CAPRE’s Second Annual Greater Montreal & Quebec Data Centre Summit

Jan 17, 2018


Jan 17, 2018
6:00 am -

Exhibitor Set-Up

7:55 am - 8:45 am

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:45 am - 8:50 am

Opening Remarks

Hear from:
* Brian Klebash, Founder & President, CAPRE

8:50 am - 9:20 am


Proposed Discussion Points:

  • World-wide market size and Montreal’s expanding footprint
  • Macro demand drivers
  • Main datacenter locations
  • Market & wholesale drivers for Montreal
  • How cloud adoption has changed enterprise demand
  • Why the mega cloud providers have chosen Montreal
  • Leasing velocity, sales tax incentives, pricing trends
  • Market share leaders
  • Additional supply known that is coming on or planned for in the market
Angelo Lamanna, Advisor, Data Centre Solutions at Duffy Group Real Estate

Hear from:
* Angelo Lamanna, Advisor – Data Centre Solutions, Duffy Group Real Estate

9:20 am - 10:20 am


Proposed Discussion Points:

  • What is driving demand for data centers in Montreal? Cost of power and cryptocurrency mining – or something else?
  • Will impact will consolidation have on valuations in 2018?
  • Analysis of cost of power in Montreal vs Toronto
  • Proximity of cloud: Toronto vs Montreal
  • Server huggers: Are enterprise users still choosing to be near their data center?
  • Evolution of Montreal market: Mature operators are entering the market – what impact is this having on the Toronto market?
  • Overlap between data centres and wireless industry, and impact of the edge: How is this trend playing out in Montreal (if at all)?
  • What may change in Montreal over the next 12 months?
  • Analysis of the M&A activity in 2017 and most common characteristics.
  • The evolution of data centers: Defining hyperscale demand.
  • Where are valuations heading in 2018?
  • What are the most popular strategies in lending structures currently and how has this changed?
  • Who are the majority of investors and are there any new types of ventures?
  • What role do local and federal government tax incentives have on the impact of valuation and financing?
  • Are rents, revenues and margins increasing or decreasing and why?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Miles Loo, Jr., Global Lead, Valuation & Advisory, Data Center Consulting Group, Newmark Knight Frank
* Mike Armstrong, Director, GI Partners
* AJ Byers, President and CEO, ROOT | Data Center
* Todd Coleman, President and CEO, Estruxture Data Centers
* Jeff Ferry, Director, Goldman Sachs
* Jean-François Jolicoeur, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
* Roger Karam, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Investment Partners Inc.
* Philbert Shih, Managing Director – Canada, Structure Research

10:20 am - 10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 am - 11:15 am


Hydro-Québec is a public utility that manages the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Quebec. In 2011, electricity accounted for about 40% of all energy used in the province, 99% of which was generated from water. It was formed by the Government of Quebec in 1944 from the expropriation of private firms. This was followed by massive investment in hydro-electric projects like Churchill Falls and the James Bay Project. Today, with 63 hydroelectric power stations, the combined output capacity is 36,912 megawatts. Extra power is exported from the province and Hydro-Québec supplies 10 per cent of New England’s power requirements. Hydro-Québec is a state-owned enterprise based in Montreal. In 2015, it paid CAD$2.36 billion in dividends to its sole shareholder, the Government of Québec. Its residential power rates are among the lowest in North America. More than 40 per cent of Canada’s water resources are in Québec and Hydro-Québec is the fourth largest hydropower producer in the world.

Hear from:
* Moderator: Conan Lee, Managing Director, JLL
* David Murray, Président, Hydro-Québec Distribution chez Hydro Québec

11:15 am - 12:00 pm


Proposed Discussion Points:
* Are international footprints essential to the demand for bandwidth in Canada?
* How does customization and flexibility play a role in fiber provider choice?
* How does encryption/security play a role in data center connectivity in Canada now and in the future?
* How does a service provider decide which data centers to make an connectivity investment in?
* What will drive demand for connectivity to data centers over the next 12 months: The introduction of 5G networks, municipal broadband build-outs (communities that are building fiber of their own) and on-site server to a data center
* How is IoT changing connectivity?
* Race to the Ecosystem: Customers are demanding quicker and immediate access within the data center, at the cloud; moving and being flexible depending on your application
* Securing the networking: What are the way in which technologies can be used to secure the network? How do you protect lateral traffic?
* Is this region competitive from a connectivity standpoint?
* How are data centers preparing for additional redundancy and peering requirements that their customers are requiring?
* What are the pros and cons of different on ramp methods to AWS, Azure and other cloud providers?
* How are the recent telecommunication mergers and acquisitions going? And, how are changes of business models and shedding business models playing out?
* When considering office to office, data center to data center, what types of specific products are you seeing (increase in demand and reduce in demand)?
* Analysis of connectivity strategy for providers: Are they prepared for their customer’s connectivity requirements?
* From the owner/operator perspective, is it necessary to work with a third party provider like AWS, Azure or Google Cloud to effectively compete in today’s playing field?
* How important is latency? Do clients need the low-latency levels providers are promoting?
* Site-Selection from a connectivity perspective: Is there adequate Tier 1 connectivity in tertiary/rural markets?
* Connectivity takeaway: What will make the biggest impact on the market in 2017?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Cathy Logue, Managing Director – Toronto, Stanton Chase
* Roger Brulotte, Sales Director, Zayo Canada
* Michael Bucheit, CEO, I.C.E. Data Centres
* Michel Guernon, Sales Engineer, BELDEN
* Bell Canada – Speaker TBA

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Artificial Intelligence and the Evolution of Data Centres: THE IMPACT ON CANADIAN DATA CENTRE DEMAND

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What’s the potential benefit of using AI as a customer?
* What the Canadians doing with the strategy for AI technology?
* What are the implications for data center design?
* How will AI change data center development going forward?
* Use cases around networking: AI Implementation
* What type of infrastructure is needed to support AI in the data center?
* What are the business benefit of using AI? Planning, engineering, design validation operations
* AI: the new frontier in data centre optimization (cooling, preventive measures, optimization etc)
* Impact on the industry, change the future of network, how it will impact data centers

Hear from:
* Moderator: Scott Metcalfe, Vice President – Data Center Solutions, JLL
* Remi Duquette, Global Head – Datacenter Clarity LC & Machine Learning, MAYA HTT Ltd
* Sebastien Ferreira, Director – Federal and Eastern Canada, Splunk
* Melvin Greer, Director Data Science and Analytics, Intel Corporation
* Mathieu Vidal, Professionnel des communications, Investissement Québec
* Montreal International – Speaker TBA

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Proposed Discussion Points:
* Economics of the cloud: What are the capabilities in the cloud?
* Workload application: What goes where? What should go to Amazon, Google or remain on premise?
* What are Google and Amazon offering to clients that might not be offered on premise?
* Agility of the cloud coupled with tools: How are cloud solutions making the impossible reality?
* Migration to the Cloud: How did end-users get over regulatory and compliance challenges?
* Is cloud security better than on-premise?
* Security, Compliance & Consolidation: The factors affecting big-picture data center decision making
* What aspects of the data center operation can be moved over to the cloud?
* What can you do to move data center growth off site to the cloud?
* Insuring uptime: How are operators finding ways to guarantee uptime?
* Analysis of how end-user firms are approaching the various cloud offerings (public-private-hybrid, etc)
* How are security and compliance issued view from the end user perspective?
* What are issues relative to global data sovereignty?
* How are end-users approaching custom design-build solutions?
* What are the actual war stories of cloud migrations? What went right, wrong, and what did you learn along the way?
* What are the hybrid cloud models that are working in practice in production environments?
* A cultural change for the cloud operations: How do you in the real world operate production systems?
* How do you operate systems that can not go offline?
* The challenge: Getting to understanding differences and different ways of building and operating the infrastructure
* Analysis of different tools for the different types of cloud

Hear from:
* Moderator: Mike Segal, International Business Development, ROOT Data Center
* Cédric Combey, Vice President, Linkbynet Managed Services
* Roger Desgroseilliers, Ericsson
* Randy Milthorpe, Cloud Platform – Canada & Caribbean, IBM
* Roberto Montesi, Vice President , INAP

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Data Center Management & Operations: New Strategies for Reducing Cost Without Increasing Risk

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What types of cost-savings strategies can you apply to a new-or-old facility?
* Importance of containment in the data center to lower costs
* Devising a strategic corporate plan that addresses retired, existing, and new facilities
* Having systems in place that allow us to get ahead of the problem before customers even know it happened
* Power & Green: Are data centers using solar or wind to offset the high power usage?
* What types of new technologies in the green energy space are you using for your data centers (i.e. outside wind cooling in north, solar panels, wind plants)?
* Cooling strategies: What are the latest technologies that you are using (i.e. water/cooling)?
* From a strategic standpoint, how are you using cooling technologies to reduce costs?
* What types of cost-savings strategies can you apply to a new-or-old facility?
* Connectivity to the public cloud: How the technologies are changing so that you can see in one pain of glass both workloads (hybrid-managed) or on-premise?
* War stories of running a data center
* Redundancy & UPS strategies relating to fire hazards and earthquakes: What every owner should know
* Innovation and making the data center structures smarter
* Securing a solid infrastructure
* Importance of containment in the data center to lower costs
* Devising a strategic corporate plan that addresses retired, existing, and new facilities
* Analysis of impact of temperature changes in the data centers
* How to minimize exposure to market spikes
* Having systems in place that allow us to get ahead of the problem before customers even know it happened
* What will change the most in terms of operating a data center over the next 12 months? What would you like to see changed?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Fadi Tarcha, National Solution Manager, Vertiv Co
* Grace Chiang, Data Centre Solutions, Siemens Canada
* Todd Coleman, President and CEO, Estruxture Data Centers
* Rich Ungar, North American Manager of Automation, ABB

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Best Practices for Upgrading Legacy Facilities and Future-Proofing the New Data Center: Are Providers Investing in Energy Efficiency or Reliability and Control?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Are people upgrading for energy efficiency or reliability and control?
* Is anyone investing in legacy data centers?
* Is anyone really doing energy efficiency retrofits? Or, are they just improving the capacity of their sites?
* Analysis of design/build methodology: How are developers procuring their data centers?
* What are the next innovations in physical infrastructure and how will they impact tomorrow’s data center design?
* Analysis of modular vs. stick built design processes. Are developers looking at modular, traditional or a hybrid models?
* How does “modularity” play into getting the most of the 20 year building?
* Migrating to the Cloud: How will the public and private sectors’ transition to the cloud in the next 5-10 years change design plans?
* Colo trends: How can data center designers plan for variable density models as customers vary in density needs?
* How do the ongoing operations and on-site support of the data center impact the ROI?
* How do operations teams ensure uptime when majority of downtime occurs from human errors?
* As more enterprises move to off-premise/hybrid infrastructure models, how do enterprises ensure that the partners they select are future-proofing their data centers?
* What are the pros and cons for migrating to an off-premise or hybrid IT infrastructure strategy, and how does that impact data center ROI considerations?
* What types of audits should data centers engage in on a regular basis to ensure their anticipated ROI will occur?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Georges Seguin, Built Environment
* René Breyel, President, Claridion Inc
* Bruce Edwards, President, CCG Facilities
* Bernie Oegema, Data Centre Consultant, IBM
* Vali Sorell, President, Sorell Engineering, Inc
* Dave Sterlace, Head of Data Center Technology, ABB

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Blockchain & Data Centres: How Bitcoin Mining is transforming data centers architecture, Design & Development

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Why has Quebec become an attractive destination for the establishment and relocation of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency mining?
* What will be the overall impact on Quebec in terms of job growth?
* How will Canadiandata centre infrastructure support cryptocurrency mining?
* Will CPPIB invest in crytocurrency, and what will this mean for data centre growth?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Ed Kimm, VP – Cloud Solutions & Strategic Alliances, StrataCore
* Michel Chartier, President, Kelvin Emtech
* Marc Creel, Director, COLO-D
* Laurent Féral-Pierssens, Executive Director – Emerging Tech, KPMG Canada
* Martin LeBlanc, Founder & CEO, Nuvoo
* Francis Pouliot, Co-Founder of Research and Cryptoassets, Catallaxy

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Innovations in Data Center Power Generation, Reliability and Competitive Pricing

Proposed Discussion Points:
* On-site power generation: The next chapter?
* Analysis: Hydrogen fuel cells, microgrids, solar panels, on-site battery storage
* Analysis: Energy produced in DC, converted to AC
* Analysis: Combined heat and power systems (CHP)
* What changes are being proposed for 2017/2018 on a state level?
* What changes are being proposed for 2017/2018 on a federal level?
* Will current carbon tax proposals affect the data center industry?
* Do you foresee a carbon tax on gross power consumers?
* What offsets are available to data center providers?
* What green programs are offered by local utilities?
* How do these offerings compare to utilities in other states?
* Is there an increasing or decreasing demand for green power from independent power producers?
* Will 2017/2018 see more major renewable energy projects?
* How will proposed legislation affect major projects?
* Will we see a drop in power pricing as renewables become more cost effective?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Dave Sterlace, Head of Data Center Technology, ABB
* Roman Kowalczyszyn, Vice President – Client Operations, COLO-D
* Aaron Sawchuk, Co-Founder, ColoSpace, Inc.
* Hydro Quebec – Speaker TBA

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Post-Event Networking & Reception