Samer Bishay is President and CEO of Iristel and Ice Wireless, leading providers of wireless and wireline IP services. As Iristel's founder, Bishay led the company from a small startup to an international telecommunications service provider with domestic infrastructure licenses on three continents (North America, Europe and Africa).
Bishay oversees global and domestic strategies for Iristel and Ice Wireless and their various brands such as Sugar Mobile. He ensures business objectives are in line with telecommunications trends, guaranteeing customers continued success in highly competitive markets. Well known in the telecommunications field, Bishay is a frequent contributor to various public platforms, from newspapers and television to social media and industry websites. He also actively participates in many public forums that are helping shape Canadian broadband policy, especially related to rural broadband development and bridging the digital divide.
A licensed pilot, Bishay was appointed Honorary Colonel of 34 Signal Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces in 2019. Prior to founding Iristel, he was a lead systems engineer in the Radarsat program at the Canadian Space Agency. Bishay is a graduate of the Space & Communications program at York University, with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree.