Founder and Chief Strategist, Sequentia Environics
Jennifer Evans is a pioneer and leader in the digital space. As founder, owner, CEO and Chief Strategist of Sequentia, Jen has led revenue generating digital communications strategies for clients such as The Globe and Mail, Purina, HP and Yahoo! Canada. She is a globally sought-after digital strategist with patents pending on many of her methodologies, including The Sequence, Sequentia's groundbreaking approach to community engagement, and the company's content measurement framework.
Jen is the youngest member on the ITAC board, and she was the only woman when she joined in 2009. She also sits on the board of advisors for DigitalJournal and was the co-chair of the White Ribbon Campaign for six years.
She's written extensively on technology for The Globe and Mail and PCWorld.ca, and she makes regular media appearances, speaks at conferences and events and guest lectures at universities and colleges.
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Xerox Services, Xerox Canada Inc.
Jim Muzyka is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Xerox Global Services (XGS) for Xerox Canada Ltd. He was appointed to this position in June of 2008. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the XGS business in Canada, including overall strategic direction, sales coverage, marketing, operations and finance. His focus is to provide the highest level of customer service while capturing the growth potential of XGS.
Most recently, Muzyka was president of Mobile Computing Corporation where he successfully completed a restructuring of the business aimed at attracting new investors. Prior to that Muzyka, co-founded Optus Corporation transforming a small printing and transaction processing business into a pioneer in the one-to-one customer communications field, Optus Corporation was eventually acquired by Symcor Inc., in 2000 where Muzyka assumed the senior vice president, sales & marketing role in the Customer Communication Division.
Muzyka first worked for Xerox from 1984 – 1998, and in that time he held progressive sales, marketing and management positions. During his last 5 years, Muzyka played an instrumental role in establishing Xerox Global Services as the leader in the Canadian document outsourcing market.
Muzyka studied history and political science at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Queens University Executive Management Program.
Muzyka is on the Board of Directors for the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and he is the executive champion for The Women's Alliance (TWA) at Xerox Canada.
Muzyka lives in Toronto and he is an active participant in the United Way.
CEO, Teledyne DALSA, Inc.
Brian is the Chief Executive Officer of DALSA Corporation, whose head office is located in Waterloo, Ontario. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University and an M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
He joined DALSA in 1985 and has since taken on roles of progressively increasing responsibility. Prior to his appointment to CEO in September 2007, Brian was Chief Operating Officer since 2006 and President of Digital Imaging since 1999. Previously, he was Vice President Operations from 1997 and Vice President Manufacturing and Engineering from 1986.
He has participated in and managed both custom and standard product development projects and was directly involved in establishing many of DALSA's production capabilities. He has also participated in evaluating and integrating six acquisitions that DALSA has completed from 1999 to present. He is responsible for providing a clear and strategic long-term vision for DALSA, and to provide leadership and to manage the business and affairs of the company.
President and CEO, Macadamian Technologies
As President and co-founder, Frédéric is responsible for Macadamian's long-term vision and strategic direction. Under his leadership, Macadamian has grown from four founders to a team of more than 130, known as one of the most respected software development firms in the industry.
Frédéric is on the executive committee of the Ottawa Software Cluster, and is co-founder and co-executive of the Ottawa Software Executive Forum, an Ottawa-based networking group that brings high-level software executives together to share best practices, exchange ideas, and explore new technologies. Frédéric is also a board member of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and is active in a number of Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) committees, including outsourcing and Canada's competitive positioning.
Prior to founding Macadamian, Frédéric was the Senior Development Manager of Paradox, Corel Corporation's flagship database product. There, he managed the first release of Paradox after Corel acquired the relational database management system from Borland. His team successfully tackled an unfamiliar code base and met an aggressive deadline, developing a new version of the complex application in eight months. Frédéric also managed Corel Family Tree Suite, which received the ZDNet Editor's Choice award.
As an engineering leader at Corel, Frédéric managed in-house, contract, and outsourced teams. His experiences working with outsourced development teams led him to start Macadamian, where he knew his perspective as a customer of outsourced services would help him build one of the best design and engineering labs in the industry.
Fred believes that for a nation to be strong in innovation, it needs to invest in education. Fred was one of the founders of the Ottawa High School Technology program, an initiative that pairs industry with schools to nurture students' interest in science and technology. Macadamian is an active member and participant in the program.
Frédéric writes a Blog about an insider's view of the Product Development Outsourcing business, and also shares his views on the latest technology trends.
President and CEO, Softchoice Corporation
David MacDonald is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operational execution of Softchoice Corporation (TSX: SO). Since joining the company nine years ago, Mr. MacDonald has been leading the transformation of Softchoice from a Software licensing reseller to a fully diversified North American Solutions provider offering advanced IT Services, Enterprise Hardware and Software Solutions to customers across Canada and the United States. During this time Softchoice has enjoyed remarkable growth with revenues increasing fourfold to US$1 Billion.
Prior to joining Softchoice, Mr. Macdonald worked for Xerox Corporation in a number of senior global roles for 18 years.
Mr. MacDonald has been involved as an advisor to HP, CISCO and Microsoft on their Channel and Go to Market Strategies.
In addition, Mr. MacDonald is deeply engaged in his community; as the Chair of the Board of Governors of ITAC he continues to lead the positioning of ICT as a critical enabler to Canadian economic growth.
Karna Gupta is one of the most respected and well-seasoned executives in high technology with an exceptional track record. With more than 30 years of outstanding industry experience, his expertise and accomplishments span across North American and International business domains.
Currently serving in several Corporate Boards (Public & Private); he is also in the Board of Regional Incubation Center -- Venture Lab.
In January 2008, Mr. Gupta was named CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Certicom Corp (TSX: CIC). Led the organization through a successful turn-around and then led the company through a successful defense against an hostile bid and then successfully sold to RIM with over 96% shareholder approval.
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). Significantly improved the overall performance of the division with a globally-distributed workforce (1500) in 50 countries and serving a customer base world-wide. Mr. Gupta's previous role in Comverse was Chief Marketing Officer for Comverse Americas.
Prior to Comverse, he was President of Sitraka Mobility. Under his leadership, the company grew from a start-up venture to a strong industry contender in mobile application development. He led the organization through a successful merger with Everypath Inc of California..
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.
Mr. Gupta held several executive positions with Bell Canada (TSX: BCE), including Vice President, Product Development and Management.
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. He has also attended executive development programs at Duke University, Harvard, MIT, University of Western Ontario and Technion Institute in Israel.
Partner, Business Tax Service, Ernst & Young LLP
Karen Atkinson, C.A., is a tax partner in Ernst & Young’s technology, communications and entertainment (TCE) and life sciences group and is the Canadian leader of EYU-Tax. Karen serves public and private companies in the TCE and life sciences industries and her practice is focused on tax advisory matters related to capital structuring, cross border issues and SR&ED tax credits. She has been a tutor with the CICA’s In Depth Tax Course and is an author and frequent speaker on tax issues for the technology and life sciences sectors. Karen serves as a member of the board of directors for several charitable and not for profit organizations.
Karen obtained her Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1992 and her C.A. designation in 1993.
Vice-President, Software, IBM Canada Ltd.
As Vice President responsible for General Business, Evelyn Bailey is responsible for overseeing the revenue growth, profit and client satisfaction across the full range of IBM solutions, services and products in this market segment.
Ms. Bailey brings a wide range of business expertise to her current role, including sales management, project management, strategic business planning, leadership, communications, teamwork and proven success in delivering results. Since joining IBM in 1988, she has held positions in Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Corporate Channels.
Ms. Bailey is a member of the IBM Global Women's Council. This council focus' on fostering a work environment that enables IBM's women to excel in both their personal and professional development through networking, mentoring and educational sessions. Ms. Bailey is also past-chair of the IBM Canada Women's Council and former co-chair for the IBM North American Women's Council.
Also active in the community, Ms. Bailey is the vice chair for the Markham-Stouffville Hospital Foundation, past-Chair of the Markham Theatre Board and past-Chair of Save the Mothers, a non-profit organization whose innovative, multi-disciplinary program is focused on saving mothers around the world from dying during pregnancy and childbirth.
Partner, Deloitte LLP
Michel Brazeau is a partner in the Ottawa office of Deloitte, and is the leader of our technology practice and the lead Consulting Partner for the Federal Government practice. Michel has over 20+ years of experience in management consulting, IT strategy, large scale transformation projects and outsourcing/alternative service delivery across a number of industries including public sector, financial services, high tech and manufacturing.
Prior to rejoining Deloitte, Michel was the Eastern Canada Region Vice President for HP Enterprise Services (known as EDS prior to HP acquisition). He was also a member of the EDS Strategic Technology Services team, helping organizations balance the need to realize true costs savings and leverage technology to enable innovation and growth. Prior to joining EDS, Mr. Brazeau was in senior positions with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, including leader of the High Tech & Manufacturing team and leader of the Public Sector and Health Care Sector. Prior to Cap Gemini, Mr. Brazeau was a Partner with Ernst & Young.
Michel is a frequent guest speaker on the topics of agile government, outsourcing, project management and technology enabled transformation. Michel is fluent in both English and French.
CEO, zuluMe and Vice-President, Nordicity
Lynda Brown-Ganzert is one of Canada's leading experts on the creative and business aspects of early-stage development of interactive digital media content. Over the past 20 years, Lynda has pioneered numerous digital media initiatives that have helped companies design, develop and commercialize successful properties.
Lynda augments Nordicity's strengths in the digital media sector, with particular emphasis on technology management, product and services development, and sector building strategies at provincial, national and international levels.
As the former president of New Media BC, Lynda served as the spokesperson for the provincial and national sectors, founding the national Canadian Interactive Alliance (CIAIC) and raising more than $50 million for Interactive Canada: A World Centre for Digital Media. She created the first digital media venture forum in Canada and was the founding executive producer for the Vancouver international Digital Festival.
Lynda holds a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a Masters of Education in Educational technology from Simon Fraser University. She sits on the boards of ITAC, the Vancouver International Film Festival and is a Board Governor for Simon Fraser University. In addition to her role with Nordicity, she also is the CEO & Founder of zuluMe - a mobile app development company.
Vice President and General Manager, PPS Canada, HP Canada
Lloyd Bryant is the Vice-President and General Manager, Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) for HP Canada. Lloyd has overall responsibility for all aspects of HP's Printing and Personal Systems business in Canada as well as being responsible for HP Canada's Environmental programs.
During his 26 years with HP, he has held progressively senior positions in sales, alliance management, channel development, and general management. Prior to taking on his current role, Lloyd led HP Canada's Imaging and Printing business. He has also held senior roles leading HP Canada's Enterprise Organization as well as successfully integrating COMPAQ's PC division into HP. Between 2002 and 2004, Lloyd led HP Canada's Personal Systems Group to the market leading position it still enjoys today. In 1987, Lloyd established the Canadian subsidiary of Masscomp, and between 1989 and 1993 was the founder and President of CCD Technology Inc., a specialty systems integrator focused on the Canadian Defense and Aerospace industry.
Lloyd also oversees HP Canada's environmental programs, including end-of-life compliance, strategy and sponsorships. Lloyd is Chair of the board of directors of Electronics Products Stewardship Canada (EPSC) and Electronics Products Recycling Association (EPRA ). These are not-for-profit organizations which work to design, promote, harmonize and implement sustainable programs to manage Canada's used electronic equipment. In 2012, Lloyd was named as one of Canada's Clean16, individuals who have had the most impact in their contributions to clean capitalism. Lloyd was identified as the leader in the IT & Telecommunications category.
Additionally, Lloyd serves on the board of directors of the RCMP Foundation. The RCMP Foundation was formed in 1994 with the purpose of supporting the work of RCMP members across Canada to enhance the lives of Canada's youth at risk. Lloyd also serves on the board of directors of The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). ITAC is the voice of the Canadian information and communications technologies (ICT) industry. Lloyd is currently leading an industry wide effort on behalf of ITAC to address the Gender Diversity issue in the technology sector.
Chairman of the Board, Solantro Semiconductor
In May 2009 Dr. Adam Chowaniec was appointed Chairman of Zarlink Semiconductor Corporation based in Ottawa and Austin.
He is also chairman of the board of directors of BelAir corporation, and executive in residence at Vengrowth Capital Partners Inc. He is the past chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada board of directors. He chaired the Ontario Research and Innovation Council from 2006 to 2009. In 2005, he was appointed to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada by the Privy Council of Canada. Subsequently he was also appointed to the board of the Export Development Corporation of Canada by the Privy Council.
Dr. Chowaniec began his career in 1975 as an assistant professor at Acadia University and in 1976 became a member of the scientific staff of Bell Northern Research in Ottawa. From there, he moved into engineering management at Nortel Networks. In 1983 he joined Commodore International, based in Westchester, Pennsylvania, where he became vice-president of technology and was responsible for the development of the Amiga personal computer.
In 1986, he returned to Ottawa to become president and chief executive officer of the semiconductor firm Calmos Systems. Calmos Systems was acquired by Newbridge Networks Corporation in 1989. Calmos was renamed Newbridge Microsystems. Under this new structure, he served as both its president and as a vice-president of Newbridge Networks. In December 1995, he was the founding CEO of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation, which was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange until it’s acquisition by IDT in 2009.
Dr. Chowaniec has served on numerous boards of directors in the United States and Canada, including Amiga and GEAC Computer Corporations. He currently serves on the boards of Bel Air Networks Corporation, Zarlink Corporation, Liquid Computing, OSI Technologies, and Microbridge Corporations.
He is also involved in a number of local business and community initiatives and his commitment and participation has positioned him as a key spokesperson for the high tech community in the Ottawa area. Dr. Chowaniec is frequently quoted in local and national press and is often a guest on national business TV programs. He was the chair of the Ottawa Economic Development Corporation and member of the Ottawa Partnership from 1999 to 2001. He has also served on the board of the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program and is the vice-chair of the Ottawa Health Research Institute. He is the vice-chair of the Museum of Nature’s national fund raising campaign.
Dr. Chowaniec has been recognized for his leadership, business excellence and innovation. In 1998, the Ottawa-Carleton Research Institute honoured him with its prestigious Chairman's Award. Also in 1999, he received the Gold Business Person of the Year Award from the Greater Chamber of Commerce.
He holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University (Canada), as well as both a Bachelor of Engineering and a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (England). His affiliations include the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Executive Director, Public & Large Institution Sales, Dell Canada Inc.
Paul Cooper serves as Vice President and General Manager for the Public Business Group at Dell Canada and is the Country Manager for Dell Canada. Mr. Cooper is responsible for all aspects of Dell Canada's sales and operational activities in the public market segments. Paul's position among Dell Canada's Senior Management team affords him keen insight into Canada's IT environments and trends. Paul leads a team charged with the delivery of customized product and service offerings to help Canadian Public organizations realize their potential in the Canadian and global marketplace. Mr. Cooper is a member of the board for ITAC Canada. He is also the Chair of the ITAC Ontario Board as well as a member of the board for the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council.
Prior to joining Dell Canada in July 2001, Mr. Cooper served in various executive positions with several IT companies including GE Capital IT Solutions, (1988-2001), where he was Executive Vice President in the Services Division, Enterprise Technology Division and Financial Services Division. In these varied roles Mr. Cooper was responsible for the sales and delivery of solutions which encompassed client, server, storage and networking technology.
Mr. Cooper is a Six Sigma Greenbelt and has defined strategy, reorganized and revitalized organizations with his process oriented approach, team building, communication and coaching skills.
Mr. Cooper is married with two daughters.
President and CEO, ViXS Systems Inc.
Sally Daub has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since co-founding ViXS in 2001.
Under Ms. Daub's leadership ViXS has grown from a small semiconductor start-up to the leading provider of technologies at the heart of today's video revolution by designing and developing smart network multimedia processors that enable anywhere, anytime entertainment. Ms. Daub has consistently been recognized for her entrepreneurial and business expertise and talent, garnering numerous awards, including: Women's Executive Network: Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100; RBC Women of Influence, Trailblazer Category; and PROFIT Magazine.s Top 100 Women Entrepreneur.
An industry advocate, Ms. Daub plays an active role on ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada), GSA (Global Semiconductor Association) as well as serving on the board of Morega Systems Inc.
Trained as a chemical engineer and lawyer, with degrees from University of Ottawa and Dalhousie respectively, Ms. Daub began her career as a patent attorney both at the law firm Smart & Biggar and Nortel Networks, where she specialized in IP licensing, strategy, development and management. Directly prior to joining ViXS, Ms. Daub served as Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel for ATI Technologies, a graphics chips supplier. Ms. Daub is also a registered patent agent in both Canada and the United States.
Chief Legal Officer and Administrative Officer, Celestica Inc.
As Celestica's Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, I'm responsible for managing legal, governance and compliance matters for Celestica on a global basis. This includes managing securities and stock exchange compliance in the U.S. and Canada. I've also been very involved in corporate finance matters, acquisition activities, our geographic expansion and the diversification of our capabilities and customers.
I also oversee human resources policies and practices for the company, and work to attract, motivate and retain the highly skilled employees that drive the success of our customers. In 2008, I also assumed responsibility for overseeing our Global Branding organization.
I came to Celestica following a 13-year career as a senior corporate legal advisor in the telecommunications industry. I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) degree from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. I am admitted to practice in Ontario and New York. In my personal time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family
Vice President, Public Sector, Canada, Cisco Systems Canada Ltd.
Kim Devooght is the Vice President Public Sector, for Cisco Systems Canada Limited, a role he assumed in November, 2009. He is based in Ottawa.
In his role at Cisco, Kim is responsible for Cisco’s business direction in public sector nationally, which includes government, healthcare and education.
Kim has extensive experience and an impressive track record of success in Canadian public sector. He has since 1996 been a senior executive with IBM Canada and most recently served as IBM’s vice-president of public sector, where he was responsible for the federal, provincial and major municipal government, healthcare and education markets. Kim was previously responsible for IBM Canada’s federal public sector and also served as the general manager for government service delivery.
He also spent many years working with the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation in roles that included director of human resources and as an assistant deputy minister.
Kim is an active community volunteer in Ottawa, and is currently the Chair of the OutCare Foundation that supports local community based heath care, and is on the Board of Directors for the Snowsuit Fund that provides winter clothing for children. He also serves on the Boards of CANARIE , ITAC, and GTEC , and was recently the co-chair of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
Kim holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from York University in Toronto and an honors Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University in Ottawa.
President, CSC Canada
Mr. Donnelly is President of CSC Canada focusing on the operations and growth of CSC in Canada.
Mr. Donnelly has very successfully led many large and complex organizations for CSC around the globe, including as Vice President, Canadian Business Development focusing on commercial business development in Canada and the US, and three years leading CSC’s Australian private sector operations from 2007 thru 2010. Prior to his time in Australia, Mr. Donnelly was the Transformation Executive and the Service Delivery Executive on the Nortel Networks account, managed a portfolio of account within the diversified services team, and led several global new business pursuits.
Prior to joining CSC in 2000, Mr. Donnelly was Senior Research and Design Manager with Nortel Networks. Before joining Nortel Networks, Mr. Donnelly served as General Manager for eastern Ontario with Ticketmaster Canada.
Mr. Donnelly attended Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, majoring in software computer sciences.
Vice-President, Government, Education and Health Care, Oracle Canada ULC
Mr. Dykhuizen has been with Oracle Corporation since July 1987. Prior to his joining Oracle, Mr. Dykhuizen held various sales positions with Digital Equipment of Canada for seven years, based in Halifax and Ottawa. Mr. Dykhuizen holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor. Mr. Dykhuizen was born in The Netherlands and raised in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
Mr. Dykhuizen has held the position of Vice President with Oracle Canada since November 1994. Mr. Dykhuizen had previously held the position of Director, Sales for the East Region since 1992. Prior to this, Mr. Dykhuizen was Area Manager for Sales into the federal government and Atlantic Canada.
As Vice President, Oracle Government, Education & Healthcare (OGEH), Mr. Dykhuizen is responsible for Oracle’s public sector business operations across Canada. He is responsible for sales and customer relations for all government, education, and healthcare clients in Canada including all federal government departments and agencies, all provincial government ministries, all K-12 and post-secondary education institutions, and all public and private healthcare organizations. His responsibilities also include field locations in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Regina, and Victoria for the provision of OGEH Sales, Education, and Consulting services to our clients.
Senior Director, Government Relations, BlackBerry
Morgan Elliott is a Director at Research In Motion, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market, including the BlackBerry.
In addition to managing RIM’s Government Relations activities, Morgan and his team are also responsible for the company’s $150M+ technical reporting program under the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program in Canada and equivalent programs in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.
Morgan has 15+ years of experience providing insight and strategic advice to senior government and Fortune 500 leaders. Prior to joining the private sector, he served in several senior roles with key government Ministers and decision makers in the Canadian, international, and public sector arenas.
Morgan currently serves on a number of boards and organizations, is a member of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs ICT Advisory Committee, and Chairs the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s national committee on Innovation. He is also an active volunteer firefighter in the community of St. Jacobs where he and his wife reside.
Morgan holds an MBA from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Masters of Public Administration from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and an Honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of Windsor, Ontario.
President, Healthtech Consultants
Susanne is a leading contributor to the advancement of eHealth in Canada. She established Healthtech in 1983 out of the desire to help healthcare organizations improve the delivery of patient care through the use of technology.
Susanne’s vision, insight and leadership have combined to create a highly effective consulting organization with a reputation for delivering high-quality results, on time and on budget. Healthtech has grown over the past 27 years and is recognized as Canada’s leading healthcare IM/IT consulting firm, with 50 staff and an additional 25 associates across Canada. In 2009 Healthtech was rated #10 in the Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada.
Susanne has brought her strategic and innovative insights to hundreds of engagements during more than two decades, from strategic and tactical planning to system implementation and Interim Chief Information Officer roles.
Susanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McMaster University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. She is currently on the Board of ITAC as well as the Board of Camp Awakening - a camp for disabled children and teenagers.
Senior Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer, Ciena Corporation
James Frodsham currently serves as Ciena's Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, with responsibility for the Company's strategic planning and corporate development activities.
With over 20 years experience in the networking equipment space, Mr. Frodsham joined Ciena as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development in May 2004. Prior to Ciena he served as Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Ottawa-based Innovance Networks, with responsibility for a variety of strategic planning and operations activities. Prior to Innovance, Mr. Frodsham spent more than 10 years in senior level positions with Nortel Networks, where he led several efforts in product development and marketing strategy as well as operations.
Mr. Frodsham received a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree from the University of Western Ontario.
President, Telus Québec and Atlantic Canada
As Senior Vice President - Business Markets for TELUS Quebec, François Gratton is responsible for supporting TELUS' strategy and ensuring the company's continued growth in Quebec's business markets through the delivery of wireline, wireless, and information technology and integrated communications solutions.
Mr. Gratton joined Emergis in 2002, where he was quickly promoted to the position of Executive Vice-President, Solutions for Healthcare Providers. Following the acquisition of Emergis by TELUS, he was named Executive Vice-President, Healthcare Delivery Solutions for TELUS Health Solutions, responsible for sales activities, product development and operations. Before joining Emergis, Mr. Gratton worked in the mergers and acquisitions department of a national law firm.
François Gratton holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, as well as a law degree from Université de Montréal. He serves on the board of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). In 2009, Mr. Gratton was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40.
Executive Vice-President, IT and CIO, Rogers Communications
Linda P. Jojo joined Rogers as Executive Vice President, ITS and Chief Information Officer in July, 2011.
Linda brings a wealth of experience leading complex IT organizations. Prior to joining Rogers, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Energy Future Holdings Corporation in Dallas, TX. From 2004-2008, Linda was the SVP & CIO at Flowserve, and spent nearly 15 years at General Electric, including CIO, GE Silicones. Linda started her career at Digital Equipment Corporation.
She and her teams have received industry recognition, including 21st Century Achievement Award in 2003 & 2010, CIO 100 awards for transformation and innovation in 2007, 2008 & 2010, and has been named to the InformationWeek 500 several times.
Linda holds a bachelors degree in computer science and a masters degree in industrial engineering, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY.
President, Willowglen Systems Inc.
Wayne Karpoff is President of Willowglen Systems Inc., an Edmonton based company that provides a wide range of SCADA technology that powers pipelines, subway systems, water treatment plants, power plants, airports and radar systems around the world. Previously, Wayne founded and was CTO of Edmonton based YottaYotta Inc., a dominant player in next generation, geographically-deployed storage and data management technology. Prior to YottaYotta, Wayne was president of Myrias Computer Technologies Inc, a world technology leader in parallel supercomputing technology. Prior to Myrias, Wayne worked and taught at the University of Alberta. Wayne sits on the boards and advisory boards of several small Canadian companies.
Wayne is was founding chair of the Alberta ICT Council, was a founding co-chair of the Digital Solutions Alliance and the Edmonton ICT Cluster, sits on the boards of InfoTech and TEC Edmonton, was a founding board member of the Alberta Chamber of Technologies and serves on a variety of University and College advisory boards. Wayne is on the steering committee for the Banff Venture Forum and served for 6 years on IRC of iCORE. He has also served as president of several community boards outside the technology space.
Wayne holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computing Science from the University of Alberta. Wayne holds several pending and awarded patents.
President, Microsoft Canada Inc.
As President of Microsoft Canada, Max Long is focused on helping consumers, students, partners, businesses and public sector organizations realize their full potential. Committed to making positive contributions to Canadian communities through its citizenship efforts, Max is also dedicated to ensuring Microsoft Canada is a great place to work.
Over his 15 years with Microsoft, Max has helped shape the company's sales, partner and marketing strategies. With more than two decades of working with enterprise customers in the technology industry, he is known across the industry for seeking smarter ways to serve customers and partners, as well as emboldening enterprises to make the moves necessary to thrive and better compete.
In his previous role as Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Accounts, Max led a global team with a mandate to grow revenue and competitive share while building customer and partner relationships and driving customer and partner satisfaction.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Max recently relocated from Redmond, Washington to Toronto with his wife and two children. In addition to spending time with his family, Max enjoys competing in triathlons and snowboarding in his spare time. Before joining Microsoft, Max spent nine years at IBM where he worked in a variety of sales functions across segments and industries.
Senior Vice-President, IDC Canada
Vito Mabrucco is responsible for IDC Global Consulting, leading a US based group as well as driving worldwide consulting service offerings and practices. The worldwide consulting operations represent a critical component of IDC’s value proposition to our clients. In addition, Mr. Mabrucco manages IDC's Canadian operations and is a member of IDC's global management committee.
Mr. Mabrucco has strong insight into the global information and communications technology industry with a focus on customer solutions, business models, key vertical segments, and global industry trends and directions. His insights include a deep understanding of disruptive innovation and how it applies to the overall technology industry. An outspoken participant and supporter of the ICT industry, Mr. Mabrucco provides his perspective and analysis through formal speaking engagements, written documents, media interviews and other public events.
A twenty-seven year veteran of the information and communications industry, Mr. Mabrucco has held senior management portfolios in sales, marketing, finance and strategic planning with major global technology companies.
Mr. Mabrucco is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, a Director on the Board of ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada) and a member of the Campaign Committee for the United Way of Toronto, and he is actively involved in his community.
Director, Intel of Canada
Elaine Mah is the Director for Canada at Intel Corporation and a seven year veteran with the company. Among her many achievements at Intel, Elaine is especially proud of her work fostering innovation and growth with small businesses through her Canadian small business advisory board. She is a frequent speaker at industry and government conferences on the importance of technology to the Canadian economy, as well as on emerging trends.
Director, RelayHealth / McKesson
As Director, David is the key business owner and driver of RelayHealth in Canada. David is accountable for the ongoing development of the business plan and develops and drives the sales and marketing plans, profit and loss management, and strategic relationships. He also acts as a liaison between the field and the development organizations addressing business, marketing, and functional requirements for product improvements or new product features. David monitors progress of all sales, development and implementation/customer service metrics versus business plan targets and recommends adjustment in the plan as required.
RelayHealth is a solution that addresses the pressing need for an Electronic Health Record in Canada. This solution provides the ability to connect and share clinical information between health care providers and patients in a secure manner.
Prior to McKesson, David was HP Canada's Healthcare Business Manager. He was responsible for the design and execution of business development programs focused on improving Canada's healthcare system by applying HP's broad solution portfolio.
In a previous position as HP's Global Principal Consultant for one of the world's largest global network equipment providers, David directed the sale and delivery of HP consulting services in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. He managed major technology infrastructure and data centre projects that addressed and improved critical functions such as e-commerce, supply chain management, customer relationship management, and business and IT process transformation.
David has also held a number of additional important and diverse roles at HP Canada, including Senior Business Development Consultant, Financial Services for such clients as CIBC, Manulife and the Royal Bank, and HP Technical Consultant Manager for products and solutions, in which he supervised a team of consultants across Canada specializing in storage, personal computing and printing.
David earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.
He is currently the Chairman of the board of ITAC Healthcare. ITAC Healthcare is a national association representing healthcare information technology companies. Currently, ITAC Healthcare represents more than 120 firms.
Director, Government Affairs, Bell Canada
Maggie Papoulias is a Director of Government Relations at BCE, Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs. Maggie supports Bell Canada’s Regulatory and Government Affairs team in advancing public policy and regulatory positions, and in maintaining a constructive dialogue with governments and other stakeholders.
She brings a wealth of public and private sector experience to her role at Bell. Before joining BCE, she held the position of Vice President of Government Affairs at the Mining Association of Canada, and has served previously as Director of Communications for ePALS Inc., an education software company and as a political assistant to both a Minister of the Crown and a Member of Parliament.
Maggie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English and a Bachelor of Education both from the University of Toronto.
President, Fujitsu Canada, Inc.
President, Tech Data Canada Corporation
D.R. (Rick) Reid is the President of Tech Data Canada Inc. Under his leadership, Tech Data has become one of the primary providers of IT products, logistics and value-added services to Canada’s IT channel. Since joining Tech Data Canada in April 1998, Rick managed the acquisition of the Canadian distribution company Globelle and the impressive growth of Tech Data to a leadership position within the VAR business in Canadian distribution.
A strong voice for partnership and IT channel advocacy, Rick is a 30-year veteran in the Canadian computer industry. He began his career in 1975 with Unisys Canada, Inc., and over an 18-year period held a number of positions leading to Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Ontario region.
In 1994 he joined Crowntek Business Centres, Inc., a Canadian computer reseller, as Vice President, Central region. Following Crowntek’s acquisition by GE Capital later that year, Rick joined SHL subsidiary Computer Innovations, Inc. as Vice President and General Manager of the central Canada region, a position he held for two years. In 1996, Rick was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager for SHL Systemhouse, Inc., a $1.5 billion Ottawa based systems integrator and value-added reseller.
Rick is an Honorary Chairperson of the R.E.A.C.H. for the Rainbow charitable organization; he received their Award of Distinction in 2000. He is also an active member with the United Way, Peel Region. Rick is on the Board of Directors for the Justin Eves Foundation, ITAC and most recently Reach for the Rainbow.
Rick holds an honours bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo.
Vice-President, Finance and Administration, Nulogy Corporation
Lally Rementilla is a finance, strategy and operations leader in technology, media and telecommunications with progressive experience in a variety of leading and innovative technology companies. She is currently Vice-President, Finance and Administration of Nulogy Corporation - an award-winning provider of software-as-a-service solutions to supply chain companies in contract manufacturing and packaging. She has been instrumental in Nulogy's growth as an innovative, global company with a customers in North America, Europe and Australia.
Most recently, Lally was Vice President Finance at Lavalife Corp. At Lavalife, she played integral roles in selling the company twice; launching new business ventures in the areas of mobile, social networking and online publishing; targeting, negotiating and integrating acquisitions; expanding internationally; and strengthening the performance of the finance, business intelligence and customer service teams. Her career started at AT&T Canada Network Systems Group, which was then spun-off as Lucent Technologies Canada. As Area Vice President Finance and Contract Management, she played an important role in driving top line and bottom line growth, including the development of creative pricing and partnering strategies which generated more than $1B in contract sales to wireline and wireless carriers.
An advocate for women in technology, Lally is a frequent speaker in the area and has held board positions in diversity-oriented industry organizations such as the Information and Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) and Innoversity. She is also a mentor and business advisor to women-led business ventures and recently co-founded The Gal's Got Game - a female-focused sports website. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Communications) from the Ateneo de Manila University. Lally is a Certified Management Accountant.
Country Manager, eBay Canada
As eBay Canada’s country manager, Andrea Stairs supports the continued growth of the world’s largest online marketplace in this country. In this role, Andrea is responsible for cultivating eBay’s community of Canadian users and overseeing marketing, advertising sales, and public and government relations. She also plays an integral role in the overall operations of eBay Canada.
Andrea was most recently head of marketing for eBay Canada, managing the brand’s marketing strategy and execution. She was also instrumental in launching eBay’s French-Canadian website and in leading the eBay Motors team in Canada.
For close to a decade Andrea has developed marketing and financial strategies for major telecom and retail companies, including Gap Inc. and Indigo Books & Music Inc.
After receiving a BA from McGill University, Andrea obtained LLB and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.
Andrea sits on the boards of directors of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and the Hope for Children Foundation. She is also on the advisory board for Canada’s leading digital media events, nextMEDIA.
A native of Montreal, Andrea now lives in Toronto with her husband.
CEO, Convergent Strategies
David Ticoll, CEO of Convergent Strategies, is an independent consultant, researcher and policy advisor, with a focus on competitiveness, globalization, business model innovation, the changing workforce, and transparency. He has authored several bestselling business books, including Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs, and The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency will Revolutionize Business.
Since November 2008 David has served as Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow’s ICT Skills. Founded in 2007 by Bell Canada, the CCICT is an industry-led, multi-stakeholder initiative. Its mission is to ensure that Canadian organizations can engage information and communications technology professionals with knowledge, skills and talents to meet the changing and diverse needs of this field.
From 2003 to 2008, David chaired the Expert Panel of the Information & Communications Technology Council. He was Senior Vice President of Research at New Paradigm Corp. from 2003 to 2007.
David was founding CEO of the international think tank and consulting firm, Digital 4Sight from 1994-2001. He led its multi-client research and client advisory services, market analysis, in-depth case studies, market surveys, methodology development, design and delivery of training workshops, and strategy advisory services.
David was a columnist at the Globe and Mail and tele.com. He has published in Harvard Business Review, Business 2.0, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. He founded the Canadian program of Gartner Group Inc. in the early 1980s. During the 1970s he was a journalist and producer in public affairs at CBC Radio in Vancouver.
David has a BA (Honours) from McGill University in sociology and political science, and has pursued graduate work in communications, information systems and marketing research. He is fluent in French and English.
General Manager and Director, Sales Bell Canada – Bell Business Markets
Joining Bell in 2008, David is responsible for Bell Canada's direct business with the Ontario Public Sector (OPS). Leading a team that is responsible for Bell Canada's activities with the Ontario Government, it's Crown Agencies as well as the Ontario Healthcare and Energy Vertical, David is responsible for driving the overall strategy of Bell Canada's solution offerings to the OPS. In partnership with BCE Government Relations and Corporate Development, David is also involved in shaping the broader relationship between Bell and the Ontario Government.
David is actively involved in the Canadian ICT community. He is a founding member of the Toronto Board of Trade's ICT Advisory Forum, and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Board of Directors of the Information Technology Association of Canada.
Distinguished Engineer, PMC-Sierra Inc.
Dr. Ken Wagner has over 25 years experience in the semiconductor industry as an engineer and manager, mainly in Silicon Valley. He returned to Canada in 2001. He was named Chairman of the Strategic Microelectronics Council (part of ITAC) in 2011. He is helping member companies of SMC/ITAC focus on the infrastructure to refresh microsystems and related activities in Canada.
Ken joined PMC-Sierra, Inc. in 2000. As Vice-President of Engineering for the Communication Products Division, he has managed the development of wireline and wireless backhaul platforms for telecom. As a Principal Engineer in the IC Technology Group, he focused on advanced R&D including microarchitecture, implementation, low power and embedded software – to enable development and manufacture of networking and storage ICs in advanced process nodes. As Director of Design Services and CAD, he managed the corporate IC design infrastructure for ASIC/SOC/ASSP development. Ken also developed PMC's internal procedures for coordinating silicon and software IP, services and CAD tools procurement.
From 1998-2000, Ken worked for several Silicon Valley fabless IC startups directing design and implementation of video and graphics devices. At S3 from 1997-98, Ken was responsible for design and test methodologies used for PC graphics ICs. At Synopsys from 1993-96, he managed software R&D for its EDA Test and DFT products. And at IBM from 1986-93, he was a Senior Engineer in the EDA organization consulting, teaching and developing new design and DFT methodologies and software for complex ICs. Earlier in his career he designed mainframes at Amdahl and wrote business-related software.
Ken is the past Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Design and Test of Computers and past Chairman of the International Test Synthesis Workshop. He holds six patents and a First Plateau Patent award from IBM Corporation as well as multiple patents from other organizations. Ken is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Golden Core Member of the IEEE Computer Society and an IEEE CAS member. He has taught and participated in numerous graduate courses, tutorials and panels. Ken spent 1992 as an AAAS Congressional Science Fellow in Washington, DC. Ken received several scholarships including the Canada NSERC scholarship from 1979-86. Ken has also authored numerous professional publications.
Ken received his MSEE and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Ken is also an Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University. He teaches and trains engineering professionals at IEEE conferences and other events.