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Board of Directors

 

Derek Spratt

Derek Spratt is a 34 year veteran of the Canadian technology sector having founded and run several Canadian technology companies, including PCS Wireless, Intrinsyc Software and Mobidia. Mr. Spratt is an active participant in the technology community having held board positions with various associations including Wavefront, Acetech, DigiBC, WinBC, the Vancouver Enterprise Forum, Scientist in Residence Program and the TSX Advisory Committee. He is also an active investor in the technology sector and has advised venture capital firms in Canada and the US. Mr. Spratt holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Queens University (1983).

Neal Clarance

Neal Clarance, Chairman of BC Discovery Fund, has over 35 years of experience as a practicing CA/CPA. He is a retired Partner from E&Y where he most recently served as the Canadian Leader of the firm's services to the Entertainment Industry. He also had extensive experience with servicing a broad range of clients in a wide variety of industries including, Banking, Brokerage, Investment, Venture Capital, Manufacturing and Technology. Mr. Clarance is a Director of the Canadian Film Centre, a past Director of the International Financial Centre and a member of the Corporate Institute of Directors.

Harry Jaako

Harry is a co-founder of Discovery Capital, and a Director and the President of BC Discovery Fund. He has worked with nearly 250 technology companies, and has over 25 years experience in advising early-stage technology companies, managing technology sector investment funds, and sourcing, analyzing and closing venture capital investment opportunities. Harry was appointed as a Public Governor of the Vancouver Stock Exchange in 1998, served as an independent Director of the Canadian Venture Exchange (CDNX), and in 2001 was appointed a Director of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TMX Group Inc.), North America's first publicly traded stock exchange group. Harry is an active member of BC's technology and investment communities, and frequently appears as a key advocate for the BC technology sector through numerous local and international media outlets. Prior to co-founding Discovery Capital, he was a consulting manager with DMR Group, and worked with IBM Canada Ltd. Harry holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Lakehead University. Harry is a director of portfolio companies Navarik Corp., and Vigil Health Solutions Inc.

John McEwen

John is a co-founder of Discovery Capital, and a Director and the CEO of BC Discovery Fund (VCC) Inc. He has worked with nearly 250 technology companies, and has over 25 years experience in advising early-stage technology companies, managing technology sector investment funds, and sourcing, analyzing and closing venture capital investment opportunities. John has spearheaded corporate finance initiatives for companies such as Sierra Wireless Inc. and Tantalus Systems Corp., accelerating their development by attracting key corporate and additional venture capital backing. He is well known in the B.C. technology community as past Operations Chair of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum. Prior to co-founding Discovery Capital, he worked with IBM Canada Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. John is a director of portfolio company Tantalus Systems Corp.

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