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

Jan 17, 2018

Featured Speakers

Mike Armstrong, Director, GI Partners

Mike is a Director of GI Partners and is responsible for sourcing and executing direct investments in Real Estate. Prior to joining GI Partners, Mr. Armstrong was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in San Francisco where he held acquisitions and investment roles for real estate and infrastructure, most recently in its Global Real Assets division and prior to that, in its Junius Real Estate Partners division. Early in his career, he worked at Financial Security Assurance, Inc. in New York focused on municipal and asset-backed finance. Mike holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in economics from Harvard College.

René Breyel, President, Claridion Inc

Roger Brulotte, Sales Director, Zayo Canada

Roger Brulotte is a proven leader in the Telecommunication & colocation industry with over 20 years of sales leadership experience in the Canadian telecommunications and IT solutions environments. As a Sales Director for Zayo Canada, Roger is accountable for revenue, profit, and growth of Zayo in the Quebec Market, overseeing the region business development Strategy and sales team. Previously, Roger was Vice President of Sales and Strategic Alliances at Root Data Center, General Manager at Cologix Data Centers in Montreal and Director of Global Carriers Channel at Level 3 Communications. He has a passionate commitment to sales excellence and client satisfaction, with a proven track record of achieving profitability and building lasting business relationships.

Michael Bucheit, CEO, I.C.E. Data Centres

AJ Byers, President and CEO, ROOT | Data Center

With 20 years of experience in the data center industry, AJ has proven skills in business transformation and growth. Recently, as president of Rogers Data Centers he led the team in the development of one of Canada’s largest data center service companies with 15 centers nationally.  As executive VP of Primus, he guided its transition from a legacy telecom provider to a full solution technology services organization. He has also long been a pioneering force in the industry. As COO at Magma Communications, he was instrumental in building one of Canada’s first internet data centers.

Michel Chartier, President, Kelvin Emtech

His professionalism and the originality of the solutions he presents have earned him a solid reputation with large-scale clients. UPS representatives consult him when they need expert advice for their special projects. He has visited hundred of sites, always taking into consideration the technology used by clients to evaluate their current and future needs. Animated by passion and curiosity, he keeps up with technology and new developments in his areas of expertise.

Grace Chiang, Data Centre Solutions, Siemens Canada

Todd Coleman, President and CEO, Estruxture Data Centers

Todd Coleman is President of WAE Group, a private investment firm specializing in data centers, cloud services and telecom infrastructure.  He is the former Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder of Cologix, a North American network neutral colocation and interconnection provider.  He has over 20 years of experience in the communications, data center, Internet and video distribution industry. Prior to forming Cologix, Todd held several senior positions at Level 3 Communications, a global telecommunications company, including Senior Vice President of Data Centers, Senior Vice President of Media Operations and President of Level 3 Communications Europe. Todd holds a juris doctorate and a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems.

Cédric Combey, Vice President, Linkbynet Managed Services

Graduate engineer, I’m a passionate person, curious and eager to learn. I moved to Canada in 2013. The human machine is as much exciting to me as technology, I am recognized as a communicator and a coach who knows how to create and raise teams for transforming and accelerating business as well as generating revenue. I’m defined by my pairs and colleagues as a very creative and a “never give-up” person when it comes to find solutions to achieve a goal. Particularly invested in the Montreal IT ecosystem, I’m also co-founder of Bleu Blanc Tech, the French Tech Hub label obtained by Montreal aiming at helping entrepreneurs in their Canadian journey.

Marc Creel, Director, COLO-D

A seasoned specialist who focuses on results, Marc Creel is a high-level sales professional with more than 20 years of experience in telecommunication, information technology and cloud computing industries. He is responsible for COLO-D sales in the United States and Asia. Marc has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University Long Beach and has devoted his career to being at the cutting edge of communication technologies. He has been based in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Los Angeles and New York where he designed, sold and built next-generation networks for major clients throughout North America. Specializing in SIP, MPLS, VoIP and IP VPNs, he can build efficient and effective networks that increase productivity and maximize cost-effectiveness. Marc’s expertise in data centres and cloud computing is recognized and in high demand. He enables corporate clients to advance their goals with confidence and precision.

Roger Desgroseilliers, Head of Global ICT Center Building Operations Facilities Infrastructure & Installation Engineering, Ericsson

Remi Duquette, Global Head - Datacenter Clarity LC & Machine Learning, MAYA HTT Ltd

Remi heads the Datacenter Clarity LC global business and R&D directions at MAYA HTT Ltd. Remi’s current focus on artificial intelligence and deep neural networks brings clients’ digitalization investment to new heights, and has proven to become business-critical to many existing clients. He is the driving force behind Maya’s DCIM solution Datacenter Clarity LC®. Remi was also instrumental in analyzing structural components of 4 successful spacecrafts currently orbiting the planet. He is an ex speed skating champion in Quebec, Canada. When it comes to mission critical, you can count on the experience Remi has acquired R&D-wise, business-wise, and sports-wise over the years. Remi attended the International Space University after completing his M.A.Sc. thesis on MOST, Canada’s first space telescope, at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies following his engineering degree at McGill University in Montréal.

Bruce Edwards, President, CCG Facilities

Bruce Edwards is the President of CCG Facilities Integration-a firm specializing in Planning and MEP Engineering for Data Centers and other Mission Critical Facilities. He is responsible for firm management, staff development, and thought leadership. As a Principal-in-Charge at CCG, Mr. Edwards acts as the executive liaison for project engagements and has ultimate responsibility for implementation and client satisfaction. Mr. Edwards is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a Registered Architect.

Laurent Féral-Pierssens, Executive Director - Emerging Tech, KPMG Canada

Sebastien Ferreira, Director - Federal and Eastern Canada, Splunk

Sebastien Ferreira is director of Eastern Canada sales for Splunk, the world leader in giving value to machine data. Leveraging his 20 years in the IT industry, including 15 years in the security industry, he joined in October 2016 to assist organizations with their digital transformation. He joined Splunk with years of leadership roles in technical, sales and managerial capacities for the world’s leading technology companies. Prior to Splunk he served as the Eastern Director for Check Point Software we he helped organizations better control risk to their business. Before this, he served as a senior advisor to multiple financial organizations and telecommunication companies where he delivered risk management platform and specialized in key performance indicator framework. He also spearheaded the delivery of one of the first Internet network in Eastern Canada when he managed Videotron Internet backbone and security.

Jeff Ferry, Director, Goldman Sachs

Jeff Ferry is a Director with Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group and has been with GS since helping to start up the group in March of 2004.   GSSLG focuses on providing a wide range of capital, including senior debt, 2nd lien, mezzanine capital and preferred equity to middle market companies to support leveraged buyouts, expansion/growth capital needs as well as recapitalizations and other financings.   GSSLG has been a very active investor in the data center, managed services, IT services and hosting space, with debt and/or equity investments over the past few years in growing companies like Viawest, Datapipe,  Iweb,  Telx,  Cervalis and Endurance International.

Frank Gimondo, Director - Data Centre Operations, Cyxtera Technologies Canada

Frank Gimondo leads multiple teams, nationally, responsible for 24/7 support of Data Centre, Network and Facilities Operations as well as Real Estate, Security, shipping/receiving and customer implementations. Duties also include ensuring business continuity, change management, budget preparation, project planning, customer and Sales’ support. Frank joined the organization in 2007. Prior to Cyxtera, Frank worked for an international Real Estate and Investments company. Previous to that role Frank was appointed Professor at George Brown College and subsequently at Sheridan College – Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning where he delivered electrical and mechanical curriculum for apprenticeship and post-secondary disciplines.

Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist - Public Sector, Intel Corporation

Melvin Greer is Director Data Science and Analytics, Intel Corporation. Melvin uses his knowledge in graph analytics, machine learning and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for Federal Agencies and global enterprises. His systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in Cloud Computing, Synthetic Biology and IoT Bio-sensors for edge analytics. He functions as a principal investigator where he significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines. Melvin is the award-winning author of the bestselling book, 21st Century Leadership, and the Managing Director of the Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation, focused on the maturing of new leaders and the growth of future innovators. Melvin Greer has written for, or been covered by, The New Times, Washington Post, Federal Computer Week, Forbes, Computerworld, Washington Executive and Government Computer News.

Michel Guernon, Sales Engineer, BELDEN

Born and raised in Montreal. He studied at Concordia University in Marketing, and started his career as a Financial Planner, but quickly turned to Technology. He has been involved in Structured Cabling for the last 25 years. He worked for contractors/installers, distributors and manufacturers. He has been with Belden since 2011, covering the Province of Québec and developing the Data Center market.

Jean-François Jolicoeur, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Roger Karam, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Investment Partners Inc.

As the Executive Chairman of Northern Investment Partners, Mr. Karam is now leading a new investment fund targeting the Canadian data center industry Northern is raising a CA$160 million (US$120 million) equity roll-up to execute a build and acquisition strategy in the Canadian wholesale data center market that is attracting major international players due to its low energy costs, stable political environment and robust data security and privacy laws. Mr. Karam’s strong roots, professional experience and connections in the Middle East and Europe, makes him a solid ally to open the doorway between the Eastern and the Western hemispheres. Prior to this, Mr. Karam was Founder and Executive Chairman of Quality Investment Group (Holding), Quality Construction Company (Qualco) and Quality Development Company, where he managed up to 170 million USD in private equity and gained a reputation for his capacities in real-estate development and construction. Mr. Karam is also well respected for his ability to structure, raise private equity, and execute major real estate development projects worldwide and has held a number of executive positions for very large international private equity firms as Director of Equity Investments or Managing Director.

Ed Kimm, VP - Cloud Solutions & Strategic Alliances, StrataCore

As the VP of Cloud Solutions & Strategic Alliances at StrataCore, Ed is responsible for assisting with and consulting on solution development for cloud (XaaS) services, as well as building relationships with referral partners and resellers. Ed began his IT career in 1998 at Compass Communications as the Director of Sales for their Data Center and Enterprise consulting division. For the past 10 years, Ed worked as a Managing Partner, CRO at Wow Technologies. During his time at Wow, he assisted with architecting their hybrid IT & cloud practice, business development, building channel sales, and sales & marketing operations.  In his spare time, Ed serves as a Board Member for numerous 501(c)3s including Seattle Charity Events, which provides advocacy for underprivileged, neglected, and abused children and Grow 50, providing mentorship, consulting and counsel for startups.


Roman Kowalczyszyn, Vice President - Client Operations, COLO-D

Roman Kowalczyszyn is responsible for managing COLO-D’s relationship with its major clients. Roman is the perfect interface for COLO-D’s clients as he has more than 25 years of experience in the management and operation of data centres for major corporations in Canada and has developed a unique expertise in understanding of clients expectations. Previously, he spent 10 years as the National Data Centre Manager for Telus. He has also worked with many companies to convert their business strategy to technological requirements for state of the art data centres for clients across Canada. Roman graduated in electrical engineering from Queen’s University. He is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and AFCOM, an organization dedicated to continuous learning and exchange between data centre managers and other professionals involved with data centres.

Angelo Lamanna, Advisor – Data Centre Solutions, Duffy Group Real Estate

Martin LeBlanc, Founder & CEO, Nuvoo

Holding chief executive positions for the last 18 years. Responsible for Eight-Digit Revenue Growth in total. Extensive experience in financial sectors and Blockchain ecosystem. #Blockchain #Fintech #InsurTech. Presently building most of the major mining farm in Quebec by proposing turn key solutions for 5-100 MGW mining farm. Senior Executive with extensive experience in advertising, media and marketing . High energy business leader with a proven track record of building high performance teams and fostering a performance driven culture. Recognized for strategic leadership, communication, interpersonal and motivational skills.Superior ability to adapt to a fast-changing business environment. Accomplished in initiating and directing organizational change coupled with solid business acumen combining strategy with tactics to deliver bottom line financial results. A wide range of knowledge within various areas including: Finance, Banking, E-commerce, Marketing, IT Solutions, Telecommunications, Venture Investment, Startup ecosystem.

Conan Lee, Managing Director, JLL

As a Managing Director with JLL, Conan provides real estate advisory and brokerage services to data center and office clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and North America. Conan’s unique telecommunications background allows him to better assist clients with complex, technology/latency driven requirements. Conan specializes in all data center related practice lines including dispositions, acquisitions, and leasing (colocation, managed hosting, and powered based shell). He runs the data center practice group for the Northwest and Western Canada and is the most active broker specializing in data centers in the Northwest from a market share standpoint. His efforts and involvement in the local data center community have helped shape this quickly growing market over the last decade.

Cathy Logue, Managing Director - Toronto, Stanton Chase

Cathy has over 25 years’ of financial and executive search experience and is the Managing Director of the Toronto office of Stanton Chase. Stanton Chase is a global executive search firm with over 70 offices, ranked among the the top 10 firms worldwide. The focus of Cathy’s search practice is in the Technology, Financial Services & FinTech, and Consumer Goods & Services sectors, working with clients across North America to help them attract and onboard senior leadership talent such as CFOs, COOs as well as key strategic hires in Sales & Marketing, Operations, Engineering and Supply Chain. Cathy’s clients range from entrepreneurial mid-market and private-equity backed companies to some of Canada’s largest corporations, and she enjoys her role as a trusted advisor to many long-standing clients.

Miles Loo, Jr., Global Lead, Valuation & Advisory, Data Center Consulting Group, Newmark Knight Frank

Scott Metcalfe, President, Globetech Realty

Randy Milthorpe, Cloud Platform - Canada & Caribbean, IBM

Roberto Montesi, Vice President , INAP

Roberto Montesi is Vice President and General Manager of iWeb Technologies Inc., and is accountable for Revenue Growth, Customer Success, Operations of all Montreal Data Centers and Strategic new locations in Quebec. A leader in the Telecommunication & colocation industry with over 15 years of sales and management experience. He is the driving force behind building lasting buisness relationships while ensuring sales excellence and superior client satisfaction. He attended ETS Engineering for Industry and in his spare time he likes to golf, read and spend time with his family.

David Murray, Président, Hydro-Québec Distribution chez Hydro Québec

David Murray took office as President of Hydro-Québec Distribution in September 2016. This Hydro-Québec division provides a secure supply of electricity to the Québec market by means of a distribution grid comprising more than 112,000 km of lines. The division has 6,000 employees serving 4 million customers throughout Québec. From October 2015 to September 2016, David Murray was Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies at Hydro-Québec. In this capacity, he was responsible for activities related to information and telecommunication systems. Mr. Murray has over 20 years of experience in large corporations, having worked for Bombardier, Flextronics, Nortel Networks and Rolls Royce. A dynamic and inspiring leader, he has played a pivotal role in bringing about organizational changes through the implementation of enterprise resource planning systems and other technological tools designed to increase efficiency and productivity. Prior to joining Hydro-Québec, David Murray held a number of strategic management positions at Bombardier Aerospace, where he contributed to the creation of Bombardier Business Aircraft. From March 2014 to September 2015, he served as Vice President and General Manager responsible for the Learjet 70/75 programs and the Learjet plant in Wichita, Kansas. An executive member of the Aeronautical Industries Association of America and representative of the General Aviation Manufacturing Association, he also oversaw Bombardier’s relations with Kansas government authorities. Mr. Murray sits on the board of directors of Centraide of Greater Montreal and of Caisse Desjardins Hydro. He also serves as a governor of the Mouvement québécois de la qualité. Mr. Murray holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (1992) from HEC Montréal.

Francis Pouliot, Co-Founder of Research and Cryptoassets, Catallaxy

Aaron Sawchuk, Co-Founder, ColoSpace, Inc.

Aaron D. Sawchuk is the chairman and co-founder of ColoSpace. Aaron sets and helps implement the overall technology and product development strategy at ColoSpace, focusing on building highly-available IT services that add significant value to customer operations. Aaron brings extensive experience in the IT-services and Internet Networking space, having spent more than twenty years founding and leading technology firms in New England. Aaron earned a degree in Economics from Middlebury College.

Mike Segal, International Business Development, ROOT Data Center

As VP International Business Development, Mike and his team are responsible for managing ROOT’s relationships with the world’s largest data centre end-users and international partners. Mike manages the entire sales cycle, business case development and ongoing account management of ROOT’s largest strategic customers. As part of ROOT’s leadership team, Mike is also involved in crafting the ROOT’s strategy and messaging to the international marketplace. Based in Montreal, ROOT Data Center is a premium colocation provider designed to satisfy the most demanding computing leaders. By achieving world-class efficiency, ROOT is able to help technology companies reduce IT expense, scale effectively and embrace the ever growing digital future.

Georges Seguin, Built Environment

Philbert Shih, Managing Director - Canada, Structure Research

COVERAGE AREAS: Managed hosting, cloud infrastructure, colocation, shared hosting, messaging, SaaS, North America, Asia-pacific

Vali Sorell, President, Sorell Engineering, Inc

Vali has more than 34 years of HVAC Engineering experience, approximately 20 of which have been committed exclusively to the design, commissioning, and controls of mission critical facilities. He has been responsible for developing concepts and innovations on a wide range of data center projects across multiple industries, including projects for Software Development, Financial Services, Utilities, Insurance, Energy Research, Colocation Facitlies, and Healthcare. He has authored many technical papers on best practices in mission critical design, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences such as ASHRAE, 7×24 Exchange, DataCenterDynamics, Critical Facilities Summit, and AFCOM. He is an Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer, and he is a developer and instructor for the DCEP program by DoE and LBL.

Dave Sterlace, Global Head of Data Center Technology, ABB

Dave Sterlace is the Global Head of Technology for the Data Center Industry Sector at ABB, and brings with him more than 25 years of experience in critical power. He is also the Chairman of the Marketing Committee for The Green Grid, an industry organization whose mission is to drive accountable, effective, resource-efficient, end to end ICT ecosystems. Prior to his current role, Dave has held numerous positions at ABB including leading ABB Low Voltage’s Vertical Marketing in the U.S, Global Critical Power Segment manager, Global ABB key account manager for Emerson Network Power, and regional business development and sales roles. Industry experience includes custom ATS and generator paralleling systems for ASCO and regional sales representative roles in Silicon Valley for diverse critical power and semiconductor capital equipment manufacturer client bases.

Fadi Tarcha, National Solution Manager, Vertiv Co

Rich Ungar, North American Manager of Automation, ABB

Jason van Gaal, COO, ROOT Data Center

Jason van Gaal is a serial entrepreneur. In 2009 at the age of 23, Jason founded Planus Corp, a service based data center design group. Through hard work and commitment he was able to obtain cash flow positive and exceed revenue projections by 300% in the first year of operations. Jason continues to operate Planus with its core team as a lifestyle business. In 2011, by leveraging his data center knowledge, Jason co-founded Granite Networks, a Tier 3 colocation facility, in order to take advantage of the high growth trend of IT infrastructure outsourcing. Granite Networks has performed two financing rounds raising $5M+ in friends and family, angel equity and debt financing. During 2012, its first year of operations, Granite Networks has outperformed the market, realizing over $1M in revenue and on boarding over 50 new customers. As COO, Jason has enabled the facility to achieve the status of only facility in Ottawa to obtain 100% Uptime, as well as added industry leading certifications, and deploying a managed service and cloud offering. In 2013 Granite Networks was acquired by Rogers Communications for $6.25M, offering a positive return for all shareholders. In mid 2013, Jason joined the board of advisors of Gesture Logic, a wearable tech company and as CSO joined Inocybe, an open source cloud and SDN company. Through Planus Jason has provided M&A advisory services, in numerous markets, for publically traded companies looking to acquire colocation companies, or build out new facilities. In late 2013, he founded ROOT| Data Center, 5MW, next generation colocation company focused on disrupting the current colocation market by offering high quality colocation services for less than the cost of power. The company utilizes high voltage power distribution and air to air heat exchange free cooling technology to cool power densities of over 30kW/rack. ROOT is financed for rapid and aggressive organic growth into new markets.

Mathieu Vidal, Professionnel des communications, Investissement Québec

All Speakers

  • Mike Armstrong: Director, GI Partners
  • Todd Coleman: President and CEO, Estruxture Data Centers
  • Roger Desgroseilliers: Head of Global ICT Center Building Operations Facilities Infrastructure & Installation Engineering, Ericsson
  • René Breyel: President, Claridion Inc
  • Roger Brulotte: Sales Director, Zayo Canada
  • Michael Bucheit: CEO, I.C.E. Data Centres
  • AJ Byers: President and CEO, ROOT | Data Center
  • Grace Chiang: Data Centre Solutions, Siemens Canada
  • Michel Chartier: President, Kelvin Emtech
  • Cédric Combey: Vice President, Linkbynet Managed Services
  • Marc Creel: Director, COLO-D
  • Remi Duquette: Global Head - Datacenter Clarity LC & Machine Learning, MAYA HTT Ltd
  • Bruce Edwards: President, CCG Facilities
  • Laurent Féral-Pierssens: Executive Director - Emerging Tech, KPMG Canada
  • Sebastien Ferreira: Director - Federal and Eastern Canada, Splunk
  • Jeff Ferry: Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Frank Gimondo: Director - Data Centre Operations, Cyxtera Technologies Canada
  • Michel Guernon: Sales Engineer, BELDEN
  • Melvin Greer: Chief Data Scientist - Public Sector, Intel Corporation
  • Jean-François Jolicoeur: Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
  • Roger Karam: Chief Executive Officer, Northern Investment Partners Inc.
  • Ed Kimm: VP - Cloud Solutions & Strategic Alliances, StrataCore
  • Roman Kowalczyszyn: Vice President - Client Operations, COLO-D
  • Angelo Lamanna: Advisor – Data Centre Solutions, Duffy Group Real Estate
  • Martin LeBlanc: Founder & CEO, Nuvoo
  • Conan Lee: Managing Director, JLL
  • Cathy Logue: Managing Director - Toronto, Stanton Chase
  • Miles Loo, Jr.: Global Lead, Valuation & Advisory, Data Center Consulting Group, Newmark Knight Frank
  • Scott Metcalfe: President, Globetech Realty
  • Randy Milthorpe: Cloud Platform - Canada & Caribbean, IBM
  • Roberto Montesi: Vice President , INAP
  • David Murray: Président, Hydro-Québec Distribution chez Hydro Québec
  • Francis Pouliot: Co-Founder of Research and Cryptoassets, Catallaxy
  • Aaron Sawchuk: Co-Founder, ColoSpace, Inc.
  • Mike Segal: International Business Development, ROOT Data Center
  • Georges Seguin: Built Environment
  • Philbert Shih: Managing Director - Canada, Structure Research
  • Vali Sorell: President, Sorell Engineering, Inc
  • Dave Sterlace: Global Head of Data Center Technology, ABB
  • Fadi Tarcha: National Solution Manager, Vertiv Co
  • Rich Ungar: North American Manager of Automation, ABB
  • Jason van Gaal: COO, ROOT Data Center
  • Mathieu Vidal: Professionnel des communications, Investissement Québec