Accelerating Public Sector Innovation


Tuesday, June 28, 2022 
1:00-2:00 PM EST

As Canadian Government agencies look to modernize by accelerating delivery of services to citizens and build the next generation of apps, they must consider and adapt their growing cloud environments in lockstep. This trend will continue as agencies grow their private and public cloud investments. In the journey to becoming cloud smart, agencies may face challenges in their internal organizations and culture, as well as implementing and managing the right suite of clouds and cloud-related resources.

In this webinar hosted by Canadian Government Executive, join subject matter experts Peter Near and Rodney Helal (VMware) and special guests Lee Sustar and Rick Parish (Forrester Research) to discuss how Canadian government agencies at every level can lay the technical and cultural groundwork for smart cloud adoption when it comes to:

  • Managing multiple tools and clouds
  • Getting employees ready for scaling with cloud
  • Getting ready for Zero Trust

Ready to hear more about this topic? Register today for this free live webinar produced by Canadian Government Executive!


Peter Near

National Director of Technology, VMware Canada

Peter Near is VMware Canada’s National Director of Technology, and 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.


Rodney Helal

National Sales Director, Public Sector, VMware Canada

Throughout his career, Rodney has held several national sales roles within IBM, leading the company’s Federal, Ontario, and Telco software branches. Prior to joining VMware, he was the national sales director for public sector at Red Hat, and at BlackBerry he served as the national public sector sales director and country manager for their AtHoc solution.  
In this new role, Rodney will leverage his deep experience serving government to lead the public sector team and drive digital transformation outcomes across the Canadian public sector, continuing to build VMware as a trusted partner. This includes enabling secure digital-first experiences to deliver solutions including Kubernetes and multi-cloud to enhance citizen-centric service delivery. 

Guest Speaker:

Lee Sustar 

Principal Analyst, Forrester

Lee serves IT infrastructure and operations professionals. His research focuses on public cloud, containers, modernization, and the wider transition to cloud-native computing and practices. He assists enterprises in creating pragmatic cloud strategies and developing execution roadmaps. Most notably, he seeks to reflect organizational context (e.g., industry, investments, regulations, skills, location) in these deliverables. Lee’s strong background in both financial services cloud/container strategies and governance and risk gives him a unique perspective. Key markets that Lee covers include multicloud container development platforms, public cloud enterprise container platforms, and public cloud infrastructure and development platforms.

Guest Speaker:

Rick Parrish

Vice President, Research Director, Forrester

Rick is a research director in Forrester’s customer experience (CX) practice and the coordinator of research on customer obsession companywide. Rick's team conducts cutting-edge research and client engagements to help CX leaders improve CX quality reliably and efficiently. Rick’s own research focuses on government CX and corporate values strategies.


Dr. Lori Turnbull

Director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University

Dr. Lori Turnbull is the Director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University and Deputy Editor of Canadian Government Executive.

Please contact david@promotivemedia.ca


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