Builders and VisionariesTop 20 Channel ExecutivesFrank Clegg

Frank Clegg is probably best known for his role as the president of Microsoft Canada from 1991 to 1996 and again from 2000 to 2004, periods of high growth for the company and its partners.

He is so respected in the industry that he made headlines by announcing that he was going to take an extended sabbatical from Microsoft to spend time with his family.

But it wasn’t long before Clegg found himself back at work – this time for a Microsoft partner, Navantis, a Toronto-based solution provider.

“Some days I miss working at Microsoft,” Clegg said. What he doesn’t miss, though, are the 80 hour weeks. He no longer checks e-mail at midnight and he’s quite happy that he’s no longer a super league customer at Air Canada.

He’s happy to have a more balanced work week at Navantis.

Clegg believes that the IT sector is in for a period of change.

“I think we’re at the cusp of another era of explosive growth in computing,” he said.

“If you think about the last 10 years, computing hasn’t really changed the way we do things.”

But with the onslaught of wireless handheld devices and the ability to filter and organize information automatically, will enable great change, Clegg said.

He’s especially proud of the work he’s done with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), for which he won an award.

Clegg helped raise $33 million for CNIB’s capital library campaign.

Microsoft and Navantis also helped build a kid’s portal for CNIB.

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