Disciplined leadership for innovating disruptive technologies.
Mark Hayman knows what it takes to grow world-class companies and develop world-class products. Since he started in high tech over 30 years ago, he has built successful teams that develop market-leading innovation under disciplined business management. At Nanometrics Inc., a global leader in seismic monitoring solutions, he helped grow the company from a startup to a mid sized company. He is currently Chairman of the Board at Nanometrics, President of Somerset-Gentofte Investments, an Ottawa-based financing firm, and a Director at Food Cycle Sciences. Mark holds five patents in seismometer design, a BSc in Engineering Physics from Queen's University, and an MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford.
Jason Lee is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SmartCone Technologies. Jason has dedicated most of his professional life to developing new technologies that make the world a safer place, with applications in aviation, business intelligence, manufacturing, and software development. He spent time in Kuwait and Afghanistan researching and developing smart safety for military use. Jason has created three award-winning products.
Educated in England and South Africa, Laurie Dickson started his Tool and Die career in 1969. He opened his first Tool and Die/Injection Moulding Company in 1977. In 1987, he emigrated to Canada and in 1990 co-founded L-D Tool&Die. Mr. Dickson was primarily responsible for Manufacturing and Marketing. He brings his expertise in plastics manufacturing to making the most durable and cost-effective containers for SmartCone Solutions.
Bruce Fischer is an entrepreneur through and through. Over the last 35 years, he has co-founded a software company, mentored and advised start-ups, and helped bring them to market in industries ranging from high tech to real estate. He currently acts as an angel investor and continues to mentor and advise both young entrepreneurs and senior executives/company owners. He is also the co-founder of Fischer Group Inc., an advisory firm that finances commercial/industrial and multi-unit residential real estate properties as well as undertaking property development. He holds an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
As an international entrepreneur, Charles has directed companies in the UK, Spain, US, Canada, Central America, Russia, and Central Asia. He is the Group Managing Director of POD Group — a group of companies with an IoT focus that has offices around the world. POD Group companies provide global cellular connectivity, low powered radio connectivity, IoT billing, software solutions and custom IoT and M2M system integrator and operator solutions. With over 300 customers worldwide, POD Group is one of the leading IoT Connectivity Partners in the world.