Board of directors
WILLIAM DAVID WATSON II
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director.
Mr. Watson became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company on November 4, 1999 and was appointed a director of the Company on February 9, 2000. From October 1993 to November 1999, Mr. Watson was President and Chief Executive Officer of Targa Group Inc. Prior to 1993, Mr. Watson was a tax specialist in public and private practice. Mr. Watson holds a Bachelor of Management Economics from the University of Guelph.
WILLIAM D WATSON
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions.
Mr. Watson was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company on February 9, 2000 and Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, effective November 1, 1999. Since November 4, 1999, Mr. Watson has been acting as a special advisor to the Company. From October 1993 to November 1999, Mr. Watson was special advisor to Targa Group Inc., a company founded in 1993 as a vehicle for acquiring troubled companies and turning them around with a primary interest in avionics and high technology. Mr. Watson is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
ROBERT E SHEA
Mr. Shea was appointed a director of the Company on May 1, 2000. Mr. Shea is currently, and for the past forty two years has been, Chairman of Shea Financial Group, a company engaged in the design and funding of executive compensation plans. He is also a director of Silex Ventures, a CBC company trading on the TSX Venture exchange, Highliner Foods, Inc., SolutionInc Technologies, Ltd., New England Canada Business Council, and American Manor Enterprises Inc.; and has served on numerous boards in the past.
HON JOHN M. BUCHANAN
P.C., Q.C., Director.
Mr. Buchanan was appointed to the Senate of Canada by the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney on September 12, 1990. Prior to being appointed Senator, Mr. Buchanan was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 1967, re-elected in 1970, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 1988. Senator Buchanan was elected as Premier of Nova Scotia in 1978. He was re-elected in 1981, 1984 and 1988 becoming the third Premier in the history of Nova Scotia to be elected to four consecutive terms and the fourth longest premier in Nova Scotia. Mr. Buchanan graduated from Mount Allison University in 1954 with a B.Sc Degree and Engineering Certificate. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a LL.B. Mr. Buchanan was appointed Queens Council in 1972 and awarded Doctorates from Nova Scotia Technical College, Mount Allison University, St. Mary’s University, St. Francis Xavier University and Universite Ste. Anne. On April 17, 1982, Senator Buchanan was made a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council and in 1979 received the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award. Mr. Buchanan has been an executive member of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Association for eight years. Mr Buchanan is also Chairman of the Canada-Sweden Parliamentary Association and an Executive Member of the Canada-Taiwan Association. He is married to the former Mavis Forsyth and they have five children.
GIRVAN L PATTERSON
Mr. Patterson was appointed a director of the Company in January 2000. In 1988, Mr. Patterson co-founded CANAI Inc. (which in 1991 became Plaintree Systems Inc.) and from 1995 through 1999 was the Vice-President of International Sales, and served as the Corporate Secretary of the Company from 1988 to 2001. Mr. Patterson is currently CEO of GAN Systems Inc. Prior to this, he was responsible for international marketing with Voxium Inc., a manufacturer of premium home theatre equipment. He serves on the board and audit committees of Intertainment Media Inc. (TSXV) and e-djuster Inc. Mr. Patterson was educated at Manchester and Aston University in the United Kingdom and holds a Chartered Engineer designation.
JERRY S. VICKERS
Mr. Vickers continues to act as an independent finance/business consultant (providing services in finance, strategic planning, business development, organizational development, M&A, cash management, compliance/governance and certain senior management roles) to private and public companies since departing Desjardins Securities Inc. in May 2003. Based in Toronto, he was a Vice-President, Investment Banking, Technology Group for Desjardins Securities Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Desjardins Mouvement, a financial services conglomerate, from January 2002 to April 2003. From August 2000 through to December 2001, Mr. Vickers was an independent finance/business consultant to private and public companies. He has been a director of private and public companies engaged in technology (software, hardware, internet based technologies) as well as the hospitality industry. He was a Vice-President in Corporate Finance at Groome Capital.com Inc. and Yorkton Securities Ltd. from July 1996 through to July 2000 specializing in new economy companies (i.e. software, hi-tech, telecom, biotech). From January 1990 to July 1996, he was the Director and a Manager of Company Listings at the Toronto Stock Exchange. From July 1985 to December 1989, he was a corporate lender at the CIBC and a senior analyst in Engineering Economics at Bell Canada. Mr. Vickers earned a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto (1985) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics (summa cum laude) from McMaster University (1982).