Our panel of industry experts bring with them
a wealth of knowledge and experience gained through
senior roles in start-up companies and global organizations.
Their skills are wide-ranging and encompass online video technology,
telecommunications and mobile communications, as well as law and
corporate governance. Please review the profiles below to learn more.
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Ubiquity Software, Ian McLaren has been a career networking and computer industry executive with emphasis on sales and marketing. He has held numerous senior executive positions; as Vice President, Marketing at Digital Equipment; President, International Operations at MCI Systemhouse; and President and Chief Executive Officer of CrossKeys Systems.
Mr. McLaren remains a committed contributor to the technology sector where he currently serves as a board member and advisor to several private companies.
Ms. Weinstein is co-founder and partner of LaBarge Weinstein, one of Canada's premier business law firms. Ranked as one of Canada's "Top 25 Women Lawyers" by Lexpert Magazine in 2003, she has also been named one of Canada's "Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs" in a collaborative study by PROFIT and Chatelaine magazines.
Ms. Weinstein's work focuses on securities, mergers and acquisitions and business law advice primarily for public and private technology based companies. Her practice encompasses the representation of emerging growth companies, established public and private technology businesses, venture capital funds and investment bankers.
Ranked as one of Canada's Top Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers in a survey conducted by Financial Post in 2007, Debbie has taken the lead role in dozens of high tech acquisitions, including sales to Cisco, Lucent, Sun, PMC-Sierra and Alcatel.
Formerly Vice President, Systems Integration and Technology Planning at Sprint Technology Services, Patrick Smith holds consulting roles with technology investment firm Wesley Clover and other portfolio companies. He is currently the Chairman of the Board for Natural Convergence, Chairman of the Advisory Board for Wesley Clover Investments, Chairman of the Advisory Board for Convedia, and Executive Chairman of Wavesat.
Mr. Smith also serves on the boards of March Networks, Encore, Inuk, and True Context, and is an advisor to technology powerhouses Genbend, Solace, and Mitel.
Chris Burke has more than 20 years' experience in the technology sector in both the U.K and Canada. Most recently, as CTO and CIO of mobile communications giant, Vodafone UK, Mr. Burke was responsible for Northern European Technology initiatives and was a member of the Global Information Technology and Technology Management Boards for Vodafone Group.
Prior to joining Vodafone, Mr. Burke was the CTO and CIO at Energis (a UK fixed line carrier) and the Account Vice President, U.K. Competitive Operators at Nortel Networks. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for a number of technology companies, including March Networks, Inuk Networks, Tatara Systems, Dialog Semiconductor, Connectivity Ltd, Mobility Data Systems and One Access Ltd.
Noel Tarabocchia is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VideoPages Inc. Having assembled the talent and financial resources necessary to bring VideoPages to market, Mr. Tarabocchia directs all areas of VideoPages on-going developments and operations.
Mr. Tarabocchia has independently raised millions of dollars of investment capital through a Series-A Round with over 30 private investors. He also led the company into becoming a full software-as-a-service (SaaS), subscription-based solution, which largely reduced the advertising cost for millions of potential small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across North America. It also enabled and empowered advertisers to have full editorial control over their ad content, promotions and rich user generated media. Mr. Tarabocchia continues to serve on the advisory board to VideoPages.