Panel #1 Biographies

Dr. Wen Tong

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

CTO, Wireless Network

Dr. Wen Tong is the CTO, Huawei Wireless. He is the head of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, Dr. Tong was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, currently, he is the Huawei 5G chief scientist and leads Huawei’s 10-year-long 5G wireless technologies research and development.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995 in Canada.

Dr. Tong is the industry recognized leader in invention and standardization of advanced wireless technologies, he is the key contributor to 3GPP since its inception. Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award for “the leadership and contributions in development of 3G and 4G wireless systems” in 2014, and IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award for “pioneering technical contributions and leadership in the mobile communications industry and innovation in 5G mobile communications technology” in 2018. He is also the recipient of R.A. Fessenden Medal. For the past three decades, he had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 5G wireless and Wi-Fi with more than 450 granted US patents.

Dr. Tong is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and he serves as Board of Director of Wi-Fi Alliance, he is the committee member for “IEEE ComSoc Awards” and “The IEEE Corporate Innovation Award”.

Dr. Greg Sidebottom

Juniper Networks (

Principal Engineer

Greg Sidebottom (Ph.D Computer Science) is a Principal Engineer at Juniper Networks.  He is the architect of Juniper’s industry pioneering Software Defined Network and Network Function Virtualization products.  Greg is currently advancing the state of the art in segment routing and peer engineering with Juniper’s Northstar WAN SDN controller.

Dr. Amir Sayegh


Senior Data Enablement Manager

Amir is a senior data enablement manager with the data and analytics team at Geotab, working with clients and partners to build out minimum viable products that use big data.  Prior to this, Amir was with TELUS and Deloitte. Amir has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McMaster University and is an adjunct professor with the University of Western Ontario.

Amir's passion lies at the intersection of technology, business, and human-centric innovation.

Mr. Ali Khwaja

IBM Canada (

Managing Consultant – AI, IoT & Industry 4.0

Ali Khwaja is a Managing Consultant for the AI, IoT & Industry 4.0 team at IBM. Working with clients in many industries, including Canada’s largest telecom companies, his work specializes in the future of connected operations and smart infrastructure. He is passionate about empowering communities and citizens through innovation & technology while helping organizations reinvent their business and operating models.  Ali graduated from Western University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management. In his time away from the office his interests include travelling, scuba diving and basketball.