Premier's Technology Council Members Biographies
Former President and CEO
ALI / MIG
Greg Peet is a high-tech entrepreneur, executive and company director. Until June 2004, he most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of the Medical Imaging Group ("MIG"), part of the McKesson Corp. (US$60 billion sales, ranked #13 by Fortune) for a period of 2 years following McKesson's acquisition of A.L.I. Technologies Inc. on one of the largest valued technology purchases recorded for a BC Company. Under Peet's leadership as President and CEO, ALI/MIG grew from 14 employees in 1993 to produce revenues in excess of US$100 million per annum, achieving recognition as one of BC's best employers and the top rated medical imaging management product by most popular industry surveys from 2002 to 2004. In 2002, Mr. Peet was recognized as the Ernst & Young Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year.
Greg Peet is currently an active angel investor and serves as a director for several private and public technology companies. He is also involved in the local community as a director of BC Technology Social Venture Partners, a charitable foundation created by individuals in B.C.'s technology industries that supports innovative non-profit groups serving children, women at risk, and people living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
McIntosh Properties Ltd.
Brad Bennett has been President of McIntosh Properties Ltd., a real estate and investment holding company, since 1990. Mr. Bennett has served on a number of public and private company boards and is currently Chair of Quails’ Gate Winery, a director of BC Hydro and Power Authority, a director of Kal Tire Holdings Ltd., a director of Rackforce Networks Inc. and a director of Exchange Income Corporation.
Mr. Bennett also currently serves as Chair of MITACS, a Director of the Premier’s Technology Council and is Vice-Chair of the Fraser Institute. Past public service positions include Chair of University of British Columbia, Chair of Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, Co-Chaired the Central Okanagan Hospice Campaign and Chair of Rotary Centre for the Arts Building Committee.
Mr. Bennett received an honorary Alumni Award from the University of British Columbia in 2007, was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2010 and was awarded an honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia in 2011.
Reg Bird retired from Nortel Networks in 2001 where he held the position of President South East Asia for four years and was co-located in Singapore and Sydney, Australia. Prior to living in Asia, Reg held the position of Vice President Western Canada, and was responsible for all Nortel activities in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Western Ontario, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
Today Reg lives with his wife Susan in Victoria. In addition to the Premier’s Technology Council, Reg is a Fellow of Royal Roads University as well as sits on the Foundation board of Royal Roads University. He is a member of the Business Advisory Board at the University of Victoria and is a member of the board of directors of Vecima Networks, a high tech firm headquartered in Victoria.
From 2002 to 2008, Reg was Chairman of SaskTel, a large telecommunication crown corporation located in Saskatchewan, and from 2004 to 2008 and was a member of the board of the greater Victoria United Way.
Reg attended Royal Roads when it was a military college and graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. He is a graduate of the Banff school of Advanced Management, BSAM, and the Harvard Advanced Management Program in Boston.
Judi Hess took on the role of CEO at CopperLeaf in August 2009. In 1995 she joined Burnaby-based Creo Inc. from MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, beginning as a program manager and rising to become president in 2002, a position she held until Creo was acquired by Eastman Kodak for just under $1 Billion USD in 2005. As part of Eastman Kodak, Judi took on the role of general manager, workflow and prepress equipment; and vice-president of the graphic communications group. Two years later, her role was expanded to include management of a portfolio of software and start-up businesses and she was appointed a corporate officer and vice-president of Eastman Kodak and the head of Kodak Canada.
She is currently a member of the Premier’s Technology Council of British Columbia. Originally from Toronto, Judi and her family live in Vancouver. She holds an honours bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and is an avid downhill skier.
Archipelago Marine Research
Eric Jordan co-founded PureEdge Solutions and acted as President and CEO from 1993 until 2002 and after hiring a new CEO he remained as Chief Strategy Officer until IBM acquired PureEdge in July 2005.
PureEdge was a venture-backed electronic forms software company with five institutional investors. During his tenure the company grew to 70 employees. It had over 5 million users across 300,000 end user organizations using the products. Over 35 million transactions were conducted every year using PureEdge products (over 100,000 transactions every day), including mission critical transactions for the EDGAR system (US Securities and Exchange Commission) and the US Air Force. Organizations such as the City of LA, JP Morgan Chase Bank, the US Federal Trade Commission and many others built integrated enterprise applications using PureEdge’s products.
After IBM acquired PureEdge Mr. Jordan served as an Executive-in-Residence in the Faculty of Business at the University of Victoria for three years. During that time, he provided numerous guest lectures and worked individually with many students on a variety of business plans.
Mr. Jordan has also served on a number of boards and community organizations. Currently he servers on the boards of Archipelago Marine Research (Chair), UVic Industry Partnerships, and The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness (Co-Chair). Past boards that Mr. Jordan has served on include the PureEdge Solutions Board, the Indochino Board, Genologics Advisory Board, the Vancouver Island Advanced Technology (VIATeC) Board (formerly Board Chair), the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) Board, Boot-up Labs and the AceTech Vancouver Island Advisory Board (formerly Chair). Community organizations he has served include the Victoria Zen Centre Board (former Chair), the BC Cancer Foundation’s Vancouver Island Advisory Board and the Victoria Cool Aid Society.
Mr. Jordan’s many awards include Business in Vancouver’s “Top 40 Business People Under 40”, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce “Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, the University of Victoria “Distinguished Alumni Award” and the VIATeC “Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion”.
Eric Jordan served as president of the Premier's Technology Council for three years, and as a member since 2004.
Greg Kerfoot is the owner/president of Whitecaps F.C. Previously he was with Crystal Decisions. He joined Crystal Decisions in September 1988, when it was known as Crystal Services. At that time, he was director of research and development and chief architect of Crystal Reports. In 1992, he became president of Crystal Services, overseeing the expansion of the product line to include Crystal Enterprise. During Kerfoot's tenure as president and CEO, the company grew from 30 to 1,700 employees and from $2 million to $250 million US in revenue. In September 2002, Kerfoot stepped down as CEO and assumed the role of chairman of the board.
A hands-on leader, one of Kerfoot's priorities has always been the well-being of his employees. Kerfoot has been studying and working with computers for over two decades. Before joining Crystal Decisions, he spent five years at Computer Associates developing the accounting system ACCPAC. Kerfoot sits on the board of directors for Crystal Decisions, and when not working, can be found mountain biking, skiing and playing hockey. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1983 with a bachelor degree in computer science.
Vanedge Capital Partners Ltd.
Paul Lee is the Managing Partner of Vanedge Capital Partners Ltd. Vanedge is a venture capital fund established to focus on opportunities in the interactive digital media space.
Lee is the former President of Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA), and was responsible for its Worldwide Studios group. Lee joined EA in 1991 when EA acquired Distinctive Software, Inc. (DSI), a leading independent videogame developer, of which he was an executive and part owner.
In 1996 Lee was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Lee was awarded the British Columbia Technology Industries Association Person of the Year Award in 2002. In 2005 he was recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. Lee currently serves as a member of the Premier’s Technology Council and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Sauder School of Business at UBC. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of DigiBC and is one of Canada’s representatives to Asia Pacific Economic Council’s Business Advisory Council.
Lee is Chair of Gamerizon, Wurldtech Securities, Recon Instruments and serves as a board member of SAVA Transmedia. Lee remains a Director in Pacific Bio-Energy, the leading manufacturer of wood pellet biomass fuel; and is Chair of D-Wave Systems, developer of the first commercial quantum computer.
Gerry Martin for 36 years he and his partner owned Northern Drugs Ltd. a chain of independent drug stores operating in Northwestern B.C. Gerry is still active in business as co-owner of Kra-Mar Investments as well as being President of Shames Mountain Ski Corporation, member and Past President of the Kitimat/Terrace Industrial Development Society and Director and Audit Committee Chair of Paragon Pharmacies Ltd.
Gerry is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and has professionally served on the board of the B.C. Pharmacy Association and is a Past President of the Chain Drug Association of B.C. He was awarded Pharmacy’s Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding service to his community. yHy Hy
Throughout his business career Gerry has been active in a number of community endeavors both at the local and provincial level. He received a Paul Harris Fellowship for his service in Rotary and is a Governor and Fellow of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Gerry is a member of the Premier’s Technology Council, a member of the B.C. Jobs and Investment Board and the former Chair of the British Columbia Progress Board.
Dr. Daniel F. Muzyka
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Conference Board of Canada
Dr. Daniel Muzyka is the Incoming President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada (August 27, 2012) and the RBC Financial Group Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. He was previously the Dean at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Management at UBC Okanagan. Prior to 1999, Dr. Muzyka taught and held senior administrative positions at a number of universities and institutions, including the Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Babson College, Northeastern University, Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), and Williams College.
Dr. Muzyka has extensive experience in academics, finance, and business and has participated on a number of boards and advisory boards of companies, not-for-profit and government organizations, and venture capital fund boards. He worked in industry with General Electric in finance and strategy and was a strategy consultant, primarily with Braxton Associates. In addition, he has acted as a board member and consultant to several other business and not-for-profit organizations, such as the Vancouver Board of Trade (Past Chair), Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), New Ventures B.C., and the European Venture Capital Association. Dr. Muzyka chaired NSERC’s Expert Advisory Committee on Partnerships and Innovation.
Dr. Muzyka is currently a public director of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). He serves or has served on various government councils, including the B.C. Competition Council, and the B.C. Premier’s Technology Council.
Dr. Muzyka holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from Harvard University, an MBA with concentration in Strategic Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA with Honours in Physics and Astronomy from Williams College. He has been awarded the National Order of Merit by the Government of France (Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite).
President and CEO
Axine Water Technologies Inc.
Jonathan Rhone is a cleantech executive and entrepreneur. He is President and CEO of Axine Water Technologies a developer of advanced wastewater treatment solutions for the oil and gas and other industries. From 2003 to 2011 he was President and CEO of Nexterra Systems Corp. an award winning developer and supplier of biomass gasification heat, power and syngas systems. While at Nexterra, he grew the company from product concept to sales and manufacturing of multi-million dollar power systems and established strategic relationships with General Electric, Johnson Controls, the US Dept. of Energy and others.
He is formerly a Partner of The Delphi Group an international consulting firm specializing in cleantech, clean energy and corporate sustainability. During his time at the Delphi Group, he helped establish the highly successful Globe Foundation of Canada and the Globe Series of international trade fairs and conferences on business and the environment. In 1992, he worked for the UNDP and Geneva-based, Centre for Our Common Future as a member of the management team for the International Global Forum, the NGO component of the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began his career in 1987 with Dome Petroleum and then Amoco Canada Petroleum.
Jonathan currently chairs the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance and is a member of the BC Premier’s Technology Council and the advisory board of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. Mr. Rhone has served on numerous cleantech, environment and economic development boards including the BC Premier’s Green Energy Advisory Task Force, the BC Technology Industry Association and the Power Technology Alliance. From 1998 to 2008, he served as a board member of Vancity Capital, the venture capital subsidiary of Vancity, North America’s largest credit union with assets of $15 billion.
Jonathan is the recipient of numerous awards including BC Technology Industries Association Person of the Year Award. He has a Bachelor or Arts from the University of British Columbia.
Corporate Recruiters Ltd.
Don Safnuk founded Corporate Recruiters in 1980 and continues as President and CEO. Corporate Recruiters was one of the first search firms in Canada to focus exclusively on the technology industries and is an established leader in technology search. Previously he co-founded a financial services firm focussed on serving the technology sector and was CEO of a Vancouver based technology firm.
Safnuk has been active with organizations supporting BC’s technology sector and the community in general for over 20 years. He was involved when Software BC and the Electronic Manufacturers Association came together to form the BC Technology Industries Association (BCTIA) and later served for 6 years on the BCTIA board. Don is a founding partner of BC Technology Social Venture Partners where he served 3 years as chair. Don is also a past director of a Vancouver private school, the Vancouver Aquarium and VIATeC, the Vancouver Island technology industries association.
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Cheryl Slusarchuk is a Partner in the Corporate Group with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. She practices in the areas of financings, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and commercialization arrangements for technology, clean technology and renewable energy companies with an emphasis on US/Canada cross-border and international transactions.
Ms. Slusarchuk has been consistently ranked among Canada's top information technology lawyers. Before joining Blakes, Cheryl was a partner at another leading national law firm and was a Partner in a national the Technology/E-commerce Group of a large, international firm in the U.S. Prior to that, Cheryl was general counsel of a NASDAQ-listed international provider of technology and outsourcing solutions. Her responsibilities included an initial and secondary public offering, as well as significant outsourcings and international acquisitions. Ms. Slusarchuk also worked for six years in Australia, focusing on corporate and commercial transactions in the Asia-Pacific region. She has served as the Chair of a Green Energy Advisory Taskforce, Chair of the Cleantech Taskforce of the BC Premier's Technology Council, and Chair of the BC Climate Action Team. She also serves on the board of the British Columbia Innovation Council.
Ms. Slusarchuk received her Bachelor of Laws from McGill University and her J.D. from Chicago Kent-College of Law (Order of the Coif). Ms. Slusarchuk is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Illinois, British Columbia and Ontario.
Morgan Sturdy Independent Director
Morgan Sturdy is a high-tech entrepreneur and executive with an impressive 20 year track record. Morgan was the President of Dees Communications Engineering, a market leader in call center solutions, from 1985 until its acquisition by NICE Systems in 1997.
Morgan Sturdy has been very active in the BC Technology community for the last 20 years serving as a board member of 25 technology companies including CREO, Hothaus Technologies and TIR. He is currently a director of Discovery Parks Incorporated and Chair of the Board of the Great Northern Way Campus Trust.
Morgan was a founder and Chairman for three years of Acetech Academy for Technology CEO’s and founding board member and served as Chairman for 3 years with the Vancouver Enterprise Forum. Morgan Sturdy was Chairman of the Board of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association in 2002 and 2003.
In 2004 Morgan was the recipient of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association Bill Thompson Life Time Achievement award and he also received the Distinguished Alumni Award form the British Columbia Institute of Technology for Significant Contribution to a Trade or Industry.
Morgan Sturdy has served on the Board of Governors of Science World for nine years was Chair for three years. He serves on the Board of the Mitchell Odyssey Foundation which engages kids 10 to 13 years of age in stimulating and mentoring them in the areas of science, technology and mathematics
Ralph Turfus is the founder and former CEO of Class Software Solutions Ltd. He possesses more than 28 years of experience in the data-processing industry and holds master's degrees in business administration and engineering. He started the company, originally called Escom Software Services Ltd., in 1976. The company is the leader in program, facility and revenue-management software for community organizations with more than 700 clients around the world. Class Software Solutions Ltd. saw significant growth in the last 10 years under Ralph. Revenues grew well over 30% compounded annually from $1.1M to $19.7M, while personnel grew to 140 + in a company dedicated providing best of breed solutions to community service organizations. What makes the achievement even more impressive is that it has been funded entirely through internal cash flow, with zero debt accumulated, and no outside equity - Ralph remained the sole shareholder. In October 2004, Ralph sold the company to the Active Network Inc. of La Jolla, California. He helped with the transition until May 2005.
Cleantech Entrepreneur and Business Executive
Mossadiq S. Umedaly has over 22 years of experience growing cleantech businesses. In 2009 Umedaly became the Executive Chairman of Enecsys, a Silicone Valley based solar micro inverter company. As of April 2010, he was also appointed Venture Partner of Wellington Partners, a leading pan-European Venture Capital Fund focused on cleantech and digital media. From 2007 to 2009, he was the chairman of BC Hydro and Power Authority.
As Chairman and CEO of power electronics company Xantrex Technology from 1999 to 2009, he transformed the $10 million test and measurement Company into a world leader in renewable markets, took it public and ultimately sold it in 2008 to strategic acquirers for $500 million. From 1990 to 1998 he drove the growth of fuel cell pioneer Ballard Power Systems as VP and CFO; during his tenure the company went public and increased its market capitalization from $10 million to $6 billion. Umedaly started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and subsequently held senior positions in the Aga Khan Development Network.
He is a member of several important university, non-profit, and government advisory boards focused on cleantech, education and the environment. He has a B.Com, MBA, FCA, and a LL.D (hon).
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