ChannelNEXT Central (In-Person + Livestream)

Now in our 20th year, we are excited to reconnect with our channel community – in person! *** In the evening, we will also hold our Dinner Gala to celebrate the 2021 Reseller Choice Awards and Canada’s 50 Best Managed IT Companies! So it’s two major events in one! Make a note of the date and plan to join us!

What will you discover that will help you in your business? In a single word, “A LOT!” 

Our new format and content are focused on providing the best business education available today in a safe and enjoyable environment. 

Exhibiting vendors provide cutting-edge solutions in hot categories such as cyber security, work from anywhere, everything Microsoft, networking, cloud, and digital transformation. Several Cloud Distributors will also be present to demonstrate a diverse range of SaaS with Managed Services. Everyone is talking about your customers’ digital transformation and how you can lead the way, and we are too.

We will focus our efforts on assisting MSPs in addressing real-world pain points such as hiring and retaining talent, scaling and expanding managed services, acquiring new customers, and, of course, addressing the cyber security issue. 

Our Mastermind peer-group session will go deeper to assist you in overcoming obstacles. Do not pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discuss all aspects of real-world problem solving with the assistance of our knowledgeable facilitators. If you like it, you may join a permanent peer-group.

Having fun and networking is a must. In recent years, we’ve all been subjected to a lot of mental stress. Having some tasty food and beverages should also help! ESPECIALLY AT THE AWARDS GALA DINNER IN THE EVENING!

Are you a vendor who wants to participate in the ChannelNEXT events ? To acquire our ChannelNEXT sales kit with multiple involvement options, please contact us.

It will simply be a good day for nourishing your business mind, body, and soul.

NEW: The channel ecosystem, like us, is evolving!!! 

While traditional “transactional” channel partners (MSPs, VARs, etc.) remain at the core, the ecosystem is seeing a massive influx of non-traditional (and non-transactional) channel partners. They operate in a different manner than traditional channel partners. Some people influence. Some consult. Some simply make suggestions. Some companies provide a completely different set of services, such as digital marketing or accounting, but they also provide some managed services. Independent Software Vendors (ISV) create thousands of business applications and collaborate with channel partners to promote and deploy them, as well as provide support for cloud, cyber security, BDR, and other technologies.

You’ll also need a partner ecosystem to supply all managed services because you have digital transformation professionals assisting firms in preparing for a digital-first environment. There are additional telecommunications firms that provide internet, 5G, networking, and managed services. We’ve been preparing to bring all stakeholders together to explore new business prospects because we’re observing the ongoing transformation of the channel ecosystem today.

The world revolves around technology, and nearly every business has already adopted a technology-first strategy. More sales will be generated by channel partners who embrace and engage with this larger community. At our events, expect to see more of these “non-transactional” organisations. Learn more about the Channel Partner Ecosystem’s next generation.

As we get closer to the event, we’ll be adding more content. We’re continually introducing new and exciting content! Please let us know if there is any special content, suggestions, or suppliers that you would want to see. We make every effort to tailor events to the needs of our Channel Community.

Event Details

The return of in-person activities has been much anticipated, but only in moderation until the epidemic is brought under control in a predictable and long-lasting manner. The first few events we held in 2021 were a resounding success, and they were also safe and pleasant to attend. (If you require additional information, please check the ChannelNEXT health advice section of the FAQ.)

If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the livestream from wherever you are or request the recordings for later viewing on your computer or mobile device. It is entirely up to you!

The primary goal of ChannelNEXT is to provide practical insights on how MSPs and vendors can achieve greater success

Everything will be based on the most recent digital transformations in the areas of business management, sales and marketing, leadership, and, of course, technology.

All of the mission-critical best-practice standards that today's channel partners must meet.

We'll concentrate on four critical considerations for MSPs:

1. Cybersecurity solutions, such as compliance, insurance, and best practises are available.
2. Different methods of increasing sales are needed in a digital-first economy.
3. The most recent market developments in corporate digital transformation, as well as their implications.
4. Increasing recurring revenue through a stronger technology and service stack.

We'll hear from a panel of successful managed service providers as they reveal their secrets of success in a candid talkshow setting. What factors contribute to the success of some MSPs over others? What is effective and what is ineffective?

With no sales pitches, the participating companies and keynote presenters strive to give the best solutions, insights, and value to managed service providers (MSPs). Only experts who are directly related to the channel and who "live" on the channel's frontlines are asked to speak. Individuals that have a solid understanding of the requirements of MSPs.

The fast-paced Lions' Den, where vendors have three minutes to make their best pitch, will be provided. This is the quickest and most pleasant method to find out if a vendor is a good fit. You will be able to vote for the best pitch, and there will be cash prizes awarded!

Mastermind Peer-Group sessions and Masterclasses are also held at ChannelNEXT, bringing together channel partners and vendors for life-changing experiences (both optional). Strengthening commercial ties (as well as personal ties) is achieved through this unique learning, collaboration, and exchange of ideas environment.

The emphasis of these get-togethers is always on face-to-face social networking opportunities. In the case that you've attended a ChannelNEXT event before, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. The need for more face-to-face engagement will grow in popularity as the endemic grows more manageable in scope. In response to improvements in the circumstances, we will enhance our social networking activities, which will always be done in a safe manner.

NEW! Attendees can now bring up to two extra colleagues (their bubble) to enjoy the event with them. Team building can be as simple as sharing experiences and working together to achieve results.

MSPs, ITSPs, ISVs, and VARs are all welcome to attend for no cost. (Overnight accommodations at special group prices are available.)

ChannelNEXT was created to be a smaller VIP event where everyone is welcomed in a fun and safe setting. Previous guests have given us a 98 percent satisfaction rating. We are constantly striving to improve the overall experience.

If your aim is to establish or scale a sustainable and predictable managed-service recurring income company as a VAR, MSP, ITSP, or ISV, ChannelNEXT is a perfect fit!

Visit to see what happened at the most recent ChannelNEXT event on April 7th.

Keep checking back as we update the calendar with the most up-to-date information on speakers, topics, and vendors.

Join us early before we get started to enjoy a meet and greet over breakfast snacks. For many, this is the first time meeting others in-person since the pandemic hit. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

We kick off with a town-hall to listen to the audience to better understand what's really important.

"Intel Inside" was probably one of the best tech advertising campaigns ever. Today, almost everyone is familiar with the brand. While many channel partners may not do business with Intel directly, they are almost certainly selling products that use Intel chips. We'll find out what's on their minds, especially as it relates to the IT channel, as one of the industry's largest trend-spotters. Julian Lee will do an in-person and live-stream interview with Phil Vokins, Intel Canada's Channels, ISV, and Cloud.

This session was designed to get the attendees into the discussion and set the tone of the event. Your participation is needed to make this town-hall more reflective. Prepare your questions in advance or simply send them with the registration form.

We will interview (in a talk show format) leading MSPs and experts from the local region to explore their secrets of success. We will discuss failures, challenges, successes and best practices.

What are the best MSPs doing and not doing to future proof business? Questions are encouraged from the in-person and online audiences.

Select vendors will take the stage in a short talk-show or presentation format.

We discourage the usual slide-deck presentations to focus on what's most important! These 15-minute sessions are engaging and brings the audience into the discussion. It's also live-streamed.

This is NOT a typical trade show. Vendors will be in the ChannelNEXT "marketplace" to showcase their products over lunch. Vendors also join channel partners at the lunch tables. Everyone connects at their own pace and some vendors do give away prizes and swag. We also do news interviews with vendors and MSPs.

It's a marketplace to browse, learn and talk while eating and drinking. For the latest line up of vendors see the sponsors on the event's landing home page.

Start of the Live-Stream Afternoon session.
Each vendor gets 3 minutes to make their perfect sales pitch to both, the in-person and online audiences. Channel partners can quickly assess if the vendor can be a fit for their solutions' portfolio.

Everyone in the audience will receive a link to instantly vote for their favourite pitch. Simply make your selection and done. You can also contact the vendors of interest to receive more information.

And you get a chance to win $500 cash as a "thank-you-for-voting".

Net Zero, GHG, DE&I all the acronyms in sustainability that you need to know about and help customers understand- Come hear Frances Edmonds, HP’s head of Sustainable Impact explain what you need to know & why it will help you increase business and attract & retain your best staff. Last year HP had over $3.5 billion in new sales as a results of their sustainability leadership, learn what you can do today and tomorrow to drive your business and how it will engage your staff and customers.

The top mission in the technology community is the digital transformation (DX) of business. The Pandemic has accelerated the pace to the point where most businesses must adopt a digital-first strategy. If Channel Partners become DX Experts, they will be well positioned to capture the lion's share of this lucrative market. Channel partners can now apply for a $15,000 grant to help them with their DX mission, thanks to the financial support of the Canadian government. But there's more to it. In this session, you will learn about the potential business opportunities in DX and how you can get subsidized to accelerate your DX certification.

Get together with a group of your peers to discuss your pain points and solutions. If you have never experienced a Mastermind peer-group before then you are in for a treat! You will be amazed how this can help you solve most of your problems. Vendors can also join the discussion so everyone can help each other. A expert facilitator will guide everyone through the fun and thought-provoking journey.

Check out the testimonials from our web site to see what your peers are saying. 

We wrap things up over few drinks in a fun social networking environment.

We had to postpone our awards dinner gala from February 3rd because of Government regulations. So, we will be hosting the gala dinner in the evening of June 2nd!

This will be a fun social networking experience with the best of the best in the country.

We will not be handing out actual awards since we already did this virtually back on Feb.3rd, but photo opportunities and eChannelNEWS interviews with the award winners will be happening.

All winners are already invited to attend for Free.
NOTE: This is a 4 course seated dinner. YOU NEED TO BE REGISTERED FOR THE PARTY ATTEND.
Tickets for any additional persons are $189.00. Go to: to register.)
Enjoy great food, drinks and entertainment!

This evening is purely a celebration of Canada's best of the best.

If you wish to stay overnight, you can request our special room group rate at the hotel. Enjoy the evening knowing that you don't need to travel back home (or you can take UBER). Please, no drinking and driving! So far, we do not have anything planned for the following morning, but some attendees will be doing their extended private mastermind sessions. If you are interested to join a peer-group (fee required), let us know in advance.


Who may attend this event in-person for FREE?

All types of channel partners (MSPs, VARS, ITSPs, Solutions Providers) as well as extended partners in the ecosystem (digital transformation consultants, telcos, digital agencies, accounting firms, consultants). After you register, we will review and notify you accordingly. If you do not qualify to attend in-person for free, then you will have free access to the livestream and to the video recordings for on-demand viewing.

Are you a vendor or distributor?

You will need to qualify for a guest pass. There is a fee for this. Are you an independent software vendor (ISV)? You may attend this event for free but some restrictions apply.

How do I attend this event in person?

Register. We will send the location details to all qualified registrants. Due to the evolving governmental health regulations we are only allowed a limited amount of people indoors, so it's first-come, first-served.

How do I cancel my attendance?

If you have registered and cannot attend, please cancel. That allows us to invite another person from the waiting list. (You can do so by going back to the registration site, edit your personal information and click on cancel.)

Where can I park?

Public parking is just across the street for $12 per day.

Is the ChannelNEXT event safe?

1. We selected a facility that will host our event away from all others. 

2. The entire facility will be pre-sanitized for our attendees.

3. We want safer outdoor facilities whenever possible.

4. The usual masks and sanitizers will be available.

5. We wanted to reduce the travel time so we bring the event closer to city centres with ample parking and access to public transport.

6. Only people who are fully vaccinated or have some level of immunity to covid are recommended to attend.

7. Food and beverages must be outstanding, healthy and safe.

8. All event activities must be safe.

10. While walking, we recommend that you wear a mask. When sitting, you can remove your mask. Seating will be socially distanced according to regulations both indoors and outdoors.

11. The stage area will be physically distanced from the audience and all speakers will also be appropriately distanced.

12. All staff will be wearing masks.

13. Attendees must be 18 years or older.

We are constantly monitoring Government regulations and make updates accordingly to make it as safe as possible. If you still don’t feel comfortable in face-to-face meetings, then you may watch the live-streaming on several platforms from any device.

How do I LOGIN to this event virtually?

Registered participants will receive links via confirmation email. Just remember to add to your calendar. We always send links again 24 hours before event starts as well on the same day of the event. Please white-list and look for senders: TECHNOPLANET and/or EVENTBRITE.

How will I know if my system is compatible to access the online event?

Live-streaming can be watched from any browser. If there is a virtual platform then there will be a system pre-test link that will confirm if you are ready or not.

Will I be able to get a recording of the event?

Yes. Much of the general content sessions are recorded and automatically sent to those who registered to the event. Some sessions may not be recorded for privacy concerns.

Is the online platform secure?

We choose platforms that are secure and we do not host public events. All attendees must register with a valid e-mail address and must sign in with the same e-mail address to enter. Our team will monitor the event and intervene, if necessary. (Please understand that we do not allow anyone to post links in the chat.)

How is my privacy of information handled?

We do NOT store your information on the system after the event is closed. Registrations are handled by Eventbrite with the highest level of security. Nothing stays accessible through the Internet. We do not share your information with anyone. If you want to connect with a vendor or others, you must exchange your details with them directly and we provide a tool for you to easily connect and request more info.

How do It attend the Awards Dinner Gala in the evening?

If you are attending ChannelNEXT, then you will receive an RSVP to claim a FREE ticket to attend. YOU MUST RSVP. Seats are very limited and 100% reserved.

Pledge for diversity and inclusion:ChannelNEXT is a welcoming environment for everybody. We take equality and diversity very seriously. Our events are completely safe zones, and no negative remarks or behaviour are tolerated. We have a strict policy of no tolerance!

Still have more questions?

Contact ChannelNEXT anytime!

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