Frédéric Boulanger – Chair
President and CEO
Fred is an out-of-the closet design and technology geek who envisions a world where software enables the full potential of ideas, enriches lives, and is a joy to use. He has led Macadamian in its tremendous growth to become a multi-million dollar consultancy with an award-winning work culture. As a Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada, Fred is an active advocate for expanding Canada’s innovative capacities. Fred graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke with a B.S. in Computer Science. He resides with his wife and children in Gatineau, Quebec, where he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and cooking for family and friends.
Karen Atkinson – Treasurer
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.
Andrea Stairs – 1st Vice Chair
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 a number of executive and advisory boards including Spinrite LP, Canada’s National Ballet School, The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), Ontario’s Panel for Economic Growth & Prosperity, the Rotman School of Management’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion committee, and Children First Canada (Council of Champions).
A native of Montreal, Andrea now lives in Toronto with her husband and young son and daughter.
Kevin J. Peesker – 2nd Vice Chair
Kevin Peesker is President of Microsoft Canada responsible for leading a world class team who delivers transformative outcomes for Canadians. Through Microsoft’s partner ecosystem, citizenship efforts and employee engagement programs, Kevin’s objective is to empower every person and organization across Canada to achieve more.
A proven transformational leader with more than 28 years of experience in technology that has taken him to over 70 countries, Kevin has held leadership roles in finance, marketing, operations, sales, and general management. Kevin is passionate about the development of teams, building customers for life and driving collaboration between government/industry and technology. He focuses his time with Microsoft’s customers, partners and teams, traveling extensively so he can hear first-hand how Microsoft can better serve each stakeholder as a true technology partner.
Most recently, the President of Dell EMC Canada, Kevin held multiple senior leadership roles spanning every customer/industry segment over his 14 years with Dell including leading the UK & Ireland Consumer, Small and Medium Businesses (CSMB), and leadership of the CSMB business units spanning Europe.
Born in Western Canada, Kevin holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He resides in Toronto with his wife Karen and is active in the community, volunteering his time coaching youth and serving on boards. Kevin is member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada.
Angela Brown – Member
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.
Glen Laverty – Member
Mr. Laverty’s responsibilities range from providing leadership and direction at the executive level, to charting the pathway for the company’s important evolution to a services organization. An early architect in defining Ricoh as a technology and thought leader, Mr. Laverty’s vision for Ricoh’s growth in the Services arena has been a rallying point for the organization as a whole, and is part of the transformation of Ricoh globally.
Mr. Laverty is able to draw on over 30 years of industry experience, and has a deep and thorough understanding of virtually every facet of Ricoh’s existing and emerging spheres of business. Common to all of these activities stands his clear insistence – company wide – on Ricoh defining itself as the stand-alone leader in the delivery of an Exceptional Customer Experience. Always ready to lend his business experience generously, Mr. Laverty serves on numerous boards and committees including the Board of Directors of Excellence Canada, the advisory board of The Learning Partnership, and the committee for the United Way of Peel. Mr. Laverty is also an active member of the CEO Global Network, and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.
Colin McKay – Member
Head, Public Policy and Government Relations
Colin is the Head of Public Policy and Government Relations for Google in Canada. He is responsible for setting setting strategy and implementing advocacy campaigns on issues related to innovation, internet regulation, data protection and trade policy, among many others.
Colin is Vice Chair of the board at MediaSmarts, a not-for-profit organization that provides youth with critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. He is also on the board of the Missing Children Society of Canada and the Canadian-American Business Council. He was previously a member of the Government of Canada Advisory Panel on Open Government.
Before joining Google, Colin was the Director of Research and Public Education for the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, where his team researched the impact of the digital economy on personal privacy and built tools to help individuals understand their privacy rights. In other roles during a career in the federal public service, he worked on science and technology policy, copyright reform, innovation policy, air and rail regulation, and immigration issues.
He has a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s with a focus in intelligence studies, also from the University of Toronto.
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.
Prakash Amirtharaj – Director
Vice-President, Public Sector Canada
Prakash has been involved in the IT profession for over 20 years. Starting as an ERP consultant with IBM, Prakash spent the next 17 years at IBM successively moving to senior roles in Sales leadership and Account Management primarily with the Federal Government. Before leaving for Adobe, Prakash’s last role at IBM was leading their Websphere Software group.
The last 2 plus years have been spent at Adobe Systems Canada driving the digital agenda for Public Sector clients nationally. Among the key initiatives has been the Managed Web Services initiative implementing the platform for Canada.ca, cloud digital platforms at major Crown Corporations and of course the Creative Cloud products that most are familiar with in the marketplace.
A CPA by background after doing his undergrad at Brock University, Prakash spent the first 10 years of his career in Finance and Manufacturing sector. Prakash now has become a passionate proponent of driving incredible user experience to the digital platform for citizens and businesses alike.
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.
Mirko Bibic – Director
Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer and
EVP, Corporate Development
Bell and BCE Inc.
As Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer and EVP , Corporate Development for Bell and BCE Inc., Mirko Bibic is responsible for all Bell legal, regulatory and government affairs and moving Bell’s corporate strategy forward. Mr. Bibic joined Bell as Senior VP, Regulatory in January 2004 and was later promoted to Senior VP, Regulatory & Government Affairs in 2008.
Following the acquisition of CTV in 2011, he also assumed all government and regulatory responsibilities for Bell Media. Under Mr. Bibic’s leadership, Bell’s Regulatory and Government Affairs teams effectively contributed to public policy decisions supporting investment, innovation and growth in Canadian communications. He was promoted to EVP, Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer in March 2012. Prior to joining Bell in 2004, Mr. Bibic was managing partner of the Ottawa office of Stikeman Elliott LLP. He holds a Law degree from the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario bar in 1994. Mr. Bibic was recognized as a LEXPERT Rising Star; Top 40 under 40. He also serves on the boards of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and the OTTAWA SENATORS foundation.
Lisa Carroll – Director
Senior Vice President, National Capital Region
Lisa Carroll leads CGI’s business operations within the National Capital Region, Canada. She has overall responsibility for operations, client relationships and service delivery for the many government and commercial clients supported through the Ottawa team, in the areas of consulting, digital transformation, managed services and leading Canada’s Cyber Security Centre of Expertise.
Since joining CGI in 2002, Lisa has held management positions leading client relationships and delivery in Toronto, Atlantic Canada and Ottawa. Prior to joining CGI, Lisa’s 24 year IT career has included leadership roles with other leading Canadian organizations, such as Sierra Systems, University Health Network, Liberty Technology Services and Compugen Systems Ltd.
Lisa’s passions include supporting a strong Canadian economy by enabling a healthy ICT Sector and helping clients deliver on their commitments to the Citizens of Canada. This has led to her volunteer activity, formerly as Chair of ITAC Ontario Board, currently Director ITAC National Board and participating in many advocacy councils with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
Kevin Connolly – Director
Dell EMC Canada Commercial
Kevin Connolly is the President of Dell EMC Canada Commercial and is responsible for leading all facets related to the commercial business in Canada. Responsibilities include directing Sales teams, Marketing, Operations, Channel, Finance, and legal for Dell Technologies across Canada. Primary objective is to build upon the past successes while leveraging the power of the newly combined company (Dell Technologies) to help solve customer challenges each day.
Kevin is focused on creating synergy across the family of companies to expand market share across Commercial Canada. Enabling/Training the organization to market the complex solutions that come with the powerful new Dell Technologies company is where most of his energy is being placed.
Kevin joined EMC in 1994, and since then has held several sales and executive management positions within enterprise and mid-market parts of the company. Prior to his current role, Kevin was Senior Vice President of a US sales group called Acquisition, that was responsible for rapidly expanding the Dell EMC customer base. In just two short years under his management, the group added 4,800 new customers and evolved into a highly successful division.
Kevin is a graduate of Boston College and recently moved from Chicago, Illinois to Toronto, Ontario.
John Dathan – Director
Vice-President and General Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Canada
John Dathan is Vice President & General Manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Canada. In this role, John is responsible for leading the Canadian Sales organization at HPE. John and his team are dedicated to helping organizations use technology to accelerate business and turn ideas into value. Assisting organizations to define their right mix making IT environments more efficient, productive and secure, enabling fast, flexible responses to a rapidly changing competitive landscape. Through his leadership efforts, John is helping to evolve HPE strategy to maximize customer success and HPE results.
John’s career in IT spans over 30 years. From the early 80’s selling first generation PCs where he developed sales and managerial skills. In the mid-90s, he moved from partner to manufacturer and joined Bay Networks in a sales role which quickly evolved to regional manager for Eastern Canada. Bay Networks was purchased by Nortel where John had various senior roles until 2005. In 2005, he left to join Juniper Networks as leader of Enterprise sales in Canada. During his 9 year tenure, he grew the business by over 500%. In 2014, John joined HP to lead the networking business in Canada which evolved to several sales leadership positions prior to his current role.
John holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce from Concordia University with a major in Marketing and a minor in Finance. He is married and the proud father of 3 children. John has a passion for golf and takes every opportunity to brush up on his game, when his schedule permits. John is also known to be an avid motorcycle enthusiast.
Vince De Palma – Director
President and CEO
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Vince De Palma is responsible for the implementation of Softchoice’s strategic plan, as well as the growth and success of Softchoice people and the business as a whole. He joined Softchoice in February 2017.
Mr. De Palma’s career spans more than 30 years of executive leadership experience. Prior to joining Softchoice, he served as President and CEO of Shred-it, an international information destruction company. Under his leadership, Shred-it became a globally-recognized information security brand, operating in over 200 service centers in 18 countries worldwide and serving over 400,000 businesses and organizations.
In his past role as President of Pitney Bowes Management Services (PBMS), Mr. De Palma successfully drove the transformation of the organization into a leading provider of higher-value, technology-enabled solutions and services. Prior to Pitney Bowes, Mr. De Palma served as President of Benefit Services, as well as a Corporate Officer, at Automated Data Processing (ADP). While there, he led the turnaround of several underperforming businesses, increased annual revenue and customer retention, and improved employee retention.
Mr. De Palma also held senior positions with the Petroleum Heat and Power Company (of Stamford, CT) and McKinsey & Company, where he led consulting projects for Fortune 500 companies in the industrial sector.
Vince received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College, and his Masters of Business Administration in Finance from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carey Drader – Director
Vice-President, Infrastructure Services, Global Technology Services
IBM Canada Ltd.
Carey Drader is Vice President, Infrastructure Services, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada Ltd. Carey and his team provide industry-leading enterprise cloud, security, and infrastructure managed services to support clients business operations and enable digital transformation.
Carey has held a variety of general management, sales, and service delivery leadership roles with IBM in locations across Canada, working with clients in the financial services, government, healthcare, telecommunications and commercial sectors. Carey’s previous roles include Vice President, Enterprise & Commercial; Vice President, Financial Services, working with the country’s major banks and insurance companies; national sales and service delivery leadership roles in Global Technology Services; and General Manager, IBM Global Financing, leading IBM’s leasing and commercial financing business in Canada. Carey began his IBM career in Western Canada, with assignments in Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Edmonton.
Carey is Chairman, ISM Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM Canada Ltd., and represents IBM on the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), Canada’s national ICT business association championing the development of a robust and sustainable digital economy in Canada.
Carey served on the National Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Canada from 2000 – 2009, including a 2 year term as Chair, and was recognized in 2013 with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Junior Achievement. He served on the 2015 United Way Toronto / York Region Campaign Cabinet as Chair, Technology.
Carey holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) Degree from the University of Manitoba.
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, Chair, ITAC Health *
Gary is responsible for the strategic planning, ongoing development and growth of Orion Health in North America. He draws from more than 30 years of experience pioneering healthcare technology in Canada. Prior to joining Orion Health in 2011, Gary was Managing Director for Healthcare with xwave (a Bell Company). While there, he built and managed partnerships. He also drove development of integrated healthcare solutions such as xwaveEMR – a hosted Application Service Provider (ASP) electronic medical record for primary-care physicians in Ontario.Gary has exemplary credentials that include spearheading the implementation of Canada’s first fully-integrated electronic patient chart; introducing high-volume scanning of patient records into Canada 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 into Canada of many leading medical technologies.Gary is head of the ITAC Health Board, he is a CPHIMS-CA certified professional and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Acadia University.
Denis Gaudreault – Director
Intel of Canada, Ltd.
As the Country Manager for Intel Canada Ltd., Mr. Denis Gaudreault is responsible for leading Intel’s Canada teams, defining and implementing a unified cross-sales org & Business Unit strategy to drive business revenue and raising Intel relevance in the Canadian market.
As Intel’s in-country senior executive, he is interfacing with government officials, key customers executives, major ecosystem partners and representing Intel on a number of Industry organizations and events. Denis regularly delivered keynotes, media briefings on Intel’s and technology trends across TV, Radio interviews.
Since joining Intel in 2000, Denis has held a variety of positions during his career at Intel. Most recently as WW Director in the Government vertical at Intel HQ. His areas of expertise include technological developments, the disruptive impact of technology, and the effect of both on corporate and Governmental strategies.
He holds an Engineering degree from Université du Québec a Chicoutimi and an MBA from Université du Québec a Montreal. He is married with 2 kids (21-18) and during his spare time left He is an avid reader and compete in Ironman triathlon.
James “JD” Hupp – Director
Vice-President and General Manager
As Vice President and General Manager for CDW Canada, J.D. Hupp is responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership to drive business growth, achieving short – and long-term performance goals, and continuing to position CDW to outpace the Canadian market and remain the number one Solution Provider in Canada. With a passion for developing talent, Mr. Hupp leads a team of 430 coworkers across Canada, of which more than 300 are customer-facing.
Mr. Hupp has been with CDW for over 18 years, both as part of the Canada and U.S. organization, including 9 years of sales leadership in Canada. Mr. Hupp was instrumental in strategically evaluating and establishing CDW’s business partnership with CDW UK (previously Kelway), and expanding CDW’s ability to meet customer needs throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
A well-rounded executive, Mr. Hupp has extensive merger/acquisition expertise, strong partner sales experience, outstanding customer relationship skills, and proven leadership with teams in Canada, the U.S., and internationally.
Mr. Hupp is a graduate of Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Industry, and holds a Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA from the Schulich School of Business, a partnership between Northwestern University and York University.
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.
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
Managing Director, Cisco 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.
Colin McIsaac – Director
Colin has been an employee since Day 1 at Lenovo in Canada and currently has the role of General Manager – Lenovo Canada. Prior to this, Colin has held several key leadership positions in both Canada and US at both Lenovo and IBM. Colin is passionate about driving strong customer engagement and a ‘Canada first’ approach to driving Lenovo success. He is the Senior Executive in charge of End Customer Satisfaction including Enterprise, Public, Consumer, Retail, Resellers and Products. He is representing Lenovo to many of the F100 companies and government entities across Canada. Colin is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Mario Meroni – Director
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.
Art Price – Director
Chief Executive Officer
Art Price serves as chief executive officer of Axia NetMedia. As well, he is an owner and director of the Sunterra Group of companies.
Born and raised in Alberta, Art has always brought a global outlook to the businesses in which he is involved. He founded Axia in 1995 with a vision to create a company that would meet the full spectrum of Internet Protocol-based communications needs for businesses and consumers.
Until 1995, he held the position of special advisor to Li Ka-Shing, chairman of the board of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., focusing on international investments. Prior to joining Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., he served as president and chief executive officer of Husky Oil from 1984 – 1993. He has held several senior executive positions in the energy, petro-mechanical and pipeline sectors, and has been a director of international companies in the oil and gas, steel, gold, farm genetics, and agricultural production and processing sectors.
Art is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). In 2011, Art was presented with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Prairies Region Technology category), an award for demonstrating high standards, perseverance, and independent, innovative thinking.
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.
Johanne Senecal – Director
Senior Vice-President, Federal Government and Regulatory Affairs
As Senior Vice President, Federal Government and Regulatory Affairs, since November 2016, Johanne sets the overall philosophy and strategy for government and regulatory affairs at TELUS. She leads a strong performing and active government and regulatory team and is the company’s public spokesperson on related issues.
A lawyer by training, Johanne has 30 years of experience in public-policy development, government and regulatory affairs, Indigenous affairs and communications. She has worked in the public and private sector, including in the telecommunication sector, and has an extensive political background working for the Prime Minister of Canada, various Ministers as well as serving as Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Official Opposition. Prior to joining TELUS, Johanne was Vice President, Government and Aboriginal Affairs and Communications for the Mining Association of Canada.
Johanne is fluently bilingual. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Quebec Bar Association.
Craig Smith – Director
Vice-President, Technology and Systems Integration
Craig Smith is Vice President of Fujitsu’s Technology and Systems Integration (TSI) practice. He leads a cross-Canada team delivering a variety of Digital, Consulting, Application Development, Outsourcing, and Staffing services to clients across the country.
Focused sectors include Public Sector entities (Federal/Provincial), Utilities, Energy, Banking, and Insurance. His responsibilities include Client Satisfaction, Delivery Excellence, Financial Health, and Offering/Pre-Sales management. Craig is also a key member of Fujitsu’s Canadian Leadership team, establishing a market vision and roadmap in Canada.
Craig has over 17 years of experience in application consulting and managed services. He has industry knowledge and experience gained from his background with Procter & Gamble, HP Enterprise Services and Capgemini prior to joining Fujitsu. Craig has deep industry experience in Energy and Utilities, as well as the Public Sector in general. Craig is based in Toronto.
Claudia Thompson – Director
Managing Director Health & Public Service and Managing Director, Inclusion & Diversity
With more than 26 years of consulting experience, 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 health and public service industry along with the top-line and bottom-line results. Claudia’s career at Accenture includes leadership roles for some of Accenture’s most complex engagements in Canada, working with clients in the transportation and logistics industry, financial services, and public services.
Claudia is also the Managing Director for Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) for Accenture Canada. In this role, Claudia sets the strategy, national goals, and defines the program activities needed to achieve Accenture’s corporate objective to be Canada’s most diverse employer.
Claudia is actively involved outside of Accenture in the industry as a member of the ITAC National Board of Directors, the Canadian Board Diversity Council and the C.D. Howe Institute, Human Capital Policy Council.
Claudia was recently recognized as a 2016 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner and Claudia is also currently a member of the 2016-2017 IWF Fellows Program – one of 33 women representing 14 countries. Claudia has a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours degree from Queen’s University.
Luc Villeneuve – Director
Country Leader, Canada
Red Hat Canada
As Canada General manager for Red Hat, Luc Villeneuve is chartered with helping to build a customer centric team singularly focused on helping Fortune 500 companies best leverage and exploit the innovation from Open Source technology in an enterprise-class manner.
With 25 years of executive sales and management experience, and having previously held Executive role such as President of McAfee Canada, President of NCR Canada, VP at GE Capital, President of Pharmatrust and SVP at CNC Global Limited, Luc has a demonstrated track record of helping major enterprises get the most from their information technology investments.
Jamie Williams – Director
Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, Jamie Williams is responsible for all aspects of Information Technology at Rogers Communications supporting Rogers 26,000 employees, 11M wireless subscribers, 2M cable subscribers and the tens of millions of viewers, listeners and customers of Rogers Media.
Jamie joined Rogers in October 2014 after 16 years with Sprint and Nextel in the U.S. where he held several diverse roles in IT. As VP of Application Development and Operations he was responsible for leading Sprint’s IT functions in the areas of Middleware, Testing, Billing Mediation, Provisioning, Big Data and Analytics.
Jamie is a visionary and transformational leader with 20+ years of experience solving challenging business problems with technology. He is an innovator with a proven ability to build and transform large, complex organizations in IT and the business. He has a Master’s of Science in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
Mary Ann Yule – Director
President and CEO
Mary Ann Yule is the President & CEO for HP Canada. Mary Ann has overall accountability for all aspects of HP’s business and operations in Canada. HP’s portfolio in Canada includes printers, personal computers, mobile devices, technical workstations, solutions, and services.
With over 20 years of leadership experience in the Canadian technology sector, Mary Ann has a proven track record of consistently delivering results with high customer loyalty. Prior to joining HP, Mary Ann served as Vice President and General Manager of CDW Canada, Inc., driving business growth and national brand recognition. Under her leadership, CDW Canada posted strong growth and continued to outpace the Canadian market. In addition, Mary Ann also led CDW Canada to become the top technology solution provider in Canada, one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, and among the top workplaces for Women.
Mary Ann also held various senior management and key marketing positions. At Toshiba of Canada, ISG, she served as Vice President of Marketing where she helped the organization reach a leadership position in the small and medium business and consumer markets. Before Toshiba, she served as Director of Marketing for Tech Data Canada.
Mary Ann holds a Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. She attended Ryerson University’s Business program and holds numerous professional accreditations, including Six Sigma Executive Champion. As well, Mary Ann served on the board of the Electronic Products Recycling Association and chaired the Governance Committee.