Brian O'Shaughnessy
SVP & CTO, Converged Networks,
Shaw Communications
speaking at:
Tuesday's The 5G journey
IoT, connected cars, mobile video and more


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Brian O'Shaughnessy has been leading the development and deployment of advanced wireless and video networks for more than 30 years, having started with the inception of cellular service in the mid 1980s.

Brian is currently the SVP and Chief Technology Officer, Converged Networks at Shaw Communications and Freedom Mobile, responsible for all Freedom wireless network and IT activities, as well as creating Shaw's next generation, end-to-end converged network strategy. Previously, as the Chief Technology Officer of startup wireless company Public Mobile in 2009, Brian established the network organization from scratch, successfully bringing the organization from the initial funding stage through the launch of wireless service in Montreal and Toronto in 2010 and its subsequent acquisition in 2014.

Brian was the first RF Engineer at Bell Cellular in 1985 and held numerous senior management positions with Bell, including Vice-President, Wireless Technology Development. Then, as the Vice-President, Video and Access Network Technology Development, he drove the development of FibeTV (IPTV) as well as DSL, fiber to the home and home networking technologies.

Brian has actively driven next generation standards in various organizations, including serving as President of the CDMA Development Group from 1998 to 2002, an organization promoting the development of CDMA based wireless standards around the world.

In 2017, Brian was appointed as a Fellow of the Wireless World Research Forum which recognizes contributions to the mission of the WWRF "to advance mobile and wireless research and innovation and promote the mobile and wireless community worldwide".

Brian holds a BSc in electrical engineering from Queen's University, has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1985 and has been an active Volunteer for 20 years with Scouts Canada helping youth discover their own direction and start down a path to reach their full potential.