ChannelNEXT EAST (In-Person + Virtual)

Join us at the first ChannelNEXT Hybrid event. Attend In-person or online live streaming! Your Choice!

To join us live, click here for details.  https://technoplanet.com/live/ChannelNEXTEAST2021LiveStreaming.pdf

We're BACK! Join us in-person or online live streamingYour choice!

The first in-person ChannelNEXT event in 2021 will be held in Montreal. All local channel partners across eastern Canada are welcome to attend in-person or simply watch the live stream from wherever they are.

This will be a new safety-first formatted event for in-person attendees to ensure everyone is protected. The event will be one-day and closer to city centres for less travel. We start at 9 am and end at 5 pm with optional after-event social outdoor gatherings (depending on current conditions).

The World has changed and ChannelNEXT has adapted. 

Todays’ ChannelNEXT is best described as an In-Person Marketplace where all channel-centric businesses come together to network, learn and explore new opportunities.   

Channel Partners of all types are pivoting in the new digital-first economy. What was best practice yesterday is no longer best today. We are bringing together everything needed to support channel partners in navigating this on-going digital journey. 

What will you experience at the ChannelNEXT Event Marketplace?

 

1.     The latest in Cyber Security solutions and insights because that is now a fundamental managed service. 

2.     Remote everything solutions because working from anywhere is now part of our lives for the foreseeable future.

3.     Digital Transformation is on fire as channel partners must now transform their businesses and their customers, at the same time.

4.     Digital Marketing and Virtual Selling are now critical skills to remain relevant in the future.

5.     Building new best business practices with peer-groups, so you can fast-track and avoid costly mistakes.

6.     New emerging market solutions and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) with vertical solutions looking to work with the channel.

7.     The curated coaching content and online marketplace (Channel Partner Alliance) for channel partners who wish to continue building business 365 days a year.  

8.     New Talk-Show format with vendors instead of boring sales pitches plus our fun Lions’ Den where every vendor gets 3 minutes to pitch their value proposition. 

9.     Still working on the social networking activities depending on the available outdoor facilities, weather and other factors.

10.  You can attend in-person or virtually through the live stream. Your choice. 

What will the event look like?

Think talk-show format on stage in front of a live audience. The marketplace expo of vendors will be in their "booths" under an outdoor big tent with ample ventilation. Food and drinks will be served to all in-person attendees with ample space for distancing. Everything is live streamed so you can watch from anywhere and any device (even when you want to take a break outside, you can still continue watching the broadcast).

On the business side, ChannelNEXT is all about building predictable and sustainable recurring revenues and best business practices. If you are VAR, MSSP, MSP, ITSP or ISV and your goal is to build a bigger, better stronger and smarter managed service recurring revenue business, then this event is a 100% fit for you!

Our big challenge in 2021 was to reinvent our event to meet the new expectations of our channel community and exceeding the current in-person meeting safety regulations while delivering the same outstanding experience and opportunities that ChannelNEXT is known for. We believe we have done it. You can be the judge.

In-Person events reinvented to produce the new ChannelNEXT experience:

1. We decided NOT to use the typical hotel/conference facilities because we wanted our event to be distanced from other events that are being hosted in the same hotel. We also feel that hotels (by its nature) are gathering places of travellers from all over the world. All potential issues for increased COVID transmissions. We selected a facility to be 100% exclusive to our group.  

2. We wanted safer outdoor facilities to give delegates the freedom of choice to move around. The venue has a lot of outdoor space.

3. We wanted to support local businesses to get the economy back on track. The facility and all suppliers are locally-owned.

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

5. Only people who are fully vaccinated with proof can be allowed indoors (as per Quebec's Government regulations - managed by the facility).

6. Food and beverages must be amazing and handled safely by fully masked personell.

7. All event activities must be safe. Mastermind sessions will be done on special outdoor tables. Booths will be outdoor in open-sided tents. Talk-show and presentations will be socially distanced on stage as well as from the audience.

8. Everything is live streamed to any device so can be watched from anywhere on or off premises.

9. The usual masks and sanitizers will be available or you can bring your own.

10. We wanted to bring a new educational and enjoyable experience. The New ChannelNEXT experience! 

If you still don’t feel comfortable in face-to-face meetings with fully vaccinated and all of the other safety precautions, then you can watch the content live-streaming on several platforms from any device.  See all platforms here. In-Person social networking is always at the core of these events so we will continue this tradition but with the safety regulations in place. 

Why choose ChannelNEXT out of the many tech events out there? 

It really depends on what you want to get from the experience. In reality, attending any channel conference can be a good thing (always an opportunity to learn and discover new ways to build business). Woddy Allen once said that 85% to 90% of success is just showing up!

We redesigned ChannelNEXT to be localized smaller VIP events where every attendee feels welcomed, safe and leaves with the right information after spending the right amount of time in an enjoyable environment.

ChannelNEXT is also where channel partners and vendors come together to experience life-changing Mastermind Peer-Group sessions.  This unique collaboration, exchange of ideas and support is where your problems get solved while building stronger business partnerships and relationships.

The data over the past decade shows that every attendee walks away with at least 4 significant business opportunities from attending a ChannelNEXT event. Many have told us that over 1/3 of their business growth was because of attending ChannelNEXT. We intend to double down on this outcome.

Meeting your peers is also a top reason why channel partners attend. 

The bottom line - ChannelNEXT is about extreme channel business building within a fun social environment where everyone becomes part of the experience. Our team has been doing this for over 18 years so ChannelNEXT is more than just business, it's personal. 

Attendance for the in-person event is VERY LIMITED, due to the health regulations from the government. Register TODAY and let us know if you are ready to come meet people in-person or if you prefer watching live, online. Your choice!

As we roll out of the pandemic, everyone is already yearning for more live contact with others. We too! See you there!

Welcome and Event Overview. What will you take away from this event? What will in-person meetings look like moving forward? 

 

We have all lived through the past 18 months and found ways to pivot in this new reality. We will discuss with Lenovo's Channel Chief, Chris Fabes about what they did to help their partners navigate the storm and how they intend to double down and expand on this support as the channel rolls out of the pandemic. What did their partners do to maintain and grow success? What will the future look like? Hint, it's never going to be the same.

By now, most of us have digested lots of expert insights on what the future of business will look like in the new digital-first economy. It's arguably the biggest "rethink" of business and life in recent memory.

 

The change is already happening everywhere as businesses and people are forced to digitally transform how they live, work, learn and play.

 

Channel Partners also need to digitally transform their businesses while they do the same for their clients. It can seem like “flying a plane while rebuilding the engine”. Failure can be catastrophic. 

 

The new normal has everything to do with how employees, suppliers and buyers interact with each other digitally and in-person. As the buyer’s journey hyper-jumps onto the digital world, everyone will need to catch up or be left behind. 

 

With the help of a “Digital Business Transformation Expert” I will discuss the case for the digital transformation of everything and how you can play a leading role. Focus will be on the sales and marketing teams as well as leadership.

 

I will also bring in a leadership and employee diversification expert to discuss the new challenges of managing employees (in-office and remote) and why life balance is becoming more important as people rethink their work habits.

Sit back, relax, enjoy some beverages and snacks while you watch some fun interviews with vendors and special guests. Some may even do a stand-up gig. We will cover the trends that matter, including Cyber Security, Work From Anywhere, Digital Transformation, Managed Services SaaS, Marketplaces and Microsoft.

It's going to be a different format with some extra distancing of booths in the outdoors, but the end-result will be the same. Attendees will get to connect with vendor exhibitors to explore fit and business opportunities. And of course, some prize give-aways.

Keep watching this website for vendor exhibitor updates.

Lunch will be served with self-serve beverages and snacks all day long. 

A panel of experts on the business of MSPs will be hosted by Julian Lee and Randal Wark, Contributing Journalist of eChannelNEWS and co-founder of The Channel Partner Alliance to discuss the key business practices of the most successful MSPs and what they are doing to double down as we slowly roll out of the pandemic and into an "endemic" era. 

 

We are now living in a digital-first economy. As such, to remain relevant, digital transformation of channel partners and their end-customers will have to accelerate.

 

That’s the ”WHY”.

 

For MSPs, the big question is what exactly to do (in priority) and exactly how to do it. 

 

The when was yesterday.

 

We will discuss and share the success roadmap for MSPs in the digital-first economy. Audience is welcome to ask questions. 

Every participating vendor gets 3 minutes to make their best pitch to the audience. The audiance gets to vote for best pitch in the Lions' Den. Winner gets a cool award. Voters gat a chance to win some cash!

It may be the most effecient, effective and enjoyable way for channel partners to quickly learn about vendors and figure out if their solution is a good fit or not. 

MSPs, ISPs, VARs, ITSPs and Vendors will collaborate in small breakout groups to share their pain points and find real-world solutions.

If you have never had a "Mastermind Peer-Group" experience then be ready to be blown away.

You and your business will never be the same again.

We created a special group called "The Channel Partner Alliance" if you want more after the event. 

This activity will take place outside (weather permitting) in a cool environment. Facilitators will guide each group through the process. This is the time to find practical answers to your current challenges.

Vendors will give away some prizes as we wrap things up over a few beverages.

We are all done around 5:00 PM, but some may extend to some post-event social networking. You may join as you wish. 

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Where is the event located?

Riverside: 5020 St. Ambroise, Montreal, Quebec, H4C 2G1. 

 

How do I attend this event in person?

Register. We will send out the location details to all registrants who signed up to attend in person and have been approved. Due to the current and evolving governmental health regulations we are only allowed a limited amount of people on site so we are on a first-registered-first served.

Will I need to be FULLY vaccinated to attend the in-person event?

YES. And you must bring your vaccine document for proof as it will be checked by the facility management upon entry. It is now a government regulation to be fully facccinated to enter such facilities. 

Will I need to wear a mask?

It's your choice, but we recommend it. We will have fresh masks available. Seats will also adhere to the usial social distancing regulations. Part of the event will be outdoors.

What about the VENUE? 

We had to reinvent in-person event for your safety and enjoyment. 

1. We decided NOT to use the typical hotel/conference facilities because we wanted our event to be distanced from other events that are being hosted in the same hotel. We also feel that hotels (by its nature) are big gathering places of travellers from all over the world. All potential issues for increased COVID infections. We wanted the facilities to be 100% exclusive to our group. Period. 

2. We wanted safer outdoor facilities to give delegates the freedom of choice to move around.

3. We wanted to support more local businesses to get the economy back on track. The facility and all suppliers are locally-owned.

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

5. Only people who are fully vaccinated with proof can be allowed indoors (as per the Quebec Government regulations - managed by the facility)

6. Food and beverages must be amazing and safe.

7. All event activities must be safe - Mastermind sessions will be done on special outdoor tables. Booths will be in individual outdoor open-sided tents or part of each Mastermind Table. Talk-show and presentations will be socially distanced on stage as well as the audience.

8. Everything is live streamed to any device so can be watched from anywhere on or off premises.

9. The usual masks and sanitizers will be available or you can bring your own.

10. We wanted to bring a new educational and enjoyable experience. The New ChannelNEXT experience! 

If you still don’t feel comfortable in face-to-face meetings with fully vaccinated and all of the other safety precautions, then you can watch the content live-streaming on several platforms from any device.

How do I LOGIN to this event virtually?

Sessions will be streamed via several platforms. See links here. Registered participants will receive links via confirmation email.

Can I see this event live?

Yes, most sessions are streamed live on linkedin and YouTube. Connect with Julian Lee on LinkedIn to get access to the link, or check out e-channelnews.com for event updates and logins.

Connect With Julian on LinkedIn

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

There will be a system pre-test link for you to run and 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 only 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 be able to intervene, if necessary. Please understand that we do not allow to post links in the chat. That said, never share any confidential information with anyone during a virtual event. 

Can I use the same link and password to allow my colleagues to access?

No. Everyone must register individually. 

How is the privacy of my information handled?

We do NOT store your information on the system after the event is closed. 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.

COVID Protocols?

Everyone attending in-person will need to be fully vaccinated to protect everyone. Masks may be required inside the facilities. Outdoor social gatherings will be offered where possible. Everyone will be at tables that are properly distanced from each other. Foods and drinks will be individually distributed. We are currently exploring how to offer rapid Covid testing on-site as another layer of protection. All of the usual health materials will be available including hand-sanitizers and masks. We are constantly monitoring Government regulations and will make updates and announcements accordingly. 

Is the ChannelNEXT event safe?

We have made it as safe as possible based on everything we know today. 

Everyone in attendance must be double-vaccinated and provide proof before entry as sanctioned by the Government. Facility management will be checking for this and scanning vaccine documents.

Seating will be socially distanced according to regulations both indoors and outdoors.

 

The entire facility will be sanitized for our attendees.

 

While walking, you must wear a mask. When sitting, you can remove your mask or continue wearing it. Your choice.

 

The stage area will be physically distanced from the audience and all speakers will also be appropriately distanced. We will be doing a “talk-show” format and speakers will be distanced.

 

Activities will be split between indoors and outdoors. Indoor facility has high ceilings and well ventilated.

 

All staff will be wearing masks.

 

Masks and sanitizers will be available to everyone.

 

Lunch will be outdoors and served individually. Coffee and snack stations will be self-serve.

 

Expo area will be outdoors under a tent with ventilation and socially distanced with proper one-way traffic flow.

 

Mastermind peer-groups will be limited and held outdoors on a "sandy beach area" on tables that are socially distanced to allow everyone ample space.

 

The discussions on stage will be live streamed so attendees can literally take breaks while continuing to watch the presentations on their devices.

 

We selected a facility that will host our event and attendees exclusively. We choose this over the usual hotel facilities because we did not want to be connected to other events under the same roof or travellers from outside the country where the potential for cross contamination is greater.

 

If you are still uncomfortable or not feeling well, please stay home and watch the live stream.

 

Rest assured that you will have a safe and enjoyable experience.

 

Attendees must be 18 years or older.

 

Have more questions?

Contact us anytime at Contact ChannelNEXT

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