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.”

Jack Waters

Jack Waters

President, CEO, ZAYO

Jack Waters is president of Zayo Networks and chief operating officer (COO) at Zayo Group. In this role, he oversees the company’s global Network business, including the Fiber Solutions, Transport, Enterprise and strategic networks businesses in addition to network operations and security. Prior to this role, he served as Zayo’s president of Fiber Solutions and chief technology officer (CTO).

Prior to joining Zayo, Jack was CTO at Level 3 Communications, where he was focused on global network technology, architecture, engineering, process and security. He joined Level 3 in 1997 and held numerous leadership roles spanning global operations and engineering. Jack’s career also includes management positions at MCI Communications and the Southeastern University Research and Academic Network.

Jack serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Technology Association and the Computing Advisory Board at CU. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the West Virginia University and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Jack speaks frequently at industry events

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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).


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.

Jen Taylor

Jen Taylor

SVP, Chief Product Officer, Cloudflare

Jen Taylor is Cloudflare’s SVP, Chief Product Officer. She leads the delivery of world-class cloud-based security, performance, and reliability solutions for companies of all sizes.

Prior to Cloudflare, Jen was senior vice president of product management for Search at Salesforce and held other leading roles within the company. She’s also held a variety of senior product management and marketing roles at Facebook and for Rich Media Solutions at Adobe. Earlier in her career, Jen was at Macromedia (acquired by Adobe) and Vector Capital.

She holds a BA in Public Policy from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Innovation Track Speakers

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.

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.

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.

Technical Track Speakers

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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