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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 Association, 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 Association.

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.


2018 Board Slate

TechConnex members elected the 2018 Board Slate at our Annual General Meeting on September 26, 2017.

Nigel Fonseca
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.
I-Cheng Chen
Past 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.



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.

Camille Peters

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.




 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.

John Kitchen

 
John Kitchen is the Vice President and General Manager of Esri Canada, which provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions to customers in the private and public sectors.  He is responsible for developing business strategies to achieve the company's objectives and optimize new business opportunities.

Mr. Kitchen sat on the Board of Directors of the York Technology Alliance (now TechConnex) from 2003 to 2012 and currently facilitates the Downtown Tech Executives Peer Group. Presidents, CEOs and COOs in fast-growth technology companies attend the peer group to openly discuss strategies and tactics for business success.
Brenda Osler

Brenda is the Coordinator of Economic Development Programs at the Town of Richmond Hill where she provides a leadership role in the development and implementation of business development programs, including the retention and expansion of existing businesses as well as the attraction of new industry to Richmond Hill. Her specific areas of focus include the ICT and health sectors. Her background includes 15 years in the private sector marketing business-to-business products and services in a variety of industries including ICT.  

Brenda is a Member of the Executive Management Committee of the Board of Directors at a not-for-profit organization, and is actively involved in various committees at the Richmond Hill Board of Trade

Joanna Ng





Marc Lijour 

Marc Lijour helps individuals and organizations capture the benefits of digital technology to improve business, countries, and the human condition. He fights for a Free and Open world when technology and people work well together. Marc Lijour supports organizations in their digital journey with technical and business expertise at Savoir-faire Linux, a leader in innovation and engineering, established in Ontario since 2015. We digitze businesses and countries by leveraging Free/Libre Open Source Software. Marc is Director of Operations for Ontario for Savoir-faire Linux.

 Kevin Fisher

 
 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.

 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. 


 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.
Lan Nguyen   
Barry Fairhurst 

Senior executive with multi-level management experience in sales, operations, business development, product development and finance. Expertise in: developing and providing leadership to top performers, developing/running hybrid sales organizations, managing cross functional teams, start-up to Fortune 500 experience. CEO at F2 Technologies - An Arista, Quantum, Elemental, Source Digital partner.
Susa Jovanovic
 
 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. 

        
 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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