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April 17, 2018 – “Whipcord and Veeam” and “Legal Issues for IT Professionals”

April 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1. Whipcord Datacentres with Veeam


At Whipcord, we come to work everyday to help our customers solve their critical business problems. We see the passion people have for their business, and it excites us to know we can help others take it to the next level by providing solutions through our core products – Colocation, Cloud, Backup & Replication, and Network Services. When passion gets powered with new insight, the possibilities are quite extraordinary.

For nearly two decades Whipcord has been a Canadian success story, becoming an industry leader in data services with operations across Canada. Empowered by passionate staff that build deep customer partnerships and leveraging technology to drive customer solutions, we are building a connected age that serves everyone, everywhere.



Veeam recognizes the new challenges companies across the globe face in enabling the Always-On Enterprise™, a business that must operate 24.7.365. To address this, Veeam has pioneered a new market by helping organizations meet recovery time of less than 15 minutes.  Veeam leverages virtualization, storage, and cloud technologies that enable the modern data center to help organizations save time, mitigate risks, and dramatically reduce capital and operational costs, while always supporting the current and future business goals of Veeam customers.

Founded in 2006, Veeam has 53,000+ Partners and 282,000+ customers with the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries.

About our presenters:

Paul Fouad

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Vice President, Sales & Regional Sales Manager, Alberta

Paul leads the sales and customer experience teams at Whipcord, bringing 25 years of sales and marketing experience to our team through his various senior roles in the IT, Telecommunications and data centre industries. Paul is currently enrolled in the Agile MBA program at the Australian Institute of Business.


Dan Burke

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Territory Manager – VCSP – Northwest US & Canada

Helping cloud and service provider partners in the northwest United States and Canada grow their business leveraging Veeam. Veeam is the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™. Businesses and enterprises save time, mitigate risks, and dramatically reduce capital and operational costs.


2. Legal Issues for IT Professionals

Bill Stemp, a Calgary lawyer with in-depth experience in copyright law, patents, and trademarks will talk about legal issues affecting IT professionals.  His presentation will cover

  • Drafting service agreements.
  • Contracts for services.
  • Contract and Intellectual Property law.
  • Trademarks and patents in the IT world.
  • Inventions.
  • Licensing agreements.
  • Differences between Canada and the USA on licensing agreements, trademarks, and patents.
  • “First to invent” vs “first to patent”

About our presenter:

Bill Stemp looks like a twin of George Clooney and is often mistaken for him.

He has been a lawyer for almost 42 years.  65% of his work involves parents, trademarks, and copyrights.  The remainder is a mixture of civil litigation, real estate, wills, estates and corporate work.

He has lived in Calgary all his life except the first three years when he lived in Edmonton.  He has seen Calgary grow from a population of about 200,000 to 1.2 million.

Bill grew up in Britannia, which at the time was the end of the city in 1955 when his parents built their house.  He attended Henry Wise Wood High School, then went to the University of Calgary where he was in pre-med for two years.  He eventually decided that chemistry and biology were not for him so he graduated from UofC with a major in political science and a minor in history.  After a year off, he took a year of business administration, including accounting, management, statistics, and numerous other courses.

He then moved back to Edmonton and went to law school at UofA.  He graduated in 1975 and was admitted to the Alberta Law Society 1976.


April 17, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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