Walter KnitlBoard Member at AIoT Canada
Walter is founder and CEO at Praxiem, providing consulting in market research, commercialization, and business development services, including focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT). Some recent work includes reports on national and regional IoT ecosystems to inform exports and Foreign Direct Investment attraction efforts. He is a co-creator and instructor of an IoT workshop leveraging Design Thinking for IoT technology and governance innovation. Walter is a board member at AIoT Canada. As an active board director, he co-chairs of AIoT (IoT + AI) strategy development, convening and moderating roundtables on national AIoT strategy. Walter founded IoT North, which cultivates Canada's Internet of Things Conversation online, including hosting and publishing regular ThingsHappen podcasts interviewing IoT actors in Canada and organizing and hosting ThingkFest events showcasing Canadian IoT companies/organizations.
Before Praxiem, Walter's 30 years of extensive experience in the ICT sector include roles in R&D, standards development, and Product Management at Ericsson, Nortel, Mitel, and Ontario Centre for Microelectronics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Walter also co-founded and co-produced the IoT613 Conference (2015-2019), priming panels on the Social Impacts of IoT and IoT in Canada, among other key conference programs and business roles.
He is a proponent of the Internet of Things as a lever for economic growth and social good.