Industry Panel Session:

Smart buildings on the brain: the future of property and security
June 9, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Sponsored by:

What is the IQ of your average smart building today? Access control, surveillance, intrusion and environmental systems are all trending towards greater levels of interaction, producing data that can aid building managers and increase a building’s comfort levels and utility for its tenants. In this roundtable discussion, we will look at some of the innovations that have occurred in this space and how the pandemic has also shaped the future of buildings and public spaces.

Introductory Speaker:

Paul Swan

Vice President, Sales & Marketing Security Solutions, WESCO|Anixter

Paul Swan has been a veteran of the security industry for more than 30 years. Has held various senior positions in the distribution space for the past 20+ years, currently as Vice President Sales & Marketing, Security Solutions for Anixter Canada. Prior to distribution Paul was active in the Integrator space working for regional and national companies in various roles. Paul’s broad experience on both sides of the security business has helped him deliver a unique perspective


Neil Sutton

Editor, Canadian Security | SP&T News, Annex Business Media

Neil Sutton joined the SP&T News team in 2007, managing the publication’s digital presence as online editor. In 2011, he took over management of Annex Business Media’s security group portfolio as editor of Canadian Security, SP&T News and French-language publication Securite Quebec. Neil currently oversees the editorial direction for all three brands, managing print publications, websites, social media, award programs, video content, podcasts, events and now virtual events. A business media journalist for more than 20 years, Neil was previously the editor of and holds an MA in journalism from Western University


Andrew Jimenez

Vice President of Technology, Wesco and Anxiter

Andrew Jimenez has over 30 years of experience in the fields of telecommunications testing and product certification. He has held various engineering and management positions with test laboratories specializing in the certification of network communications systems and components. While an engineer at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), he directed the launch of their Category 5 connecting hardware verification program. Currently, his primary responsibilities include the management of the day-to-day operations of Anixter’s Infrastructure Solutions Lab and Solutions Briefing Centers, industry research, and marketing strategy development.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master of Engineering Management Degree from Northwestern University as well as multiple patents utilizing balanced twisted-pair cabling technology. He is an active voting member of the Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA) TR-42 cabling, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3 LAN/MAN, and Canadian Standards Association ICT Building Codes standards committees.

Andrew is also a Cisco CCNA with Wireless Specialization. He has given numerous technical presentations at trade shows and symposiums and was the 2015 BICSI Harry J. Pfister Award recipient for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry.


Chris Frauts

Regional Sales Manager – Western Canada, Axis Communications, Inc.

Product and solutions specialist with extensive knowledge in the Integrated Security System market with sales, system design, technical strength and leadership experience.


Danny Zavaglia

Area Security Sales Manager – Canada Region, Johnson Controls

In my 19 years with Johnson Controls Canada, I have done numerous roles in our HVAC, Fire and Security Domains. Spending the majority of my career in the Security Domain. I have been managing local Security Sales leaders and teams across Canada, driving profitably, growing margins, expanding relationships with our customers and driving new business.


Nada Ebeid

Business Development Manager Canada, Genetec

As a Business Development Manager for Genetec, Nada Ebeid oversees the market growth for the Financial and Banking sector, as well as the Buildings & Industrial sectors in Canada which includes Property Management & Construction, Industrial & Manufacturing and Healthcare. She is responsible for helping customers see their security installations as an investment rather than an expense and empowering them to leverage their security systems to other areas of their businesses.

Nada is passionate about technology and solving problems and has used that energy to drive several disruptive new product strategies to market throughout her career. In addition to holding a degree in Electrical Engineering, she has over 15 years of experience in the Security and Military Industries, occupying several roles related to engineering, product management, and business development.