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
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.