Neel Dayal


Head of all technology and innovation partnerships including strategic partners, VCs, incubators, universities.

Neel Dayal joined Rogers Communications Canada Inc in October 2012 as part of the Digital organization. Since then, Neel has worked in various roles in the strategy organization, finance and is currently leading Innovation and Partnerships in the Technology Organization.

His current accountabilities include partnerships with the University of British Columbia and the University of Waterloo focused on 5G Research on smart cities, public safety, transportation and bringing the most advanced 5G technologies to both campuses. He has recently stood up the 5G Create Lab at Communitech in the heart of Kitchener/Waterloo’s vibrant tech ecosystem where he will be working with the ecosystem to accelerate the commercialization of 5G technologies.

He currently sits on the Toronto Board of Trade Innovation Sub Committee and the Canadian Telecom Summit Advisory Board. He is also an active investor and advisor to early-stage companies. Prior to Rogers Communications, Neel has spent a number of years in telecommunications working for Bell Canada and Virgin Mobile in various roles including working on Smart Cities. He also worked as the COO of an Aerospace Manufacturing company where he led the growth of the company to become a Tier 1 supplier to the world’s largest OEMs. Prior to that, Neel spent time at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young in their Technology practice as well as Celestica.

He graduated from Richard Ivey School of Business and the McGill Desaultels MBA program. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two highly active boys and is active in his community as a board member at the Parkdale Centre for Innovation.

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