CEO & Director
Location – Toronto, ON Head Office: Peter brings to Patriot One over 25 years of experience with venture capital, private equity, and public enterprise companies. He has successfully served as CEO, COO, CMO, and other executive leadership roles in leading sales and strategic partnerships. As a high-tech CEO, Mr. Evans has demonstrated repeated success in driving revenue growth and accelerated profitability, by delivering innovative solutions to target markets. He has worked with aggressive Venture backed start-ups, and large scale, global Fortune 500 brands leading organizations’ digital transformation and innovation activities for customers in the Telecom, Cloud, SaaS and Cybersecurity industries. Mr. Evans is a noted public spokesperson, and has led the acquisition of three private companies, and participated in the acquisitions of two publicly traded companies.
COO & President
Location – Toronto, ON Head Office: Career veteran in technology, communications and security sectors. Recently served as Chief Product Officer/VP Ops & Engineering/VP UAV for Aeryon Labs Inc. unmanned aerial systems group at FLIR Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR). Previously led product development as COO at Center ID introducing CenterCard™ a Visa® Business Debit Card and led product development efforts with TouchStone ID, BlackBerry, Research in Motion & Siemens.
CFO & Corporate Secretary
Location – Toronto, ON Head Office: Extensive experience working with high growth technology companies across a broad spectrum of finance activities including strategic planning, financial reporting, and mergers and acquisitions. Held several senior leadership roles, including the CFO for a global private equity company focused on cybersecurity technologies, CFO at VIQ Solutions Inc. (TSXV: VQS) and VP Corporate Finance & Investment Banking at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Karen is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).
Board of Directors
Peter van der Gracht
A serial technology entrepreneur who has successfully launched, financed, operated and sold five technology companies; including: Nexus, Imedia, Teraspan, Fatport and Wavemakers.
- Chair, Ocean Floor Geophysics.
- Director, Tutela (a private company).
- Chair, Quantotech (a private company).
- Director, Encepta (a private company).
- Chair of Board, Chair of Technology Review committee, member of Audit committee.
An expert in counter-terrorism, conflict resolution, and government/corporate interface. His career includes over twenty years experience of international diplomacy with the British Government.
- Director, Helios Global Technologies.
- Regional Director, Canadian Armed Forces Liaison Council.
- Member of Technology Review Committee.
William (Bill) Maginas
As the former President of Johnson Controls Canada, William (Bill) Maginas brings a great deal of industry expertise to Patriot One’s Board of Directors. Bill is an accomplished Senior Executive and Thought Leader, who has more than 20 years of success across the commercial building, construction, technology, security, energy, and environmental solutions industries. His broad areas of expertise include business process improvement, change management, growth, and strategy. Through his career, Bill has held various leadership positions with Johnson Controls and Honeywell.
Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship and International Business at the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University with over 30 years in international business operations and consulting.
- Director AltaGas Ltd (a TSX company).
- Director, Heritage Park (a non-profit).
- Chair of Governance & Nominations committee, member of Compensation & Human Resources Committee.
Over 33 years of federal government experience within national and international security and intelligence environment. Worked with Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and RCMP.
Lea Ray is a certified director (ICD.D) of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor. Lea has served as the Chairman, Vice-chairman, Lead Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair on a variety of publicly-listed (TSX), public sector and non-profit entities. She is a former executive, Vice-President Corporate Finance, of Warner Bros. Entertainment Canada Inc. and former member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Chartered Professional Accountants (Ontario).