Board of Directors

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.

Jean-Paul Cossart | Company Director


Jean-Paul Cossart is an Associate Director of Infoteria of France, a company that provides technological coaching. He has held this position since 2004. Prior to this Jean-Paul was Vice President Strategy and Marketing of Cofratel since 2002, a company that provides PBX and LAN integration for the enterprise market and was a subsidiary of France Telecom. Jean-Paul also held several positions at Alcatel. Jean-Paul‘s experience has spanned carrier, corporate and consumer markets; telephony, data/internet and broadcast services; and international development, global sales and marketing. He was also a member of the executive committee of the French chapter of the Institute of Directors, United Kingdom. Jean-Paul has been an executive advisor to DragonWave since 2007. Jean-Paul is also on the board of directors of Mitel Networks Corporation. Jean-Paul holds an electronic engineering degree from Supélec (aka Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité) in Paris.

Russell Frederick | Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary DragonWave Inc

Russell brings over 20 years of financial and operational experience to the DragonWave team including raising venture capital, mergers and acquisitions transactions, and the management of small, high opportunity organizations.

Prior to joining DragonWave Russell was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Wavesat Wireless Inc. based in Montreal. Previous to Wavesat Russell was the CFO of PRIOR Data Sciences Ltd. where he played a key role in the management buy out of the company and subsequent sale. Russell was also with Digital Equipment of Canada in various financial roles.

Russell holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance as well as a Bachelor of Science degree.

Lori O'Neill | Company Director


Lori O’Neill is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). She retired from Deloitte 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 contract advisory services to growth companies. Ms. O’Neill serves as 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, a faculty member of Lead To Win, and previously served on the boards of the Shepherds of Good Hope and the Ottawa Life Sciences Council. Ms. O’Neill graduated Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce Highest Honours in 1988, achieved her CA designation in 1989, 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 CEO of PTGi Holdings (formerly Primus Telecommunications) and Chairman of Live Microsystems (formerly Livewire Mobile)
Mr. Pons has a strong senior level background in developing new sales and distribution channels in the telecom sector. He has overseen numerous turnarounds of publicly traded telecom companies, both as a lead director and as CEO.  
As an early pioneer of the competitive telecommunications industry, he was a senior level executive working with both landline and wireless systems. Originating his telecommunications experience in 1980 at MCI, Mr. Pons opened the New England markets, growing them from start-up to a $100 million division. He served as a special advisor to the President of MCI during the company's highest growth years and was featured in the book “On The Line--History of MCI”. 
In addition to PTGi Holding and Live Microsystems, Mr. Pons currently serves on the boards of Concurrent Computer Corporation (CCUR) and MRV Communications (MRVC).

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.