The Canadian Cloud Council is founded in Calgary, Alberta by current CEO and Chair Robert Brennan Hart; with the objective of “advancing Canada’s cloud computing industry and building a more open, competitive and accessible Canadian technology ecosystem.”
The organization is incorporated as a national not-for-profit under Industry Canada. Inaugural board members include Chris Moore, Former CIO of City of Edmonton; Javier Lozano, Former CIO of Calgary Airport Authority; Jim Clarke, Former CIO of Savanna Energy; Martin Kratz, Senior Partner at Bennett Jones and Alistair Croll, Founding Parter of Year One Labs. The organization hosts its first two major conferences in Edmonton and Ottawa and becomes recognized as Canada’s preeminent cloud industry association by Forbes, Toronto Star, The National Post and other major media publications.
The Council hosts its third major conference “Cloud Matters” in Banff, Alberta and is recruited by the Treasury Board of Canada to develop a substantial set of policy recommendations related to the Government of Canada’s long term cloud computing legislation. John Cousens, VP Public Sector Canada at SalesForce, and Canadian Cloud Council board member presents these recommendations to the House of Commons; several of which become foundational components of the government’s long term cloud roadmap; even to this day. Robert Brennan Hart is named as one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 as a result of his work the the council.
The Cloud Factory, one of the most notable technology conferences ever held in Canada is staged by The Council in Banff and kicks off a long continuum of globally recognized events. Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMWare and Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat deliver public keynotes in Canada for the very first time along with Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada and the CTO’s of PayPal and NY Times. The event’s open source friendly debate is covered in TechCrunch and VentureBeat and VMware joins the OpenStack Foundation immediately following the event; forever shifting the shape and evolution of the foundation.
The Canadian Cloud Council launches Interzone; one of the most well attended independent enterprise technology conferences in the history of Canada. Steve Wozniak, the CEO’s of Citrix, WorkDay, NetApp and CTO’s of Twitter, Harvard University and GoDaddy all speak at the conference and Robert Brennan Hart is recognized by the United Nation’s Foundation as one of the globe’s Top 70 Digital Leaders; a designation he still holds today.
The second edition of Interzone is held in Vancouver; featuring the CEO’s of SAP and Hootsuite and the Mayor of Vancouver. SAP’s investment in the Vancouver community is accelerated as a result of the conversations at the event. The Council continues to be recognized as a major industry leader in the media; with several major publications being released in The Toronto Star, Sync, National Post and others.
After expanding the organization’s digital council across the globe and recruiting Robert Herjavec as honorary event chair, the Canadian Cloud Council returned to Edmonton for the inaugural edition of the association’s new flagship event – Control. Control brought to to the stage the presidents of Ceridian and Palo Alto Networks and Former CTO of US Department of Homeland Security and will be coming to Calgary in November. Control is one of the last remaining live forums for independent, unbiased and unfiltered discussions about the future of technology and is quickly becoming the preeminent enterprise technology event in Canada. Through an ever expanding group of media, government and community partnerships, the Canadian Cloud Council has become the voice of disruptive technology in Canada.