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July 18, 2023 – VoIP vs. On-Premise Phone Systems – Kai Thomas

Voice over IP versus On-Premise Phone Systems


We will walk through the different ways of doing Unified Communications, and why phones can’t be a one size fits all solution.

From this session, you will gain a clear understanding of:

  • When to suggest VOIP vs On-Premise
  • Why On-Premise continues to be the superior option in 2023

Register before 5:00 pm Saturday July 15 to be eligible for the $50 Early-Bird draw. Registration closes at 5:00 pm on Monday, July 17 .



Kai Thomas - CIP Office TechnologyKai Thomas

Kai started his career working with high-value clients in downtown Calgary. In Australia, he worked under a demanding chef in a seaside resort town, then as a boat salesman in the Lower Mainland. He has spent seven years in mines in Fort McMurray and on Baffin Island.

Kai is a tech-head at heart, he has programmed his whole life in a variety of languages and usually is the first to test out new tech. Kai most interested in no-code tools, AI and immersive technologies. Kai played around with GPT-4 and has been impressed with how far AI has come, and what lies ahead for us as humans.

Kai wants to make Calgary the next tech hub of the West. Kai has several ambitious ideas on how to make that possible.




To encourage members and guests to register for this event, we’re offering an Early-Bird Registration Incentive Door Prize Draw.

The Door Prize Draw is for a $50 VISA Gift Card, donated by True North Group.

To qualify for this Early-Bird Registration Incentive, you must register via Eventbrite by 5:00 pm MT on Saturday July 15 2023 and be in attendance for the duration of the event.

Registration links for the virtual event will only be sent to those registered. Event Registration closes 5 pm MT Monday, July 17th.

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2022

Times: All times shown are Mountain Time

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Place: CIP Office Technology – 940a 11 Ave SW & Online via Microsoft Teams

Cost: Current CIC Members: FREE; Guests & Future CIC Members: $20+GST

Please register via this Eventbrite link.



Event Sponsor

CIP Office Technology

CIP Office Technology is a family founded, owned, and operated business that has been providing industry leading managed print services, smart office consultation and setup, wide and small format colour print and MFP copier equipment, document workflow software, office collaboration tools, and the industries undisputed leading customer service since 1980.

They put 100% into everything we do for our customers including ensuring the right solutions are in place followed by the right training to maximize profitability.

They are the digital smart office experts which means we setup your office with the most cost effective but strategic communication, collaboration, and workflow systems that enhance productivity and workspace efficiencies so that your staff can focus on working for their customers.

They also try not too take ourselves too seriously so we keep it light around the office. You’ll see our corporate sensibility reflected throughout our office design, our staff, and even our now legendary marquee signage found along 11th Ave SW, we make sure our work is enjoyable.

They know how to make a difference.

Platinum Sponsor

Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”), the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Recognized as one of Canada’s Great Places to Work, Microsoft Canada Inc. provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software. Microsoft Canada is a creative workplace which attracts the best and brightest talent in the IT industry who bring an ever evolving vision of the future to reality.

Microsoft software helps businesses and consumers to reach their full potential, however they define it. Woven throughout daily life, whether it be work or play, Microsoft technologies flourish when they get into the hands of millions of Canadian partners and customers enabling innovation often in new ways.

Microsoft Canada is equally passionate about committing to Canadian communities. Since its inception, Microsoft Canada has had a corporate giving philosophy that goes beyond financial donations to champion inventive forms of philanthropy. For more information on how Microsoft Canada has joined forces with organizations across Canada to make a difference and invest in local communities visit

As a registered not-for-profit association, CIC has met the qualification requirements for discounted and donated Microsoft software distributed through TechSoup Canada. Microsoft has donated 10 Office 365 Business Premium subscriptions plus 25 Office 365 E1 subscriptions for CIC’s internal use. This software is used by CIC for operational and administrative purposes.


CyberFOX is a global cybersecurity solutions provider focused on identity access management (IAM) for managed service providers (MSPs). Our two flagship products – Password Boss for password management and AutoElevate for privilege access management – supply two critical elements of a comprehensive IAM security strategy. This ability to monitor, manage and mitigate risks by controlling user access to critical information ensures MSPs are able to tighten security defenses for themselves and their customers.

Built for the unique needs of today’s MSPs and their customers, CyberFOX solutions simplify and improve the end user experience by providing affordable, practicable security. With over 140 years of MSP and IT channel ecosystem experience from ownership to development, CyberFOX has MSP in our DNA. CyberFOX helps protect MSPs and businesses in more than 175 countries and thousands of MSPs and their clients.

Silver Sponsors

iTech Calgary Conference

iTech is Canada’s leading portfolio of IT technology conferences and exhibitions focusing on Infrastructure, Cloud, Security, Data Centre, Virtualization & Mobility.

At iTech you will have the opportunity to; discover new cutting edge products & services, network & meet new people in the industry, stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends, see technology in action through live demonstrations, attend conference seminar sessions, research information to enhance your IT strategy, enjoy this Local event right in your backyard!

CIC Members are eligible to receive free VIP conference registrations valued at $99.

True North Group Inc

True North Group Inc. provides Canadian integrated cloud, managed IT and security services as well as professional IT consulting services to small and mid-market enterprises.
True North Group provides door prizes at many events as well as contributions toward CIC’s operational funding.

IBM Canada

In 2017, IBM was 100 years old in Canada. This century has been driven by innovation that matters to our clients, our people, our country and the world. We are proud to be part of a company that has dedicated a century to finding solutions to contemporary challenges with a vision of the future. Innovation, transformation, and pioneering have always been part of our culture. This second century of IBM will continue to change the world.

IBM provides CIC with free meeting space for our monthly in-person events.


At Datto, we believe there is no limit to what small and medium businesses can achieve with the right technology.

As the world’s leading provider of cloud-based software and security solutions purpose-built for delivery by managed service providers (MSPs), Datto’s proven Unified Continuity, Networking, and Business Management solutions drive cyber resilience, efficiency, and growth for MSPs. Delivered via an integrated platform, Datto’s solutions help its global ecosystem of MSP partners serve over one million businesses around the world. From proactive dynamic detection and prevention to fast, flexible recovery from cyber incidents, Datto’s solutions defend against costly downtime and data loss in servers, virtual machines, cloud applications, or anywhere data resides. Datto has won awards for its rapid growth, product excellence, superior technical support, and for fostering an outstanding workplace.