Ottawa's CENGN shifts annual summit online

CENGN boss
CENGN chief executive Jean-Charles Fahmy. File photo

Another high-profile local technology conference has joined the growing list of tech-themed gatherings to go entirely virtual in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ottawa-based Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks said Wednesday its annual summit slated for Nov. 12 will now be held online. 

The annual event, now in its fifth year, looks to connect Canada’s key stakeholders in industry, academia and government to advance networking across the country. Organizers said the summit has become known for “bringing together small and medium-sized enterprises, government, and students where they showcase and present their leadership and innovation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as well as in advanced networking technologies.”

Speakers at last year’s conference at the Brookstreet Hotel included RBC head of technology Bruce Ross and well-known author and executive adviser Amy Radin. This year’s roster of speakers has yet to be announced.

CENGN is following in the footsteps of fellow local tech conference SaaS North, which announced last week its annual event would be online only.

Funded by government and corporate partners, CENGN aims to spur growth in Canada’s telecom industry through its various test facilities, including its headquarters in the Kanata tech park and a data centre at Bayview Yards. 

Essentially, the many partners that make up the CENGN ecosystem – from major enterprises such as Bell Canada, Nokia and Mitel to academic institutions and burgeoning startups – can come to the organization to test out new technologies with the scale enabled by the organization’s advanced platform.

CENGN chief executive Jean-Charles Fahmy told OBJ last year the organization plays a key role in testing 5G systems that will pave the way for advanced technology such as autonomous vehicles and improve access to high-speed connectivity in rural regions around the world.