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Canada 3.0 Speakers

The Canada 3.0: Defining Canada’s Digital Future forum will bring together leading participants in Canada’s digital media sector. Keynote speakers will be drawn from the highest levels of Canadian government, business and academia and will be designed to indicate the level and nature of collective engagement with the national digital strategy.

Chris Arsenault

Chris Arsenault is Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer of iNovia Capital (formerly MSBi Capital). He is a senior executive with over 15 years of general management experience in high technology industries, with extensive experience in business development, strategic planning, sales, marketing and communications.

Prior to joining iNovia Capital, Chris was a partner and entrepreneur in residence with the Telesystem group, where he managed direct investments and was involved in the creation of a number of start-up companies. Chris began his business career in technology as founder and CEO of SIT Inc.

Chris has been involved in numerous entrepreneurial initiatives, including: the creation of ENABLIS Entrepreneurial Network Inc., activities in the angel community, entrepreneurial mentoring and start-up advisory. Chris is a founding member of the National Angel Organization (NAO) and a strong supporter of the Quebec Angel Network. He is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Airborne Technologies Ventures, Airborne Mobile, Callio Technologies, CarboPur Technologies, DFT Microsystems, Plastic Knowledge and Reflex Photonics. Chris also serves as a board member of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (“CVCA”)  and the Canadian Innovation Exchange (“CIX”).

Phil Baker

During his 30 years in the Ontario Government, Phil Baker held a number of senior management positions in various ministries, including helping to lead development of a Telecommunications Strategy for the Province of Ontario and serving as head of Ontario’s Information Highway Secretariat in the Ministry of Culture and Communications, and leadership of the Capital Goods and Technology Sectors Branch in the Ministry of Economic Development.

Phil led the inaugural strategic plan for the new Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications and played a central role in developing the ground-breaking Ontario Telecommunications Strategy which has served as a model for many other jurisdictions. He developed the $100 million Ontario Network Infrastructure Program and the $50 million Telecommunications Access Program. These initiatives led to the creation of a broad range of successful leading edge regional advanced networks and innovative telehealth initiatives that have helped keep the Province at the forefront in these fields. 

Committed to a vision of transforming the way in which research and learning happen in Ontario, Phil was asked to establish the Optical Regional Advanced Network of Ontario (ORANO) in January 2002, as President/CEO.  Under his leadership, ORANO built a next-generation fibre optic research and education telecommunications network across Ontario.  Known as ORION, this network provides Ontario with critical innovation infrastructure that enables Ontario research and education institutions to excel in the new digital knowledge world. 

Today ORION spans 5,800 kilometers across Ontario, connects over 1.3 million students, links more than 75,000 researchers, faculty and teachers, interconnects with research and education networks around the world, and is the network of choice for innovation and discovery.  Phil has launched the organization on its next major phase to build enhanced value over this infrastructure for Ontario’s researchers, educators, learners, scientists, innovators and discovery leaders.

Phil obtained his advanced education at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Toronto.

Jim Balsillie

Since 1992, Jim Balsillie has been co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM), maker of the world renowned BlackBerry wireless solution. At RIM, Jim is responsible for driving corporate strategy, business development, marketing, sales, and finance.

In 2002, Mr. Balsillie founded The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a world-class global research institute focused on the restructuring of international governance. In 2007, Mr. Balsillie announced the creation of the new Canadian International Council (CIC) of which he is the Chair. In 2008, he founded the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Mr. Balsillie is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. He also holds numerous honorary doctorate degrees.

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown is a Director working with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  Prior to working with PwC Jerry was a partner in the Nordicity Group an independent media consulting company.  Jerry was also a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Management Consulting practice. 

Jerry has an impressive background in the Media sector.  His clients include Freedom Communications, CanWest Global, Torstar Corp, CTV Globemedia, Film Ontario, Canadian Press, Rogers Media, Readers Digest, Magazines Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage, O Dia.  Jerry is a core member of PwC's Global Centre of Excellence in Publishing.  He has specialized in Process Redesign and Operations Performance Improvement in Canada, the UW and around the world.  Jerry holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.  He was worked on every continent and lived and worked in the U.K. Portugal and Switzerland in addition to Canada. 

John Cassaday

John Cassaday

John Cassaday is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc. Corus is a Canadian leader in radio and cable/specialty television.  Corus also owns Nelvana, one of the world's leading producers of animated programming and related products.

Prior to Corus, John was President of CTV Television Network and Campbell Soup Company in Canada and the U.K.  John sits on the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial (John Hancock) and Sysco Corporation.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of Masonite International Corporation, J. M. Schneider Corporation, Canadian Airlines and Loblaw Companies Limited.  John was the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Chair of the 1995 United Way Campaign for Metro Toronto and Chair of the Board of St. Michael’s Hospital from 2004 to 2006.  John holds an M.B.A. (Dean’s List) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and was honoured in 1998 as their most Distinguished Alumni.

Ken Coates

Ken Coates

Ken Coates is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo.  He is a well-known historian specializing in aboriginal studies and Canada's north.

Ken Coates is a passionate advocate for higher education with particular interest in digital media, Canadian competiveness and the Japanese science and technology revolution.   Ken's vision includes a renewed appreciation for the traditional arts disciplines with a keen understanding of how these disciplines are key to society's future.  The solutions to environmental issues to name just a few - will be found through the traditional disciplines in poliy, behaviour and cultural change.

Lisa de Wilde

Lisa de Wilde

Lisa de Wilde believes in the power of media to engage, to inform, and to serve the public good.  Since her appointment in 2005 as TVO's CEO, Lisa has ushered in a new era for Ontario's public educational media organization, leading its transformation to a fully-digital, interactive source of multi-platform educational content that empowers people to be engaged citizens of Ontario. 

Lisa's dedication to a strong Canadian media sector began upon her graduation from McGill University's law school, when she joined the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission as legal counsel.  While with the CRTC, she also served as Director General-Cable Television, Specialty and Pay Television Service.  Lisa practiced law in Montreal (where she was a partner at Heenan Blaikie) and then led Astral Television Networks where, as Astral Television's President and CEO, she was instrumental in transforming the then-declining pay TV category into highly successful branded television networks, and in supporting the Canadian film-making community. 

Lisa's many board and advisory appointments include the Government of Ontario's Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress; the McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management, International Advisory Board; the Noranda Income Fund and the Consumers Waterheater Income Fund.  Fluently bilingual, Lisa champions the cause of educational broadcasters across the country as the Chair of ATEC, and represents TVO internationally as an Executive Committee member of the CBA.

Sara Diamond

Sara Diamond

Sara Diamond is the President of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), Canada’s foremost university of art and design. She holds degrees from Canada and the United Kingdom in social history, communications, digital media theory and computer science. She is currently a member of the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Minister’s Advisory Council on Arts & Culture, the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council
Foundation and of ORANO, Ontario’s high speed network. She is a founding member of CONCERT and the Chair of the OMDC funded Mobile Experience Innovation Centre.

She has received numerous research awards for her work in visualization, mobile content design, wearable technologies and collaborative tools. She is a visualization software researcher and developer Diamond created and was Editor-in-Chief of, an on-line showcase for new media art and design, in collaboration with Heritage Canada. Diamond participates in peer review publication and diverse editorial boards such as Leonardo on-line and Convergence. She provides media consulting to Heritage Canada, SSHRC, CFI, Industry Canada, CHRC and DFAIT, as well as international governments, institutions and agencies as diverse as China, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Finland, Australia, Brazil and the USA.

Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is a 20-year veteran of Canada's marketing industry, and is CEO and sole owner of Venture Communications Ltd. 

Her vision has driven Venture's growth, successfully building it from a small, local firm into one of Canada's largest independent marketing firms, with offices in Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa.

Arlene believes strongly that marketing's purpose is to deliver business results.  She is well known for pioneering how marketing can be accountable to delivering on clients' business goals.

Her accomplishments, vision and leadership have been recognized with a number of awards, but perhaps her greatest honor was Venture's selection as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for three consecutive years. 

Since Fall 2007, Arlene has appeared as one of the "Dragons" on CBC's Dragons' Den - a national television series which invites people to pitch business ideas to the Dragons, in an effort to persuade them to invest.

Roberta J. Fox

Roberta J. Fox is President & Senior Partner of FOX GROUP and Editor & Chief of FOX GROUP Publishing. Roberta and her team are experienced analysts, management consultants and publishers in telecommunications, networking and contact centres.

Roberta is known and respected by vendors for her creative, innovative style of working with her senior-level technology and industry clients and her ability to leverage her knowledge and depth of advanced technologies. She also bring the unique ability to help her clients develop complex technology strategies and services that deliver sustainable business results from their investments.

She also presents at leading national and international industry and business conferences, on Radio and Television related to high speed network technologies, VoIP, Unified communications and mobility.

Roberta’s focus is to help “telecommunications dependent” organizations get sustainable results from the technology investments. She works with leading enterprise organizations, manufacturers and service providers to develop technology solutions and strategies that help Canadian organizations grow revenue, manage costs and improve customer service results.

She recently developed a “Living Lab” high tech facility in Mount Albert that is a show case and test bed for next generation voice, data, IT and contact centre products geared to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) succeed and compete using next generation integrated technology solutions.

Chad Gaffield

Chad Gaffield

Chad Gaffield was appointed president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)  on September 18, 200.  An expert on 19th and 20th century Canada in an international context, Gaffield has analyzed the interplay of demographic, economic and cultural change with institutional and political history.  Gaffield came to SSHRC from the University of Ottawa, where he held a University Research Chair and was the founding director of the Institute of Canadian Studies.  During his 20-year University of Ottawa career, he also served as vice-dean of graduate studies and on the executive committee of the board of governors.  He is a former president of the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Jill Goodwin

Jill Tomasson Goodwin received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (1987). She teaches usability and interaction design as it applies to instructional design, games design, and web design in the Digital Arts Communication program within Arts and Business at the University of Waterloo.

As a former Chair of Drama and Speech Communication (2000-2003), she directed an active research granting program that garnered three CFI/OIT New Opportunities Grants (totalling $1M), and one Canada Research Chair (totalling $1M).

Her research focuses in interview protocols, experience design, interaction design, and usability testing. Her private sector research includes a recent contract with Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc. for $250,000 (the largest contract in the history of UW Arts), TorStar, StatCan, iSchool, and the Ontario College of Nurses, the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, and the Ontario Program Gambling Research Council. She is the Principal Investigator of a $220,000 SSHRC Management, Business, and Finance grant (2008).

Jill Tomasson Goodwin is the Director of Research for the proposed Stratford Institute, which i for the proposed Stratford Institute, which is part of the newly funded Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research. She is also founding member and former Director of the Canadian Centre of Arts and Technology at UW.

Gary Goodyear

Gary Goodyear

Gary Goodyear was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2008. On October 30, 2008, he was appointed Minister of State (Science and Technology) by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Prior to entering federal politics, he practised chiropractic medicine and worked as an advisor to investment firms in the biomedical industry.
Former Public Relations Director and Past President of the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences in Toronto, Dr. Goodyear taught at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and the University of Waterloo. He was co-designer of a three-year post-graduate sports fellowship program and co-author of "Practice Guidelines." He has worked with many athletes, both amateur and professional, and served as medical services chair of the Ontario Special Olympics.
Dr. Goodyear attended the University of Waterloo, specializing in kinesiology and psychology, before graduating from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He worked his way through university as a meat packer, labourer and janitor.
A native of Cambridge, Ontario he is married to Valerie and they have two children. He enjoys scuba diving, writing and rebuilding motorcycles.

Austin Hill

Austin Hill is the Executive Instigator & CEO of Akoha, the world’s first social reality game. He is a Canadian entrepreneur who has been creating technology startups for since 1990. He was a founder of Zero- Knowledge Systems (now called Radialpoint) and as its President helped the company raise $75 million between 1997 and 2001. He served Chief Technology Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, the CEO of Synomos Inc. and as the Executive-Vice President of Research for Radialpoint. In 1994 Austin was a founder of the Internet provider Infobahn Online Services (renamed Total.Net) and served as Chief Technology Officer. Total.Net was one of Canada’s largest Internet Service Providers and was sold successfully to BCE Emergis (MPACT Immedia) in 1997.  In 1990 while still a teenager he was the founder of security consulting firm Cyberspace Data Security.

Austin is an advisory board member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Atwater Library Digital Literacy project, a past board member of Information Technology Association of Canada, a research fellow for Coburn Ventures and through his angel investment firm Brudder Ventures advises a number of Canadian startups and entrepreneurs. He serves on the board of directors of Anges Quebec and Reseau Capital, is a Venture Partner at iNovia Capital and a board member & Venture Partner at the startup capital fund Montreal Startup. As an active member of the Canadian technology community he is the co-founder of the Founders & Funders networking events and has supported the Barcamp, Democamp and StartupCamp movements across Canada.

In 2002 Austin was honoured as a technology pioneer of the World Economic Forum in Davos (2002) and was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Quebec 2001– Emerging Entrepreneur). Austin Hill is a frequent speaker & lecturer in the areas of social entrepreneurship, startups, the technologies of social change, and the role of entrepreneurs as agents of change in our society.

Fred Hoch

Fred Hoch is the President of the Illinois Technology Association. The ITA is the principal trade association for technology companies in Illinois. Providing a platform for industry collaboration, the organization benefits its members by providing networking, advocacy, resources and leadership to drive growth, development and retention of IT-focused business and talent in Illinois.

Prior to his current position, Fred was the Vice President of Software Division at the national Software & Information Industry Association. He also held positions at SIIA as eBusiness Division Director and the Global Division Manager at SIIA. He has also worked and founded a number of technology start-ups, worked for a time at the U.S. Department of State and held positions in over 50 countries.

Fred currently sits on the Chicago Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors, the Advisory Board of BitMAP, the steering committee of the Technology Commercialization Task Force of the Illinois Economic Development Council and the Cook Country Partners with Ireland Committee.

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson is a founder and Partner of Tech Capital Partners where he focuses on investment opportunities in the wireless, communications, new media, and internet sectors. Prior to co-founding Tech Capital in 2001, Tim was CFO and CEO at PixStream, a technology company focused on distributing and managing digital video across broadband networks. At PixStream, Tim successfully raised over $60 million in equity capital and negotiated the $550 million sale of the company to Cisco Systems, one of the largest technology company acquisitions in Canadian history.

Tim has acted as CFO, CEO or board member for numerous technology companies including AideRSS, ecobee, FibreTech Telecommunications, LiveHive Systems, Metranome, Q9 Networks, Sandvine, and VideoLocus. He is Chairperson of Communitech Technology Association, Vice-Chair of the UW Research + Technology Park Accelerator Centre, and Advisory Council Member for The Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Waterloo. Tim also sits on the Board of Governors for the University of Waterloo, chairs the University’s Finance & Investment Committee, and is a member of the University’s Audit committee.

In the not-for-profit sector, Tim chairs the Waterloo Public Library Board and The board of Center in the Square. He is also President of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and recently ended a term as chair of the Waterloo Regional Children’s Museum Board.

Tim was awarded the inaugural Annual Barnraiser Award for “inspirational, collaborative achievement” in Waterloo Region, the Legacy of Leaders Award from the City of Waterloo, the 50th Anniversary Alumni Award from the University of Waterloo, the Leadership Award from the Volunteer Action Center, an Award of Distinction from the Chartered Accountants of Ontario, and had a University of Waterloo School of Accountancy Fellowship after him.

P. Thomas (Tom) Jenkins

P. Thomas (Tom) Jenkins

P. Thomas Jenkins is Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Open Text Corporation based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  He has served as a Director of Open Text since December 1994 and as its chairman since June 30, 1998 and most recently as its Executive Chairman since June 30, 2005.  From July 1994 to July 1997 Mr. Jenkins was President of Open Text and from July 1997 until July 2005, Mr. Jenkins served as Chief Executive Officer of Open Text.  Mr. Jenkins was appointed Chief Strategy Officer of the company in August 2005 and currently serves in that capacity.  From December 1986 until June 1994, Mr. Jenkins held several executive positions with DALSA Inc., an electronic imaging manufacturer based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Prior to these positions, Mr. Jenkins was employed in a variety of technical and managerial capacities at a variety of information technology based companies in Canada.

David Johnston

David Johnston

Professor David Johnston has been President of the University of Waterloo since June 1999.  He was previously Principal of McGill University, Dean of the Law Faculty at the University of Western Ontario, and a faculty member at the University of Toronto.  His academic specializations are securities regulation, corporation and information technology law.  Among many hounours accorded David Johnston are honourary doctorates from thirteen universities and Companion of the Order of Canada.  He is the author/co-author of numerous books, including Getting Canada Online: Understanding the Information Highway, which is intended to challenge Canadians to use the information revolution to build a more economically competitive and civic society, also Cyberlaw, Communications Law and most recently, Canadian Securities Regulation, 5th edition.  He has served on many provincial and federal task forces and committees and is on the boards of a number of companies and foundations.


Mark Jones

Mark Jones is an award-winning 20-year veteran of the new media field, working as an educator, producer, artist, and writer. In 1993, he founded CyberStage Communications, which began as the publisher of the first consumer arts magazine to examine the intersection between art and technology.
Since then, he has worked for a wide variety of artists and clients on groundbreaking projects, including for Gottschalk + Ash International, The National Film Board, The Toronto International Film Festival, The Learning Partnership, Vera Frenkel, David Craig, Katherine Knight, and others. From 2000-2004, he was Executive Director of OnTarget, an Ontario-wide initiative providing career development and education support programs for the digital technologies industries. Jones has served on numerous committees and boards, including those for The McLuhan Multimedia Festival, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, SIGGRAPH, and Pixel Gallery. In 2002, he was awarded the ITAC Community IT Hero of the Year Award, the Canadian New Media Award as Industry Advocate of the Year. Today, he serves as Associate Chair of the
School of Communication Arts at Seneca College, overseeing programs in animation, new media, graphic design, photography, and broadcasting. Jones holds an M.A. in Communication and Culture from Ryerson and York Universities.

Jeannette Kopak

Jeannette Kopak

Jeannette Kopak holds the position of Director of Business Development and Operations at the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver. In that capacity she managed the renovation of a 40-year-old tractor factory, transforming it into a digital media graduate facility, and the home of the Masters of Digital Media program.   Jeannette is responsible for ensuring the Centre continues to adapt to the needs of the students and the digital community. 

 Jeannette is a digital media veteran with 16 years of experience at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, in roles that ranged from designing and implementing the CBC Vancouver TV newsroom editorial system to facilitating the re-use of broadcast content for the early websites such as the Atlanta Olympics and the 1997 Federal Election.    The highlight of her CBC career was leading a multi-million dollar, multi-year project to catalogue, restore, digitize and preserve the CBC radio and television archives across Canada.

Mike Lazaridis

Mr. Lazaridis is known in the global wireless community as a visionary, innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent. He traces his passion for his work to his hometown of Windsor, Ontario where his love of science and fascination with electronics were nurtured in supportive family and school environments.

As President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), a company Mr. Lazaridis founded while a student at UW, he is responsible for product strategy, research and development, product development, and manufacturing. Mr. Lazaridis is also a leader in his community and a passionate advocate for education and scientific research. Mr. Lazaridis supports his community and country through generous philanthropic gifts made possible by his success in business.

He has donated $75 million to UW to help establish an Institute for Quantum Computing. Mr. Lazaridis also personally invested $150 million in the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) and, through his leadership and tireless effort, has generated more than $100 million in additional private and public sector funding for this world leading centre of scientific excellence. PI is home to a growing cluster of international scientists who are pushing the limits of our fundamental understanding of space, time, matter and information. Since opening in 2001, the institute has attracted the attention of the world’s scientific research and educational outreach community. The independent centre is now associated with over 30 Canadian universities and a growing number of institutes world-wide.

Mr. Lazaridis holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Waterloo (Engineering), McMaster University, University of Windsor and Université Laval. He has been awarded Canada's most prestigious innovation prize - The Ernest C. Manning Principal Award and was listed on the TIME 100 List of Most Influential People. Mr. Lazaridis is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was named to the Order of Ontario and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Gary A. Maavara

Gary A. Maavara

Gary A. Maavara is Vice President and General Counsel of Corus Entertainment Inc.  In this role he oversees all legal and regulatory affairs associated with Corus' extensive operations in radio, television, programming, films, books, music, toys and Internet web sites. 

Prior to joining Corus, Mr. Maavara held a variety of head office and operating roles with CanWest Global Communications Corp.  Mr. Maavara was the Chief Operating Officer at CanWest Interactive, which operates the company's consumer web sites wich as as well as the infomart and Financial Post Data Group content sales operations.  He was concurrently Senior Vice President of Specialty Television of the Global Television Network. 

Mr. Maavara is a director and vice chair of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and the Centre for Cultural Management of the University of Waterloo.  He also sits on a variety of committees of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters including the Executive Committee.

John Maduri

John Maduri is Chief Executive Officer, Barrett Xplore Inc (BXI).  BXI is focused on delivering broadband, high-speed Internet access and applications to Canada’s rural and remote communities, using a combination of wireless and satellite broadband technology.  He has spent the vast majority of his career in Canada’s telecommunications industry, with senior roles in finance, strategy, customer operations, and general management; with exposure to each of the key sectors of cellular, landline, data/internet, cable TV, and most recently wireless and satellite broadband; and in a variety of organizations from early stage, new entrants to incumbent, industry leaders. 

From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Maduri was Executive vice-president, TELUS Corporation and President, TELUS Business Solutions.   Over 13 years, Mr. Maduri served in increasingly senior roles within Rogers Communications; from 1994 to 1999, he was Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Rogers Wireless.  Mr. Maduri has been involved in a number of industry and economic development initiatives.  From 2004 to 2007, he served as a member of the board of directors of Calgary Economic Development and chair of its Business Investment Advisory Committee. From 2003 to 2004, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian E-Business Initiative.  Finally, in 2001 and 2002, Mr. Maduri co-chaired the “wireless city” initiative of the City of Calgary aimed at driving growth in its wireless sector. Mr. Maduri received his business degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Shelagh Maloney

In her role as Executive Director, Certification Services and External Liaison, Shelagh Maloney is responsible for building market awareness of Infoway’s certification services and leading the identification and development of planned future service offering to deliver results against the business plan. Ms. Maloney is also responsible for leveraging national and international partnerships and alliances with the country’s private and public sectors to identify and develop new business opportunities and raise the profile and impact of Infoway. She has represented Infoway in various outreach activities in Canada and abroad.

Prior to joining Infoway Ms. Maloney held a number of senior management roles in both the public and private sectors. In these various capacities, she honed her facilitation, business-development and consensus-building skills in a number of areas including health information management, information technology, and privacy and standards development.

Ms. Maloney is currently on the Board of Directors of COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association, and the National Research Council’s Institute for Information Technology (NRC – IIT) Advisory Board. As well, Ms. Maloney is Canada’s representative at the International Health Terminologies Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO) Management Board.

Dan Mathieson

Dan Mathieson

Dan has been the Mayor of Stratford since 2003 and has served on Council since 1995 as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Guelph and has recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Public Administration.

Dan has represented the City as a Board Member of the Stratford General Hospital, the Stratford-Perth Housing Authority, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Organization of Small Urban Municipalities.  As well, he is currently a member of the Baord of Directors of Festival Hydro, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the Stratford Hockey Club and is Co-Chair of the Perth County Task Force on Methamphetamine and the Physician Recruitment Committee.  He has always played an active role in the community by volunteering with many organizations and enjoys coaching his children's sports teams.

John Myers

John Myers

John graduated from the University of Toronto in 1980 with an Honours B.Sc. in Computer Science and began working in software development for Nortel Networks in their downtown Toronto research lab. Mr. Myers progressed through various technical and business leadership positions including the role of General Manager of Nortel’s worldwide Messaging business unit. Mr. Myers joined Open Text in 2002 and is now the General Manager of the company’s Communications Solutions Group and works out of Open Text's office in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Helen McDonald

Helen McDonald

Helen McDonald is Assistant Deputy Minister, Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications at Industry Canada.  Helen has held various positions at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, at the former Department of Communications, and at Industry Canada and Treasury Board Secretariat.  At Treasury Board Secretariat, Ms. McDonald was responsible for articulating a strategy for the on-line provision of government services.  As Assistant Deputy Minister at Industry Canada, Ms. McDonald oversees Canada's transition to a network economy by promoting the oversees Canada's transition to a network economy by promoting the development and use of world class information and communications technologies for the economic, social and cultural benefit of all Canadians.  Responsibilities include the Communications Research Centre Canada, spectrum management, advocacy and support to the ICT industry, the rural broadband program, and policies in support of electronic commerce.

Rob McKerlie

Ron McKerlie

Ron McKerlie is Deputy Minister, Ministry of Government Services, Associate Secretary of Cabinet and Secretary, Management Board of Cabinet for the Ontario Public Service (OPS).

Ron joined the OPS as Corporate CIO and Chief Strategist, in 2005.

Prior to joining the OPS, Ron worked for Rogers Communications as VP e-Business.  Prior to Rogers, he worked for Bank of Montreal in a dozen roles including VP Electronic Banking, VP Smart Cards and most recently SVP eBusiness.

Ron holds a MBA from Dalhousie University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.  Ron is a member of the Board for World Vision Canada and Chair of the Service Ontario Board of Directors.

David Nicholl

David Nicholl was formally appointed Corporate Chief Information and Information Technology Officer on November 26, 2008. David was acting as the Corporate Chief Information and Information Technology Officer since May 2008. Prior to that, he held the position of Corporate Chief of Infrastructure Technology Services, within the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, since February 2006. He was responsible for leading the establishment of the Government’s new Infrastructure Technology Services (ITS) organization, establishing its business and service delivery model; and implementing key e-Ontario infrastructure consolidation projects.

Prior to joining ITS, David Nicholl was the Chief Information Officer at the Transportation I&IT Cluster (TC). David joined the TC in 2002, returning to the Ontario government where he worked as a programmer/analyst during the early 1980s.

Previous to the TC, David worked at Oasis Technology – a leading global provider of Unix/NT-based ePayment systems to card associations and financial institutions - where he was Senior Vice-President of Global Consulting and Delivery.  In this role, David was responsible for the delivery of the company’s products to new customers and for the support and training of Oasis’s approximately 150 clients in 70 countries.

David also spent seven years in Bermuda and the United Kingdom where he worked for HSBC (Bank of Bermuda) as Vice-President and Director of Information Technology. His responsibilities included the creation of a new IT strategy to support the introduction of an electronic servicing capability for the Bank's global customer base; the development of a resources plan to reduce IT operating costs, and the development and support of all business applications in a 7/24 environment. Previously, David worked at the Toronto Dominion Bank as a Systems/Project Manager.

Mark Relph

Mark Relph is Vice President of the Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) Group at Microsoft Canada Co. His mission is to connect with Canada’s technology professionals to develop skills; build momentum around key strategic Microsoft technologies, and nurture Canadian technology innovation.

Mark’s organization builds a robust set of technical community engagement programs such as MSDN and TechNet. His team also has a focus on enhancing the ecosystem of technology vendors in Canada, including working with ISVs, start-ups and the venture capital community. Mark also works with technology students, faculty and academic institutions across Canada. Mark was instrumental in helping launch Microsoft’s first entrepreneur-focused Innovation Centre in Waterloo and helped forge Microsoft Canada’s recent alliance with the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD).

Prior to his current position, he was the Group Manager of the Developer Team within the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group. Before moving to DPE, Mark was the Manager of the Network Service Provider Solutions Team, Business Development Manager working with Canadian technology start-ups and venture capital firms, with the E-Commerce Business Development team, and a Technology Specialist. Before joining Microsoft in May 1998, Mark was a Systems Engineer at Digital Equipment specializing in the development of Microsoft solutions.

Mark is very engaged in the Canadian technology community and regularly tweets and blogs about various technology related topics. He also speaks about the future of technology and the industry in Canada at technology conferences across the country.

Gerry Remers

Gerry Remers

Gerry Remers is President and COO of Christie, a global leader in Digital Cinema and manufacturer of a wide range of digital projection technologies and solutions.  Overseeing engineering operations and global quality, Gerry has spearheaded research and development, successfully leading the Company's rapid expansion into new markets for digital projection.  Under his leadership, Christie has quadrupled in size since 2001, significantly increasing its manufacturing capabilities, and was ranked among the Financial Post's 20 best employers to work for. 

Previously, Gerry was President of Electrohome Projection Systems, where he negotiated the sale of the business unit to Christie, Inc. of California in 1999. He possesses over 20 years experience in finance, marketing, planning and product management through his various positions at Electrohome and, earlier Nortel Canada.

Eugene Roman

Eugene Roman

Eugene Roman holds the position of Chief Information Officer at Open Text Corporation.  Eugene is a seasoned, hi-tech executive with 28 years of global experience in the IT, infocom, network design and R&D sectors.  He has a multi-skilled background in advanced technology, computer science, business development and finance which will nicely compliment the skills of the Executive Leadership Team.  Eugene is a strong leader who encourages his team members to excel and work together on delivering above and beyond their expectations. 

Eugene started his career with Nortel in 1981 upon graduation from the Faculty of Management Studies at the University of Toronto.  He has worked in various groups within BCE including Finance, Information Systems, R&D, and Corporate Office with significant international assignments in Asia, Europe and South America.  Eugene is on the Board of Directos of a community based financial institution and has supported its evolution to an e-business.

Paul Salvini

Paul Salvini

Paul Salvini is Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Canadian Operations at Side Effects Software - a global leader in the development of 3D visual effects software for the film industry.  In 2008, he was recognizted as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40, a national award that honours individuals for outstanding achievements in innovation, leadership, vision, and community involvement.

Paul leads a team of top computer scientists and mathematicians who are passionate about advancing the art and science of film production.  The company has enjoyed considerable success including two Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical Achievement and four back-to-back innovation awards from Computer Graphics World.  Its customers are top studios from around the world including Sony Pictures Imageworks, Framestore CGC, DreamWorks, Weta, and Digital Domain.  The company's flagship Houdini product has been used in hundreds of blockbuster films including nine of the past eleven films to receive the Oscar for best Visual Effects.

Duncan Stewart

Duncan Stewart is the Director of Deloitte Canada Research in the areas of Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT), Life Sciences and GreenTech. He is a member of Deloitte’s national TMT executive team and is a co-author of Deloitte Research’s annual Predictions report on trends in TMT.

Duncan has almost two decades of experience in the TMT industry. As an analyst and portfolio manager, Duncan has provided research or made investments in the entire Canadian technology and telecommunications sector. He has written research on names such as Nortel and Celestica, and been a venture capital investor in Research in Motion among others.

Duncan is also founder and CEO of DSAM Consulting, which performs research and analysis on companies in the TMT and GreenTech space. Prior to that, Duncan was a co-founder of Tera Capital, Canada’s first high tech and biotech money manager, where he was responsible for managing both mutual funds and VC funds. In the mid 1990s, Duncan managed a $150 million small cap high tech/biotech fund at a large Canadian pension fund manager. In his years as an investor he has deployed a cumulative $2 billion of capital into the global TMT and Life Science markets.

Duncan has a high profile media presence and is frequently interviewed on technology and biotechnology issues. He has also been a bi-monthly columnist for The National Post and CBC Radio.

Duncan is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

Kevin Tuer

Kevin Tuer

Kevin has held several engineering and senior management positions in the high tech industry over the past 14 years. Kevin started his career as a Senior Research Engineer at Computing Devices Canada (now General Dynamics Canada) where he developed a sighting system mount for a grenade launcher and early stage analysis of an advanced land fire control system for main battle tanks.  He moved on to become the VP Engineering of Control Advancements, a Waterloo based company, where Kevin oversaw the development of several products including the first haptic-enabled screen reading system for low vision users. 

Kevin went on to become the President of Alliance Technologies, an engineering services firm, which provided a range of electrical, mechanical and software development services to local businesses. Prior to joining Communitech, Kevin was a co-founder and CTO of Handshake VR Inc., a company that specialized in the creation and deployment of haptic and telehaptic applications.  During his tenure at Handshake, Kevin led the technical development of the company’s products, including the first graphically based toolkit for rapid development of haptic and telehaptic applications.

Since February 2008, Kevin has been serving as CTO-in-Residence at Communitech as part of the Venture Support Group, which is responsible for providing mentorship and coaching to early stage companies.  Most recently, Kevin has been named the Managing Director of Canada’s Digital Media Network (National Centre of Excellence) and VP Digital Media to lead the Digital Media Convergence Centre in Kitchener, Ontario – the first of two hubs on Canada’s Digital Media Network.  Kevin has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. 

Sean Van Koughnett

Sean Van Koughnett

Sean Van Koughnett is the founder and director of VeloCity (, the world's first 'dormcubator' for students focused on developing and commercializing business ideas in mobile communications and digital media. Prior to founding VeloCity, Sean held various leadership roles in the private sector and at UW in marketing and business development. Sean holds a BA (Economics) and MAES (Local Economic Development), where his research focused on the impact of innovation in post-secondary institutions on economic development. Sean has also represented Canada on the international stage as a member of the mens' national basketball team.

John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Perth-Middlesex. He was re-elected in 2007 as the MPP for Perth-Wellington. Wilkinson previously served as the Parliamentary Assistant to Premier Dalton McGuinty in his capacity as Ontario’s first Minister of Research and Innovation. He has also served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and was appointed by the Minister of Finance to serve as the vice chair of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

Wilkinson is the first Certified Financial Planner elected to the Ontario legislature. Before entering politics he founded Wilkinson & Keller Financial Planning Ltd. of Stratford, a successful small business.

Known for his lengthy record of service, Wilkinson has been very active in both his church and community. He was both the youngest president and senior member of the Kiwanis Club of Stratford and most recently chaired a $1.5 million fundraising campaign in support of the Discovery Centre, situated beside the Stratford Festival in the historic Stratford Normal School.

In 2002, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honoured Wilkinson with their highest national volunteer tribute, the Julia Award. In 2003, he was presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of a decade of outstanding work in helping to find a cure or control for cystic fibrosis, the leading genetic cause of death in Canadian children. In 2006, Wilkinson was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow for his humanitarian efforts.

A graduate of the Faculty of Music from the University of Western Ontario, Wilkinson and his wife have three teenagers.


Diane Williamson

Marblemedia is a cross platform production company producing content for TV, the web and mobile. As Director of Business Development for Interactive at marblemedia Diane works closely with a variety of parners which include broadcasters, portals, independent Producers and academic institutions. Diane has over 14 years experience in producing interactive content for the cultural, entertainment and education sectors. Her credits include the website for The Smart Woman Survival Guide, an edutainment piece for The Green portal (with Sundance Channel), (website, book & CD-ROM project), (interactive website and online game for the television series “Ghost Trackers”) and the “Great Canadian” series of websites (,,,, GreatCanadianLakes, all found on Diane is currently also Producer and Project Manager for, a bilingual portal for cultural consultants and cultural organizations.

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