Richard McDonald

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Richard McDonald

Richard McDonald is an IBM Distinguished Engineer with over 36 years of IT experience. He spent the first half of his career in the IBM Toronto Laboratory developing products for our clients.

He is currently the IBM senior technical lead assigned to Air Canada, one of the largest IBM customers worldwide. Prior to June 2017, he was CTO for IBM North America Technical Sales. In that role, he guided the IBM North American technical sales community with programs and enablement to increase their skills and effectiveness. He worked with some of IBM’s largest clients in North America designing innovative solutions to help them address business and IT challenges and opportunities. Over the years, he has developed and deployed architectural and consultative methods that help clients identify innovation opportunities within IT. His technical expertise centres on travel, telco, mobile computing and Internet of Things solutions.

He is IBM Certified as an IBM Design Thinking Coach had led many workshops/engagements with clients and within IBM internally. He also teaches IBM Design Thinking to the IBM client facing technical community.

Richard sits on the Scientific Advisory Council for the Southern Ontario Smarter Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) – a consortium of universities, government and IBM to advance research in key areas. He is a 2016 recipient of the University of Toronto Arbour Award for volunteerism.

In his spare time, he motorcycles and plays in a jazz band. Each spring he participates as a judge at FIRST Robotics and FIRST Lego League events working with public school age students to encourage their interest in STEM.