Governor General (Diamond Level):


TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.9 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 350,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

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Minister patron (Gold level):

Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is a member of Polytechnics Canada leading research-intensive, and publicly funded English-language college of technology.The college is degree-granting and industry-responsive post-secondary education institution committed to education, training, and applied research for industry. Algonquin College located in the National Capital Region and the beautiful Ottawa Valley with campuses in Ottawa, Perth and Pembroke. The college has more than 150 programs effectively combine theory and practice - the best way to prepare for your career. Please visit

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) delivers innovation across routing, switching and security. From the network core down to consumer devices, Juniper Networks' innovations in software, silicon and systems transform the experience and economics of networking. Networks are becoming more relevant in the world we live in today, and at Juniper Networks we believe the network can create a connected planet that unleashes a great wealth of possibility, innovation, and discovery that cannot be measured. Additional information can be found about Juniper Networks at or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Huawei Canada has been in operation since 2008 and employs more than 500 personnel nationally. Huawei’s innovative wireless products and services support many of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies, and Huawei’s Canada Research Centre in Kanata, Ontario is a national leader in advanced communications technologies.

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Huawei est un important fournisseur mondial de solutions en matière de technologies de l’information et de communications (TIC). Huawei Canada opère ses activités depuis 2008, et emploie plus de 500 personnes au pays. Les produits et services sans fil novateurs de Huawei soutiennent plusieurs grandes compagnies de télécommunications du Canada, et le Centre de recherche du Canada de Huawei à Kanata, en Ontario, est un chef de file national dans le domaine des technologies de communications de pointe. Nous sommes fiers de jouer un rôle de premier plan dans l’écosystème des TIC du Canada.

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Senator patron (Silver level):

Since 1848 the University of Ottawa has been Canada's university. Located in the heart of the nation's capital, the University has emerged as a vibrant "centre of learning", with a total population including students, teaching and support staff - of 40,000. The largest bilingual university in North America, the University is a major player in the cultural and economic development of the National Capital Region. The University of Ottawa is among Canada's leading teaching and research-intensive universities. We foster an environment where ideas flourish and innovation thrives. The student experience is enriched by our unique characteristics producing generations of exceptional graduates. Please visit

Ciena Corporation, the network specialist, offers leading network infrastructure solutions, intelligent software and a comprehensive services practice. Ciena leverages deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OPn, Ciena’s approach for building next-generation networks that are programmable, scalable and that can automatically adapt to handle the changes created by cloud/data center migration, mobile broadband and the surging demand for high-bandwidth applications and services. The company’s solutions form the foundation of many of the largest, most reliable and sophisticated service provider, enterprise, government, and research and education networks across the globeFor more information, please visit
Nakina is a next generation software company enabling the network virtualization evolution. Nakina offers a suite of Network Integrity applications for managing, securing, and optimizing physical and virtual networks. Nakina’s applications are built upon our Network Integrity Framework - open and modular software platform that abstracts network complexity, normalizes multi-vendor management, and bridges the physical and virtual worlds for Management and Orchestration systems. Our software is proven, trusted and protects the world’s largest and most important networks.

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Cloud Computing, Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) can be seen as different expressions of an overall transformation which is going to impact Telecommunications and ICT industries. This trend (sometimes called Softwarization or IT-zation) is going to impact also several other industries, for example reducing costs by digitalizing and automating processes, optimizing the usage of resources and creating new forms of cooperation/competition in the value-chains. This transformation is mainly driven by ultra-broad band diffusions, IT advances (e.g., performance of hardware intertwined with down-spiraling costs), by the growing availability of software solutions (e.g., in Open Sources Software). In particular, SDN and NFV are creating the conditions to reinvent Telecommunications network and service architectures: in fact, in the long term most (if not all) network and service functions could be virtualized and dynamically allocated onto an underneath physical infrastructure, fully decoupled. This is going to move the competition from CAPEX-based models to OPEX-based ones, potentially changing business roles and relevant business models. Moreover, Softwarization will reduce the threshold for new Competitors to enter the arena, even with new roles: in fact, more and more in the future, technology development and adoption will be intertwined with business sustainability and regulation aspects. SDN-NFV will be exploited not only if they can be demonstrated to be advantageous (e.g., reducing costs); secured and trusted, but also if they will be sustainable from a business viewpoint (e.g., enabling new business models). At the same time, newly designed Telecommunications service scenarios will be looking for more and more enabling solutions and technologies capable of bringing the relevant business into reality.
Big data is much more than just data bits and bytes on one side, and processing on the other. The IEEE Big Data Initiative is leading the effort for collaboration across IEEE for a well-coordinated approach, message, and development of new products and services for big data.

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Carleton University, Canada’s capital university!  Situated on a beautiful campus bordered by the sparkling Rideau River and Canal. Carleton offers 65 programs of study in areas as diverse as public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology and international studies.  More than 2,000 brilliant professors and staff members constitute a diverse and dedicated team serving  26,000 students. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts, please visit

MP patron (Bronze level):

The OpenNMS Group is the corporate entity behind the award winning 100% free and open source OpenNMS enterprise grade network management application platform. They provide commercial consulting, support, training and custom development services in addition to acting as maintainers for the project


Founded in 1952 with the formation of IRE’s (the Institute of Radio Engineers) Professional Group on Communications Systems (PGCS), IEEE Communications Society has evolved into a diverse group of global industry professionals with a common interest in advancing all communications technologies. Members interact across international and technological borders to: produce publications, organize conferences, foster educational programs, promote local activities, and work on technical committees. To learn more about IEEE Communications Society, please visit


The IEEE Ottawa Section belongs to Region 7 of the IEEE that is better known as IEEE Canada. The Ottawa Section represents more than 2000 individual members and serves to promote local events significant to Electrical, Computing, and Software Engineering. We offer great networking opportunities through the events that our chapters and section organize. If you are interested in the rapidly evolving and exciting field of computer systems, communications, and electronics you too can join the IEEE and be part of the IEEE Ottawa Section. To learn more about IEEE Ottawa Section, please visit


In Ottawa, you can experience the best of Canada all in one place! The fourth largest metropolitan area in Canada, Ottawa offers just the right amount of urban appeal to 1.1 million English- and French-speaking residents amid growing multicultural communities. As Canada’s capital, some of the nation’s most impressive historic sites, cultural attractions and festivals reign supreme and within its natural setting, a thriving culinary and craft beer community is brewing. Wait till you taste it!

As the North American headquarters for Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute, there is a certain “je ne sais quoi” that this clean, green and active city embodies—a breath of fresh air! Whether it’s biking along the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site that runs through the heart of the city), doing yoga with a thousand of your closest friends on the lawns of Parliament Hill, soaring above the bustling ByWard Market neighbourhood in an open-cockpit biplane, or whitewater rafting along the Ottawa River just steps from downtown, there are many easily accessible options to soak up all this city has to offer. To learn more about Ottawa Toursim, please visit