President’s Innovation Challenge – Making a difference today, for tomorrow!

I am proud to announce that Cisco is the Premier Partner and the Official Information and Communications Technology Provider of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games!  The Games will take place from July 10th – July 26th and August 7th – 14th 2015, involving municipalities stretching from Oshawa to Welland!

Presidents Innovation Challange

We will build an end-to-end network infrastructure for the Games including wireless, network security, collaboration, video, TelePresence, Unified Compute and Cloud Services offering customized Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-FI and StadiumVision Solutions to engage fans in experiencing the Games like never before!

Our engagement doesn’t stop there! Beyond just the technology, Cisco is also committed to investing in Canadian innovation by investing in our people.  We are launching a new program called The I Can… initiatives, which involve multiple programs aimed at developing knowledge and stimulating transformative innovations within our youth, college and our business entrepreneurs.

The first program we are launching is in partnership with Sheridan College, Fuse Marketing and Soft Gravity.  The President’s Innovation Challenge will invite Sheridan College students from multiple disciplines to participate in an initiative aimed at developing a new innovation that will help build smart connections and enhanced experiences between the 2015 Games, the province of Ontario, and the fans.

Ideas may range from creating an app to help visitors navigate through the streets of Toronto and the Greater Golden Horsehoe or building a partnership with downtown businesses to promote special offers.  The idea is to help set up our province for success and help make this the most connected Games ever.

Students will be asked to develop and present their ideas at an idea-a-thon on January 11, 2014 at Sheridan’s Oakville campus.  We will have mentors on site to help the students refine their pitches.

The best part is, we will be assisting the winning group to develop their idea by providing them with a $10,000 cash prize which will be determined by a panel of judges. Fame and fortune – if that doesn’t sound exciting, what does?

For those of you who can’t make it, we are also offering you the opportunity to participate via social media. On January 11th, 2014 follow the conversation by using the hashtag #CiscoTO2015 and vote for your favourite idea to win the People’s Choice Award.

Be apart of the conversation and join us on January 11th, 2014.

About Ron Dekker

Ronald J. Dekker is an Executive Sales and Business Development Leader at Cisco Systems Canada. Dekker also serves as Board Chairman at X2O | Media and as Director at Esna Technologies. Before Cisco, Ron was CEO of Connex (formerly Cygnal Technologies), Canada's leading independent provider of wired and wireless communications networks. Ron previously served as VP Alliances & Business Development for Tandberg, the #1 global video communications company where he identified and engaged new market opportunities that delivered the Company's next generation of innovation and growth (before the Company was sold to Cisco). Prior to Tandberg, Ron founded and served as CEO and Director of OneConnect, Canada's first and market-leading IP services provider. Prior to OneConnect, Ron was President & CEO of Ericsson Wireless Internet and before that, President of Williams Communications Canada (WilTel/TTS) which he grew profitably before selling to Telus. Ron has extensive global experience in telecommunications markets, specific skills in management and strategic planning, and a proven track record of delivering strong leadership and profitability. Ron is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a charter member of the Academy of Technology CEOs (AceTech), volunteered for 6 rewarding years on the Board of Directors for the Children's Aid Foundation ( and currently volunteers as Event Chair for Community Rocks ( to raise necessary funding in support of intellectually handicapped people at Community Living Toronto. Cisco most recently appointed Dekker as Executive Lead for their Premier ICT sponsorship of the TO2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. Ronald J. Dekker est un cadre supérieur des ventes et de l'expansion des affaires au sein de Cisco Canada. Il siège aussi en tant que président du conseil d'administration de X2O | Media et que directeur d'Esna Technologies. Avant de grossir les rangs de Cisco, Ron était chef de la direction de Connex (anciennement Cygnal Technologies), le premier fournisseur indépendant de réseaux de communication filaires et sans fil au Canada. Auparavant, il a joué le rôle de vice-président aux alliances et à l'expansion des affaires au sein de Tandberg, principale société internationale de communications vidéo, où il a précisé et tiré profit de nouvelles occasions de marché qui ont généré la prochaine génération d'innovation et de croissance de l'entreprise (avant que la compagnie ne soit vendue à Cisco). Avant cela, Ron a mis sur pied OneConnect, fournisseur de services IP chef de file numéro un au Canada, où il était chef de la direction et administrateur. Auparavant, il était président et chef de la direction d'Ericsson Wireless Internet et avant cela, président de Williams Communications Canada (WilTel/TTS), dont il a accru le chiffre d'affaires avant de vendre la société à Telus. Ron possède une vaste expérience mondiale des marchés des télécommunications et des compétences particulières en gestion et en planification stratégiques. Il a une feuille de route exemplaire en matière de leadership et de rentabilité. Ron est un membre de Young Presidents Organization (YPO) et un membre originaire de l'organisme Academy of Technology CEOs (AceTech). Il a fait du bénévolat pendant six années enrichissantes au sein du conseil d'administration de la Fondation de l'aide à l'enfance ( et occupe actuellement le poste bénévole de président de l'événement pour l'organisme Community Rocks (, qui vise à recueillir les fonds nécessaires au soutien de personnes présentant des déficiences intellectuelles à Community Living Toronto. Cisco a récemment nommé Ron au poste de cadre supérieur en chef de sa commandite Premier ICT des Jeux panaméricains/parapanaméricains de Toronto 2015.
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