The much anticipated Cloud Matters Conference in Banff on March 11-12 will be highlighted by a startup showdown. Canada's premiere cloud startups will pitch their business plans to a panel of the nation's top industry analysts, investors, entrepreneurs and press for a chance to win free office space, Silicon Valley mentorship, marketing exposure and publicity from the event's organizer, the Canadian Cloud Council.

More than 35 speakers, including Robert Herjavec of CBC's Dragon's Den, are presenting at Cloud Matters , many tackling the pressing issue of the future of the Canadian Cloud industry. Other prominent presenters are Chris C. Kemp, CEO of Nebula & Co-Founder of Open Stack, Wayne Walls, Chief Cloud Evangelist at Rackspace Hosting as well as Jeff Barr, Chief Cloud Evangelist at Amazon Web Services.

Brian Fry, co-founder of Kelowna, BC-based Web hosting firm RackForce Networks , will be on the panel and also present on enterprise 'made-in-Canada' cloud hosting.

Fry elaborates: "I am going to tell the audience that large American cloud providers have the wrong model for Canadian business... for a number of reasons including data privacy issues. Unfortunately, if Canadians equate cloud to Amazon EC2 we will continue to see slow cloud adoption in Canada because in so many ways it just doesn't work."

The Cloud Matters event aims to be an open forum for Canadian CEOs, CFOs, CMOs and CIOs, as well as other cloud experts and enthusiasts eager to prosper and thrive in the lucrative cloud computing market.

Bell Canada and Telus are conference sponsors, in addition to IT and technology leaders such as HP, Dell, Akamai, IBM, Intel and RedHat.

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