CDN’s #2 Newsmaker of the Year – John Chen

BlackBerry turned the corner of a historic comeback in 2017 after many people wrote off the company for selling its mobile device brand to Chinese phone manufacturer TCL at the end of 2016. Leading the

Published on: March 19th, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

CDN’s #3 Newsmaker of the Year – Kevin Peesker

Kevin Peesker began 2017 as the head of Dell EMC Canada, but stepped down from the position in the summer. His downtime didn’t last long, however; by September, he was the first Canadian-born

Published on: March 15th, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

CDN’s #4 Newsmaker of the Year – Zack Dickson & Charlie Atkinson

If year one of HPE Canada was categorized as learning to become more agile and easier to do business with, then year two was about building on top of those goals, whether that

Published on: March 14th, 2018 Alex Radu

CDN’s #5 Newsmaker of the Year – Ed Galasso

2017 was a year of change for Tech Data Canada. The distributor saw an entirely new leadership team named after long-time Canada president Rick Reid announced his impending retirement, while globally the whole

Published on: March 13th, 2018 Alex Radu

CDN’s #6 Newsmaker of the Year – Eric Gales

Eric Gales and Amazon Web Services (AWS) had a busy 2017, filled with partnerships, revamped channel partner programs, and of course, their persistent goal of growing in Canada. After establishing itself in the

Published on: March 13th, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

CDN’s #7 Newsmaker of the Year – Rola Dagher & Bernadette Wightman

After three years at the helm of Cisco Canada, Bernadette Wightman passed the torch to Rola Dagher. But before she left, she carried Cisco Canada into 2017 off the momentum that made her

Published on: March 12th, 2018 Alex Radu

CDN’s #8 Newsmaker of the Year – Mitchell Martin

One of 2017’s more prominent tech acquisitions was distributor Synnex’ acquisition of Westcon-Comstor for $600 million. The significant implications to the Canadian channel made Synnex Canada president Mitchell Martin the most improved on

Published on: March 9th, 2018 Alex Radu

CDN’s #9 Newsmaker of the Year – David Robertson

Avaya started the year off by announcing it filed for Chapter 11 protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and while the Canadian subsidiary was not part of the move, it too had a

Published on: March 7th, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

CDN’s #10 Newsmaker of the Year – Bill Brandel

Rounding out our top 10 is a 20-year veteran of the IT sector. Bill Brandel completed his first full year at the helm of Ingram Micro’s Canadian subsidiary in 2017 after taking over

Published on: March 6th, 2018 Brian Jackson

CDN’s #11 Newsmaker of the Year – Luc Villeneuve

Returning to the Top Newsmaker list is open source champion Luc Villeneuve, the country leader for Canada at Red Hat. Villeneuve contributed an article to The Globe and Mail this past July, for its

Published on: March 6th, 2018 Brian Jackson

CDN’s #12 Newsmaker of the Year – Mary Ann Yule

In last year’s Top 25 Newsmakers, HP Canada’s president and CEO was tied with (now former) HPE Enterprise Canada’s managing director, Charlie Atkinson, but Mary Ann Yule really came into her own in

Published on: March 5th, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

CDN’s #13 Newsmaker of the Year – Minister Navdeep Bains

Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), Navdeep Bains, has been one of the most notable Canadian politicians this year thanks to the federal Innovation Supercluster Initiative announced in the 2017

Published on: March 1st, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

CDN’s #14 Newsmaker of the Year – Dino Trevisani

On January 18, 2018, IBM Canada’s parent company posted its first quarterly gains in 23 quarters, bringing in $22.54 billion USD in revenue. That was enough to exceed analysts’ estimates, but only pushed

Published on: February 28th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

CDN’s #15 Newsmaker of the Year – Sean Forkan

Sean Forkan may have begun his journey as vice president and Canadian country manager at VMware in January, but he’s accomplished a lot in less than a year. The former Veritas Canada country

Published on: February 27th, 2018 Mandy Kovacs