Mr. Allen is the President of Darmajac Holdings, a holding company with investments in telecommunications and other industries. Mr. Allen is a graduate of the University of Toronto and achieved his Chartered Accountant designation with Clarkson Gordon in 1974. From 1987 to 1995, Mr. Allen was President and Chief Executive Officer of CUC Broadcasting, a Canadian investment company with broad interests in cable television, telephony, broadcasting, paging, satellite-delivered programming and PCS. Mr. Allen also sits on the Board of Directors of Canlan Ice Sports Inc. and P.S. Production Services Ltd.
Mr. Ballantyne is the Chair of the Board and former President & Chief Executive Officer of Canlan Ice Sports Corp., a leading operator of ice rink facilities throughout North America. The company is listed on the TSX and currently operates 22 facilities with 64 playing surfaces. Prior to joining Canlan in 1998, Mr. Ballantyne held various senior executive positions in cable television, carpet manufacturing and distribution, the restaurant and food service sector in Canada and the electric generation and distribution industry in Brazil. Mr. Ballantyne is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and achieved his Chartered Accountant designation with Clarkson Gordon in 1969.
Hon. Jerry S Grafstein
Senator Grafstein has wide-ranging legal and business experience in all aspects of media. He was a co-founder of a variety of media companies, focusing on broadcasting, cable, communications, and publication enterprises in Canada, the U.K., Europe and South America. He has worked for several key government ministries, including Transportation, External Affairs and Justice. He was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1984 by then Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Senator Grafstein has served on all Senate Committees, including the Foreign Affairs and Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Senator Grafstein currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee. He continues his law practice in corporate finance and communication law as counsel to Minden Gross LLP in Toronto. Senator Grafstein holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. He has also taught the Bar Admission Course at Osgoode Hall.
Mr. McDonald has extensive senior executive experience in the Canadian telecommunications industry. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. McDonald served as Executive Vice President at TELUS, responsible for joint ventures and emerging businesses. Between 1990 and 1992, Mr. McDonald was President and Chief Executive Officer of Novatel Communications. He has served as a Board Member with Novatel, Telecential Communications Limited, ISM Alberta and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. Mr. McDonald currently serves as a corporate director and is a professional engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and an MBA from the University of Alberta.
Michael J. Martin
Mr. Martin, who has more than 30 years’ experience in broadband, fibre, wireless and digital communications technologies, has been a Senior Executive Consultant with IBM Canada since 2005. He was previously a founding partner and President of MICAN Communications which provides professional technical and business consulting services to the broadcast industry and earlier was President of Comlink Systems Limited and Ensat Broadcast Services, Inc., both divisions of Cygnal Technologies Corporation.
Mr. Brekka is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Second Alpha Partners. He currently serves on the boards of TouchCommerce, Sixth Sense Media, Silver Carrot and Appia Communications. Prior to founding Second Alpha Partners, Mr. Brekka was President, Managing Partner and founder of Dolphin Equity Partners, a New York-based venture firm. Between 1998 and 2012, Dolphin raised two funds and invested in nearly three dozen portfolio companies. Before founding Dolphin, Mr. Brekka was a Managing Director of CIBC’s private equity investment unit and the President of CIBC’s U.S. private equity investment subsidiaries. Prior to joining CIBC, Mr. Brekka was with Chase Capital and prior to that he was an account officer at Swiss Bank Corporation. Mr. Brekka holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Sanger is Managing Partner and co-founder of Second Alpha Partners. He has spent more than twenty years as a venture capitalist, secondary investor, corporate advisor and technology executive. He currently serves on the board of Silver Carrot. Prior to Second Alpha Partners, Mr. Sanger was a General Partner at ABS Ventures, where he focused on investments that combined elements of traditional venture investing with secondary share purchases in growth companies. Before ABS, he was Managing Partner in Deutsche Bank’s DB Capital Venture Partners and Corporate Investments organizations. Mr. Sanger also served as the Chief Technology Officer and Director of Technology Investment for Deutsche Bank’s London-based corporate venturing group. Previously, he held IT management positions at Deutsche Bank, Barclays Bank and Bell Atlantic (now Verizon Communications). Mr. Sanger holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Nikopoulos previously served as Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel at TeraGo Inc. where he was responsible for overseeing acquisitions, strategic and regulatory initiatives, and advising all business units across Canada. Prior to that, he was a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, a major Canadian business law firm, where he practiced in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, corporate governance, and general corporate and commercial law. Mr. Nikopoulos holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics & Political Science) from the University of Toronto and a Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Ms. German is an independent marketing consultant and business strategist who brings to the Board more than 18 years’ experience in the technology industry building high performance teams and driving fast-paced growth for companies around the world. In her most recent role as Global Head of Enterprise Marketing for LinkedIn, she led the development and launch of the LinkedIn for Business B2B enterprise brand and positioning. Prior to LinkedIn, Ms. German was Global Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Descartes Systems Group, a global logistics network offering enterprise supply chain and logistics software solutions. There she oversaw corporate marketing and communications and led the execution of go-to-market strategies. Ms. German has also held management positions with other leading Canadian technology companies, including Cube Route Inc., Platform Computing, Delano Technology Corp., Psion Teklogix and Hummingbird Communications. Ms. German holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University and an Executive Marketing Degree from Richard Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.