C. Scott M. Shepherd, Chairman, Board of Directors

Born in Ontario, Canada and educated at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, Mr. Shepherd has worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Export Development Corporation, Imperial Chemical Industries PLC and Trafalgar House PLC, as well as a stint as Chief Financial Officer with the Nexus group of Companies in Burnaby, B.C. Canada. As President and founding director of NORTHSTAR Trade Finance, Inc., Mr. Shepherd has been active with the promotion and support of small and medium sized exporters throughout the world.

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Mr. Shepherd serves on a number of Canadian Boards. He is the  Chair, BC Provincial Committee, Canadian  Armed Forces Liaison Council; Governor, Dalhousie University; Chairman, MDS Aero Support Corporation; Honourary Consul of Uruguay for British Columbia and Alberta; National Arts Centre Foundation Director; Director and Chair of Audit Committee, Ridley Terminals, a Federal Crown Corporation appointed May 2008; Honourary President for British Columbia and Yukon St. John Ambulance Brigade;  Past National Director and Member of Audit Committee, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; Past Governor, BC Institute for Studies in International Trade; Past Vice-Chair and Trustee, Richmond Hospital Foundation ; Past Director and Chair of Audit Committee MDS Aero Support Corp.; Past Director and Chair of Audit Committee Pender Financial Group Corp.; and Former Governor, York House School.

Martin Cronin, CEO, President & Director

Martin Cronin is an expert in the areas of counter-terrorism, conflict resolution, and government/corporate interface. He has extensive experience in high intensity conflict environments and recently served as CEO of a private company specializing in communications and survivability technologies. Before moving to the private sector, Mr. Cronin was British Consul-General to Western Canada, based in Vancouver. His career includes over twenty years of experience in the field of international diplomacy with the British Government, including postings in Yemen, Jordan, Sweden, Pakistan and Iraq.

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Mr. Cronin is also Honorary Colonel of the British Columbia Dragoons (a Canadian Forces Primary Reserve Regiment), Regional Director of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, a member of the Advisory Board of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission, and Member of the Advisory Board of International Yacht Training Worldwide. He is a frequent guest speaker on the Middle East and security issues.

Dinesh Kandanchatha, Director

Dinesh Kandanchatha

A serial entrepreneur who has built and exited three companies. Currently he is Managing Director of Macadamian Technologies (Toronto, Canada) where he leads business development at one of the leading product consultancies in Canada. Developed and integrated sales and marketing strategies to facilitate double-digit growth. Previous positions: VP Business Development and Marketing (Sep 2012 – Oct 2013), VP Sales (Mar 2011 – Oct 2013). Recent: Macadamian Technologies,, University of Toronto Rotman-Nexus. Previously was General Manager at Protus IP Solutions,, Precise Software Technologies Inc. Education: University of Ottawa.

Speaker/Presenter Biography

Phil Lancaster, SVP Government Relations & Law Enforcement

Mr. Lancaster’s extensive career in law enforcement combined with a passion for excellence and an aptitude for business opportunity ultimately led to a successful career in business. As a former British police officer, he brings years of experience working internationally in VIP close protection, as well as service in British Overseas Territories. Throughout his career, Mr. Lancaster received several notable awards and has been recognized for his efforts both in the UK and overseas.

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As a result of his tenure in diplomatic protection, he established an extensive and global network of contacts that range from government to law enforcement agencies. He currently leads a successful technology company primarily focused on security research and development working in consortia with international industry partners and academia. Under his leadership, the company has been highly effective at managing numerous complex projects from inception to commercial application.

Michael Rozin, Business Development (USA)

Michael RozinMr. Rozin’s career has focused on the prevention of terrorism and the teaching of proactive security for over sixteen years. He is the founder of Rozin Security Consulting (RSC) offering training to law enforcement and security agencies on counter-terrorism and tactical response techniques. Previously worked with Mall of America (MoA) as Special Operations Security Captain, where in 2008 his security program was presented to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security as a model for private sector security.

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Early in his career he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Sergeant in the Barkan special operations combat unit and subsequently completed Advanced Security and Anti-Terrorism Training at the Israeli Security Academy (Shin-Bet).  He then served the Israel Airport Authority as a security agent and field trainer (Ben-Gurion International) where he received recognition for excellence (2005). Mr. Rozin is a regular guest speaker on counter-terrorism, suicide terrorism and related issues. He serves on the faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Master of Science in Security Technology program (Technology Leadership Institute) and is a graduate of the Institute of Counter-Terrorism (ICT) in Hertzliya, Israel and is a certified law-enforcement and civilian instructor in Krav Maga defensive tactics. Mr. Rozin is fluent in Russian, Bulgarian, Hebrew and English.

Jeff Tindale, Director

Mr. Tindale has been Managing Partner of a private consulting group offering merchant banking and corporate advisory services to a number of high-growth companies across various sectors since 2006. Mr. Tindale has a strong background in corporate governance, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

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A lifelong entrepreneur, he has founded and led several successful companies and assisted in all aspects of the company’s corporate development, from seed capital through to exit strategy. Mr. Tindale currently sits on the board of directors for several publicly listed and private companies.

John Gillies, Director

Mr. Gillies brings over 33 years of federal government experience, principally within the national and international security and intelligence environment.  Mr. Gillies served as an Assistant Director with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and as a member of the CSIS Senior Executive Committee. Past duties within CSIS include extensive experience in both counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism sectors in a variety of roles including as Director General, Counter Terrorism Division and Director General, BC Region during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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During his tenure as the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for CSIS, Mr. Gillies also served as a member of the Board of Governors for Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures; sat as a Board member for the National Capital CHRO Forum; and served as a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Strategic Human Resource Management Council. Prior to joining the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Mr. Gillies served as a police officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) which included service within the Drug Enforcement Section. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria and currently resides in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.


Tom Ridge, Advisor

Tom Ridge is Chairman of Ridge Global. He provides clients with solutions to cyber security, international security and risk management issues. Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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The creation of the country’s 15th Cabinet Department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration and another call to service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania. During his DHS tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000 employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide. Tom Ridge served as Secretary of this historic and critical endeavor until February 1, 2005. Before the events of September 11th, Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state’s 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Governor Ridge’s aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment. He serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and other private and public entities. He is currently chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security Task Force. He graduated from Harvard with honors. After his first year at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, he earned his law degree and, later, became one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms.

Dr. Natalia K. Nikolova, Academic Collaborator

Canada Research Chair in High-Frequency Electromagnetics
Dr.-Natalia-K.-NikolovaProfessor Nikolova received the Dipl. Eng. (Radioelectronics) degree from the Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria, in 1989, and the Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering) degree from the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan, in 1997. Her Ph.D. studies in Japan (1994 to 1997) were supported by a Monbusho (Government of Japan) Postgraduate Scholarship for Foreign Students.

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From 1998 to 1999, she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), during which time she was initially with the Microwave and Electromagnetics Laboratory, DalTech, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, and, later, for a year, with the Simulation Optimization Systems Research Laboratory, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada. In July 1999, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University, where she is currently a Professor.

Her research interests include microwave imaging and inverse scattering, theoretical and computational electromagnetism as well as computer-aided design of high-frequency structures and antennas. She has published more than 100 papers in engineering and physics journals, and has contributed to more than 135 refereed conferences in the field of microwave engineering and radar, antenna engineering, numerical methods and theoretical electromagnetism. Prof. Nikolova has contributed chapters for four books and is a holder of two patents. In 2011, she was appointed an IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer for a 3-year term and has given numerous invited lectures around the world.

Dr. Nikolova held a University Faculty Award of NSERC from 2000 to 2005. Since 2008, she is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in High-frequency Electromagnetics. She is a Fellow of the Institute of the Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Within IEEE, she is a member of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and the Antennas and Propagation Society. Within the  IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, she is a member of the following Technical Coordinating Committees: MTT-1 (Computer-aided Design), MTT- 15 (Microwave Field Theory), and MTT-10 (Biological Effects and Medical Applications).

Prof. Nikolova is also a member of the European Microwave Association and a correspondent of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) and a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario.

Jamie Hamilton Graham, O.O.M., SBStj, Advisor

Recently served as Chief Constable of the Victoria (Canada) Police Department, (2009 to 2014). Previously, Chief Constable (Police Chief) of the Vancouver Police Department (2002 to 2007) where he created that city’s first Counter Terrorism Unit. Chief Graham also served over 34 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), holding a number of command, investigative and executive positions. He has lectured and taught extensively on leadership, security issues, mental health, relationship building and crisis management.

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Throughout his law enforcement career Chief Graham was an active member of local, Provincial, National and International Associations of Police Chiefs including the Major City (police) Chiefs (MCC) from 2002-2009. He has been extensively involved in support of related organizations and associations for which he has been widely recognized for his advocacy work. His efforts include serving as a member of advisory committees, as a Director of a provincial board of the Schizophrenia society, and as past President of the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police and the B.C. Association of Municipal Police Chiefs. Chief Graham is a licensed security consultant and investigator.

Phil Jones, Lieutenant General (retired), Advisor

Phil served for over 35 years in the British Army in command and staff positions around the world including as a Brigade Commander in Northern Ireland, military advisor to the UN SRSG in Afghanistan, Military Attaché in Washington DC, and as Director of ISAF Force Reintegration organization in Afghanistan. He was the first Chief of Staff of the UK Joint Forces Command and later served as Chief of Staff of NATO’s Supreme Allied Command for Transformation. He is keenly interested in multinational strategy, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency.

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Originally trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst he joined the Royal Anglian Regiment (infantry) and led infantry soldiers in the UK plus extensive duty in Northern Ireland, Germany, Belize, the Balkans, Abkhazia/Georgia, Afghanistan, the USA and Canada. He has operated as chief of staff of an airmobile brigade, military assistant to a NATO Commander-in-Chief and as a campaign planner in a NATO corps headquarters in Iraq and Afghanistan. He commanded an infantry battalion in Kabul in 2002 and was lead planner in a deployed US Corps HQ in Afghanistan in 2003. He worked for the UN three times and NATO twice. He concurrently attended Army Staff College in Camberley and the Higher Command and Staff Course at Shrivenham. He is currently a Director at DIMAT Limited and a senior advisor to PA Consulting. He is also an Honorary Fellow of Exeter University Security Strategy Institute, and is a Colonel of the Royal Anglian Regiment and a patron for Flying for Freedom, a charity teaching wounded veterans to fly, and is a Trustee of Tsavo Conservation Group and about to take the chair of the Army Benevolent Fund.

Andrew Brear, Advisor

Andrew is a former British diplomatic officer with extensive international experience in political, intelligence and security issues. He specializes in operational and organizational development and change in diplomatic, commercial and national security sector organizations. Currently, his companies are delivering projects across Africa, in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Throughout his diplomatic career he operated in operational and representational roles, particularly in counter terrorism, counter narcotics and counter insurgency matters. He ran the Middle East operational desk of the Foreign Service during the mid-2000’s.

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He was deployed to Pakistan and then Afghanistan in 1999-2002 and again in 2010/11. He served in diplomatic posts in Northern and Southern Europe, Latin America and S Asia. Prior to his Foreign Service career, Andrew helped to found a personal development and training consultancy, Action Based Leadership, following his time serving as a British Army officer in Germany, Kenya, Gibraltar and N Ireland. Andrew is currently a guest lecturer for Durham University Global Security Institute (DGSI), the Polish Diplomatic Institute (PID), the Swedish Academy for Peace, Security and Development (FBA) and an Honorary Fellow of Exeter University (Security Strategy Institute). He is a Director of secure communications, cyber security and tracking services for Kinetic Six Limited and a founder and Director of Dimat Limited, a specialist consultancy. He is also Chairman (UK) of the Tsavo Conservation Group, an international wildlife and human security NGO, based in Kenya.

James Pearson, Advisor

Mr. Pearson brings nearly 25 years of active law enforcement experience and professional expertise with a major North American metropolitan police force. Throughout this period he was actively involved in all aspects of urban engagement from routine patrol assignments through to undercover anti-drug teams, crowd-control actions, ceremonial and protocol duties, and emergency operations and planning activities.

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Prior to his policing duties, he proudly devoted 10-years of service with the Canadian Military from enlistment as a non-commissioned member to a career through the ranks to obtain a Queen’s Commission. With a wide background of interests and keen ability for excellence, James has amassed a great many key contacts both at home and abroad, and has successfully applied his network to aid in establishing and transforming a number of integrated organizational programs into highly successful business outcomes.

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