Peter Allen brings 21 years of industry experience in Broadband Telecommunications. Prior to joining DragonWave, Peter was founder, President and CEO Innovance Networks. Prior to Innovance, Peter was the Vice-President of Business Development and General Manager of the Optoelectronics organization within Nortel Networks' Optical Networks division, where he had responsibilities for both the system and component businesses. Peter's experience in business leadership includes heading up a 5000-employee global operation spanning R&D, manufacturing as well as Sales & Marketing. Peter has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and has been involved in numerous multi-billion dollar transactions, as well as establishing business partnerships in North America, Europe and Japan. Peter has also held managerial positions at Ford Motor Company and Rothmans International, and has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Africa.
Mr. Cesaratto has more than 35 years of experience in the Canada technology industry. Mr. Cesaratto joined Nortel Networks Corporation, a communications equipment manufacturing company, in 1970 and assumed increasingly senior management roles during his 31 year career with Nortel, culminating in the role of President, Wireless Solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Mr. Cesaratto retired from Nortel in 2001 and has continued to be active in the technology sector. He is currently a member of an angel investment group dedicated to the development of technology start-up companies in the Ottawa.
He was a director of Tundra Semiconductor (2007 to 2009) and Breconridge Manufacturing Solutions (2007 to 2010) and is currently chairman of the board of directors of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. Mr. Cesaratto holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
Claude Haw, B.Eng, P.Eng, became President and CEO of OCRI, Ottawa's lead economic development agency, in March 2009. Prior to OCRI, Claude was Managing Partner of Venture Coaches, a venture capital firm which he founded in 2000. Venture Coaches invested in thirteen technology companies with three having been sold, one merged with another company and DragonWave, which is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.
Claude has been actively involved with more than 30 technology companies over the past two decades from start-up to acquisition and IPO. With more than 30 years of experience in a variety of technical, general management and venture investing roles in the technology sector Claude has been instrumental in the success of many Ottawa-based companies including Venture Coaches, DragonWave, Newbridge Networks and Mitel Corporation.
He is a director of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, charter member of TiE Ottawa, a global network of entrepreneurs and professionals, as well as a past board member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA). Claude is also a founder of Mindtrust, an exclusive networking forum for technology company CEOs, and The Ottawa Network, an entrepreneurial group focused on enabling the next generation of technology companies in the Ottawa region and served as a long-standing member of the organizing committee of the annual Ottawa Venture and Technology Summit (OVTS).
While Vice-President of Corporate Business Development at Newbridge, he managed strategic investment programs, from start-up to exit, in more than 20 companies. As Vice-President and General Manager of the Newbridge ATMnet Business Unit, Claude grew the unit from inception to a $200-million-per-annum business. During his time at Newbridge, Claude managed a small investment fund, Severn Bridge Investments, which invested in 12 companies and returned more that three times invested capital. He also held senior management positions at Mitel Corporation and Leigh Instruments.
Claude holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Lakehead University, has completed the Canadian Securities Course and is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario. He has been a guest lecturer at several universities speaking about entrepreneurship, business planning and venture investing.
Lori O'Neill is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). She retired from Deloitte in 2012 after over 24 years of service, 16 years as partner, serving growth companies from startup to multinationals, supporting complex transactions, private and public equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions in Canada and the U.S. Ms. O'Neill currently provides contract advisory services to growth companies. Ms. O'Neill serves as co chair of the Executive Committee of the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, is a member of the board of directors of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the board of governors of Ashbury College, the board of directors of Startup Canada, the board of directors of Face 2 Face, the finance committee of the Stem Cell Network, an advisory board for the Dean of the Sprott School of Business, a faculty member of Lead To Win, and previously served on the boards of the Shepherds of Good Hope and the Ottawa Life Sciences Council. Ms. O'Neill graduated Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce Highest Honours in 1988, achieved her CA designation in 1989, her CPA designation in 2003, was recognized as "Top Forty under Forty" in 1999 by Ottawa Business Journal, and completed the ICD Director Education Program attaining the ICD.D designation in 2012.