November 5-7, 2018 | Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel




 A tremendous thank you to all of our wonderful 2017 SPEAKERS...


Bram Abramson | Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs

Bram Abramson is Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow at Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, and a director of the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services. Past roles include head of law, regulation, and public policy at TekSavvy; communications lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault; and senior analyst at Ottawa-Gatineau’s CRTC and Washington, DC’s TeleGeography. Bram holds the Fellow of Information Privacy designation (IAPP) and degrees in law (McGill, BCL and LLB) and communications (Concordia, BA).




Dan Armstrong | CEO/CTO, Beanfield Metroconnect

I’ve never actually had a job. I barely finished high school. I started Beanfield in 1988, and have spent the last 29 years steadily growing an independent, facilities-based fiber optic network provider.




Kevin Blumberg | President, TorIX

Kevin Blumberg has been the co-owner and CTO of The Wire Inc. in Toronto, Canada since 1999. He currently is the President and Chairman of the Toronto Internet Exchange, NRO Number Council, and the NANOG Program Committee. His past involvements included being on the Board and Executive of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. from 2010 until 2016. He served on the ARIN Advisory Council from 2012 until his appointment to the NRO Number Council in August 2016.



Peter Cohen | Partner Engagement Manager, Netflix

Peter Cohen has worked with ISPs around the globe for the last 20+ years in various roles including carriers, colocation and content.  For the past 5+ he has focused on Canadian and USA network connectivity for Netflix, including peering and Netflix’s Open Connect program that places servers on ISP networks closer to the consumers.  He is also an avid traveler, cook, golfer and tennis player. He lives in the Washington DC area with his wife and their two boys.




Ian Collins | President/Owner, Claremont Holdings Corp.

Over the past twenty five years Ian has held a number of senior management positions in both the energy and telecommunications sectors. He is currently owner and President of Claremont Holdings Corp. a firm specializing in business strategy and management outsourcing for small and medium enterprises. Ian’s roles include working with private equity organizations on Mergers and Acquisitions as well as providing short term senior leadership transition during substantial organizational change. Ian currently works with business owners and CEO’s in an advisory role developing their leadership skills and management techniques through an organization called CEO Global Network as both a group leader for his Entrepreneur to Enterprise group as well as COO and sits on two Advisory Boards of technology companies in the telecom and ICT sectors.
Prior to this Ian was President of Atria Networks a telecommunications provider where he was responsible for the strategic growth of the network operator through organic and acquisition of other telecommunications assets, successfully integrating them into one organization prior to its sale to Rogers for $425 Million.
In 2009 as acting President of Cogeco Data Services Ian directed the integration of Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc into Cogeco Cable following the successful sale of THTI to Cogeco for $205 Million. As VP of Operations at Toronto Hydro Telecom Ian provided strategic leadership in operations leading the transition from a dark fibre telecom provider into one of Toronto’s largest pure fibre optic based Metro Ethernet and datacentre colocation providers. Ian developed the platform for Cogeco Data Services later launch into the datacentre business.
Prior to joining Toronto Hydro Telecom Ian held various senior management positions at Hamilton Hydro including President of Fibrewired the utility owned telecommunications provider, President of Hamilton Community Energy a district energy provider to the City of Hamilton and various engineering positions for the electrical distribution utility including Director of Engineering and Operations.

Ian is a Professional Engineer and has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University and a Diploma in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier.


Jeff Cowan | VP & CTO, HCE Telecom

Jeff is an active contributor within the Cable and Telecommunication industries across North America, having actively participated within Cablelabs, IEEE, Metro Ethernet Forum, and other industry assemblies. Jeff enjoys challenging the status quo and developing disruptive strategies within the last mile fibre landscape for over 18 years, including leadership positions within Blink Communications and Rogers. In 2015, Jeff joined HCE Telecom and began executing upon a product and services roadmap, formally establishing HCE as a facilities based network provider within the GTHA. Jeff also sits on the Mayor of Hamilton’s Intelligent Community Committee, and frequently speaks to municipalities on the ever-changing world of technology, focusing on how cities can leverage their current and future assets to benefit both internal needs and, more broadly, the greater community.



John Curran | President & CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers

John Curran is the President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), responsible for leading the organization in its mission of managing the distribution of Internet number resources in its geographic region. He was also a founder of ARIN and served as its Chairman from inception through early 2009.

John’s experience in the Internet industry includes serving as CTO and COO for ServerVault, which provides highly secure, fully managed infrastructure solutions for sensitive federal government and commercial applications. Prior to this, he was CTO for XO Communications, and was integral in leading the organization’s technical initiatives, network architecture, and design of leading-edge capabilities built into the company’s nationwide network. Mr. Curran also served as CTO for BBN/GTE Internetworking, where he was responsible for the organization’s strategic technology direction. He led BBN’s technical evolution from one of the earliest Internet Service Providers through its growth and eventual acquisition by GTE.

He has also been an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having both co-chaired the IETF Operations and Network Management Area and served as a member of the IPng (IPv6) Directorate.



Timothy Denton | Chairman, Internet Society, Canada Chapter

Timothy is a lawyer and an adjudicator who practices principally in relation to technology issues: Internet governance, domain names, and 9-1-1 policy matters. He was a member of the CRTC (the Canadian broadcast and telecom regulator) from 2008-2013.
He served on the Board of Trustees of ARIN, the American Registry of Internet Numbers, from 2009 until 2017. Timothy also acts as the Chairman of the Internet Society of Canada. He is also a member of the board of CanOps, a corporation that provides infrastructure services to public safety organizations.
Timothy favours an internet where speech is free within the reasonable bounds of law, and where access to it is reasonably priced.




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 practised divorce law before switching careers and enrolling in the master of journalism program at Ryerson University.




Jim Estill | President & CEO, Danby Appliances

Jim Estill, CEO of Danby Appliances is a Canadian technology entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist.

Jim started a computer distribution business from the trunk of his car while in university. That modest business grew into a company doing $350,000,000 in sales before selling to SYNNEX in 2004. Jim then became CEO of SYNNEX Canada and grew sales from $800,000,000 to $2 Billion over five years.

Jim has invested in, mentored and advised many technology companies including Blackberry.  He joined their board before they went public and served for 13 years.

In 2016 & 2017 Jim Estill has been making news for his sponsorship efforts to settle 58 Syrian refugee families. The Financial Times, BBC News, The Guardian, and Toronto Life have all covered his story, including this viral video featuring his work.

You can also follow Jim on his blog, which documents his philosophies on leadership and time management.  Or watch his TEDx talk.

Jim was awarded the Order of Ontario, the provinces highest honour, in 2017.  He is a multiple recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.



Stephen Eyre | Area Vice President - Cloud & Software Solutions Sales, Calix

As AVP Cloud & Software Solutions Sales at Calix, Stephen is responsible for sales of the Calix Cloud product family and, in partnership with the Calix Cloud product group, it's strategy and evolution.

A veteran of many aspects of the ITC industry including 10 years in banking, 7 years in telecommunications and 15 years at Microsoft, Stephen's 25+ year career has encompassed phases as varied as expert system programming, IT and capital markets consulting, systems architecture, alliance creation and management, and, most recently, two years sourcing and selling IoT Solutions at TELUS in Canada. Stephen has three wonderful daughters aged 26, 33 & 35, plays as much soccer and golf as possible, and is an avid supporter of the Toronto Blue Jays & Raptors, the New York Islanders, and most of all, Chelsea FC.



Randy Foster | Co-Founder, Rocket Fiber LLC

Randy has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. His experience covers a range of technological concentrations including computer network design and management, software engineering, and system administration. His experience has focused on developing unique solutions that solve the needs of clients.

As a Co-founder of Rocket Fiber, Randy shapes the technological vision of Rocket Fiber. He guides the technology team ensuring that projects are deployed on time and on budget. He evaluates solutions for their adherence to the vision and client service requirements of Rocket Fiber.

Prior to leading technology at Rocket Fiber, Randy was employed with Quicken Loans where he provided software engineering services. Randy worked on QTrade, which is Quicken Loans’ trading platform. He focused on developing a new module that expanded the capabilities of the QTrade platform to allow automating the process of loan pricing.

Before joining the Family of Companies Randy performed a variety of technology services in a variety of roles. He was an independent software developer, developed software for a major auto manufacture, and performed all areas of computer network and system administration for a warehousing company. He also maintained radio and radar equipment while in the United States Air Force.

Randy has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from University of Michigan. He also has an Associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Henry Ford Community College.


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.



Michael Garbe | President, Accelerated Connections Inc.

Michael Garbe is the founder and President of Accelerated Connections, a business oriented ISP with national coverage. The company’s services include Internet, private networks, voice services (hosted PBX and SIP Trunking), colocation, hosting, cloud computing, and professional services. Michael founded the company in 2000. The focus of the company is on distributed enterprises with over 100 locations in sectors such as retail, restaurant, banking, etc.

One of Michael’s proudest accomplishments is his role in the independent ISP community. He is a founding member of CNOC and holds the title of President. Michael heads up the membership services side of CNOC, which includes the creation and ongoing efforts related to the Canadian ISP Summit.

Prior to founding Accelerated Connections, Michael was the President of Fastwire Communications and Northgrove Technologies (a manufacturer’s representative.) He has also held various sales roles including senior account positions at Novell and ComputerLand. Michael has a degree in Political Science from York University in Toronto.



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.  He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School.  Dr. Geist is a syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star and the Hill Times.  Dr. Geist is the editor of several copyright books including The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, University of Ottawa Press), From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (2010, Irwin Law) and In the Public Interest:  The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005, Irwin Law). He is also 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 the CANARIE Board of Directors, the Canadian Legal Information Institute Board of Directors, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority Board of Directors, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Advisory Board. He 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 Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2008, Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada and he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2003.  In 2010, Managing Intellectual Property named him on the 50 most influential people on intellectual property in the world and Canadian Lawyer named him one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada in 2011, 2012 and 2013. More information can be obtained at



Grant Hall | Founder & CEO, Nuvyyo

Grant is the founder and CEO of Nuvyyo, creators of the Tablo DVR for cord cutters. Since their launch in 2014, Tablo DVRs and apps have been praised by the industry experts and embraced by consumers across the United States and Canada as the most user-friendly way to watch, record and stream Over-the-Air broadcast TV on any device, any time, anywhere.
Prior to founding Nuvyyo, Grant spent 25 years in the telecommunications industry in senior roles in Product Management, Marketing and Sales including: Leader Global Video Solutions Marketing Nortel; AVP Canadian Marketing Alcatel; AVP Product Marketing Alcatel.




Geoff Hogan | CEO, SWIFT

Geoff Hogan has extensive experience in using technology to transform business operations during his career as a private sector consultant and a public servant. Since 1999 Geoff has worked to facilitate expansion of broadband in Grey County and southwestern Ontario. Starting in 2012 Geoff led the Connected County initiative in Grey County which resulted in Grey County being named to the ICF (Intelligent Community Forum) Top 7 communities in 2017.
Geoff is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT). SWIFT’s mandate is to connect every farm, business and home in southwest Ontario with fibre optics. Geoff has extensive not for profit board experience including acting as current chair of the Centre for Business, the Community Futures in Collingwood Ontario.
Geoff resides in rural Grey County near Thornbury with his wife, two daughters and Golden Retriever Alfie.



Jeff Klause | CEO, Voyageur Internet

Jeff Klause is CEO of Voyageur Internet, a passionate visionary, an efficient team-builder, and an exceptional leader. His expertise in the areas of telecommunications and internet infrastructure allow him to apply a hands-on approach to everything he does – and he’s not afraid to do what it takes to operate his successful company. On any given day, you might find him running the show from his desk, strategizing in a boardroom, networking at an important business committee, or on top of a signal tower with hardhat on, taking care of his customers from the ground up… literally…
Voyageur Internet began back in 2002, when Jeff and his business partner at the time first started a company called NetSet Solutions. They began hosting customers, and providing internet services to communities in rural Manitoba who could otherwise not receive internet services. Their MO was to recognize needs, and go out and fill them. The company transitioned to Rainy Day Internet in 2006, and finally, to Voyageur Internet in 2011, when it began specializing in telecommunications and internet infrastructure.
One of the most important things Jeff learned over the years, through his many business ventures, is the important of customer service. Today, with Jeff at the helm, Voyageur is undergoing rapid growth in offering residential and business enterprise packages to suit a variety of needs, and is constantly working to expand their network to better serve their customers.
Feeling right at home on the cutting-edge of technology, Jeff’s first company, Upward Industries, which began in 1996, involved digital media promotion before it was even a known industry. At that time he globally distributed 3.5” floppy disks and CD-ROMS, a web-hybrid that was revolutionary for its time. Today, through Voyageur, he remains – still – on the cutting edge of technology, adding towers, and engineering solutions for tower designs. When he became CEO of Rainy Day in 2016, there were 18 tower sites on the network. Today, they are currently building number 54, 55, and 56 – with more to come.
Born and raised in Saint Boniface, Jeff has a strong connection to his Métis and French community roots, which is why he chose to raise his family and build a successful, socially responsible business in Manitoba. He is an active voice in the business community, and among his many accolades are the 2006 Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Brightest Future Award, and the 2005 Manitoba Business Magazine Top 3 Fastest Growing Companies in Manitoba.

When he’s not working, you might find Jeff golfing, spending time with his family. You might also find him detonating bottle rockets in the back-lane right outside his very organized and tool-stocked garage. If the neighbours mind the noise, well, he’ll simply offer them a glass of beer from his in-fridge garage keg, and invite them to stick around for the next rocket show. With this friendly approach, the problem is usually solved instantly – no signal poles to have to climb, and no hard hat needed.



Lance Koenders | Global Director of Service Provider 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 Research & Development 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 19 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.



Christianne Laizner | Vice-Chair, Telecommunications, CRTC

Christianne Laizner has broad experience in communications law and public-sector management. She most recently served as Senior General Counsel and Executive Director of the CRTC’s Legal Sector from 2013 to 2017. She previously served as the CRTC’s General Counsel for telecommunications.
Mrs. Laizner began her career in private practice. Prior to joining the public service, Mrs. Laizner was a partner in the Chown, Cairns law firm in St. Catharines, Ont., specializing in civil litigation, family law and insurance defence litigation. In 1987, she joined the Department of Justice, as a civil litigator. She then joined the Trade Negotiations Office as counsel to the Department of Foreign Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada) participating in negotiations and providing legal advice on dispute settlement provisions of the first Canada – U.S. Free Trade Agreement and then the North American Free Trade Agreement. From 1997 to 2007, Mrs. Laizner co-managed the Litigation and Procurement Review Practice Group at Public Works and Government Services (now Public Services and Procurement Canada) and defended major Crown project procurement before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. In 2007 she was appointed General Counsel and Executive Director of the Canadian International Development Agency’s Legal Services Branch.
Mrs. Laizner was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982, and holds Bachelor of Laws from Western University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from McGill University.
Her term ends on July 16, 2018.



Sylvie LaPerrière | Interconnection Strategist, Google

Sylvie LaPerrière is a builder of the Global Internet.  She is an Interconnection Strategist for Google’s peering, caching and cloud .  Before joining Google, she launched and then expanded Tata Communications’ Internet backbone in more than 25 global markets, had it circle the globe and achieved settlement-free status.   Her product development and management experience is coupled with extensive bilateral experience dealing with global, regional and national telecom and Internet operators.

A recognized leader in the global Internet community, Sylvie is involved in the governance of nonprofit organisations.  She chairs the Board of Directors of two Internet Exchanges (IXPs), the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) and the Montreal Internet Exchange (   She serves on the Board of directors of two R&D organizations, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE) and  PROMPT (  In her local community she serves on the Board of TechnoMontreal, the private, academic and public ICT  cluster whose mission is to increase and accelerate the industry’s competitiveness in Greater Montreal.

Sylvie advocates diverse talent inclusion by coaching and mentoring young ICT professionals,  and by promoting Science and Technology Careers with teenagers. She received her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Information Systems from École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal.  Married with  three teenagers, she enjoys discovering the world with her family.



Jacques Latour | Chief Technology Officer, CIRA

Jacques Latour is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). As an expert in developing innovative, leading-edge IT solutions, Jacques has established CIRA as a global leader among country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries. His 26+ years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors afford him a unique perspective, from research and development and software development to IT operations and business development.

Jacques is currently responsible for the mission-critical architecture of the .CA ccTLD. In this role, he provides leadership and direction for the management and security of the .CA registry and its underlying DNS, critical components of Canada’s national Internet infrastructure.

A visionary in the Internet community, Jacques is committed to the development of a new Canadian Internet architecture. Under his direction in 2012, CIRA spearheaded the development of a national, robust network of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) to diminish Canada’s unnecessary dependence on out-of-country infrastructure, enhance domestic Internet performance, and decrease costs. As a result, Canada’s IXP network has grown sevenfold. He has also served as the catalyst for the creation of a national Canadian IXP association, CA-IX, and is a member of the Manitoba Internet Exchange’s (MBIX) Board of Directors.



Javier Lopez | Product Manager, ADTRAN

Javier is responsible for ADTRAN xDSL and copper loop technologies. This includes TA1148x/TA1248x, TA5000 xDSL, 5004 xDSL, 1148VX, and 5xxG. In this role, Javier is responsible for defining the Americas strategy for vectoring and technologies. Prior to this role, Javier served a wide range of roles within engineering, and most recently as Enterprise Product Manager for NetVanta Switches. Javier holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama-Huntsville and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.




Amber Mac | President, AmberMac Media

Amber Mac(Arthur) started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches.

Amber left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. In 2007, she started her own digital marketing agency. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach Tony Robbins. Their client list also includes Microsoft, Intel, Shopify, Ford, Canada Goose, Fast Company, PayPal, Scotiabank, Yellow Pages, and many more leading organizations.

In 2010, she wrote the national bestselling business book Power Friending (Portfolio: New York). In 2016, she co-wrote an Internet safety book called Outsmarting Your Kids Online (with security expert Michael Bazzell). Amber has keynoted more than 300 events around the world. Topics include business innovation, Internet of things, online safety, artificial intelligence, the distraction economy, and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow.

She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, Shopify, CNN, Bloomberg TV, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and SiriusXM Radio and has more than two million social media followers online.



Robert McMillan | Business Engineering Manager, CENGN

Robert McMillan is the Business Engineering Manager for CENGN – the Centre of Excellence for Next Generation Networking. Robert has an extensive background in the Telecommunications Industry beginning with Motorola. His areas of focus included wireless, satellite, wireline and VoIP communications systems. As a Director of Monitor Technologies, Robert co-developed and successfully marketed an early M2M device.

Robert now uses his knowledge of the ICT industry and personal experience as an entrepreneur in assisting Canadian companies in evolving their technology from the innovation to the commercialization phase.



Kevin Morgan | CMO, Clearfield Inc.

Kevin Morgan is the chief marketing officer of Clearfield, Inc., the preferred supplier specialist in fiber management and connectivity platforms for communication service providers.

Morgan has served in various senior marketing positions since 1996 at ADTRAN, Inc. where he gained extensive experience in advanced communications technology, fiber optic systems, and business product marketing. Before that, he spent nearly a decade at telephone operating company BellSouth, now a part of AT&T, where he worked as the lead product evaluations resource of broadband technologies in the Science & Technology department. Morgan also served in various leadership positions with the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council Americas, including as a regular Board Member 2011-16 and Chairman of the Board in 2015.

Morgan received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Alabama.



Viktor Osipchuk | Engineer, Technical Marketing | Cisco

Viktor Osipchuk is a Technical Marketing Engineer at SPNSA (Service Provider Networking and Software Automation) Group and currently focused on automation, telemetry, data models and APIs for large scale Web and Service Provider deployments. He joined Cisco Russia in 2011 and worked there with the biggest national Tier-1 SP customers on different projects, including development of backbone designs. After moving to Cisco HQ in San Jose, Viktor had an opportunity to work directly with one of the biggest and most interesting Web Customers in the world. Before joining Cisco, he worked for a couple of different networking vendors, holding in total around 14 years of diverse networking experience. Viktor has an MS in Telecommunications and holds double CCIE (SP/RS) as well as other certifications.



Dr. Christopher Parsons | Research Associate, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs

Dr. Christopher Parsons received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Guelph, and his Ph.D from the University of Victoria. He is currently the Managing Director of the Telecom Transparency Project and a Research Associate at the Citizen Lab, in the Munk School of Global Affairs with the University of Toronto. His research focuses on third-party access to telecommunications data. His work has been recognized by information and privacy commissioners, Canadian political parties, and national and international non-profits as advancing the state of privacy discourse.

Christopher has written policy reports for civil advocacy organizations in Canada, submitted evidence to Parliamentary committees, and is an active member of the Canadian privacy advocacy community. He has been involved in projects examining lawful access legislation, identity management systems, automatic license plate recognition technologies, network management and surveillance practices in Western democratic states, privacy issues linked to social media services, and the privacy implications of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Christopher has published in the Journal of Law, Information & Science, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, European Journal of Law and Technology, Canadian Privacy Law Review, Media and Communication, CTheory, and has chapters in numerous academic and popular books. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Human Research Council, the New Transparency Project, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's contributions programs, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and by civil advocacy organizations. He regularly presents his research to government, media, the public, and at academic events.



Christian S. Tacit | Founder, Tacit Law

Drawing on over 36 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 of a not-for-profit organization, 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.


Dr. Adam Wick | Research Lead, Galois, Inc.

Adam Wick, Ph.D., leads the systems software group at Galois, Inc. For ten years, Adam has worked with commercial and government partners to make our operating systems, networks, and mobile devices safer and more secure. His work includes work with the Intelligence community to create secure communications pipelines to carry critical data; working with the U.S. Defense Department and Homeland Security to retrofit mobile and embedded applications to enhance their security; working with commercial clients to design new cloud architectures to enable next-generation capabilities; and developing network defense appliances for detecting and responding to attacks. In addition to his research work, Adam also leads active commercial software and research transition activities, including Galois's CyberChaff and 3DCoP.



Kenneth B. Wong | Distinguished Professor of Marketing & Business Strategy

Mr. Wong is a faculty member and The Distinguished Professor of Marketing at Queen's School of Business, where he has held both teaching and administrative positions.  He was the principal architect of the first full-time degree program in Canada to operate completely outside of government subsidy: A distinction that earned him the cover of Canadian Business in April 1994. (The new Program has been rated by Business Week as number one, worldwide among non-U.S. MBAs in 4 of the last 7 bi-annual rankings). Mr. Wong is also a Strategic Advisor to  Level 5, a marketing consulting firm focused on brand strategy and execution.  As a teacher, he has received numerous awards for his courses in strategic planning, marketing, and business strategy His business and teaching awards include: 2015 - Kingston Business Hall of Fame; 2006 - Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends, and; 1998 - Financial Post's Leaders in Management Education award, a lifetime achievement award for his work in undergraduate, MBA, and Executive Development programs.   Beyond Queen's, he has also taught in degree programs at Cornell, Carleton University, Radcliffe College, and Harvard's Continuing Education Program and in executive programs at York University, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, and the University of Alberta.  He is a frequent speaker and facilitator in conferences and executive development programs around the world.

As a researcher, Mr. Wong has worked with the Strategic Planning Institute (Cambridge, MA) and the Conference Board of Canada.  He is one of the most frequently quoted sources of marketing and strategy insight in Canadian media. He writes regularly for Strategy magazine and has served as a regular columnist for the National Post, Marketing magazine, Canadian Grocer, and Meetings and Incentives.  He has also written for the Financial Times, Globe and Mail and the Conference Board Review.   His current research focuses on enhancing "marketing productivity" and brand profitability.  In addition to consulting for private corporations, Mr. Wong has served as a marketing and strategic planning consultant to a number of government agencies and departments and on various local, provincial, and federal government task forces: in particular he works extensively with agencies focused on the ethics of marketing to children. He is a member of the Canadian delegation on the development of ISO standards for Brand Management and Measurement. He often assists on judging panels, most recently for the 2015 Canadian "Best 50" competition (excellence in management) and the Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year.  He received his B.Comm and MBA degrees from Queen's University prior to a period of doctoral studies at the Harvard Business School.  He is former Chairman of the Board, PBB Global Logistics Inc., and a member of Advisory Boards/Boards of Directors for a number of public and private sector organizations.