November 13th, 2019

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Growing Canada’s ICT Sector


CENGN Summit is the nation’s leading conference devoted to promoting the commercial growth and adoption of disruptive networking technologies across Canada. Facilitating development of the tech communications sector will not only benefit the traditional telecom sector, but all businesses and sectors that are growing increasingly dependent on networking advancements to optimize their processes.

CENGN Summit is the conference for tech professionals and businesses to learn which technologies are set to revolutionize the industry.  Learn how business, government, academia, and NPOs are working together to leverage next generation network technology and grow our innovation economy.


Amy J. Radin

Amy J. Radin

Adviser & Author

Amy Radin is a trusted leader and adviser to executives and boards on how to accomplish growth through meaningful innovation. For over 25 years she has brought pragmatic vision and leadership to transformations in complex, highly regulated businesses including global Fortune 500 consumer financial services, payments, retail banking, investments, financial planning and insurance.

Amy wrote the award-winning book, The Change Maker’s Playbook: How to Seek, Seed and Scale Innovation in Any Company (City Point Press, Fall, 2018) to share expertise and a methodology that addresses the inevitable challenges any company will face in pursuit of an innovation agenda and offers real-world approaches to succeed.

She advises a select portfolio of early-stage companies on enterprise business development and go-to-market strategy and planning, and keynotes corporate, board, and women’s leadership events. Amy serves on the Board of the Association (AICPA), the global association serving 650,000 accounting and financial management professionals.

Amy has been honored by US Banker as a Most Powerful Woman in Banking; by NYU Stern Graduate School of Business as a recipient of the Nichols Award for Enterprise, Integrity and Service; and by BusinessWeek, who named her a Top 25 Global Champion of Innovation. Amy is a graduate of The Wharton School (MBA, Marketing) and Wesleyan University (BA, College of Letters and Spanish).

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Bruce Ross

Bruce Ross

Group Head, Technology & Operations, RBC

Bruce Ross is responsible for the strategy and overall management of global technology and operations for RBC, which includes innovation, applications development, infrastructure and enterprise operations. Together with other members of the Group Executive, he is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the bank.

Since joining in 2014, Bruce has led the technology team in transforming RBC to a digitally-enabled relationship bank. He has spearheaded a technology strategy designed to deliver exceptional client experiences in today’s digital world, while also driving efficiency, maintaining security and growing talent. Under his leadership, the team is evolving traditional models to deliver efficiency as transaction volumes rise while continually innovating to create exceptional client experiences through data insights and leading digital capabilities. Bruce was named Canadian CIO of the Year in 2017 by the Information Technology Association of Canada.

A seasoned executive with more than 30 years of technology and business experience, Bruce was the General Manager, Global Technology Services, North America at IBM before joining RBC. He also held roles as the General Manager, Global Technology Services, Europe for IBM and General Manager and President, IBM Canada.

Bruce is a professional engineer and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.

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Cheryl Jensen

Cheryl Jensen

Former President and CEO of Algonquin College

Cheryl Jensen was the eighth president of Algonquin College. She joined Algonquin from Mohawk College, where she held the title of Vice President, Academic for five years. Cheryl first joined Mohawk as a Chemical Engineering Technology professor in 1983 and served as Dean, Executive Dean, and Vice President of Engineering Technology, Apprenticeship and Corporate Training.

Cheryl served on the Boards of Ottawa Network for Education, Invest Ottawa, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, and the Ottawa Beechwood Cemetery and Beechwood Cemetery Foundation. She was also a Board member for Polytechnics Canada and a member of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable. She is the recipient of a Hamilton YWCA Woman of Distinction award and a national leadership award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

Cheryl graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Certificate in the Metallurgy of Iron and Steel, and holds a Master of Education in Organizational and Administrative Studies from Brock University.

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Ian Hood

Ian Hood

Chief Technologist, Red Hat

Ian is Chief Technologist, Global Service Provider business for Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source technologies. Ian brings more than 35 years of engineering and telecommunications technology leadership to Red Hat. Acting as a catalyst and trusted advisor, Ian brings together a wealth of industry and open source community insight to help our customers flourish in the digital transformation era.

More recently, Ian was responsible for global service provider architecture at Cisco, leading their SDN/NFV vision and business transformation strategy. With his extensive background in system engineering, product management, and business, Ian has proven expertise in helping organizations navigate and succeed in today’s fast-paced competitive environment.

Ian grew up in Owen Sound, just a few hours north of Toronto in Canada, and spent the first half of his career designing and building communications networks for operators and governments around the world (e.g Petronas Towers, MCI/Verizon, SBC/ATT, Canada Post, Bell Canada, Telus, Rogers, Department of Defense, CSIS, Bank of Canada) and was the chief communications engineer for the Canadian global embassy network (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Ian is a very active and sought after speaker for engagements at many emerging technology, industry, and customer forums. Ian is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, and holds a B.A.Sc (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo.

Ian Jolliffe

Ian Jolliffe

Director Engineering, Wind River

Software Architect and technology leader focused on Edge Cloud Native technologies. Ian is active in StarlingX as a member of the Technical Steering Committee, OpenStack and OPNFV – defining the future of technologies that will enable next-generation cloud solutions at the Edge. Ian works with global development, sales, and product management teams to create customer solutions for high-performance cloud technologies at the Edge. Ian has a deep background in Telecom and knowledge of Industrial use cases enables me to bring a solutions approach to accelerate the adoption of cloud-native in these markets.

Jacques Latour

Jacques Latour

Chief Technology Officer, CIRA

As an expert in developing innovative, leading-edge IT solutions, Jacques has established CIRA as a global leader among ccTLD registries. He has 25+ years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors and as CIRA’s CTO,is currently leading CIRA Labs, CIRA’s innovation hub and providing leadership and direction for the management and security of the .CA registry and its underlying DNS.

A visionary in the Internet community, Jacques led the development of CIRA’s Internet Performance Test, is an outspoken advocate for the adoption of IPv6 and represents the .CA registry internationally as a member of a variety of working groups and advisory groups, including being a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), TLDOPS standing committees and TechDay and DNSSEC Planning Program Committee.

Jacques is committed to the development of a new Canadian Internet architecture. He has 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) and the DNS-OARC Board of Directors.

Jacques holds an Electronics Engineering Technologist diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa, is ITIL v3 Foundation certified and is a certified Agile ScrumMaster.

Jean-Charles Fahmy

Jean-Charles Fahmy

President & CEO, CENGN

As President and CEO of CENGN, Jean-Charles (JC) Fahmy is accountable for providing leadership and strategic direction to the company, and responsible for the organization’s day-to-day operations. He drives the delivery of CENGN’s mission by working collaboratively within the wider ICT ecosystem, aligning the community on the goal of enabling the Canadian ICT sector to thrive. As chief ambassador, JC is actively engaged with CENGN’s external stakeholders to strengthen and promote the development of Canada’s innovation economy in the ICT sector.

JC has over 20 years of global business and operational leadership experience with a proven track record of achieving exceptional results guiding technology organizations to harness innovation, achieve differentiation, create value for customers, and accelerate business performance.

JC has broad and diverse experience with large public companies as well as both Private Equity and Venture Capital backed businesses.  Prior to CENGN, JC was Vice President of Product Management & Business Development at Coriant, where he led the formation and strong growth of Coriant’s strategic Data Center Solutions Business. Prior to Coriant he held several senior leadership roles at Nortel Networks, BTI Systems, where he was VP Product Management, and as Operating Executive in the Telecom practice at Marlin Equity Partners, a leading Private Equity Firm.

JC holds an MBA from McGill University, and a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa.

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Natalie Giroux

Natalie Giroux

Business Lead, Innovation Strategy, Stratford Managers Corporation

Natalie is the business lead of the Innovation Strategy business at Stratford Managers Corporation. She is a pragmatic achiever with extensive experience in the areas of strategic Intellectual Property (IP) and innovation management.

Throughout her career, she has combined deep technical knowledge with business insights and leadership skills to serve a variety of leading-edge start-up and large companies. She is passionate about making sure companies of any size continuously innovate and have a strong IP strategy by helping them foster an innovation minded culture and build a cost-efficient valuable IP portfolio combining patents, trademarks and trade secrets.

Prior to acting as the Chief Scientist and IP strategist for Gridpoint Systems, she was a partner at Skypoint Capital where she provided support to the portfolio companies in the implementation of effective intellectual property strategies and managed patent litigations.

From 1997 to 2001, Natalie held various senior management positions with Newbridge Networks and Alcatel, culminating in her role as AVP Architecture and Technology where she was responsible to create and lead three innovation labs.

During this period Natalie also managed the five-year Lucent vs Newbridge litigation while efficiently scaling the Newbridge’s patent portfolio.

Raymond Maika

Raymond Maika

Engineering Team Lead, CENGN

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Rick O’Connor

Rick O’Connor

President and CEO, OpenHW Group

A proven industry executive with 25+ years of experience across the semiconductor, compute and telecom sectors driving open standards based technology deployment. Rick’s work has been focused on leading-edge product & business development with emphasis in the areas of strategy formulation and execution, technology investments, marketing and business development, new product development and introduction, strategic relationship management and driving M&A activity.

Rick possesses a unique combination of business and technical skills and has particular strengths in market development; extensive technology and system level knowledge; leading business teams and new product development from concept to deployment; and extensive contacts across the industry. Rick has strong interpersonal & presentation skills and is a regular speaker at key industry forums with frequent interaction with industry and financial analysts.

“The roll out of 5G and next generation networks requires new architectural approaches to realize ever increasing processing throughput within smaller and smaller power envelopes for devices connected at the edge and throughout the network.  Open source hardware building blocks will be the next innovation frontier allowing the ecosystem to deliver these edge computing platforms.”

Robert Ghiz

Robert Ghiz

President & CEO, CWTA

Robert Ghiz is President and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and Chair of the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada. Twice elected Premier of Prince Edward Island, Robert’s accomplishments included his successful stewardship of PEI’s economy through the 2008 global financial collapse, overseeing its record-setting economic growth following the recession, implementing full-day kindergarten for the first time in the province’s history, and leading successful trade missions in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. Robert is a proud champion of Canada’s wireless industry and its ability to enhance the lives of people across the country.

Tejas Rao

Tejas Rao

Managing Director and Global 5G Offering Lead, Accenture

Tejas has over twenty-five years of experience in mobile telecommunications, media and high technology industry, management consulting, digital platforms, next-generation mobile (5G) networks, IoT, mobile devices, wireless voice and data communication systems, telco cloud, and design and integration of complex business application systems. Executive-level management and technical experience include: practice and offering development, consulting, business development, account management, mobile device portfolio planning, wireless technology marketing, next-generation network evolution, connected home, connected car, big data, building a national services organization, design and deployment of enhanced wireless data services such as Push-to-Talk and location-based services, E-Business systems, business and operations support systems, large-scale systems integration projects, product management, and strategic planning.

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Attendees that need hotel accommodations can book at the Brookstreet Hotel and reference the 2019 CENGN Summit for our group rate.

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