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Robert Hart is considered to be one of Canada’s preeminent cloud thought leaders and evangelists. As Founder and CEO of the Canadian Cloud Council, Canada’s only national cloud think tank and industry association, Robert has materially influenced the acceleration of the Canadian cloud ecosystem and plays a major role in the development of North American cloud policy. Robert has over 15 years of progressive, cross-functional experience as an entrepreneur in the Canadian ICT sector, most recently as President and CEO of VRStorm; Canada’s first open, elastic and on demand public cloud company. Mr. Hart has also held executive positions ranging from President, Chief Revenue Officer, VP, Business Development and VP, Sales and Marketing at Rigstar Communications, The Remote Communications CIO Council, Platinum Communications and Thinktel Communications. In addition to leading The Politburo and Canadian Cloud Council, Robert also sits as an advisory board member at FedPlatform.org and ebackup.
Bill Teskey is originally from Belleville, Ontario and has lived in the UK and China working in a variety of progressive academic and leadership positions. He has a background in sales and management in the education industry. Having managed several educational institutions in China, he has experience in small business accounting, marketing, HR and sales. Bill studied business at Northeast Normal University in China and is currently earning his MSc in international business management with University of Liverpool in the UK where he has focussed on finance, organizational structure, and the energy industry. Bill is fluent in spoken Mandarin as a second-language and is the council’s chief organizer and business disciplinarian.
Steven Woodward is CEO and founder of Cloud Perspectives, which specializes in educating, planning, and governing cloud computing opportunities, from vendor neutral perspectives. He is a leading contributor to the National Institute of Standards for Technology (NIST) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Joint Collaboration Activity working groups. Steven authored and leads cloud computing best practices and guides with NIST, ITU-T, TM Forum, ISMA-IFPUG and the OMG. Subject areas include reference architecture, roles, brokers, resources, metrics, estimation, project management, sub-services, metering, costing, planning and governance. He is leading and encouraging international cloud collaboration in the industry and academia. Based in Ottawa, Canada, he is also a member of the Shared Services Canada Advisory Committee and being Canadian, he curls!
Lynn Sutherland has been a leader in the Canadian Information and Communications Technology sector for over 25 years. She has been active in ICT research, development, commercialization, innovation policy, international recruiting, and cyberinfrastructure with leadership roles at VRStorm, Cybera, iCORE, and the Alberta Research Council. She holds a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Queen's University and is on the Boards of CANARIE and the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation. Lynn is currently promoting the acceleration of open data and cloud adoption in Canada and loves skiing, golf, travelling, solving problems and enjoying life in general.
Robert Lam is the Past President and current Director of CCAT, an accomplished post-secondary educator and business technology leader. Mr. Lam has over 20 years of research, advisory and industry experience emphasizing IT investment creating positive business value. As a consultant, Robert facilitates clients’ leadership team and enabling IT investment that holds definite business values. Seasoned with a diverse business IT background in multiple industries and disciplines, including energy, government, and non-profit sector. A contributing author of Cloud Computing: Principles and Paradigms, and a welcome speaker at business technology conferences. Through years of business and IT experience, he is able to quickly assess the strengths and business goals and objectives of clients, to address their immediate needs and also their long term positioning.
Jeff MacMillan is the Founder and CEO of Dark Matter Labs (DML) and Key Nexus. DML develops industry-leading data encryption appliances for the enterprise and private data center and specializes in advanced encryption key management. Key Nexus is a cloud-based encryption key management service that integrates with major cloud and SaaS platforms to offer data encryption and user-owned external key management. Jeff specializes in entrepreneurship, leadership, project management and building value. He has an electrical engineering background and was formerly a Combat Systems Engineering Officer in the Canadian Navy.
Stephen Cahill is an industry leader and proud graduate of St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Stephen has over 20 years of global leadership experience ranging from bootstrap start-ups to Fortune 500’s predominantly focusing on technology and communications. Stephen’s strengths include relationship building and developing teams that create value in partnership. Recently this Cloud circuit rider has been speaking to North American enterprise and SMB’s groups regarding the reality, and ultimately the necessity, of embracing cloud technology today.
John Cousens is responsible for the Canadian Public Sector with Salesforce.com and a Cloud industry veteran with experience in two cloud computing start-ups. He has over 20 years of senior sales and sales management experience, with previous tenures at EDS Canada, IBM Canada, Siebel and Microsoft. John has a passion for innovation, customers and hockey; all powered by an entrepreneurial heart. John is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he also undertook studies in Agricultural Business and Economics. A native of the Ottawa valley, John currently resides in Stittsville. He is married to an amazing wife with two children that inspire him daily.
Victor is a persistently curious communicator and lifelong learner whose career zigzagged through the oil and gas, academic, IT, and non-profit sectors, with stints at Shell, IBM, The University of Calgary, TransCanada, Fujitsu, Devon, and most recently, WorleyParsons, where he helped tell the story of a firm that designs and builds things to reduce environmental impact from industrial operations. He asserts that marketing, at its core, means offering people something of value before they choose to become customers. He joined the Council because he believes the organization will help boost Canada's global relevance in cloud computing.
Jaethan Reichel co-leads a conglomerate of four British Columbia based technology companies, including iTel Networks, where he is the Chief Business Development Officer. In 2011, he co-founded KIC, a technology accelerator created to foster commercialization and innovation in BC's interior. Jae is the Vice-President of the Interior Technology Industry Association and an adviser to numerous start-ups across the country. He is married above his genetic potential, and lives in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Dr. Shi Jin has an extensive technical and business background in cloud computing, cloud architecture and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. He is currently employed by Acrodex as Product Manager, Virtualization and Cloud Computing. In 2009, Dr. Jin co-founded VRStorm Inc., one of the first IaaS companies in Canada and served as CTO, where he led a team in designing, implementing and supporting an open source based, self-service, on-demand IaaS cloud. Previous industry experience includes tenures at Cybera Inc., Petroleum Institute and the University of Alberta. Dr. Jin received his doctorate degree from Cornell University in 2007 and resides in Edmonton with his wife and son.
Danielle is the founder of GovernancePro Corporate Services Inc., a board advisory firm based in Calgary, Alberta. For over a decade, she has provided professional governance advice, education and support to various for-profit, not-for-profit and public sector organizations. Danielle’s hands-on experience in the boardroom (as both a director and governance officer), legal background and formal education in management consulting enable her to fully understand a business, crafting tailored solutions that increase board effectiveness and safeguard compliance. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Directors, Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries and Chartered Secretaries Canada (ICSA).
• BOARD CHAIR - Martin Kratz, Partner, Trademark Agent and Head of Intellectual Property - Bennett Jones LLP
• Jim Clarke, IT Infrastructure Manager — Savanna Energy
• Robert Hart, President and CEO — Canadian Cloud Council
• Tara Kelly, President and CEO — Splice Software
• Javier Lozano, AVP Innovation and Architecture Canadian Western Bank
• Freddie Martinez, Manager Infrastructure Technology — Fountain Tire
• Dan Murphy, President Cloud Security Alliance – Canadian Chapter
• Christian Szpilfogel, VP Patent Licensing and Chief Architect — Mitel
• Robin Bell, Chief Technology Officer — Long View Systems
• Peter Bews, Director ITS Cloud Services — Rogers Communications
• Katrina Blackbeard, Director Technical Services — ATCO ITEK
• Pascal Britt-Cote, Senior Associate ICT — Export Development Canada
• Paul Butcher, President - HostedBizz Inc.
• Scott Clark, Chief Information Officer — City of Victoria
• Brian Clendenin, Enterprise Sales Manager – SuccessFactors, an SAP Company
• Harpreet Dhillon, Project Manager Cloud Computing — City of Calgary
• Michael Doucet, Chief Information Officer — Royal Canadian Mounted Police
• Santiagio Gomez, Director of IT — Williams Engineering
• Joost Houwen, Western Canadian Practice Director IT Security – Grant Thorton LLP
• Doug Jones, Senior Director Cloud Computing — Research in Motion
• Vijai Karthigesu, COO — Cloud Dynamics
• Shahab Khan, Innovation and WIRE Director — Startup Canada
• Cary Landis, PaaS Specialist - NJVC and Owner Virtual Global
• Jan Levine, Director of Compliance FedPlatform.org and Co-Founder and CTO kloudtrack
• David Pattenden, Cloud Strategy Lead at Microsoft
• Lloyed Lobo, Partner Boast Capital and Plug and Play Canada
• Martin Robson, Founder and CEO of Robson Communications