ITAC and IDC Canada Breakfast Event – Internet of Things (IoT)

Wednesday, September 10 - 2014
7:30 am - 10:30 am


 What is the Value of a Highly Connected Economy?

Join ITAC and IDC Canada to discuss the Internet of Things (IoT), one of the far reaching technology disruptions driving unprecedented business process transformation across the landscape of Canadian industry between now and 2020. 

As an industry, join us to take a closer look at the Canadian realities of IoT adoption.  In a world with billions of connected autonomous networked devices – who do you partner with? Who is your competition? Who is your customer? What does the roadmap for IoT in Canada look like? What are the most important vertical opportunities?

IDC will provide an update on the IoT market and specifically the Canadian opportunity as we see it unfolding over the next few years.  Case studies and panel discussions will help us understand the use cases, business value, pitfalls and opportunities for both vendor, channels and end-user stakeholder communities. What is the Value of a Highly Connected Economy?

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time:    7:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Sheraton Hotel (Dominion Ballroom), 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Registration Fee: $75.00 + HST
To Register: Click here


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7:30-8:00 Registration/Networking/Continental Breakfast  
8:00-8:05  Welcome

ITAC Treasurer and  President & CEO, Macadamian Software Engineering
8:05-8:10 Opening Comments and Introduction of Speakers LARS GORANSSON
GM & Group VP, IDC Canada
8:10- 8:40 The Canadian Realities of the Internet of Things    NIGEL WALLIS
IoT and Vertical Research, IDC Canada
8:40-9:00 OK, so it’s big and transformational – now how do I make all these Things work  together? ANDRE BEAUCHAMP
Channel Manager, Intel Canada
9:00-9:25 Networking Break  
9:25-9:45 IoT and the Big-Data Use-Case   RICK HUIJBREGTS
VP, Industry Transformation,
Cisco Canada
9:45-10:25 Panel Discussion
IoT Applications in Practice  
Group VP Research, IDC Canada

ERIC SIMMONS, General Manager, M2M, Rogers
RICK HUIJBREGTS, VP, Industry Transformation, Cisco Canada
PETER FRISE, Scientific Director & CEO, AUTO21
ANDRE BEAUCHAMP, Channel Manager, Intel Canada
10:25– 10:30 Closing Comments & Wrap-up LARS GORANSSON
GM and Group VP, IDC Canada




  Wallis_Nigel_Clr_4x5_3215 Photo Nigel Wallis, IoT and Vertical Research, IDC CanadaNigel Wallis is IDC Canada’s Research Director for Vertical Markets and New Initiatives.  Based in Ottawa, Nigel leads IDC Canada’s Vertical Markets research program for the Canadian market.  In 2014, this research program covers energy, retail & wholesale, manufacturing, government, financial services and healthcare as well as custom projects and consulting.  He delivers research covering these markets with a particular focus on CIO preferences, technology deployment plans and business priorities.  Current research projects focus on assisting companies with building successful vertical entry strategies.   Previously, Nigel was responsible for the Enterprise Applications practice, in which his portfolio included the software component of Cloud Computing, Big Data and Analytics, Social Business and Mobile Applications. 
  Olvet_Tony_Clr_4x5_formal Photo Tony Olvet, Group VP Research, IDC CanadaTony Olvet is Group Vice President of the research domains team at IDC Canada.  He is responsible for managing the services and research direction of the technology market analysts in Canada.  Mr. Olvet is also a member of IDC Canada’s Senior Leadership Team.  The analyst team that Mr. Olvet manages helps technology vendors, IT professionals, and business executives make fact-based decisions on technology marketing, deployment and strategy.Prior to leading the research domains group, Mr. Olvet was VP, communications practice; Senior Consultant; and Director of the Canadian partnering research program at IDC. 
  AndreBeauchamp photo André Beauchamp, Channel Manager, Intel Canada. André is responsible for Intel sales to the system integrators, embedded and communications customers in eastern Canada. André has been involved in a variety of roles at Intel including global account management, startup activities, and business development roles. 
  Rick Huijbregts - 2013 High Res Final Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Industry Transformation, Cisco Canada.  Rick Huijbregts leads a team of highly skilled industry professionals and business developers to drive business transformation and relevance with Cisco and Cisco’s Canadian customers.   As part of Industry Transformation, Rick and his team oversee two of Cisco Canada’s top priorities:  Smart + Connected Communities and the Internet-of-Things Rick started at Cisco in 2005 as a member of Cisco’s corporate real estate team, after which he served for three years in various business development roles focusing on the real estate sector in the United States, Canada, and Emerging Markets [Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America] regions. 
 Eric_Simmons_101 photo Eric Simmons, is the General Manager, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) for Rogers Communications Inc., where he is responsible for product management, product marketing, sales operations, alliance programs, resale channels, and overall go-to-market strategy for M2M and advanced business solutions. Rogers is a diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television, high speed internet and telephony services. Rogers Wireless is Canada’s largest wireless voice and data communications services provider and the country’s only carrier operating GPRS/EDGE and HSPA+ networks.  Rogers is committed to providing the tools and platforms to enable fast delivery of next-generation connected devices across various industries and market segments. Over the past 15 years, Rogers has enabled hundreds of thousands M2M connections in Canada, and Rogers has an exclusive arrangement with Jasper Wireless to assist customers in easily implementing M2M connected devices in Canada.Prior to joining Rogers, Mr. Simmons held senior leadership roles at Dell where he was responsible for overall marketing strategy, thought leadership and corporate and public sector sales for the software & peripherals division for all of Canada.  Mr. Simmons also held titles at Compugen, Liberty Technology Services and Blizzard Courier Services in a sales and marketing capacity.

John Comacchio, SVP & CIO, Teknion.  As Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, John is responsible for providing enterprise-wide technology vision, leadership and management, and for the planning, development and implementation of information technology initiatives. He is a member of the Leadership Team and the Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Teknion Corporation, John was a Principal in the e-Integration Practice of KPMG Consulting Inc., where, as a member of the senior management team of the practice, he was responsible for delivering the highest standards of information technology consulting service to executive level clients. In addition, John was General Manager of the Toronto office of the internet professional services firm US Interactive where he was responsible for establishing and growing the Toronto office. Prior to US Interactive, John was the Information Technology Officer at Nissan Canada Inc, and a member of the Nissan North America CIO Council, where he was responsible for planning, implementing and managing information systems and technology solutions for sales, distribution, marketing, finance, and customer service divisions.

In 2010 he joined the Board of the Ability Online Network, a non-profit organization that provides an engaging on-line community for kids with disabilities. He is also a member of the IDC CIO Research Review Board, Masergy Customer Advisory Board, OKTA CIO Advisory Board, and the Institute of Corporate Directors.  John holds a Master of Business Administration, granted by the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

_P. Frise SMALL_2 - Final Peter Frise, Scientific Director & CEO, AUTO21Dr. Peter Frise began his industrial career as an oil well wireline data logging engineer working for Schlumberger Wireline Services in Nigeria.  He then moved to Husky Injection Molding Systems in Bolton, Ontario as an R&D engineer and later as a design group leader.  In 1985 he joined Carleton University and beginning in 1988, he taught mechanical design there until moving to Windsor where he held the Chrysler Canada/NSERC/University of Windsor Senior Industrial Research Chair in Mechanical Design and was instrumental in founding Canada’s first university program in Automotive Engineering in 1998.Dr. Frise works with a number of automotive companies in his present capacity as the Scientific Director and CEO of the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, Canada’s national automotive R&D program.  AUTO21 brings together nearly 200 researchers and 440 graduate students from 48 institutions in partnership with more than 130 industry and public sector companies and organizations to engage in applied automotive R&D.

For more information, please contact Donna White or by phone at (905) 602-8345 x2230.

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