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Conference Speakers 2024

CRTC Update

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Claire Anderson 
Commissioner, British Columbia and Yukon, CRTC

Claire is the first Indigenous woman and first Yukon resident to be appointed to the CRTC.

As a citizen of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, she shares her region’s perspectives and helps
ensure that the communication system serves the needs of all Canadians.

Called to the Yukon bar in 2014, Claire started her legal career in private practice at Lackowicz
& Hoffman, where she conducted trials at the Yukon Supreme Court, led corporate
reorganizations and negotiated various agreements including employment contracts. She also
contributed to the territory’s legal community by serving as a director of the Yukon Legal
Services Society.

Claire is the Protector for the Lanâlxh (Prosperity) Trust, where she oversees the conduct of
trustees to ensure that their actions are compliant with the trust deed and legislation. She has
also made important contributions to the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, as coordinator of a
Reconciliation Project, volunteer director of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation Economic
Partnerships and a member of the Board of Directors of the T’akhu A’Tlen Conservancy.

Network BC Update

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Rachel Greenspan 
Executive Director, Network BC, Ministry of Citizen’s Services

Michael J. Jeffery

 

Rachel is an expert in technology policy, programming, and digital transformation, she has over 15 years of experience as a tech manager and leader, helping companies of all sizes achieve operational and strategic growth.   

Rachel begin her BC Public Services in Aug 2021 as a Director of Regulatory & Permitting at Network BC, she has then been promoted to the Senior Director of Policy and Programs, and is now the Executive Director leading Network BC.

 

Hifi

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Steven Koles
President & CEO - Hifi 

Steven Koles has over 25 years of operational and executive experience in technology companies. He has been involved as an executive and corporate director with a number of organizations. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Koles was President and CEO of Hemisphere GPS where he led the company through a transformation and rebranding exercise highlighted by the divestiture of two unprofitable businesses, international expansion, two key acquisitions, two public financings, and a restructuring of manufacturing operations. Under his leadership, Hemisphere GPS achieved numerous awards including the Deloitte Green 15, Alberta Venture Fast 50, ASTech Outstanding Commercial Achievement in Science and Technology, and Branham’s Top 300 Canadian ICT companies. Steven has also served in executive management positions with Steeper Energy, AOL / Time Warner Canada, Group Telecom, and TELUS Corporation. 

Steven is a graduate from the Faculty of Business at the University of Alberta, and the Executive Management Program at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. Steven has also received his ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors through the University of Toronto and University of Calgary. 


MCSNet

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Mark Beland
CIO -MCSnet

Tacit Law

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Christian Tacit
Barrister & Solicitor, Tacit Law

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Brenda Bouchette
Technical and Economics Advisor, Tacit Law

Drawing on over 41 years of technical, business and legal experience, Chris is the founder of
Tacit Law, a boutique law firm that provides a broad range of legal and consulting services to
clients in the information technology, communications, regulated industries, and broader
commercial and not-for profit sectors.

In addition to providing traditional legal services, Chris assists clients with strategic planning,
governance, risk management, business reviews, commercial transactions, as well as corporate
and regulatory compliance. He is also very involved in Internet governance through various
volunteer activities.

 

Brenda is a professional engineer with 26 years' experience in the telecommunications industry. Brenda has designed fixed and mobile networks across Canada and internationally, for large carriers and small operators. She has extensive knowledge of telecommunications network design and the business challenges facing network operators. She is also well-versed in economics and its application to the telecommunications industry.

Brenda authors submissions to ISED consultations and CRTC proceedings related to
telecommunications policy, spectrum policy, spectrum auctions, wholesale access, funding
programs, and digital connectivity, and works with clients to develop and refine positions, and
present their position effectively to regulators.

She also helps clients prepare funding applications for broadband, wireless and other
telecommunications infrastructure expansions, and also assists them in developing strategies
and tactics related to the acquisition of spectrum, including by way of spectrum auctions.
Brenda holds an undergraduate Electrical Engineering degree and a Master of Arts in
Economics.

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