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Optimus Breakfast Series – Do’s and Don’ts of Software Outsourcing

October 5 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am

Join us on October 5th, 2017 to learn the Do’s and Don’ts of Software Outsourcing from a panel of technology executives. This breakfast event will bring together local high-level IT professionals and provide attendees valuable insights on working with an outsourcing partner. After breakfast and a chance to network with your peers, Pankaj Agarwal, Founder and Managing Partner of Optimus Information, will lead a discussion on software outsourcing with some of the top executives in the industry.

Event Overview

Outsourcing Software Development and Testing continues to be a fast growing trend among enterprises large and small. The primary motivations for outsourcing include focusing on core strengths, improved resource scalability, access to better technology, talent and innovation and reduction in overall costs.

Like any other outsourcing, there are successes and failures and lessons to be learnt. At this software outsourcing panel discussion, we will speak with technology executives who will share their experiences and discuss the reasons, risks and rewards for outsourcing. Discussion topics will include outsourcing cost factors, data security and confidentially, vendor experience and expertise, process and communication, and more.


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Ralph Turfus – Technology Entrepreneur

Ally Bharmal – Partner, Fasken Martineau

Tejinder Basi – Former Partner, Deloitte; Director, Blockchain Society of BC

Pankaj Agarwal – Founder and Managing Partner, Optimus Information


Speaker Bios

Ralph Turfus is an accomplished technology entrepreneur who has spent three decades in the IT sector. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of Class Software, a leading developer of software for municipal government. In 2004, Class was acquired by California-based Active Network in a private equity-financed
transaction. An engineer/MBA, Ralph’s passion is developing the marketing and sales capabilities of entrepreneurial technologists. He is a highly-regarded speaker on the topic and is a hands-on angel investor and mentor who is active with the founders of numerous next-generation technology companies emerging on Canada’s west coast. In recognition of his business success and industry contributions he was named the B.C. Technology Industry Association’s “Person of the Year” in 2006. Ralph is currently the Chair of the Board of Redlen Technologies, a Yaletown portfolio company.

Ally Bharmal is a Partner in the business law group at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. His growing practice focuses on corporate and commercial business advice for a variety of clients, with an emphasis on the technology sector and the food and beverage sector.

Ally principally represents private companies on a wide range of transactions, including start-up and incorporation issues, preparation of shareholders’ agreements, debt and equity angel and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and advice with respect to ongoing business matters. Ally also advises on the commercial needs of his clients with respect to business and information technology matters, including licensing, promotional contests, website terms and conditions, development and outsourcing arrangements, distribution and representation agreements, and other matters.

Tejinder Basi is an entrepreneur in the tech industry, and a founding director of the Blockchain society of BC. He is a former partner with Deloitte, and has led the growth of Deloitte’s Cybersecurity practice to one of the largest full service Security Consulting practices in Canada, including a fully managed cyber monitoring capability. He has also driven growth through implementing innovative solutions at his clients in Data Analytics, Information Security & Privacy and Identity Management, often as part of a complex transformational programs involving people, process, technology and cultural change.
He has worked across a variety of industries including healthcare, utilities, public sector and financial services.
Pankaj Agarwal has over two decades of experience working in the technology outsourcing industry. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Optimus Information Inc., a leading provider of IT services to mid and large size organizations across Western Canada. Prior to founding Optimus Information Inc., Pankaj was a member of the Executive Committee at Sopra Group (a $2 Billion IT consulting company in Europe) and CEO at Momentum Technologies Inc.

Pankaj is active in local community. He is on the Board of Directors for Science World, and is past president and board member of TiE, Vancouver (The Indus Entrepreneurs), the world’s leading entrepreneurship organization. Pankaj also served on the Board of BCTIA, BC’s leading technology association, and contributes to TEDxKids@BC.


7:30am – 8:00am Registration, Breakfast and Networking
8:00am – 9:30am Panel Discussion and Q&A
9:30am – 10:00am Networking


October 5
7:30 am - 10:00 am
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Hyatt Regency – English Bay room, 34th floor
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver,BCV6C 2R7Canada
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