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Board of Directors

David Deacon

David Deacon

CEO, Director

David started his business career in the brokerage industry where he created a research product based on qualitative content analysis which was sold to institutional investors. He moved on to spend 4 years as VP of Retail Sales before leaving to head up Porsche Canada in 1983. He took Porsche Canada from the 13th largest market in the world to the 6th largest and founded the Rothmans Porsche Racing series, the first single marque Porsche series in the world. Since 1988 he has created and sold 2 start-ups and managed 2 business turnarounds, the latest one being the TSX listed company STT Enviro Corp which was sold in 2017. David is a past president of the Ontario Liberal Party, a founding director of The Canadian Institute for Political Involvement and former Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Research Foundation as well as the founding Chairman of Lend to End (poverty), a fundraiser supporting micro banking in Africa. He raced cars and won the Canadian Endurance Racing Championship and competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, once for the BMW Factory team and once for the First Canadian team to qualify at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Jacques Villeneuve and Ludwig Heimrath Jr.

Ed McAssey

Ed McAssey

Director

Ed McAssey VSB 1981 and MBA 1991 most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors for Lasko Products LLC, a private equity backed consumer products manufacturing firm. Mr. McAssey was also the Chief Operating Officer for Lasko Products Inc. since 1990, a 110-year-old family-owned firm suppling high quality fans and ventilation and played a key role in the planning and execution of the sale to private equity. The Company had 1,000 employees at five sites in North America. During his time the team grew sales over 400% while also improving operating margins. In addition to his responsibilities with the Lasko consumer products, he oversaw the Startup of a very successful residential ventilation subsidiary (Air King) and Lasko Realty (bought and managed the non business commercial real estate investments). Mr. McAssey also directed the mergers and acquisitions activity for the Company. Prior to his role as Chief Operating Officer, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Controller from 1985 to 1990 and has extensive experience with cost accounting, capital budgeting and income tax planning. He started his career as a CPA at Main Hurdman KMG auditing public and private firms before joining Lasko. Previously he was the Chairman of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and was a Board member for twelve years.

Glen Brislan

Glen Brislan

Director

Glen graduated from the University of Montreal with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. For the past 11 years he has been the Vice President of the Global Supply Chain for the Buildings Management Systems division of Johnson Controls. In this role, Glen provided the strategic direction and leadership for world-wide manufacturing, logistics and distribution for all of Security Products. Prior to this Glen held senior manufacturing positions with Tyco International, IBM and Viasystems. An accomplished and global-experienced Supply Chain Leader with broad electronics and PCBA industry experience with in-house manufacturing, OEM & ODM outsourcing, contract manufacturing, logistics and distribution. Glen has a proven track record at improving operational efficiencies, driving significant cost improvements while developing and managing high performance teams globally.

Campbell Deacon

Campbell Deacon

Director

Cam is currently a Special Advisor to Echelon Wealth Partners, an independent IIROC registered investment banking firm with offices across Canada.  He was Chairman of Echelon and its predecessor firm, Euro Pacific Canada from 2014 to 2017. From 2000 to 2011, he was Chairman and a Director of Deacon & Company Limited. From 1986 to 1994 Cam was a founding partner, Chairman and CEO of Deacon Barclays deZoete Wedd, an international investment banking firm which had operations across Canada, the US, the UK and Australia. Subsequently he became the founding President of TSX listed UTS Energy Corporation and a member of its Board of Directors from 1994 to 2010. He has served on the Board of Directors of numerous public and private companies based in Canada, the US, UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Barbados. In a number of those entities he participated as a Chairman of the Board and a member or Chair of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees. He is a past Chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and a former Governor of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. For a number of years he sat on the Listing Committee of the Toronto Stock Exchange. He spent 10 years as a member of the worldwide Young Presidents Organization and seven years as a member of Chief Executives Organization. In 2012 Cam was awarded the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal for exceptional service to the Canadian Investment Industry.

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark

Director

Andrew is Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Red Jar Capital with over two decades of experience in the industrial manufacturing, merchant banking, and advanced energy sectors.   Andrew has been an investor and entrepreneur his entire life, and focuses on identifying key investment trends, opportunity sourcing, building teams, and using his network to help portfolio partners grow their businesses. Andrew is also Co-Founder & Vice Board Chair at Spark Power.  HE was Co-CEO at Spark from its inception until January 2021. Prior to founding Spark, Andrew held several executive-level operations and finance roles across multiple industries. His previous career experience includes, Lending and Business Development Bank of Canada and Operations & Finance, CPI Plastics Group Ltd. Andrew is a member of both YPO/WPO Canada (Young President’s Organization / World President’s Organization). Andrew holds an MBA degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.

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