Announcing Jack Waters as First Keynote Speaker for CENGN Summit 2020 – An Ottawa Tech Event


Jack Waters, president of Zayo Networks and chief operating officer (COO) at Zayo Group, will be CENGN’s first keynote speaker for CENGN Summit 2020.

Jack oversees Zayo’s Global Network business, including the Fiber Solutions, Transport, Enterprise and strategic networks businesses in addition to network operations and security. Prior to this role, Jack served as Zayo’s president of Fiber Solutions and chief technology officer (CTO).

Jack will bring his expertise and experience in building and operating some of the world’s largest fibre networks to this year’s CENGN Summit, one of Canada’s rising events.


CENGN Summit is not only an Ottawa tech event but also the nation’s leading conference devoted to promoting the commercial growth and adoption of disruptive networking technologies across Canada. The Ottawa tech event is hosted by CENGN, an organization that understands that facilitating the development of the tech communications sector will not only benefit the traditional telecom sector but all businesses and sectors that are growing increasingly dependent on networking advancements to optimize their processes.

Jack Waters is the first keynote announced out of what is sure to be a star-studded program. The Summit is no stranger to bringing in the highest calibre speakers the tech industry has to offer with some past keynote speakers including:

CENGN Summit is the conference for tech professionals and businesses to network and learn which technologies are set to revolutionize the industry. This year will see the return of the split program, with the innovation track hosting leadership and strategy-oriented speakers, while the technical track focuses on deep dives into new technologies and their use cases. By splitting the tracks, CENGN Summit has truly broadened its scope to become a powerful event for both decision-makers and technical engineers alike.

One major change this year will be the move to an online virtual summit due to COVID-19. CENGN is still committed to providing an amazing event and will be invested in taking advantage of the benefits of a virtual event. Compared to previous events, a virtual tech event will allow a larger focus on a pan-Canadian attendee base outside of just Ottawa and enable the showcase of more innovative Canadian tech companies online.  

CENGN Summit 2020 will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 8 am to 7 pm as a virtual event.

Watch last year’s Ottawa tech event here!

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Rick is a proud member of the Canadian research and technology community, having an extensive background in tech commercialization and industry adoption of innovative technologies. Through his experience with start-up businesses and not-for-profit organizations, Rick is an outspoken advocate for the integration of technology to improve both industry outputs and society.

Over the past 5 years, Rick has managed the public relations and communications for CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks. At the centre of an organization that facilitates collaboration between tech businesses, industry leaders, academia and government, Rick champions the message that talent development and commercial growth in advanced networking technology is crucial to a thriving economy.

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