Kevin J. Peesker – 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.
Frédéric Boulanger – Past 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.
Angela Brown – 1st Vice Chair and Treasurer
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.
Lisa Carroll – 2nd Vice Chair
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.
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.
Johanne Senecal – Member
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.
Claudia Thompson – Member
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.
Mary Ann Yule – Member
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Crook – Director
Senior Vice-President, Product Marketing
Michael’s primary focus is to shape the product strategy and roadmap for Altus Group’s family of software solutions, ARGUS. After more than a decade with Altus in a variety of roles, he brings a comprehensive understanding of the commercial real estate industry, as well as extensive experience in the areas of product management and software development. He has worked with a broad range of global clients and has previously held a number of key consulting and advisory roles within Altus Group.
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.
Jon Dermott – Director
Dell EMC Canada Commercial
Jon Dermott is Vice President for Dell Technologies, responsible for Dell Canada’s Federal Government business, Public Sector business in Ontario through BC, and Commercial business in Manitoba through BC.
Jon originally joined Dell in 2000. He has held various leadership roles over the following years serving Dell Canada Public Sector customers in government, healthcare and education. He is located in Toronto.
Jon is married, with one son, and enjoys golfing, skiing, and travelling with his family.
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.
Richard Eyram – Director
Area Vice-President, Canada
Richard Eyram leads our Canadian business and is accountable for the growth & operations across the country. Rich joined Salesforce in 2006 to create the Canadian Enterprise business unit, and also led the Public Sector and Financial Services teams. Subsequently, his responsibilities have expanded to include our Commercial and SMB businesses. Overall Canadian growth exceeds 20%+ annually during his tenure. Rich joined Salesforce after completing a sabbatical, sailing from Toronto throughout the Caribbean with family. Prior to this journey, he held various positions with Pivotal Corporation, including Vice President & General Manager, Vertical Markets for North America. Rich joined Pivotal via an acquisition, selling his CRM consulting firm, inFORM, to Pivotal in 2001.
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.
Ed Galasso – Director
Vice-President and General Manager
Tech Data Canada Corporation
As Vice President and General Manager, Ed has overall responsibility for Tech Data’s business in Canada and direct responsibility for all customer and vendor routes to market. Ed has 17 years of experience with Tech Data and has a mandate to help the Canadian IT channel better leverage Tech Data’s expertise to accelerate growth.
Prior to his current role, Ed performed a variety of sales leadership roles at Tech Data including driving sales force training and customer adoption for Tech Data Cloud and as well as architecting the customer segmentation of Tech Data’s Canadian business. Additionally, he served as co-chair and spearheaded the growth and development of Tech Data’s TechSelect community in Canada. Prior to joining Tech Data, Ed served as Business Manager for SBC Communications Inc. (now AT&T) for two years and performed a number of senior finance roles with Anixter Canada Inc. over a span of eight years. Ed holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Eric Gales – Director
Amazon Web Services
Eric Gales is Country Manager for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Canada. With 30 years of technology industry experience, he sets the strategic direction for the core elements of the AWS Commercial Sector business. Eric has responsibility for driving customer obsession in all core AWS Canada operations including business development, sales, partner alliances, marketing, solutions architecture, support, and training. Prior to joining AWS in October 2015, Eric built a strong profile within Canada in senior roles as VP and General Manager at VMware Canada, and as President of Microsoft Canada. Before coming to Canada, Eric was a General Manager at Compaq UK.
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.
Lars Goransson – Director
Lars Goransson is responsible for IDC’s Canadian operation as Managing Director. IDC Canada’s product and services offerings provide the Canadian IT community with market based research across the value continuum of budgeting & planning, marketing awareness and lead generation, and measurement and performance management. In addition to his role as Managing Director, Lars actively manages IDC Canada’s Custom Solutions group. IDC Canada’s Custom Solutions Group is responsible for managing large custom research projects and proprietary consulting activities with IDC’s clients.
John A. Hill – Director
Chief Information Officer
Rogers Communications Inc.
John Hill joined Rogers in March of 2016 and is currently the Chief Information Officer leading a team of Information Technology professionals who play a critical role in the delivery of the Company’s strategy, which sees technology at the core of Rogers’ aggressive customer experience transformation and growth agenda.
As an experienced technology executive with achievements spanning his 27-year career within the telecom, IT consulting and energy sectors, John has developed and led numerous high performance cross-functional teams driving enterprise technology strategy, innovation and business transformation.
John has worked in a variety of roles within highly competitive and dynamic industries such as a CIO at SaskTel, Chief Information Security Officer at Enbridge Pipelines, Vice President at Capgemini Consulting and numerous other executive and director positions. John is respected for a wide range of telecom business and technology knowledge and as an accomplished presenter with a passion for innovation, vision and industry trends.
John is a professional engineer and a current member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He has served on a number of volunteer boards and national IT committees.
Originally, from Saskatchewan, John is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s Electrical Engineering program. John and his wife currently reside in Toronto with two children completing their undergraduate studies in Calgary.
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.
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.
Paul Madore – Director
Hydro One Telecom
Paul Madore is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro One Telecom Inc., the Toronto based subsidiary of Hydro One Limited which offers a range of broadband telecommunications services to enterprise, government, and institutional clients in the Province of Ontario. After 13 years in senior operations and engineering roles with the company, Paul was appointed to lead the business in 2015.
Prior to joining Hydro One Telecom in 2002, Paul spent nearly 20 years in the telecommunications sector with both startup and incumbent service providers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario. Paul’s customer-centric leadership style is driving a transformation of Hydro One Telecom’s business to meet the needs of clients seeking secure and reliable connectivity between branch offices, data centres, and the cloud.
Born and raised in New Brunswick, Paul is a graduate of New Brunswick Community College and holds a Certificate in Business Administration from Ryerson University. Paul is an avid sports and music fan who now calls Toronto home.
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.
Soumen Roy – Director
Tata Consultancy Services
As Country Head, Soumen is responsible for TCS Canada’s strategic direction, with overall responsibility for leading all facets of TCS’ business across Canada. Prior to this current role, Soumen led the spirited growth of TCS Japan. With 25+ years experience, Soumen’s accomplishments also span across Australia, USA and India. During his 20 year tenure with TCS, Soumen has led the development of significant new business, as well as managed many successful and lasting client relationships. Outside of the workplace, Soumen enjoys hiking and has a passion for sketching and landscape photography.
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.
Andrea Stairs – Director
eBay Canada and Latin America
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.
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.
Irene Zaguskin – Director
Irene Zaguskin is the Chief Information Officer of Enercare, one of North America’s largest home and commercial services and energy solutions companies. Currently, Irene is looking at emerging technologies and data to drive Enercare away from legacy business practices into a new era of customer-focused initiatives. She has taken a deep dive into customer pain points to truly understand their experiences and how a home energy company can take on those challenges with technology. Irene has versatile experience in a number of industries including Retail, Telecom, Energy and Utility Sectors. Prior to joining Enercare, Irene guided transformation initiatives at Rogers and Loblaws, harnessing technology to improve the experiences of millions of Canadian customers—whether that’s a new point-of-sale system or better network connectivity. Irene’s core passion is driving change through cultural transformation, innovation and technology.