Board of Directors
Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien III – Chairman
Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien is Chief Executive Officer of Telemedia Ventures Inc. Prior to this appointment, Philippe was President of Gasbeau Company, where one of his main responsibilities was the development and implementation of the company’s investment activities as well as the operating management of its ventures. Philippe is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and of the investment analyst training program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Eric Demirian is currently the President of Parklea Capital, a position he has held since 2003. He has significant transaction experience involving mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and public and private financings with experience in a wide range of industries including technology, communications and entertainment, clean-tech, manufacturing, distribution, financial, consumer goods and real estate. Eric has extensive public company board of directors, audit committee and special committee experience and is currently the chairman of the board of Descartes Systems Group and a director of Imax Corporation and Enghouse Systems Limited. Eric is a former director of Leisure Canada Inc. (2010–2011), Menu Foods Income Fund (2005-2010) and Keystone North America Inc. (2007–2010). He is a CPA, CA and CGA.
Nizar Jaffer Somji
Nizar Jaffer Somji is a serial entrepreneur, corporate executive and board director with a proven track record of growing businesses. He is the founder and former president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Matrikon Inc., a recognized leader in industrial intelligence for the oil and gas industry. Matrikon was acquired by Honeywell in June 2010 for $144 million. Nizar founded and currently serves as president and CEO of Jaffer Inc., a real estate, investment and hospitality company with assets in Canada and the USA. Nizar is also chairman of the board of Zafin Inc., an award-winning supplier of relationship banking software solutions to the financial services industry. Most recently, Nizar was appointed to the Board of Governors at the University of Alberta. Nizar holds a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
Robert Williams brings more than 20 years of experience in computing, networking and security to his role as CEO of Redline. Prior to joining Redline in 2010, Robert served as Vice President at Bluecat Networks, CEO of Bioscrypt, and Vice President of Engineering for Psion Teklogix Inc. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
John Wilson is a proven business leader who has a broad range of executive management experience in high growth markets at the intersection of technology and oil and gas. He has held held executive positions such as Executive Vice President of Landmark Graphics, a division of Halliburton; President of the Exploration Services Division within VeritasDGC; President and CEO of Trade Ranger Inc. and CEO and President of Quantapoint Inc. In 2007 John established Scorpio Resources, a professional services firm that works with companies to develop and implement their growth strategies. He is a founding partner of Seacrest Capital Ltd, a Bermuda based investment fund specializing in oil and gas exploration investments and is also a non-executive director of Azimuth Ltd. a Bermuda based oil and gas exploration company. John holds a Bachelor's degree in electronic engineering and physics from Loughborough University of Technology and an MBA from the Polytechnic of Central London. He lives in Houston, Texas.
David John Roberts
Mr. Roberts is currently Chief Investment Officer of Pender Financial Group Corporation and has over 30 years of senior operational and investment experience in the venture capital, information technology, communications and life sciences sectors. He has held various directorships in public and private companies since 1983. He is currently Chairman of ActiveState Software Inc. and a director of RDM Corporation (TSX: RC). Previously, Mr. Roberts also served as Chairman, President and CEO of BasicGov Systems, Inc., President & CEO and director of Santa Rosa Resources Corp., a director of Pender Growth Fund (VCC) Inc., Chairman of Icron Technologies Corporation, and President & CEO of PenderFund Capital Management Ltd. Mr. Roberts is a graduate of University College London (B.Sc.).