IT Connect

Get the Edge – Emerging Networking Technologies
June 1st, 2017
6:00pm – 10:00pm

IT Connect is a conference that brings together IT professionals who are passionate about the future of networking. This year, IT Connect will be dedicated to the theme Emerging Networking Technologies, and will feature a pre-conference competition (3-6 pm), keynote speakers, workshops, online presentations, technology tours, opportunities for networking, jobs and more!

As a public college, Champlain Saint-Lambert has been offering numerous Information Technology (IT) AEC programs over the years, most notably our IT Client Support, Cisco CCNA, Cisco CCNP programs as well as our DEC in IT Network Management. This conference is therefore an ideal way to keep up to date on the ever-growing field of networking – Get the Edge!

Registration for this conference will end May 1st.

Eventbrite - IT Connect 2017: Emerging Networking Technologies

Speakers and Presenters

Todd Lammle

Todd Lammle

World-renowned author, speaker, trainer, and consultant

Doneyli De Jesus

Doneyli De Jesus

Systems Engineer at Cloudera

Brian Beach

Brian Beach

Sr. Solutions Architect, AWS Public Sector Sales

Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan

Regional Vice President Sales, Operations at Cisco



  • General admission: $27 CAD
  • Champlain Regional College students/candidates: $17 CAD
  • Champlain Regional College employees: Free
  • Presenters: Free


  • Company kiosk: $500 CAD (or $100 CAD for current collaborators)
  • Sponsors: Please contact us.
Call for Proposals

Workshop and Presentation Formats

The 2017 IT Connect Conference Presentation Formats are:

Active Workshop (30-45 minutes)

Active Workshops blend ideas with practice. In this format, participants are led through a series of steps or operations aimed at developing a new skill or the manipulation of a new idea. Most of the work or “talking time” is done by the participants. Workshop leaders are present as facilitators. Please plan to allocate 10 to 15 minutes for questions and answers at the end of your workshop.

Presentation (45 minutes)

Presentations are topic-centered. Participants will be interested in attending in order to get new information or attend an inspiring talk. Participants are not asked to participate in an overt fashion. Please plan to allocate 10 to 15 minutes for questions and answers at the end of your workshop.

Submission Guidelines

If you are interested in being a conference presenter or workshop leader, please access the submission form below and complete the required fields. If your proposal is accepted, conference organizers will contact you in order to finalize the details. Please follow these guidelines as well.

  1. Please fill out all fields in the submission form.
  2. Please be clear and concise.
  3. Include a brief “abstract” of your presentation. This abstract will be used during the conference to attract participants.
  4. Include “key words” that define your presentation. Separate them with a comma.
  5. Include all required IT equipment in the appropriate field.
  6. If you would like to send us a document, article, research paper or other, please use the document submission button found below.

Submission Form

Important: If your proposal is accepted, you will not need to pay for a ticket for the conference. If you represent a company and would also like a kiosk, the regular fees will apply – please use the “Register Online” button above to see the prices. There are different prices for current collaborators – please contact us to see if you qualify for these rates.

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    We'll use this to promote your presence at IT Connect.
  • Please separate individual keywords with commas
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Pre-Conference Networking/Server Competition


Champlain College’s June 1, 2017, IT Connect: Emerging Networking Technologies Conference is hosting a networking/server competition in room D-103. Participants will troubleshoot and fix technical issues in nine pods containing misconfigured routers and switches. Trouble tickets will test knowledge in the following areas, but not limited to: VLAN, VTP, ETHERCHANNEL, DHCP, OSPF, EIGRP, and BGP, among others.


The goal is to get current candidates from the different Champlain College Information Technology (IT) programs (ITNM, ITCS, CCNA and CCNP) working together to prove their acquired knowledge in troubleshooting an IT Network by fixing the issues presented in the given scenarios.


  • Teams of three will resolve 10-15 trouble tickets
  • Prizes will be awarded to the team that resolves the most tickets in the given timeframe


  • Pre-assigned teams of three (3) candidates
  • The network will have 4 switches and 3 routers, plus some PC’s and a Server


Teams will be permitted to use the following resources:

  • Laptops
  • Telnet/SSH
  • Console Cables
  • Paper
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Routers/Switches


Each team will have 75 minutes to resolve all trouble tickets. Two timeframes for this activity:

  • 3:00 – 4:15 pm
  • 4:30 – 5:45 pm

Space is limited to 24 participants—first come, first served.

When registering and paying your fee for the conference, you will be able to sign up for the competition.