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Group Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation, WA


As Group Program Manager in the Windows Server Division, Erin Chapple's team is responsible for driving the Management Experience and Automation Platform for Windows Server. Common across these deliverables is the goal of providing our customers rich, cost effective solutions to manage their environment. Erin joined Microsoft in 1998 and has held several roles focused on delivering solutions for IT. Erin holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. In 2005 she completed a Master's in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle. In 2007 she was recognized by her Alma Matter with a UW 50th Anniversary Alumni Award for her work supporting women in technology. In this same year her peers at Microsoft presented her with the Outstanding Mentor for Women Award. Most recently, Erin was recognized as one of ten "Microsoft Woman Worth Watching" on Mary-Jo Foley's ZDNet Blog. In her remaining spare time, she enjoys anything to do with music, good food and friends.


Chairman and Founder, DALSA Corporation

Savvas Chamberlain Photo.JPGHe transferred his technology from research carried out at the University of Waterloo while he was a Professor to successful commercialization in Canada.  Dr. Savvas Chamberlain founded DALSA Corporation in 1980, he was the CEO from its inception until August 2007. He is presently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of DALSA Corporation.

In July 2009 he was inducted as a member in the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor in Canada. In July 2010 he was made Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his research work on Charge Coupled devices.

He is a strong advocate for technology transfer and commercialization of innovations in Ontario and Canada. He participates in none-profit organizations working towards such cause. He is involved in helping local start-up technology companies to move to a profitable and lasting growth stage.

Under his leadership DALSA has grown from few employees to more than 1000 employees with revenues of $205.96 million in 2008. During his tenure as CEO he was responsible for corporate strategy, strategic technology direction, longterm planning, and setting the direction of the company’s culture.

Savvas was educated in England and has M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Southampton University. He is highly regarded as a pioneer in the field of digital imaging, Savvas has a background as a scientist and Professor at the University of Waterloo, where he taught and conducted research in the field of Semiconductor Devices and Integrated Circuits for over 25 years.  He is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Waterloo. His industrial experience includes research work with IBM and other companies. He has  published more than 150 papers in scientific journals in the area of CCDs and semiconductor devices and has authored and co-authored more than 20 patents in the area of image sensors. He characterizes himself as a scientist, inventor, Professor and entrepreneur.

He has been awarded many honors, including, Member of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the AIA life time achievement award, and Fellow of IEEE. In June 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree by the University of Waterloo for his industrial contributions and in April 2007 he was awarded the Ontario Premier’s Catalyst award for life time achievement in innovation. In May 2008 was elected Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a supported of philanthropy, he likes Greek literature, gardening, loves outdoors, nature, walking, hiking, classical music, Greek music, live theatre and the opera.


CEO, Cherrypicks

IMG_3677Jason Chiu holds a B.A.Sc. Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering (1994 Dean’s Honor List Graduate) with Management Science Option.


Jason Chiu is the CEO of The Cherrypicks Group, a mobile marketing leader in Asia-Pacific.  Cherrypicks focuses on creative and high quality branded mobile applications (iPhone, Android and other smartphone platforms), augmented reality solutions, and targeted mobile advertising platforms. Its blue-chip client base include HSBC, Prudential, P&G, Disneyland, Yahoo, Nokia, Mercedes Benz, HK Jockey Club, LVMH Group, etc.  Cherrypicks is a Red Herring Asia 100 company, founding member of the Wireless Technology Industry Association and Mobile Marketing Association HK Local Council, and winner of numerous awards including Digital Media Award, Mobile Marketing Association Global Award, ICT Award, Deloitte Technology China Fast 50 Award and Finalist at the GSMA Award. Mr. Chiu and Cherrypicks were also featured as a case study at the Harvard Business School (#N9-807-106).  Prior to founding Cherrypicks in 2000, Mr. Chiu was a Director for Global High Technology and Telecommunications Practice at Deloitte Consulting in Toronto and Hong Kong.



Far Star Ventures LLC



Chairman, Navcast Inc. Coutts is Chairman of Navcast Inc, manufacturer ofmarine satellite data receivers. In 2000, Rod retired as Chairman of Teklogix International Inc., which produces wireless data communications systems for corporations with a mobile workforce and a need for real-time interactive data communications.  He was also previously Chairman, president and CEO of the company, which he had co-founded in 1967. In 2000, the company was bought by Psion PLC, Europe’s largest maker of handheld computers

Rod graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1964 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering. He has been the Chair of the Faculty of Engineering for Campaign Waterloo.



Managing Director, Head of CDN Investment Banking, Genuity Capital Markets


Mr. Daviau is the Head of Investment Banking for Canaccord Genuity in Canada.  Mr. Daviau was one of the founders of Genuity Capital Markets, a where he was the Head of Equity Capital Markets.  Prior to which time, Mr. Daviau was Co-head of Investment Banking at CIBC World Markets which he initially had joined in 1991.  Prior to joining CIBC World Markets, Dr. Daviau practiced securities law at Goodmans LLP.


Mr. Daviau has experience in a broad range of financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions assignments. Equity offering experience includes public or private financings many of Canada's leading technology, media and telecom.  M&A experience is substantial having advised on in excess of US$50 billion of transactions.


Mr. Daviau holds an MBA from York University, an LL.B from Osgoode Hall/York University and a B.A. (Math and Statistics) from the University of Western Ontario.


In 2004, Mr. Daviau was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, honoring the top 40 Canadians who have reached a significant level of success in their respective fields and was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.


President, The C3 Group                                                                                                                   Murray Gamble is President of The C3 Group of Companies, a multi-discipline engineering, contracting and applied technology organization headquartered in Waterloo Region. Murray and his partner, Cameron Wood, have founded and grown a number of successful technical companies, and maintain active networks in the Canadian business and academic sectors.


Murray is the past Chairman of the Innovators Alliance, a not-for-profit networking organization for the Presidents and CEOs of Ontario's fastest growing companies. Murray serves on the Advisory Board of Waterloo Engineering’s Centre for Business Entrepreneurship and Technology, and has served as an advisor to the Queen’s School of Business, Centre for Enterprise Development.  He is on the Advisory Board for the Colleges of Ontario Network for Industry Innovation, and has served as a technical advisor to the Ontario Centres of Excellence. 


Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, CN - retired

52 uw dean.jpgAfter graduating with an electrical engineering degree from Waterloo in 1971, Fred joined Dofasco where he worked his way up through a succession of operating and project management positions. He served as general foreman and eventually as superintendent of several hundred people. 

In the late 1980s, he led major corporate projects worth $100 million plus. Fred was then asked to create a new maintenance management system for Dofasco.  He travelled the world to benchmark systems and developed a new one based upon the best the Japanese, the Europeans and Dofasco itself had to offer.  After that major success which saved Dofasco $100 million, he was asked to lead the information technology department. Fred adopted innovative technologies and created a steel industry best-in-class operation.  He added process automation to the group with a team of 350 engineers and technologists. At the same time, Fred became president or chairman of several industry groups, including the Conference Board of Canada IT Committee. 

In the mid 1990s, Fred was recruited to CN Rail where he was appointed senior vice-president for information technology.  Along the way he took a team of good technical IT people and transformed them into a great technical team with solid business sense. Fred retired from CN Rail in 2009.

Fred was awarded the 2010 Faculty of Engineering Alumni Achievement Medal for Professional Achievement in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments in the engineering, construction, commissioning and operation of large steel mills, and also his significant contributions to information systems as senior vice-president for information technology at CN Rail.


Managing Director and Partner, Mustang Capital Partners

20100914_DJ_094-highres-cropped2.jpgPaul co-founded Mustang Capital Partners Inc. in 2002 and has eighteen years of investment banking experience focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. Mustang is a Calgary-based investment banking firm focused on mergers and acquisitions in the Canadian energy sector.  Since inception, Mustang has completed 26 M&A transactions for $3.6 billion and raised over $400 million in 13 public and private equity financings.

Paul began his investment banking career with Lancaster Financial, a highly regarded M&A boutique based in Toronto. Following the sale of Lancaster to TD Securities, Paul became a senior member of TD Securities' M&A team in Toronto where he led transactions in a variety of industries including oil & gas, energy utilities, media, forest products and real estate. Paul moved to Calgary in 1997 and spent four years building TD Securities’ presence in the city achieving notable success in leading numerous high profile M&A transactions and providing corporate finance coverage to numerous mid-to-large sized oil & gas clients as well as clients in the utility, royalty trust and energy technology sectors. When Paul left TD Securities in 2001, he was one of the firm’s youngest Managing Directors. Prior to his investment banking career, Paul worked as a reservoir engineer with Imperial Oil Limited in Calgary and Cold Lake, Alberta. Paul is also Vice Chairman of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.

Paul has a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario (Ivey).


VP of Growth, Mobile and International

Chamath Palihapitiya is the Vice President of User Growth, Mobile and International at  Facebook and, since 2008, has led a cross functional team responsible for driving the growth of Facebook's userbase through product, virality, marketing and internationalization efforts on both the web and mobile. Prior to his current role at Facebook, Chamath oversaw Facebook Platform from its launch in 2007 and led the team that built and initially scaled Facebook’s online advertising product. Chamath joined Facebook from The Mayfield Fund, a leading venture capital firm in Silicon Valley where he led consumer Internet, advertising and technology investments. Prior to Mayfield, Chamath spent five years with AOL in roles of increasing responsibility, culminating in his position as the Vice President and General Manager of AIM and ICQ. Chamath began his career as a derivatives trader before leaving finance to work for Internet music pioneers Winamp and Chamath grew up in Canada and graduated first class honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.



President, Pinnacle Consultants Inc.




President & CEO, Magor Communications

Mike Pascoe is well known for his strong record of building shareholder value in the telecommunications industry and for his active role on the boards of leading up-and-coming technology companies, such as ANDA Networks. Most recently, Mr. Pascoe was CEO of Meriton Networks and led its private sale to Xtera Communications. Previously, Mr. Pascoe was CEO and President of PairGain Technologies, which ADC acquired in 2000 for $3 billin. Prior to PairGain, Mr. Pascoe was a key member of the executive management team at Newbridge Networks (acquired by Alcatel in 2000 for $7 billion) as the president of the U.S. division, as well as the EVP/GM of the North and South American business regions. Prior to his 14 years with Newbridge, Mr. Pascoe held various engineering and marketing positions with Nortel, Mitel and the telecom division of Rockwell International. Mr. Pascoe holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.


President, Pratt & Whitney Canada


John Saabas is President of Pratt & Whitney Canada.  He was appointed to this position on January 1, 2009.  He began his career at Pratt & Whitney Canada in 1985 as a structures and dynamics analyst and held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and operations, including positions as vice president. He was named Executive Vice President of Pratt & Whitney Canada in 2006.


He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and a member of Aéro Montréal as well as a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario. In 2008 he was awarded an Alumni Achievement Medal by the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering for his leadership and vision in leveraging innovation and research collaboration to advance the Canadian aerospace industry.


He earned a PhD in aerodynamics from McGill University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo.



Chief Executive Officer, Redknee


Lucas_jpg.JPGLucas Skoczkowski is the CEO and founder of Redknee, a communications software company created in 1999 that provides converged billing, customer care and rating and charging solutions to more than 70 network operators in over 50 countries. Lucas is responsible for strategic planning and execution and has led Redknee in consistently meeting and exceeding its goals, including financial performance, profitability, business and customer growth. Lucas has driven the development of Redknee's product portfolio, sales, and overall organizational performance. 


Due to his exceptional leadership, Lucas has been honoured with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Information Technology sector for Ontario, was awarded the ‘Top 40 Under 40’ Award for Canada, and for the past eight years has helped Redknee achieve Deloitte’s ‘Top 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada’ award. Prior to Redknee, Lucas worked at Nortel Networks and Clearnet in various areas of Product Management.


Lucas serves on the Board of Directors for Redknee and has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he was a Loran scholar.




Vice Chairman and Managing Director
CIBC World Markets Inc.

Mr. Spafford joined the corporate finance department of Wood Gundy in 1976, and became Managing Director responsible for mergers and acquisitions in 1984.  Over the years, he has been involved in many of Canada’s most significant mergers and acquisition transactions, including major acquisitions, divestitures, take-over bids and take-over defenses.  In addition, he has been involved in a broad range of corporate finance activities, including public and private debt and equity financings, as well as advisory assignments.

Mr. Spafford has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.  Mr. Spafford is President of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Opera Company and a past Governor of the University of Waterloo.




President and CEO, Priiva Consulting Corporation Sullivan is the President & CEO and co-founder in Priiva Consulting Corporation. Since 1995, he has been involved the delivery of corporate strategy based upon game theory principles. Prior to the founding of Priiva, Gerry was the founding President and CEO of Open Options Corporations. Gerry has been a principal in hundreds of game theory engagements relating to mergers & acquisitions, competitive positioning, alliance development, labor-management negotiations, government regulations, litigation, and environmental issues.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Sullivan was on the faculty of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His research specialty was large-scale process optimization and control, and he has authored many research publications and consulted widely. Gerry was educated at the University of Waterloo (BASc) and Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England (PhD 1977, Chemical Engineering). He is also a graduate of Stanford University's Executive Business Program (1992).

Gerry has had a history of service on boards of public and private organizations including the University of Waterloo, and many early stage high technology companies.


Founder, Chairman & CEO, NexJ Systems Inc.

William M. Tatham is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NexJ Systems Inc., a premier provider of people-centered enterprise business solutions.


Prior to establishing NexJ Systems in 2003, Mr. Tatham was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Janna Systems, which sold to his largest competitor, Siebel Systems, in 2000 in a record value transaction for a Canadian software company.


Mr. Tatham is a member of the Board of Elizabeth Arden (RDEN: NASQ), a global prestige beauty, fragrance, cosmetics and skincare products company where he sits on the Audit and Compensation committees.


He serves on the Board of Governors at the University of Waterloo and serves on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board of the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is on the Advisory Board for the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research.


He holds Advanced Certificates in Board Governance and in Leading Board Committees from the Ontario Hospital Association. Previously, he was Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors and was the Vice-Chair and Chair of the North York General Hospital Quality Committee. Mr. Tatham is the Honorary Co-Chair of the Building the Vision campaign for the Woodstock General Hospital and he is a Cabinet member of the Capital Campaign for the Michener Institute.


He is a Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Association for People-Centred Health, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote people-centred health. He is a member of the Board of Stewards for Open Health Tools, a global community of health professionals, developers, and jurisdictions dedicated to developing interoperable open source health software based on best practices.


Mr. Tatham is a graduate from the University of Waterloo in 1983, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering and options in Socio-economic Systems and Management Science.



President, Cambridge Towel Corporation


HGT.jpgThompson has 30 years dedicated knowledge of, and involvement in, the Product Development, Manufacture and Marketing of Home and Hotel furnishings.

Thompson is currently President of The Cambridge Towel Corporation, a privately held company producing, selling and distributing a range of Bathroom and Shower products to Canadian and world markets.

Thompson is also President and CEO of Thompson Centre for Art and Design, a private corporation deeply involved in the creation and design of all home and hotel furnishing products.

THOMPSON CAD provides complete creative and design services, over sees and approves all stages and aspects of production, provides access to best available producers of given products.

Thompson acts as a consultant to many manufacturers and retailers in Canada, US, India, China and Europe.

Access to and best solutions are provided by Thompson in a practical and matter of fact manner to a cluttered and complex world.

Thompson is also an accomplished Artist in the traditional style, creating landscapes of Canada and Europe in Oils and Watercolour.

A prolific Artist, Thompson exhibits his works in Ontario, Ireland and the United States.

Thompson is a member of the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto and the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin Ireland.

Thompson is an adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, where he teaches Sketching and Drawing.