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. Boyd has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of TeraGo since December, 2000. He initiated and led the development of the company’s business model and managed the roll-out of services to 45 markets across Canada. Mr. Boyd has more than 20 years of experience in the Internet and telecommunications industries, with over 15 years in executive leadership positions. Mr. Boyd is a graduate of Queen’s University (Kingston), having received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
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.