Edward has over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, which began at Bell Northern Research in 1982 as a software developer working on telecommunications switching gear. In 1988, Ed returned to school to study law and was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1993. Immediately prior to joining Globalive, Ed was a partner at the law firm Papazian, Heisey, Myers where he maintained a telecommunications law practice. He represented a wide variety of telecommunications service providers on regulatory matters and supplier commercial contract negotiations. He has also held various positions at AT&T Canada Corp. (now “MTS Allstream”), including the role of Senior Legal Counsel and Regulatory Vice-President.
In addition to holding a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Toronto (1991), Ed has received the degrees of Bachelors of Engineering (Mechanical) and Masters of Engineering Electrical (Systems) from Carleton University.
Elik has more than 17 years of business executive experience, launching, growing and exiting technology businesses in the Telecom and IT space. Elik has held senior executive roles and most recently was a corporate Vice President and General Manager of RuggedCom’s wireless business division which was recently acquired by Siemens for over $400M.
Elik’s skill set represents a strong balance of engineering background and a global business experience. He has a proven track record in growing and developing organizations while directing and managing large scale complex technological, operational and business projects, resulting in remarkable fiscal outcomes and strategic alliances.
Prior to joining RuggedCom, Elik gained managerial and technological experience over more than 15 years of developing and bringing products to market for technology multi-million NASDAQ and TSX traded companies including Motorola, Alvarion, Redline and RuggedCom.
Elik holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tel Aviv in Israel.
Mark Goldberg is head of Mark H. Goldberg & Associates Inc., a telecommunications industry consulting practice that specializes in assisting its clients to understand the implications of changes in competitive markets. Drawing on 30 years of global industry experience, for 14 years the firm has assisted clients in Canada and around the world in all sectors of the industry: new entrants and incumbents, end users, manufacturers and software suppliers, government regulators and industry associations. In the course of his corporate careers, he gained the perspective and led changes from many perspectives of telecommunications: communications service providers, regulation, research and development, equipment architectures and large customer networks.
Mr. Goldberg was Vice President Network Services for Sprint Canada, responsible for the planning, engineering, administration and operations of its national network. At Unitel Communications, he developed the network interconnection architectures for the introduction of telecommunications competition in Canada and testified on competitive network architectures before the CRTC in proceedings that led to its landmark decisions related to long distance and local competition. He continues to advise governments in Canada and overseas on a variety of issues.
Mr. Goldberg has lectured at the University of Western Ontario and he lectures and is co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Masters of Engineering in Telecommunications at the University of Toronto. He also serves on advisory boards for the Business Development Bank of Canada and for Barrett Xplore. Mr. Goldberg is a member of the nominating committee for Canada’s Telecom Hall of Fame. He is Chair of Community Relations for the Ontario Region of Canadian Jewish Congress.
He is the co-founder of GST Conferences, a telecommunications industry training and conference company and the producer of the annual Canadian Telecom Summit held in June of each year. GST Conferences has produced training courses used by regulators for new employees and commissioners.
He is quoted often in such newspapers as the National Post and Globe and Mail and he is a regular commentator on telecom issues for Canada’s Business News Network (formerly ROB-TV). His OpEds have appeared in the National Post and Hill Times.
You can read his views and commentaries on telecommunications trends and issues on his blog: www.mhgoldberg.com/blog. In naming him as one of Canada’s top 10 technology bloggers in April 2008, itWorld Canada wrote: “No one does a better job of exploring, interpreting or criticizing telecommunications policy in Canada. Period.”
Mark is President of SCIRE Solutions Inc. and a career general management executive in the telecommunications industry. SCIRE Solutions is a Telecom and Cable-focused business development & consulting firm, focused on unique technology and services solutions for wireless and cable service providers by partnering with global leaders for Canada-unique offerings.
Previously, Mark was the Country Director and Region Head at Nokia Siemens Networks Canada, responsible for establishing the vision, leadership, strategies and results for the Communication Service Provider segment in Canada. Nokia Siemens Networks is a global leader in wireless and wireline infrastructure products and Mark led the Canadian business to exceptional growth. The former Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Networks Inc. (Canada), Mark’s telecommunication career spans sales, marketing, business development, service, product management and manufacturing, split between Canada and the US.
Mark is a 25-year industry veteran with strength in business and organizational leadership. His extensive technology background combined with exceptional communication skills and passion to achieve results inspires both customers and employees. Mark delivers sustained value and integrity to an organization through an intense customer focus and an open, straightforward communication style.
Mark has also held executive positions with Zhone Technologies in Oakland, California and Nortel Networks in Atlanta, Georgia, Maidenhead, U.K. and Brampton, Ontario. Mark holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, Holds several advisory board positions and is a past Advisory Board member to the Masters of Engineering in Telecommunications (MET) at the University of Toronto and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. A citizen of Canada and the USA, Mark and his family now live in Milton, Ontario.