The Andrew Rok Foundation is named for the inspirational founder and CEO of AKN (Advanced Knowledge Networks Inc.), a leader in the delivery of innovative B2B IT infrastructure services.
Andrew was a passionate and brilliant visionary who saw the future as a complete picture where others only saw scattered puzzle pieces. He always challenged his team to look ahead and constantly said “we can do better.” It was Andrew's total commitment to serving the technology needs of his clients that led him to found AKN in 2001. He recognized a critical gap in the IT and network infrastructure marketplace, specifically focused on mid-sized companies, that AKN could not only fill, but excel in. It was Andrew’s vision to, over time, provide a comprehensive suite of innovative infrastructure services that deliver “tier 1 quality to mid-sized clients”, all at an affordable price.
Andrew’s drive and pursuit of excellence was central to AKN expanding beyond network services to deliver Private Cloud computing and storage, voice/SIP, Disaster Recovery, backup/recovery, and more – all custom engineered to meet the clients’ specific business needs. He knew that every client is unique and that one size never fits all. So he was, and AKN remains, committed to tailoring custom solutions to each client’s specific needs. In this sense, AKN embodies Andrew’s vision and spirit, living on in doing what he did best – serving the needs of his clients.
His leadership, exceptional intelligence and passion for technology are greatly missed. In honour of Andrew’s vision and values, the Rok family, with ongoing support from AKN, has established The Andrew Rok Foundation (the “Foundation”). The purpose of the Foundation is to provide financial support and mentorship to innovative, high performing Canadian university students in the fields of technology or computational mathematics who embody Andrew’s values of innovation, leadership and perseverance, even in the face of significant life challenges.
NB: The Andrew Rok Foundation is a non-share capital corporation incorporated under the Ontario Corporations Act.
Charitable Registration No. 82644 5538 RR0001