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.
Angela Brown – 1st Vice Chair
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.
Glenn Laverty – Member
President and CEO
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.
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.
Susanne Flett – Director and Chair, Health Board
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.
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.
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.
Xerxes Cooper – Director
General Manager, Global Technology Services
IBM Canada Ltd.
Xerxes 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.
A registered CMA/CPA and member of the Financial Executives Institute of Canada, Xerxes holds an honours BBA specializing in Finance and Accounting from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
David De Abreu – Director
Vice President, Public Sector
As Vice President, Public Sector sales for Cisco Canada, David De Abreu is responsible for leading Cisco’s business direction in Canada’s public sector, which includes government, healthcare, and education organizations.
An accomplished business executive with leadership experience in IT, telecommunications and ‘X’ as-a-service sales organizations, De Abreu has more than 30 years of sales experience leading channel, services, enterprise, commercial and service provider teams. He rejoins Cisco after holding a leadership position Roger Communications and has also held senior roles at Bell Canada NCR and CIBC.
De Abreu has a distinguished career with Cisco Canada, having previously served in several senior leadership roles including vice president of services, vice president of solutions and vice president of Central Canada Operations. A charismatic leader, he thrives on developing his people to achieve their full potential.
De Abreu is a graduate Ryerson University in Toronto and completed the Executive Management Program at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. He has 3 children and lives in Newmarket with his wife Elaine.
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.
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
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.
J. Paul Haynes – Director
President and Chief Operating Officer
J. Paul Haynes serves as President and Chief Operating Officer at Waterloo, Ontario-based eSentire, Inc., the market leader in Managed Detection and Response services for mid-sized enterprises. Based on operationalized threat hunting, eSentire has grown to over 650 customers in 50 countries served by nearly 450 dedicated employees in Canada, the US, Ireland and the UK. eSentire protects over $5 trillion AuM of all global alternative asset management funds, and is expanding aggressively into the legal, extractive, healthcare, technology and medium enterprise markets as well as augmenting enterprise security teams with threat hunting services. In my role I oversee all security operations, product management, research and development and customer care functions.
J. Paul is a subject-matter expert and frequently quoted in industry and national media on the topics of advanced threat management, insider threats, managed security services, competitive market analysis and enterprise risk mitigation. He is most noted for his ability to bridge complex technical issues to the enterprise security risks executives face on a 24X7x365 basis against sophisticated advanced threat adversaries. He is often invited to speak at large prime broker conferences in the alternative asset management market, as well as at executive conferences across a variety of critical infrastructure markets.
Prior to eSentire, he spent two decades starting, financing and selling a number of enterprise software businesses in energy, government, healthcare and engineering sectors.
Paul is a professional engineer and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering from the University of Guelph.
Paula Hodgins – Director
Paula Hodgins is President of HPE Canada. Based in Toronto, Paula has national accountability for the P&L of HPE Canada and is the senior leader to the employees, customers, partners, government and media for Canada. In this role, Paula is accountable to develop business strategy, lead sales, business operations, marketing, finance, legal and employee engagement. This is a high growth hybrid cloud business that spans all customer segments from large enterprise to small and medium business. Paula’s team is at the center of helping customers digitally transform and modernize their business.
Paula joined HPE Canada in December 2018 from Microsoft Corporation where she worked for over 13 years. In her varied successful career at Microsoft, Paula held several key management roles. Most recently, Paula served as the General Manager of Azure Sales for Canada. In this position she was responsible for cloud sales in the enterprise account segment and focused on cloud infrastructure, applications, data and artificial intelligence solutions. In this capacity Paula consistently doubled Cloud revenue year over year.
Previous to this role, Paula served as the Chief Operating Officer of Sales for both the Commercial and Public Sector group at Microsoft Canada. Paula also spent time working in the Business Applications Group (Dynamics) at Microsoft where she held sales management positions both in Canada and the United States. Paula has international experience having worked as a WW Sales Leader for Microsoft’s ERP and CRM solutions. In this capacity, she was accountable to develop sales and go to market strategy resulting in increased focus on strategic markets and customers.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Paula worked at several leading technology companies including BEA Systems (Seattle, WA), SAP (Vancouver, BC), LoudCloud (Sunnyvale, CA) and Compaq Canada (Toronto, ONT).
Paula has participated in various senior leader development programs including “Leader Pad” (2016) and “The Judy Project for Executive Women” (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 2017). Paula is very passionate about mentoring and supporting women in technology and is a mentor for the “Girls E-Mentorship Program” which is a charitable organization offering mentorship for female youth facing multiple barriers.
When Paula is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in Toronto, Ont. Paula holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communications from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
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.
Jim Irich- Director
Vice President, IT Infrastructure
An accomplished Executive Leader with proven track record in delivering Information Technology Strategies, Program and Technology Change across Bell. Expertise includes: Enterprise Infrastructure, Program Delivery and Operations, Cross Enterprise Project Implementation, Partnership Development, Strategic Planning, Business Technology integration and Financial Analysis.
Significant experience in large enterprise delivering complex projects, defining and delivering integration opportunities; leading change across diverse product and operational groups. Proven ability to manage large programs to drive multiyear savings and improve customer experience; align technology strategy with corporate strategy; build multiyear business and technology road maps; manage large implementation teams to drive change
Participation in Several IT, Leadership and Technical Forums within BCE and externally the areas of System Development and Security, New Talent Acquisition, and Diversity and Inclusion
Wayne Karpoff – Director
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.
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
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.
Jim Muzyka – Director
Chief Operating Officer
Jim Muzyka is Chief Operating Officer of Bridgeable. Bridgeable transforms human experience through design. They are experts at creating improved efficiency and effectiveness in the customer and patient experience journeys of their clients. Bridgeable is talented at harnessing the energy and imagination of diverse, complex stakeholder groups to achieve high impact results.
As Chief Operating Officer, Jim is responsible for supporting the culture, energy, engagement and enjoyment of the Bridgeable experience for its clients and employees.
His career includes successful senior leadership roles in startups, restarts and large enterprise organizations in North America and Europe. His work passions focus on driving growth, simplifying ambiguity and creating an environment where engaged employees give rise to clients who evangelize the relationship.
Jim has been active in the community as an outspoken and well-recognized advocate for diversity in the workplace. Jim also chaired the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) from 2014 to 2016.
Steve Van Binsbergen – Director
Senior Director, Ontario Public Sector
Steve Van Binsbergen leads the Public Sector business for Rogers Communications in Ontario. For over 25 years in the technology industry, Steve has worked to bring together innovative solutions to meet specific customer needs. He’s had a broad range of roles, including sales, marketing, brand, engineering and executive leadership.
Prior to Rogers, Steve ran his own company called Kubos Transformations, focusing on transforming go-to-market strategies for clients. Before founding Kubos, he was Vice President, Channel Strategy & Performance at Telus; Vice President and General Manager, Computing Systems at Celestica; and held consulting roles at Accenture and Courtyard Group.
Steve has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a MBA from Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer.