Jim Elliott
Consulting Sales Specialist
IBM Corporation

Biographical Sketch:
Jim Elliott Consulting Sales Specialist - System z; zChampion IBM Canada Ltd. Jim is a Consulting Sales Specialist at IBM Canada and has worked at IBM for nearly 39+ years. He is the System z hardware sales specialist for General Business customers across Canada, and customers in the Quebec, Provincial Public and Commercial sectors. As a zChampion, Jim is the leader for Linux on System z and other "New Workloads" for System z in Canada. He is also the Linux Champion for IBM Canada and in that role is the public spokesperson on Open Source and Linux issues. Jim has spent most of his career at IBM in technical roles and since 1992 has been the Product Manager for the mainframe operating systems in Canada. From May 1998 to December 2001 he was a mainframe Product Manager for IBM Americas where he led the launch of Linux on the mainframe. From January 2002 to May 2007 he was the Linux and Open Source leader for IBM Canada and then assumed his current role in May 2007. He is a graduate of the BC Institute of Technology, has co-authored over 20 IBM Redbooks, and is an active speaker on information technology across the US and Canada. He splits his time between Toronto and Vittoria, Ontario.