Kent Thexton

Non Executive Chairman, RedKnee
Chairman, i-wireless LLC
Board Member, Sierra Wireless


Kent Thexton has over seventeen years of international telecommunications experience, including executive appointments with some of the largest mobile operators worldwide. At the leading UK operator O2, Thexton served as chief data and marketing officer, president of O2 Online and as a member of the board of directors. During his tenure, O2 grew to be the leading mobile data provider in Europe, with 21% of revenues from data services by the end of 2003, and a customer base with twice the industry average revenue per customer. He was responsible for launching the O2 brand across the O2 operating business, lauded by Accenture as the best brand launch in Europe, as well as the management and procurement of the 5 million devices sold annually. Prior to joining O2, Thexton spent eight years in the Canadian mobile industry, holding the position of Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Rogers Cantel (now Rogers Wireless). Prior to this he held management positions at Northern Telecom and Bell Canada. Thexton holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Western Ontario

 

Charles Cook

Chief Financial Officer, Discovery Capital
 

Charles is responsible for the financial management and capital raising activities of Discovery Capital and its subsidiaries, and will assist in building the company's relationships with the investment community. Charles brings nine years of investment banking experience in advising private and public companies to Discovery Capital, and will assist Discovery Capital investee companies in structuring financings and in completing acquisition and divestiture transactions. Prior to joining the Company, Charles was a director of Dundee Securities Corporation, providing investment banking services in Alberta and British Columbia, prior to which he worked in a similar role in the Vancouver office of a national investment dealer. As well as being a CMA, he holds a MBA from the University of British Columbia

 

Nazmin Alani

Managing Director, BDC Capital
 

Nazmin Alani has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Nazmin has worked with incumbent and new service providers involved in wireline, cellular, personal communications systems (PCS) and satellite communications. His work experience includes assignments in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Asia, and Australia. His professional experience includes business development, product planning, product management, strategic planning, market strategy, business modeling, and strategic sales support. He joined BDC in 2004. Prior to BDC, Nazmin spent six years with Gartner Consulting.

Nazmin holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, and an MBA from the University of Ottawa, in Ontario. Mr. Alani also completed the Executive Telecommunications Program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA

 

Robert E. Neal

Retired Telecom Executive and Board Member

 

Mr. Neal is a seasoned telecommunications executive having spent over twenty-eight years in the industry and twenty years at Aliant (and NBTel) - a telecommunication company known worldwide for its innovation and success. Mr. Neal has held a number of executive positions including President of Innovatia, Senior Vice President of Aliant, President of NBTEL Global, President of NBTEL Interactive, President of ISM - Datacor, and President of NBTEL Mobility. He has also been appointed to over 15 Board level positions while at NBTEL as well as while he was incubating and advising several start-up technology companies.

 

Derek Spratt

President & CEO, Mobidia

Derek has been an active CEO, founder, investor, advisor and board member with local BC technology firms for the past 30 years. He has also been a contributor to the technology community via his board level involvement in Wavefront – a wireless startup accelerator, Acetech - the Academy of technology CEOs, and the Vancouver Enterprise Forum. Derek has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Queens and started out in his career in 1982, first as a product designer, and later in executive management and leadership positions, most recently as Founder and CEO of Intrinsyc Software International Inc (1996-2006). Some of the other local firms Derek has worked for include: Consequent Technologies (co-founder, CEO, 2002-2003), PCS Wireless (co-founder, past-President/EVP, 1992-1996), Nexus Engineering (VP and business unit manager, 1989-1991), and Motorola (Product Manager 1989-1991). Additionally, Derek has worked to promote science curriculum to local K-12 students via philanthropic engagements with Science World BC and the Vancouver School Foundation, and also takes a keen interest in protecting the environment via his prior philanthropic and board level engagement with Eco-Justice Canada. You can read more about Derek and his business and personal interests on his own web site at www.derekspratt.com.