The program for CENGN Summit 2021 is currently in the works. This year’s summit will include keynotes and topic deep dives into the most pertinent and timely topics in the digital transformation of industry.

Join the top experts in disruptive tech, be part of the discussion and learn how next generation network technology is shaping our economy through business and improving our lives through enhanced connectivity.

If you are interested in taking part contact Rick Penwarded at rick.penwarden@cengn.ca


CENGN Summit 2020 Program November 12
CENGN's Summit Additional Sessions

2020 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Jean-Charles Fahmy

Jean-Charles Fahmy

President & CEO, CENGN

As President and CEO of CENGN, Jean-Charles (JC) Fahmy provides leadership and strategic direction to the company and drives the delivery of CENGN’s mission by working with the ICT ecosystem on the goal of the commercialization, growth, and global competitiveness of Canada’s innovation economy.

JC has over 25 years of global leadership experience in tech, creating value and accelerating business performance with large public companies as well as both Private Equity and Venture Capital backed businesses.  Prior to CENGN, JC held several senior leadership roles including Vice President of Product Management & Business Development at Coriant, and 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.

“Next Generation Networks are the enablers of the digital transformation of our vertical industries, and to equality of opportunity for all Canadians.”

Robert Ghiz

Robert Ghiz

President & CEO, CWTA

Keynote: Accelerating 5G in Canada — Benefits for Cities and Rural Communities

Robert Ghiz is President and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). He serves as an Advisor on numerous Boards including the Prince’s Trust Advisory Council, the True Patriot Love Foundation, the Librarian Archives of Canada Foundation, and he is also Chair of the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada. Twice elected Premier of Prince Edward Island, Robert’s many accomplishments include his successful stewardship of PEI’s economy through the 2008 global financial collapse and his contributions to its record-setting economic growth following the recession. While Premier, Robert also led successful trade missions in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. Robert is proud to be the Canadian wireless industry’s champion in Ottawa, where he works to ensure the industry continues to enhance the personal lives and economic opportunities of Canadians across the country.

“Canada’s facilities-based operators have invested more than $70 billion in building wireless networks than are among the fastest and most widely available in the world”

Pascal Menezes

Pascal Menezes


Pascal is a proven technology thought leader, sales evangelist, product manager and seasoned IP architect with decades of experience in internetworking, next-generation information systems, and communication architectures. Pascal currently serves as Chief Technology Officer to MEF.

He is focused on SD-WAN, SD-WAN security, cloud scale architectures, real-time media networks, Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO). He is a former Principal from Microsoft Skype for Business Global Carrier Group where he spent close to 10 years working on many real-time media and network technologies. Pascal has done five startups with multiple successes, has received numerous industry global thought leadership awards and has presented extensively in numerous events worldwide. Pascal holds 30+ patents and patents pending and has co-authored many standards in the IETF, MEF, and Broadband Forum (MPLS).

“Digital Transformation is happening everywhere and network transformation is part of that. Within network transformation we are seeing SD-WAN being played out very significantly across the globe”


John Graham-Cumming

John Graham-Cumming

Chief Technology Officer, Cloudflare

John Graham-Cumming is the CTO of Cloudflare and is a computer programmer and author. He studied mathematics and computation at Oxford and stayed for a doctorate in computer security. As a programmer, he has worked in Silicon Valley and New York, the UK, Lisbon, Germany, and France. His open source POPFile program won a Jolt Productivity Award in 2004.

He is the author of a travel book for scientists published in 2009 called The Geek Atlas and has written articles for The Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist, and other publications.

Lindsay Sill

Lindsay Sill

Chief Operating Officer & Interim Executive Director, Quantum Algorithms Institute

Lindsay Sill is the Chief Operating Officer & Interim Executive Director of the Quantum Algorithms Institute. Lindsay is an Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. She is skilled in Strategic Partnerships, Management, Leadership, Team Leadership, and Project Management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Victoria. Prior to over a decade-long career at WestGrid / Compute Canada, she worked as a Laboratory Manager in the Department of Medicine for the University of Calgary where she did research on gene therapy and immunology, which eventually led to a publication in Nature. As a member of the Advanced Research Computing Working Group, Lindsay co-authored a position paper on the ARC needs in Canada, as requested by the federal government, through the Leadership Council on Digital Research Infrastructure. These efforts helped influence the 2018 federal budget announcement of $572.5M over five years to implement a Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy.  Lindsay was also an Advisory Board member of the first international and Canadian chapter of the non-profit organization Women in HPC, which works to improve the gender balance in advanced research computing. She serves as a National and Global Ambassador for the Universal Women’s Network, is a member of the CIRA Nominations Committee, and is on the Board of Directors for the Kelowna Ultimate Players society, as ultimate frisbee is one of her many passions. She lives in Kelowna, BC with her husband and two sons.

Hannah Wanderer

Hannah Wanderer

EVP, Lit Solutions, Zayo

Hannah Wanderer is executive vice president of Lit Solutions at Zayo Group. With over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Hannah’s expertise is focused on delivering business value to clients through enabling technologies that also provide best-in-class experiences, an intrinsic element in Zayo’s company strategy and culture. As a Zayo team member since its founding in 2007, Hannah has served in a variety of company operations, including development, IT, service delivery, customer care, product and sales operations. Prior to Zayo, Hannah held leadership positions at VoicePipe Communications and ICG Communications.

Hannah is an active supporter of the entrepreneurial community and is dedicated to developing leaders who inspire, support and drive change. She does this through her support of and participation in community events and organizations, including Greenhouse Scholars, Colorado Technology Association, Denver/Boulder Startup Week, CiviCo and Women in Technology.

“Today’s advancements in network infrastructure enables companies across all sectors to accelerate the innovations of tomorrow”

Innovation Track Speakers

Alla Goldner

Alla Goldner

Director of Technology, Strategy & Standardization, Amdocs

Winner of Best Woman in Network Orchestration award (2019), recognized by Light Reading as one of the industry’s best Female Tech Pioneers (2018), and with multiple patents to her name, Alla Goldner is Director of Technology, Strategy & Standardization, Amdocs where her current focus is NFV and SDN network evolution, and in particular, the standardization and open-source domains. With over 20 years of experience in developing technology strategy and system architecture at global companies (including Alcatel, Motorola, and Intel), Alla also leads the Orchestration Stream for TIP’s Open Core Network (OCN) project; chairs Linux Foundation’s ONAP Requirements Subcommittee; is a member of LF’s ONAP Technical Steering Committee, a leading contributor of multiple work items in the areas of 5G, Policy Control and Charging, NFV, SDN, ORAN, closed loop assurance, control-user plane split and congestion management. Alla has extensive experience in leading standardization efforts in 3GPP, IETF, ETSI NFV, BBF, ETSI and MEC and has also served on the program committees of several conferences including IEEE ICC and IEEE CSCN.

“Open RAN will play a key role in 5G, but operationalizing it will require a new set of automation & analytics tools, especially around cross-domain, multi-vendor orchestration.”

Steve Libbey

Steve Libbey

VP of Sales, Parallel Wireless

Steve has 32 years of experience in wireless and telecommunications sales and sales management. His wireless experience includes land mobile radio, Fixed wireless access, and cellular networking infrastructure.

He has worked at Motorola, ADC, Cedar Point Communications and BroadSoft/Cisco.

Steve lives in the Boston area and his hobbies include skiing, hiking and reading.

“Open RAN helps global mobile operators to reduce Total Cost of Ownership, deliver high performance an enable innovation that avoids vendor lock in and unleashes the full potential of 5G”

Patrick Lopez

Patrick Lopez

Founder and CEO, Core Analysis Inc

Patrick Lopez is CEO at {Core Analysis}, the leading industry analyst practice at the intersection of telco and cloud. He has over 20 years’ experience building, launching and operating telecoms businesses in startups, mid-sized and tier one multinationals. He was exclusive advisor to Opera software in its acquisition of Skyfire for $155 million

Prior to Core Analysis, Patrick was global vice president of Networks Innovation at Telefonica group.

His latest achievements include:

  • Advising Bell Canada on 5G, slicing, edge computing and innovation strategy
  • Published Edge Computing and hybrid cloud 2020 as well as Xran 2020 reports
  • Presented Edge computing risks and opportunities for Telcos and hyperscalers to IFC – World Bank
  • World’s first Open RAN (virtualized Radio Access Network) evaluation and commercial deployment
  • Multi 1oo´s million$ joint venture with Facebook and development banks to connect the unconnected. Includes SDN, NFV, open source virtualized ENodeB, EPC, satellite backhaul, Facebook, TIP, Google Loon
  • World’s first multi access (mobile, fixed, enterprise, residential) edge computing deployment (software defined Central Office re-architected as a data center project with transport aggregation, access virtualization, edge computing).

While at Telefonica, Patrick sat on the Boards of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and 5Tonic (an open 5G laboratory).

Before this, he was part of the teams that sent the world’s first mobile picture message (MMS) and deployed the first streaming video optimization engine for mobile networks.

Patrick has collaborated to various industry and financial reports including Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse First Boston, Frost & Sullivan, Yankee group, Ovum, and has written several articles in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal, Wireless Week, Fierce wireless, RCR Wireless News, CNN and CNBC.

Patrick currently resides in Toronto, Canada and has worked in the United States, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain and France.

He holds a MBA in Corporate Management.


“Open RAN is set to profoundly change telecom’s economics and innovation”

Howard Tsao

Howard Tsao

CTO, Communications Industry Development Project Office, IDB/MOEA, Taiwan

Technical Director, ITRI/ICL

COO, Taiwan Internet Gateway Company

CTO, Global Mobile telecommunication corp.

VP, FarEastone telecommunication Corp.

Manager, ITRI/CCL

Head of System Engineering Div, Cellular Infrastructure Group, Motorola APAC

Howard has been working in the telecommunication industry over 30 years, from AMPS, GSM, UMTS, Wimax, LTE to 5G.

Experience: RF HW R&D, Infrastructure system engineering, Network planning and Operation as well as telecom Biz operation

Currently, Howard is responsible for setting up a collaboration model for the Taiwan ICT industry with international ICT upstream and downstream partners.

“The ORAN standard and product is getting mature, but capable system integrators or total solution providers are the missing pieces along the value chain to cater to the enterprise private network market.”

Preparing for Digital Transformation
Marc Bellini

Marc Bellini

VP, Technology, Nokia

Marc started his career in software development, working on management systems for satellite based X.25 network systems vendor.  While he spent the majority of his early career continuing to work in software, he always stayed close to the service provider domain eventually joining Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent) in 2008.  Marc has held various positions in the Canadian sales team since then.  Currently the vice president, Technology for the Canada Market team, Marc works with all aspects of the Nokia portfolio, leading the technical sales teams for the Canadian market.

“The new 5G era will require networks that can adapt instantly, not just to failure, but to changes in demand, new services, millions of devices and the expectations of critical infrastructure”

Eric Dahan

Eric Dahan

Canadian Sales Manager, Nvidia

Eric Dahan has been in the IT industry for more than 25 years. He is Nvidia’s Director of Sales in Canada. He is responsible for the strategy and marketing of Nvidia solutions in the areas of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. Prior to this position, Eric held various positions in the computer industry including with several major manufacturers; Dell EMC, Oracle Sun Microsystems and Silicon Graphics where he occupied roles in consulting, pre-sales and business support in their customers digital transformation strategy. Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Université de Montréal in Computer Science and Operations Research.


Lou Lutostanski

Lou Lutostanski

VP Internet of Things, Avnet

Lutostanski has 30 years of experience and industry knowledge. He joined Avnet in 1987 as a system sales manager. Throughout the next 13 years, he gained increasing responsibility as a field application engineer; sales manager; branch manager; and vice president, area director. Lou left Avnet in 2000 and spent 12 years at Motorola/Freescale where he served as the global vice president of sales covering Hewlett Packard and Motorola, and then as vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas. Since his return to Avnet in 2013, he has served as vice president of sales for the Americas and as vice president of demand creation for the Americas.  Loui graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

“IoT can create great value, but suppliers must work together to make it simple, fast, and secure. Only then will their customers derive insights from its valuable data”

Technical Track Speakers

Cyber Security
Robert Eveleigh

Robert Eveleigh

Director, Network Infrastructure and Operations, ORION

Robert is the Director, Infrastructure and Operations at ORION.  Robert is responsible for network, IT and security engineering and operations serving Ontario’s research, education and innovation community. ORION is a not-for-profit organization supporting Ontario’s progress with essential digital infrastructure. Since 2001, ORION has facilitated new discoveries by connecting research and education institutions, regions, and people across the province, enabling collaboration, learning, forging partnerships, and providing our community with the digital tools and expertise they need to make the world a better place.

Robert is an experienced business transformation leader connecting infrastructure technology to strategy.  He has a variety of technology and business experience with digital transformation, telecommunications, IT security and operations management across several industries.  He is passionate about technology and developing the teams he works with in a collaborative, inquisitive and inclusive management style.  Robert has held previous senior leadership positions at Cogeco Peer 1, Toronto Hydro, MDS, Manulife Financial Services and Deloitte.

Robert lives in Etobicoke and enjoys spending time outside in nature along with his three teenaged sons.

“With DDos attacks increasingly targeting research and innovation centres globally, it is imperative to understand attack methods and how to protect against them to keep critical infrastructure running smoothly”

Arka Ghosh

Arka Ghosh

Network Security Systems Engineer, ORION

Arka is a Network Security Systems Engineer, DDoS Security SME at ORION. Arka started off as an intern at ORION in 2018, where he was completing his Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto in the field of Communications. ORION is a not-for-profit organization supporting Ontario’s progress with essential digital infrastructure. Since 2001, they’ve facilitated new discoveries by connecting research and education institutions, regions, and people across the province, enabling collaboration, learning, forging partnerships, and providing our community with the digital tools and expertise they need to make the world a better place.

Arka has interests in the field of Network and Information Security, Smart Grid, Smart Cities, Power Distribution Automation and Wireless Communication Systems. Arka has previous experience in Communication Management, Smart City projects in India.

Boris Mimeur

Boris Mimeur

Vice-President, Engineering Operations, CENGN

Boris Mimeur is the Vice-President of Engineering Operations at CENGN. He has over 17 years of experience in the areas of high-end networking and Data Centre having worked with an extensive list of companies such as; Cable & Wireless Communications, COLT, DANTE (operating the GÉANT network), IXIA Europe Limited, and Cisco Systems. Boris has held the technical lead position on several critical projects throughout his career, including the creation of the GÉANT2 network in Europe, supporting the LHC project run at the CERN, as well as the design, testing and implementation of two of the largest Datacenters in Europe for COLT.

While at Cisco, Boris held multiple positions ranging from Advanced Services to Sales and then in the Business Unit in charge of the ASR1000 router; he actively contributed to Cisco’s network programmability training resources based around Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). With his keen passion in industry development, robust technical background, and extreme customer-oriented focus, Boris brings unparalleled potential and flexibility to the CENGN team. 

Nicolas Thomas

Nicolas Thomas

SDN/APIs Strategist, Fortinet

Intrapreneur in charge of securing automated solutions at Fortinet.
Former positions at Canonical and HP. Active actor of the telecom industry transformations for two decades. Started with the move of network functions to x86, Linux to Virtual machines and open hardware ATCA, Opencompute, hence Clouds and elastic services. Architecting platforms for Telco, OpenStack/Cloud. Hands-on NFV since 2011 (pioneer ETSI NFV creation). Former SAForum, Scope Alliance, Picmg member, CP-TA.

“Security’s everywhere; it’s in your pocket, as soon as you connect, as soon as you have digital transformation, there is security involved”

Cloud Native
Hubert Sugeng

Hubert Sugeng

Director of Engineering, BlueWave-ai

Hubert Sugeng drives the product development at BluWave-ai. He’s been working in engineering for over 16 years, with recent leadership roles delivering product with AI-based KodaCloud, and Bridgewater Systems (acquired by Amdocs). Hubert has led the development of performant, scalable, and fault-tolerant products running in national level mobile carriers, as well as cloud SaaS with IoT devices. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Systems Engineering from Carleton University.

Aside from building cool stuff at BluWave-ai, Hubert loves to game, play badminton, and is very curious about how everything works from tech, to macro-economics, to astronomy.

Cynthia Emerson

Cynthia Emerson

Program Manager, CANARIE

Cynthia Emerson is the Program Manager for the CANARIE DAIR program. The DAIR Program helps accelerate Canada’s startups and small and medium-sized businesses by equipping them with cloud resources and expertise in emerging technologies. Cynthia joins the CANARIE team with 20+ years of experience as a Management Consultant working on strategic initiatives and programs primarily focused on SaaS,  IT Integration and the adoption of cloud technology. She has worked for both the private and public sectors, with clients including the Province of Ontario, Bell Canada, and McMaster University. Equally passionate about next-generation technology, Cynthia has also enjoyed working with and advising startups on how to scale for growth and set up for success.

Thomas Graf

Thomas Graf

CTO & Co-Founder Isovalent, Creator of Cilium

Thomas is a long-time leader in the Linux kernel networking community at both Red Hat and Cisco. As Architect and Technical Lead for core networking kernel team at Red Hat, Thomas lead the team integrating Open vSwitch into Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). As a Kernel developer, he developed a number of key Linux kernel functionalities that improved scale and performance. He founded the Cilium project after recognizing the incredible potential of eBPF to revolutionize all aspects of Linux networking & security.

Alexander Trost

Alexander Trost

DevOps Engineer, Cloudical Deutschland GmbH

Alexander Trost works as a DevOps Engineer at Cloudical Deutschland GmbH and is a Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA). He is one of the maintainers of the Rook.io Project and is engaged in several more open source projects, for example a Prometheus exporter for Dell Hardware (Dell OMSA Metrics), k8s-vagrant-multi-node an easy local multi node Kubernetes environment, and others. He is an expert on Software Defined Storage with Rook and Ceph, and Kubernetes.

“Kubernetes is deployed everywhere, cloud, edge and on-premise. Using Rook you can run the storage where your Kubernetes is running”