John Risley is a Canadian entrepreneur with major financial interests in broadband services, pay television, emerging technology, consumer goods and fisheries. He is the deputy chairman of Cable and Wireless, a provider of quadruple play broadband services in 42 markets across the Caribbean and Latin America. He and his business partner John C. Malone, are the largest shareholders of Cable & Wireless. Risley is also a major shareholder in UXP Systems, an emerging leader in user management systems for cable & telecommunications providers.
Risley is active in Canadian business policy and charitable affairs, sitting on the Board of a number of charitable organizations. He is Chair of Futurpreneur Canada (a national platform to support young entrepreneurs) and co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Nature Conservancy. He regularly engages in public policy debate, is Chairman of the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies, a member of the World President’s Organization, The Chief Executives Organization and is a director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s President’s Program in Leadership.
Risley was named an Officer of the Order of Canada - Canada’s Highest Civilian Honor - in 1997. He has received numerous awards, including Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year and a Canada Award for Business Excellence in Entrepreneurship.
CEO, Columbus Capital Corp.
Brendan is the founder and former CEO of Columbus International Inc., a Barbados-based telecom operator that provided retail triple play broadband telecommunication services throughout the Caribbean under the brand name, FLOW. Columbus also provided corporate data solutions, capacity & IP services and data center hosting throughout 42 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region. Through its fully protected, ringed submarine fiber optic network spanning more than 42,300 km's and its 27,000 km terrestrial fibre and coaxial network, Columbus provided advanced telecom services to a diverse residential and corporate client base of more than 650,000 customers. Columbus merged with Cable & Wireless PLC in April 2015 in a transaction that valued Columbus at CDN$4.4 billion. The combined company served more than 6 million retail quad play and 110,000 corporate customers. C&W-Columbus was subsequently sold to Liberty Global in May 2016 for CDN$11.8 billion.
From 2001 to 2010 Paddick also served as the Chairman and CEO of Cable Bahamas Limited. Prior to founding Columbus in 2005, Mr. Paddick was President & CEO of Persona Communications Inc., a TSX listed company that provided digital cable television, high speed Internet, commercial data and telecom services to a diverse base of residential and commercial customers in seven Canadian provinces and The Bahamas.
Executive Vice President, CSG International
As EVP, CSG International and President of CSG's Global Broadband, Cable and Satellite business, Brian is responsible for accelerating the growth and strategic direction of these businesses for CSG. Prior to CSG, Brian was responsible for leading and growing worldwide Consulting and Technology business segments for TeleTech.
In addition, Shepherd was a member of the Amdocs Executive Management team leading three separate divisions. He lead Global Marketing responsible for the strategic marketing direction, brand development, product marketing, and other marketing initiatives. He also had management responsibility for growing Amdocs’ profitable PayTV business, and he lead Amdocs strategic expansion into new high-growth markets and lines of businesses.
Prior to this role, Shepherd was President of Amdocs Interactive where he led Amdocs' digital commerce and mobile payments business. He has served as Division President of North American Communications & Cable, and Business Unit President of Broadband Cable & Satellite. Shepherd joined Amdocs as part of the July 2005 acquisition of DST Innovis, where he had served since 2002 as Senior Vice President responsible for DST Innovis’ global broadband and satellite customer sales and service delivery organization.
Earlier in his career, Shepherd spent four years as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, worked as Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of a wireless software company, and managed a pharmaceutical manufacturing operation for Eli Lilly. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wabash College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bill Linton is presently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Softchoice Corp ("SO" on the TSX) and also sits on the Board of Directors of the TMX Group ("X" on the TSX). He served as the Executive Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Rogers Communications from 2005 until his retirement in July 2012. Prior to Rogers, Linton served as President and CEO of Sprint Canada, Chairman and CEO of Prior Data Services Inc, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SHL Systemhouse, Inc, among others.
Linton holds a bachelor of commerce degree from St. Mary's University, is a chartered accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.
EVP Networks & Group CTO, Reliance JIO
Nikos Katinakis is the EVP Networks and Group CTO for Reliance Jio in India. Reliance Jio is the world’s largest telecommunications startup with an array of market changing services being offered to the market.
Previously, Katinakis was the SVP of Architecture and Technology Development for Network and IT at Rogers Communications, as well as the Chief Information Security Officer, where he was responsible for the technology strategy, selection, and roadmap that guided the Rogers deployment of next generation capabilities across all access networks and all services. He also spent several years at Ericsson, and held progressively senior management positions, culminating with his role as Chief Technology Officer for Ericsson Canada.
Katinakis is a graduate of the Electrical Engineering program at McGill University, specializing in Computer Engineering with a secondary focus in Marketing Management. He holds multiple patents in the telecommunications sector.
President, Clearbay Technology Inc.
Kevin Salvadori is the President of Clearbay Technology Inc., an investment and advisory company. He is an experienced technology executive with a strong track record of innovation and delivery in companies ranging from start-ups to large multi-nationals. Previously, Salvadori was the Director – Group Technology Strategy and Operations at Vodafone, where he led the development of technology strategy for both network and IT. He also managed Vodafone’s technology security, global network, and data centres. Salvadori served as the CTO of the UK and Ireland from 2011 – 2013. Vodafone is one of the largest service providers in the world with over 400m customers globally.
Before joining Vodafone, Salvadori was Executive Vice President Business Transformation and Technology Operations at TELUS, one of Canada’s largest fixed and mobile services companies. He joined TELUS in 2000 following the acquisition of Clearnet, where he was an executive.
Salvadori holds a B.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo.
Founder | Chief Executive Officer
As the CEO and founder of UXP Systems, Gemini Waghmare has rapidly become a leading voice in the communications industry, frequently guiding operators on digital transformation and the power of the digital user lifecycle. Gemini has held senior positions at Amdocs, TELUS, Digital Equipment Corporation, and various startups along the way, and holds a degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Gemini provides the strategic direction for UXP Systems and is responsible for the realization of the company's goal of empowering the digital users that drive the internet. His deep knowledge of service provider infrastructure and entrepreneurial vision give UXP Systems the foundation to succeed in the dynamic telecom and cable landscape.