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David Folk, Chairman

David is a passionate serial entrepreneur (1997-2000), venture capital investor and philanthropist. He has co-founded two venture capital firms since he began his career in 1984 and backed over 50 entrepreneurial companies throughout North America with over $500 million in Capital focusing on innovation and technology. He is a founding member of the Task Force on Competitiveness and Prosperity (2001) and past Chair of Kids Help Phone, one of Canada’s leading charities (1997-2000). He has been a director, advisor, strategist and coach for dozens of successful public and private companies. David is the co-founder and CEO of the NEXT, a company that provides adaptive solutions to interpersonal problems using breakthrough technologies in Neuroscience and human dynamics. David is a graduate of The Richard Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario.


Richard S. Garnick, Director

Richard is a proven global executive and has demonstrated achievements in high-tech, IT/software services, BPO, global service delivery models, e-commerce and telecommunications industries. He was most recently a Senior Executive at Keane Inc. and was Chief Executive of Americas and EAS for Wipro Technologies, helping build one of the leading global IT/BPO businesses out of India. During his tenure at Wipro, the company grew dramatically in revenue, profits, capabilities and market presence (from global revenues of $300M & 5500 employees to $2B and over 50,000 employees). Over the last 20-plus years, he has held leadership positions at Global Digital Media, Avnet, Arrow Electronics and Innovoice and Texas Instruments. He also sits on the Boards of several other high-tech organizations.


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