Currently, Raymond Szabada is the President & CEO of the Mission based i-Open Technologies Inc., a systems consulting firm delivering enterprise Application and Systems Integration services to local and international clients since 2002.
As a volunteer, Mr. Szabada is the Founder and Chairman of the Board for The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech, responsible for the development and driving of the Vision forward as related to Economic and Educational development of the East Fraser Valley Region. Additionally, he is a current and active member of the District Of Mission Economic development Board; resides on the Board of Community Futures since 2011, active member of the Guide Point Global Advisors (a New York based international business consulting organization), and a member of the SFU Affiliate Mentor program (Surrey Campus).
Prior to this, as the former, VP of Marketing, Mr. Szabada was responsible for the development and deployment of key strategic marketing plan for the PerfectMIND, a CRM and ERP suite of Application Software; and a Profit 100’s fastest growing companies in Canada.
In 2004, upon his return to Canada, he joined the Kinetix group as a Strategic Advisor to the Board and VP of Marketing and worldwide sales. Mr. Szabada was engaged with Vancouver based Kinetix-Wireless, as part of the senior management team to allow Kinetix to transition from R&D to fully commercialized suite of Mobile Workforce Management software. Over the course of his four year engagement with Kinetix he was responsible for delivering and effectively leading large scale deployments related to end user Enterprise IT solutions as well as embedded development projects; as direct results of his efforts Telus Corp was positioned to acquire the Kinetix MBLink product. Mr. Szabada was instrumental during the introduction, negotiation and execution of these proceedings on behalf of Kinetix Wireless.
Previous to this role he was appointed by ObjectStar International, a Dublin Ireland based software firm, to play a key role involving sales, channel development and strategic business development for the ObjectStar integration engine and suite of connector products; covering North America and South America.
Mr. Szabada also served as the lead Senior Business Development Manager for Fujitsu Software Corporation, based in San Jose CA., and was responsible for the North American introduction and branding efforts for Fujitsu’s INTERSTAGE product, a powerful EAI suite of server software with 35% market share in Asia Pacific .
As part of his 20 year plus career in the IT sector, (highlighting his other accomplishments), he served as a Senior Business Development Manager based in Santa Clara, CA (1997) with CDI Corporation a $2B Philadelphia Engineering firm. Other start-up ventures as part of his extensive career include a Calgary based IT services group inner-site corporation (1994) which was acquired by CDI Corp., resulting in his above noted move to the Bay Area; earlier to this he was responsible for the launch of a Calgary based IT consulting firm Finney Taylor Consulting (1992), which currently continues to operate in the Calgary and Edmonton markets.
Christopher Bush has been an entrepreneur from very early on, starting with a window washing business at 14. At 18 he began a career in professional sales that lasted 12 years, and led to a position in technology sales. This later evolved into solution team building for mobile asset and mobile information management, and a side bar in emergency response teams for communications. This time in telecommunications allowed him to hone his skills in identifying barriers to efficiency and effectiveness, and to assemble components to create end to end solutions.
He was responsible for taking the first anaerobic digester for agriculture in BC from concept to full operations, and it stands as an example for all future digesters in North America as the first to deliver “Biomethane” to a utility grid from a farm. This innovation resulted in a dramatic increase to feasibility as all of the energy produced can be sold as a premium product, compared to an average 36% conversion rate to electricity with cogeneration.
This project brought $1.5 million in investments from the BC Innovative Clean
Energy (ICE) fund into agriculture, and paved the way for future developers. There was an additional $4.5 million raised for the digester through a mix of equity ($1 million) and senior debt ($3.5 million) from a major lending institution.
From the beginning of this project it was identified that the digester technology is very mature around the world, from the point of energy generation. Where the need is, and the opportunities are, is in the peripherals; Management of the inputs and outputs for additional service and co product revenue streams.
He now leads an applied science group, working on biorefineries for sustainable resource management and utilization.
Robert has 25 years of experience working in the high technology industry in British Columbia, New York, and San Francisco markets. He has successfully gone to market with new innovative businesses, raised over $50 million in growth capital for his own private and public companies. Robert provides leadership to Greenlight’s team by leveraging his personal connections, analytical thinking, and experiences and helps companies of all sorts grow their business by solving complex business
Greenlight is comprised of founders and senior management of public and private companies. They have raised over $30 million for various initiatives.
They are now offering that expertise to their clients in the form of three core services:
1. SR&ED Innovators
2. Funding Innovators
3. Team Innovators
Robert was Vice President of Titan Communications for four years, a company which enables you to provide Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) services, long-distance and enhanced communication capabilities. These are delivered to your subscriber base over our international managed IP network via Internet Voice Gateways.
For 3 years Robert was Founder and Chief Technology Officer of ADZILLA New Media, Inc. a company that develops edge-of-network based media delivery products. The company offers ZILLAcasting, a new online content management and distribution system that takes precise audience targeting and applies it to the internet. It serves advertisers, agencies, media companies, content providers, Web publishers, and Internet services providers.
The last edition of Robert’s extensive resume; he was the originating founder of E-xact Transactions. E-xact has been providing of fast, secure, and accountable online transaction solutions since 1998, at the forefront of the online exchange world with solid and secure transaction processing systems and superb customer service. We give everyone a way to get into the e-commerce marketplace; software and website developers, merchants, and financial institutions all have something to gain by using E-xact.
Mike Johnson is the founder and CEO of International Internet Advertising Services Inc., one of the first full service Internet solutions providers in the industry. Pioneering the commercial use of emerging Internet technologies since 1994, Mike has helped dozens of clients catapult their businesses to a level of success neither could have imagined.
One of those clients was Ambassador Travel. Mike served as CEO for both Internet Advertising Services and Ambassador Travel from 2006 to 2012 and during that time launched a new business line developing white label online booking engines for travel agencies.
Providing business management and development advisory services along with website development, productivity applications, and Internet advertising, Mike has coached hundreds entrepreneurs through the start-up phase – taking ideas from the concept stage through to monetized operations.
Back in the day when Larry Page personally answered the email at Google though, it was tough slogging. With diplomas from UFV in Micro Computers in Business and Computer Information Systems, Mike set up shop in his garage and put in endless hours convincing a few fellow entrepreneurs on the emerging benefits of websites for business. When those websites became some of the best in the world, earning a Lycos award and being listed in the “Top 5% of the Web” directory, the convincing started to get a little easier. Since then, Mike and his team have continued to earn accolades for their outstanding work and contribution to the community, including the Best of .biz from Neustar, International Summit Award and a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.
Mike is a charter member of the Abbotsford Executives Association, member of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Valley Business Network, and former Communications Director for the Fraser Valley Métis Association.
Rocky is an outgoing and enthusiastic leader in technology with over a decade of success managing innovative teams of people in a variety of functions to create new products and deliver projects. In his travels along the way he has held Executive Management, Business Development leadership, Technical Team leads, and Program Management positions on major projects for multiple successful small and medium businesses.
Rocky Blondin graduated from BCIT’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology’s Automation & Instrumentation option (ECET A&I) with honours. Before graduation, he had a position arranged developing environmental control systems. From there he went on to do powertrain engineering with a hybrid truck manufacturer. Another change in gears had him engineering the electrical and programming control solutions for the veneer and plywood industry where he was deployed all over North and South America. At the same time, he undertook lead roles on projects for the world’s biggest amusement park operators (Disney and Universal Studios) and the world’s largest telescope observatory projects.
Next stop was the programmer and technical lead at an aluminum extrusion manufacturer, and then taking on a role as business developer with an engineered products & services group. At this time, he also came back to BCIT to join the Part Time Studies faculty – teaching programming to future generations. He then took on leading the entire R&D effort for an industrial machine manufacturer as the President of New Product Development leading a team of engineers, technicians and fabricators to conceive, design and develop new products for the company’s five operating business units. The experience in these various fields and positions have given a wide-range of ideas and solutions to draw on today.
Today, he is the Principal of Blondin Enterprises – a boutique consultant firm dedicated to solving technology challenges for industry while delivering the real goal – business results. His clients include end-users of industrial equipment and technology (manufacturers), OEMs of technology-based products, and other organizations that benefit from his experience gathered on the road to today.
He currently volunteers in a variety of capacities beyond SRCTec – on BCIT’s ECET A&I Program Advisory Committee giving industry feedback on trends and expectations of today’s graduates. On the board of the Fraser Valley Mountain Biking Association (FVMBA) building trails, advocating for the sport and delivering programs to get more people on bikes. He is also the Chair of the Economic Development Select Committee with the District of Mission.
Rocky is an avid mountain biker, a proud husband to a professional fitness instructor, and father of two growing young boys and one pug.