Claude Haw | Chairman of the Board, Company Director
Claude is President of Venture Coaches, a venture capital and management consulting firm which he co-founded in 2000. Venture Coaches Fund invested in eleven technology companies with three M&As and two IPOs (Toronto TSX, TSX-V and NASDAQ).
He is a professional engineer with more than 30 years in a variety of technical, general management and venture investing roles in the high technology sector.
From 2009 to 2011, Claude was President and CEO of OCRI (now Invest Ottawa), Ottawa's leading member-based economic development corporation for fostering the advancement of the region's globally competitive knowledge-based institutions and industries.
Prior to Venture Coaches, Claude held executive positions at Newbridge, including Vice-President of Corporate Business Development. In this role he managed strategic investment in more than 20 companies. As VP and GM of the ATMnet Business Unit, the unit grew from inception to a $200-million-per-annum business.
Before joining Newbridge, he held senior management positions at Mitel Corporation and Leigh Instruments.
Claude is a charter member of TiE, a global network of entrepreneurs and professionals and past board member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA). Claude is also a founder of Mindtrust, an exclusive networking forum for technology company CEOs, and The Ottawa Network, an entrepreneurial group in the National Capital Region.
Claude holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Lakehead University. He has completed the Canadian Securities Course and is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario. He has been a guest lecturer at local universities speaking about entrepreneurship, business planning and venture investing. Claude has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Directors Education Program and has the ICD.D designation. Claude was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contribution to entrepreneurship in Canada.
Peter Allen | President, Chief Executive Officer DragonWave Inc
Peter Allen brings 21 years of industry experience in Broadband Telecommunications. Prior to joining DragonWave as President and CEO, Peter was founder, President and CEO Innovance Networks. Prior to Innovance, Peter was the Vice-President of Business Development and General Manager of the Optoelectronics organization within Nortel Networks' Optical Networks division, where he had responsibilities for both the system and component businesses.
Peter's experience in business leadership includes heading up a 5000-employee global operation spanning R&D, manufacturing, as well as Sales & Marketing. Peter has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and has been involved in numerous multi-billion dollar transactions, as well as establishing business partnerships in North America, Europe and Japan. Peter has also held managerial positions at Ford Motor Company and Rothmans International, and has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Africa.
Cesar Cesaratto | Company Director
Mr. Cesaratto has more than 35 years of experience in the Canadian technology industry. Mr. Cesaratto joined Nortel Networks Corporation, a communications equipment manufacturing company, in 1970 and assumed increasingly senior management roles during his 31 year career with Nortel, culminating in the role of President, Wireless Solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Mr. Cesaratto retired from Nortel in 2001 and has continued to be active in the technology sector. He is currently a member of an angel investment group dedicated to the development of technology start-up companies in the Ottawa.
He was a director of Tundra Semiconductor (2007 to 2009) and Breconridge Manufacturing Solutions (2007 to 2010) and is currently chairman of the board of directors of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. Mr. Cesaratto holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
Lori O'Neill | Company Director
Lori O’Neill is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). She retired from a global professional services firm in 2012 after over 24 years of service, 16 years as partner, serving growth companies from startup to multinationals, supporting complex transactions, private and public equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions in Canada and the U.S. Ms. O’Neill currently provides consulting services to growth companies. Ms. O’Neill serves as board member and chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, board member and chair of the Audit Committee of Defence Construction Canada, co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, is a member of the board of directors of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the board of governors of Ashbury College, the board of directors of Startup Canada, the board of directors of Face 2 Face, the finance committee of the Stem Cell Network, an advisory board for the Dean of the Sprott School of Business, and a faculty member of Lead To Win. Ms. O’Neill graduated Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce Highest Honours in 1988, achieved her CA designation in 1990, her CPA designation in 2003, was recognized as “Top Forty under Forty” in 1999 by Ottawa Business Journal, and completed the ICD Director Education Program attaining the ICD.D designation in 2012.
Robert Pons | Company Director
Mr. Pons has more than 30 years of experience in the global telecommunications industry in both services and technology. He is currently the Executive Chairman of HC2 Holdings Inc. (formerly PTGi Holdings, formerly Primus Telecommunications), a wholesale international long distance carrier. He is also the Vice-Chairman of MRV Communications Inc., and serves on the board of Concurrent Computer Corp. a global leader in multi-screen video delivery, media data management and monetization. From February 2011 to April 2014, he served as Chairman of Live Micro Systems, Inc. (formerly Livewire Mobile), which was a comprehensive one-stop digital content solution for mobile carriers. From January 2008 until February 2011, Mr. Pons was Senior Vice President of TMNG Global, a leading provider of professional services to the converging communications media and entertainment industries and the capital formation firms that support it. From January 2004 until April 2007, Mr. Pons served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Uphonia, Inc. (previously SmartServ Online, Inc.),a wireless applications service provider. From August 2003 until January 2004, Mr. Pons served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of SmartServ Online, Inc. on a consulting basis. From March 1999 to August 2003, he was President of FreedomPay, Inc., wireless device payment processing company. During the period January 1994 to March 1999, Mr. Pons was President of Lifesafety Solutions, Inc., an enterprise software company. Mr. Pons has over 30 years of management experience with telecommunications companies including MCI, Inc., Sprint, Inc. and Geotek, Inc. Mr. Pons received a bachelor of arts degree with honors from Rowan University. As a pioneer in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Pons brings to the Board his experience as a senior level executive working in the telecommunications industry.
Andrea C. Johnson | Secretary to the Board of DragonWave
Andrea C. Johnson is a partner at Dentons Canada LLP and focuses on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on technology and emerging growth companies. Andrea advises TSX and inter-listed companies on IPOs, financings (including PIPEs), mergers and acquisitions, stock-based compensation and corporate governance. She also has extensive experience in the private equity and venture capital area. Her technology company clients do business in the telecommunications, wireless, optical, silicon, software and biotech/biomedical sectors. Andrea has received numerous recognitions for her work, including Lexpert rankings in Corporate Finance & Securities and Technology Transactions and being named by Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of Corporate Law. She has many academic and professional activities including serving as a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Exempt Market Advisory Committee. Andrea has a L.L.B. from Dalhousie University and a B.A. (Hons.) from Carleton University.