Please see below the speaker biographies that have been received to date. This page is being updated regularly so please do check back.
Chairman, RSPG; Director of Spectrum, Ofcom
Philip is Group Director, Spectrum at Ofcom, where he is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy for managing spectrum including clearing, awarding, licensing, monitoring and enforcement.
Philip is also Chairman of the EU’s Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) bringing together all the EU’s national spectrum authorities and the Commission.
Philip has over 30 years’ experience within the wireless communications industry. He has held senior executive positions covering technology, operations and strategy in both. Philip has worked in both start-up (from initial concept to sale) and large corporates in companies ranging from UK Broadband, O2, Orange, BT, J-Phone in Japan (now Softbank Mobile), Extreme Mobile and SpinVox (now Nuance).
Senior Assistant Deputy Manager for Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canada
Corinne Charette was appointed to the position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of the Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications (SITT) sector on March 16, 2015. The SITT sector is housed within the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), which is tasked with helping make Canadian industry more productive and competitive in the global economy.
In her role as Senior ADM, Ms. Charette supports Canada's transition to a digital economy by promoting the development and use of world class information and communications technologies and infrastructure for the economic, social and cultural benefit of all Canadians. Her oversight responsibilities include managing the radio spectrum (including spectrum auctions, licensing and compliance), supporting the security and protection of the telecommunications infrastructure, ensuring the availability of telecommunications during emergencies, increasing the availability of broadband Internet, improving Canada’s online privacy and data protection framework, and research in communications technologies in support of government mandates and policy development.
In addition to her responsibilities as Senior ADM, Ms. Charette was also named Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for the Department (effective December 2015). As CDO, she will establish a digital roadmap to drive the adoption of the Business Number across ISED and other government departments, ensuring that the various digital transformation initiatives within the portfolio and OGD’s, are aligned.
Before joining ISED, Ms. Charette was the Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), a position she held since May 4, 2009. She came to the TBS from Transat A.T. Inc., where she was Vice-President and Chief Information Officer from 2006 until 2009. She also served as Senior Vice-President, Internet Channel, for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and was a Partner with KPMG Consulting, leading their e-Business practice.
Ms. Charette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Concordia University and is a professional engineer. On June 21, 2011, she received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Concordia University.
Telecommunications Lead Specialist - Leader of the Broadband Program, Inter-American Development Bank
Antonio García Zaballos is Lead Specialist on telecommunications in Institutions for Development and he is also the leader of the broadband initiative. He has an extensive experience in the telecom sector where has been working in different positions of responsibility. At Deloitte Spain led the practice of regulation and strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean, and previously he was the Chief Economist of the Cabinet for Economic Studies of Regulation in Telefónica of Spain, before joining Telefonica, Antonio was Deputy Director of Economic Analysis and Markets at the Spanish Telecom Regulator (CMT). During his career, Antonio was providing advisory services to Regulators, Telecom Operators and Governments in countries such as Saudi Arabia, China, Ecuador, Argentina, Dominican Rep., Paraguay, Polonia, Czech Rep. among others. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University Carlos III of Madrid and is an associated professor of applied finance to Telecommunications at the Instituto de Empresa Business School. He is author of several publications on economic and regulatory aspects for the sector of telecommunications.
Chair, ITU TG 5/1, Government of Canada
Cindy Cook is the Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union’s Task Group 5/1 (ITU-R TG 5/1) which is responsible for conducting sharing and compatibility studies in frequency bands above 24 GHz for the introduction of IMT-2020 (5G). She has held progressively more senior Chairmanship roles within the ITU and led Canadian delegations to various International meetings.
Ms. Cook is Director of 5G Spectrum Projects in the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) in the Government of Canada where she is responsible for the development of Canada’s 5G spectrum strategy and managing Canada’s preparations for the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). Previously she was the Director of Mobile Spectrum Engineering where she led a team responsible for engineering, standards and planning work for the use of mobile spectrum in Canada.
Prior to joining ISED, Ms. Cook worked for Nortel Networks, Bell Canada and Telesat Canada and has a broad technical background in radiocommunications, satellite and telecommunications gained over 25+ years. She obtained a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and is a Professional Engineer in Ontario.
President & CEO, Information Technology Association of Canada
Robert Watson is the President and CEO of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), the national voice of the information and communication technology sector in Canada.
Robert also serves as a Board Member for Tbaytel and StarTech. He was previously Chief Executive of the Bermuda Regulatory Authority, CEO SaskPower and CEO of SaskTel. Prior to that, he held several senior executive positions in the Canadian communications industry. Mr. Watson is a graduate in electrical technologies from Ryerson University. He has attended the international executive development program at the INSEAD Centre in Fontainebleau, France, as well as the executive management program at Ashridge Business School in the United Kingdom. He also holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
In the community, Robert is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Ryerson Alumni Award of Distinction, serves on the Prostate Cancer Canada Board, One Life Makes a Difference and Dean’s Council for Ted Rogers School of Management.
SVP & CTO, Converged Networks, Shaw Communications and Freedom Mobile
Brian O’Shaughnessy has been leading the development and deployment of advanced wireless and video networks for more than 30 years, having started with the inception of cellular service in the mid 1980s.
Brian is currently the SVP and Chief Technology Officer, Converged Networks at Shaw Communications and Freedom Mobile, responsible for all Freedom Network, IT and Procurement activities, as well as creating Shaw’s next generation, end-to-end converged network strategy. Previously, as the Chief Technology Officer of startup wireless company Public Mobile in 2009, Brian established the network organization from scratch, successfully bringing the organization from the initial funding stage through the launch of wireless service in Montreal and Toronto in 2010 and its subsequent acquisition in 2014.
Brian was the first RF Engineer at Bell Cellular in 1985 and held numerous senior management positions with Bell, including Vice-President, Wireless Technology Development. Then, as the Vice-President, Video and Access Network Technology Development, he drove the development of FibeTV (IPTV) as well as DSL, fiber to the home and home networking technologies.
Brian has actively driven next generation standards in various organizations, including serving as President of the CDMA Development Group from 1998 to 2002, an organization promoting the development of CDMA based wireless standards around the world. He also held numerous industry leadership positions in CTIA as well as through a number of technology advisory boards in Canada and the US.
Brian holds a BSc in electrical engineering from Queen’s University, has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1985 and has been an active Volunteer for more than 18 years with Scouts Canada helping youth discover their own direction and start down a path to reach their full potential.
Chairman of the Electronic Communications Committee’s Conference Preparatory Group, CEPT
After a state exam of law at the University of Osnabrück, Mr Kühn has been working since 1998 in the area of legal internship (e.g. at Regional Court) of the Federal Network Agency, Germany; changing to national and international spectrum regulation on different levels in 2005. Nowadays he is the deputy head of section for international affairs and utilization concepts. His responsibilities cover strategic frequency utilization concepts and the transposition of those to the international level of CEPT, EU and ITU. Doing this and having been active in the preparation of three WRC’s, national and on CEPT CPG level, Mr Kühn participated in a number of international Groups, also as Head of the German Delegation. He has also chaired several groups and subgroups in the ITU and CEPT. Since 2005 he is responsible for national preparation of the WRC’s and served as CPG Vice-Chairman from 2010 to 2013 and as CPG chairman from 2013 to 2015.
Mr Kühn has been appointed as Chairman of the CEPT CPG in March 2016.
Former Commissioner of Information and Privacy of Ontario; Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute, Ryerson University
Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. She is presently the Executive Director of Ryerson University’s Privacy and Big Data Institute. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into design, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 39 languages.
Dr. Cavoukian has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, most recently as of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity (January, 2017).
Director, ICS & 5GIC, University of Surrey
Rahim Tafazolli is a Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications, Director of Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), and the founder and Director of 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey, UK.
He has over 25 years of experience in digital communications research and teaching. He has authored and co-authored more than 500 research publications. He is regularly invited to deliver keynote talks and distinguished lectures to International conferences and workshops. He is a co-inventor of more than 30 granted patents, all in the field of digital communications. He is regularly invited by many governments for advise on 5G technologies.
He is a Fellow of Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in recognition of his personal contributions to the wireless world as well as heading one of Europe’s leading research groups.
Board Member, Patients Canada; President & CEO, Carmichael Worldwide Inc.
Dianne Carmichael is an inspirational entrepreneurial leader with an exceptional track record of success in social impact and business, spanning multiple industries over 25 years.
She currently serves as Chief Advisor for the HealthTech division for CCI (Council of Canadian Innovators) created by RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie - bringing the voices of scaling Canadian CEO's to government and policy makers.
Previously, as CEO, Dianne led Best Doctors, a remote second opinion, navigation and advocacy company to become one of the most sought after employee benefits programs, covering over six million Canadians and 40 million worldwide - improving diagnosis 22% and treatment 61% of the time. As Founder & President of UHN Solutions, she developed a public/private funding model that advanced patient care. Dianne also served as Managing Director of MaRS Health & Innovation, working to scale disruptive health technology ventures globally. Prior to coming to healthcare following her Dad's death from cancer in 2004 to advocate for those touched by profound illness, Dianne was Chair and CEO of Worldsource Wealth Management, a subsidiary of publicly traded Guardian Capital Inc., where she built and then grew the company to more than $8 billion in assets.
Dianne also founded and sold a high net worth portfolio company to a large financial institution, co-founded a skin care company that was sold to a larger cosmetic company and recently built the foundation for a digital health technology company.
In her early career, she held senior roles at Procter & Gamble, RJReynolds Nabisco, Gillette and Memorex-Telex.
Dianne sits on the Boards of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital, Patients Canada, Canadian Association of People-Centred Health, Dean's Health Advisory York University, CCRM Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, and Closing the Gap Healthcare.
Dianne has been recognized as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network, and named among Canada’s Top 20 Business Women, Top Women to Watch, Canadian Women Transforming Healthcare and Schulich's Top 100 Canadian Business leaders.
She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo.
Chairman of 3GPP SA3; Chief Advanced Technologist, Executive Specialist, NEC Corporation
Dr. Anand R. Prasad, Fellow IET & IETE, is Chief Advanced Technologist, NEC Corporation, where he leads the mobile communications security activity. Anand is the chairman of 3GPP SA3 and GISFI Security & Privacy group. He has 20+ years of experience in all aspects of mobile networking industry around the globe.
Anand has published 6 books, 50+ peer reviewed papers, is editor-in-chief of the “Journal of ICT Standardization” published by River Publishers and, most of all, a passionate speaker on information security. He is recipient of the 2014 ITU-AJ “Encouragement Award: ICT Accomplishment Field” and the 2012 (ISC)² “Asia Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements” Award as a Senior Information Security Professional.
Co-President, Lemay Yates
Johanne Lemay is Co-President of LYA. She is a recognized expert in telecommunications and broadcasting ranging from the development of strategy and business plans, to due diligence, market research, spectrum valuation, spectrum licensing and spectrum auctions.
Ms. Lemay is actively involved in consultations for the development of public policy in telecommunications and broadcasting. She has acted as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings on numerous occasions. Recent expert evidence mandates were focused on the evolution of television and over-the-top services, benchmarking investment in broadband infrastructure and regulatory framework for MVNOs.
Ms. Lemay’s international experience includes leading mandates on spectrum licensing and auctions as well as investment due diligence in mobile services and broadband networks in countries ranging from Europe, Latin America, Asia to the USA and Canada.
Ms. Lemay is co-leader of the development of the LYA Auction Platforms. She brings expertise in all types of auction formats from SMRA to Clock auctions including Combinatorial Clock Auctions (CCA) and the clock format of the USA Incentive Auction. Ms. Lemay has conducted spectrum license sales on behalf of clients. Ms. Lemay also delivers strategy seminars and auction workshops to both private and public clients including telecommunications regulatory agencies in Europe, Canada and the US.
Ms. Lemay holds an Engineering Physics Degree from Laval University (Quebec City) and an MBA from Concordia University (Montreal).
General Manager, RABC
David Farnes is General Manager of the Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC). The RABC represents most sectors of the radiocommunication business in Canada ‑ including: manufacturers, wireless carriers and service providers, network operators, broadcasters, public safety and national security radio network operators, and users. The Board provides the Government of Canada with broadly based, unbiased and technically expert advice regarding the management and use of the radio frequency spectrum in Canada.
In addition to his work with the RABC, David is Principal at Farnes & Associates, a consultancy where he provides thought leadership in mobile healthcare, mobile marketing, spectrum management, mobile broadband, public safety & security, mobile commerce and telecommunications policy. He acts as a Strategic Advisor and Mentor to a number of corporations. With eighteen years’ experience influencing the strategic direction of Canada's wireless industry and over twenty-five years’ experience with public policy and regulatory matters in the telecommunications industry, David is recognized as one of Canada’s leading telecom experts.
David serves as an Executive-in-Residence and Mobile Health Lead with the Canadian Advance Technology Alliance, where he launched a Canadian Mobile Health Advisory Board. In addition to his focus on Mobile Health, he is helping CATAAlliance advance its Canadian telecom advocacy and business development in key areas of opportunity such as public safety & security and mobile communications. Prior to founding Farnes & Associates, David was Chief Operating Officer at the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), where he managed CWTA’s day to day operations and worked closely with industry leaders to develop and implement the strategic direction that the Association undertook on behalf of its members.
Before joining CWTA in 1996, David held various positions at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
He began his career in the Economics Department of Bell Canada. David has a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Queen’s University at Kingston.
You can follow David on Twitter @dfarnes or contact him through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nigel Jefferies is a senior standards manager with Huawei Technologies and Chairman of the Wireless World Research Forum, a global partnership between industry and academia to develop a research agenda for mobile communications. Previously he was Head of Academic Relationships within Vodafone Group Research & Development and a Principal Mathematician at Racal Research Ltd. In the past he led the European-funded IST project SHAMAN, which studied the security of future mobile systems, and ran the Secure Applications Steering Group for Mobile VCE. Other collaborative research projects on various aspects of security for mobile communications include 3GS3 in the UK-funded LINK programme, and ASPeCT and USECA in the European ACTS programme. His research interests include cryptography, security of systems and applications of mathematics to telecommunications. He received a PhD in functional analysis from Goldsmith's College, London, and an MA in mathematics from the Queen's College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a Chartered Mathematician.