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.
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, Martin 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.
Robert Lex brings over 25 years of experience in global manufacturing operations and supply chain management for the high-tech and custom automation industries. He has led successful operational excellence restructurings built around a set of core principles starting with a customer-centric outside-in approach, while developing scalable and efficient processes. During his career, Robert has extensive experience in global supply chain management, IT business applications, and strategic sourcing across many products and services with large multinational corporations, mid-size corporations and small private firms. Robert is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Franco Cerantola’s career spans over 31 years of successful experience in engineering/operations and program management in the aerospace, telecommunication and high-tech industries including defense & detection sectors with national and international exposure. He is extensively experienced at managing personnel, multi-million-dollar budgets, P&L, manufacturing and technical projects as well as establishing strategies to develop new markets.
Dr. Paul Rice, PhD has over 15 years of international experience working in technical and management roles with start-up companies in the security sector. He has completed several technology transfers from academia and government research laboratories, taking a concept from initial prototype to low volume production, while being focused on the customer value proposition. Dr. Paul has developed and managed effective multi-disciplinary engineering teams across different time zones, around an agile, lean product development approach. His education includes, a PhD in Microwave Engineering from University of Manchester, MEng (Hons) 2i Electrical and Electronic Engineering with French, UMIST and ENSEEIHT Grande Ecole, Toulouse, France.
Phil Lancaster has an extensive career in law enforcement combined with a passion for excellence and an aptitude for business opportunity, which has ultimately led to a successful career in a corporate management roles. 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, Phil received several notable awards and has been recognized for his efforts both in the UK and overseas.
Jeff 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. He has a strong background in corporate governance, finance, and mergers and acquisitions, and sits on the board of directors for several publicly listed and private companies.
Paul Borselli is a seasoned and versatile international sales and marketing executive with 25 years’ experience across the four (4) sides of today’s media and marketing space – brand, agency, media, and martech/adtech platforms. He has a strong B2C and B2B background with a proven track record for driving sales and retaining customers across several industries; including: media, eCommerce, consumer retail and electronics, wireless and cable telecommunications, entertainment, Internet services, digital agency services, and SaaS technologies.
Mike Barnsley is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), whose career includes over 30 years’ experience providing financial management and corporate reporting services to public companies. He has served as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary for both TSX and TSXV listed companies, principally within the technology sector. During this time Mike was instrumental in completing several corporate acquisitions, a significant asset divestiture, the formation of several foreign operations and a number of tax re-organizations. Mike commenced his career working as a Senior Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche and is a member in good standing of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.
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.
Mr. van der Gracht is a serial technology entrepreneur who has successfully launched, financed, operated and sold five technology companies; including: Nexus, Imedia, Teraspan, Fatport and Wavemakers. In addition, he is an RF engineer who will bring a wealth of development and innovation expertise to Patriot One in technology hardware, software and services. Van der Gracht has worked in some of today’s most technologically advanced industries; such as cableTV, telecom, broadcast, IT and automotive sectors. Furthermore, he has served in management roles with Scientific Atlanta, Cisco and Nortel Networks, as well as held senior technology advisory roles with Canada’s federal and provincial governments.
Victoria A. Calvert, 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. An Independent Director at AltaGas Ltd. that operates a diversified energy infrastructure business across North America. An advisor for the Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning (CACSL). Has served as a board member of the Heritage Park Society and rejoining June 2019. Community Services Learning Facilitator at Mount Royal University. Published extensively on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, corporation citizenship and community engagement responsibilities. Received her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University and MBA from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Rozin 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. 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.
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.Read More
Canada Research Chair in High-Frequency Electromagnetics
Professor 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.
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Serving in operational, liaison and leadership roles, Andy has over 20 years of experience as a British diplomat specialising in intelligence and security. He was deployed to Pakistan and Afghanistan several times between 1999 and 2011 and held diplomatic posts in Northern and Southern Europe, Latin America, and South Asia. In the late 1990s, Andy was seconded to the Ministry of Defence in a counter-terrorism operational role and later to GCHQ as an operational adviser.Read More
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.Read More