Did you know they wereCanadian?Every day, throughout the UnitedStates, Canadians pass unnoticed. Identical toAmericans, wi...
When John Chambers eventuallyresigns as CEO of Cisco Systems, aCanadian will be on the very short listof his likely succes...
She was the sixth highest paid femaleexecutive in 2010. She was ranked thesecond most powerful woman in businessin 2006. A...
A Canadian veteran of the ITtrenches, Nick Tidd currently has aslightly less high profile role as seniorvice-president of ...
A B.C. boy, John Swainson holds abachelor’s degree in engineering fromthe University of British Columbia.He spent 26 years...
While Nokia is based in Finland, we can’tleave Stephen Elop off this list. And thisAnchaster, Ont.-native did take Silicon...
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Every day, throughout the United States, Canadians pass unnoticed. Identical to Americans, with the possible exception of excessive politeness and a fondness for hockey, Canadians can be found everywhere. Including some of North America’s largest technology companies.

While our infiltration of Hollywood has been deeper, Canadians have risen to senior and high profile positions with key U.S. technology. Here are five Canucks in IT. Did you know they were Canadian?

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  1. 1. Did you know they wereCanadian?Every day, throughout the UnitedStates, Canadians pass unnoticed. Identical toAmericans, with the possible exception ofexcessive politeness and a fondness forhockey, Canadians can be found everywhere.Including some of North America’s largesttechnology companies.While our infiltration of Hollywood has beendeeper, Canadians have risen to senior andhigh profile positions with key U.S. tech firms.Here are five Canucks in IT. Did you know theywere Canadian?By Jeff JedrasImage courtesy of Bill Longshaw at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  2. 2. When John Chambers eventuallyresigns as CEO of Cisco Systems, aCanadian will be on the very short listof his likely successors – Rob Lloyd.Lloyd, a graduate of the University ofManitoba, began his career at Ciscoleading its Canadian subsidiary in1994.And now he’s president ofdevelopment and sales (aka the co-president), and is just one step awayfrom the CEO’s office.Rob Lloyd, Cisco Systems
  3. 3. She was the sixth highest paid femaleexecutive in 2010. She was ranked thesecond most powerful woman in businessin 2006. And she holds a bachelor ofcomputer systems engineering fromCarleton University in Ottawa.Shona Brown joined Google in 2003 andhelped build up its business operaitonsside, and now serves as senior vice-president of business operations,although she’s expected to move on soonto an advisory role and pursue otherinterests.Shona Brown, Google
  4. 4. A Canadian veteran of the ITtrenches, Nick Tidd currently has aslightly less high profile role as seniorvice-president of global sales forperformance optimization softwarevendor Condusiv Technologies.His CV includes a long list of leadershiproles, including leading global channelsales for 3Com and serving as NorthAmerican president of networkingvendor D-Link, where he overhauledits sales and channel operations.Nick Tidd, CondusivTechnologies
  5. 5. A B.C. boy, John Swainson holds abachelor’s degree in engineering fromthe University of British Columbia.He spent 26 years at IBM, where hefounded the Application IntegrationMiddleware Division and helped createWebSphere before serving four years asCEO of CA.Today he’s the president in charge ofDell’s software business, a key role at avendor looking to grow beyond its PCroots.John Swainson, Dell
  6. 6. While Nokia is based in Finland, we can’tleave Stephen Elop off this list. And thisAnchaster, Ont.-native did take SiliconValley by storm before becomingpresident and CEO of thecommunications giant.His CV includes CEO ofMacromedia, president of fieldoperations for Adobe, COO of JuniperNetworks and head of Microsoft’sbusiness division.Not bad for a MacMaster University gradwho helped lay down its campusEthernet network.Stephen Elop, Nokia

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