ITAC Champions for Change: Male Leaders Supporting Women in Tech

Thursday, June 20 - 2019
5:00 - 7:30 pm

Following the ITAC National Board meeting & AGM on June 20th, we will be hosting a networking reception and “Oprah-style” panel discussion, Champions for Change: Male Leaders Supporting Women in Tech.

Panelist Include:

  • Kevin Peesker, President, Microsoft Canada and ITAC National Board Chair
  • Xerxes Cooper, General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada and ITAC National Board Director
  • Glenn Laverty, President & CEO, Ricoh Canada & SVP, Strategy Office, Ricoh Americas and ITAC National Board Director

Come and hear an engaging discussion providing different perspectives of three male technology leaders on how they are activating change, and how their organizations have made progress increasing female advancement and retention in the tech sector.

The reception offers a great opportunity to network.  For the panel discussion, audience will be encouraged to ask questions and overall it is sure to be a dynamic discussion.

DATE:  June 20, 2019

  • 5:00-6:15 pm Networking Reception with host bar & appetizers
  • 6:15-7:30 pm  Panel Discussion

Toronto Board of Trade – Lennox Hall
77 Adelaide W, Suite 350
Toronto   Google Map

We encourage both males and females to attend and bring colleagues young and “established”.  We challenge every female to bring a male friend or colleague.

Ticket Price:  $65 includes host bar and appetizers during reception

Thank you to our sponsor


Kevin Peesker, President, Microsoft Canada and ITAC National Board Chair

As President of Microsoft Canada, Kevin is 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 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.

Xerxes Cooper, General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada, ITAC National Board Director

Xerxes Cooper, General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada Ltd.,
leads the country’s largest services integrator to design, build, and run the systems and services that Canadian organizations rely upon.

Xerxes partners with clients to achieve their strategic objectives by leveraging resilient public, private, and hybrid cloud implementations that are underpinned by managed security services across networking, systems and mobility offerings. His organization’s industry-driven view enables clients to harness the value of cognitive computing and emerging technologies while addressing their individual market needs.

Over the course of his career, Xerxes has spent nearly two decades as a senior technical executive in Canada and around the world.  His deep background in transformation gives him a unique and valuable viewpoint as a respected technology executive.

Focused upon giving back to the community, Xerxes participates in activities that support the advancement of young women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). In addition, Xerxes is a member of the Board of Directors for the Markham Stouffville Hospital Network, where he is also a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Glenn Laverty, President & CEO, Ricoh Canada & SVP, Marketing Ricoh Americas

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.


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