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The Board of Directors plans and implements TechConnex strategies and activities to enhance member learning, networking and information sharing opportunities. The TechConnex Board of Directors are busy professionals and active volunteers. They serve on the Board in a volunteer capacity, representing the interests of all members of the Alliance, advancing the business climate for the region's technology sector and the service industries that support it.

With input from members, the Board develops programs to meet your specific needs. The Board also provides operational direction and support for the Alliance.

As mentors, advisors and, as your peers, members of the Board provide a wealth of technical and executive experience. Drawing upon their knowledge you can accelerate your own business success.


2017 Board Slate

TechConnex members elected the 2017 Board Slate at our Annual General Meeting on September 29, 2016.

I-Cheng Chen
Chair



I-Cheng Chen is the Director of Engineering for AMD. AMD delivers unique and unmatched computational capabilities in order to create natural, intelligent and innovative ways for people to interact with the devices they love. AMD designs and manufactures graphics cards and microprocessors that power millions of the world's personal computers, tablets, gaming consoles, embedded devices and cloud servers.
Nigel Fonseca
Vice Chair



Nigel Fonseca is the CEO of SWI. Prior to becoming CEO, Nigel served as SWI’s VP Engineering, ensuring SWI’s adherence to sound engineering practices and design integrity principles. Nigel is a control systems expert with extensive experience in both nuclear and oil movement I&C as well as other areas. Over the course of his 15 years with the SWI Group of Companies, Nigel has always and continues to be a driving force behind SWI’s growth and continuous innovation.
Camille Peters
Past Chair



Camille is CEO and Co-owner of Mobile Computing Corp Inc. MCC is a software solutions company which allows companies with mobile workers to expand their business through route optimization with real-time tracking and management of people and assets. This results in an improvement to service, performance and provides a compelling ROI.

 

Joining the company in 1999 as a customer advocate in Project Delivery, Camille became an integral contributor to the development of MCC’s software solutions and the success and growth of the business, quickly rising to the position of­­­­ President. Purchasing the business in 2011 was a natural transition when the opportunity presented itself.

 

Since then Camille’s primary focus has been on development and strategic leadership of the company.  For more than 20 years, Camille has focused on businesses with mobile workforces and providing productivity software solutions to significantly improve workforce efficiency. She understands the complexities of providing enterprise class mobility solutions to businesses throughout North America.

 

Camille has been active as a mentor with the NFP Microskills and looks to continuing to leverage her position to bring more visibility and support to women in technology.

John Cameron
Treasurer


John Cameron has been a senior level executive in the high tech sector for over 25 years. Recently, he has been involved with a number of venture capital firms focused on start-up organizations and turnaround opportunities. He was CEO of Aizan Technologies, an on demand voice application service provider specializing in solutions for intelligent call routing and dynamic call management. He also owned his own company, a network systems organization that was sold to Geac Computers. In his 16 year involvement with the telecommunications industry he has held positions as President of Lucent Technologies and President of Avaya Canada.
 Heather Whitten
Secretary



Heather Whitten is a partner in the Business Law Group of Wilson Vukelich LLP. In addition to providing general business advice to clients, Heather has extensive expertise in negotiating and implementing commercial transactions including shareholder arrangements, acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, strategic alliances (including partnerships and joint ventures) and reorganizations. 

Heather has acted for entrepreneurs, private companies, public companies and institutional clients.

 Jason Cottrell

Jason Cottrell is the Founder & Director of Myplanet Digital- a design & technology company that uses open platforms to create meaningful user experiences on an enterprise scale.

After completing an undergraduate degree in biomedical science, Jason enrolled in a business administration program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he started Myplanet in his last year (2009). From an original team of five, all of whom are still on the board.  The company’s clients include The Royal Conservatory of Music, Warner Music, the Ontario Power Authority and Carnegie Hall.

 Dan Duffy


Dan Duffy is the President and Co-founder of Mid-Range Computer Group Inc. He has been in the I.T. business for 28 years. Over the last 25 years Dan has sold Mid-Range's disaster recovery, high availability, hosting and managed services as well as IBM servers, storage and software to customers in Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean. In addition Dan is instrumental in Mid-Range’s Oracle JD Edwards and Oracle CRM on Demand practice.
 Heather Fedash


Heather is a Project Delivery Executive with IBM, Global Business Services, with many years of experience leading large and complex technology development projects and multi-year IT service delivery in the Financial Services and Public Sectors. Heather is known for her expertise in Project Management, IT Outsourcing Solution evaluation and Delivery Management, as well as in Contract Delivery Risk Management. 
Heather is a strong leader, facilitator, problem-solver, and negotiator; passionate about learning and facilitating collaboration to enable continuous improvement and service excellence within and across organizations. She is someone known for driving results through strong business acumen, diplomacy and integrity. Heather has a proven capability to navigate change and build alliances and partnerships based on credibility and trust. 
 Kevin Fisher


 
 Shelly Frank


Shelly Frank, PCC, ORSC-C, Cert. APM is an executive coach and business consultant with a multi-faceted business and community service background. She has an extensive entrepreneurial background with a focus on marketing and strategy. She received Ernst & Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000 and has held many Leadership roles and accolades to her credit. She served over 4 years as Treasurer, Vice President and President at International Coach Federation, GTA Chapter. She enjoys creating collaborative spaces and looks forward to deepening her multi-disciplinary work with like-minded partnerships.
 Dharmesh Gandhi


Dharmesh Gandhi is a Senior Manager in the Quantitative Services Group at EY.  EY is a multinational professional services firm, with 190 000 employees in over 700 offices around 150 countries.  The firm provides Assurance, Tax, Advisory and Transaction Advisory Services.

Since 2005, Dharmesh has been fully dedicated to developing SR & ED and Business Tax Incentives (BTI) practice.  He has worked with a wide range of clients, including start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries such as High Tech Manufacturing, Automotive, Aerospace, Bio-Tech, IT software and hardware.

An engineer by training, Dharmesh is currently focused on growing the Private Mid-Market BTI practice nationally across Canada.
 Paul Gragtmans



Paul has more than 30 years of experience in the IT and AV technology industries and brings a practical and insightful approach to today’s technology environment. He is working with some of the largest Canadian companies in a consultative role, helping them sort through the collaborative technologies available to them. He has developed an Interactive Collaborative EcoSystem model which allows organizations to understand the dynamics of the collaborative and UC technologies; work with them to determine their current position in the use of the technologies and to create a roadmap to meet their goals for increased collaboration.

Paul has held leadership positions at both large corporate companies, e.g. IBM Canada – General Manager positions, and at several technology start ups. His results-oriented drive, real world insight and innovative leadership have spawned successful strategies, coupled with practical planning and implementation.

His focus at ET Group is to bring ongoing value to the customer.

 Dr. Robert Haché


Robert Haché is Vice-President Research and Innovation at York University.  Professor Haché previously held the position of associate vice-president research at the University of Calgary, as well as appointments in the university’s Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine, and in the Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science.  Previously Prof. Haché spent 18 years at the University of Ottawa serving in research leadership positions and culminating with a term as vice-dean, research for the Faculty of Medicine.
 Muneer Hirji


Muneer is the Founder of 3.0 Corp. For the last 25 years, Muneer has held executive positions with high-growth technology companies - start-ups as well as more established firms. 

He was Vice President of Marketing at SAP Canada, General Manager of i2 Canada, and most recently, President and CEO of Ideaca, a Systems Integrator with over 200 employees. At Ideaca, Muneer was responsible for all aspects of the business including corporate strategy, sales, marketing, consulting, finance and IT. The common thread running through these ventures has been the accelerated profitable growth these companies experienced under Muneer's leadership.

Muneer has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph.

 Robert Lane

A seasoned business executive, Bob brings many years of C level management with world-class companies such as GE, NORTEL, Commodore Computers, Tandem computers and Acklands Ltd. After a successful business career, he formed his own organization in 1984. Clients have included domestic and International groups in manufacturing, distribution, utility services, health care, construction, computers services and communications. He applies first hand business experience and know-how to help business leaders identify their problems, develop solutions and assist them to deploy these to move forward. Our approach is always to be involved with all and any project from start to finish. In the area of technology related projects he has headed projects for Ameritech – home services and security systems;  AT&T – Home of the future platforms; Development and deployment of CEBus standards for services over power line carriers; Developed programs re deregulation of electricity in Australia; Developed 1st in home trial of power line delivery of metering services for Hydro One;  acted as technical advisor on 25 York St project for Menkes and TELUS; Developed business plans and products for Hydro One Smart Meter Program in Ontario.

He is a graduate of University of Toronto (BA Trinity) and Ivey School of Business (MBA)- and serves on several advisory boards. 

 Eric LeBlanc


Eric LeBlanc is Vice President, Commercial Financial Services – Knowledge Based Industries (KBI) for RBC.  In this capacity, Mr. LeBlanc is responsible for leading the specialized KBI Commercial Financial Services teams based in Toronto, Mississauga and Kitchener-Waterloo in information technology and life sciences and healthcare services markets. 

Eric recently re-joined the KBI team in May 2012 after spending time with RBC’s Commercial Advisory Group in a leadership role, as Director - Specialized Industries. Prior to this role, Eric worked with the RBC KBI Teams in both Greater Toronto and Ottawa in both relationship management and financing roles.  He has extensive experience in a wide range of financing to meet the unique and high growth needs of KBI companies.  Eric also spent time with RBC in a senior national office role around its deposit portfolio and in business services. Eric is presently on the Board of Directors for TechConnex.  Eric holds an Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from University of Victoria and a MBA from Saint Mary's University.  
 Andrew Nunes


Andrew is a partner in the law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. His practice encompasses numerous aspects of corporate/commercial law, including mergers & acquisitions, reorganizations, joint ventures, strategic alliances, financings, outsourcings and customer/supplier arrangements in a broad range of industries. Andrew acts for a wide range of clients from blue-chip corporations to leading-edge technology companies, including a number of U.S. clients engaged in cross-border transactions. 
Tracey Whitehouse


Tracey is a founder and Chief Operating Officer of TGO Consulting. Tracey formed TGO Consulting with partners Orgad Gratch and George Braun, with a mandate to build the best possible financial systems implementation team in the industry. Since TGO's inception in 1988, Tracey has been involved in many implementations in a variety of roles including needs analysis, providing business recommendations, project management, training and support.

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