Mark Smialowicz

As CEO of Interset, Mark comes brings 20-plus years of experience in helping venture and private equity-backed startups fulfill their strategic visions. With a unique background in behavioral and IT analytics, he has a proven ability to scale technology companies—with a particular emphasis on strategy, corporate development, and financial oversight. This strongly positions Mark to lead Interset during this rapid growth phase for the company. Mark was an investor, CFO, and COO of Integrien, a pioneer in real-time predictive IT and behavioral analytics, through its acquisition by VMware for more than $100M. Integrien’s visionary technology now forms the base of VMware’s cloud-management platform. Mark was also COO of Central Desktop, the leading SaaS-based collaboration platform for marketers. There, he was a key contributor to the development and execution of the company’s strategy through its acquisition by PGi. Prior to VMware and Central Desktop, Mark helped position and scale many venture/private equity-backed technology companies to successful exits as CFO, COO, and adviser. Mark is also an active angel investor, adviser and board member to early stage technology companies. Mark received a BS and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University Maryland, and a Masters in RE Structured Finance from NYU.

Brian O'Higgins

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.

Mike Coffman

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.

Pierre Boucher

Pierre is a senior executive providing strategic advice in the area of information management, technology, security, and identity management. He has more than three decades of experience in the field, helping to lead major initiatives that changed the way governments around the world approach IT security and identity management. Pierre retired from the Canadian Government public service as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). His work has lead to the implementation of the Government of Canada (GOC) Public Key Infrastructure and the renewal of the online authentication service for Canadian citizens. Prior to his appointment as CIO at PWGSC, Pierre was the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the GOC within the Secretariat of the Treasury Board. He also served as executive director of the Division of Security and Identity Management, the division responsible for all aspects of government security, including Policy Government security, IT security, cyber authentication and identity management. Prior to the Treasury Board, he spent nine years in the private sector, where he held positions of increasing responsibility. Pierre earned a degree in electrical engineering from the École Polytechnique in Montreal.

Denis M. Sirois

Denis M. Sirois serves as Vice-President for Propulsion Ventures, a top tier venture capital firm owned by Telesystem. He has over 15 years of experience in investment management and corporate finance. During the course of his career, Denis has been involved in numerous investment transactions involving companies of all sizes, from startups to large caps. He started his career with BCCL, where he was appointed President in 1993, before he moved on to Exaclan, a private holding company, where he was responsible for overseeing the firm’s investment portfolio. Denis sits on the boards of Telesystem, Exaclan, iPerceptions, Prevtec Microbia, Hortau and Opsens.

Bill Woodward

Bill is a successful entrepreneur and venture capital investor. He has founded multiple businesses in the technology space with over $3 billion of exits including Macromedia, Launch Media, MySpace, Nevenvision, Pulse and Cognet. He has been an early/lead investor in a number of successful companies including Demand Media, Android, Spin Media, Beachmint, Blurb and various others. He is the founder and Managing Director of Anthem Ventures. His personal interests include spending time with his children, tennis, wine, movies, travel, and the entrepreneurial process.