NIZAR JAFFER SOMJI – CHAIRMAN
NIZAR JAFFER SOMJI - CHAIRMAN
Nizar Somji is a serial entrepreneur, corporate executive and board director with a proven track record of growing businesses. Nizar is the founder, and currently serves as the President and CEO, of Jaffer Inc., a real estate investment, hospitality and technology company with assets in Canada and the USA. He is the former founder, President and CEO of Matrikon Inc., a publicly traded company (TSX:MTK) and a recognized leader in intelligence and technology solutions for the industrial market place, including oil and gas. Matrikon Inc. was acquired by Honeywell in June, 2010. Nizar is also Chairman of Zafin Inc., supplier of relationship banking software to the financial service industry, on the board of EPCOR Utilities Inc., on the Board of Critical Control Energy Services 6 (TSX:CCZ), on the Board of Quirklogic Inc, a leader in real-time ideation, providing cloud platform and writing technology to help remote teams securely collaborate, innovate and ideate and Chair of KV Private Equity Fund. Nizar holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, and Bachelor of Science (Engineering) from the University of Birmingham, England. He is a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal and the University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award.
Eric Demirian is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant and a Chartered Accountant. He is a seasoned business executive with a unique blend of financial, operational and board governance experience. Since 2003, Eric has served as President of Parklea Capital Inc., a boutique financial advisory and strategy firm, and President of Demicap Inc., a private investment firm. From 2000 to 2003, he was Executive Vice President of Group Telecom, Inc., and from 1983 to 2000, he was with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he was a partner and head of the Information and Communication Practice. Eric serves on the boards of The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), Enghouse Systems Limited (TSX:ENGH) and of Imax Corporation (NYSE:IMAX). He is a former Director of many public companies, including Menu Foods Income Fund (2005-2010) and Keystone North America Inc. (2007-2010). He has also served as a member of the Advisory Council for the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada), as an advisor to the Accounting Standards Board of CPA Canada and as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Parkinson Foundation of Canada. In addition to his professional designations, Eric received a Bachelor of Business Management from Ryerson University.
STEPHEN J. SOROCKY
STEPHEN J. SOROCKY
Stephen Sorocky is an accomplished senior technology executive with broad experience in venture capital backed and public company environments. He founded Exigent Innovations Inc. in 2009 and served on the Board of the Ontario Telemedicine Network from 2008-2014, re-appointed as Vice-Chair in 2017. Stephen has served on the Board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation since 2007, where he chairs the Human Resources and Governance Committee. He served previously as CEO and Director of Skytrac Systems Ltd., an avionics and data services company, President & CEO of LxData Inc. an Oil & Gas instrumentation developer, and President & CEO and Director of Virtek Vision International Inc. [TSE:VRK]. Stephen received an MBA in International Finance and International Business from McGill University, and a B.A.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is a Professional Engineer and holds the Chartered Director designation C.Dir.
John Brunette has extensive operational and investment experience in the communications industry. He has served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of RFID Global Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of industrial IoT solutions and analytics, since 2016 and since 2004 has also served as a principal with Bellview Advisors LLC, a private investment and advisory firm for technology start-ups. From 2007 to 2011, John was Chief Legal and Administrative Officer of Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ) where he led the company’s efforts to become a public company. He has also held a variety of senior executive positions including CEO of Teleglobe Inc. (NYSE) and Assistant General Counsel of MCI Communications Inc. (NASDAQ). John received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University of America and is a member of the Bar of the State of Maryland.
DAVID JOHN ROBERTS
DAVID JOHN ROBERTS
David John Roberts is currently Chief Investment Officer of Pender Financial Group Corporation and has over 30 years of senior operational and investment experience in the venture capital, information technology, communications and life sciences sectors. He has held various directorships in public and private companies since 1983. He is currently Chairman of ActiveState Software Inc. and a director of RDM Corporation (TSX: RC). Previously, David also served as Chairman, President and CEO of BasicGov Systems, Inc., President & CEO and director of Santa Rosa Resources Corp., a director of Pender Growth Fund (VCC) Inc., Chairman of Icron Technologies Corporation, and President & CEO of PenderFund Capital Management Ltd. David is a graduate of University College London (B.Sc.).