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Technology Industry Leaders Named to CompTIA Canadian Business Technology Community Advisory Board

May 1, 2019

Downers Grove, Ill. – Executives from across the breadth of Canada’s technology industry have been named by CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global tech industry, to serve on its Canadian Business Technology Community Advisory Board.

The CompTIA Canadian Business Technology Community includes more than 1,100 individuals committed to promoting the expansion and growth of Canada’s $160 billion technology industry.

“Canada’s tech industry is vibrant and growing,” said Jim Hamilton, vice president for member communities at CompTIA. “As new innovations and emerging technologies take hold in the marketplace, our industry will play an even bigger role, counseling companies on the best digital strategies to meet the unique needs of their business.”

The CompTIA Canadian Business Technology Community will hold a meet up for current and prospective members on June 6 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto. To register or for more information visit

“This community provides a unique opportunity for individuals from all corners of our industry to come together and collaboratively help Canadian technology businesses thrive and become established technology world-leaders,” said Charlie Atkinson, president of The Winning Practice and a member of the advisory board.

Other members of the CompTIA Canadian Business Technology Community Advisory Board are Mark Collins, vice president, Canadian partner organization, Cisco; Christopher Fabes, Canadian channel leader, Lenovo; Denis Gaudreault, country manager, Intel Canada, Americas Territory Business Director; Reem Gedeon, senior vice president and general manager, CompuCom Canada; Mark Hardy, vice president, product management, SYNNEX; and Ed Leavens, CEO, Datex Inc.

Also, Rita Loncar, Canadian channel leader, Veritas; Hanif Mawji, senior director and general manager, data center sales, North America, AMD; Joanna Strong, CEO, Commerx; Eric Sugar, president, ProServeIT Corporation; John Witte, president and CEO, Carbon 60 Networks; and Harry Zarek, president and CEO, Compugen Systems Ltd.

“The CompTIA Canadian Business Technology Community, under the leadership of some of the best business minds in our industry, is ready to take on the issues of the day and create the foundation for a stronger tomorrow,” said Adam Proulx, CompTIA’s manager for the Canadian Business Technology Community.

The community is committed to:

  • Advancing technology businesses and the customers they serve.
  • Highlighting emerging technologies and solid Canadian use-cases.
  • Promoting organizational diversity to create a fairer and more equitable workforce, as well as help fill the many open roles across our industry.

The community is open to CompTIA Premier Members and registered users. To get involved, or for more information, visit


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