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  • Phase II Opportunity Development: July-August 2009 Faculty, reviewers of business opportunities, and guest speakers Faculty Tony Bailetti is the Director of Carleton’s Technology Innovation Management Program and the Director of Ontario’s Talent First Network. He founded Lead to Win in 2002 and was part of the faculty that delivered the original program. Professor Bailetti holds a tenured faculty appointment in both the Eric Sprott School of Business and the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. His teaching and research interests are in commercialization of new technology. He was the Director of Carleton University's School of Business from 1981 to 1988 and worked at Bell-Northern Research (today a part of Nortel) from 1988 to 1992. Professor Bailetti has published in engineering management journals such as IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Research Policy, and R&D Management. He won a Fulbright scholarship to study in the United States. In 1996 he won a Carleton University Teaching Award and in 2007 a Carleton University Leadership Breakthrough Award. Peter Carbone is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Coral CEA. He was part of the faculty that delivered the original 2002 Lead to Win program. Mr. Carbone is a successful executive known for his thought leadership, business acumen and technology leadership. He is often called on to address new business and technology challenges. He is a pathfinder with a track record of creating innovative solutions, strategically managing technology and innovation, successfully launching and running new businesses and business development. With more than 31 years of industry experience, holding CTO, R&D and senior business positions in several high tech companies, he has developed a reputation for providing valuable industry insights and perspectives to customers, employees and the market. Roles include: Chief Technology Officer, Chief Research Officer, General Manager for an emerging software business, VP R&D, VP Service Oriented Architecture and VP Corporate Strategy. Peter has been responsible for research and technical development required to support a rapidly evolving information and communication technology (ICT) marketplace and provides leadership and oversight on strategic projects and initiatives. Ken Charbonneau is a partner in the KPMG Information, Communications and Entertainment practice (ICE). He was part of the faculty that delivered the original 2002 Lead to Win program. The ICE practice at KPMG is comprised of professionals that deliver business, financing, tax and financial reporting solutions to technology industry companies in Eastern Ontario. For the past 18 years Ken has specialized in working with start-up and early stage companies and supporting these businesses, as they grow larger, sometimes to public company status. He is a frequent speaker at entrepreneurship training seminars and other events on the topics of business planning, financing, bootstrapping, financial reporting and taxation for early stage companies. Mr. Charbonneau is an active mentor for entrepreneurs of early stage technology companies. He specializes in assisting technology companies with business strategies and planning, financing and financial reporting. He received his CA designation in 1979, and obtained a U.S. CPA designation in 1998. Mr. Charbonneau has over 32 years of business experience, including the two years ended February 2000, as CFO of an international software development company 1
  • where he gained significant industry experience. Prior to this he held various positions at KPMG providing business, financing, securities, due diligence and financial reporting services to technology businesses in Ottawa. Chuck Colford is the CEO of Congruance IT. He has over 25 years of leadership experience in areas of business, product and organizational development in both large and small companies. He was a participant in the original 2002 Lead to Win program. Mr. Colford started his career at Bell-Northern Research (subsequently Nortel) where he progressed from development to business leadership roles. He ultimately owned profit and loss of the 2.5-gigabit family of products within the Passport 15000 portfolio and delivered over $200 million US of revenue. Mr. Colford has extensive startup experience, as Microelectronics Leader at Process Technology Limited, and General Manager of California-based OnCore Systems Corporation. In 2002, he co-founded Trigence Corp. (now App Zero) where he raised $7.2M in financing and served as CEO for over three years. In 2005, he founded Congruance IT, Inc. where he delivers IT solutions to large financial services sector companies. Mr. Colford combines big-business best practices with entrepreneurial passion and seat-of-the-pants flexibility. He holds an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and has studied at the Centre for Creative Leadership. Stephen Davies is Managing Director of the SJD Group and a lecturer at Carleton University's Sprott School of Business. Previously he was the Vice President Business Development for DISTIL Interactive Ltd, Marketing Chairman for the Standards Engineering Society (SES) and Outreach Director for the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD - Ottawa Chapter). Mr. Davies has 11+ years experience in the telecommunication, semiconductor and manufacturing industries as quality engineer, manager, project manager, industrial engineer supply chain manager. Fred Dixon is the CEO of Blindside Networks. In 2003, the Ottawa Business Journal recognized Mr. Dixon as one of Ottawa’s “Top Forty Under Forty”. He is a serial entrepreneur who has co- founded three Ottawa-based software companies: Databeacon Software (acquired by Cognos 2005), OpenLava Software Inc., and Blindside Networks Inc. At each company, his responsibilities included leadership of sales, marketing, and product development, along with hiring and managing of senior staff. Mr. Dixon has been an active mentor of other entrepreneurs and a board member for Espial, BasketFunds, and HireTopTalent. David V. Hudson is the Director of the Lead to Win program and is with Ontario’s Talent First Network. He will join the doctoral program at Carleton University’s Eric Sprott School of Business in September 2009. Until December 2008, Mr. Hudson was Nortel’s Vice President for Advanced Research and Technology Labs. Since 1988, he held increasingly responsible management positions in Nortel both in engineering and product line management. Mr. Hudson worked in all of Nortel Networks’ product lines, including enterprise, mobility and metro. He has held the Nortel seat on a number of university advisory boards. Mr. Hudson received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He graduated from the Systems Design program at the University of Waterloo and his graduate work focused on pattern recognition and signal processing applied to earth resources imagery. 2
  • Brian Hurley is the CEO of Purple Forge. He is an entrepreneurial leader with over 24 years of experience in building strong teams, innovative products and international businesses. He was a participant in the original 2002 Lead to Win program. Mr. Hurley is currently CEO of Purple Forge which he founded in 2008. He founded Liquid Computing in 2003 and as it's CEO raised over $44 million in venture financing, built a world-class team, delivered an award winning product to market and won initial sales. Mr. Hurley has built and led numerous successful business teams in Nortel, Bell-Northern Research and Microtel Pacific Research. Mr. Hurley is the author of the best seller "A Small Business Guide to Doing Big Business on the Internet.” He is an active member of the local tech community and was a member of the OCRI Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization. Mr. Hurley graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Engineering. Corien Kershey is Vice President, B2B and Technology Marketing at HBS Marketing. She was part of the faculty that delivered the original 2002 Lead to Win program. Dr. Kershey is a seasoned strategic thinker with a proven track record in business planning and marketing. Her ability to develop and execute strategies that result in marketplace success has kept her in demand in the technology sector. Dr. Kershey has more than 20 years of technology marketing and executive management experience as VP of Marketing and Product Management for companies such as Simware, NetManage, Buystream and Trigence. She also served as CEO for two software start-ups, ServiceSwitch and Fusetalk. Since joining HBS, Dr. Kershey has developed successful marketing strategies and programs for accounts such as Mitel, Borderware, Omnivex and Pyrophotonics, covering a range of technologies including enterprise software, hardware, security and defence, photonics, semi-conductors, wireless and social networks. Dr. Kershey is also active in the academic world. Holding a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, she is a contributing author of Marketing: An Introduction, a Pearson text targeted at University and College students. As well, Dr. Kershey has been judge for the Sprott School of Business Nicol competition and is Director of the Management Certificate Program in Marketing at Sprott. Steven Muegge holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa and is a member of the Technology Innovation Management program. His research interests in the commercialization of technological innovation combine multiple lines of inquiry, including engineering management, organization theory, and strategy. His current research seeks to understand the management implications of the open source software movement and recent technology trends towards open standards and open innovation at technology companies. Mr. Muegge has eight years of telecommunications industry experience in managerial and technical roles, including three years of applied industrial research and five years of managing multi-discipline teams. His work has spanned all phases of new product development, from concept definition through to customer deployment, on hardware, software, and systems projects. Mr. Muegge has a B.Eng. degree in Engineering Physics (1995, McMaster University, Hamilton Canada) and an M.Eng. degree in Telecommunications Technology Management (2004, Carleton University, Ottawa Canada), and he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a Ph.D. Candidate (Management) at the Eric Sprott School of Business (Carleton University, Ottawa Canada). Eric J. Smith is a lawyer with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. He practices in the area of corporate and commercial law, with a focus on serving the needs of technology companies throughout all stages of growth. Mr. Eric Smith has extensive experience in advising technology companies in the negotiation and structuring of all types of technology transactions, including licensing, development, manufacturing, supply, and distribution agreements, the protection of intellectual property, Internet and e-commerce issues, outsourcing and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Mr. Eric Smith served as Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of Corel Corporation, a leading developer of graphics and business 3
  • productivity software, and as Vice-President of Venbridge Inc., a provider of business and financial advisory services to early stage technology companies. Mr. Eric Smith has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada 2010 as a leading lawyer in Information Technology. Dave Thomas is the Founder and Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs - a company specializing in emerging software technologies and applications. Bedarra provides virtual CTO and CEO, as well as directors, advisors and business mentors to support new initiatives. He is also the Managing Director of Object Mentor — a company specializing in the training and deployment of Agile and Object-Oriented Software Development methodologies. Dave Thomas has a wide spectrum of experience in the software industry as an engineer, consultant, architect, executive and investor. He has repeatedly demonstrated how to deliver quality software on time and on budget. He is best known as the founder and past CEO of Object Technology International Inc. (formerly OTI, now IBM OTI Labs) where he led the commercial introduction of object and component technology. The company is often cited as the ideal model of a software technology company and was a pioneer in Agile Product Development with a process called Just-In-Time Software. Throughout his career, he has worked with major global corporations as well as startups on business and technical strategy, development organization and process, as well as competitive analysis and strategy. Dave has a unique ability to translate research breakthroughs into competitive products. He was the principal visionary and architect for IBM VisualAge Smalltalk and Java tools and virtual machines including the popular open-source, multi-language Eclipse.org IDE. OTI pioneered the use of virtual machines in embedded systems with Tektronix shipping the first commercial products in 1988. He was instrumental in establishing IBM’s Pervasive Computing efforts. Dave is a popular, humorous, albeit opinionated instructor with a unique breadth of business experience and technical depth. He is widely published in software engineering literature. Dave remains active in various roles within the technical community including ECOOP, AOSD, JAOO, Agile Development Conference, OOPSLA Onward, ENASE and Dynamic Language Symposium. He is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University and the University Of Queensland as well as a founding director of the Agile Alliance, an ACM Distinguished Engineer, President of AITO and an advisor for IEEE Software. He also writes an expert column in the Journal Of Object Technology. Randy Whitcroft is the founder of Ideas2Revenue. Mr. Whitcroft has over 18 years of technology sales and business development experience. He has won a number of sales performance awards and has successfully sold solutions into all levels of key corporate and government accounts globally. After starting i2r Global Solutions and growing it into a profitable services company and merging with another services company, Mr. Whitcroft has spent a number of years working as a virtual sales executive and sales consultant. It has been through these experiences that he was able to get an inside view into a number of companies at various stages of growth. He has taken this experience and published the "Building Sales Momentum Through Client Focused Development" book which is a step by step process to help early stage companies to engage with clients early in their development process. His company offers a number or packaged services to help companies of all stages infuse customers into all aspects of their business. 4
  • Reviewers of Business Opportunities Greg Bell is Vice President Business Development for the Lumenera Corporation. He is responsible for driving Lumenera’s direct and channel sales worldwide. Mr. Bell is a co-founder of the company and plays a significant role in the company’s remarkable success by fostering solid partnerships, continuously seeking new opportunities, and leading a dedicated business development team that provides unparalleled customer service. Yannick Bouchard is an Economic Development Advisor for the Développement économique CLD Gatineau. He has worked with entrepreneurs to develop business projects (start-up, R&D, commercialisation, expansion, etc.) for the past five years. Mr. Bouchard holds a Master Degree in Regional Economic Development from the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) as well as a Bachelor in Business Administration from Bishop’s University. He’s working closely with the high tech sector, particularly with the Language Technology Research Centre (LTRC). He’s also been working for Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) on numerous infrastructure projects dealing with innovation. Ernie Briard is an experienced Finance executive, currently offering management consulting services to the federal government, leveraging more than 25 years experience in both the public and private sector. Mr. Briard has over 20 years of experience in a publicly traded high technology company, providing financial management and leadership in product development, manufacturing, marketing and sales. His strengths include business planning, mergers and acquisitions, financial governance and internal controls and team leadership. He has extensive experience providing senior finance counsel to various CXO’s and business unit President’s across North America. He received his CA designation in 1983 and a B Comm. Honors from Carleton University in 1980. John Callahan taught technology entrepreneurship to Engineering and Business students at Carleton University for many years. He was part of the faculty that delivered the original Lead to Win program in 2002. He was also part of the core faculty of the Technology Innovation Management program offered within the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering. He holds a BSc (Hon) from Carleton, and an MA in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. Dr. Callahan’s research focuses on open source company strategy, software and hardware product development, organizational structure/product architecture interaction, and tech-based startups. He has published articles in a variety of journals including Management Science, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Research Policy, R&D Management and The Journal of High Technology Management Research. He is currently writing a book on the development and management of tech-based startups. Peter Carbone is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Coral CEA. He was part of the faculty that delivered the original 2002 Lead to Win program. Mr. Carbone is a successful executive known for his thought leadership, business acumen and technology leadership. He is often called on to address new business and technology challenges. He is a pathfinder with a track record of creating innovative solutions, strategically managing technology and innovation, successfully launching and running new businesses and business development. With more than 31 years of industry experience, holding CTO, R&D and senior business positions in several high tech companies, he has developed a reputation for providing valuable industry insights and perspectives to customers, employees and the market. Roles include: Chief Technology Officer, Chief Research Officer, General Manager for an emerging software business, VP R&D, VP Service Oriented Architecture and VP Corporate Strategy. Peter has been responsible for 5
  • research and technical development required to support a rapidly evolving information and communication technology (ICT) marketplace and provides leadership and oversight on strategic projects and initiatives. Rob Collins is a software industry veteran with over 25 years of on-the-ground experience. Recently retired from Cognos, as CIO of the company, he led the evolution of IT by achieving greater automation and integration of IT systems and better aligning those systems with business processes. Collins implemented significant enhancements to business systems and services without an increase in overall spending. Chris Cope is an Economic Development Consultant for the City of Ottawa. He has been heavily involved in several "business friendly" projects at the City including connectivity projects set out in the City's Broadband Plan especially, the rural broadband project and the city-wide toll-free calling telephone initiative to make the entire city (post amalgamation) a single telephone calling area. Previously, Cope was Director of SmartCapital Special Projects at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) where he held the additional titles of Executive Director of EduNET and Executive Director of ORCnet. EduNET was a not-for-profit partnership of Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, La Cité collégiale and OCRI. ORCnet is a grass-roots organization of rural champions, supported by the City to aggregate broadband demand in Ottawa's rural communities. Mr. Chris Cope has a special connection with The National Capital FreeNet / Libertel de la Capitale Nationale. From 1997 until the end of 2000, he was NCF’s Executive Director. Since 2001, he has been President and Chairman of the NCF Board. Mr. Cope is Chairman of the Ottawa Regional Advanced Network (OttawaRAN) an Ottawa centred fibre research network and is a Director and a Vice President of Telecommunities Canada Inc., an organization that represents and promotes the Canadian community networking movement at the national and International level. He is a member of the working group of the Eastern Ontario Broadband Coalition (EOBC) a group made up of community stakeholders who recognize the need to bring together all the organizations in eastern Ontario, working on the common objective of providing broadband connectivity to the majority of residents, businesses and institutions across eastern Ontario. Cope was a Director of Volunteer Ottawa, where he chaired the Technology Committee and is past Chair of the Nepean Environmental Committee, a citizen advisory committee of the former City of Nepean. Laurie Davis is the founder and managing angel of the Ottawa Angel Alliance and a member of the Purple Angels. He is the founder of Blue Fyre One, a capital pool corporation. Mr. Davis graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, he joined Bell-Northern Research (BNR), where he specialized in the development and introduction of new products. He held increasingly more senior positions within BNR, and later Nortel Networks, ultimately becoming Vice-President responsible for a number of new product launches. Mr. Laurie Davis was initially involved in the development of voice switching products. In the early 1990s he took a leadership role in Nortel's entry into the optical networking business, holding positions in both Canada and the United Kingdom. Since then he has been involved in data communications, initially with frame relay and ATM networks, and later with IP networking. Eli Fathi is the CEO and founder of OrbitIQ, a business accelerator company with globally- deployed channels to market. Mr. Fathi has been a technology entrepreneur for the past 25 years. In 1986, he founded Applied Silicon Inc. Canada to provide engineering consulting 6
  • services to the private and public sectors. Following an investment from Newbridge Networks in 1996, the company (Telexis) shifted its focus to video over IP solutions, growing to 180 employees. Telexis was acquired in May 2000, and became March Networks. Mr. Eli Fathi has been involved with the community in general and the high tech community in particular by serving on a number of Boards including: Ottawa Center for Research and Innovation (OCRI) from 1999 to 2007, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce (OCC) since 2004 to present, the Canadian Advanced Technology Association (CATA) since 2006, and recently joined the Board of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF). He also serves on the Board of C-Com, a publicly traded company on the TSX-V. Mr. Eli Fathi has been involved in a number of task forces including chairing the Ottawa Gatineau Commercialization Task Force, participated on the CATA outsourcing and commercialization committees, a member of the Conference Board of Canada Leader's Roundtable on Commercialization from 2004 to 2006, and is a member of the Ottawa Innovation Hub committee. He chairs the Advisory Board for the Electronics department at Algonquin College, organized advisory forums for the Dean of School of Business at the University of Ottawa, and serves on the advisory Board of the Dean of Engineering at the University of Ottawa. Michel Fortier is the Executive Vice-President of the Technology Business Development Center in Hull. He brings 30 years of experience in the high-tech business. He has occupied key management positions in product development, technical support, marketing and sales. He has successfully set-up and manage different international sales distribution channels and managed Fortune 500 accounts. For the last 16 years, as the Executive Vice-president of the Technology Business Development Center and with his team, he contributed to the establishment of 25 high- tech businesses and to raise over 200 Million dollars investment at the pre-start-up level in the last decade. He collaborates also in the design and in the establishment of several pre-start-up and start-up financial tools and is well aware of financing implications in the innovation chain. Currently Mr. Fortier is working with high-tech companies in different fields such as telecom, software, medical device and biotech. Kit Fung is the CEO of Thetalili, a 3D projection display technology company. He was the Vice President in Nortel responsible for product development of the Passport data product line. He retired in early 2001 after 26 years of service. Since then he was involved in 3 start ups. His first start up was Seaway Networks, a security and content processing chip company. It was acquired by Freescale Semiconductor (Motorolas's spin off semiconductor division) in 2005. He stayed with Freescale as the Director of their Ottawa Technology Centre for a year to complete the integration of his team into Freescale and to deliver all the performance milestones. Mr. Kit Fung has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. He has also attended executive training courses on Corporate Strategy in MIT Sloan business school and "How to run a product development organization in turbulent times" in Harvard business school. Elizabeth Gilhooly is a Project Manager at the Office of Applied Research and Innovation (ARI) at Algonquin College. She has a varied professional background including law, trade negotiation, teaching, consulting and small business. From 1978 to 1998 she practiced law, first at the Law Reform Commission of Canada in substantive criminal law and then at Department of Justice in Criminal Code reform. From 1979 to 1981 she also taught undergraduate law at Carleton University. As Senior then General Counsel (1986 to 1998) she headed Industry Canada’s communications law team developing a new communications law regime for telecommunications, radio communication and broadcasting. Ms. Gilhooly was also an international trade negotiator for telecommunications to both NAFTA and the WTO.Between1997and 2001 she built, owned 7
  • and operated a small business, a British style pub. After selling the pub she consulted on policy and law, most notably at Corrections Canada, until 2006 when she returned to school at Algonquin College, earning a graduate certificate in Technical Writing. Ms.Gilhooly has been with ARI since her graduation in June 2007. Previous education includes a BA from Carleton University (1973) and an LLB from the University of Ottawa (1976). Kevin Goheen is the Director of SRED Tax Services at McLarty & Co LLP. He is in charge of identifying, researching and preparing scientific tax credit claims for IT and manufacturing companies. Dr. Goheen has held senior positions in the venture capital, investment banking and university sectors. He is a frequently published adjunct professor with Carleton University's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Most recently he worked with one of the big four public accounting firms as Senior Manager of SRED Tax. Prior to that, Dr. Goheen coached technology companies through their early stages as part of his job managing seed and venture capital funds. Dr. Goheen holds a BSc from Queen’s University, a Ph.D. from the University of London and is a P. Eng. Marvin Hough is an Executive-in-Residence with the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, who focuses on international business. He develops and delivers international business courses and seminars for the Telfer School’s Centre for Executive Leadership and the Executive MBA. He also assists Executive MBA participants in their International Consulting Projects Mr. Marvin Hough draws on 30 years of experience with Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s official export credit agency. Mr. Hough’s most recent assignment with EDC was Regional Vice-President, Asia from April 2005 to December 2007. On the Asian front, he managed EDC’s financing operations in both the South Asia and Pacific North Asia regions. He was instrumental in assisting EDC to establish its first representation in China and his experience also includes a four-year interchange assignment with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where he served as a Senior Trade Commissioner in New Delhi, India. His responsibilities at EDC also included Latin America where he served as Regional Vice- President and oversaw business development activities throughout the entire region. Prior to that, Mr. Hough was based in Mexico City as Regional Director for Mexico and Central America, where he played a key role in helping EDC grow its business in the region. In addition, Mr. Hough also had significant experience with EDC in business development within Canada, having served in senior roles in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. David V. Hudson is the Director of the Lead to Win program and is with Ontario’s Talent First Network. He will join the doctoral program at Carleton University’s Eric Sprott School of Business in September 2009. Until December 2008, Mr. Hudson was Nortel’s Vice President for Advanced Research and Technology Labs. Since 1988, he held increasingly responsible management positions in Nortel both in engineering and product line management. Mr. Hudson worked in all of Nortel Networks’ product lines, including enterprise, mobility and metro. He has held the Nortel seat on a number of university advisory boards. Mr. Hudson received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He graduated from the Systems Design program at the University of Waterloo and his graduate work focused on pattern recognition and signal processing applied to earth resources imagery. 8
  • Dan Istead is a veteran of 30+ years in Information Technology (IT) with the Federal Government of Canada (GoC). While Mr. Istead began his IT career as a developer, he has held positions of a DBA, Strategic Planner, Infrastructure Manager, Development Team Manager, Enterprise Architect, Project Manager and most recently, as Director of the Application Development portfolio at Correctional Service Canada. In 30+ years, Mr. Istead has worked for the Government of Canada’s pay portfolio (Receiver General), Treasury Board Secretariat (central agency IT guidance & policy) and for Correctional Service Canada. Mr. Dan Istead is a graduate of the GoC IM/IT Management Development Program (MDP). Mr. Istead’s key expertise lie in large-scale IT Project Management, Systems Development Methodology, IM/IT Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architecture, IT Organization Modeling, Job Streams and related job competencies, IT Policy analyst/author and general applied research in IM/IT emerging technologies. In 2006, Mr. Istead successfully represented CSC and the GoC on assignment in Tanzania (Africa) where he completed an environmental scan of the Tanzania Prison Service (TPS) that resulted in a formal Business Case. The Business Case made various recommendations that led to TPS’s first use of IT. This Business Case was endorsed by an international funding community as well as by local IT and Business academia. Ron Killeen is Vice President of Trivaris and a Partner. He is instrumental in creating partnerships and developing new investment opportunities for the company. In addition, Mr. Ron Killeen has introduced an enhanced set of services under the newly formed Strategic Innovation Services group. Mr. Ron Killeen has over 20 years experience in the communications and information technology sector with specific expertise in product development and the monetization of intellectual property. He has first hand experience in developing products, from engineering to production. With a great aptitude for identifying both high potential intellectual property and the channels necessary for creating market ready products, Mr. Ron Killeen’s leadership allows Trivaris to increase the scope of services to include established organizations and government agencies. Formerly Mr. Ron Killeen was the Managing Director of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), where he led the Centre for Computing and Information Technology. During his time at OCE, he was responsible for developing the Market Readiness Program (providing proof of principle funding). He oversaw the successful formation of 21 new companies in less than five years. In addition, he led the commercialization program across 5 OCE centres and led the Accelerator program which is a pre-seed investment fund for startups based on IP from universities and colleges. Prior to joining OCE, Mr. Killeen served as a director at Nortel where he led the development and implementation of new communication technologies in response to emerging market opportunities. As a product manager at General Dynamics, Mr. Killeen was responsible for the development and installation of sonar systems for the Canadian Navy. Ron currently sits on several advisory boards, including those for small companies, government and not-for-profit organizations. A member of the Independent Advisory Committee for I&IT Strategy, Policy & Planning Branch, Ministry of Government Services, Ron is providing guidance to the Province of Ontario on its information and information technology (I&IT) strategy. Mr. Killeen has an Honours BSc. in Computing and Information Science from Queen's University. 9
  • Serge Lafontaine is a Field Applications Engineer with Arrow Electronics. He was a participant in the original 2002 Lead to Win program. Mr. Lafontaine has been advising Ottawa/Kanata engineers for almost four years. He has direct access to more semiconductor suppliers than anybody else in Ottawa. Mr. Lafontaine has been in Research and Development (R&D) positions in software, hardware and product verification roles for more than 15 years. He spent two years as a Combat Systems Engineer with the Canadian Navy and graduated at the top of his Computer Engineering class from the Royal Military College. Coralie Lalonde is Founder and CEO of Katsura Investments, an early-stage private equity investment group established in 1999. Prior to Katsura, she was founder and CEO of Integra Solutions, a successful high-tech services firm established in 1993. Ms. Coralie Lalonde is an active member of the business community, a frequent speaker and sits as an advisor or board member to a number of local companies, including DNA Genotek. A 2002 Forty under 40 recipient, Ms. Coralie Lalonde was named a YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2005 for her Community Entrepreneurial Spirit. She is also active in the non-profit community and serves as a Director for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation and the Tech Venture Challenge and as a volunteer for many organizations including the Ottawa Humane Society, Volunteer Ottawa and the Entrepreneurship Centre. Larry Lam is an investment director at BDC Venture Capital. He invests in and assists early stage technology companies in the areas of Energy, Environment, Electronics and Materials. Mr. Larry Lam has over 20 years of industry experience, primarily, in early stage semiconductor technology companies. Prior to joining BDC in 2003, he held senior marketing and R&D management positions in Intelligent Photonics Control, SiCon Video, Symagery Microsystems and Semiconductor Insights. Mr. Larry Lam has been a Board member of more than 10 technology companies and currently sits on the Boards of GroupIV Semiconductor, Cyrium Technologies, PyroPhotonics Lasers and Solido Design Automation. He actively supports and promotes entrepreneurship through his activities with Lead to Win, TON, Talent Venture Challenge, and OCRI E2+. Mr. Lam holds a MBA from Queens University and a BASc (EE) from the University of Waterloo. David Large is an Assistant Professor at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. Professor Large began his professional career in 1975 as an engineer, working with Bell Northern Research in project engineering, E.W. Manufacturing in industrial engineering and product management, and Esso Resources Canada in project engineering and business analysis. At the Telfer School of Management, where he has been since 1991, Professor Large teaches, researches and consults in the fields of Marketing, Technology Marketing, Technology Commercialization and Technology Entrepreneurship; and his work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Product Innovation Management, the Journal of Technology Transfer, the Ivey Business Journal, in several textbooks and international conference proceedings. His most recent article is forthcoming in Venture Capital: an International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance. Professor Large also retains close contact with industry: from 1998 - 2001 he completed a three- year leave in industry, including one year at Cognos in the marketing group, and two years at Learnsoft Corporation as an executive officer; and currently, he is a member of the Advisory 10
  • Board for an Ottawa-based software startup, and he serves as a technology marketing consultant for the NRC's IRAP corporate clientele. Raymond Luk is the Founder and Managing Director of Flow Ventures. He is an experienced entrepreneur having built and managed several startups over the last decade. He’s played the role of CEO, investor, strategic consultant, turnaround specialist and been on the management team of both public and private software companies. Mr. Raymond Luk is a frequent participant and guest speaker at entrepreneurial events. He is a Board member at Symtext Corp. and a member of the Advisory Cabinet at Project Olympus, at Carnegie-Mellon University. David Mann is Executive in Residence at Carleton University. He retired in October 2001 from Nortel Networks, where he was their Vice President of Emerging Business Technology Investments. Mr. David Mann worked for almost 40 years in the telecommunications industry pioneering the development of many new technologies and products while serving numerous multinational companies. He has served on the boards of telecommunications companies in Europe and North America. Mr. David Mann was Chair of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) in 1999 and served on its board for several years. He is Past President and advisor to the Board of the Charitable Foundation, FM-CFS Canada. David is also a key advisor to the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science and is a the Chief Technology Advisor to OCLF. Mr. Mann is a Fellow of the IET, a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Christine McCrady is Senior Manager at RBC Royal Bank. Jim McGee is a well known entrepreneur and investor in Canada's technology community. In 1992, Jim and ten co-workers founded ObjecTime Limited, a Bell Northern Research spin-off. As President and CEO, Jim led ObjecTime to be a world leader in real-time software development tools. The company was acquired by Rational Software in 2000. Doug Michaelides is President of PLATFORM MARKETING, an Ottawa-based business management and marketing consultancy that helps companies achieve outstanding results while optimizing product development, marketing and sales expenses. He has 25 years general management and marketing experience in the high-tech sector, most recently in his role as Vice President, Global Marketing at Mitel Networks. Prior to this he was Senior Vice-President, Marketing at MTS Allstream following a distinguished 20-year career at Nortel Networks where he held the roles of VP & General Manager, Global Professional Services, Regional Vice-President for Canada, Vice-President Carrier Networks Marketing, and General Manager, Enterprise Wireless. Mr. Michaelides is an entrepreneurial business leader with extensive P&L experience and a diverse background in marketing, sales, operations, product management and professional services. He has a track record of leading new ventures and businesses in transition, implementing market strategies and operational improvements to deliver revenue growth and profitability. He is a part-time professor in the Faculty of Business at Algonquin College. Mr. Michaelides holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. 11
  • Marcellus Mindel is Program Director, Centre for Advanced Studies, IBM. He is responsible for engineering and nurturing deep research relationships with universities to secure access to a continuous pipeline of outstanding technology and talent for IBM's Ottawa Software Lab. Prior to IBM, Mr. Marcellus Mindel worked for Object Technology International, first as a software engineer and then as Manager, Research and University Relations. Mr. Mindel holds a Bachelor in Computer Science, Software Specialization, from Carleton University. Steven Muegge holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa and is a member of the Technology Innovation Management program. His research interests in the commercialization of technological innovation combine multiple lines of inquiry, including engineering management, organization theory, and strategy. His current research seeks to understand the management implications of the open source software movement and recent technology trends towards open standards and open innovation at technology companies. Mr. Muegge has eight years of telecommunications industry experience in managerial and technical roles, including three years of applied industrial research and five years of managing multi-discipline teams. His work has spanned all phases of new product development, from concept definition through to customer deployment, on hardware, software, and systems projects. Mr. Muegge has a B.Eng. degree in Engineering Physics (1995, McMaster University, Hamilton Canada) and an M.Eng. degree in Telecommunications Technology Management (2004, Carleton University, Ottawa Canada), and he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a Ph.D. Candidate (Management) at the Eric Sprott School of Business (Carleton University, Ottawa Canada). Michael Murr is the Acting Director of Community Sustainability for the City of Ottawa. Brian O’Higgins is President at Brian O’Higgins and Associates and a Director at Fischer International. Mr. O’Higgins is a highly respected information security executive. His executive experience includes Chief Technology Officer at Third Brigade, Board Member of Communications and Information Technology of Ontario, and Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Entrust. Michael Oster is the National Director, Public Sector Business Development for Cisco Systems Canada Co. He is responsible to lead Cisco’s strategy in Education as well as Provincial, Territorial, and Municipal Government, and related projects across Canada. Mr. Michael Oster joined Cisco Canada in 2000 and spent eight years in Sales and Business Development prior to his current appointment. Mr. Oster has a quarter-century of progressive experience in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), including employment with IBM and Sun Microsystems, based in both Toronto and Ottawa and both affording National experience. Prior to joining Cisco in 2000, Mr. Oster gained eight years of International experience with technology start-ups focused on Internet middleware and network management. Mr. Oster resides in Ottawa and serves on the Board of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund and is a former Director of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and of HPCVL (High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory), a consortium of Canadian Universities. Llynne Plante is a Regional Director with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) with program delivery responsibilities for Eastern and 12
  • Northeastern Ontario. Llynne joined NRC-IRAP in the summer of 2007 and brings a strong array of business, research and technical experience in both the private and public sectors. Llynne has an MBA from Queen’s University and prior to joining NRC-IRAP she has spent 8 years in positions of research and development and technology transfer with the NRC and 10 years in the Ottawa ICT industry in positions of international business development, sales and marketing, project management, and R&D project leadership. Guy Ragault is General Manager at Arrow Electronics, a global industrial distribution company specialized in the area of electronics components. He has been involved in Electronics Distribution for over 14 years and has played various roles in Sales, Field Applications Engineer (FAE), FAE management, and General Management. He brings a broad experience in business development as well as strong relationship management with large global suppliers and small, medium and large customers. He also brings a wide background in management of human and financial resources to maximize long-term profitable sales objectives. Guy received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Merrimack College in Massachusetts. He also received a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Montreal's Polytechnique Institute. Jim Roche is President & CEO of Stratford Managers, a company he founded in 2006. Stratford helps businesses increase shareholder value by identifying corporate growth opportunities or impediments and then working with management to implement changes to accelerate revenue and profit growth. Stratford works with fast-growing businesses around the world involved in service delivery, high technology, clean technology and manufacturing as well as non-profit companies like CMC where Mr. Roche acted as interim President and CEO in early 2007. Prior to starting Stratford, Mr. Jim Roche was President & CEO of Tundra Semiconductor, a company he co-founded in 1995. Under his leadership, Tundra grew 25% per year on average and delivered profits after tax of over 10% of revenues. Through organic growth and strategic acquisitions, the company grew to over 300 employees with operations around the world, revenues of over $80M per annum and a market value of over $300M in the public markets. Prior to starting Tundra, Jim was a founding member in 1986 of Newbridge Networks Corporation, a manufacturer of data and voice communications products. He helped Newbridge grow to over 5,000 employees and earn revenues of over $1B. Newbridge was acquired by Alcatel in 2000. Mr. Jim Roche has served on numerous public, private and non-profit boards including Stratford, Tundra, Fidus, CANARIE, CMC, Precarn, OCRI and others. Sameer Sheth is the General Manager of Video Solutions and the Leader of Carrier Applications for Nortel. Mr. Sameer Sheth has extensive experience in incubating new businesses, building new teams, engaging with customers to improve productivity and creating new revenue generating applications. A business leader with 21 years experience in the IT and Communications industries (ICT), he has significant breadth in working with customers globally. He has particular depth in business incubation, strategy, people management of large multi- disciplinary teams including product management, research and development, marketing and operations. He successfully established Nortel’s IPTV/Video business and is now focused on a range of new application businesses like Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC), Unified Communications, and Communications Enabling Broadband. Prior to joining Nortel, Mr. Sheth held engineering and operations roles with leading service providers in the Cable/Multiple System Operators (MSO) industry. 13
  • Mr. Sameer Sheth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business at York University, Toronto, Canada. He is also a board member of the Broadband Services Forum (BSF). Richard Stanton is the co-founder of neuroLanguage Corporation, and acts as its Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. In this capacity he has worked on international partnerships with media giant Bertelsmann AG, BusinessWeek Magazine, Harvard Business Publishing and Accenture. Prior to neuroLanguage, Mr. Stanton was a senior executive with AutoSkill International, and a staff member in the Speaker’s Office of the Canadian House of Commons. Mr. Stanton is an experienced Ottawa-based entrepreneur who for the last fifteen years has launched new ventures, software products, web services and international go-to-market strategies for a variety of projects. Mr. Richard Stanton spent 10-years as the volunteer National Director of the Nicol Entrepreneurial Award program promoting entrepreneurship with Canadian University students. The program runs Business Plan competitions in 11 Universities across the country and hosts a National Competition in Ottawa each March. Mr. Stanton holds two degrees from Carleton University and an Executive Certificate in Product Design, Development, and Management from the Sloan School of Management. Michael Weiss is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa and a member of the Technology Innovation Management program. His research interests include open source ecosystems, service-oriented architectures, mashups/Web 2.0, business process modeling, product architecture and design, and use of patterns. Between 2000 and 2007, he was a professor of Computer Science at Carleton University. From 1994 to 1999, he was a member of the Strategic Technology group at Mitel and most recently lead the Advanced Applications group. He has advised several startups on their technology strategy, including Serence, imGenie and Blindside Networks. Dr. Weiss obtained a Dipl.-Ing. (M.Eng.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich in 1989, and a Dr.rer.nat. (Ph.D.) in Computer Science from the University of Mannheim in 1993. He is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed publications in leading journals and conferences. Jonathan Wells is Manager, Research Programs at Carleton University, and comes from a background of software engineering. Mr. Wells has experience in all sizes of high tech business from very small startups upwards. He founded and ran a small software development and consultancy business for several years, and subsequently worked as a project manager for HP software development teams in New Zealand. More recently Mr. Wells held the position of CIO for Asure New Zealand, a Crown Corporation equivalent to the Meat Inspection Branch of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. New Zealand earns up to Cdn $4B from meat exports each year. Mr. Jonathan Wells has an undergraduate degree in Physics and Computer Science, and holds an MBA from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ. Marek R. Wernik is a Director, Intellectual Property Strategy at Alcatel-Lucent. In his role Dr. Wernik is responsible for establishing the priorities for building and maintaining the IP assets resulting from technology innovation across Alcatel-Lucent Bell Laboratories advanced research and the global R&D activities. 14
  • Prior this position, Dr. Wernik was the Assistant Vice President of Technology Strategy at Alcatel's Broadband, and Carrier Network Divisions and the Director of Technology Licensing at Alcatel's Corporate CTO office. Before joining Alcatel in 2001, he occupied various positions at Nortel Networks, most recently of a Director, Disruptive Market and Business Solutions. Dr. Wernik is a member of the Advisory Board for the Master of Engineering in Telecommunications program at University of Toronto. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Warsaw Technical University in Poland (1978) and he is alumni of the Harvard Business School Program for Global Leadership (2001). Robert Wood is a member of the Purple Angels, a group that invests, mentors and guides startups in the Ottawa area. Mr. Wood graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and from Imperial College London with a Masters degree in Communications Engineering. Upon graduation, he joined the voice switching development team of Bell-Northern Research (BNR) where he ultimately became a Vice- President of product development after a three year tour of duty developing Nortel’s Fiber World products. Switching to Nortel in the mid 90’s, Mr. Wood held senior positions in data product management and sales specializing in new network technologies, particularly voice over IP. He was the initial winner of Nortel’s highest sales award – Sales Hero – for his work with Sprint. Before his recent retirement, Rob was the Chief Technical Officer for Nortel’s cable industry group that successfully captured significant optical and voice over IP business around the world. Shane Young is the CEO of LifeWorks Innovations Inc.—a privately held, Ottawa-based ‘NewVentureCo’ incubator and technology innovation company that he founded in early 2006. Mr.Young brings over two decades of passion, leadership, knowledge and experience as a successful technology innovator, entrepreneur and business executive. In 2000, Mr. Young co-founded recently acquired Spotwave Wireless Inc.—a venture-backed tech start-up dedicated to the vision of ubiquitous wireless connectivity. A co-inventor of the company’s award winning SpotCell® product and technology that eliminates coverage trouble spots for cell phones inside buildings, Mr. Young served as its president and CEO during the 5- plus formative years after its inception as well as being a member of the board of directors until 2006. In that timeframe, a highly tumultuous period for the telecom industry, Mr. Young successfully led the efforts to secure over $30 million in venture capital financing while guiding the company through its start-up, product and market launch and early revenue growth phases— achieving the $10 million revenue milestone within 3 years and establishing Spotwave as a technological and market leader in the rapidly emerging in-building wireless segment. Mr. Young, who holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Carleton University, began his career in 1984 at the National Research Council’s Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics. He later joined Canadian Marconi Company where he honed his innovation and commercialization skills, holding various R&D and product management roles. Most notably, Mr. Young co-invented and subsequently spearheaded the successful development and licensing of an industry-first adaptive antenna for CDMA-based cellular networks. Mr. Young is an expert in the field of adaptive systems, holding and contributing to various patents in the field. In the early 1990s, Mr. Young also co-founded a medical devices company targeting the large and growing problem of prescription medication management and compliance. Mr. Young is an active member of Ottawa’s technology community and an enthusiastic supporter of entrepreneurs, sharing his passion, knowledge and experience to help early-stage tech ventures succeed. Mr. Young is also a member of the Ambassadors Circle for ENGAGE!, a not- 15
  • for-profit initiative sponsored by the Community Foundation of Ottawa aimed at engaging entrepreneurs and investors in community-based philanthropy. For the past several years, Mr. Young has also had the pleasure of serving as a mentor for the Technology Venture Challenge— a prestigious competition that encourages post-secondary students to act on their innovative ideas. 16
  • Guest Speakers Doug Colley is an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) with responsibilities in Ottawa West, Bells Corners and Kanata. Mr. Doug Colley joined IRAP in March 1985, bringing with him software development and system simulation knowledge at a time when IRAP was beginning to acknowledge Software as a legitimate area for industrial technical innovation. He has been a member of the NSERC IRF/IRDF Project Selection Committee (12 years, including 5 as Chairperson), as well as acting as a key interface to many other Federal Innovation Support programs (STP-I, MSDP, DIRP, TPC, ITO, ...). Moreover, he led IRAP's involvement with the European Union's IST program as part of the IST-EC consortium. Mr. Doug Colley holds a BSc (Engineering) from Carleton University (1978) and prior to joining NRC-IRAP he spent 7 years in Renewable Energy Research at NRC. Curtis (Curt) Dodd is responsible for the management of Wi-LAN’s Patent portfolio including all patent filing and prosecution related activities as well as formulating infringement and validity positions with respect to its issued patents. In addition, Curt is also actively involved in licensing Wi-LAN’s patents and provides patent-related counsel to Wi-LAN’s licensing, research and development, business development and litigation teams. Prior to joining Wi-LAN, Curt held the position of Intellectual Property Counsel at Nortel Networks. In this position, Curt was involved the management and licensing of Nortel’s 4G wireless technologies including WiMAX. Curt is a patent lawyer, engineer and registered patent agent and has authored several papers on U.S. and Canadian patent law. Jerry Everett is President of onconference Inc. – an Ottawa-based provider of on-demand conference calling and web conferencing services to over 2000 customers in 20 countries. He was a participant in the original 2002 Lead to Win program. After a diverse 10-year career in business, product and sales roles with Nortel Networks he left in 2001 with the goal of ‘doing a start-up’. Today he continues to lead onconference in entering new markets and developing innovative marketing and sales approaches backed by personalized service. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and has received training from The Center for Creative Leadership, The Canadian Securities Institute and Regent College. Kevin Goheen is the Director of SRED Tax Services at McLarty & Co LLP. He is in charge of identifying, researching and preparing scientific tax credit claims for IT and manufacturing companies. Dr. Goheen has held senior positions in the venture capital, investment banking and university sectors. He is a frequently published adjunct professor with Carleton University's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Most recently he worked with one of the big four public accounting firms as Senior Manager of SRED Tax. Prior to that, Dr. Goheen coached technology companies through their early stages as part of his job managing seed and venture capital funds. Dr. Goheen holds a BSc from Queen’s University, a Ph.D. from the University of London and is a P. Eng. Claude Haw is President and CEO of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation. Mr. Haw has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of technical, general management and venture investing roles in the technology sector including Venture Coaches, Dragonwave, Newbridge 17
  • Networks and Mitel Corporation. He has a wealth of experience in building successful technology companies in Canada from start-up to acquisition and IPO and has been actively involved with more than 30 technology companies over the past two decades. He is a charter member of TiE Ottawa, a global network of entrepreneurs and professionals, as well as a past board member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA). Mr. Claude Haw is also a founder of Mindtrust, an exclusive networking forum for technology company CEOs, and The Ottawa Network, an entrepreneurial group focused on enabling the next generation of technology companies in the National Capital Region. He has been a long-standing member of the organizing committee of the annual Ottawa Venture and Technology Summit (OVTS). Mr. Claude Haw holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Lakehead University, has completed the Canadian Securities Course and is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario. He has been a guest lecturer at several universities generally speaking about entrepreneurship, business planning and venture investing. He is on the Advisory Committee of ENGAGE, an Ottawa-based philanthropic group, the Ottawa Cleantech Initiative and the Ottawa Sustainability Fund, a community-based environmental fund. Erin Kelly is the Executive Director of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. She began her career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where she helped launch the nation’s first broadcast news streaming website – CBC Newsworld Online. She continued to innovate in emerging technologies at Bell Canada where she headed a number of product development teams including Bell Sympatico, Voice-over-Internet Protocol, Internet TV and the Sympatico-MSN portal in partnership with Microsoft. Ms. Erin Kelly also worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Bell integrating various smaller companies into the larger corporate unit, merging various disparate corporate cultures and modus operandi into a homogeneous business unit. Most recently she headed Bell’s ICT division for the SMB team where she achieved the single largest revenue growth in the SMB division. Ms. Erin Kelly is a published author and public speaker and frequently addresses audiences on the future of communications technology and its impact on business. Most recently, she has interfaced directly with business leaders, local government and influential members of federal and provincial parliaments on various matters including transportation policy, urban expansion, social and environmental responsibility and monetary policy. Ms. Erin Kelly is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Urban and Environmental Studies with a Masters degree in Financial Management from the Université du Québec à Montréal and is currently studying for a Masters in Business Administration. She is a CMA candidate for 2010 and a recipient of Ottawa’s Top Forty Under 40 Award for 2009. Irene Kohut is a Senior Consultant at Aon Consulting in Ottawa. Ms. Irene Kohut joined Aon Consulting in July 2009, after 25 years at Nortel Networks, with her most recent position being Director of Global Talent Management and Total Rewards. During this time, she developed critical skills in all aspects of talent management, with a particular emphasis on compensation, employee engagement and organization effectiveness. Over the last 10 years, she has led a variety of global teams at Nortel developing talent management and total rewards strategies, as well as implementing supporting programs around the world. Recognized for her own "management excellence", she has provided ongoing consulting to both business unit and corporate executives with respect to people management. Serge Lafontaine is a Field Applications Engineer with Arrow Electronics. He was a participant in the original 2002 Lead to Win program. Mr. Lafontaine has been advising Ottawa/Kanata 18
  • engineers for almost four years. He has direct access to more semiconductor suppliers than anybody else in Ottawa. Mr. Lafontaine has been in Research and Development (R&D) positions in software, hardware and product verification roles for more than 15 years. He spent two years as a Combat Systems Engineer with the Canadian Navy and graduated at the top of his Computer Engineering class from the Royal Military College. Michael McInerney heads the Executive Compensation unit of Aon Consulting in Toronto. With over 30 years of broad-based corporate human resources and consulting experience, his specializations include human capital analytics, business strategy execution, organizational governance, rewards strategy, and executive pay and performance. Michael is known for his crisp articulation of ideas and his ability to link and deliver deep insight and advice from his broad knowledge base. Prior to joining Aon, Mr. Michael McInerney was the Canadian leader of Axiom Consulting. He was also the President of Sibson Canada, served on the Board of Directors of Sibson, and built the Change Business for Sibson Worldwide. Prior to Sibson, he held executive positions with various companies including IBM, Xerox, Gulf Oil and Northern Telecom (Nortel). For the past 9 years he has been on the Board of Directors of Bank of America Canada (formerly MBNA Bank Canada). Ahmed Metwally is Chairman & CEO of Timeline Interactive, ConnectmeTV and XTEAMS Consulting Services Corp. Mr. Metwally has over 15 years of experience in sales and system development for large federal governments and Fortune 500 firms. He serves as an advisory board member for several start-ups in Canada and the US. He authored technical books, articles and papers, holds technology patents and is a frequent speaker in technology conferences. Mr. Metwally’s experience crosses between the technical and entrepreneurial world. He also held several senior positions at Microsoft Inc and at ITWorx Inc. where he oversaw the technical delivery and technical sales of a major product that was later on acquired for $40M+. Jean Ricard is a senior management consultant with over 35 years experience in the IM/IT services industry. His career took him from the ranks of programmer-analyst in the 1970s to the position of senior vice-president / COO for a $100M IM/IT consulting company based in Montreal. He was responsible for all branch operations for the 4 regions west of Quebec. The business model he implemented in these regions returned unprecedented success for the company and made it a prime acquisition target. He participated in over eight (8) mergers and/or acquisitions, managed teams of 320 consultants and prepared and delivered numerous business plans. Having successfully completed the merger of two Ottawa-based consulting companies, he decided to start his own consulting business to help other businesses in Canada’s Capital Region. He is currently responsible for attracting high technology companies to the city of Gatineau. David Vicary is the founder and CEO of Weyes eyes and previously President and founder of Nakina Systems. He was a participant in the original 2002 Lead to Win program. Mr. Vicary has extensive experience in building teams and companies. In 2002, he was a founder, president and CEO of Nakina Systems Inc., a network management software company that grew revenues to double digit millions in just four years. In 2004, Nakina was named Ottawa start-up of the year. David Vicary was named an Ontario finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 awards. Prior to that, he has been Senior Manager, Director and Leader at Nortel Networks. Mr. Vicary holds an Honours Degree in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario. 19