Steering Group Co-Chair
Benoit Pelletier is currently Director, Next Gen Ecosystems & Alliances in the Advanced Technologies, VMware with a Global mandate. Co-founder of the Open Grid Alliance, an industry-led initiative for rearchitecting the Internet, as well as the $400M ENCQOR 5G PPP initiative with international collaboration between Canada, USA, Europe and UK.
Serving as co-chair of the Next G Alliance Steering Group, on the board of Governors for 5G Americas, 6G World Advisory Council, general co-chair of IEEE 5G World Forum and Industry Fora conference.
Creative thinker and passionate about collaborative innovation, disruptive technologies, and execution! Proven leader with an intrapreneur mindset who creates rich and unique ecosystems that connect multinational corporations, SMBs, governments and academia.
“Innovate or Evaporate” has been his mantra over the last 30 years in different industry markets: Telecom at VMware, Ciena and Nortel, Transport at Bombardier, and Aerospace at Oerlikon Aerospace.
Benoit held several leadership positions in design, system integration, program management and business development. Broad knowledge in Product Development and expertise in New Product Introduction of cutting-edge technologies along with government relationships. Benoit holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke.