Bob Allen - CEO of ABC Communications
Bob Allen is the founder and CEO of ABC Communications, one of the largest provider of rural broadband service in the province. Bob began his career as a Journeyman Electrician in 1972 and worked as a contractor on various large projects in the Cariboo region during the 80s. He served as President of the Quesnel Construction Association and as Chairman of the Board of the Northern B.C. Constructions Association during that time. In 1989, he founded ABC Communications with wife, Christine. He is in charge of ABC's strategic corporate planning and business developments, as well as technical, engineering and financial operations.
He is also the primary architect of the company's extensive licensed broadband wireless network throughout the province, and is responsible for ABC's corporate and government wireless portfolio. Under his guidance ABC has grown to where it sits today - with thousands of Dial Up, ADSL, Wireless and Web customers serviced throughout the Interior of BC. In 2001, Bob was appointed the president of Open Source Solutions (OSS), a consortium of 10 B.C. ISP's, with combined revenues over 15 million. OSS is a significant supplier of high-speed Internet connectivity to provincial government ministries and schools. Bob has lead OSS to be a key player in helping to solve the digital divide through the Network BC Connecting Communities Agreement.
Rey Sonico - Project Manager at ABC Communications
Rey Sonico is a Project Manager at ABC Communications. He started working with ABC Communications in May 2009 initially managing a broadband deployment project for the company. He was also part of the team that led the successful implementation of the BC Broadband Conference since 2010.
Prior to joining ABC Communications, Rey has over 10 years experience in the telecommunications industry in management and specialist roles involving telecom switches, data network operations monitoring, maintenance and troubleshooting, and fibre optics with a leading service provider specializing in fixed line.
President of ABC Communications
Chris Allen is the President at ABC Communications. He has worked closely with his father, Bob Allen, over the past decade to grow the family business into new markets. While rural broadband is one of the biggest areas of growth for the company, it has also worked to provide telecommunications services to its urban business market throughout the Province. Chris has been involved with the BC Broadband Association since its inception and is eager to grow the group of companies and organizations it can represent to provide a stronger voice for BC.
President and CEO of ispeed Communications Inc.
Dave Bradich is the founder and President of ispeed Communications, a wireless ISP and telephone service provider, serving the BC Interior for over 8 years. Prior to starting ispeed, Dave spent over 20 years with Motorola in sales, marketing and management positions throughout Asia. Dave believes customer service is one of the most critical elements of running any business. Dave holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University.
Owner and Principal of Go4Objectives
Roel Coert is a seasoned professional in the telecom industry in Europe and in Canada. He has been instrumental in the start up of competitive telecommunications companies after deregulation in Europe. With a team, he has engineered and project managed one of the largest ISP over coax cable (650.000 subscribers) networks in the Netherlands. Over the past 10 years his focus has been on increasing the competitiveness of the telecom industry by promoting the separation of the infrastructure from services in Europe and in Canada. He has been very successful achieving this in Rotterdam with a FttH network and in Coquitlam with QNet. Further, Roel has developed an open access network business case which has been approved by the City of New Westminster. Roel holds an Engineering Degree in Telecommunications and a Masters Degree in Business Telecommunications.
Owner of PerfectWorld Innovations
Andrew might best be described as a serial entrepreneur. In the 26 years since Engineering School at the University of Waterloo he has been self employed for 24 of them and PerfectWorld is the fourth small technology company he has been involved with. After a year as a partner in Application Software doing LAN deployments and custom software development Andrew moved on to spend the next 9 years leading a small company, Rockpoint Computers Ltd, that focused on developing applications in the Property Management business, ISO9000 Tracking Systems, and the Commercial Insurance Industry.
During that time the company developed and sold ProQuote to commercial insurance brokers across Canada. Rockpoint also leveraged skills in xbase languages to enhance TeleMagic CRM for clients in Southern Ontario. Moving on from Rockpoint he spent a year implementing a Citrix WAN in rural Southern Ontario across 9 insurance offices before ADSL was widely available. Andrew came to BC and moved in to a role as Director of Professional Services for Maximizer Software the Vancouver based CRM Software Company.
After a brief hiatus to compete in the World Masters Games in Australia he became the owner of PerfectWorld Innovations. In the six years with PerfectWorld Andrew has expanded the company’s footprint to include much of the Province and it has become one of the largest suppliers of last mile broadband services to the Province of BC. In addition to his role with PerfectWorld Andrew acts as the Director of Sales for Open Source Solutions representing all the member companies to the Province.
Broad member of Kaslo InforNet
Tim Ryan has been involved in imaging businesses and imaging related IT applications for more than 35 years. He was the founder of Technicare Inc. a system integrator, technical materials, and and systems engineering company in the photography, he and partners formed Technicare Imaging which today is one of the largest online digital imaged goods manufactures in Canada and serves professional photographers from coast to coast. In 2003, Tim and his wife moved to Kaslo, BC, only to realize just how limited rural connectivity is.
Tim joined the board of Kaslo InforNet in 2013 bringing his experience with Fibre served facilities and high performance networking. Kin as it is known was the first rural ISP to begin construction of Fibre to the premises in 2014, and is beginning the construction phase of high capacity backbone expansion with an innovative Fibre in the lake backhaul project recently announced with CBBC and NDIT founding.