THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR 2019 SPEAKERS!
Paul Andersen | President, eGATE Networks
Paul Andersen is the president of EGate Networks - an ISP company that he founded in 1996, serving the Canadian market offering niche services for businesses. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the organization's IP network. EGate enjoys a trusted advisor relationship with its customer base that allows for the creation of unique solutions for each customer’s individual needs.
Paul is currently a member of the ARIN Board of Trustees, and he also serves as the organization’s Treasurer and Board Vice-Chair. From 2004 to 2009, he served as a Member of the ARIN Advisory Council. He is also a Board Member of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC), and previously an elected member and Previous Board Chair of both the Boards of Directors of the Toronto Internet Exchange and The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).
Paul is a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario, and holds a B.A. Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Ed Antecol | Principal, Ed Antecol Consulting
Ed has over 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Previously, for 10 years he was with Freedom Mobile in various roles as it evolved from a start-up with no customers or network to Canada's 4th largest mobile carrier with over a million customers, including as Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Carrier Services.
Prior to Ed's involvement with Freedom, he was a partner at the law firm Papazian, Heisey, Myers where he maintained a telecommunications law practice. He has also held various positions at AT&T Canada (a successor to "Unitel") including as Regulatory Vice-President. Ed joined AT&T Canada/Unitel in 1992 immediately after the Canadian long distance market was opened to competition and was involved in establishing many of the rules and processes to support the current Canadian carrier interconnect regime.
Ed began his career at Bell Northern Research in 1982 as a software developer working on telecommunications switching gear. In addition to holding a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Toronto (1991), Ed has also received degrees of Bachelors of Engineering (Mechanical) (1981) and Masters of Engineering Electrical (Systems) (1983) from Carleton University. He has also taught Communications Law at York University's law school as an Adjunct Professor.
Dan Armstrong | Founder & CEO, Beanfield Metroconnect
Dan Armstrong is the founder and CEO of Beanfield Metroconnect. He founded the company nearly 30 years ago (when he was only 15 years old) initially as an IT company, that eventually grew into a telecom based on the premise of creating services customers really wanted, that were easy to purchase, all with the customer service more akin to a restaurant than a telecom company. Beanfield originated as an IT support company and over time has grown into a fibre-optic service provider connected to over 700 commercial and residential buildings. Dan continues to cultivate new opportunities to grow and expand the Beanfield network throughout Toronto and beyond. He is passionate about about providing outstanding service and he is committed to rallying for a fair and honest telecom industry that can be held responsible.
Hosein Badran | Regional Technical Advisor - North America, ISOC
Dr. Hosein Badran holds the position of Regional Technical Advisor – North America Bureau with the Internet Society, based in Ottawa, Canada.
He is an invited member of the Canadian Multi-stakeholder Initiative on IoT Security, where he was the lead researcher and editor of the white paper “Secure IoT: Labels to build trust and empower consumers”, and co-author of the final report “Enhancing IoT Security: Final Outcomes and Recommendations.
During his carrier of over 25 years as C-level expert, he spent 14 years with Cisco Systems as Distinguished Systems Architect and Regional Chief Technology Officer as a member of the Cisco CTO Office. He spent the last three years as Director, Special Projects and Innovation, at Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a member of Qatar Foundation, in Doha, Qatar, where he led projects dealing with machine learning and data-driven optimization in different IoT and national socio-economic initiatives including smart transportation, e-health, aviation, and cybersecurity.
He worked also with Nortel Networks in Ottawa, Canada, FORE Systems (now Ericsson) in Dubai, and Siemens AG in Munich, Germany.
Dr. Badran holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.
Yann Berthier | CIRA Labs / IXP Program Manager, CIRA
Yann Berthier works at CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, where he manages CIRA Labs, the organization's technology innovation hub, and the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) program, which aims to improve connectivity in Canada. Before CIRA, Yann worked on the Interconnection and Network Expansion Strategy of a Global Tier1 on the product management team. He has 20 years of experience in the internet industry, covering operations, design and architecture, and business development. Yann is also currently Chair of the Global Peering Forum's Program Committee.
Christine Dobby | Corporate Law Reporter, The Globe & Mail
Christine Dobby covers corporate law for Report on Business at The Globe and Mail. She previously covered the Canadian telecom industry. Before joining the Globe in 2014, she reported for the Financial Post for three years, where she variously covered telecom, media, startups and tech. She completed internships at the Toronto Star and at the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal in Saint John. Before journalism, Christine attended law school, articled at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto and practiced divorce law.
Doug Edwards | Executive Chairman & Founder, zone.tv
Doug Edwards is a pioneer in the enrichment and “applification” of the TV experience for viewers and TV service providers, with Zone TV’s products touching millions and millions of viewers throughout the world. Doug founded, built and has positioned the company at the forefront of an emerging intersection in technology and media for TV entertainment, connecting some of the most recognizable content brands with customers of the largest TV operators.
Brad Fisher | CRO, Distributel
Brad leads all revenue generating functions at Distributel, including Sales and Marketing for the residential, commercial, and wholesale markets. Brad joined Distributel in 2017 and brings an extensive background in telecommunications and technology, with 20+ years of experience driving innovation and business growth as a senior executive in both Canada and the USA.
Prior to joining Distributel, Brad served as the President of Primus Canada, where he led all Canadian operations for Birch Communications. Previous roles include SVP Strategy and Marketing at Hawaiian Telecom, as well as VP Consumer Internet and VP Services Development at Bell Canada.
Dr. Michael Geist | Canada Research Chair - Internet & E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa
Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law and is a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. He regularly appears in the Globe and Mail, is the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including Ingenium, Internet Archive Canada, and the EFF Advisory Board. He is the Chair of the Digital Strategy Advisor Panel for Waterfront Toronto. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018 and has received numerous awards for his work including the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the EFF’s Pioneer Award in 2008, and Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada.
Ted Graham | Head of Open Innovation, GM / Founder, South Core Innovation Hub
Ted Graham is the Head of Open Innovation at GM where he works with outside partners to solve the important problems that will shape the future of transportation. Prior to this was the Innovation Leader at PwC Canada where he helped to turn ideas into invoices. He is also founder of the South Core Innovation Hub, a collaborative group of innovation leaders from Toronto's unique waterfront area. Member organizations include large banks, start-ups, public transportation - all of whom are looking to make a substantial impact on their companies and communities. Prior to PwC, Ted was a McKinsey strategy consultant with a focus on understanding and leveraging people networks to influence the spread of ideas.
Ted often speaks to audiences about the 5 things I learned about disruptive innovation as an UberX driver and how to apply some of these lessons across a multitude of industries on the cusp of disruption. His first hand account was initially released as a widely read LinkedIn influencer post, then a CBC Metro Morning interview and is not part of his book called "The Uber of Everything".
Michael Hainsworth | Producer & Host, CIBC #InnovationEconomy Series / Executive Producer, Editor at Large & Host, Futurithmic
Michael Hainsworth is a veteran news reporter and lifelong geek. Hainsworth spent 18 years at BNN, and as Senior Anchor distilled the day’s most important financial and technology stories into understandable and engaging reports for 2.2 million viewers on the network and the CTV Evening News nation-wide. Hainsworth co-created the world’s first weekly television show dedicated to mobile technology and it’s impact on society, App Central, seen by more than a million viewers in Canada, Europe and Australia. He is the Executive Producer and Editor in Chief of Futurithmic, a documentary series and publication about the impact technology today will have on society in the future. He is also the co-host of one of Canada’s most popular podcasts, Geeks & Beats, with radio legend Alan Cross. Now in its 6th season, the show has an audience equivalent of packing Massey Hall once a week.
Kan Inaba | Senior Director - IPTV, Rogers Communications
Kan leads all IPTV Video Product, Release Management and Content Operations functions at Rogers Communications including X1 syndication. Kan joined Rogers Communications in 2013 and brings an extensive background in engineering and telecommunications, with 25+ years of experience driving cable/ X1 syndication, telco and wireless industry leading product launches as a senior executive in both Canada and the USA. Prior to joining Rogers Communications, Kan held roles including Executive Director positions at ES3 and Hawaiian Telcom, as well as Director positions at Bell Canada, Sprint Canada and MDM Business Solutions Inc.
Maryna Ivus | SR. Research Analyst, ICTC
Maryna Ivus is a Senior Research Analyst at the Information & Communications Technology Council. She has spent several years working as a researcher and enjoys approaching complex research challenges through both a qualitative and quantitative lens. She is committed to using her research to help strengthen Canada’s digital advantage in a global inclusive economy. Maryna was involved in researching and writing a number of reports for ICTC, covering topics like the impact of emerging technologies on the labour market, the engagement of women in tech occupations, digital economy trends and many others.
Motivated by the potential benefits technology can offer to society, and concerns of fairness, accountability and inclusivity, she seeks to continue to contribute to critical conversations surrounding the development of Canada’s growing digital economy. Maryna holds a Masters of Economics degree from the University of New Brunswick, graduated near the top of her class and was asked to be a lecturer in other university economics classes.
Anja Karadeglija | Editor, The Wire Report
Anja Karadeglija is the editor of the The Wire Report, a daily online news outlet that focuses on the Canadian media and telecom industries. She heads a team of journalists on Parliament Hill who report on key political, regulatory and business developments in the industry. The Wire Report also specializes in legal and court reporting, including internet, privacy and copyright law.
Anja closely follows Canadian telecom, broadcasting and digital media, with a special focus on regulatory, particularly the CRTC.
She has degrees in journalism and political science from Carleton University.
Alex Kenjeev | President, O'Leary Ventures
Alex Kenjeev is Kevin O'Leary's right-hand man.
As President of O'Leary Ventures, he negotiates with, oversees and mentors a portfolio of rapidly growing businesses across many industries, including beverages, hospitality, technology and many other sectors. Some of the more well known businesses Alex has overseen include Zipz, Honeyfund and Ruckpack. Recently, Shark Tank surpassed $100,000,000 in investments and Alex has been a big part of that.
In addition, he co-founded a software company that was acquired three years later for more than $100 million. Alex is an investor in CNBC's, 'Make Me A Millionaire Inventor', a frequent contributor on CTV, and some say, a bit of a weird dude.
Dan Kernohan | VP Business Development, eStruxture
Dan is the Vice President of Business Development at eStruxture. He brings over 20 years of experience in the Data Centre/Cloud industry.
Prior to joining eStruxtureDan was Regional Sales Manager at Cogent Communications. In this role Dan launched two new data centers in the Canadian market and implemented innovative sales strategies that produced record level data centre sales. Dan has also held senior account management and sales leadership positions at Cologix and Equinix.
Some of the key accomplishments that Dan achieved in those roles include, the largest colocation contract in the company's history at Switch and Data (later acquired by Equinix) and while at Cologix Dan developed and implemented strategies that resulted in increased new logo sales. Dan is a well respected member of the data center community in Canada and holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication with a minor in Business.
Kirby Koster | SR. Manager - Broadband Programs, CENGN
Kirby Koster has extensive wireless, optical, and fixed line advanced technology experience, and has been working in senior product management positions as well as design, application, and sales engineering positions for the past 30+ years with companies such as Newbridge Networks, Bridgewater Systems, Xtera Communications, and Meriton Networks. He has designed and driven projects for CWDM/DWDM optical networks across North America for large International Banks, utilities, and ISPs. Kirby has also helped design and test high capacity microwave radio links in networks around the world in Canada, South Africa, Turkey, India, USA, France, and Japan.
As current Senior Manager – Broadband Programs at CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, he defines, funds, and executes technology projects designed to prove technology and business case innovation to reduce the cost of residential broadband solutions for small northern and rural communities in Ontario. During his time at CENGN, Kirby has been able to apply his extensive network technology experience to understand, articulate, and validate proposed solutions to the key technical challenges facing broadband service providers in Canada’s northern and rural communities.
Greg Lang | Major Case Director & Strategic Policy Advisor, The Competition Bureau
Greg Lang is Major Case Director and Strategic Policy Advisor at Canada’s antitrust agency – the Competition Bureau. In his role, Greg works to champion competition within the regulated sectors of the Canadian economy.
Greg joined the Bureau in 2006 and, most recently, led the Bureau’s recent Market Study on Broadband Competition in Canada. In his current role, Greg regularly leads or participates in the Bureau’s submissions in CRTC proceedings, including the ongoing Wholesale Wireless Review, as well as the Wireless Code, Wireless Roaming, Differential Pricing, and Lower-Cost Data-Only proceedings. In addition to telecommunications, Greg has significant experience working with regulators of taxis, alcohol products, energy, and self-regulated professions.
Prior to his current role, Greg was a Senior Officer in the Bureau’s Mergers Branch, where he was responsible for determining the impact of corporate mergers and acquisitions on the Canadian economy. In this work, Greg led significant reviews in the telecommunications, airlines, ticketing, and beverages sectors.
Xavier Leclercq | VP Business Development, Broadpeak
Xavier drives the business development strategy to further consolidate Broadpeak’s position as the leading provider of video delivery technologies.
Prior to joining Broadpeak, Xavier was a director of IP video at Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, where he led teams in consulting and business development for 6 years. Xavier has over 15 years of international experience in the IP video industry, with expertise in consulting and selling technology to content owners and network operators.
Xavier graduated from Institut Mines Telecom Lille-Douai (formerly Telecom Lille) engineering school, and holds a Master’s degree in Business from the University of Lille.
Matt Mangriotis | Director of Product Management, Cambium Networks
Matt Mangriotis, Director of Product Management, currently leads Cambium Networks’ Point-To-Multipoint (PMP) portfolio of products. After graduating from University of Illinois with a BS then MS Degree in Materials Sciences and Engineering, he has spent over 20 years in telecommunications, leading New Product Introduction for Motorola on a variety of products from mobile phones to mission critical two-way radio infrastructure. After earning a MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Matt was asked to join the Motorola Canopy group as a product manager, launching the first-ever OFDM-based technology. Maintaining continuity through the inception of Cambium Networks, Matt launched the PMP 450 portfolio, which he has grown to almost half of Cambium Networks’ total revenue. Most recently, Matt has launched the cnMedusa™ Massive Multi-User MIMO technology, a leading edge innovation to propel the platform forward.
Noelani McGadden | VP of Strategic Accounts, Senet
Noelani McGadden is a business executive with over 25 years of experience that spans wireless, mobile cable/broadband, IoT and startup industries. Prior to Senet, Noelani worked as a consultant with a host of channels including ATT, Charter, Verizon, KDDI, Samsung, T-Mobile and Telia Mobitel to name a few. As a result of her experience in this market, Noelani has deep expertise in creating strategic go-to-market plans around value-added services and has helped telecom providers exploit new business models based on specialized IoT services. She understands the challenges around creating a framework in nascent markets and has prepared “connected-product” support strategies for IoT companies to accelerate adoption and drive long-term brand value.
Noelani has lived and worked in Japan, Israel, Holland and Sweden and has spoken on IoT and design at Carnegie Mellon University. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her daughters in gymnastics and diving and her son in golf and hockey.
Jeff McInnis | SVP Subscriber Solutions & Experience, ADTRAN
As Senior Vice President of Subscriber Solutions & Experience, Jeff is responsible for the Companies business and residential customer-premises (CPE) solutions including embedded and virtualized firmware stacks, Cloud and IoT platforms and devices. Prior to joining ADTRAN, Jeff was the founder and CEO of SmartRG Inc., a pioneer of open source and cloud-based connected home solutions. Jeff has over 32 years of industry experience including 27 years in leadership roles in the global telecommunications infrastructure market.
He is a key industry contributor in telecom technology sales and marketing and an active advisor and mentor for several early-stage technology companies as well as a member of Industry associations including SCTE, the Broadband Forum, and the PRPL Foundation.
John Pomeroy | General Manager - Canada, Blonder Tongue Laboratories
A 25 year video electronics veteran, John has headed and mentored diverse teams in Product, Sales, Engineering and Marketing serving markets around the globe while at video chip innovators Genesis Microchip, and ViXS Systems.
As a member of the executive team at ViXS Systems, he was Vice President of Sales & Marketing and General manager of the Video Infrastructure business unit, then later Vice President of World Wide Marketing and Business Development. John led key account relationships with Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, Echostar, BskyB, Freebox, Vodafone, Cisco, Technicolor, Pace, and Arris (Commscope) to name a few, and headed the team that developed and delivered more than 4 million MoCA 2.0 devices in the Comcast XB3 Gateway. Subsequently Pomeroy served as VP Multiscreen Infrastructure at WISI communications GmbH (Inca Networks Division), leading the launch of a newly developed ABR transcoding, video streaming, and packaging solution.
In the fall of 2016 he went on to co-found PLAYEN Inc a Calgary AB based event marketing and social media startup, then in 2018 John worked with Korea’s KAONMedia representing their IPSTB and CPE products.
Most recently John joined Blonder Tongue Laboratories to represent their broad range of video delivery products including the exciting Next Generation Gateway, IPSTBs and CPE products across Canada.
Jim Radzicki | Global VP - Strategic Accounts, TELUS International
Jim has a lengthy and varied resume, leading teams and strategies at global organizations in roles that have included EVP, CIO, CTO and Vice President of Technology for companies such as TeleTech, Alorica and Stream Global Services.
Most of his early career was spent in software design and development, and Jim founded (and eventually sold) his own small web and PC applications startup company, JETA Solutions in 2010. Jim truly enjoys working with people and teams of all sizes, and has been a leader and mentor for organizations with 90,000+ people. He also has experience in Board, C-level, private equity and analyst communications, having authored Board-level strategic plans and represented large firms for industry and financial analysts.
Jim earned his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification in 2016 and holds two separate college degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing and an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science. This combination of education and skills enable him to hold technical conversations but also translate them into actionable business objectives for internal teams and external clients.
An avid traveler for business and pleasure, Jim has traveled to 40+ countries and 47 US states, but calls Orange County home with his wife and two dogs where they enjoy Southern California’s ‘sea and sky’ thanks to Jim’s FAA Private Pilot, PADI Open water and certified boaters certifications.
Daniel Rose | Co-Founder & Innovation Designer, The Moment Inc.
Daniel Rose is a co-founder and an Innovation Designer at The Moment Inc. Utilizing proven tools and innovation frameworks, Daniel has led complex innovation programs with senior executives and project teams at global enterprises including Microsoft, Bank of Montreal, Bell, SAP, Nike, Ontario Tech University and multiple Olympic Games. Daniel brings
global experience to his practice, having delivered innovation and creativity workshops in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and South America, including in Guyanese Indigenous communities in remote parts of the Amazonian rainforest.
His public sector work has included designing and facilitating innovation efforts for multiple organizations within the Ontario Public Service and at the Federal level with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and RCMP.
He is a sought after speaker and workshop leader on the topics of collaboration and creativity. Previously, Daniel was Associate Director of Collaboration Services at Bell Canada, leading the organizational efforts to develop and deploy Bell's collaboration methods and tools for internal use as well as a professional service within the Enterprise Sales and Consulting team.
Francisco Sant'Anna | Advisor - Regional Services Providers, Ciena
Francisco Sant’Anna is a Telecommunications Engineer with a Master in Telecommunication Systems, and 20 years of experience in the service provider industry, leading business, marketing and engineering teams. He is the Advisor for Regional Services Providers at Ciena, where, he leads Ciena’s initiatives to help these providers evolve their networks to meet their current and future business challenges.
Matt Stein | CEO, Distributel / President, CNOC Inc.
As well as being CNOC's President and Chairman, Matt is also the Chief Executive Officer of Distributel Communications, a leading independent ISP offering residential Internet, home phone, IPTV service and advanced business services through its ThinkTel division.
Matt has a wealth of experience in telecommunications, information technology and business management and a passion for developing innovative service offerings. In addition to his leadership and business development skills, Matt has frequently appeared before the CRTC and the Canadian Parliament, as well as the US Senate, on industry matters.
Before joining Distributel in 2014, Matt was the Chief Technology Officer of Primus Telecommunications Group Inc. Matt’s prior roles include Vice-President and divisional Chief Technology Officer at CallNet’s Application Service Provider Division and Principal Consultant at ArQana Technologies.
Rob Switzman | VP Innovation Strategy, Distributel
Rob Switzman has been working at the forefront of the telecom industry for 20 years. He is constantly looking for opportunities to capitalize on market disruption driven by shifts in technology, value chain and customer behaviour. Rob has led delivery of avant garde telecom programs, from concept through delivery.
As VP Innovation Strategy at Distributel Communications, a leading national, independent communications provider offering a wide range of business and residential communications services, Rob is responsible for building on the company’s 30-year legacy of innovation in the telecom industry and executes on plans for its next wave of growth.
Prior to Distributel, Rob held roles in innovation, business development and product management at Rogers Communications. He was the first ever Machine-to-Machine (M2M/IoT) product manager in 1999. Rob holds an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business, and BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Christian S. Tacit | Founder & Principal, Tacit Law
Drawing on over 38 years of technical, business and legal experience, Chris is the founder of Tacit Law, a boutique law firm that provides a broad range of legal and consulting services to clients in the information technology, communications, regulated industries, and broader commercial and not-for-profit sectors.
In addition to providing traditional legal services, Chris assists clients with strategic planning, governance, risk management, business reviews, commercial transactions, as well as corporate and regulatory compliance.
Chris’s past professional experience includes holding a senior executive role in a publicly-traded company, being a partner in a major regional law firm and working in a national law firm. Prior to practicing law, he held various engineering and managerial positions in the private sector.
Chris is a lawyer, registered Trade-mark agent, licensed professional engineer and also holds an MBA.
Chris serves on the board and as an officer of two not-for-profit organizations, and a green technology start-up company. He is also very involved in Internet governance through various volunteer activities.
Alexei Tchernobrivets | Founder & CEO, VMedia Inc.
Alexei Tchernobrivets is the founder and CEO of VMedia Inc. He founded the company 8 years ago as a spin off from what was initially a software development company focused on IPTV/OTT solutions that eventually grew into a national telecom service provider offering quadruple play services. Alexei continues to cultivate new opportunities to grow and expand the VMedia business as well as launch new innovative and industry disruptive business models in the IPTV/OTT space.
Kerry Travilla | VP Technology, MobiTV
Kerry Travilla is VP of Technology for MobiTV, and is responsible for evangelizing the MobiTV video service platform and helping customers advance their video delivery systems. Kerry holds engineering degrees from the University of Michigan and General Motors Institute and for the past 20 years has focused on IP video delivery over wireless and fixed line networks.
Laura Tribe | Executive Director, OpenMedia
Laura Tribe is the Executive Director at OpenMedia, a community-based organization working to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free. Laura has testified before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), appeared before parliamentary committees, and launched a federal investigation into the RCMP’s use of Stingray cell phone surveillance devices. With a background in the intersection of human rights and information communication technologies, Laura is working to protect what makes the Internet great. She holds a BA in Media, Information and Technoculture from Western University, and an MA in Communications from Carleton University.
Peter Vandenengel | President & Founder, Netperian Inc.
Peter is President and Founder of Netperian Inc. An advocate of technology with exceptional design, he works with leading OEMs and ISPs to develop, test and launch world-class home networking products. With 20+ years of telecommunications experience, Peter has helped develop and launch market leading Wi-Fi products and next-generation Set-Top-Boxes that are deployed in millions of homes in Canada and across the globe.
Konrad von Finckenstein | Consultant - Communications, Competition & Trade Matters / Former Chair, CRTC
The Honourable Konrad W. von Finckenstein, Q.C. is a consultant on communications, competition and trade matters, as well as an arbitrator of commercial disputes. He is a panel member of JAMS, the resolution experts.
Over the course of a career in the public service that began in 1973, he has held a number of senior positions and acquired broad experience in the areas of trade, commercial, competition and communications law. He served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Business law in the Department of Justice, Commissioner of Competition, Judge of the Federal Court and Chair of the Canadian Radio-Television and Communications Commission (CRTC).
As ADM Business Law, he was responsible for all commercial law activity of the Government of Canada. He also negotiated the dispute settlement provisions of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and was responsible for implementation of NAFTA into Canadian Law.
As Commissioner of Competition he oversaw the merger of Air Canada and Canadian Airlines, the attempted merger of Canada’s four largest banks and was the founding Chairman of the International Competition Network. He also imposed the largest fine in Canadian criminal history for price collusion.
As judge of the Federal Court of Canada, he rendered over 200 written judgments in administrative law, intellectual property and human rights. He also served as Chairman of a NAFTA chapter 19 Extraordinary Challenge Committee on Magnesium Dumping.
As Chair of the CRTC, he led the commission largely deregulating the telecom sector. Among the major decisions was: adopting policies on net neutrality, diversity of voices in broadcasting, vertical integration of communication companies, and group licensing for broadcasters. In addition, he introduced arbitration under the auspices of the CRTC for disputes between broadcasters and distributors.
Dr. Greg Wells | Wellness Advocate / Scientist / TedX Speaker / Best-Selling Author
In high performance business situations, the human mind and body have to work together for ultimate results. Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who, as a scientist and physiologist, has dedicated his career to making the science of human limits understandable and actionable. In his informative and engaging keynotes, Wells draws parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances.
For more than 25 years, Wells has worked with some of the highest-performing individuals on the planet, including Olympic and World champions, as well as organizations ranging from General Electric to BMO, Deloitte, KPMG, BMW, Audi, Sysco Foods, YPO, and Air Canada. He is also committed to inspiring children and young adults through his close working relationship with several school boards and independent schools.
A veteran endurance athlete himself, Wells has participated in the grueling Nanisivik Marathon 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle; Ironman Canada; and the Tour D’Afrique, an 11,000 km cycling race that is the longest in the world. He is also a travel and expedition adventurer who has journeyed through every imaginable terrain and conditions in more than 50 countries.
Wells is the author of three bestselling books: Superbodies, The Ripple Effect, and The Focus Effect. He also hosted the award-winning Superbodies series, which aired on Olympic broadcasts worldwide in 2010 and 2012. As a speaker, Wells has travelled the world speaking at events such as TEDx and The Titan Summit, and has shared the stage with Robin Sharma, Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak, and Deepak Chopra.
Wells has a PhD in Physiology, served as an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto, and is currently a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He is also the CEO and founder of Wells Performance, a global consulting firm committed to achieving the moonshot of helping teams, schools, and businesses become places where people get healthy, perform optimally, and reach their potential.