Board of Directors
Jonathan W. Ladd, Chairman
Mr. Ladd has over 35 years of senior management experience in the GPS/GNSS and the wireless industries. Mr. Ladd was Senior Advisor to the CEO and a Board Member at Novariant until its merger with AgJunction Inc. Mr. Ladd’s past board positions include; Trusted Positioning Inc., Nexteq Navigation, RF Monolithics and Hemisphere GNSS Inc. Mr. Ladd’s past executive positions include; CEO and Chairman of Brilliant Telecommunications prior to its sale to Juniper Networks and President and CEO of NovAtel Inc. prior to its sale to Hexagon AB. Mr. Ladd had held past executive positions at Thales Navigation, Magellan Inc. and Ashtech Inc. Mr. Ladd received a B.S. with distinction in Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine and is a member of Tau Beta Pi.
Michael J. Lang, Vice Chairman and Lead Independent Director
Mr. Lang is Chairman of Stonebridge Merchant Capital Corp. In addition to his roles with Hemisphere GPS, he has been a director of a number of publicly traded and private companies over the last ten years. Prior, he was co-founder and vice chairman of Beau Canada Explorations Ltd., a publicly traded TSE 300 company which was sold in the year 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from the University of Alberta.
Paul G. Cataford, Chairman of Audit Committee
In addition to Mr. Cataford's AgJunction board responsibilities, he is the CEO of Zephyr Sleep Technologies and also serves on the boards of: Sierra Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ/TSX), CANTelematics (Board Chair/Private) and Defence Construction Canada (Crown Corp.). Mr. Cataford has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate development, investing and corporate finance, public and private equity markets, governance, strategy and financial reporting. Mr. Cataford holds a BSc (Mech. Engineering) from Queen’s University, and a MBA (Finance & Strategy) from the Schulich School of Business and an ICD.D (Corp. Director) from Rotman School of Business.
Scott B. Edmonds, Chairman of Governance Committee
Mr. Edmonds' 30 year career has been a unique blend of operational of operational, strategic and financial leadership roles in both large and small companies in Canada, Europe and Asia. Most recently Mr. Edmonds lead the turnaround of Webtech Wireless, Mr. Edmonds held leadership roles with two other Vancover area software companies after spending 10 years with The Walt Disney Company in France, Indonesia and Singapore. Mr. Edmonds governance experience includes more than ten years as a board member and committee chair in both private and public companies. Mr. Edmonds holds a degree in finance and is a CPA, he has also completed the Executive Development Program at the The Kellogg School and holds the ICD.D designation.
Lori S. Ell, Director
Ms. Ell holds over 25 years of broad-based executive experience working with multi-billion dollar, start-up, and mid-market companies in diverse industries including oil & gas, technology, and food manufacturing. Her most recent position was as President of Agristar Inc., and prior to that, CFO for Quortech Solutions Ltd. Currently, Ms. Ell consults with business leaders to help construct processes for strategic execution. She is also a Chair with TEC-Canada, where she leads a select group of CEOs through confidential peer advisory forums and provides one-to-one executive coaching. Ms. Ell sits on several private and not-for profit boards. She holds a Bachelor of Management, is a CPA, CMA and has also received her ICD.D in Board Governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Ryan J. Levenson, Director
Mr. Levenson is currently Principal and Portfolio Manager of Privet Fund Management LLC, a firm he founded in 2007. Mr. Levenson currently serves as a director of Hardinge, Inc. (NASDAQ: HDNG), Frequency Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEIM) and Cicero, Inc. (OTC: CICN). Previously, Mr. Levenson served as a director of RELM Wireless, Inc., where he served as a member of the Audit Committee, and as a director and member of the Compensation, Organization and Corporate Governance Committee of Material Sciences Corp. from May 2013 until its sale in March 2014. Mr. Levenson also served as a member of the Board of Directors and Compensation and Audit Committees of The Middleby Corporation from May 2006 until November 2012. Prior to founding Privet Fund Management LLC in February 2007, Mr. Levenson served as Vice President of Business Development at MSI, a privately held building products distributor and construction services company, from 2003 until 2006. Prior to his service with MSI, Mr. Levenson served as a financial analyst for Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn's long/short equity hedge fund after working at SAC Capital Advisors LLC in a similar capacity.
Jose Suarez, Director
With more than 15 years of experience in venture capital, Jose Suarez serves as Managing Director for Investor Growth Capital, focusing on infrastructure technology, ranging from semiconductors to hardware systems and software. Previously, Jose was based in IGC’s Asian office where he managed a broad range of investments both in the public markets and in privately negotiated situations. Jose received a B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.
David E. Vaughn, Director
Mr. Vaughn joined Novariant in May 2012 as President and CEO with over 20 years of senior executive experience in precision guidance and agri business at companies including Topcon, NovAtel, Magellan and Trimble. He has served on the board of Directors for a number of high tech corporations and has extensive professional experience in that field, including serving in an executive capacity with Apple and Hewlett Packard. Mr. Vaughn has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics and a MBA Degree in Operations Research from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.