A BIG THANKS TO ALL OF OUR 2018 SPEAKERS:
Andrew Au | Co-Founder & President, Intercept Group
Andrew Au is the co-founder and President of Intercept Group, a marketing agency that helps global brands win the head, heart and hands of Gen-Y and Z’ers across North America. Intercept empowers some of the largest global brands, including the likes of Microsoft, 3M, and 7-Eleven, as they shift from mass to millennial.
Through his innovative work at the agency, Andrew was the youngest ever person to join the Entrepreneurs Organization at the age of 22. In 2016, he was among the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Marketing & Advertising. As a regular contributor to Forbes, he offers his millennial expertise in articles and podcasts, discussing an array of topics from the inner workings of the Met Gala to understanding millennials to digital disruption.
In 2017, Andrew was named INROADS Alumni of the Year and celebrated in Washington DC alongside General Colin Powell, Tom Joyner, and other distinguished honourees. Today, he is regarded as a generation thought leader helping global organizations win Gen-Y and Z’ers as consumers, professionals and employees.
Rob Barton | Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco
Rob Barton, CCIE #6660 (R&S and Security), CCDE 2013::6 is a Cisco Distinguished Systems Engineer based in Canada. Rob is a registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng) and has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, the last 18 of which have been at Cisco. Rob Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Engineering Physics where he specialized in computer and wireless communications. Rob holds several patents in diverse technology areas and is the author of four books on networking technologies. Rob is a regular presenter at the global Cisco Live events and is a multi-year Distinguished Speaker award winner. Rob's current areas of work include Wireless Communications, IoT, Data Analytics, and Machine Learning.
Stevan Beara | Manager, Solutions Architecture, WWPS – Canada
Stevan Beara heads up the Solution Architecture practice at Amazon Web Services (AWS), focusing on the Canadian Public Sector. He joined AWS in 2016 as a Sr. Solutions Architect, assisting education, non-profit, healthcare, and government customers unlock the potential of the AWS Cloud. He received the Worldwide Public Sector Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 for helping customers build scalable, secure, and cost-effective solutions.
Stevan has more than 18 years of IT industry experience, starting his career at Hewlett Packard, and spending the following 13 years at TeraMach Technologies, one of Canada's leading public-sector technology solution providers. He has extensive experience across a range of areas including pre-sales, implementation and consulting engagements, as well as business development. Stevan holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Queen's University.
Vittorio Bertola | Head of Policy & Innovation, Open-Xchange
Vittorio Bertola is Head of Policy & Innovation at Open-Xchange, a global leader in services and free software for the Internet's email and DNS infrastructure, where he takes care of research and innovation activities, leading projects to invent and develop new products; he is also responsible for the company's policy activities. Previously, he worked as a freelance consultant, as a website developer and as partner, founder or CTO in several Internet start-ups in Italy. He is also a digital rights activist, dealing with Internet policy at the national and international level for the last twenty years.
Rahul Bhardwaj | President & CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors
Rahul Bhardwaj, the President and CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), which represents Canada’s directors from the corporate, NFP and Crown sectors will discuss Canada’s corporate governance advantage. Referring to findings from the ICD’s national Director Lens Survey, Mr. Bhardwaj will examine how investing in excellent governance, including greater board diversity, deeper understandings of innovation and technology, and better oversight of corporate culture, is Canada’s best long-term strategy for growth and global competitiveness.
Richard Burdeniuk | Senior Manager of Government Incentives, BDO CANADA LLP
Enthusiastic about science and finance, Richard specializes in funding growth and innovation through government incentives. He has helped companies access over $100M in grants and tax credits.
His experience in entrepreneurship helps him appreciate an owner’s bottom line, while his work in private sector R&D provided the technical knowledge to work with investors, accountants, lawyers, and regulators. The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program is one of the more controversial funding programs, and his history with the program goes back over 20 years. He has participated in CRA policy development and tax court, and been a part of many other funding programs success all across the country.
As an entrepreneur, Richard raised capital in two ventures developing software technologies for distributed computation and image processing. He has contributed code to open source projects, run an ISP, and worked with many organizations including Boeing, JPL, Berkshire Hathaway Companies, and the Ontario Geological Survey.
David Clark | Senior Claims Counsel - Major Case Unit, Travelers Canada
David is Senior Claims Counsel in the Major Case Unit for Specialty Insurance at Travelers Canada. He handles large and complex professional liability claims including D&O, E&O, Crime, EPL, and Cyber liability.
David holds a Canadian law degree from the University of Windsor and a U.S. law degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy. He also possesses an advanced law degree in E-Business Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.
After being called to the bar in Ontario in 1996, David handled lawyer E&O claims at LawPRO. In 2003, David joined Liberty International Underwriters Canada and managed complex E&O and D&O claims. David joined Travelers Canada in January 2007 and works in our Toronto office.
Since 2005, David has been an associate faculty member at University of Ontario Institute of Technology where he teaches Legal and Ethical Issues in IT Security in the Master of IT Security Program. He is a frequent speaker on professional liability and cyber liability issues.
Curtis Collicutt | NFV Architect, Interdynamix
Curtis is an NFV Architect at Interdynamix, a Canadian solutions provider working in the telecommunications industry. He has designed and deployed many different OpenStack based clouds, from a Canadian public cloud to NFV deployments for telecommunications companies.
Curtis is focused on API driven infrastructure, advanced networking such as Software Defined Networking, automation and orchestration, public cloud, and container solutions, and he works to commoditize these advanced technologies. In the past few years Curtis has primarily concentrated on the new and complex Network Function Virtualization ecosystem.
Timothy Denton | Chairman, Internet Society, Canada Chapter
I am a lawyer by education who practices principally in relation to technology issues: Internet governance, domain names, and 9-1-1 policy matters. I was a National Commissioner of the CRTC (the Canadian broadcast and telecom regulator) from 2008-2013.
I am the Chairman of the Canada Chapter of the Internet Society whose goal is to keep the Internet free as in speech and cheap as in salt. The Canada Chapter is one of many Internet Society Chapters around the world.
Between January 1st, 2009, and August 2017, I served as a member of the Board of Trustees of ARIN, the American Registry of Internet Numbers, being re-elected in 2011 and 2014, by the ARIN electorate for three year terms. I served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ARIN from January 2011 to August 2013.
I am also concerned with how Canada will evolve its 9-1-1 and public alerting systems into an IP-based architecture.
Christine Dobby | Telecom Reporter, The Globe and Mail
Christine Dobby covers the Canadian telecom industry for The Globe and Mail. Before joining the Globe in May 2014 she reported for the Financial Post for three years, most recently writing about telecom and media. She has also reported for the Toronto Star and New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. Christine graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, articled at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto and practiced divorce law before switching careers and enrolling in the master of journalism program at Ryerson University.
Leonard D. Eichel | Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs - Telecom, Cogeco Communications Inc.
Leonard is currently Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Telecom, for Cogeco Communications Inc. Based in Montreal, Leonard is in charge of managing all telecom regulatory issues and compliance for the Cogeco group of companies. Leonard has worked for Cogeco for 13 years in various roles, including Carrier Relations and more recently, Wholesale Sales where he managed the company’s relationships with ISP customers. Leonard has more than 30 years of experience in the Canadian telecommunications industry, working for the Federal Government in roles at the CRTC and ISED, as well as the private sector for long distance, wireless and cable companies.
Candice Faktor | Associate, Creative Destruction Lab
Candice Faktor is an entrepreneur and investor with a passion for disruptive tech. Candice is an Associate of the Creative Destruction Lab, Canada's leading deep tech incubator. Recently, she was the GM at Wattpad, where she helped scale Wattpad to be one of the world’s largest storytelling platforms with over 50MM users. Previous to this, Candice co-created Torstar Digital, a disruptive digital venture arm of Torstar, where she invested in, launched and scaled over 20+ mobile, social and digital businesses over 7 years. Before Torstar Digital, Candice worked for Monitor Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm. Candice is passionate about putting Toronto on the global stage for tech and is a frequent speaker on exponential tech, women in tech and storytelling.
Matthew M. Gamble | Principal Technologist, EGATE Networks
Matthew M. Gamble is a passionate technologist and innovator, with a focus on disruptive technologies in the telecom and cloud space. Mr. Gamble has worked in the Service Provider industry for over 20 years and has experience directing a broad range of telecommunications, internet services, and regulatory initiatives. By day, he is the Principal Technologist at EGATE Networks Inc., a Toronto based ISP which provides access, cloud, and voice services and specializes in providing products and services that meet the unique needs of its enterprise and wholesale partner customers. Before joining EGATE in 2015, Mr. Gamble was the Chief Innovation Officer at Thoughtfire Consulting, a Toronto based consultancy created to empower service providers deliver innovative telephony and cloud solutions.
Dr. Michael Geist | Law Professor, 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 is a regular columnist in the Globe and Mail, 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, CIRA, Internet Archive Canada, and the EFF Advisory Board. 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.
Huda Idrees | Founder & CEO, Dot Health
Huda is the Founder and CEO of Dot Health, a real-time personal health data platform. With a background in engineering from the University of Toronto and a prolific career at some of Toronto's best known startups including Wattpad, Wave, and Wealthsimple, her latest venture is transforming the way people access and control their own health information for good. Huda's work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Metro News, CNBC, and Metro Morning. She has been recognized amongst the Top 5 CEOs in Toronto Life and as a Top 25 Women of Influence in 2017. Huda serves on the Business Innovation and Development committee at Sinai Health System and on the Canadian Federal Economic Strategy Table for Health and Biosciences.
Emily Jackson | Telecom & Media Reporter, Financial Post
Emily Jackson is the telecom and media reporter at the Financial Post. She also hosts National Post Radio on SiriusXM Canada Talks. Previously, she covered politics at Metro News in Vancouver. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Al Jazeera and CBS. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen¹s University and a Master of Journalism from UBC.
Lance Koenders | Global Director, Smart & Connected Home Sales, Intel Corporation
Lance Koenders is the Global Director of Service Provider Sales for Intel Corporation’s Smart & Connected Home division. His organization is deployed around the world with a mission of helping communications service providers develop and execute their strategies to grow their broadband, smart home, and related consumer Internet services. Prior to his current role, he was the Chief of Staff and Technical Assistant to the SVP & General Manager of Intel’s Digital Home Group, driving the convergence of broadcast and broadband content via Intel’s SmartTV ecosystem and Digital Set Top platforms. Prior to his joining Intel, Lance worked for over 10 years as software engineer, developing PC applications for various companies, during the early years of the personal computer and Internet. Lance Koenders has an MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and multiple Computer Science / Engineering degrees from Arizona State University.
David La Cagnina | VP of Research & Development, SmartRG
David La Cagnina is Vice President of Technology for SmartRG. He is responsible for leading SmartRG’s innovation teams and driving overall technical strategy. Since joining SmartRG in May of 2012, David has worked closely with vendors, operators, and developers to spur SmartRG innovation in connected home technologies across the company’s portfolio of software and hardware products, including SmartOS™, SmartRG Home Analytics™, and SmartRG Device Manager™.
Prior to joining SmartRG, David spent 9 years at Comtrend Corporation, most recently as Vice President of Technology, overseeing technology and product development. David previously served in various Engineering capacities at Lucent Technologies, including Senior Resident Engineer for the WorldCom/Verizon Business customer team, where he was responsible for supporting the world’s largest deployment of Lucent Core Switching and Routing products. Before joining the ranks at Lucent, David served in various Engineering roles at Network Access Solutions, a startup, facilities-based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier operating in the then-Bell Atlantic territory, where he helped build one of the first DSL-based broadband access networks in North America, focusing solely on business-class broadband services (and installed the first DSL line in the US Capitol Building!).
With over 20 years of rich experience in the computer networking space and a passion for forward-looking development of new products, services, and platforms, David and his team have helped SmartRG build a reputation for bringing exceptional products to market, designed to meet the specific requirements of Service Providers and Operators around the world.
In his free-time, David enjoys playing guitar, hiking with friends and family, and, as a native of Pittsburgh, PA, cheering on his beloved Penguins and Steelers.
Peter Menzies | Director, Royal Saskatchewan Museum
A cultural executive, writer and occasional consultant, Peter Menzies has 40 years of experience within the media, communications and arts industries.
While at the CRTC, Menzies was vice chair of Telecommunications following a term as regional commissioner for Alberta & the Northwest Territories, having first dipped his toe into regulatory work as a part time Commissioner.
His first career was in newspapers where he took his initial job as a summer reporter at the Cowichan News on Vancouver Island and left his final job as publisher of the Calgary Herald. During his tenure at the latter he won, among others, a National Newspaper Award. Today, he is Director of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, western Canada’s oldest natural history and First Nations museum.
Candice Molnar | Former Telecom Executive, SaskTel
Candice Molnar was the CRTC Commissioner for Saskatchewan and Manitoba from 2008 - 2017 and during the term of her appointment, participated in every major telecom and broadcasting policy proceeding conducted by the Commission. Prior to joining the CRTC, Candice worked for SaskTel - the regional incumbent telephone company in Saskatchewan - where she held roles in finance, strategic planning, regulatory and customer service operations.
She is a chartered professional accountant and chartered director.
Johnathan Nightingale | Founder & Partner, Raw Signal Group
Johnathan Nightingale is a founder and partner at Raw Signal Group. He is editor of The Co-pour and bestselling author of "How F*cked Up Is Your Management? An Uncomfortable Conversation About Modern Leadership."
Johnathan has built and operated organizations from 2 people to 250. He was the Vice President of Firefox for Mozilla during a period of intense turmoil inside Mozilla and in the web at large, helped build and launch the first Firefox offerings on Android and iOS, and still cheers every time the open web wins.
After Mozilla he joined Hubba as their Chief Product Officer, and helped that team triple in size while improving their diversity stats instead of watching them slide. He is proud to sit on the board of Creative Commons, and is a big believer in the power of mission-based organizations.
He has strong opinions about your coffee infrastructure.
Brian Ritchie | Founder & CEO, Kamazooie Development Corporation
Brian is the Founder and CEO of Kamazooie Development Corporation, a company that is currently launching new form of machine intelligence focusing on consumer interaction. Prior to founding Kamazooie, Brian held VP and Director positions with global corporations ZTE, Ericsson and Oracle. Brian is also a member of Chapleau Cree First Nation and actively supports his community in economic development initiatives and in the guardianship of a community trust that has a mandate of providing benefit to future generations. Brian also sits on Ryerson’s Advisory Committee for the Ted Rogers School of Business MBA program. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Lakehead University and an MBA from Lake Superior State University.
Ken Sanderson | Executive Director, Broadband Communications North Inc.
Ken Sanderson is a member of Pinaymootang First Nation and is currently Executive Director of Broadband Communications North Inc., an Internet Service Provider with a network covering over 1000 sq km. Since starting at BCN, Ken has helped lead them to the establishment of subsidiary company, Mahkesis Group Inc., an Industry Training centre with international accreditation, and numerous large projects and partnerships. Ken is also the Chair of Canadian Aboriginal Human Resource Management Association Inc and a Council member with Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.
Ken comes with over 15 years of professional experience in consulting, research and analysis, public speaking, group facilitation, organizational development, and project management.
Ken’s past experience includes:
Management Consultant in the private and public sectors; first President (then called coordinator) of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce; Aboriginal Economic Development lead and later, Director of IT with 10 direct reports in the Manitoba Government. Over the years, Ken has delivered presentations and speaking engagements to dozens of conferences and events with crowds up to 1,000 people and has facilitated discussions, workshops and planning sessions with groups from private sector, public sector, and non-profit sector.
Ken is a Certified Service Manager, Certified Fiber Optics Technician and trainer.
Christian S. Tacit | Founder, Tacit Law
Drawing on over 37 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.
Peter Vandenengel | President, Netperian Inc.
Peter is Founder and President of Netperian Inc. He is an Internet CPE Product Leader who partners with top OEMs and ISPs to develop, test and launch world class home hardware. After spending nearly 20 years developing and deploying internet products, Peter knows that focussing on the customer is at the heart of any successful product. An advocate of technology with exceptional design, he pushes the barriers to ensure exceptional customer experience.
Prior to Netperian, Peter enjoyed over 15 years focussed on Internet Product Development for Bell Canada. At Bell, Peter spearheaded the deployment of the Fibre Network that is today the foundation of all Bell Residential services. He launched industry leading hardware including the first wireless set top box in Canada, award winning remote control design and industry leading Wi-Fi routers. He also managed the entire residential CPE supply chain consisting of over 10 million units across Canada. Peter has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.