Brian O’Higgins is an angel investor and Interset Board Member. He has over 30 years of experience as a leader in security-technology development for enterprise and government customers, possibly known best for his role pioneering PKI (public key infrastructure). He is also the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Entrust, a leading Internet security company. He was also a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Third Brigade, a provider of security products for physical and virtualized servers that was acquired by Trend Micro in 2009. In 2012, Brian was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Canada.
Brian Mesic is a Partner at Anthem Venture Partners. Since joining Anthem from McKinsey in 2000, Brian has led successful investments in pioneering companies such as Android (acquired by Google), RF Magic (acquired by Entropic), Planet A.T.E. (acquired by Intersil), Viewdle (acquired by Motorola) and Entropic Communications (NASDAQ: ENTR). He currently serves on the board of directors of Blurb, Card and StackIQ. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Economics and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business.
Mike is a Partner with Toba Capital, a venture capital firm with unique operational experience in business applications and IT. Mike worked for 13 years at Quest Software where he was most recently Managing Director of Corporate Development. He was responsible for more than 30 enterprise software acquisitions and investments. Prior to that, Mike was General Manager of Quest’s Virtualization Management Business Unit, a $50M standalone business. Mike cut his teeth in software sales and sales management at Quest, BMC Software, Patrol Software and Oracle. He earned an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Mike was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1987 and served as a reserve officer in the Army’s Ordnance Corps.
François-Charles Sirois has more than 15 years of experience in corporate mergers, acquisitions and financing. His entrepreneurship expertise and talent for developing successful joint ventures with innovative partners have enabled Telesystem to leverage the momentum in the media and technology industry. Before joining Telesystem, he managed joint venture and real estate investments. He also founded and led up2 technologies, Microcell i5 and Masq.
Mark Smith is the President of Pandion Investments Limited, a Private Family Investment Company owned by Bill Sinclair, the co-founder of JDS Uniphase, the world’s largest fiber-optic company. Prior to his current role, Mr. Smith served as President of Claridge SRB Investments, Chief Operating Office-Claridge Israel and Senior-Vice President Investments of the Claridge Group, the private investment management company that manages the affairs of the Charles R. Bronfman Family. Mr. Smith’s directorships include and have included Netstar Communications (formerly Labatts Communications), Medisys Medical Group, Venture Coaches, Osem Food Group, ECI Telecom Inc., The TNA Group, Campbell Resources, Crowntek Business Systems and Execaire Inc. Mr. Smith attended McGill University where he was a Rhodes Scholar finalist and obtained his business degree and CA.