Canadian Telecoms and the Appearance of Choice: Are monopolies and government interference stifling innovation and growth in Canada?

The IEEE Ottawa CS Chapter, IEEE Ottawa ComSoc/CESoc/BTS Joint Chapter, IEEE Ottawa TMC, PCS, and SSIT Joint Chapter, and IEEE Ottawa AICN are inviting all interested IEEE members and other engineers, technologists, and students to another Lunch and Learn in the heart of the Kanata Tech Hub.

SEMINAR: Canadian Telecoms and the Appearance of Choice: Are monopolies and government interference stifling innovation and growth in Canada?
SPEAKER: Michael Lalonde (Partner – Senior Solutions Manager, PureColo Inc.)

DATE: June 5, 2018
TIME: Refreshments, Lite Lunch, and Networking: 11:30 a.m.; Seminar: 12:00 p.m. – 01:00 p.m.
PLACE: The Marshes Golf Club, 320 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata
PARKING: Free parking available.
ADMISSION: Open to all, free of charge. Registration is required.

Canadians currently pay more for telecom services than any other country in the world. What are some of the driving forces behind this? Is it for better or worst? What are the positive and negative consequences of such an environment for innovation and growth on the world stage? Michael Lalonde will give an overview of the Canadian landscape as it compares to other countries around the world and provide insight into how this impacts businesses on both a macro and micro level.

Michael Lalonde is a part owner and sales director of PureColo, Ottawa’s only commercially available carrier neutral data center located in the heart of Kanata’s technology hub, as well as a consultant for Ruckify and The Better Software Company. While completing two degrees from both Carleton University and Algonquin College, Michael started his career in consumer packaged goods working at Coca-Cola. He then started his own beverage line via which created a thirst for entrepreneurship ultimately leading him into the world of telecommunications and technology. Currently, Michael is helping with the creation of a new Ottawa Gatineau Internet Exchange in conjunction with growing the adoption of his carrier neutral data center. He believes strongly in freedom of choice and net neutrality, and advocates for both passionately in everything he does.

THANK YOU TO OUR PATRONS for making this event possible
Robotics Centre (
Kanata North BIA (
Invest Ottawa (
Smart & Biggar (
Carleton University, Faculty of Engineering and Design (
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Engineering (
The Marshes Golf Club (
Infinera (
Syntronic (

Eric Karmouch, Ph.D., SMIEEE
Chair, IEEE Ottawa Computer Society (
Chair, IEEE Ottawa Lunch and Learn (

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