David MacDonald – Interim Chair and
Chair, Board of Governors
President and CEO
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.
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.
As eBay Canada’s managing director, Andrea Stairs leads the Canadian strategy and operations of one of the world’s largest online marketplaces and Canada’s second largest e-commerce business. 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.
Andrea sits on executive committee of the board of directors of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). A native of Montreal, Andrea now lives in Toronto with her husband and young son and daughter.
Robert Watson – ITAC President and CEO
Robert Watson is a widely respected senior executive with over 35 years in the Canadian technology industry. Robert Watson brings extensive experience in both the telecommunications and energy sectors serving as CEO of SaskTel and the Bermuda Regulatory Authority and led the technology transformation as CEO of SaskPower. Currently, Robert serves as an independent director on a number of technology and non-profit organizations and on the Dean’s Council of the Ted Rogers School of Management. Throughout his career, Robert has gathered the skill set to take on the important role to ensure government incorporates the transformation of technology to make Canada’s infrastructure environment more efficient and powerful. He has a solid understanding of ITAC and how it operates as he has been both an ITAC Board member and past Chair.
Charlie Atkinson – Director
Managing Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Canada and Vice President & General Manager, Enterprise Group, Canada
Charlie has been with Hewlett Packard since 2000 and has consistently delivered solid results and outstanding employee engagement. He is currently Managing Director and is responsible for the results of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Canada. In this role he is accountable to ensure that each of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise business groups are strategically aligned in Canada as part of the Americas region. Charlie also leads the Enterprise Group in Canada as Vice President and General Manager and is a member of the America’s Senior Leadership Team.
Charlie has conquered progressive leadership challenges throughout his tenure at HP. With a leadership style that prioritizes employee engagement, fostering an inspired, passionate, empowered and accountable workforce to delivering market leading results. Previous roles at HP included leading Strategy and Business Development, leading the Communications, Media and Entertainment sector vertical, leading the Manufacturing and Distribution industry vertical as well as having experience in the Financial Services industry leading the account team for one of Canada’s Tier 1 banks. In addition to his role at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Charlie is often called upon to speak to University Groups on career guidance as well as to other organizations on the rapidly changing technology trends and their impact on today’s businesses.
Jeremy Auger – Director
Chief Strategy Officer
Jeremy is responsible for formulating and supporting alignment on company-level strategy within D2L (formerly Desire2Learn). Jeremy also provides executive leadership and management of corporate development, mergers & acquisitions, government relations & public affairs, corporate communications, business development, strategic management, and intellectual property strategy.
Jeremy joined the D2L team when the company was founded, and over the last 15+ years has served as the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Technology Officer, and continues to take a leadership role in driving the organization’s success within its key industries as Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to joining D2L, Jeremy came from a strong technical and business background, worked with numerous companies throughout North America, and has been actively involved in starting and running transformative technology companies for over twenty years.
Jeremy participates in a number of boards and committees, including serving as Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Board for the City of Kitchener (Canada), as an elected board member for the IMS Global Learning Consortium – a global technology standards body, and serves as a board member on a number of other for-profit and not-for-profit corporate and advisory boards. Jeremy has an Honours Bachelor of Math in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Science in Management from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Angela Brown – Director
President and Chief Executive Officer
Angela Brown is President and Chief Executive Officer of Moneris Solutions. She is responsible for continuing to build Moneris’ leadership position in the North American marketplace, strengthening its position in the mobile payment space, and expanding its strategic and customer partnerships.
Ms. Brown is an experienced executive with more than 25 years in the payments industry, including merchant acquiring, consumer and commercial payment products, payment processing and merchant acceptance. Prior to joining Moneris, Ms. Brown was Group Executive, Enterprise Development, Merchants & Acceptance, for MasterCard Worldwide. She was responsible for cultivating MasterCard’s relationship with merchants, creating new merchant value propositions and expanding the reach of MasterCard’s network. Previously, Ms. Brown spent 13 years at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) within the ATM and Cards divisions, attaining the role of Senior Vice President of Payment Products.
Ms. Brown is the recipient of the Electronic Transactions Association’s 2015 Distinguished Payments Professional award, an award which recognizes industry leaders that contribute to positive change and best practices in the payments industry. In addition, Ms. Brown sat on the Board of Vital Processing Solutions, which provided merchant acquiring processing services to U.S. financial institutions (and is now wholly-owned by TSYS). She also served as a Board Director on the Transition Board of Acxsys Corporation, guiding Interac debit network strategies in Canada from 2008 to 2010. Ms. Brown is currently enrolled in the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors, and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.
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.
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.
Dan Madon – Director
Vice-President, Public Sector – Canada
As Vice President of the National Public Sector business, Dan Madon is responsible for overseeing a team of sales and engineering professionals across the country. He and his team specialize in bringing industry best practices and true business outcomes to his customers by leveraging Cisco’s global resources.
Madon joined Cisco in 1999. Prior to his current role, he spent several years serving the finance and insurance sector, running the Central Canada Commercial team and most recently running the Enterprise business across Canada. Madon’s experience spans multiple industries that include financial, manufacturing, retail, public sector and professional services. Prior to joining Cisco, he spent many years as a systems integrator at SHL Systemhouse and as a senior manager at Andersen where he led a consulting group that focused on cost take-out and strategy consulting for Fortune 1000 companies around the globe.
Madon sits on the boards of Cisco’s Inclusion and Diversity team and Financial Services Advisory Board for worldwide operations. He holds an Honours degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He is also a Chartered Accountant.
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.
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.
Claudia fills two key leadership roles at Accenture Canada. With more than 25 years of experience in the consulting industry, Claudia leads Accenture’s Health and Public Service business in Canada. In this position, Claudia is a member of Accenture’s Canadian Leadership Team and is accountable for Accenture’s go-to-market strategy within the public service industry and its top-line and bottom-line results. Claudia is also the Managing Director for Human Capital and Diversity (HC&D) for Accenture Canada. In this role, Claudia sets the HC&D vision and executes the strategy to enable Accenture Canada’s business plan with the talent needed. HC&D at Accenture encompasses all programs for Leadership Development, Inclusion and Diversity, Human Capital Strategy, and Corporate Citizenship across the country.
Claudia has a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours from Queen’s University. Claudia is an active member of the ITAC National Board of Directors, the GTEC Advisory Board, and the Canadian Board Diversity Council. A native to Ottawa, Claudia, her husband Robert, and their son Stephen make their home in Manotick, Ontario.
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.