Board of Directors
Chairman & CEO
From April 2007 to December 2012, Emilio held senior management positions with SMART Technologies (NASDAQ:SMT) including leading a software division and more recently, head of global alliances and M&A. Prior to SMART, he was director of worldwide product marketing at Pervasive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:PVSW), acquired by Actian Corporation in 2013. For the 10 years prior to Pervasive, Emilio served in senior product management and marketing roles for various startups in Austin, Texas, Silicon Valley and Vancouver, British Columbia as well as serving 4 years with Accenture as a senior consultant specializing in the design of enterprise work management systems in the energy sector. Emilio is a Computer Science graduate from the University of British Columbia, holds a wireless patent, and has served on the board of several technology industry associations.
James Lochrie co-founded Wave Accounting Inc. in July 2009 and subsequently closed several funding rounds with participation by OMERS Ventures, Inkef Capital, FedDev Ontario, Charles River Ventures , and The Social+Capital Partnership. He was instrumental in leading the exponential growth of Wave’s customer acquisition and revenue growth.
Peter was born into the hospitality industry. His father, Gus, founded the Venice House Traditional Grill in Saskatoon in 1973. Venice Pizza and Steak House grew to 24 units in western Canada and still continues to serve guests high quality affordable meals. Peter graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983 with his Bachelor of Commerce degree. He started his business career working for Deloitte Haskins & Sells and then for PG Holdings, a land developer in Saskatoon, to hone his business skills prior to striking out on his own as an entrepreneur in the hospitably sector. During the past 15 years in Calgary, Peter owned and operated restaurant chains like Fuddruckers, Loco Lou’s and Beacon Drive-in, while building up his portfolio of properties via his land development company. Peter continues to be active in the restaurant business and is currently a shareholder in Original Joe’s Restaurant Franchise Group.
Senior Investment Manager, Board member, Board observer, active adviser, and influencer for early stage venture capital into tech companies since 2008 with 5 portfolio company exits. Prior to investing, 13+ years launching and managing innovative technology products into global markets (Managing: Product Management, Marketing, Business Development, Operations and Technical experience in the mobile software, telecommunications and engineering consulting). Completed numerous product launches, 4 issued patents, completed an acquisition and numerous industry partnerships/initiatives.
My passion throughout my career has been partnering with great teams to make great ideas a reality. While I have been involved in many entrepreneurial endeavors in my career, Symend is my proudest endeavor as I believe it represents an intersection between disruption, value creation, and social good.
In addition to my role as CEO of Symend, I am involved as a part owner and advisor in several other technology and finance businesses.
Prior to starting Symend, I co-founded Aimsio Inc and was head of Sales and Business Development. I have 15 years of experience in the areas of capital markets (most recently TD and RBC), energy finance (Capital Power), business development and entrepreneurship (Corewest Capital, Aimsio , and Aligned Capital Partners) in broad range of industries including investment banking, energy, and technology.
My goal is to focus the next stage of my career on technology entrepreneurship, my family, and philanthropy.