The INETCO leadership team
Meet the INETCO management team
INETCO’s success is driven by the proven business leadership, deep technical experience, and strong commitment of our management team.
Introducing the INETCO board of directors
INETCO’s appointed Board of Directors include industry and technology thought leaders dedicated to pushing the success boundaries of our people, customers and technology innovations.
President & CEO of INETCO
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Founder and CTO of INETCO
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Mercedes De Luca
VP & GM eCommerce, Sears Holdings Corporation
Mercedes is VP & GM eCommerce at Sears Holdings Corp leading soft goods businesses for Sears.com and Kmart.com, ninth largest mass retailer with $36B in sales. Mercedes is a technology executive with over 20 years of technology leadership experience in the high-tech industry. Her leadership experience includes general management of venture-backed and mid-sized organizations with full P&L responsibility and experience leading e-commerce, software product development, digital marketing, business operations and strategy. Prior to becoming a Vice President of Sears Holdings Corporation, Mercedes held consecutive roles as the Customer Experience officer & CTO, then CEO, for myShape, Inc. She also served as vice president and chief information executive for Yahoo! Inc. Prior to Yahoo!, she was vice president and chief information officer at Interwoven Inc.
In addition to the INETCO board, she previously served on the advisory boards of FastScale and nLayers both of which were acquired by EMC. Mercedes has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Partner at Fasken Martineau
Keith Spencer is a partner with the law firm of Fasken Martineau and is the Chair of the Vancouver office’s Securities and Technology Practice Group. Keith’s clients range from start-up to mature private technology companies. Keith was previously in-house counsel to the Vancouver-based Wireless Data Group of Motorola, Inc., where he had overall responsibility for its legal affairs.
Keith has lectured in the area of technology and intellectual property law at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and at various Continuing Legal Education and Information Technology industry conferences. He has also authored articles in the areas of computer and information technology, outsourcing, e-commerce and intellectual property law.
Keith is a member of various boards and advisory boards for a significant number of early stage and emerging technology companies and technology industry associations, including Elastic Path Software, INETCO Systems, dPoint Technologies, TalentClick, Envisio Solutions, the BC Technology Industry Association, Vancouver Enterprise Forum, TiE (Charter Member), and the BC Science Fair Foundation. Keith was previously a member of the Board of Directors of BuildDirect of Layer 7 Technologies (acquired by CA) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dyaptive Systems (acquired by JDSU).
IT Strategy Consultant
Michael Tasooji, has more than 30 years of hands on experience in the IT industry. He recently served as EVP and CIO of Quiksilver Inc., a $2B global leader in action sports inspired apparel and footwear, where he established and spearheaded execution of a 3 year plan to establish the foundation for global business operations. He is currently an IT strategy consultant on assignment with a leading outdoor/sports apparel and footwear company in Portland, Oregon.
Prior to Quiksilver Inc., Michael spent 5 years at Gap Inc. as EVP and CIO. Gap Inc. revenue at the time was $15 billion with products available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,100 company-operated stores, more than 300 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. As a member of the senior management team, Michael was responsible for overhauling the company’s Information technology landscape in support of plans to significantly improve margin, reduce SG&A, and increase global sales through international expansion and E-Commerce.
Michael also spent 12 years at the Walt Disney Company. As the Global CIO, Michael lead execution of a strategy to rationalize IT services and corresponding investments among Disney business units, segments, and corporate shared services. This effort resulted in over $200m in annualized efficiencies within IT globally. During his time as CIO of Disney Theme Parks & Resorts, Michael and his team developed and implemented innovative transformational technologies, such as FastPass, and developed the blueprint technology architecture for guest-centric Theme Parks & Resorts sales and operations.
Since 2008, Michael has served on the board of several startups, including Runa Inc. (e-Commerce technology) and Arges Inc. (medical devices) both of which were acquired after successfully bringing products into market. Currently, Michael is on the board of directors for INETCO Systems Limited, Acceptto Inc., and Sparo Corporation.
Michael obtained his undergraduate degree and his MBA from the University of Southern California. He served on the Corporate Advisory Board of University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and CIO advisory board for Oracle Corporation.
Lance is a life long technology enthusiast and early adopter of technology, both personally and through his businesses. Lance co-founded Peer 1 Networks in 1999, and until its acquisition in January 2013 by Cogeco Cable for $635 million, sat as the company’s Chairman of the Board. Between 2005 and 2007 he also acted as Peer 1’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
As a serial entrepreneur, Lance has been involved in a variety of high-tech and real-estate ventures throughout his career. He co-founded Sutton Group Realty Services, Internet Direct, and E-xact Transactions. He has funded dozens of recent start ups through the Code Group of Companies.
In addition to sitting on INETCO’s Board of Directors, Lance also sits on the Board at Payfirma, and maintains his position as Founding Partner with Full Stack Foundry, an angel investment firm that works with and funds early stage companies.
Vice President, Investments for GrowthWorks Capital Ltd.
Mr. Timlin joined GrowthWorks Capital in 2002 focusing on software and information technology investments. Prior to joining GrowthWorks he worked for four years with BDC’s Venture Capital Group focusing on information technology and alternative energy investments. Mr. Timlin has experience in technical sales and sales management in the municipal and industrial water and waste industry, and has worked as a construction engineer. Mr. Timlin has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University and a MBA from UBC. Mr. Timlin is currently on the Board of Directors of GenoLogics Life Sciences Software Inc., Mixpo Portfolio Broadcasting Inc., ResponseTek Networks Corp., Sandbox Technologies Inc., and Teradici Corp.
Currently, Michael is a Board Observer for INETCO Systems Ltd.
Presenting our INETCO advisors
INETCO’s team of business and technical advisors are there to provide mentorship, technical expertise and thought leadership.
Dr. Michael Blackstock
CTO of Sense Tecnic Systems Inc.
Dr. Michael Blackstock, PhD, is a veteran technology leader specializing in enterprise middleware for wireless and pervasive computing. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) at the University of British Columbia and CTO of Sense Tecnic Systems Inc. developing web-based platforms for sensing and sustainability.
Previously, he was a co-founder and CTO of Colligo Networks, Inc., a leading provider of peer-to-peer wireless productivity software designed for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ™ enabled notebooks, Tablet PCs, and handhelds. Before founding Colligo, Michael was the Vice President of Research and Development for Infowave Software, Inc., a global provider of software that connects enterprise applications to wireless devices. In 1994, he was hailed as one of the top ’40 under 40′ young entrepreneurs in British Columbia.
Michael holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Computer Science from UBC.
Scott F. Brown
President and CEO of Franklin O’Hara Holdings Ltd.
Scott is President and Chief Executive Officer of Franklin O’Hara Holdings Ltd., a wealth management firm in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Franklin O’Hara Holdings Ltd. is focused on providing investor advisory services and management solutions to industry sectors including information technology, municipal, provincial and federal governments, financial industry and real estate.
In addition to being an accomplished angel investor, Scott is a technology industry veteran with more than 25 years, sales, marketing and management experience.
Prior to starting Franklin O’Hara Holdings Ltd., Scott was the Director of Global Accounts with Nortel Networks. He worked with CB Richard Ellis, one of the world’s largest Commercial Real Estate firms, providing investment sales and leasing advisory. Scott has also worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, acting as an independent contractor focusing on sales, relationship management and business development. Scott was an investor in, and acted as Vice President Sales, for Wildfire Canada Inc., a voice recognition technology firm that was sold to an international telecom utility.
Scott has various interests including architecture and project management. He designed and built an award-winning residential project in 2003-04. Scott is an art collector and enjoys both travel and golf.
Dr. Loki Jorgenson
CTO, LionsGate Technologies Inc. (LGTmedical)
Loki Jorgenson provides INETCO with valuable thought leadership on a range of application management and performance topics. As the author of 10 filed technology patents, Loki has a proven track record of innovation and strategic IP development. Recognized by Tech Target as an expert in network performance, Loki Jorgenson has regularly been a featured speaker at industry conferences and academic symposiums and has been active with standards bodies such as the IETF.
Loki Jorgenson is currently the Chief Technology Officer of the mobile health company LionsGate Technology. He was previously Chief Scientist for INETCO advancing business transaction analysis, and Chief Scientist and co-founder of Apparent Networks Inc. (now AppNeta). Prior to Apparent Networks, Loki co-founded the Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics at Simon Fraser University. His past research has included expert systems, VoIP/video modeling, network performance and diagnostics, packet behavior analysis, high performance and grid networks, collaborative and distance learning, scientific visualization and algorithms development for mathematics.
Loki earned his doctorate from McGill University in 1993, specializing in statistical mechanics and computational physics.
Entrepreneur in Residence and VP, Business Development at Sense Tecnic Systems Inc.
A serial entrepreneur in the technology business for more than 25 years, Jim McIntosh has been instrumental in advancing products from concept stage to world-class, money-making innovations. Jim played a critical role in the build out of INETCO’s strategic partnership with NCR and other Fortune 500 business accounts.
Former CEO of HABIT Research and Locator Systems Corporation and former President and CEO of Infowave Software and GDT Softworks Inc., he has first-hand experience leading companies to profitability.
Revenues for HABIT Research and Locator Systems Corporation grew more than 450 percent before the company was sold in 2008 to LoJack Corporation. Jim was also responsible for Infowave’s ascent to world-leader status in printer driver software for the Macintosh operating system and then leading the company into the then emerging wireless messaging market by developing software for wireless access to corporate information. During his tenure, Infowave was a recognized technology leader in enterprise wireless solutions with a market cap in excess of C$350m.
Lonny McLean is an experienced, energetic business executive focused on business growth strategy. Lonny has more than 20 years experience in the technology sector, with a primary focus on Software and Internet technologies. He has a proven background in building early stage companies, as well as growth strategies for more mature organizations.
Lonny has played key roles in multiple early stage company successes such as Supernet, Onyx Software, and Layer 7 Technologies. He held a territory growth role for Microsoft where he focused on large account strategies and executive relationship building with some of Microsoft’s top accounts. This combined experience provides Lonny with a unique blend of skills which he applies to companies of all stages.
Building teams, fundraising, charting strategy, and growing revenue are Lonny’s core strengths. He was the founding CEO and top sales executive for Layer 7 Technologies for more than 8 years, during which time the company was recognized as the BC Technology Industry Start-up of the Year, Company of the Year, and by Deloitte as one of the fastest technology companies in North America. This revenue growth and company strategy was key in the successful sale of Layer 7 to CA Technologies in 2013.
Dr. Mario Palumbo
VP of Special Projects at Recon Instruments
From the time of his initial Ph.D. thesis in theoretical physics to his current role at Recon, Mario has been determining how to address complex technical problems that demand innovative high-performance computing solutions. Prior to Recon Instruments, Mario was the CTO at LightHaus VCI, overseeing all aspects of technology innovation and product engineering.
Dr. Palumbo was also VP of Engineering at Spectrum Signal Processing, responsible for hardware and software development of wireless software-defined radio products and high-density VoIP products. Dr. Palumbo received his bachelor of science degree from Binghamton University and both his master’s of science and his Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University.
Chief Technology Officer of Elastic Path
Sal Visca is a Principal Consultant for “Software CTO Inc”, a consultancy providing technology strategy and architecture advisory services. Currently, he serves as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Elastic Path Software after several years as CTO for SAP’s Technology Development division and CTO at Business Objects prior to the acquisition by SAP. Previously, Mr. Visca was the CTO and Co-President of Infowave Software as well as being with IBM for 12 years where he was Software Development Executive for e-business solutions.
Mr. Visca has a proven track record for developing product and technology roadmaps, understanding emerging markets and technologies, conceiving, designing, testing and bringing to market new customer-oriented products and solutions. Mr. Visca has over twenty-three years of intensive software development experience with specific emphasis on creating long-term product and technology strategies.