Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board for Leankor, Jacques is a tech veteran, entrepreneur and senior investment manager with significant board experience. He was the former President & Co-Founder of ATTAbotics, a robotic warehousing and fulfillment system. Jacques has been an advisor and influencer for early stage venture capital in tech companies since 2008 with 5 portfolio company exits. He has led / co-led over $43 M of investments into early stage tech companies. He is a member of Valhalla Private Capital, one of Canada’s leading angel investment groups with member locations focused across Western Canada.
Prior to his adventures in the investment side of tech, Jacques spent over 13 years launching and managing innovative technology products in global markets. His background includes senior roles in Product Management, Marketing, Business Development and Operations with experience in the mobile software, telecommunications and engineering consulting industries. During his career, Jacques has completed numerous product launches, has four issued patents, completed an acquisition and has brokered numerous industry partnerships and initiatives.
Emilio is on a mission to change the way people work together on complex customer projects for the better. The impetus for him to start Leankor and help companies transform project management came from his own experiences in industrial manufacturing projects, experiencing the inherent challenges and kick-starting his quest to find a better way.
Emilio has over twenty years͛ experience in the tech sector, holding senior leadership, marketing and product management positions in hardware and software companies. His career adventures include senior management positions with SMART Technologies (NASDAQ:SMT) where he lead a software division and was the head of global alliances and M&A and Pervasive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:PVSW), acquired by Actian Corporation, where he headed up worldwide product marketing. Before that, Emilio held senior product management and marketing roles for startups in Austin, Texas, Silicon Valley and Vancouver and spent a number of 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 of the University of British Columbia, holds a wireless patent, and has served on the board of several technology industry associations. Outside of changing the world of project management, he enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the Rocky Mountains with hiking and skiing adventures.
For most of his career, Mike has dedicated himself to investing in and helping lead early stage companies. Most recently, Mike served as Chairman of Solium Capital Inc, which was sold in 2019. Current initiatives include: JEMM, a Calgary based property developer; SmartBe, a wealth management firm focussed on quant-based investing, via an ETF on the TSX; Katipult, which is enabling private equity firms to include retail investors as sources of investment capital; and Rival Technologies, which is re-shaping how marketing research can be conducted through technology.
Past initiatives include: Chairman, Solium; Chairman, Cority; Chairman, Southern Lights of NZ; Director, Curve Dental; Chairman, InnerVision Medical Technologies; and Director, Peyto Exploration & Production. In addition, Mike spent 15 years in the merchant energy business, including the CEO of Engage Energy, which was sold in 2002.
Mike has an Engineering degree and an MBA from the University of Alberta.
Not for profit activities include: An Associate with Creative Destruction Labs; A Board member for CAWST (Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Treatment), a Calgary based not-for-profit engineering firm focussed on water and sanitation in the developing world; and past Chair of Calgary’s largest minor hockey association, which included fundraising Chair for the expansion of the Flames Community Arenas complex.
Mike and his wife Jacquie have two adult children; and they like to travel the world, usually from the vantage point of a tandem bicycle.
Peter is an investor and experienced business executive with a significant track record in the hospitality, land development and energy sectors.
Like many people who grow up in an entrepreneurial family, Peter was born into the hospitality industry. His father, Gus, founded the Venice House Traditional Grill in Saskatoon in the early 1970s and Venice Pizza and Steak House grew to 24 units in western Canada. It still continues to serve guests high quality affordable meals.
Armed with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983, Peter started his business career working for Deloitte Haskins & Sells and then for PG Holdings, a land developer in Saskatoon. These experiences honed his business skills prior to striking out on his own as an entrepreneur in the hospitality sector. During the past 15 years in Calgary, Peter owned and operated restaurant chains like Fuddruckers, Loco Lou͛s 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 Joe͛s Restaurant Franchise Group.