Red Hat Day Toronto

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  • 2017년 6월 22일
  • Toronto
  • The Westin Castle Hotel - Harbour Front

Get Ready - Go Faster with Powerful strategies and cutting-edge technologies

Red Hat and Intel invite you to join us, your peers, and IT industry leaders at our 5th annual Red Hat Day on June 22nd at the Westin Castle Hotel in Toronto.

In response to increasing competitive pressures, businesses are requiring technology capabilities to not only accelerate the constant delivery of differentiated value to the market, but also need greater agility to adapt to ever-changing market conditions, fundamentally transforming internal processes, tooling, architectures and corporate culture.  As technology rapidly evolves, businesses must innovate constantly through rapid development, continuous delivery, modernized applications and operations while running their infrastructure efficiently. At Red Hat Day, we’ll explore how Canadian organizations can get ready and go faster by adopting powerful strategies and cutting-edge technologies while improving the security and flexibility of the enterprise.


  • CXO’s and VP’s
  • Directors
  • IT Managers
  • Architects
  • Infrastructure Administrators
  • Developers


How enterprises can fully embrace Open, Hybrid Cloud and Open Source to maximize agility, security, performance, and total cost of ownership.

  • How to utilize DevOps tooling using next generation application platforms (OpenShift) and automation technology (Ansible).
  • How to build a more agile IT eco-system with Red Hat’s Innovation Labs - an on-site residency to assist your organization with DevOps, modern application architectures, containers and microservices.
  • After these informative discussions, we would like you to join us for a networking happy hour where you will have the opportunity to discuss with your peers and Red Hat experts on how to stay ahead of the curve.

Register now for the 2017 Red Hat Day in Toronto!



June 22, 2017

08:00 AM - 08:30 AM


08:30 AM - 08:45 AM

Opening remarks by Luc Villeneuve, Country Leader, Red Hat Canada

08:45 AM - 09:30 AM

Expert Keynote: Crushing the DX Divide in Canada with Incredible IT Ops by
David Senf, Program Vice President, Infrastructure Solutions Group, IDC Canada 

09:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Red Hat Keynote: Cloud-native apps in a hybrid world
by Brent Holden Senior Principal Solution Architect​

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Morning Break  

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Red Hat Keynote​ - A catalyst for IT Transformation: Open Innovation Labs  by

Michael Walker, Global Director, Open Innovation Labs, Red Hat Inc.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Customers Panel - 

Aron Reid - Manager - DevOps, Telus

Jaffer Derwish - Network Architect, Rogers Communication

Massimo Mollica - Manager at CBC/Radio-Canada

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 01:15 PM

Intel Keynote: The future of IT delivery: The Industry and Intel’s IT experiences.

Mike Cardy, CTO, Red Hat Canada

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM

Security Keynote: DevOps or Security: moving to "AND" by
Mike Bursell, Senior Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat inc

02:00 PM - 02:15 PM

Afternoon Break

02:15 PM - 03:15 PM

Go Faster: Containers, Platforms and the path to better Software Development​ by
Diogenes Rettori, Principal Product Manager, Red Hat.

03:15 PM - 04:15 PM

Get Ready: Automating the Enterprise with CloudForms and Ansible by
Jerome Marc, Technical Product Marketing, Red Hat Inc. & Chris Saunders, Sr Cloud Solutions Architect, Red Hat Canada

04:15 PM - 05:30 PM

Networking Session

David Senf - Crushing the DX Divide in Canada with Incredible IT Ops  

How fast your organization can make small technology changes – let alone embarking on a larger transformation – is critical for business success. But there are a number of skills, architectural, tools and operations roadblocks that need to be overcome first. Learn about digital transformation readiness and the application platform maturity path your peers are taking. In this all-Canadian research talk by IDC, David Senf, VP of Infrastructure Solutions and Cloud will present the progress and challenges of Canadian organizations as they move towards hybrid cloud, DevOps, microservices architecture and grapple with security issues.  

Red Hat Keynote: Cloud-native apps in a hybrid world

A look at the infrastructure, process, and platform realities of IT today, and the path to cloud-native application development that our customers need for tomorrow.

Mike Walker - A catalyst for IT Transformation: Open Innovation Labs

You asked for a transformation catalyst: a place to meet with experts, experiment with the art of the possible, and spark the cultural change that enables DevOps and accelerates successful software development.

So, we created Red Hat Open Innovation Labs —an immersive, residency-style consulting engagement that helps organizations jump-start modern application development, and catalyze innovation. In a matter of weeks, alongside our experts, teams learn how to build applications the Red Hat way. Using open source technologies and principles, we help customers rapidly design and build prototypes, do DevOps, and adopt agile methodologies. Teams walk away with a functional application prototype, along with the methods, skills, and experience to drive transformation back within the business. Open Innovation Labs is designed to accelerate the delivery of your innovative ideas.  Ready to transform your organization?

In this session, you will:

  • Learn how organizations, from enterprises to startups, can transform their business with Open Innovation Labs 
  • Hear and see real examples of customer success stories accelerated at Labs
  • Gain tools to mitigate risk and accelerate time-to-market through the use of Lab

Jerome Marc - Automating the Enterprise with CloudForms and Ansible

Cloud management promises speed through self-service, which is a basic requirement for agility. Innovation in IT can’t happen quickly if your users can’t get to the services, applications, and environments they need, when they need them. To truly deliver on this promise requires a foundation of IT automation that facilitates rapid iteration for developers and operators alike, and to ensure predictability and consistency throughout IT.

In this presentation, you will learn about:

  • Self-service IT requests and automated delivery of IT services.
  • Automated configuration and policy enforcement of deployed systems.
  • Operational visibility and control.

You'll leave knowing how to provide rapid service delivery, even across complex environments, while maintaining control and accountability—with Red Hat CloudForms and automation by Ansible by Red Hat.

Diogenes Rettori, Principal Product Manager, Red Hat.

Every industry is being reshaped by the interactions of their customers and their software. Innovative companies realize that they need to develop software better, faster and more securely in order to deliver the experiences their customers desire.  Learn how Red Hat OpenShift has been helping many companies reshape how they use software to better connect with customers and improve their future.

David Senf

VP of Infrastructure Solutions and Cloud at IDC in Canada

David and his team quantify and forecast technology trends and track competitors with a focus on cloud, application platforms, IT ops, security and datacentre equipment. He consults with IT vendors/service providers, the channel, CIOs and IT professionals to form a complete picture of market and competitive dynamics.

He has had the pleasure of working with and presenting to thousands of Canadian organizations - and most of the IT vendor community. He enjoys hundreds of press appearances in a variety of publications, including The Globe and Mail, CBC, The Star, Wall Street Journal, and Wired.

Luc Villeneuve

Canada Country Manager, Red Hat Canada

As Canada Country Manager for Red Hat, Luc Villeneuve is chartered with helping to build a customer-centric team singularly focused on helping Fortune 500 companies best leverage and exploit the innovation from Open Source technology in an enterprise-class manner. Luc has a demonstrated track record of helping major enterprises get the most from their information technology investments, with over 25 years of executive sales and management experience, and having previously held positions at McAfee, NCR, Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment, BCE, GE Capital and CNC Global Limited. Luc is bilingual and holds a business administration degree from Ottawa's Algonquin College. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario's Marketing Management Executive Program and is also a certified Six Sigma practitioner. Villeneuve participates on a few advisory boards including Xromb, People To Go, and Ready Portal. Luc is an active participant in many charity organizations including Big Brothers and Big Sisters along with Home suite Home. Luc was ranked #12 of top newsmaker in 2015 by IT world Canada.

Michael Walker

Global Director, Open Innovation Labs, Red Hat Inc.

Mike Walker is the Global Director of Red Hat’s Open Innovation Labs, whose mission is to make it easier and quicker for customers to bring innovative ideas to life. Mike has 16 years of IT engineering and consulting experience with emerging technologies, including specializations in application development, cloud computing, data integration, high-performance computing, and distributed systems. Mike’s teams work across a variety of verticals including financial services, retail, manufacturing, insurance, healthcare, public sector, and ISVs. Mike holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Emory University, and an M.S. in Computer Science from University of Virginia.

Jerome Marc

Technical Product Marketing, Red Hat Inc.

Jerome is an accomplished professional with over 10 years of experience in the IT industry spanning software development, enterprise-level application design & delivery, and solution sales. His current focus is enterprise infrastructure and systems management across datacentre and cloud (private, public, hybrid) using Red Hat's open source technologies. 

Diógenes G Rettori

Product Manager at Red Hat

Diógenes G Rettori is a Product Manager at Red Hat, responsible for OpenShift and Application Services.

Phil Vokins

Canada Sales Manager - Channels

Phil runs Intel’s Canadian Channel operations and is also currently Acting Country Manager for Intel Canada. He has spent most of his career in the data centre space and is a North American subject matter expert in the arena of Analytics, Public and Private Cloud and Software Defined Storage. He holds a first degree from the University of Huddersfield (UK), Post Grads from both Thames Valley University, London (UK) and the University of Washington (US), and an MBA from the Henley Business School.

Mike Bursell

Senior Principal Software Engineer

Mike Bursell joined Red Hat in August 2016, following previous roles at Intel and Citrix working on security, virtualisation and networking. After training in software engineering, he specialised in distributed systems and security, and has worked in architecture and technical strategy for the past few years. His responsibilities at Red Hat include forming security strategy, external and internal visibility and thought leadership. He regularly speaks at industry events in Europe, North America and APAC.

Professional interests include: Linux, Open Source Software, security, distributed systems, blockchain, NFV, SDN, virtualisation (including Linux Containers and hypervisors).

Mike has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Open University.

Jaffer Derwish

Network Architect, Rogers Communications

Jaffer Derwish is a Lead Architect with Rogers Communications primarily responsible for Digital Transformation enablement by converging IT with business technologies, transforming data centers and core networks to SDN and NFV.

Aron Reid

Manager - DevOps

Overseeing the DevOps & Digital Delivery teams at TELUS digital. Aron role is to support Telus delivery product which creates a unified CI/CD pipeline to simplify the path to production for their development and product teams. In addition he supports a legacy fleet of many hundreds of servers hosting various web experiences for TELUS.

Massimo Mollica

Manager at CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC's Web Operations Manager responsible for Infrastructure and Digital Operations. His responsibilities covers a wide range of technologies, including onsite virtualization, multi-cloud, storage and containerized infrastructure.





The Westin Castle Hotel - Harbour Front

Date: June 22 2017

Time: 08:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Location:  1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6

Phone: (416) 869-1600