Chair – to be announced
Joining BNOTIONS in 2011 as a Partner leading growth, Paul assumed the role of Managing Partner in 2014. He works closely with the world-class Product and Engineering teams to ensure BNOTIONS’ clients — from innovative start-ups to Fortune 100 organizations — achieve their goals through the launch and optimization of mobile products, and strategic-innovation initiatives such as rapid prototyping, R&D, and product strategy. Paul’s career began in the digital advertising world in the early 2000’s, helping some of Canada’s and the world’s largest brands to step into the digital space for the first time. Whether evolving brands’ CRM programs into data-driven eCRM programs, launching websites, building eCommerce sites, or assisting brands in understanding and creating a presence in the world of social, he guided organizations to succeed. During this time he not only began to understand the value of quality engineering, user-centric design, and a product-focused mindset, but he also began to understand that ad agencies were neither equipped to deliver the quality of work he aspired to, nor were they as focused on mobile as he believed they should be. This realization led him to leave the industry in late 2010 and find a home at BNOTIONS. Beyond his role at BNOTIONS, Paul dedicates much of his time and energy to the community. He co-founded TEDxToronto in 2009 and sits on many advisory boards, including: the City of Toronto Innovation and Technology Advisory Board, ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada, Interactive Ontario, CMA/Marketing Magazine’s Mobile Day, AndroidTO, The Humber School of Business, The Humber School of Media Studies and Information Technology and advises and invests in a number of Toronto-based start-ups.
John Breakey is a serial entrepreneur in the Information Technology industry. John founded UNIS LUMIN Inc., a systems integration company that grew to 5 offices across Canada and $75m in revenue before he sold the company in 2011. In 2002 John founded Genuit, a software company that developed PROMYS, the first comprehensive PSA+ software package to be based 100% on web technology. The product is sold internationally. In 2012 John founded Fivel Systems Corporation, an online learning company, that specializes in the effective adoption of technology we use everyday. Today, John oversees the growth of his companies, invests in emerging companies and serves as an advisor and consultant to growth companies. John is a regular speaker at industry trade shows and webinars, and frequently contributes topical articles for publication in trade journals. John became a member of the Information Technology Association of Canada in 1998. He was initially elected to the Board of ITAC Ontario in 2003. In 2005 John was elected a Chair of ITAC Ontario, serving 2 years in that position. During his tenure as Chair, he assisted in ITAC’s integration of its Ontario and Canadian financials, worked closely with the Ontario Government to improve their procurement contracts and participated in the birth of ITAC Health. He continues to serve on ITAC Ontario’s Board Executive. John has served on the Board of a number of other community and industry associations.
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.
President & Group Publisher
Fawn Annan is President and Group Publisher of IT World Canada, moving into this role in 2010. She has been with IT World since 1995, starting her tenure as the first GM of Executive Programming, moving then to VP & Publisher, Government to Chief Strategy Officer until taking over as President. She is one of three female Presidents in the IDG family that has publishing interests in 96 countries. Fawn is an active community leader sitting on the Ontario ITAC board, the iCanada Advisory Board; the Crowdfunding Board, CataWIT and previously she sat on the Advisory Board for Athabasca, and the Municipal Information Systems Association’s Board. In October 2012, Fawn became a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubiliee Medal Recipient. The award honours Canadians who have made a significant impact on society and business through the application of technology.
Bob Becker is Principal of SMA providing business development and marketing services to technology firms. In 1985, Bob started SMA with a mandate to generate profitable sales revenue for technology firms. Now, having celebrated almost 30 years in business, Bob and his team continue to help clients engage with their markets through an ever evolving line-up of marketing services. He leads the ITAC Marketing and Sales Executive Think Tank and Roundtable events. Before establishing SMA, Bob worked as a Brand Manager at Colgate Palmolive, and was a partner in GLA Computer Systems, a Canadian software company.
AARON BROOKS – Director
Director, Cloud Services
Aaron designs, leads and facilitates services and solutions development focusing on emerging trends that are driving change in business and evolving the role of IT. Following our own 4D Process (Discover – Define – Develop – Deliver), we identify strategies, business opportunities and new technologies that help drive business outcomes for our clients and develop services that take them on the journey from IT gate keeper to business enabler.
DANIEL CURTIN – Director
Director, Ontario Public Sector
Daniel Curtin is the Director for the Ontario Public Sector for TELUS Communications Company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Daniel supports a team of account and technology professionals across the Province responsible for delivering complex ICT services into the Government of Ontario, Ministries and Agencies, provincial utilities, municipalities and Health Care customers. TELUS’ service portfolio includes Network and Voice solutions, Security, IoT, Unified Communications, Data Centre Infrastructure services and Mobility solutions.
Daniel has over 20 years of business consulting and technology industry experience. Prior to joining TELUS in 2009, he held various leadership roles over 10 years with Nortel Networks and SUPERNA Business Consulting as a Senior Manager, Principal Consultant and Partner. In these roles, Daniel focused on advising public and private enterprise customers on business strategy related to new markets, emerging ICT technologies and changing customer requirements.
Daniel received a Bachelor of Engineering (BASc.-Eng) from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Telfer School of Business at the University of Ottawa. Daniel and family re-located from Ottawa to Toronto in 2011. Daniel is an enthusiastic recreational hockey player and volunteer coach.
YVONNE DE COTRET- Director
Partner Consulting, Public Sector
Yvonne is a results-driven executive leader with over 20 years experience identifying opportunities, establishing direction and delivering successful business and technology change initiatives for private and public sector organizations. She is motivated by enduring client relationships and solving business issues with sustainable solutions that achieve targeted outcomes. Yvonne has the ability to build and lead highly collaborative and effective teams comprised of diverse talents, values and cultures. She is a strategic thinker with tactical execution skills grounded in operational and commercial excellence. Yvonne is authorized to work in Canada and the United States of America.
Tarek is senior Director at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He dedicated his career to helping clients leverage technology to enable business transformation across industries. Tarek developed a broad set of skills throughout his 20 years Career starting in systems sales, passing by Technology Consulting as a Senior Managing IT Consultant, and in various leadership roles in IBM and Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Canada.
During his 20 years, Tarek developed several Technology Trends papers and built successful technology service offerings and strategies that resulted in significant benefit to clients across industries including banking, insurance, telecom, technology, public sector, and healthcare. In the past 6 years Tarek focused his time working with public sector clients across a wide variety of provincial and federal sector agencies, ministries, and departments. His client base included eHealth Ontario, Public Health Agency of Canada, DND, City of Markham, Regional Municipality of York, TTC, City of Toronto, Toronto Police Services, Victorian Order of Nurses, Ministry of Attorney General, among many others.
Tarek gives back to his profession through coaching consultants and helping them with consulting certification. He also delivered a number of speaking engagements in Canada, United States, and Japan with focus on Technology Trends, IT best practices and IT Strategy.
Vice-President Sales, Central Region
Jeremy Erlick is a business executive with over 15 years of sales and business development experience in the Information Technology industry. He currently leads the entire Central Region sales organization at Compugen Inc., a large and national Canadian based IT solution provider – that over many years has developed a prominent market share position in the government sector in Ontario. Previously Jeremy has held a number of roles in direct sales and sales management. From 1999-2005 he was a sales executive dedicated to the government sector where he was instrumental in building and growing Compugen’s business and relationship with the Ontario government and various other broader public sector verticals. Following this between 2006-2012 he ran Compugen’s Central Region government branch, over which time the business doubled in size. Jeremy has a deep understanding of the government sector including unique business challenges, policies, procurement guidelines, operations and the history of organizational transformations in various government verticals. Because of the nature of Compugen’s business model, he also understands the various government sales and marketing strategies and operational models of the large IT manufacturers and publishers. Jeremy holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from York University.
JASON GEORGE – Director
Vice-President Business Development
Jason George brings more than 18 years of experience building global sales and operations teams, including oversight of North American, European and Latin American markets. In his role as Vice President of Business Operations at SOTI, Jason is responsible for the company’s global commercial operations process, monitoring and measurement; pricing strategy; and government, university and industry relations.
Prior to SOTI, Jason was Vice President of Sales for InteraXon, a Toronto-based startup in wearable technology, and for over a decade, built channel and distribution businesses in the United States, Europe, and Latin America with BlackBerry. Prior to this, Jason was with Synamics Inc. and Nortel Networks. Recognized for his analytical expertise in high-growth technology environments, Jason built an early career as an independent database and marketing strategy consultant for emerging IT companies in Canada.
Jason George holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Born in Canada, he’s the father of two young boys, and enjoys playing soccer and hockey.
Regional Sales Director, Major Public Accounts
Dennis Hofmann leads an organization that delivers innovative and practical technology solutions to Dell Canada’s K-12, Higher Education, Provincial, and Municipal government customers in Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. In his 15 years at Dell, Dennis has held various roles within the sales organization, working with customers across Ontario and western Canada. His team continues to make a strong impact on the way their clients serve their students, communities, and citizens. Prior to his tenure at Dell, Dennis worked in the telecommunications industry. He earned his Honors Bachelor of Arts with Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
DAVE PRYCE – Director
Global GR Lead
As a senior government affairs and business executive, Dave Pryce brings over 20 years of global public and private sector experience. Having lived in the UK and South Africa, Dave has a keen understanding of the unique global policy, regulatory and business issues facing companies today. Presently, Dave serves as the global government relations lead for D2L, a world leader in cutting edge learning technology. In this capacity, Dave works closely with the senior management team to build a world class government relations unit supporting the company’s global expansion. Prior to joining D2L, Dave was based in London and served as a senior executive at BlackBerry, leading the government relations team across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. In this capacity, Dave successfully managed through some of the most challenging telecom policy and regulatory issues, ensuring continuity of business operations in key global markets. Dave also spent time in Johannesburg as the acting Managing Director for BlackBerry South Africa. Before joining the private sector, Dave held a range of different senior positions as a strategic advisor to some of Canada’s most prominent politicians – including Executive Director of the Office of the Premier of Ontario, Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Finance and Special Assistant to the Federal Minister of Industry. Dave also served as the Deputy Campaign Director for the Ontario Liberal Party during the successful 2003 and 2007 Provincial Elections. Dave holds a specialized honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he also taught in the School of Business & Economics. In addition to his work at D2L, Dave currently serves as Chair of the Board of directors of Continental Precious Minerals Inc., sits on the Board of Directors of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce, the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Advisory Committee; and on the Advisory Board of Sound Diplomacy, a UK based leader in music market consulting.
Client Executive, Channels
Craig Taylor is a Channel Client Executive with Lenovo who has over 19 years of experience of solution sales in the IT Industry. He has held various leadership roles at Lenovo and IBM with current and past focus on the Enterprise, Midmarket and Public Sectors (including national, provincial, and state/local government) in Canada and the United States. Craig is highly motivated and dedicated to provide the best possible solutions, service and support to customers through direct customer relationships and extensive channel engagements across North America. His commitment to clients and channel partners is evident by the long and established business relationships that have been created and managed.
- Deep understanding of the North American IT Industry
- Managing, creating and maintaining successful business relationships with clients
- Worked with a diverse set of customers and channel partners in Canada and US
- Focused on increasing sales and passionate of selling technology and innovation
- Strategic thinker and action oriented
Craig was educated at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada and holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. He is actively involved in his community and volunteers for several non-profit organizations including the Abilities Centre in Ontario, Canada.
DAVID TOMPKINS – Director
Vice President, Sales
David Tompkins has over 27 years in the Technology Sector in progressively senior sales, management and general management roles. David has an Sr. Execution & Sales oriented approach with a decorated track record of delivering exceptional results and building high performance teams. David is a graduate of DeVry Technology Institute and teaches night school at Fanshawe College. David is also founder of DLT Systems and lives in Guelph for over 22years. Core competencies include: Proven general management skills and a solid track record delivering results and driving high levels of performance under a variety of market and environmental conditions Solid experience and diverse business knowledge and acumen across multiple businesses and market segments (Federal, Provincial and Commercial Enterprise) Strong collaboration skills focused on building mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships with Customers, Partners and internal and external stakeholders. Diverse experience working at Senior levels in the Private, Public and NGO / Non Profit Sectors
Board Membership – 7 years with the Wellington school board – School TreasurerCoaching and mentoring kids sports
Triathlon, cycling, camping and family
MICHAEL TWEEDIE – Director
Country CEO, Canada and VP North American Operations
I have enjoyed a 20+ year progressive career in Information Technology from small privately held technology companies to global Fortune 500 companies like Siemens to world class technology providers like EMC and now Atos.
My focus has been on service delivery within and for the enterprise with a core competence in infrastructure (cloud + traditional) and applications (design, build, support). Market experience is broad but I do have a focus on financial services and banking from my time with EMC.
My current role is twofold
• Country CEO of Atos Inc. Canada, responsible for all services and portfolios delivered within and from Canada with a team of nearly 300 employees located in BC, Ontario and Quebec.
• Head of North American Operations, responsible for all Managed Services delivered within and from North America with a team of nearly 7000 employees.
Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM Canada
Regan Watts is a skilled cross-functional executive with more than 14 years of public and private sector experience in strategy, marketing, communications, and public/corporate/regulatory affairs across a variety of sectors including technology, financial services, capital markets, healthcare, infrastructure, transportation, construction, and industrial manufacturing.
Regan currently leads IBM Canada’s government and regulatory affairs activities at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.
Prior to joining IBM, Regan served on the Executive Committee of Lafarge Canada Inc. In this role, he led corporate communications, public and regulatory affairs including oversight for environment, and corporate social responsibility.
Regan had an extensive career in public service, serving in leadership roles in the Government of Canada across four federal departments. From 2006 – 2012, he served at Finance Canada, Transport Canada, Health Canada, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.
In 2012, Regan was awarded Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his public service to Canada.
An active volunteer, he serves on the Advisory Council for Earth Rangers, Canada’s largest conservation organization dedicated to educating children and families about biodiversity and empowering them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats.
A resident of Toronto, Regan holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western.
WAI YU – Director
Partner & Managing Director
Accenture Canada’s Provincial Public Service Practice
Wai Yu is a Managing Director with Accenture who has over 18 years experience working with senior government officials within Canada and the United States to define and implement innovative, large-scale alternative service delivery solutions for business transformations. Wai is an expert in the areas of business transformations and government strategy development. She has successfully managed business and technology transformation initiatives and is extremely skilled in facilitating discussions across complex, multi-stakeholder, multi-tiered environments to derive transformational service delivery visions and gain agreement on transformational roadmaps. Wai is the Managing Director of Accenture’s Canada Provincial Public Service business, primarily focused in Ontario. In this role, Wai leverages her deep experience in helping public and private sector clients achieve service delivery excellence through leading strategies to achieve One Client View, Integrated Case Management and Customer Contact Transformation. Her experience includes several public sector organizations representing multiple levels of government. These include: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) – Service Canada, Canada Student Loans Program, Canada Grants and Contributions Center of Excellence, Employment Insurance Canada, Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, State of California Social Services, Service Ontario, and the City of Toronto, among others. In addition to her client responsibilities, Wai collaborates with alliance partners to promote the public agenda and serves on executive boards, such as the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), where she serves on the Public Sector Executive Committee of Ontario, providing leadership and representing the interests of the IT business community of Ontario.