It seems that it has been event season for us at Cogeco Peer 1, as over the last couple of months I have been on the road with my colleagues, meeting clients, industry shapers, thought leaders, politicians, students and prospects in the UK and across Europe.
A particular highlight for us was our President, Philippe Jetté’s presentation at this year’s CEBIT event in Hannover, Germany. Philippe was invited to share his views on Blockchain and then had the opportunity to meet with some of our German partners and customers alongside Astrid Mehrtens-Haupt who is our EMEA sales director.
In addition to Germany, Cogeco Peer 1 is invested in Europe in a number of regions, particularly France where Eric Chauvigné, the EMEA pre-sales director is based. Eric travelled to the UK and presented at Cloud and DevOps World on a panel discussion on ‘Designing & Building Your Cloud Computing System.’ Phil Cederstrom, our Director of Product Realization also flew in from the US to present at the event, where we were the ‘Cloud Knowledge Partner’. Eric had just come back from Amsterdam where he joined me at Managed Service Hosting Summit. There we participated in a breakout session and I presented a keynote on ‘Managed Services and Change’.
Elsewhere, I have been participating in workshops, presenting and attending at a range of events including the Enterprise Awards at the Dorchester in London and the TeenTech awards where I met broadcaster and one of my personal heroes Maggie Philbin, OBE. I also had the privilege of judging some brilliant young people’s ideas on technology innovation.
Another highlight for me was the ‘Women and Work APPG’ event, which took place at the House of Commons, chaired by Jess Phillips and Gillian Keegan. We covered several important issues such as the fact that girls aren’t taking technical subjects in school, which has a knock-on effect on jobs. It was great to meet so many like-minded and intelligent women.
As champions of IT infrastructure, the majority of what we do at Cogeco Peer 1 involves digital communications. Whilst we live and thrive in a virtual world, it has been great to meet so many people in a face-to-face setting. I look forward to doing even more of it in the coming months.