Meet the Speakers

Dr. Ann Cavoukian, KEYNOTE

Dr. Ann Cavoukian

KEYNOTE

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. 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 the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, 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 40 languages.
She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University. Dr. Cavoukian is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Dr. Cavoukian is the author of two books, “The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Custom-er Trust” with Tyler Hamilton and “Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World” with Don Tapscott. She has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, including being named as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada, named among the Top 10 Women in Data Security and Privacy, named as one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business, named as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding work on creating Privacy by Design and taking it global (May, 2017), named as one of the 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders, (November, 2017), named among the Top Women in Tech, (December, 2017), and most recently, was awarded the Toastmasters District 60 Communication and Leadership Award, (April, 2018).

Tushar Mathur,

Tushar Mathur

Staff Systems Engineer, CommScope

Tushar Mathur is a Staff Systems Engineer in the Chief Technology Office – Network Solutions at CommScope, where he has been working for the past 4 years on defining the architecture of the ARRIS centralized and distributed CCAP/CMTS systems. His current areas of interest are QoS and Distributed Access Architecture. He has issued and pending patents and has authored several papers on emerging broadband technologies. Prior to working at CommScope, Tushar has worked as a Software Engineer at Motorola Solutions Inc. on Wi-Fi APs and Controllers. Tushar holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Miami University, OH, USA.

Julio Sanchez,

Julio Sanchez

Field Sales Technical Support with Effigis

Julio is a Field Technical Support Specialist at Effigis for the CPAT FLEX Platform. He joined Effigis in 2001. He has been instrumental in the configuration and installation of CPAT FLEX products with MSOs, as well as in training their staff. He is also responsible for the Latin American market and works with Effigis’ sales partners to develop it. Julio has completed several NCTI certifications, namely DOCSIS 3.1 and the three levels of technician programs.

Barry Walton,

Barry Walton

Solution Architect, Corning

Barry Walton is a Solutions Architect for Corning Optical Communications working with customers to deploy FTTH networks utilizing his extensive experience gained from 41 years in Telecom. He joined Corning after 37 years at a large tier 1 telecom company in Canada where he championed the deployment of FTTH, providing the strategy and planning for over 1 million homes passed. Barry’s expertise lies in business case creation, operations planning, large-scale network planning, reducing costs, increasing build pace and deployment strategy for successful access network builds. A former board member of the North American Fiber to the Home Council, Barry has delivered numerous FTTH presentations at many national and regional conferences. He is highly respected by his peers for his expertise gained through real-world FTTH network deployments. Barry is a very passionate FTTH evangelist.
Barry resides in New Brunswick Canada.

Vasile Jerca,

Vasile Jerca

Principal HFC & Optical Access Designer, ROGERS Communications Canada

Vasile has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering.  Vasile pioneered CATV in Romania.  In 1995 he came to Canada and was first employed with Sentrex Communications until 1996 when he joined Rogers.

Gwenn Amice,

Gwenn Amice

Senior Member of Technical Staff, EXFO

Gwenn Amice currently holds the position of Subject Matter Expert with EXFO, focusing on next-generation optical network in charge of technical seminars, training, support and technical advice to EXFO’s customers.
Mr. Amice holds a university degree in electrical engineering and industrial computing.
He is a member of the Broadband Forum Americas Technology Committee

Kevin Wynne,

Kevin Wynne

Manager, Americas, Comsof Americas

Kevin currently leads Comsof's commercial business in the North American market, with over ten years of experience in strategic technical roles.
Kevin has a degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA, and a Professional Engineering Designation in the Province of Ontario. He is an active member of the broadband industry, which includes sitting on the Fiber Broadband Association's Technology Committee.

François Marcotte,

François Marcotte

Subject Matter Export, EXFO

François Marcotte is a senior engineer currently working for EXFO in Montreal, Canada. Francois has been testing networks since 1990. He has developed solid expertise in Optical transport, Ethernet and IP. Francois is working with clients to improve testing methods and processes. He is a regular speaker in various seminars in North America.

William Graham,

William Graham M.S. Ed, CFOS/I

Director of the Fiber Optic Association

William is a Master Electrician and a Director and Master Instructor with the Fiber Optic Association, teaching Fiber Optic training courses and other Industrial Skills courses, across North America, Europe and the Caribbean. His clients include Community Colleges, Trade Unions, Canadian Military, Utilities plus the general public. He has certified over 7,000 technicians.

Arun Jain, AFL,

Arun Jain, AFL

Director, Product Marketing at AFL

Arun Jain is a career product and marketing executive with experience at multinational companies as well as startups. His background includes telecom, networking, mobile, and software businesses. Currently he heads the product and marketing teams at AFL’s Test & Inspection group.
Before joining AFL, Arun was the Founder & President of BayTech Services that provides technology services for SMBs and startups. Prior to BayTech, he was the VP of Product and Marketing at Voltaire that developed High Performance Grid Interconnect solutions. Arun has also held executive positions at Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel), Ameritech (now ATT), DSC Communications (now Alcatel) and Fujitsu.
Arun holds a BSEE from University of Delhi and an MBA from University of Illinois.

Laura Bradley, KEYNOTE

Laura Bradley

General Manager, YorkNet

KEYNOTE

Laura is the General Manager of YorkNet since operations commenced on January 1, 2018. YorkNet is a company owned by The Regional Municipality of York which operates and maintains a dark fibre network that offers connectivity to Municipal facilities. Additionally, YorkNet collaborates with private sector companies to expand network reach and connectivity so they can offer services to residents and businesses. YorkNet is currently expanding its footprint from 200 km to over 750 km throughout York Region.

Laura has more than 30 years of experience in the telecom industry in Canada working for carriers, manufacturers, ISPs and as a consultant. She brings a wealth of knowledge in business management, network deployment, strategic planning and collaboration to her position. For more than 15 years, Laura focussed on programs and projects which helped deliver broadband networks to rural areas, ensuring that users outside of urban communities were preparing for the digital century.

Laura has worked with all three levels of government on various programs and initiatives to further the deployment of broadband networks and initiatives. She believes fibre is the key infrastructure for the future of Smart Community and a necessary foundation for businesses. Laura has developed numerous strategies for Municipalities and was a key contributor to the Eastern Ontario Regional Network development including the delivery of a project valued at over $250M to enhance broadband across 50,000 square kilometers.

Laura is dedicated to advancing broadband networks into communities to ensure there is adequate and cost-effective access to meet current and future demands.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queen’s University at Kingston and is a Professional Engineer.

Lisa R. Youngers,

Lisa R. Youngers

President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Lisa R. Youngers is the President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) - the only all-fiber trade association in the Americas. Ms. Youngers oversees all aspects of the association including operations, finance, advocacy and ensuring member value. Before the FBA, Ms. Youngers served as Chief Executive Officer of Nextlink Wireless, LLC, a spectrum management firm and wireless network which operates primarily in the Upper Microwave bands in both the fixed and mobile space. Ms. Youngers oversaw all aspects of the business including financial, operational and technical objectives, engineering planning and implementation, legal/compliance, M&A activity, as well as the development of policy positions and the strategic direction of the company with a particular focus on the roll-out of 5G.

Prior to Nextlink, Ms. Youngers was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel - Federal Affairs/Strategy at XO Communications one of the nation’s largest competitive carriers serving business and government end users as well as carrier and wholesale service providers. Ms. Youngers was responsible for all federal policy, regulatory, and legislative matters affecting XO’s interests before the FCC, Congress, and all levels of executive administration including regulatory and legislative strategy. She also oversaw the company’s corporate PR and internal and external messaging. Prior to joining XO, Ms. Youngers was Federal Regulatory Counsel for General Communication, Inc. (“GCI”), in Washington D.C., a telecommunications and cable television provider operating primarily in the state of Alaska, whom she represented before the FCC on wireline, wireless, universal service, telehealth, and school access issues. Ms. Youngers also served as Federal Regulatory Counsel for MCI appearing before the FCC on competition policy, enforcement matters, and consumer issues.
Ms. Youngers is a former Assistant Attorney General for the state of Minnesota where she served as legal counsel to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. A former television news producer, Ms. Youngers is a frequent presenter at industry events and has been quoted in several publications regarding regulatory and public policy matters.
Ms. Youngers earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and received her J.D. magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. She is a member of the Minnesota and District of Columbia Bars and currently resides in suburban Washington, DC.

Mohamed Elmosaly,

Mohamed Elmosaly

Product Marketing Manager, Fonex

Over the past 18 years, Mohamed has held several key positions at FONEX. Currently, he is responsible for the managed business services portfolio focusing on vertical markets that include Service Providers and Utilities. Mohamed has a strong knowledge base and experience in Carrier Ethernet networks with a focus on SDNN/NFV, service assurance, legacy migration, and cybersecurity.

Mohamed holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from Concordia University and MBA from the John Molson School of Business.

Steve Harris,

Steve Harris

Executive Director, Technical Sales and L&D, SCTE

Steve is a respected international subject matter expert and thought leader in telecommunications, high tech and information technology systems engineering with a proven track record of success; Success that has facilitated increased revenue for cable service providers, solved business challenges and enhanced the subscriber experience. At SCTE·ISBE he is responsible for the tremendous growth of training content, boot camps and certification programs for over 100,000 telecommunication professionals in the areas of Fiber Deep, DAA, FTTx, DOCSIS, Wi-Fi, routing, switching, virtualization, IPv6, Ethernet, Business Services, MPEG, Linux, Headend, installation and outside plant/HFC. His signature skill is a dynamic, personable and enthusiastic approach to the delivery of highly complex technical content from the boots to suits for fast-paced companies.

Ron Huinink,

Ron Huinink

Broadband Manager, Telonix Communications

Ron’s career in the CATV industry began 25 years ago in construction, for a local cable company. He joined Cogeco Cable in 1998 as a Service Technician, gaining exposure to the MSO’s interdependence of maintenance, construction, headend/data departments, and planning.
Ron has been a member of SCTE for 15 years and in 2013 he was elected to the Ontario Board. He served as President for two years. Recently Ron joined Telonix Communications as Technical Manager Broadband. His main role is supporting the company’s RF products.

Prasad Bhandaru,

Prasad Bhandaru

Program Manager, Cyient

Prasad Bhandaru is the Wireless Program manager at Cyient. He lives in Reston, Virginia, and has around 15 years of experience in the field of RF Engineering, Sales and Operations with major wireless carriers across US.
Prasad's team is responsible for 4G/5G communications projects and Customer relationships in this space. In-sync with sales and delivery, they are responsible for solutions

Mike Burkhalter,

Mike Burkhalter

Sr. Director Emerging Technologies with EnerSys Energy Systems

Michael Burkhalter is the Senior Director for Emerging Technologies for EnerSys Energy Systems Americas. He is leveraging his strong expertise in telecommunications, wireless, and power to lead the EnerSys’ leadership in power and backhaul for 5G and small cell networks. His team provides consultation key MSO, Wireline, and Wireless partners by developing solutions that facilitate faster project completion, increased partner revenue and long-term strategic advantages.

Jason Lowe,

Jason Lowe

VP, Professional Services, Clearcable Networks; SCTE Ontario, Board of Directors VP

Jason Lowe is Clearcable’s VP, Professional Services. In this role he provides architectural direction, design, and training for DTV/IPTV, GPON, HFC and DOCSIS deployments for Tier 1 and Tier 2 MSOs in the US and Canada.
Over the past 25 years in the cable industry, Jason has participated directly in the evolution of traditional cable networks from simple one-way television to two-way and advanced communications networks including the launch of FTTH, DOCSIS and Packetcable services. Jason is a graduate of Niagara College’s Electronics Engineering Technology program.

Chris Bastian, KEYNOTE

Chris Bastian

SVP and CTIO, SCTE/ISBE

KEYNOTE

Chris Bastian joined SCTE/ISBE in 2015 following three decades of leadership in advanced cable and network security technologies. Chris is responsible for all areas of technology and engineering to ensure that SCTE and ISBE maintain a leadership role in standardizing and operationalizing advanced technology, including the SCTE Standards Program and the SCTE Engineering Committee – as well as groundbreaking efforts such as SCTE’s Energy 2020 program.
Prior to joining SCTE/ISBE, Chris spent 12 years with Comcast, where he served as senior director of converged regional area network engineering for the Comcast Network Engineering Group, executive director of network architecture for the Comcast Technology and Product Group and ultimately as executive director of Comcast’s Xfinity WiFi network. Previously, he had held network operations and engineering positions with RCN and Comcast Cellular Communications, and had spent 10 years in engineering and leadership capacities with the National Security Agency.

Chris holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University and an M.S. in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University.