8:00  AM


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Smart Cities (Panel Discussion)
Join industry leaders for an insightful and inspiring 1-hour discussion on developments in Smart Cities progress & planning.


Matthew Lynch, Vice President – Global Partnerships & Initiatives at the World Council on City Data (WCCD)

Matthew Lynch is Vice President – Global Partnerships & Initiatives at the World Council on City Data (WCCD) in Toronto. The WCCD hosts a network of innovative cities committed to improving services and quality of life with open city data and provides a consistent and comprehensive platform for standardized urban metrics. Comparable city data is critical for building more sustainable, resilient, smart, prosperous and inclusive cities. Matthew has over twenty years’ experience in sustainability and international development, working in the private sector, NGOs and international organizations. Prior to joining the WCCD, Matthew was the Director of the Sustainable Cities Program at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. Matthew has a Masters Degree in Environmental Technology majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College, London, a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and a First Class Honours Degree in Environmental Engineering.


Fazal Husain – Director Enterprise Solution Services, City of Toronto

Fazal Husain is the Director of Enterprise Solutions Services with the City of Toronto and a Course Developer and Instructor at the University of Toronto.  Within his capacity as Director, Fazal leads the Enterprise applications design, development, delivery, and support for the entire organization.  Before joining the City of Toronto, Fazal had lead Business and IT transformations as a Chief Information Officer and Chief Financial Officer for both public and private sector organizations in Financial, Healthcare, and Telecommunication industries.  In collaboration with the City of Toronto’s Executive Team, Fazal has designed the Governance for Enterprise IT solutions and Championed the development and implementation of Data Governance for the City.  He readily takes on a mentorship approach with his management team, developing business savvy IT leaders.  He is regarded as a thought leader for the future state of IT, Smart Cities, IT investment Management, Risk, and Governance.

Shawn Slack – MBA, Director Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, City of Mississauga

Shawn Slack is the Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the City of Mississauga, the 6th largest City in Canada. Early in his career with the City of Mississauga, he led the vision and plan to provide all City services online. He also oversaw the implementation of the City’s first Customer Service Strategy, Open Data Policy, Bring Your Own Device Policy and is actively leading the Digital Transformation of city services. He is very active with public safety and is trained as an Incident Commander for emergency management at the City. Shawn is also working on the Public Safety Broadband Network initiative for the Canadian Government with an objective to implement a public safety cellular network across Canada. Currently, Shawn is engaged in many great Smart City initiatives guided by the City’s IT Master Plan endorsed by Council in 2015 which has four key strategies that focus on Fostering Open and Accessible Government, Enabling Decisions through Research & Analytics, Creating a Connected & Engaged Workplace and Improving Services through Innovation & Partnerships. The IT Master Plan is guiding the City’s digital transformation and a vision to becoming a connected and engaged City.

Ross McKenzie – Managing Director, Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (Watcar), University of Waterloo

Managing Director of the University of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR), a top 5 North American automotive-academic research enterprise. Responsible for engaging industry, government and other institutions in automotive and transportation systems research initiatives, with a focus on collaboration. In September 2016, Ross addressed the G7 Transport Ministers in Japan, summarizing Canada’s activities and initiatives in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

Bruno Peters, Deputy Regional Director, Canada West, IBI Group


Mr. Peters has extensive experience in strategic planning, design, implementation and maintenance of Smart City and technology, projects for a wide variety of urban communities around the world.  He specializes in the areas of Smart City and Intelligent Transportations and Telecommunications Systems planning and implementation, working to enhance city operations and the experience people have in public and private spaces.  Specific domain knowledge includes strategic planning and standards development for communities in the areas of mobility, citizen engagement and Smart City strategy. His experience includes stakeholder consultation, strategy and program management. Mr. Peters also manages IBI Group’s Intelligence practice in Alberta and is the Deputy Regional Director for Western Canada.

10:00  AM


10:30 AM- 11:30 AM

NG9-1-1 Panel Discussion - Paradigm Shift for 9-1-1 Emergency Services
Earlier this year, the CRTC issued a decision that set a time frame and high level requirements for Canada to migrate the exist 9-1-1 services to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1).  With approximately 70% of the 9-1-1 calls in North America being placed from wireless devices, there will be a significant impact on the wireless industry.  The panelists are intimately involved with the development of the specific policies, technical requirements and procedures that will facilitate the evolution of NG9-1-1 over the next 2.5 years.  Through an interactive discussion, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the processes, opportunities and challenges of migrating 9-1-1 emergency services to an IP environment. Moderator:

Katherine Thompson, Founder-Chair of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Cyber Council

As one of Canada’s most passionate and influential voices surrounding the issues and opportunities related to cyber security in Canada, Katherine Thompson has taken a leading role in helping Canadians understand the risks and rewards associated with the digital economy. As Principal of Human Firewall Solutions, a Toronto based market advisory and development firm and Founder-Chair of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Cyber Council, Katherine leads a national team of globally recognized cyber security experts focused on helping Canadian organizations better understand, secure and capitalize in the global digital marketplace.  Katherine is regularly called upon to speak on the current state of cyber security in Canada and key issues including security of critical infrastructure, breach management, risks for small to medium sized enterprise, the growing labor and skills shortage and ensuring Canada’s economic prosperity through cyber initiatives. As an industry advisory to the Canadian government, the CATA Council is committed to helping government, academia and industry collaborate on the overaching issue of cyber risk that impacts all Canadians. Katherine sits as board member of the CATA Public Safety Advisory Board and Cyber Titan, a collaborative with the US Air Force’s Cyber Patriot program which seeks to engage young Canadians in a career in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and math areas. Katherine is also currently involved in the creation of a national program providing military veterans with a second career in cyber security. She is also very passionate about raising the level of dialogue around the growing issues of cyber bullying and how to protect young people online.   Katherine holds degrees in Advertising and Public Relations from St. Lawrence College and Public Relations from Ryerson University

Bill Elliott, ENP
Managing Director and Practice Leader at 9-1-1 Tech Advisors (div. of FOX GROUP Technology)

As Managing Director and 9-1-1 Practice Leader, Bill is active in most parts of the FOX GROUP business operations but focuses primarily on E911 and NG 911 (Next Generation 911). In addition, he is deeply involved in Unified Communications and Collaboration for enterprise organizations. Bill Elliott is a key thought-leader of next generation procurement methodologies for complex technology and infrastructure acquisitions particularly in the area of Emergency Services, Healthcare and Community Health.  Bill is an active member of the CRTC ESWG ( Emergency Services Working Group), CATA, CITIG and NENA.  Bill has received his ENP (Emergency Number Professional) designation from NENA (National Emergency Number Association).Roberta Fox – FOX Group Technology

Erich Baumgartner, Senior Manager of CLEC Affairs, Telecom Regulatory at Rogers Communications.

Erich has 17 years of experience in telecommunications, the past 16 of which being with Rogers, occupying various operational functions such as 9-1-1 and number porting.  He is current responsible for all Rogers 9-1-1 services (wireless, home phone and VoIP), ensuring compliance on all regulatory requirements.  Erich is also a NENA member, and part of the CRTC’s Emergency Services Working Group (ESWG), participating in several working group tasks relating to 9-1-1 in Canada.  Erich is currently chairing the Next-Generation 9-1-1 Task for Originating Service Provider Considerations, looking at network requirements and services requiring NG9-1-1 treatment, interconnection, interface and additional data requirements for Originating Service Providers in Canada. Erich is currently studying to become an Emergency Number Professional (ENP), NENA’s 911 certification which only a few Canadians have.

Greg Burdett – ComtechTel

Greg Burdett has been active in Telecommunications for 30 years and 911 specifically for 13 years. He has worked with Wireless Carriers in Canada, the U.S. and Internationally deploying Location Platforms for locating Emergency Services (aka 911) callers. Greg also led the deployment for TELUS’ compliance to the Canadian E911 Phase 2 mandate. Specific to improving 911 location accuracy, Greg led the creation of a tool called JaggedXY that calibrates the RAN inputs used for 911 location to achieve optimal location results.

Roberta Fox, Chief Innovation Officer of FOX GROUP

Roberta is Chief Innovation Officer of FOX GROUP Consulting and brings over 30 years of consulting, design, hands-on installation and management experience to helping clients develop effect customer service oriented management strategies, architectures, vendor selection in customer service contact center and communications technologies.  She brings a unique combination of management consulting, technology and business strategy capabilities combined with vendor analysis and structured consulting methodologies to helping government and large enterprise clients develop effective future strategies, solutions and vendor selection.   Roberta has been working with regional, provincial and federal governments for over thirty years in an evolving technology and management roles.    

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

UAV’s – Aerial Inspections and Mapping, Towers and Beyond

Kevin Toderel
Business Development Manager, UAV Solutions

UAVs: Transforming Telecom Infrastructure Inspection with Advanced Drone/Sensor Technologies Presented by: Kevin Toderel, Business Development Manager, UAV Solutions at Gap Wireless Rapid innovation in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) market is enabling safer solutions for the best perspective on valuable telecom assets and installations. Increasingly, telecom and mobility companies are using drones for inspection, line of sight, preventative maintenance, and network optimization. Use of drones saves time and money by dramatically simplifying inspections while reducing risk. This presentation will showcase how drones collect data from cell towers and other structures at the push of a button, while advanced sensor technologies can contribute to enhanced network quality and even dramatically improved antenna alignment. Stay current with the latest UAV innovations that can benefit business performance. Speaker Bio: As head of business development for the UAV Division at Gap Wireless, Kevin Toderel has helped the company become the largest DJI Enterprise partner in Canada, and establish partnerships with other leading UAV companies including FLIR, KSI Datasciences, and Propeller Aero. Kevin is also leading the Gap Wireless and DJI initiative to bring UAV-specific programs and research initiatives to universities. He is currently completing his ground school training to become a certified drone pilot. Prior to his role at Gap Wireless, Kevin spent six years in Asia helping technology companies such as HP, ACER, National Semiconductor and SAP launch new products and services

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Transforming Network Capacity for Smarter Cities and IoT Initiatives

Sponsored by 


Christian Thelander, Fastback CEO

Christian Thelander – CEO Fastback Networks. Chris is leading Fastback Networks, a company that delivers high-performance unlicensed wireless connectivity products in the 5Ghz and 60GHz bands. In addition to past roles with Nokia, Siemens Mobile, and Siemens Corporation, he has founded several telecommunication services companies, and served as an adviser to state and local governments on telecommunication infrastructure issues. DESCRIPTION Regardless of technology, implementation, and scale. The following: enterprises, municipalities, and operators will need to increase capacity at the network edge to provide relevant connectivity for massive numbers of smart devices. A combination of wired and wireless technologies will be required to manage complexity and control cost. The presentation will talk through how we can enable; smart applications faster, wider and deeper into Urban areas.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Small Cells & Private Wireless Networks

Sponsored By

Emmanuel Neilz – Nokia

The Canadian Wireless Trade Show (October 17 & 18, 2017) is pleased to announce an insightful & informative presentation by Emmanuel Neilz, leader of the E2E solutions team for Nokia in Canada. Emmanuel will discuss options for vertical industries to open up new opportunities through the creation of a standalone carrier grade private end-to-end wireless networks using lite & unlicensed spectrum.
Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Emmanuel designs wireless solutions that address the challenges facing service providers & industry verticals. Prior to his current role at Nokia Canada, Emmanuel managed wireless pre-sale activities in North America, Central America & Asia for Alcatel-Lucent.

5:00  PM



8:00  AM


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Cybersecurity: Best Practices For Protecting Your Business.
Join us for an inspiring seminar, led by engaging & skilled professionals, revealing the best practices & standards implemented & exemplified by successful companies. Learn about emerging trends (ie. IoT & Big Data) & how to engage business units to align their cybersecurity initiatives with enterprise risk management.


Jim Love – CIO and Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Jim Love is CIO and Chief Content Officer at IT World Canada. Over the past 4 years, working with his partner Fawn Annan, President of IT World Canada, Jim has worked to make IT World Canada one of the leading digital publishers in the B2B space and a case study in digital transformation.

In addition to his work as a business and technology executive, Jim is also a well-known writer who published in leading publications in Canada and internationally. In his role as Chief Content Officer for IT World Canada having overall responsibility for all editorial and commercial content. He facilitates large and small session with technology and business executives across the country, supervises the research done by IT World Canada and heads the digital content production. Jim continues to publish both topical items and his research into strategic technology and marketing in Canada and abroad. He is also an award winning playwright and musician and he continues to publish. Equally at home in technology and line of business roles, over his 35-year career Jim has held senior level positions in financial services, consulting and publishing.   He has worked in software development, operations, sales and marketing.


Brian Kocsis – BSc, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT – Meridian Credit Union

For the past 12 years, Brian Kocsis has been responsible for the development, execution and evolution of Meridians Enterprise Information Security Program. He currently oversees a team of information security professionals responsible for information security governance, vulnerability management, incident response, security awareness and Disaster Recovery program management for Meridian. Brian successfully facilitated the establishment of the Large Credit Union Committee (LCUC) Security Group through its inception, sitting as it’s first chair.   This group is comprised of the information security leadership from across fourteen of the largest Credit Unions in Canada, examining cybersecurity issues, threats and vulnerabilities, and operational information security risks from the Credit Union perspective.

Jason Doel – Co-founder, EVP & COO,
Tracker Networks Inc.

Jason Doel is cofounder, EVP and COO of Tracker Networks Inc. where he manages the company’s go-to-market strategy, sales and marketing, operations and solution delivery.  Jason and his team work with sector leaders in Canada, the US and Europe, providing solutions and advising business and technology executives on practical and sustainable ways to identify, track and reduce information risk. Jason was previously the cofounder and VP Sales & Marketing of Assurent Secure Technologies, a global leader in application security and vulnerability research, prior to its successful sale to TELUS in 2006. While at Assurent, Jason cofounded the world’s leading provider of original security research. This specialized service continues to power over 50 of the world’s top security product vendors and provides vital intelligence to leading corporations and national intelligence organizations around the world. Jason has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario.

David Masson – Canada Country Manager, Darktrace

David Masson is Darktrace’s Country Manager for Canada and has over two decades of experience working in fast moving security and intelligence environments in the UK, Canada and world-wide. With skills developed in the civilian, military and diplomatic worlds, he has been influential in the efficient and effective resolution of various unique national security issues. Dave is an operational solutions expert and has a solid reputation across the UK and Canada for delivery tailored to customer needs. In recent years he has advised many government institutions on Insider Threat, helping them to reduce their vulnerability and level of risk. He holds a Master’s degree from Edinburgh University.

Jim continues to publish both topical items and his research into strategic technology and marketing in Canada and abroad. He is also an award winning playwright and musician and he continues to publish. Equally at home in technology and line of business roles, over his 35-year career Jim has held senior level positions in financial services, consulting and publishing.   He has worked in software development, operations, sales and marketing.

Bob Steadman – Vice President of Security & Compliance Consulting Services, Herjavec Group

Bob Steadman is the Vice President of Security and Compliance Consulting Services at Herjavec Group, the #1 ranked company on the Cybersecurity 500 listing of the world’s most innovative cybersecurity services firms. With over 30 years of experience in IT Risk Management and information security, Bob assists organizations in delivering enterprise information risk management engagements. In addition, he also provides numerous enterprise clients with governance, risk and compliance support, information security policy and strategy, technical security assessments, and compliance framework assessments (including PCI-DSS). Prior to joining Herjavec Group, Bob lead the IT Risk group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in computer security and information protection strategies.

10:00  AM


10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Our Future is Wireless: Connected Technology Making Life Better for Everyone, Everywhere.

Freddy Proia – HP National Distribution Manager

Stand-Up Comedian & HP National Distribution Manager, Freddy Proia, brings his high energy style & corporate-friendly brand of humour & celebrity impressions to the 2017 Canadian Wireless Trade Show! For the past 10 years, Freddy has been with HP Canada and is currently the National Distribution Account Manager responsible for supporting PC, Print and Specialty Product Lines. A stand-up comedian for the past 20 years, Freddy has performed at clubs & theatres throughout North America. Freddy blends his comedic talent with his experience in the IT industry and has quickly become a highly sought after speaker. He continues to receive accolades as a corporate presenter having performed for HP, Synnex, Tim Horton’s, Imperial Oil, HPE, Apotex, City of Toronto, The Ottawa Consumer Choice Awards, London Life Insurance and many more. Freddy is a true entertainer who genuinely has fun on stage. His energy and love for performing is contagious and will keep you buzzing long after the show is done. Freddy will be discussing how everything will be wirelessly connected, facilitating instant & constant flow of information & how this connected reality will change & benefit everyone personally & professionally. He will also talk about the importance of security, global trends in the market, how the new generation (millennials) is setting the stage for change, the changing retail buying experience, gaming, VR, 3D & 4D printing and Haptic Holography. Be sure to catch this informative & entertaining session!

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

DAS 3.0 – The Next Generation of DAS

Marc Landry – Gap Wireless  Product Line Manager & Director of Sales – Wireless Infrastructure

DAS 3.0: How the Next Generation of Distributed Antenna Systems is Changing the Game Presented by: Marc Landry, Product Line Manager for Wireless Solutions at Gap Wireless The latest DAS technology is revolutionizing the way wireless carriers and commercial enterprises deploy DAS, bringing wireless connectivity closer to users and improving service capabilities. This presentation will review DAS 3.0 and how the latest technology advances are positively impacting infrastructure configuration, bringing ease of deployment and simplification to what was once a complex and challenging coverage system architecture. This presentation will explore DAS 3.0, the NANO, and how the DAS world is changing. Speaker Bio: Marc Landry, Product Line Manager for Wireless Solutions at Gap Wireless, brings two decades of experience in the wireless telecommunications industry to his role. Marc works closely with Canada’s leading wireless carriers, government, and corporate clients to develop custom solutions that address the burgeoning technology demands of today’s wireless in-building and macro level networks.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Wireless Device Lifecycle Management
Wireless Device Lifecycle Management The continued growth of smartphone adoption has created opportunities for fully managed, end to end lifecycle service programs. This presentation will cover wireless device lifecycle management focusing on service and repair industry trends, returns management best practices and device recovery trends. Learn how to maximize device lifecycle and expand your wireless capabilities!

Karl Fonseca, Sr. Business Development Executive for Ingram Micro Mobility – Commerce and Lifecycle Services


Keith Ford, Business Development Executive for Ingram Micro Mobility – Commerce and Lifecycle Services

4:00  PM

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