Cisco channel partners party on in Montreal

Cisco Partner Summit hits the great city of Montreal

MONTREAL – It was a long nine years since Cisco Systems held its annual Partner Summit in Canada (Vancouver).

Company CEO John Chambers (pictured) took to the stage at the Palais Des Congres this week to talk about disruptive technology and the company’s strategy in software.

After day long keynotes, sessions, breakouts and meetings channel partners from around the world explored one of the great cities of North America.

Find out where the Canadian channel partners went by clicking onto the next slide.

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Read: What to expect at the Cisco Partner Summit in Montreal

Cisco Canada channel chief hosts top partners

Dave De Abreu, the Canadian channel chief of Cisco Systems hosted approximately 120 Canadian solution providers at the Scena at the Pavilion Jacques Cartier in old Montreal.

Flanking De Abreu is Cisco Canada president Bernadette Wightman and Cisco senior vice president of Americas sales Alison Gleason.

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Watch: Big year for new Cisco Canada president Bernadette Wightman

The partner advisor at Cisco Canada

Cisco Canada channel sales leader and partner advisor Rebecca Leach was on hand with executives from Long View Systems of Calgary Ross, Jones, Andrew Bentley and Michael Thomaschewski.

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Top CDN solution providers meet 

Cisco Partner Summit 2015 talked about furthering partner-to-partner connections. Two executives who understand this strategy extremely well are David MacDonald, the CEO of CDN No. 2 Solution Provider Softchoice and Dave Frederickson of Long View Systems, CDN`s No. 5 Solution Provider.


Cisco Canada and Ingram Micro Canada at the bar

Pat Rotatore, the director of sales for Ingram Micro Canada (Right), Tina Totaro, partner business manager at Cisco Canada, Angelo Valentini, the CFO of Cisco Canada, and Emily Zarlenga (left) also from Cisco all meet at the bar at the Scena.

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The Cisco Canada partner of the year is… 

Long View Systems executives lead by Kent MacDonald (middle) joined Wightman and Gleason on stage at the Scena to accept the award for Cisco Canada Partner of the Year.

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Find out what Kent MacDonald thinks of the Cisco Software Partner Program.

Having fun at the Cisco Canada party 

CDN asked Wightman and CDN Top 10 solution provider Acrodex president Yasmin Jivraj to show some attitude at the event and this is what they came up with.

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Former editor of Computer Dealer News, covering Canada's IT channel community.

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