Board of Directors2018-10-30T18:40:26+00:00

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The Board of Directors plans and implements TechConnex strategies and activities to enhance member learning, networking and information sharing opportunities. The TechConnex Board of Directors are busy professionals and active volunteers. They serve on the Board in a volunteer capacity, representing the interests of all members of the Association, advancing the business climate for the region’s technology sector and the service industries that support it.

With input from members, the Board develops programs to meet your specific needs. The Board also provides operational direction and support for the Association.

As mentors, advisors and, as your peers, members of the Board provide a wealth of technical and executive experience. Drawing upon their knowledge you can accelerate your own business success.

2018 Board Slate

TechConnex members elected the 2018 Board Slate at our Annual General Meeting on September 20, 2018.

Nigel Fonseca

Nigel Fonseca

Nigel Fonseca is the CEO of SWI. Prior to becoming CEO, Nigel served as SWI’s VP Engineering, ensuring SWI’s adherence to sound engineering practices and design integrity principles. Nigel is a control systems expert with extensive experience in both nuclear and oil movement I&C as well as other areas. Over the course of his 15 years with the SWI Group of Companies, Nigel has always and continues to be a driving force behind SWI’s growth and continuous innovation.
I-Cheng Chen

I-Cheng Chen

I-Cheng Chen is the Director of Engineering for AMD. AMD delivers unique and unmatched computational capabilities in order to create natural, intelligent and innovative ways for people to interact with the devices they love. AMD designs and manufactures graphics cards and microprocessors that power millions of the world’s personal computers, tablets, gaming consoles, embedded devices and cloud servers.
John Cameron

John Cameron

John Cameron has been a senior level executive in the high tech sector for over 25 years. Recently, he has been involved with a number of venture capital firms focused on start-up organizations and turnaround opportunities. He was CEO of Aizan Technologies, an on demand voice application service provider specializing in solutions for intelligent call routing and dynamic call management. He also owned his own company, a network systems organization that was sold to Geac Computers. In his 16 year involvement with the telecommunications industry he has held positions as President of Lucent Technologies and President of Avaya Canada.

Ron McKenna

Ron McKenna is a partner in the Business Law Group of Wilson Vukelich LLP. In addition to providing general corporate/commercial law advice to clients, I have extensive expertise advising start-ups and growth-stage companies in negotiating and implementing commercial transactions including corporate finance structures (debt, equity and alternative financing structures), shareholder arrangements, acquisitions, dispositions, mergers and reorganizations. Ron also has extensive expertise in negotiating shareholder and partnership disputes.

Christina Kakaflikas,

Manager Economic Development, City of Markham

Christina has 18+ years’ experience in Investment Attraction, Business Development, Policy Development, Marketing, and Research.

Christina identifies and develops relationships with strategic stakeholders to advance Markham’s economic development priorities including building a supportive ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation, and strengthening Markham’s international reputation as a business and investment destination.

Christina also brings leadership to the strategic development of Destination Markham, aimed at promoting greater awareness of Markham as a preferred place to visit, work, invest, and live. 

Prior to Markham, Christina worked at the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Department where she held several positions during her 8-year tenure.

Christina represents the City on the Boards of ventureLAB, Markham’s Regional Innovation Centre and Techconnex, a regional tech industry association. Christina has also served for several years as Director on the Board of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario and in 2017 served as President. Christina participates in several cross-departmental initiatives including the Development Services Commission Strategic Planning Staff Working Group, and the Leveraging Technology Steering Committee.

Christina is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Master of Applied Environmental Studies in Local Economic Development program and has an undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University.

John Kitchen

John Kitchen

John Kitchen is the Vice President and General Manager of Esri Canada, which provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions to customers in the private and public sectors.  He is responsible for developing business strategies to achieve the company’s objectives and optimize new business opportunities.
Mr. Kitchen sat on the Board of Directors of the York Technology Alliance (now TechConnex) from 2003 to 2012 and currently facilitates the Downtown Tech Executives Peer Group. Presidents, CEOs and COOs in fast-growth technology companies attend the peer group to openly discuss strategies and tactics for business success.
Lan Nguyen

Lan Nguyen

Lan is the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the City of Toronto responsible for a diversified enterprise portfolio to support city program operations and service delivery to Toronto citizen and businesses.  Her mandate is to create business value through business transformation enabled by IT innovation and resource optimization to support city’s customer service agenda.
Lan has accumulated over 40 years of experience spanning a diverse discipline of strategic planning, partnership development, organization development and service transformation in various executive, managerial and consulting roles in both public sector, academic and corporate setting.
Brenda Osler

Brenda Osler

Brenda is the Coordinator of Economic Development Programs at the Town of Richmond Hill where she provides a leadership role in the development and implementation of business development programs, including the retention and expansion of existing businesses as well as the attraction of new industry to Richmond Hill. Her specific areas of focus include the ICT and health sectors. Her background includes 15 years in the private sector marketing business-to-business products and services in a variety of industries including ICT.  
Brenda is a Member of the Executive Management Committee of the Board of Directors at a not-for-profit organization, and is actively involved in various committees at the Richmond Hill Board of Trade.

Caroline yang

Caroline Yang works at IBM as an HR Program Manager. She has over twenty years of experience in various HR functions in several industries. Caroline has a master’s degree in human resources management and is the co-author of the book, Danger and Opportunity: Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage. Caroline is actively engaged in the community. She presented on the topic of Work-life Balance at TechConnex and at an IBM internal forum. She was on the Board of Directors at HRPA York Region and chaired the Professional Development Committee and presented at several of HRPA’s annual conferences. She is currently on the Board of Art Starts, a non-profit community organization promoting art engagement in under-serviced Toronto neighbourhoods.
Marc Lijour

Marc Lijour

Marc Lijour helps individuals and organizations realize their full potential, leveraging technology and freedom to innovate. He fights for a Free and Open world when technology and people work well together. Marc Lijour supports organizations in their digital journey with technical and business expertise at ConsenSys, the largest Blockchain company with 800 employees in 30 countries, to bring Ethereum to the enterprise market.  Marc is in Solutions at ConsenSys and is the Co-founder of ColliderX.
Kevin Fisher

Kevin Fisher

Kevin is a Partner in KPMG’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice with extensive experience leading multi-disciplined teams on a variety of assurance and advisory engagements across several high-growth companies as well as global SEC registrants and Canadian-listed companies. He has deep experience in US GAAP, IFRS and ASPE accounting frameworks and OSC and SEC financial reporting matters. Kevin is well versed in the software and technology sectors, having been a dedicated member of KPMG’s TMT practice for over 15 years.
Dharmesh Gandhi

Dharmesh Gandhi

Dharmesh Gandhi is a Senior Manager in the Quantitative Services Group at EY.  EY is a multinational professional services firm, with 190 000 employees in over 700 offices around 150 countries.  The firm provides Assurance, Tax, Advisory and Transaction Advisory Services.
Since 2005, Dharmesh has been fully dedicated to developing SR & ED and Business Tax Incentives (BTI) practice.  He has worked with a wide range of clients, including start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries such as High Tech Manufacturing, Automotive, Aerospace, Bio-Tech, IT software and hardware.
Robert Hache

Dr. Robert Haché

Robert Haché is Vice-President Research and Innovation at York University.  Professor Haché previously held the position of associate vice-president research at the University of Calgary, as well as appointments in the university’s Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine, and in the Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science.  Previously Prof. Haché spent 18 years at the University of Ottawa serving in research leadership positions and culminating with a term as vice-dean, research for the Faculty of Medicine.

Barry Fairhurst

Barry Fairhurst is Senior executive with multi-level management experience in sales, operations, business development, product development and finance. Expertise in: developing and providing leadership to top performers, developing/running hybrid sales organizations, managing cross functional teams, start-up to Fortune 500 experience. CEO at F2 Technologies – An Arista, Quantum, Elemental, Source Digital partner.
Susa Jovanovic

Susa Jovanovic

Susa Jovanovic is the Director of Business Development at Omega Network Solutions. Omega is a managed technology service provider, partnering with businesses to deliver affordable, enterprise-class IT.
Joining Omega in 2012, Susa is responsible for planning and implementing marketing strategies, cultivating business partnerships, as well as developing relationships with new and existing clients. Susa’s background in education includes instruction and curriculum development for learners of all ages at the University of Toronto and the Toronto District School Board. Leveraging her teaching experience, Susa enjoys assisting clients employ technology to benefit their businesses.
Eric Leblanc

Eric LeBlanc

Eric LeBlanc is Vice President, Commercial Financial Services – Knowledge Based Industries (KBI) for RBC.  In this capacity, Mr. LeBlanc is responsible for leading the specialized KBI Commercial Financial Services teams based in Toronto, Mississauga and Kitchener-Waterloo in information technology and life sciences and healthcare services markets.

Christopher Ferguson,

Corporate/commercial practice is focused on technology, privacy, intellectual property, and regulatory matters.

Chris regularly advises on IT and technology matters, including negotiating and drafting services, outsourcing, and license agreements, along with legal and regulatory developments in the technology sector.

Chris has advised on key strategic partnerships. He has advised and negotiated services and cloud agreements for essential systems and mission critical outsourcing agreements. He has advised on consumer protection, privacy, the Canadian anti-spam legislation (CASL), and data protection and practices.

Chris has also advised on legal compliance and has advocated to regulators and policy makers. This has included representation on matters relating to intellectual property, CASL, and communications law, and has included dealings with regulators, administrative boards, public servants, ministerial staff, and participation in proceedings before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Chris draws on his substantial in-house experience. Prior to joining the firm, Chris was in-house at a media and technology company, where he worked with executive and business stakeholders to consistently deliver results.

Tracey Crane

Tracey Whitehouse

Tracey is a founder and Chief Operating Officer of TGO Consulting. Tracey formed TGO Consulting with partners Orgad Gratch and George Braun, with a mandate to build the best possible financial systems implementation team in the industry. Since TGO’s inception in 1988, Tracey has been involved in many implementations in a variety of roles including needs analysis, providing business recommendations, project management, training and support.
Dave Clark

Dave Clark

Dave is proud to have recently joined the Techconnex Board.   Dave is Director Cloud Backup and DRaaS at Mid-Range Computer Group Inc.  The relationships we have built and the knowledge we have gained from our time with this association has been invaluable to our growth as a company.

Nevzat Gurmen: 

Nevzat is responsibile for the  finance, information technology, human resources, facilitiesmanagement, college services and major capital projects for Seneca College.