Strategic Advisors

 

Dr. Pierre "Red" Beauchamp, PhD.

Dr. Beauchamp holds a doctorate in Sports Psychology (University of Montreal) and Masters/Bachelors’ Sport Science degrees from McGill University.  A former McGill varsity hockey player, Pierre has over thirty-five years of coaching and consulting experience as a Sport Science consultant to leading Hedge Funds, Olympic Teams, Navy & Army Special Operations Force and Professional Teams. Pierre is President/Founder of Mindroom Peak Sport Performance – a groundbreaking sport science laboratory that has achieved worldwide recognition through the utilization of cutting edge technology to enhance sport performance and to prepare elite athletes to perform on demand and under pressure. The Mindroom PSP utilizes proprietary Athlete Readiness and Recovery cloud-based software to provide coaches and organizations with the tools and data to drive improvement and informed decision-making that produce results.

 

Jay Couse

Innovative and performance-driven, Jay is renowned for grasping complex business and technology issues. This has led to the development of several new products, market opportunities and companies. Over the last 15 years he has worked with organizations, entrepreneurs and investors to design and launch several digital wireless and IOT products in the areas of mobile healthcare, security, wearable sensors, customer care and financial services. Throughout his career he has been a leader of award- winning teams and projects including Canada Post’s “Supplier of the Year”, the US Army’s “Greatest Invention Award” and the "Best of CES 2014" awards. To support these development opportunities more than $50 million in new financing was secured. To date, he is the named inventor on 14 USA based patents filed in the areas of wireless and embedded technologies related to fitness, health, and financial services.

 

Dr. Maria Karam, PhD. – Co-founder, Wearable Tech.

Dr. Karam is an inventor, entrepreneur, and academic in the computing sciences, as well as the founder and President of Tactile Audio Displays Inc.  Dr. Karam’s work in sensory substitution, gesture-based interactions, and wearable technologies is grounded in solid research, and in her affiliations and collaborations with some of the world’s leading universities. Human computer interaction research and methodologies give Dr. Karam’s products and companies a significant advantage over others, through the collaborations and commitment that the international community of researchers and academics to her realm of operations. Inclusivity is another critical area where Dr. Karam contributes to making technologies more usable, accessible, and universal. Her current research affiliations and appointments include Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Kings College London, Vice President of Research and Development of the VibraFusionLab in London Canada, and founder and director of the CoffeeLab, a public usability lab for testing interactive systems in the field.

 

Michael Kosic

Michael is a Canadian Professional Industrial Engineer (P.Eng) from the University of Toronto, with an MBA from INSEAD focusing on international business and entrepreneurship.  He has successfully led the conception, ramp-up, and growth of both independent start-ups and internal divisions of existing companies in the Internet, mobile, retail banking, and high-tech space both in North America and abroad.  Michael has demonstrated enterprise leadership in the Internet space though his 4-year role as a Senior Director at CIBC, a fortune 500 company. At the bank Michael pioneered and lead the bank's entry into targeted online offers as well as ran the Internet and mobile channel for their white label banks including PC Financial and the Canadian Military Bank.

 

Dan Mills

Dan Mills is a patented inventor and entrepreneur who founded DCM Technical Services in 1996.  He has trained various levels of the Canadian military, police forces, plus manufacturing and engineering firms around the world on the proper use of photographs to complete forensic measurements.  Dan has taught college and university classes in surveying and image measurements and was the head of a multi-year, Ryerson University/Transport Canada, road safety research project, with numerous peer reviewed publications about collision investigation and effectiveness of child safety restraints. He is an invited presenter and panelist at international conferences to speak on forensic measurements and image analysis.  Dan is qualified and has testified as a photogrammetry expert in international courts. Through his photogrammetry and image analysis experience Dan cofounded Bubl Technology a company that designs and manufactures a pro-sumer level 360˚ camera.  He developed the advanced algorithms required to seamlessly stitch numerous video feeds into a single panoramic/spherical result… in real time. While at Bubl Technology, Dan held positions as both CTO and CEO.

 

Wendy Robertson

Wendy is a strategy and innovation leader and coach with deep knowledge in the area of marketing insight and customer development.  Wendy attended Queen's University, and following her first career in advertising strategy and business development, she founded both Kneebone, a marketing software company acquired by Deloitte, and proprietary brand insight product “BEAT” for customers RBC, CIBC and Scotiabank. Wendy cofounded Reknewco responsible for the carbon-offset plan CleanAirPass and for carbon offset and wind feasibility studies.  A contributing author to Schulich/Kellogg School Professor Alan Middleton's book on Marketing Performance, Wendy continues to consult to finding growth opportunities for new companies. Wendy is a Founders Institute mentor and advises high-potential founders on first customer and scale challenges.

 

Chris Robinson

Chris has a career that spans 35 years f in the snowsports industry.   As a Freestyle Ski athlete he competed in the international circuit for 4 years.  His experience has expanded from coach with the Canadian Junior Freestyle Team to Competition Manager for the Canadian Ski Association, Freestyle Discipline, organizing national and international events across Canada. He subsequently joined Freestyle Skiing Ontario as Program Director and Head Coach, while continuing to manage marketing services for the Canadian Team through the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.  In 1993 he founded Double Black Diamond Productions, specializing in snowsports TV programming and event coverage.  Over the years DBDP has covered Alpine, Snowboarding, Cross Country, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined and Freestyle Skiing World Cups and other events.  Chris' award winning TV magazine series first known as Ski Base (later becoming Pontiac World of Skiing) continues today under the title ‘Ski Television’.   Chris also produces a wide variety of action and endurance sports including adventure racing, cycling and most recently CrossFit.  Chris acted as Producer and Production Manager on the host coverage of Snowboarding at the 2006 Torino Olympic Winter Games and Assistant Director for Alpine Skiing at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver. He currently serves on the Boards of the Canadian Snowsports Association, the Canadian Ski Council and the FIS Freestyle Skiing Committee.

 

Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz

Jesse is an orthopedic surgeon with cross-functional knowledge of business after completing his MBA. Long-term goals include practicing orthopedics in an academic setting and bringing medicine 2.0 innovations to my profession.  Jesse was medical director for development and marketing of bio-sensing apparel with the focus on the integration of the high-quality data collected by OMsignal into medical care and the patient-physician relationship.  As sports fellow for the University Health Network he focused on disorders of the shoulder, elbow, knee and foot and ankle. Also worked with elite dancers in managing their injuries and evaluated and treated workplace injuries. Research focused around integrating the quantified self-movement and medicine.

 

Peter W. Physick-Sheard PhD.

Peter is a veterinarian with special interest in cardiovascular diseases, horses and horse industry, and in equine performance. He Is Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, and after 43 years "in the trenches", now focuses his efforts on research. His primary research interest is sudden death in the racehorse. Pursuing his studies has required a lot of creativity to coach the necessary data out of horses performing at maximal effort. This has involved everything from hardware development, signal analysis and software coding to industry liaison, demographic analysis, and "going to the races" - but absolutely no gambling! Despite describing himself as a resolute, hard-nosed scientific type devoted to practising evidence-based medicine, he is still not sure what he wants to be when he grows up. In the meantime, he describes employing technology in his science as he pursues basic understanding of mechanisms and optimal health and welfare for the horse as immensely satisfying.

 

Ali Tawfiq

Until recently Ali was working at Montreal’s OMsignal where he took on a number of roles from algorithm development, leading the bioengineering team, and getting involved in the product development. He joined the team post seed funding and contributed heavily to the development of the product and features currently showcased in the OMsignal and PoloTech apps. He took the features through vision, research, prototype, implementation and back; paying detailed attention to both market demand and customer feedback. He worked closely with the cofounders to bring the new line of technology to the market including the delivery of OM’s partnership with Ralph Lauren at the US open 2014. His expertise is in research and development of advanced algorithms for medical signal analysis for wearable devices.  Ali combines medical and engineering concepts to investigate cutting edge innovations for the enhancement of existing wearable technologies.

 

David Traub

David has nearly 30 years of experience as an award-winning executive producer of feature films, digital media products and games; as a venture catalyst, global business and economic development executive; and as an investor and/or board member/advisor to over 35 startup, early stage, institutional, multi-national and government entities. His current movies as Exec or Co-Producer include jOBS, BRONX BULL (the story of Jake LaMotta), CRAZY FOR THE BOYS (story about a real girl band that forms around high school anti-bullying activity), NEON BUFFALO (impact of entrepreneurship and native American gaming on the resurgence of Native America) and "TIME TO HONOR" (story about 2 Marines supporting veterans returning to a challenging US). His first feature film credit was for producing display graphics on THE LAWNMOWER MAN.

 

David is author of nearly 50 articles on the evolution of the digital domain, education and economic development for publications, books and clients such as Ontario Ministry of Culture, NTT-Docomo, Microsoft and Carnagie-Mellon. He has given more than 60 keynote and other speeches globally. David earned a Ed.M in Education from Harvard ('90) with focus on optimizing economic/career development via entertainment interfaces/media, while conducting class-work at MIT Media Lab & Harvard’s Business School. In 1984 he earned undergraduate degrees in rhetoric & film with honors from the UC Berkeley.  His "personal passion" is innovation/entrepreneurship in digital media/entertainment-deployed ‘bio-psycho-social’ curriculum and solutions: the ‘missing piece’ in modern education.

 

Vincent John Vincent

Vincent John Vincent is the CEO, Co-founder, & creative force behind GestureTek, the Virtual Reality, company that are the inventors, pioneers, & world leaders for over 28+ years of Video Gesture Control, Recognition and Analysis technology. Vincent & Francis MacDougall invented, pioneered & evangelized video gesture controlled virtual reality, where the user’s image appears on screen & interacts with the virtual world, from 1985 (Gesture Xtreme System); & 3D Depth Camera Gesture Control (GestTrack3D), for avatars & point control, since 2000; attaining 45+ patents in the process. Vincent has been instrumental in running, & growing the company, finding new markets, & creating diverse applications of the various forms of their technology. GestureTek has licensed its technology & patents to Sony’s PlayStation EyeToy/Move & Microsoft’s XBOX for the Kinect, Hasbro’s toys, etc. Their gesture tech is licensed on over 150 million mobile devises around the world with over 300 applications (EyeMobile). In 2011 the consumer  & mobile division was sold to Qualcomm Corp.

 

Vincent pioneered the early multimedia industry and co-creator/producer/executive director of the IDMA (International Digital Media Awards (1994). He was honored in 2003 with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Canadian New Media Awards; & in Milan Italy, in 2007, with a Media Guru Award. He was Inducted into the Digital Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

Perry Voulgaris

Perry is a visionary and entrepreneurial leader.  He has over 25 years in media, sports and entertainment including TSN, CBC, Bell, and Neulion and has 20 years of experience in digital media plus 15 years of executive management.  He leads teams in the delivery of successful media, sports and entertainment properties, creating new partnerships, increasing audience reach and new revenue channels. Currently Perry is driving partnerships in the VR, AR and 3D ecosystem.