GovTech Breakfast with ThinkOn

Introducing Canadian Cloud Services
By Canadians, for Canadians 

Cloud Services will be unlocked for the Government of Canada in early 2020 as the final cloud services catalogs are rolled out. The question of moving to cloud comes with a challenge of data security when it comes to protected and classified data. ThinkOn's service delivery infrastructure is the only Canadian cloud offering that has the potential to offer secure cloud services to the Government of Canada, thus mitigating the risks associated with data governance and security.

ThinkOn’s GovTech Breakfast is a half day government facing educational event co-presented with VMware. This event includes a presentation and breakout sessions with ThinkOn on IaaS, BaaS and DRaaS service offerings and workload migrations. 

When:      January 29, 2020 (8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
Where:     University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 4101, Ottawa


  • 8:30 – 9:30 - Registration & Networking Breakfast

  • 9:30 – 10:00 - Welcome and General Session with Craig McLellan and Dean Hachey of ThinkOn
    Presenting the growth of cloud services portfolio of offerings in the public sector and how data security is of paramount importance.

  • 10:00 – 10:30 - Understanding VMware Workload Migration and Application Modernization
    Presenting the growing demand to migrate workloads to the cloud and how app modernization supports high security, performance and resilience for decades of these complex legacy systems. 

  • 10:30 – 11:00 - Digital Government Panel 
    Discussing the Government approach and cloud providers support to digital transformation.

  • 11:00 – 12:00 - Breakout sessions with VMware and ThinkOn
    Taking a deep dive into workload migration and application modernization with VMware and how it can be leveraged with GCloud powered by ThinkOn.

Speaker Bio

J. Wayne Gudbranson is President & CEO of Branham Group Inc. ( an independent global industry analyst and strategic marketing consulting firm focused on assisting Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies achieve market success. Since establishing the firm in 1990, Wayne has positioned Branham as a leading provider of custom consulting services, assisting ICT companies in areas of planning, marketing and partnering. In 2004, Wayne expanded Branham's business by creating the multi-client subscription and data products divisions. Wayne actively promotes the capabilities of Canada's ICT industry on a global basis and is frequently a keynote speaker at global ICT events. Sixteen years ago he launched an ambitious initiative to raise the visibility of Canadian ICT sector with the Branham300 listing. Today, the Branham300 is the most comprehensive database of privately held and publicly traded ICT companies ranked on total revenues ( in Canada.

Craig McLellan, Chief Executive Officer, ThinkOn Inc. As the Chief Executive Officer of ThinkOn, Craig McLellan is a forward-thinking business leader who has been at the forefront of technology innovation and data security in Canada and the U.S. for the past twenty-five years. Under Craig’s leadership, ThinkOn has grown both organically and through strategic acquisition, currently placing #19 on the Profit 500 list of fastest growing companies in Canada list.  As a pioneer for cloud, his organization was one of the first companies in the world to receive VMware Cloud Verified certification, and Craig currently sits on several industry advisory boards including Veeam, Hitachi and VMware, where he helps to guide strategy. Craig is also a passionate advocate for Innovate Cities – a first-of-its-kind, cloud-based Community Hub that promotes Smart City innovation.

While there are three companies authorized to service the federal government for protected workloads, ThinkOn is proud to be the only Canadian company with this coveted designation. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Craig is a sought-after speaker on security, data privacy and cloud migration design for High Availability (HA) applications. When he's not growing ThinkOn, Craig enjoys playing hockey and spending time with his family, either in the city or at the cottage.

Dean Hachey, Director, Public Sector Business Development, ThinkOn Inc. As a 25+ year sales and business development leader at top high technology, hardware, software, and 3rd party logistics companies, Dean works with our sales team at ThinkOn to build our product catalog and communicate effectively with our public sector customers and channels. He has in-depth industry experience in High Tech, Aerospace, Healthcare, Communications, Utilities, Automotive, Retail and the Canadian Public Sector.

Peter Near, VMware Canada Field CTO is a thought leader in Canada on topics including hybrid cloud strategies, datacenter modernization, and infrastructure security.  As part of the Canadian Enterprise technology landscape for nearly twenty years, Peter has held a number of leadership positions including delivery of large enterprise transformation projects and leading global product management teams. Peter studied Computer Science and Business at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and IMD Business School in Switzerland and is passionate about leveraging the intersection of technology to drive business impact.

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