Lloyd Bryant – Chair
Vice-President and General Manager
Printing and Personal Systems and
Lloyd Bryant is the Vice-President and General Manager, Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) and Managing Director 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. In addition, as Managing Director, he is responsible for coordinating business strategies and representing HP’s entire business portfolio with government leaders, influencers and key partners in the country. 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 is also Vice Chair of 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.
Frédéric Boulanger – Treasurer
President and CEO
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.
Partner, Business Tax Services
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.
David MacDonald – Chair, Board of Governors
President, CEO and Director
Since 2001, Mr. MacDonald has led the transformation of Softchoice from a software direct marketer to one of North America’s largest providers of technology solutions and services. This work has included the completion of Softchoice’s going private transaction in June 2013, the integration of five acquisitions, and the formation of a senior leadership team responsible for the company’s transition to a full solutions business model, including the provisioning of technical architecture, and design, implementation and managed services. During his tenure, Softchoice has been named one of Canada’s Best Workplaces eight years in a row and was recently recognized as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures. These milestones reflect Mr. MacDonald’s passion for employee development and his ardent support of Softchoice Cares – a thriving employee-led philanthropic organization that promotes computer literacy around the world. Mr. MacDonald is active on a number of partner advisory councils, including Cisco, Microsoft and HP. As the Chair of the Board of Governors for the Information Technology Association of Canada, Mr. MacDonald is also deeply involved in promoting innovation and technology adoption in the Canadian public and private sectors. Prior to joining Softchoice, Mr. MacDonald held senior global executive roles over an 18-year career at Xerox Corporation.
Karna Gupta – ITAC President and CEO
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.
Computer Sciences Canada Inc.
Mr. Barrett is responsible for pursuing new business in both the public and private sectors in Canada and the North Eastern US. In this capacity, Mr. Barrett will lead our go to market strategy as well as the AGM/CRP teams who provide sales coverage for this important client base. Prior to this role he was a Senior Principal for Business Development in Western Canada.
Mr. Barrett joined CSC in July after 3 years at SAP where he had responsibility for Utilities and Telecommunications customers in Western Canada. Prior to SAP, Mr. Barrett spent time with SAS and Nortel Networks servicing the Oil & Gas Sector in increasingly Senior Positions. He obtained his MBA from Edinburgh Business School in 2006.
Vice-President, Consulting Services – Government – Ontario
Lisa Carroll is the lead for the Government Sector for CGI in Ontario – this includes the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Broader Public Sector. She represents all of CGI’s service offerings and delivery including consulting, systems integration and managed services to her team’s Public Sector Clients. Lisa has been in IT Consulting Services for over 20 years with a primary focus on delivering successful initiatives for Public Sector clients across jurisdictions within Canada. She began her tenure with CGI in 2002 and has led the development of new business as well as client management of many long-term Government client relationships. In addition to CGI, Lisa has held client-focused positions throughout her IT Consulting career with leading Canadian organizations such as Sierra Systems, University Health Network, Qunara (acquired by Allstream) and Compugen Systems Ltd. Through these positions she has lived and worked in Halifax, Ottawa and Toronto and has had the opportunity to partner with Federal, Provincial, Municipal, Healthcare, Education and Utility Public Sector customers across these geographies. Lisa has recently taken on the role of Chair, Ontario Public Sector Business Committee and a position on the Ontario Board of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). Lisa is passionate about how the Ontario ICT Sector can help Governments to enable citizen-centred service delivery, to modernize and to improve efficiencies.
A major shareholder and a member of Chipworks’ Board of Directors, Julia Elvidge leads by example and inspires with action. She believes in open honest and timely communications. When decisions are required Julia seeks out, and listens to others’ opinions and concerns. She is extremely approachable and makes everyone feel that they are an important.
She motivates, empowers and trusts her people to get the job done. She’s appreciative of others efforts and celebrates their successes as much as her own. When she’s needed to either hit a home run at a customer meeting, or take a turn in the dunk tank at the Company picnic, Julia is 100% there. Julia’s wears her passion on her sleeve, it’s contagious, and it influences the activities of everyone around her.
Julia took the reins of strategic planning at Chipworks and had the vision to make the plan evergreen. She worked with her teams to embed the plan into every employee’s day‐to‐day objectives, which has resulted in a positive, results oriented workplace.
President and Founder
As President and Founder of Healthtech Consultants, Susanne Flett has been a leader of healthcare and information technology services for over thirty years. She created Healthtech Consultants in 1983 out of a need to make a difference. Susanne assembled a dynamic group of consultants who deliver exceptional results, provide responsive client service, and offer innovative, practical solutions exclusively to the Canadian Healthcare sector. Under her leadership, Healthtech provides full project lifecycle services that promote the application of technology to improve healthcare delivery across Canada. Susanne’s expertise has led to the successful completion of hundreds of planning, integration, implementation, and clinical adoption engagements each year. Her demonstrated experience ensures that complex multi-stakeholder projects consistently reach desired outcomes. She has keen insight into how to combine business and patient care needs to guarantee project success. With this combination of strong business acumen and passion for innovation, Susanne is also the President and Founder of Healthtech Innovations, a sister company that invests in early stage healthcare technology companies. Healthtech Innovations serves as an angel investor for companies that are introducing innovative approaches for the use of technology in healthcare. Susanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McMaster University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. She serves on the Board of Directors for ITAC and ITAC Health, is Co-Chair for the Advocacy Committee for ITAC health, and serves on the Advisory Board for CanChild – a research and education centre focused on improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families.
Gary Folker * – Health Chair
Senior Vice President, Canada,
Gary Folker is responsible for the strategic planning, ongoing development and growth of Orion Health in Canada. He draws from more than 30 years of experience pioneering healthcare technology in Canada and is ideally positioned to guide business development for the leading eHealth provider.
Prior to joining Orion Health in May 2011, Gary was Managing Director for Healthcare with xwave (a Bell Company). In that role, he built and managed partnerships and propelled development of integrated healthcare solutions such as xwaveEMR, a hosted Application Service Provider (ASP) electronic medical record for primary-care physicians.
Gary has exemplary credentials that include spearheading the implementation of Canada’s first fully-integrated electronic patient chart; introducing into the country high-volume scanning of patient records; and creating the largest healthcare document-capture facility in North America. Gary has held various senior-management and executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer of a major Canadian health-informatics firm. He has directed development of technology solutions and expanded services that resulted in the introduction of many leading medical technologies into the country.
He is a CPHIMS-CA certified professional and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Acadia University.
Sean Forkan – Director
Vice-President Central U.S. and Canada
As Vice President and General Manager, Sean is responsible for Symantec’s Canadian operations. With a career spanning over 20 years in the technology industry. He has held a variety of executive leadership roles.Prior to joining Symantec, Sean managed various domestic and global sales teams with a host of technology leaders including Oracle, Cisco, Cap Gemini/Ernst & Young, and EDS/SHL Systemhouse. Sean holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Management degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Rex Geveden – Director
Rex is President of Teledyne DALSA and Executive Vice President of Teledyne Technologies. As Executive Vice President, Rex leads the Digital Imaging and Engineered Systems segments of Teledyne Technologies, comprising some $700M in annual revenues and 2,700 employees. He has responsibility for the near-term growth, profitability, and long-range strategic positioning of these businesses.
The Digital Imaging segment specializes in high-performance commercial digital cameras and software, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and high-performance infrared detectors for space and tactical military applications. Rex also serves as President of Teledyne DALSA, which develops and manufactures high performance digital imaging and semiconductor solutions.
Previously, Rex has stardust in his resume. He was NASA’s Associate Administrator, where he functioned as the Agency’s chief operating officer and was responsible for all technical operations of the Agency and a budget of $16B. He worked with the Administrator to develop strategy and policy and had direct oversight of NASA’s ten field centers and all mission and flight programs, including the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, planetary exploration, space science, and aeronautics. Before that, Rex held the position of NASA Chief Engineer.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Arpad is responsible for aligning Celestica’s information technology strategy with our business goals. He is also charged with ensuring that its strategic investments in integrated IT capabilities, people and processes drive its customers’ success.
Prior to his current role, he was the Vice President, Advanced Customer Solutions, where he led the effort to leverage information technology and analytics to help Celestica launch new service offerings in Supply Chain and After-Market Services.
He has nearly 20 years of experience in strategic business transformation and operations
in the areas of information technology and supply chain management. Before he joined
Celestica in 2009, he worked with high-tech companies to transform their information
technology and supply chain organizations.
Vice-President, Manufacturing, Distribution and Operations
Pat leads business operations for IBM Canada including CIO, Supply Chain, Real Estate, Procurement, Corporate Citizenship and Government Programs. In addition, he provides leadership to the IBM Software Lab organization and the Microelectronic Manufacturing Plant in Bromont Quebec. Both of these are the largest of their kind in Canada, holding world mandates. Pat participates on many Boards, including being 2013’s Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, also on the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business, the Ontario Brain Institute, CivicAction, and Research Matters. Pat is an Ivey Business School graduate and holds a CMA designation.
Senior Vice President
With over twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Roy Hudson is the business unit leader for the Canadian Telecom and Media Sector for CGI. Roy leads a large team with local proximity to clients, working in onshore, nearshore and offshore delivery centres, to provide IT services to Canadian telecom and media clients. Services span IT infrastructure, application development and maintenance for systems integration and consulting projects and outsourcing. Over the last year, Canadian telecom clients have rated CGI with a score of more than 9 out of 10 on client satisfaction surveys. Prior to joining CGI in 2011, Roy led large teams for a leading global technology company to provide consulting services and delivery of IT projects. Roy has deep expertise in telecommunications technology and engineering. He led a consulting firm in IT for healthcare and spent the early part of his career building wireless networks in South America. Roy graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.
Wayne Karpoff – Director
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.
Janet Kennedy is the President of Microsoft Canada. With over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing of business solutions, she is focused Microsoft’s mission of helping people and businesses realize their full potential.
Janet joined Microsoft in 2002 with a concentration on helping shape the organization’s Industry approach, specializing in Retail & Hospitality. She spent time in the West and Central regions of the US as the Vice President for Enterprise Customers. During her tenure, the business was able to grow more than $1 billion to over $3 billion and has been instrumental in leading the transformation to the cloud with some of the largest and earliest customers on Office 365.
Prior to Microsoft, she had a long career at IBM in numerous roles. From an educational perspective, Janet first earned a degree in Industrial Management/Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and then went on to achieve her MBA from McColl School of Business, Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Originally from Chicago, Janet and her family now live in Toronto. When she isn’t working, the self-proclaimed “device geek” enjoys playing with apps, trying the latest exercise trend, and enjoying movies – both box office and obscure!
Vito Mabrucco- Director
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.
Mario Meroni – Director
Managing Director and AVP, Canadian Public Sector Application Sales Team
Mario Meroni is the Managing Director and AVP for the Oracle’s Canadian Public Sector Application Sales Team. Oracle’s customers include Federal, Provincial, Regional and Municipal as well as Health, Higher Education, Crown Corps and public utilities. Public Sector customers have invested in many Oracle products. As a market leader in enterprise software our customer leveraged value from our many products, including Database, Middleware, Identity Management, Enterprise Resource Planning –ERP (eBusiness, Peoplesoft, JD Edwards and Fusion), Customer Relationship Management (Seibel, Fusion), EPM (Hyperion) , Engineered Systems Hardware and SaaS (Cloud) applications.
Mario has been in the information and technology business for over 30 years. His career has covered field sales, marketing, general business management and project/program management. In his career he has sold and managed the sale of hardware, software, outsourcing and consulting services. He was in the banking and retail markets in Montreal and then Toronto until 1994. Since then he is based in Ottawa covering public sector clients in Canada and the United States. He has held senior positions at IBM Canada, LGS Group inc., Sand Technology, CA and since 2006 is at Oracle Canada ULC. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, with Honors in Information Systems.
Senior Vice-President, Global Sales and Customer Service
Philippe Morin is currently Senior Vice President, with responsibility for heading Ciena’s global sales and services organization. During 2012, under Philippe’s leadership, Ciena reached a milestone of $2B in sales and maintained its excellent relationship with more than 1000 customers worldwide. Prior to his current role, he was Ciena’s Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, a position he assumed after joining the Company in March 2010 through the acquisition of assets from Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks business. With more than 25 years of telecommunications experience, Mr. Morin previously held a number of leadership roles at Nortel including President, Metro Ethernet Networks; Vice President and General Manager, Optical Networks; as well as other positions in manufacturing, marketing, sales and product management both in North America and Europe. Mr. Morin holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Université Laval in Quebec City and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from McGill University in Montréal.
Intel of Canada
Graham is the Country Manager for Intel Canada. In his capacity, Graham is responsible for all sales development, marketing, branding and strategic initiatives undertaken by Intel in Canada. Graham stepped into the Canadian role in April 2013 prior to this Graham held the same position within the United Kingdom.
Since joining Intel in 1988, Graham has held a range of Sales, Marketing and Communication roles including CPU and Graphics marketing across EMEA, PR, brand and advertising management in UK/Nordics followed by UKI Retail sales team management. Prior to taking on the role of Canada Country Manager, Graham held the UK&I Country Manager role for seven years, setting the strategic direction for Intel’s business, building Intel’s presence in the marketplace and representing Intel on a number of Industry organisations (PITCOM, CBI) and a Board position with Intellect. Graham regularly delivers media briefings on Intel’s business performance across BBC Radio and TV, Sky TV, CNN, CNBC & Bloomberg.
Graham holds a BSc in Computer Studies from Sheffield a keen Golfer, Caterham7 owner and Motorsport fan. Graham has been married for 25 years and has three grown children.
Dell Canada Inc.
Kevin Peesker was named President, Dell Canada Inc. in February 2013 with a mandate to drive Dell’s commercial business in Canada with Enterprise, Services, End-User Computing and Software customers. He rejoined the Dell Canada team following a series of executive assignments within Dell’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region where his most recent role was General Manager, Consumer and Small Business customer segments in Europe. A member of the EMEA senior leadership team, Kevin’s key responsibilities included P&L ownership, sales, Dell’s on-line sites, customer experience, strategy and multi-country team management. In 2011, Kevin led the UK and Ireland’s Consumer, Small and Medium Business market which also included the UK field teams serving our medium business customers. Prior to his transition to Europe in 2011, Kevin was Dell Canada’s Small and Medium Business (SMB) General Manager, responsible for the Canadian 1.1 million customer small and medium business market and channel team. In this role, Kevin was responsible for Dell’s sales, marketing and operations activities guiding a team of professionals delivering customized product and service offerings for Canadian commercial and channel partner businesses. Previous to this role, Kevin spent 3 years as General Manager responsible for leading external and internal sales, marketing, and operations for Dell’s Large Commercial business segment. Kevin initiated his Dell career driving hyper-growth over several years as the executive leader of Canada’s Software and peripherals business. Before joining Dell in January 2003, Kevin occupied several management and executive leadership roles in finance, operations, marketing, sales and general management. Born and raised in Canada, Kevin has travelled to over 65 countries and worked overseas for 16 years on 5 continents. Kevin began his international career as National Vice President for AIESEC Canada and has worked with Sun Life, IBM, Lexmark, Gateway, British based UTC and Dell Inc. In addition to an active family life, Kevin has held several Board positions and is actively involved in community coaching roles. Kevin attended the University of Texas, Pan Am Campus, having been granted an athletic/academic scholarship before transferring to, and completing his bachelor degree, at the College of Commerce, University of Saskatchewan. In addition, Kevin holds a Masters of Business Administration (Executive) with Distinction from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He resides with his wife and two children in Toronto, Canada.
Rick Reid – Director
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Redknee Solutions Inc.
Lucas Skoczkowski is the CEO of Redknee. Founded in 1999, Redknee provides business-critical billing and charging software and solutions for communications service providers around the world. Lucas is responsible for strategic planning and execution, during which Redknee has consistently met and exceeded its goals, including financial performance, profitability and business and customer growth. Lucas also drives the development of Redknee’s product portfolio. Lucas serves on the Board of Directors for Redknee and 20-20 Technologies, the world’s leading software developer of interior design and manufacturing software, and is a member of the Dean’s Development Council for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Lucas has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Matt Skynner – Director
Corporate Vice-President and General Manager of AMD’s Graphics Business Unit and AMD Canada General Manager
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Matt Skynner is Corporate Vice President and General Manager of AMD’s Graphics Business Unit, and AMD Canada General Manager. Mr. Skynner is responsible for driving AMD’s business in the highly competitive graphics processor market. He has the charter to manage AMD’s Graphics product line including the Radeon and FirePro product lines as well as to grow market share and profitability for the business. Mr. Skynner works closely with AMD’s Marketing, Engineering and Sales teams to achieve these goals. Mr. Skynner joined AMD with the acquisition of ATI in 2006 and previously was Vice President of Product Management for AMD’s Graphics Products Group. Mr. Skynner has over 20 years of experience in the high tech industry. Having joined ATI in May 1998, he held several senior marketing and product management positions including Vice President of Corporate Marketing, and Director of Product Marketing, Desktop Discrete Graphics. Prior to joining ATI, Mr. Skynner held various engineering, sales and marketing positions at Honeywell Limited. Mr. Skynner earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, as well as, a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Manitoba.
Andrea Stairs – Director
As eBay Canada’s managing director, Andrea Stairs leads the Canadian operations of one of the world’s largest online marketplaces. In this role, Andrea is responsible for cultivating eBay’s community of Canadian users — from individual consumers to established brands and retailers — and for overseeing all of eBay’s Canadian functions, including product management, marketing, business development, and public and government relations.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.After receiving a BA from McGill University, Andrea obtained LLB and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.A native of Montreal, Andrea now lives in Toronto with her husband and young son and daughter.
Claudia Thompson is a Partner at Accenture who specializes in large-scale project / program management initiatives. Claudia leads our Federal Government Health and Public Service Industry portfolio for Canada. From a client-facing perspective, Claudia has held leadership roles on several large multi-year, multi-vendor, multi-million dollar business transformation initiatives for both public and private sector clients. Currently, Claudia is the day-to-day delivery executive for the Real Property Business and Systems Transformation Program working with the Real Property Branch (RPB) of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), a common services provider and administrator of $8 billion of federal real property. The RPB, which manages one of the largest inventories of office space in Canada, has hired Accenture as the prime contractor for a 10 to 15 year transformation program to manage all 1,881 real estate locations across all federal government departments using an SAP-based software solution. The project will develop and implement a business transformation, workplace and IT solutions to provide best practice real property management services. Prior to working with PWGSC, Claudia was the Accenture Program Director for the Business Banking Program at a large Canadian bank. The Business Banking program was a strategic transformational program to update Business Banking sales and loan origination capabilities, streamline credit origination and fulfillment, and to provide more effective client relationship / sales management tools. The Business Banking Program was a multi-year, multi-release program that directly impacted all Commercial Banking Centres, 1,100 Retail branches, 3 Credit Centres, 3 CAS, and more than 9,000 users. Accenture provided business banking implementation and systems integration services of Siebel’s CB / SBB and HCL FinanceCenter Software packages in conjunction with client provided resources. Claudia provided leadership for the Program Management, Release Management, Process and Application design, build, and implementation services, Technical Architecture, and Service Introduction services for two major Releases. In her roles as a delivery executive, Claudia has successfully led and managed teams of more than 350 persons and all aspects of the transformation programs – definition of the project, business case development, staffing , requirements, design, build, testing, migration, employee change management and customer change management. Within Accenture, Claudia is also the Managing Director, Human Capital and Diversity (HC&D) and as a member of the Canadian leadership team sets the HC&D vision and strategy to enable Canada’s business plan.
Akhilesh Tripathi – Director
Vice President and Country Head
Tata Consultancy Services
Akhilesh Tripathi leads Tata Consultancy Service’s operations for Canada. He is responsible for growing the Canadian business and fostering relationships with industry, government academia and the social sector across Canada.
In a 19 year career with TCS, he has previously held leadership roles within TCS’ eBusiness and Strategic Alliances practices.
In the community, Akhilesh sits on the board of the Canadian-India Business Council and on the advisory board of Canada’s Information and Communications Technology Council Coaching to Career initiative.
He holds and MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in electronics. He resides in Mississauga with his wife and two children.
President and CEO, Canada
Al Varney is the CEO and President of Xerox Canada Ltd. Appointed to the position in October 2014, he is responsible for all Canadian business operations, which includes human resources, finance, customer delivery, services, marketing and sales.
Prior to his leadership role at Xerox Canada, Al was President of North American Agent Operations for Xerox, responsible for all aspects of the $1.1 billion indirect channel. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of United States Client Operations, with responsibility for the Western United States.
Al joined Xerox in 1986 as a sales representative in Canada, and has held sales management and general management positions throughout Canada and the United States. His experience includes serving as Vice President of Marketing for Xerox Canada, Vice President of Strategy and Sales Operations for North American Agent Operations, and Director of the Office Business Group in Canada.
Al is a graduate of McMaster University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree. He resides in Toronto with his wife, Theresa.
Ken Wagner – Director
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.
Senior Vice-President, Public Policy
Kenneth Whyte is Senior Vice-President of Public Policy at Rogers Communications. Prior to this appointment, he was President of the digital start-up Next Issue Canada and a director of Next Issue Media, and President of Rogers Publishing, Canada’s largest consumer magazine company.
Throughout a long career in journalism and public policy, Mr. Whyte has served as editor-in-chief and publisher of Maclean’s magazine, editor-in-chief of Saturday Night Magazine, a columnist for the Globe & Mail, and founding editor-in-chief of the National Post.
He has served as a visiting scholar at McGill University where he co-founded the Observatory in Media and Public Policy. He is a trustee of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, a senior fellow at Massey College, University Toronto, a governor of the Donner Canada Foundation, a director of Peter Munk’s Aurea Public Policy Foundation, a trustee of the Cundill Prize, the world’s largest international prize for literary and academic achievement in history. He is also the author of The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst.
Mr. Whyte lives in Toronto with his daughter, Thea, and his wife, Tina.