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Executive Director, Office of CIO
Peter Watkins is an executive director in the Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships Division of the BC Government Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizen’s Services. Mr. Watkins has more than 20 years of experience as an information systems professional and public servant. He is one of the driving forces and experts behind the government’s strategy for a user-centric solution to the vexing problem of digital identity information management and the recently launched chip enabled BC Services card. Peter’s newest work is exploring the intersection of digital identity and the advent of webAPI’s. He has worked in software development, system design, IT operations, as well as management, service development and policy development.
Vice President, Business Leader, Mobile Lead (Canada)
Nicolas Dinh works within MasterCard’s Emerging Payments team, leading mobile payments product development initiatives in Canada. In his current role, he is responsible for the regional product strategy, go-to-market execution and product roadmap/lifecycle of MasterCard’s mobile products and solutions. Prior to joining MasterCard, Nicolas was at Virgin Mobile Canada for almost 7 years, guiding the mobile virtual network operator through periods of launch, stabilization, growth, acquisition and mobile network migration/upgrade in various capacities, including technical architecture and product development/management. He also has professional services experience in the domain pre-sales/systems engineering during his employment tenure at Ericsson Canada.
Dave Ohara is an analyst for Gigaom Research. In addition to Gigaom, Dave blogs on the Green Data Center topic at greenm3.com and is co-founder of a stealth startup leveraging mobile, cloud, big data, social, M2M to disrupt the IT systems in industrial operations. In 2006 Dave left the corporate environment after 26 years in product development at HP, Apple, and Microsoft.
CEO & Co-Founder
Fred is co-founder and CEO of mnubo, a Big Data Analytics platform for the Internet of Things. An entrepreneur and thought leader, passionate about new technologies and innovation, Fred previously played a strategic role as VP Products for Blueslice Networks, headed its expansion in the M2M space, its acquisition by Tekelec and its growth beyond millions of subscribers. He has experience leading large multi-country teams at Nortel, participating in the early days of UMTS/3G deployments in Europe and later on, contributing to the initial LTE technology definition. Fred also expanded Teleglobe’s international VoIP network to the USA, Europe and Japan and was part of the small team that launched Canada’s first national GSM network (Fido) in 1996.
Michael is the founder and CEO of Payfirma and is responsible for ensuring the company is always setting the trend in payments innovation, establishing and nurturing strategic relationships, and recruiting the best talent in the world. Prior to Payfirma, Michael founded VersaPay Corp and grew it to one of Canada’s fastest growing companies before taking it public on the TSX. Michael has been honoured with numerous awards over his entrepreneurial career: Best Business Person of 2012, Top 40 Under 40 2011 and Fastest Growing Company in Canada 2009, to name a few. Michael advises many startups and serves on ACT Canada’s Advisory Board.
VP Market Development
Larry Zibrik is the Vice President of Market Development for Sierra Wireless, responsible for developing key ecosystem relationships with mobile network operators, silicon providers and solution partners. During his time at Sierra Wireless, Larry has been responsible for developing the company’s embedded modules business in both PC OEM and broadband M2M markets. Prior to joining Sierra Wireless, Larry gained extensive experience with wireless data and M2M though twelve years at Motorola Inc., where he managed the Embedded Module portfolio globally for Motorola’s Wireless Data Group.
Enterprise Account Executive
With over 20 years experience in M2M and wireless endpoint data capture systems across many different verticals, Ron Wilson understands the importance of mobilizing and securing data. He has worked in the MDM space for the last five years focusing on delivering leading-edge solutions. He is currently responsible for Enterprise Sales throughout Canada at AirWatch, meeting his customers’ mobility challenges and security needs.
Global Director of Fortify on Demand, Application Security
Ryan English serves as Global Director for the Fortify on Demand team at HP. In this role he manages strategic alignment of the Fortify on Demand group and provides oversight of the Fortify on Demand delivery team. Previously, English was vice president of Product Management and Professional Services at Vigilar , where he was responsible for overseeing product strategy and direction of their security products and services.
VP Transaction Services
Jeppe Dorff, a native of Denmark, returned in 2011 to Canada to join Rogers Communications and brings with him a wealth of global perspective with a career spanning most continents and more than a handful of individual mobile payments and mobile banking deployments. Jeppe joined Rogers Communications where in his role as Vice President of Transaction Services he is responsible for development and execution on the transactional technology, product and business strategy. Most recently he was responsible for the negotiations, which led to the first commercial agreement between an MNO and a bank in Canada. Jeppe is newly appointed board member of the standards organization GlobalPlatform where he will help drive the further standardization and adoption of secure chip technologies spanning mobile, government and internet-of-things.
Senior Director and General Manager
Samsung R&D Institute Canada
Recognized for his strategic leadership, consumer-driven insight and results-oriented approach, Tom Nyberg is Senior Director and General Manager at Samsung Canada’s Vancouver R&D Centre. Tom leads a team focusing on research and innovation-driven possibilities, while supporting Samsung’s global design, development and technical support of the Samsung KNOX™ enterprise mobile security solution. Prior to joining Samsung Canada, Tom held a series of senior product, software and business development leadership roles at Nokia. Through international positions in Germany, the U.S. and Canada, Tom has gained unique global insights and knowledge of the international mobile market.
VP Emerging Business
Mr. Robinson first joined Rogers in August, 1990, and has held diverse positions within the Rogers group of companies, including senior roles in Investor Relations, Finance, Wireless Product Management, Wireless Data, and New Business Planning. In his current role of Vice President, Emerging Business, Mr. Robinson’s role is to identify, evaluate, socialize, plan and execute on new business concepts that are currently outside the scope of Rogers’ existing operations. Mr. Robinson and his team evaluate the business opportunity as a whole considering economic viability, technological feasibility, market demand/needs, operational impact and strategic fit within Rogers.
Founder & CEO
Peter Semmelhack is the founder and CEO of Bug Labs, the company behind BUG, the award-winning modular, open source consumer electronics and web services platform – recently featured in the MoMA’s “Talk to Me” exhibit. Prior to starting Bug Labs, Peter was the founder and CEO/CTO of Antenna Software, currently the world’s largest independent mobile enterprise software developer. As a founding member of the rapidly growing open hardware movement, Peter is a frequent speaker at events around the world. His work has been covered and discussed by the international media including The New York Times, The Economist, The Hindu, Fortune, CNN, Nikkei Business and Forbes.
IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences
Jeff currently leads IBM’s Chronic Disease Management and Personalized Healthcare activities in Canada. He has over 30 years of management and project leadership experience, with seventeen of those years with IBM. Before joining IBM, Jeff held various IT management positions in the BC provincial government, focused on creating, operating and expanding electronic services for citizens. Since joining IBM, he’s held positions with local, national and global responsibility, and has worked in Canada, the US, Australia, Europe and the Caribbean.
Fred is CEO of Macadamian and is an out-of-the closet design and technology geek who envisions a world where software enables the full potential of ideas, enriches lives, and is a joy to use. He has led Macadamian in its tremendous growth to become a multi-million dollar consultancy with an award-winning work culture. As a director of the Information Technology Association of Canada, Fred is an active advocate for expanding Canada’s innovative capacities. He is also a community leader and a co-founder of the Ottawa High School Technology Program, which encourages a passion for science in high school students. Fred graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke with a B.S. in Computer Science. He resides with his wife and children in Gatineau, Quebec, where he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and cooking for family and friends.
Mark is a 10 year veteran of the Mobile ecosystem, working with Fortune 100 customers to help them build mobile strategies and evolve their infrastructure. Currently Mark works with Blackberry’s partners to build seamless integration between enterprise solutions and ensure the best experience for our customers. Prior to joining Blackberry, Mark was a consultant with the IBM Lotus Professional Services team, focused on large enterprise architecture and development projects.
Daniel Kellmereit has a wealth of experience in the areas of innovation management, marketing, corporate development and growth strategies. He has spent more than a decade enabling large global companies to develop business strategies, innovate and shape markets, adopt emerging technologies, design strategic alliances and launch new products and services.
Head of Mobile Innovation
Derek is Head of Mobile Innovation for Visa Canada. Derek has over 13 years of mobile experience in both North America and Europe. Prior to returning to Canada in 2002, Derek worked at Agency.com in London England. Derek gained a considerable amount of experience in text, mobile web and location-based mobile innovations for several U.K. clients including, Heineken, Barclays, Channel 4 and Deutsche Bank.
Senior Vice President
K. Scott Morrison is Senior Vice President and a Distinguished Engineer at CA Technologies. He joined CA as part of its acquisition of Layer 7 Technologies, where he was CTO. Scott was a part of Layer 7 at its inception and led the company to develop the industry’s leading security infrastructure for mobile systems, cloud computing and APIs. An architect and developer of highly scalable, enterprise systems for over 25 years, Scott has deep experience across industry sectors as diverse as health care, travel and transportation, and financial services. He has been a Director of Architecture and Technology at Infowave Software, a leading maker of wireless security and acceleration software for mobile devices, and was a senior architect at IBM. Before moving to the private sector, Scott was a member of the world-renowned medical research program of the University of British Columbia, studying neurodegenerative disorders using medical imaging technology.
Senior Product Manager Bing
Duane Forrester is a Sr. Product Manager with Bing’s Webmaster Program. Previously, he was an inhouse search marketer running the SEO program for MSN in the US & Americas. He’s also the founding co-chair of SEMPO’s In-House SEM Committee, was formerly on the Board of Directors for SEMPO and is the author of two books: How To Make Money With Your Blog and Turn Clicks Into Customers. Duane was a moderator at www.searchengineforums.com, tweets at @duaneforrester, used to write for Search Engine Land and has almost 15 years’ experience as an SEO.
Anthony A. Reynolds
Senior Vice President SAP
Anthony A. Reynolds is the Senior Vice President, Worldwide Mobile Sales & Solutions. In this
capacity, Mr. Reynolds is responsible for representing the go to market and operations of the
Mobile business to drive sales effectiveness, operational processes and new business initiatives.
Author The Mobile Commerce Revolution
With more than 20 years of marketing and business leadership experience, Tim Hayden has been a founding member of new ventures (NION Interactive, GamePlan, 44Doors) and a catalyst for innovative change in some of the world’s largest brands (Dell, Bacardi, AMD, ExxonMobil, Hilton Worldwide, Kraft Foods, Edelman, and others). Part social anthropologist, part strategic marketing executive, Tim studies communications behavior and how new media and mobility are reshaping all of business. From operations to marketing and customer service, he assembles technology, adoption and communications initiatives that lead to efficiency and profitability. Tim is also the author of The Mobile Commerce Revolution (Pearson, December 2013).
Regional Director - Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Tara Hartley is the Regional Director for the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises at Public Works and Government Services Canada. She moved to Vancouver in September 2013 after working in for the federal government in Ottawa for more than 20 years, the last seven of which were with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises. She and her team help businesses, especially small businesses, understand how to do business with the Government of Canada. They also work with their procurement colleagues to ensure fair, open access to procurement opportunities.
President & CEO Wavefront
As President and CEO of Wavefront, Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Wireless Commercialization and Research, James has brought together a team of experienced wireless industry and business professionals to help achieve the company’s mandate of engaging wireless companies and innovators with critical resources, partners and opportunities, to drive economic and social benefits for Canada.
Venue & Accommodation
The 2014 Wavefront Wireless Summits will be held at the centrally-located Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel. We have secured a special rate of $129CAD for attendees.
Comments from last year’s
Wavefront Wireless Summits:
“Congrats on a really great conference. It was an excellent blend of provocative leading business speakers with technically deep speakers and appropriate time built in for networking and connecting which is so essential to develop this space.” — Terry Stuart, CIO, Deloitte
“A MUST attend event for anyone interested in mobility and M2M! Knowledgeable and informative presenters, great solution diversity, perfect mix of presentations, roundtables, panels, discussion and networking. I met many key organizations with interesting solutions that were relevant to my business. Not to be missed!” — Eric Simmons, GM, Rogers M2M
“The diversity of mobile ecosystem players was impressive. Even in our increasingly converged world, I don’t often see so many different perspectives brought together in the same place, at the same time. It made for some fascinating discourse.” — Tim Hayden, Mobile Commerce Revolution
“A great event stocked with even greater people, attendees and speakers lucked out with some phenomenal planning by a talented group of people. This is the event you should attend above all others if you want to succeed.” — Patrick Harris, Harpworks Inc.
The Wavefront Wireless Summits consists of two parallel programming tracks covering the most important topics impacting business technology decisions today. The M2M Summit and the Wireless Business track will each include 2.5 days of sessions where you’ll hear from the industry’s leaders on topics that include:
Machine-to-Machine technologies, as a core component of the Internet of Things, are driving a new wave of business transformation. They bring together people, process, data and things to generate big data and new capabilities. Join the discussion and open new opportunities at this 3rd annual technology leadership conference.
Wireless Business Summit
This track focuses on strategic business transformation enabled by wireless & mobility solutions. The convergence of mobile, social, data, and cloud is creating unprecedented opportunities. Wavefront welcomes a line up of industry leaders tackling topics critical to business technology decisions today and into the future.