Walter Knitl

Founder & CEO - Praxiem

Walter is the founder and CEO at Praxiem, where he consults in market research, commercialization, and business development in the ICT sector, including focusing on the Internet of Things.  He is a board member at AIoT Canada and a co-chair of their National Strategy Council (NSC), guiding the development of an AIoT (Artificial Intelligence + Internet of Things) strategy for Canada.  As founder at iotNorth, he hosts the ThingsHappen podcast and the ThingkFest events to foster Canada’s Internet of Things conversation and growth.   

Some of Walter’s work includes reports on national and regional Internet of Things ecosystems to inform exports and Foreign Direct Investment attraction efforts; authoring rural broadband high-speed Internet blueprints; and moderating and facilitating roundtables on opportunities, challenges, and solutions of AIoT. He is a co-creator and instructor of an IoT workshop leveraging Design Thinking for IoT technology and governance innovation, and a co-founder and producer of the IoT613 Conference (2015-2019). 

Before Praxiem, Walter had extensive and diverse experience in ICT product management, hands-on software and hardware research and development, commercial and account management, standards development, and technology acceleration at several prominent companies including Nortel and Bell Northern Research, Mitel, Ericsson, and Ontario Centre for Microelectronics.   

Walter is a proponent of IoT and AI as a lever for economic growth and social good. 

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