What is the Canadian Tandem Users Group all about?
A Brief History
CTUG and HP Canada
Although CTUG is an independent organization we work closely with HP to coordinate activities and exchange information. As a Regional Users Group we have a collective voice to HP regarding any issues related to NonStop, on an as needed basis or through an HP Executive Q & A Panel, which is a highlight of our annual conference.
HP also provides CTUG with unprecedented access to resources via an assigned HP Liaison (click Board of Directors tab) who participates in our board meetings and is available to assist with efforts between CTUG and HP.
For over 30 years CTUG, the Canadian Tandem Users Group, has been dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, the exchange of ideas, and providing an independent conduit between the NonStop community in Canada and Hewlett-Packard. CTUG was founded as a non-profit organization with a local volunteer executive board.
As one of the initial Regional Users Groups affiliated with the International Tandem Users Group (ITUG), CTUG has a successful history of serving its members as a facilitator between NonStop users, HP Partners, and Hewlett-Packard.
Every year CTUG holds a full day conference and education day. The conference includes User presentations, NonStop roadmap and product updates, and Partner solution presentations. The Vendor/HP Expo allows attendees the opportunity to explore the many software solutions, tools, utilities and services available for NonStop.
In addition to our annual conference, CTUG also hosts Technical Sessions in conjunction with the release of new products or technology by Hewlett-Packard, and supports a local Security SIG (Special Interest Group).
Security SIG meetings are held periodically to update the user community on the latest news from HP’s Safeguard team, and share user experiences with regards to NonStop security practices, which include updates on the latest security tools and services from HP’s Partners.
Our affilation with HP Connect
In April 2009 CTUG became an affiliate member of Connect - the consolidation of ITUG, Encompass, and HP Interex EMEA community of users of enterprise HP products and services. As a result of our affiliation all CTUG members receive complimentary membership with Connect. Please visit the Connect website for more details.
CTUG membership is free and open to all HP NonStop Users, HP Partners, and HP Technology Solutions Group Employees. Please visit our "Join CTUG" link to sign-up and receive updates on upcoming events and news.
2021 Board of Directors
Kim Katigbak is an independent consultant specializing in NonStop system management and performance monitoring solutions. She has worked in the Nonstop space for over 25 years. Kim was fortunate enough to start her career as a co-op student with Tandem Computers and has worked in the NonStop community ever since with companies such as CIBC, CSP and Integrated Research.
Kim spent most of her career with Integrated Research, the vendor of Prognosis, working in support, pre-sales and consulting roles. In her roles at IR and as an independent consultant, Kim has been fortunate enough to work with a wide range of organizations in the financial, healthcare and telecommunications industries, assisting them with the deployment of system management and performance monitoring solutions for their NonStop servers.
Dave Harper is a Sales Executive for comForte Inc. comForte provides solutions to the HP Nonstop server community in 4 major areas, security, modernization, connectivity and operational efficiency.
Dave started his computer career with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) back in the 80’s with maintenance services for terminals, printers and PDP11 systems before moving into VAX/VMS and service management. After 15 rewarding years with Digital it was time to find new opportunities in the Canadian IT environment so Dave started with a Tandem software partner and discovered Nonstop server technology.
Nonstop is a great technology and community and Dave has enjoyed more than 15 years of service with HP partners supporting the community. Dave looks forward to supporting the Nonstop community as a CTUG board member and as a solution provider with comForte Inc.
Director of Communication
Enclaid Pinto is a Technical Consultant and Team Lead at HP Enterprise Services for NonStop Platform support. As part of his current role he is responsible for planning, implementation and support of Nonstop system across Financial, Health and Manufacturing industries.
Enclaid has been in IT industry for 30 years and has supported various platforms and has been providing support for NonStop system since 1998. He also provides Architectural consultancy as and when required for new deal pursuits as well as to the existing customer platform upgrades..
Director of Conference Support
Director of Membership
Mark Wilson is a Senior Systems Analyst working for TELUS Health, although the company name and ownership have changed over the years, he has been working with the same NonStop Systems Team since 1996. Mark's primary focus is on HP NonStop systems support and security management.He became involved with CTUG during the days of the NonStop Security SIG and has joined the CTUG Board to further support his HP NonStop passion.
Prior to working with the team founded at TDSI (Transact Data Services Inc.), Mark worked for ISM from 1993 to 1996, after starting his career in 1985 at Utlas Inc. (University of Toronto Library Automation Systems). Right from the beginning working on those Tandem Systems was an exciting and challenging time. Mark's adventure with the HP NonStop hardware and software continues as the the NonStop platform evolves into the 21st century and beyond.
Director at Large
Sue Adorjan is the Senior Quality Assurance Analyst with Merlon Software Corporation. Merlon Software is a Toronto-based software vendor specializing in database management software for the HP-NonStop line of servers.
Sue has over 30 years experience with software development , database management and quality assurance. Her experience with the HP NonStop community began in 1982 , when she was a member of the hardware selection team for the University of Toronto, Library Automation Systems, Conversion Project. She was responsible for the development and implementation of the database conversion. Since 1993, Sue has been involved with QA of client/server applications on HP NonStop servers.
Director of Symposias
Henry Fonseca is a business professional with a background in branding, market development, customer relations and financial management. Over the past four years, Henry has managed a successful repositioning & rebranding of CSP's corporate profile. As CSP's Marketing Manager, Henry continues to develop an integrated marketing and business strategy to achieve the company's goals.
Director of Symposias
Dale Van Stratten
Dale Van Stratten has been contributing to the success of companies in the technology and banking sector for more than 35 years. His body of work includes management positions at First Data Corporation, Omaha Merchant Processing, ACI Worldwide, ElectraCard Services, BPC Group and now XYPRO Technology. While serving these companies in leadership positions, Dale helped grow their revenues in new, emerging and established markets while managed third party, national and international sales organizations.
His experience has helped him develop a thorough understanding of what customers need from service providers. He received his Bachelor’s degree in General Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and served as an Officer in the US Army.
Director of Finance
John Lee is Vice President and Director within the Institutional Equities division of TD Securities. In his current role, he is responsible for business and product development including strategic initiatives, for the Canadian Equity Front Office. John specializes in assessing Technology products to determine feasibility in improving and streamlining equity trading activity.
Previously, John worked at the Toronto Stock Exchange for over 10 years where he was responsible for managing electronic gateway access to the TSX.
He held a variety of responsibilities including the development and introduction of standardized protocols used by the Canadian Equities Community.
HP Nonstop Sales Specialist
HP NonStop Enterprise Division
Solutions Architect (retired)
Jack McAuley was a NonStop Solutions Architect with the Enterprise Group organization. In this role, he has a national focus on HP NonStop Solutions.
With over 35 years in the IT industry, Jack has lived and worked through numerous changes in technology, helping clients adapt and optimize their IT environments with each new wave of innovation. He is both a student and practitioner of NonStop Solutions and Continuous Availability Architectures and has helped many clients understand where they are and where they need to be using this approach.
Prior to joining HP, Jack spent 10 years with other vendors including NCR and Honeywell, along with Rogers and Associates as a Consultant helping clients with the acquisition and adoption of new technologies.
In his 25 year career with HP, Jack has held a number of positions that have contributed to his current role. He worked in Professional Services architecting and implementing Security and Operations Management solutions for HP customers. He once held Security Regional Designated Specialist for Canada, and led the Tandem Security Special Interest Group.
Senior Solutions Architect (retired)
John at time of retirement was a Senior Enterprise Architect who had successfully transitioned through the mergers of Tandem Computers. Compaq and other HPE acquisitions. As a member of the Canadian Enterprise and Solutions Architecture Group team provided pre- and post-sales solutions for Healthcare, Finance, Telecommunications and Public-Sector customers. Supports the implementation of the next generation hybrid infrastructure, improving workplace experience and flexibility and leveraging the business value of data for the customer.