Board of Directors
We have put together a globally connected and engaged Board of Directors to help direct the success of Chaordix.
Ken F. Wilson, Chair
Ken is the Senior Vice President, Long Range Planning and an Officer of Coril Holdings Ltd., a privately held company headquartered in Calgary, Canada. Ken has over twenty years of experience in senior management and leadership positions of both private and public corporations ranging in size from small to large. Ken was previously President and CEO of InQuent Technologies, a private-label web hosting company owned by SBC Communications. Before joining InQuent, Ken was with Sprint Canada as President of their Enterprise and Consumer Services Business, leading the organization’s expansion from 600 to 1,500 employees and from $329 million to $1.1 billion in revenue over four years. Ken was also Senior Vice-President at Oracle Corporation Canada, President of Amdahl Canada Limited, and held various sales and management positions with IBM Canada.
Brad Johns, Director
Brad brings 24 years of operating, business development, private equity and venture capital experience in the Information Technology and Energy sectors to Yaletown. Brad currently manages Yaletown’s investment in Zanttz. As the Vice President of Business Development for Moneta Energy Services, a private natural gas storage and marketing company, Brad was responsible for identifying, negotiating and acquiring assets for conversion into natural gas storage facilities. Brad has also worked in private equity, as a Partner with Moneta Capital Partners and in venture capital as a Vice President of Launchworks.
Brad brings significant IT and Oil and Gas experience to the team. As the Senior Partner at Moneta Capital Partners, he was responsible for the IT and Oil and Gas Technology portfolios. As part of the founding team at Calgary-based Launchworks, Brad contributed to the firm’s strong performance returns in a challenging market environment. Brad also has extensive operational experience in the IT sector, including a decade as engineer and manager with Nortel, and as an executive with two technology startups.
Brad has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Queen’s University, a Masters in Engineering from McMaster University and an MBA from INSEAD, consistently ranked among the top ten business schools globally.
James Smith, Corporate Secretary
James is a partner that has worked extensively in the Ottawa, Toronto, and Waterloo technology communities since 1998. His practice focuses on corporate, securities and commercial law, and has included public and private financings and mergers and acquisitions transactions for a broad range of emerging enterprises. James recently completed a Masters degree in venture-backed firm corporate governance at the University of Toronto Law School through its Capital Markets Institute. James supports a number of technology and innovation clusters and initiatives, including Ottawa and Waterloo bar camps and startup camps and the Technology Venture Challenge, and is a regular speaker and attendee at events sponsored by OCRI (Ottawa), Communitech (Waterloo) and MaRS (Toronto).
Eric Bukovinsky, Board Observer
Eric has over 10 years of experience in private equity, investment banking and consulting. At Yaletown, Eric is an active member of both Information Technology and Cleantech investment teams focusing on deal sourcing, investment diligence, governance, and strategic initiatives with portfolio companies. Before joining Yaletown in 2008, Eric conducted equity research on the software and Internet infrastructure sectors as a Senior Associate with Jefferies & Company, an investment bank and securities firm based in New York. Prior to Jefferies, Eric was a Senior Analyst with Analysis Group, an economic, financial and strategy consulting group in San Francisco, providing business and securities analysis and valuation. Eric obtained his B.A. in Economics from Pomona College and is a CFA charterholder. Eric is a member of the CFA Institute and is on the Board of Directors for CFA Vancouver.
Shelley Kuipers, Director
Shelley is an accomplished and highly successful entrepreneur. After years of pioneering work in the emerging field of crowdsourcing, she founded Chaordix in 2009, helping clients such as P&G, University of Oxford, American Airlines, and Orange Telecom to gain a new level of market intelligence through crowdsourcing.
Her first startup experience was with Merak Projects, who provided valuation and management software for the petroleum industry and was acquired by the world’s largest energy services and technology firm, Schlumberger, in 1999. In 2000, she co-founded Stormworks – a software development and digital marketing firm, which was acquired by Solium Capital, a publicly-traded financial services company ranked among the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, and recognized as the world’s largest independent provider of stock plan administration software and services. She also co-founded Adventure Capital, an early stage venture capital firm, and Material Insight, a consultancy of growth agents that help to grow tech startups.
Shelley travels extensively to grow and serve the global Chaordix clientele, dividing her time between Calgary, Canada and London, UK.
Carol Leaman, Director
Carol is the CEO of 17muscles Inc., a web based interval reinforcement platform for corporate enterprise. Carol recently joined the company after selling PostRank Inc. to Google in June 2011. PostRank was founded in 2007 and aggregated social media interaction with content across more than 20 social networks. She’s the veteran of a number of early stage technology companies that she’s successfully grown and sold to strategic acquirers over the last 12 years. Carol also advises many technology companies in Waterloo region and sits on the board of directors of several charitable and for-profit organizations. Carol was the 2010 winner of the Sarah Kirke award for Canada’s leading female entrepreneur, and is the 2011 recipient of the Intrepid Award for technology in Waterloo Region. She is a Chartered Accountant and UW Grad. Carol also serves as the Business Development Bank of Canada’s (BDC) representative on Chaordix’s board.
Lew Turnquist, Board Advisor
Lew Turnquist is Senior Managing Partner with the Kirchner Group, one of North America’s leading boutique merchant banks. Lew has more than 20 years of operational and transactional experience in telecommunications and technology companies: public and private, mature and early-stage, high-growth and turnaround challenges. His career has spanned a variety of disciplines, including marketing, product management and business development and built an active consulting practice focusing on the financing of early-stage companies. Lew has been a director and board member of several early-stage ventures including MoboVivo Inc., a second-screen technology innovator, and Infowave Software, Inc., a pioneer of wireless enterprise applications.
Lew holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and a BSc from the University of King’s College.
Brenda Slauko, Board Observer
Brenda has over 16 years of experience providing subordinated debt, mezzanine, equity and debt financing. As Manager of Subordinate Financing for BDC, a financial institution owned by the Government of Canada, Brenda has funded several Management Buy-Outs, mergers and acquisitions and companies requiring working capital for growth. Brenda has significant experience in the oil and gas service, transportation, fishing and agriculture industries.
Brenda completed her Chartered Business Valuation Designation (CBV) in 2008 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan.