Board of Directors

  • Board of Directors

  • NIZAR JAFFER SOMJI – CHAIRMAN

    NIZAR JAFFER SOMJI - CHAIRMAN

    Mr. Somji is a serial entrepreneur, corporate executive and board director with a proven track record of growing businesses. Mr. Somji 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. He 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 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 Inc. Mr Somji is also on the Board of Critical Control Energy Services Corp. which was listed on the TSX until February 28, 2019 (TSX:CCZ) Mr. Somji will step down from the board of Critical Control Energy Services Corp. effective May 28, 2019. Mr. Somji holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, and Bachelor of Science (Engineering) from the University of Birmingham, England. Mr. Somji is a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal and the University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award.

    ERIC DEMIRIAN

    ERIC DEMIRIAN

    Mr. 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, Mr. Demirian 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, Mr. Demirian was with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he was a partner and head of the Information and Communication Practice. Mr. Demirian serves as Non Executive Chairman of the board of The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), and also serves on the boards of Enghouse Systems Limited (TSX:ENGH) and of Imax Corporation (NYSE:IMAX). He is a former Director of a number of public companies, including Menu Foods Income Fund (2005-2010) and Keystone North America Inc. (2007-2010). Mr. Demirian 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, Mr. Demirian received a Bachelor of Business Management from Ryerson University.

    STEPHEN J. SOROCKY

    STEPHEN J. SOROCKY

    Mr. Sorocky has been a Director since June 2018 and was appointed President and CEO in March of 2019. He is an accomplished senior technology executive with broad experience in venture capital backed and public company environments. He founded Exigent Innovations Inc. in 2009, a technology company development consultancy. He served on the Board of the Ontario Telemedicine Network Inc. (telecommunications technology to provide clinical health care) from 2008-2014 and was re-appointed as Vice-Chair in 2017. Mr. Sorocky will step down from the Board of Ontario Telemedicine Network Inc. on June 26, 2019. Mr. Sorocky has served on the Board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation since 2007 (a $2.5 Billion Crown Corporation facilitating international trade) where he chairs the Human Resources and Governance Committee and was Interim Board Chair from 2016-2018. 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], a laser systems company. Mr. Sorocky 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.

    DAVID JOHN ROBERTS

    DAVID JOHN ROBERTS

    Mr. Roberts 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. Mr. Roberts was Chief Investment Officer of Pender Financial Group Corporation from 2008 to 2016. He also served as a Director of RDM Corporation, Chairman and President of BasicGov Systems, Inc., a Director of Pender Growth Fund (VCC) Inc., Chairman of Icron Technologies Corporation, and President & CEO of PenderFund Capital Management Ltd. Mr. Roberts is a graduate of University College London (B.Sc.).

    D. NEIL MCDONNELL

    D. NEIL MCDONNELL

    D. Neil McDonnell is a recognized leader in the Canadian technology space and is currently Chair of Photon Control Inc., (TSX:PHO), Director of Nanotech Security Corp and Chair of BasicGov Systems, Inc. He is past Chair of Agreement Express Inc., Director of Aprio Inc., Chair of EDP Software Inc, Director of Espial Group Inc., Executive Chair of ResponseTek Networks Corp., Director of Symbility Solutions Inc., Chair of QHR Technologies Inc., and CEO of Wurldtech Security Technologies Inc. having previously held senior positions including Audit Chair and Director of TitanStar Properties Inc, Director of British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Board Advisor of ICBC, Chair and CEO of TeraSpan Networks Inc., COO of TIR Systems Ltd, COO of Mobile Data Solutions Inc., and CEO of Intrinsyc Software, Inc. Mr. McDonnell holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.