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Andrey J. Szpynda

Michael S. Slan

John R. Jordan

Ronald Dizy

Ray Nissan



Andrey J. Szpynda
Ventus Fund Inc. - Director

Andrey J. Szpynda has over 15 years of experience starting, operating and restructuring private and public companies.

He has held management, corporate executive and board positions in a variety of industries both in Canada and Europe. His areas of expertise include telecommunications, biotechnology, research, manufacturing, aviation and distribution.

As the Division Director and Executive Board Member of world’s largest glass manufacturer and processor he directed restructuring in Switzerland and downsizing in Poland. In Ukraine, he founded and operated a distribution company for world’s largest petroleum conglomerate.

Andrey Szpynda brings with him start-up experience, solid corporate operational background, and vast international business network.

Mr. Szpynda holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, and Master in Business Administration from Universita Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy.



Michael S. Slan
Fogler, Rubinoff LLP - Partner

Michael Slan is a partner in the Toronto law firm of Fogler, Rubinoff LLP. His practice consists of providing advice for closely held companies and for lenders.

For many years, Mr. Slan has acted extensively for an number of financial institutions and private equity funds in relation to mezzanine and equity financing. In addition, Mr. Slan is the secretary of Kingsway Financial Services Inc, an insurance company interlisted on both the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. As such, Mr. Slan has significant experience in providing advice on corporate governance.



John R. Jordan
Ventus Fund Inc. - Director

John Jordan has over 15 years experience working with both public and private companies. He has a well rounded business knowledge with specific strengths in corporate strategy, financial management, growth and acquisitions strategies, and business valuations. John started his career in public accounting and has worked with companies in a variety of industries.

John is also a principal of York Medtech Partners Inc., an investment and advisory firm focused on the life science sector.  

John has a MBA and a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is a Certified Management Accountant and is a Certified Public Accountant (US). In addition, John holds the AICPA specialty designation of Accredited in Business Valuations (ABV).



Ronald Dizy Sempa Power Systems Ltd. - President and CEO

Ronald Dizy is currently the President and CEO of Sempa Power.  Sempa delivers Hybrid Heating Solutions that offer customers significant reductions in energy costs, while also reducing greenhouse gases and reducing energy consumption.  Before joining Sempa, Ron was a Partner at Celtic House Venture Partners, with responsibility for sourcing deals, making investment decisions and working with portfolio companies. Before joining Celtic House in 2000, Ron was a portfolio manager in the venture capital group at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, where he helped to establish the asset class for Teachers, making both fund commitments and direct investments. He began his career at Andersen Consulting in 1987, then joined venture-backed startup AICorp as principal knowledge engineer in 1990. In 1992, Ron co-founded Altera Systems, a consulting firm focused on business applications of artificial intelligence.

Mr. Dizy has served on the boards of Avalere, Camilion Solutions, MEMSIC, Sirific Wireless, FastLane Technologies (acquired by Quest Software), Grocery Gateway, Incanta, Ironbridge Networks, ITF Optical Technologies, TSE-listed Nexia Biotechnologies, Pinpoint Local Positioning Systems and ViXS Systems.   He is currently on the Board of Sempa Power.

Ron Dizy earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.



Ray Nissan
Cybermation Inc - Founder / CTO

Ray Nissan founded Cybermation in 1982. The company was acquired by CA in April 2006 to strengthen its leadership position in the Job Scheduling marketplace. Mr. Nissan has more than 34 years of Information Technology experience, starting with his involvement in the first commercial installation of the IBM MVS operating system with the British Oxygen Company. Before founding Cybermation, Mr. Nissan held systems programming and development positions with the CIBC and Datacrown. He holds Honors Bachelors of Science Degree in Physics from the Imperial College, London, England, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Science (ARCS).

Mr. Nissan's vision and forward-thinking approach provided the leading-edge technology base for Cybermation. His Advanced Workflow Engine formed the foundation of Cybermation's unique, event-driven cross platform Enterprise Job Scheduling solution. This technology allows for the seamless management of relationships between processes within a workflow, effectively automating the data center. His early commitment to the powerful Java Platform was an important development, which advanced his vision for a single point of control across all environments, operating systems, applications and databases. Today, these workload automation solutions drive the data centers of many of the world's Fortune 500 companies, including, UPS, Verizon, Nike, IMS Health, and Iron Mountain.


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