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Scott MacDonald is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of McRock Capital, a venture capital firm focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading Industrial Internet companies within the water, power, and energy efficiency sectors. He is refreshingly real.
He currently serves on the boards of Invixium, a biometric security products company, Worldsensing, a smart city solutions company, and Serious Integrated, a human-machine interface company for industrial and commercial machines.
Scott previously served as Chair of RtTech Software (acquired by AspenTech and Vinci Energies), Chair of SynapSense (acquired by Panduit) and was a Director of Pure Technologies (TSX:PUR acquired by Xylem) and PPIC (acquired by Pure Technologies). From 2003 to 2007, MacDonald served as Chair of RuggedCom (acquired by Siemens) and helped this smart grid company grow from start-up to its IPO.
Prior to co-founding McRock Capital, Scott was a Partner with a Zurich-based venture capital firm and Managing Director in the venture capital subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation, a large North American electric utility. Scott represented Canada at the 1989 and 1991 World Gymnastics Championships and was a voting member of the Canadian Olympic Committee for the quadrennial leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Whitney Rockley is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of McRock Capital, a venture capital firm focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). She has over 20 years of investment, operating and strategic planning experience from the power, water and oil & gas industries. She is refreshingly real and passionate about women-in-tech and inspiring girls to get into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math).
She currently serves on the boards of mnubo, Invixium, Decisive Farming (Chair), Serious Integrated and Miovision in addition to being the first female Chair of the Canadian Venture Capital Association. Whitney also serves on the Boards of the Venture Capital Association of Alberta and Ryerson's Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She served on the board of RtTech Software (acquired by AspenTech and Vinci Energies) and was one of the key investors behind RuggedCom (acquired by Siemens). She previously served as a Director of PPIC (acquired by Pure Technologies), SpectraSensors (acquired by Endress + Hauser), Senscient, TerraLUX, DeepFlex, and Novinium and was an early investor in Silicon Energy (acquired by Itron) and Capstone (NASDAQ: CPST).
Prior to co-founding McRock Capital, Whitney was a Partner with a Zurich-based venture capital firm and Nomura New Energy Ventures in London, England. She has experience setting up and managing corporate venture capital programs. Having worked in London, Zurich, San Francisco, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto, Whitney has an impressive global network.
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Ha Nguyen is a Vice President of McRock Capital, a venture capital firm focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). She has experience working with tech companies and entrepreneurs in both the venture capital and private equity industries. Prior to joining McRock, Ha worked with SaaS startups in Vietnam and was successful in securing financing from global corporations. She is refreshingly real.
She has significant experience with market and financial analyses, deal sourcing, investment valuation, investor relations and portfolio management having worked at Vietnam-focused fund of MAJ Invest, a Danish private equity firm, and Boston-based IDG Ventures Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh city. Through Ha’s work with companies and investment funds, she has gained tremendous international experience in the US, Denmark, India, Singapore, Japan and China, which has helped her develop a global perspective and ability to build cross-cultural relationships.
Ha received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, Vietnam and holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Investment from Aston Business School in Birmingham, UK.
Tel: +1 (587) 885-1520
Tel: +1 (647) 478 9337
Josee Bertrand is the CFO of McRock Capital, a venture capital firm focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Josee has served as CFO of McRock since its inception and has a highly diverse, results-driven background in finance and operations management.
Josee has public, private and not-for-profit company experience. Most notably, she was the CFO of Canampac, CFO of Arxx Corporation, Director of Finance at SickKids Foundation and VP of Finance at Sunnybrook Foundation. In addition to being a stand out operational CFO, Josee goes beyond the numbers and thinks strategically. She commands a demonstrated ability to streamline business operations and increased efficiency with a strong bias to using technology. Josee's ability in developing, implementing and monitoring critical business processes to support company-wide business strategies is top tier.
Josee received her Bachelor of Business Adminstration and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and holds a CGA designation.
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Mr. Mike Fister is the CEO of SPARQ Systems, an innovative and premier supplier of micro inverter systems. Fister has over 30 years of experience leading technology companies including five years as CEO of Cadence Design Systems, where he was responsible for growing the company from $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion in revenue.
Previously, he spent over 20 years with Intel where he most recently served as SVP and GM of the Enterprise Platforms group reporting to the CEO. He was responsible for growing Intel’s Solutions Business including successfully launching 32-bit Xeon® and 64-bit Itanium® processor lines, server chipsets, board-level products and related software tools. He managed revenue of approximately $3 billion driving the development and adoption of industry-standard server and server blade technology with strategic partners. Fister holds a M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Mr. Ron Sege serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) since August 2010 and has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors since October 2011. Before Echelon, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Board member of 3Com Corporation from 2008 through its acquisition by HP. Earlier, Ron was President and Chief Executive Officer of Tropos Networks, Inc., a provider of wireless broadband networks; President and Chief Executive Officer of Ellacoya Networks, Inc., a provider of broadband service optimization solutions based on deep packet inspection technology; and Executive Vice President of Lycos, Inc., the Internet search engine. From 1989 to 1998, he served in a variety of senior management roles at 3Com Corporation, including Executive Vice President, Global Systems Business Unit. Ron holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Pomona College. Ron on McRock.
Mr. Marzio Pozzuoli is the founder and former CEO of RuggedCom. He is one of the most successful smart grid entrepreneurs in the industry having sold his company in 2012 to Siemens for approximately $440 million. Pozzuoli led RuggedCom to profitability within 18 months following the close of a single $4 million venture capital financing.
RuggedCom was named to the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 as one of the fastest growing tech companies in Canada for six consecutive years and went public on the TSX in 2007. Prior to RuggedCom, Pozzuoli developed advanced protective relaying systems and substation automation technology for General Electric. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and holds multiple patents related to advances in communications, protective relaying technology, and automation technology. In 2009, Pozzuoli received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Technology and Communications. He was named the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Asscociation, and he is refreshingly real.
Mr. Jim Oosterbaan was President and CEO of NGX. NGX is a wholly owned subsidiary of the TMX Group and a leading North American Energy Exchange. Previously he spent more than 10 years with independent power producer Capital Power Corporation and its’ predecessor company, EPCOR, an energy and water conglomerate. During that period Jim served in a variety of senior executive roles in the areas of Operations, Corporate Development, Commodity Portfolio Management, Capital Execution, Government Relations and Environmental Affairs. Jim has a record of helping organizations develop and grow to attain sustainable levels of profitability and performance, with an emphasis on culture and leadership. He holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, attended the Stanford Advanced Management Programme and completed a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation.