Board of Director Profiles
Amielle Lake, CEO & Founder, Tagga MediaAmielle Lake is the CEO of Tagga Media, an end-to-end mobile solutions company. The company’s campaign management platform utilizes the mobile device to connect consumers to a brand’s advertising media, and provides detailed insight into consumer interactions. Prior to founding Tagga, Amielle held a range of executive marketing and corporate development roles across the software, financial services and mining market sectors. She currently sits on the boards for Mobile Marketing Association of Canada, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, NextMedia, and Kids Up Front.
Amir Nasrabadi, Vice President, General Manager, Pixar CanadaDuring the past 15 years, Amir has held various management roles in the 3D animation field specializing in operations, production and business strategy. He has been with The Walt Disney Studios since 1999, working in live-action visual effects, direct-to-video animation, and theatrical feature animation. Amir moved to Vancouver in 2009 to start Pixar Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios.
Bruce Tattrie, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLPBruce is a practitioner in the telecommunications industry, particularly for transactions involving telecommunications infrastructure and capacity. Bruce has represented 360networks since its inception. He also represents corporations in significant technology acquisitions and with licensing transactions and other technology dispositions. Bruce has a wide range of experience representing both emerging and senior technology companies.
Chris Coghlan, Executive Vice President, Client Development, Blast RadiusSince joining Blast Radius in 2000, Chris has helped the Vancouver-based digital agency grow from 50 to 500 employees across 10 offices globally. Under his leadership, Blast Radius has won accounts with some of world's top brands, including Nike, Starbucks, BMW, NIVEA and Nintendo. Blast Radius was acquired by WPP in 2007.
Greg Spievak, Founder and Principal, Reboot CommunicationsGreg Spievak is the founder and principal of Reboot Communications, a firm that specializes in creating and delivering conferences worldwide. For the last twelve years, Mr. Spievak has worked on conferences with government agencies and international corporations in the areas of: Information Technology, Privacy and Security, Biometrics, Electronic Games, Health, Counterterrorism and Public Safety. For over twenty-five years, Mr. Spievak served in senior sales and marketing positions in the high-technology and telecommunications industries with companies such as AT&T;, NCR, Xerox and 3M.
Harry Chemko, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Elastic Path Software Inc.Harry Chemko is the co-founder and CEO of Elastic Path Software. Since 2000, he has grown the company to become a leader in enterprise e-commerce software, transacting billions of dollars for its clients each year. As an extension to Elastic Path’s core software business, Harry negotiated the exclusive rights to e-commerce operations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Elastic Path employs over 180 staff and has offices in Vancouver, BC, London, UK, and San Jose, Costa Rica.
James Maynard, President, Wavefront Accelerated CommercializationMr. Maynard is an accomplished business development strategist, having over 20 years of exceptional performance in a variety of demanding sales and marketing roles. Prior to Wavefront, James was the founder of VST Canada in 2002. He led its growth into Canada's largest digital narrow-casting network until VST Canada was acquired by VST International in 2004. Mr. Maynard also established Sapient Technologies Group Inc. in 1996, a business strategy consultancy for early to mid-stage technology companies. His previous experience also included roles with Wang Labs and Sun Microsystems.
James Rumble, CFO, HootsuiteJames Rumble has been involved in a wide range of industries including airlines, telecoms, local search and social media and has worked in large multinationals, turnarounds and start ups. James is happiest building high growth companies in a rapidly changing environment. His career has covered operational as well as CFO roles.
Johann Starke, President & CEO, FCVJohann founded FCV as an interactive and digital marketing agency in 2005 with the goal of helping companies connect their brands with their customers using technology and innovation to drive results. Before FCV, Johann was Director of Business Development at Expedia while it rose to become a global brand and where he played a key role in the creation and growth of the private label technology platform. He was recently recognized in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under Forty, and his leadership and philanthropic endeavours earned FCV a Community Leadership Award from the British Columbia Technology Industry Association in 2010.
Jonathan Lutz, VP & CFO, Electronic Arts Labels Worldwide
Jon Lutz was born in London, England and attended Cambridge University where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences. The first two years of his career were at Proctor & Gamble in the European Health and Beauty Care division. Jon joined Electronic Arts Europe in 1998, the perfect fit for him as a videogame- enthusiast. Since then, he has been in finance and IT roles spanning publishing, online, studio and corporate roles. During his career at Electronic Arts, Jon has been based in London UK, Redwood Shores CA, Los Angeles CA and most recently Vancouver, BC. Since moving to Vancouver in 2006 Jon has held roles as VP, CFO, EA Canada, VP, CFO, EA SPORTS and most recently assumed the role as VP, CFO, EA Labels Worldwide.
Kimberly Kaplan, VP Product Evow at PlentyoffishKimberly Kaplan was one of the initial employees of Plentyoffish,having been a part of the company for over 4 years. Throughout hertime at POF Kimberly's role adapted to the changing environment,originally being responsible for business development and monetizationand more recently growth and product development. Being in on theground floor, Kimberly gained immense insight into startup life aswell as what it takes to grow and emerge as a leader. It's thisknowledge combined with her passion and drive that propelled Kimberlyinto founding a number of different companies under the POF umbrella.This experience serves Kimberly well as she continues to mentor
startups in the Vancouver community.
Michael Fergusson, CEO and Founder, AyogoMichael Fergusson is dedicated to the idea that playing is one of the most productive things we can do. He's been an entrepreneur and innovator on the Web for over 15 years. Millions have played the games he has developed on computers and Smartphones all over the world. Michael has been invited to speak on game design at SXSW, Casual Connect in Seattle, Vancouver's F5 Expo, Games and Health - Vid Week, Banff Television Festival and NextMedia in Toronto, and has been featured by Fast Company, MIT Technology Review, CBC and the Globe and Mail.
Olivier Vincent, President & Chief Executive Officer, ZiplocalOlivier has spent more than 20 years as a senior executive in the technology and local search directory industry in several continents. He recently was the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canpages, which was founded in 2006 with HM Capital Partners and sold in 2010 to Yellow Media. In January 2010, Olivier was appointed CEO of Ziplocal, one of the fastest growing local search and directory companies in the US. Olivier also worked for Verizon International in Europe, North and Latin America and Asia for several years.
Owen Matthews, Executive Vice President, Wesley CloverOwen Matthews is an Executive Vice President at Wesley Clover. In this role, Owen is responsible for strategy and business development activities for the Wesley Clover portfolio, both domestically and internationally. Prior to his position at Wesley Clover, Owen was the founder and CEO of Newheights Software. Newheights was a pioneer in enterprise unified communication products.As CEO of Newheights, Owen was responsible for all aspects of the business. Achievements worth noting include OEM agreements with major enterprise communication system vendors, carrier equipment manufacturers and direct agreements with telephone companies.
Paul Lee, Co-founder and General Partner, Vanedge CapitalV. Paul Lee is Managing General Partner of Vanedge Capital Partners Ltd. Lee is the former President of EA where he was responsible for one of the world’s largest entertainment studios. In 1989, he invested in and joined Distinctive Software, which EA acquired in 1991. Lee has received numerous business honours, including: 1994, one of Business in Vancouver’s "40 under 40" business leaders; 2002, BCTIA Person of the Year.
Pauline Moller, CEO, Wyley InteractiveMost recently, Pauline was Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for EA SPORTS, one of the largest sports entertainment brands in the world, where she was responsible for strategic planning, business development, oversight and execution of business operating plans across all of EA SPORTS. She also drove EA SPORTS’ online presence and portfolio, stewarding its transition from console to social, micro-transaction, virtual-goods based gaming. Prior to that, Pauline was Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA Canada for 3 years. Prior to joining EA in 1996, Pauline spent over 10 years in the data communication and telecoms hi-tech industry, in roles ranging from software engineering to heading up research & development.
Rick Griffiths, Partner, Pricewaterhouse CoopersRick Griffiths is a CA and an incorporated partner in the Technology, InfoCom, Entertainment and Media Group in PricewaterhouseCoopers, Vancouver. He has a strong knowledge of developing industry issues, nationally and internationally, and is sought out by Canadian and foreign governments considering economic development in those industries. His clients include start-ups, venture capital funds and public and private commercial enterprises.
Robert Forget, Director of Product Management, Vecima NetworksRobert Forget started in the business development group at Vecima Networks Inc. in 2004 and is currently Vecima’s Director of Wireless Sales. Robert ran his own consulting firm from 2000-2004, specializing in electronics design and systems implementation. Mr. Forget has been active on the boards of many organizations from such diverse areas as housing developments, politics, and the church.
Sandy Fleischer, Managing Partner, Pound and Grain
In his capacity as Managing Partner, Sandy’s responsibilities include strategy and agency growth. And he brings over 15 years of digital agency experience and an entrepreneurial spirit to the Pound & Grain team with work for clients such as McDonalds, SAP, AT&T, Electronic Arts, Sony Ericsson, Diageo, and Nintendo. In his secret other life, Sandy is known as DJ Pescatore, and has played to crowds across Canada, the US and Italy. On a good day, he can juggle four tennis balls.
Steve Wandler Co-Founder, FreshGrade.com, Founder of metabridge
Founded YourTechOnline.com, acquired by support.com from the Bay Area (NASDAQ: SPRT). YourTechOnline was the #1 ranked by PC Magazine for Online Tech Support Company in North America. In 2009 Steve founded metabridge.ca - an elite technology retreat that creates "connections that matter" for Canadian technology companies to California’s Silicon Valley through an annual high profile retreat held in Kelowna, British Columbia. metabridge is designed to match Canadian technology companies and entrepreneurs to connections for acquisition, partnership and funding in the Silicon Valley.Most recently, Steve Wandler and Lane Merrifield (co-founder of Club Penguin) co-founded FreshGrade.com, an assessment platform for 21st Century learning.
Tom Nyberg, Director, Nokia VancouverTom has held various senior product leadership roles with Nokia since 1998. He started as a Product Manager for in-car telematics products in Germany from where he moved to US to head regional product management for early entertainment focused smartphones. Since 2004, he has lived and worked in Vancouver. During these years his global team has been instrumental in building the Nokia Nseries range of smartphones with some industry icons like the Nokia N95. In 2009, Tom was part of the management team that transitioned Nokia Vancouver to become a leading SW development site for Nokia's application store and application ecosystem.
Vincent Yen, CEO and Co-Founder, airGVince co-founded airG in 2000 and has been instrumental in creating the company vision, strategic direction and technology transfer that has brought a highly successful mobile social entertainment product line to market. He has led the product integration team in over 200 seamless integrations with more than 100 mobile operators worldwide, and managed the architectural design of billing systems and operational processes for product development and deployment. Vincent is an SFU grad and is also a director of Wavefront – The Canadian Centre for Excellence in Wireless Commercialization.
Warren Franklin, former CEO, Rainmaker EntertainmentWarren Franklin has over twenty years experience managing studio operations and film production at Lucasfilm Ltd, Colossal Pictures, Cinesite, and Pinnacle Studios. He was a key member of George Lucas’ creative and management team for more than a decade, where he created Lucasfilm Entertainment Group and served as its V-P. He was named CEO of Rainmaker in July 2006, after joining the company in June 2005 to oversee its visual effects division.