Traditional Network Designs vs. SDN/NVF - Seminar - Young Professionals


IEEE Young Professionals Ottawa invites you to join a special seminar explaining why traditional network designs are failing service providers and what alternatives could be looked into. Chris Bachalo, CTO of Juniper Networks, will be talking about Software-defined networking (SDN) and Network functions virtualization (NFV). The seminar will be on May 15 from 11:00 to 12:30. It is part of the IM 2015 conference happening in Ottawa May 11 – 15. More details on the seminar and reginstration link is bellow.

The session is open for free to the Conference attendees, and also open for the public to attend for up to $15 including lunch. More details bellow. Public attendees also have the option to enjoy the remaining session of the conference in the same day for special rates explained below.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 15 May 2015
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) EST
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  • 55 Colonel By Drive
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Canada K1N 9J2
  • Building: Shaw Centre (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre)
  • Room Number: 106
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  • IEEE Young Profissionals.
    The seminar id part of IM2015 Convference in Ottawa. If you have any questions please contact Alawi Assaggaf (, IM 2015 Young Professionals (GOLD) Program Co-Chair.

  • Starts 02 May 2015 03:00 PM
  • Ends 13 May 2015 03:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) EST
  • Admission fee ?


Chris Bachalo Chris Bachalo of Juniper Networks


SDN/NFV technology trends and academic research in Canada

Traditional network designs are failing service providers as recurring and new revenue streams fail to keep pace with escalating operational costs. In today’s marketplace, dependence on purpose-built hardware and use of manual systems interfaces lead to complex hardware stacks, over-provisioning, and lengthy service cycles. 

We will examine market trends that are leading to the adoption of SDN and NFV technologies in both the service provider and large enterprise markets. We will also review some of the academic research initiatives in Canada that are investigating use cases attempting to leverage the full potential of these new technologies.


Chris Bachalo is currently the Chief Technical Officer for Juniper Networks Canada.  Mr Bachalo has accumulated 25 years of experience in the Canadian telecom industry.  He joined Juniper in 2010 from Alcatel-Lucent (and former Newbridge Networks) where he was VP of Systems Engineering for 17 years.  Chris is focused on building telecommunications solutions for Canadian service providers and large enterprise. He is also heavily engaged in Canadian academic research and has participated in multiple technology advisory boards including: University of Toronto Masters of Engineering in Telecommunications Advisory Board, NodeLogic Networks Technical Advisory Board and currently serves on Algonquin College Photonics and Laser Technology Advisory Board, BRIC/University of Regina (Bridging Research and Interoperability Center) Industry Advisory Board,  SAVI/Univeristy of Toronto/York University (Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructure) Industry Advisory Board, CENGN (Center of Excellence for Next Generation Networking) Industry Advisory Board, Invest Ottawa ICT Industry Sector Advisor, BCNet Industry Advisor, Nuvollo Networks industry advisor and is cofounder/technology advisor/co-author of primary patent for Enermotion Inc, a Canadian cleantech company.  Chris has a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor and studied at the University of Toronto toward an MEng in Electrical Engineering.

Chris Bachalo of Juniper Networks


SDN/NFV technology trends and academic research in Canada