, he was President of Sitraka Mobility.  Mr. Gupta also served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Eftia OSS Solutions, a company focused in delivering OSS solutions to the carriers.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Gupta held several executive positions with Bell Canada (TSX: BCE), including Vice President, Product Development and Management. 
  Wallis_Nigel_Clr_4x5_3215 Photo Nigel Wallis, IoT and Vertical Research, IDC CanadaNigel Wallis is IDC Canada’s Research Director for Vertical Markets and New Initiatives.  Based in Ottawa, Nigel leads IDC Canada’s Vertical Markets research program for the Canadian market.  In 2014, this research program covers energy, retail & wholesale, manufacturing, government, financial services and healthcare as well as custom projects and consulting.  He delivers research covering these markets with a particular focus on CIO preferences, technology deployment plans and business priorities.  Current research projects focus on assisting companies with building successful vertical entry strategies.   Previously, Nigel was responsible for the Enterprise Applications practice, in which his portfolio included the software component of Cloud Computing, Big Data and Analytics, Social Business and Mobile Applications. 
  Olvet_Tony_Clr_4x5_formal Photo Tony Olvet, Group VP Research, IDC CanadaTony Olvet is Group Vice President of the research domains team at IDC Canada.  He is responsible for managing the services and research direction of the technology market analysts in Canada.  Mr. Olvet is also a member of IDC Canada’s Senior Leadership Team.  The analyst team that Mr. Olvet manages helps technology vendors, IT professionals, and business executives make fact-based decisions on technology marketing, deployment and strategy.Prior to leading the research domains group, Mr. Olvet was VP, communications practice; Senior Consultant; and Director of the Canadian partnering research program at IDC. 
  Steve-West_Photo Steve West, Senior Director Business Development,  QNX Cloud, QNX Software Systems.  Mr. West has a lengthy resume with roles spanning technology and business across the value chain.  From Cloud to Network to Devices to Applications and how people interact with all of them. With a focus on mobile, Mr. West has deep experience in fostering strong environments that allow innovation and emerging technologies and business to prosper.  Mr. West is now responsible for extending the success of new product and service innovation within the realm to the Internet of Things (IoT) at QNX.  Prior to joining the QNX team, Mr. West set in was responsible for Business Developing within BlackBerry’s Mobile Computing team.  Prior to joining BlackBerry Mr. West led the Emerging Technology and Media for Alcatel-Lucent.  Professionally Mr. West has been a corporate lead on numerous industry endeavors driving the evolution of digital media, he was a founding member of the Digital Entertainment Content Eco-system (DECE), now branded UltraViolet and he held a board member position at the Entertainment Technology Center in Hollywood.  Mr. West also has entrepreneurial experience by being a key member of a vibrant start-up, iMagicTV, which brought IPTV into the global market. 
  Rick Huijbregts - 2013 High Res Final Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Industry Transformation, Cisco Canada.  Rick Huijbregts leads a team of highly skilled industry professionals and business developers to drive business transformation and relevance with Cisco and Cisco’s Canadian customers.   As part of Industry Transformation, Rick and his team oversee two of Cisco Canada’s top priorities:  Smart + Connected Communities and the Internet-of-Things Rick started at Cisco in 2005 as a member of Cisco’s corporate real estate team, after which he served for three years in various business development roles focusing on the real estate sector in the United States, Canada, and Emerging Markets [Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America] regions. 
Goransson_Lars_4x5_2334 Prior to joining Cisco, Rick was executive director of the Center for Design Informatics at the Harvard Design School.  For numerous years more, Rick promoted and implemented business transformation initiatives with international clients like AEW Capital, McGraw-Hill Construction, Aukett Architects, and Capital Planning Technologies.  Lars Goransson, IDC CanadaLars Goransson is responsible for IDC’s Canadian operation as General Manager and Group Vice President. In addition to his role as General Manager, Lars actively manages IDC Canada’s Consulting Group and Practices Research groups.  IDC Canada’s Consulting Group is responsible for managing large custom research projects and proprietary consulting activities with IDC’s clients.Prior to his role as General Manager, Lars has held a number of senior analyst and management roles since joining IDC in 1996, most recently as VP, IDC Canada Consulting and Practices.  Prior to managing the Consulting and Practices groups, Lars managed IDC Canada’s Services Research Group.
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_P. Frise SMALL_2 - Final Peter Frise, Scientific Director & CEO, AUTO21Dr. Peter Frise began his industrial career as an oil well wireline data logging engineer working for Schlumberger Wireline Services in Nigeria.  He then moved to Husky Injection Molding Systems in Bolton, Ontario as an R&D engineer and later as a design group leader.  In 1985 he joined Carleton University and beginning in 1988, he taught mechanical design there until moving to Windsor where he held the Chrysler Canada/NSERC/University of Windsor Senior Industrial Research Chair in Mechanical Design and was instrumental in founding Canada’s first university program in Automotive Engineering in 1998.Dr. Frise works with a number of automotive companies in his present capacity as the Scientific Director and CEO of the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, Canada’s national automotive R&D program.  AUTO21 brings together nearly 200 researchers and 440 graduate students from 48 institutions in partnership with more than 130 industry and public sector companies and organizations to engage in applied automotive R&D.

For more information, please contact Donna White or by phone at (905) 602-8345 x2230.

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