Board Of Directors




Bill Linton - Chairman

Bill Linton is an experienced Director and private investor. He currently serves on the Boards of TMX Group (TSE: X), Empire Company (TSE: EMP.A), and CSL Group.

He has invested in and served as an advisor to and/or Board member of a number of successful technology companies including UXP Systems (acquired by AmDocs (NYSE: DOCS)), In The Chat (acquired byPegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA)) and Softchoice Corp. (acquired by Birch Hill Equity Partners). Bill retired in 2012 as the CFO of Rogers CommunicationsInc. (TSE: RCI.B) and prior to that was the CEO of Call Net Enterprises.


Roger Dent - Director

Mr. Dent graduated from Queen's University with a B. Comm. in 1983 and an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1987. Mr. Dent currently is Chief Executive Officer of Quinsam Capital Corporation and is a director of a number of corporations. Since graduation, Mr. Dent has been active in corporate finance, debt syndication and research as well as in funds management with CIBC, Yorkton and Matrix Asset Management Inc.



Chris Irwin - Director

Mr. Irwin is a graduate of Bishop's University (B.A., 1990), the University of New Brunswick (Bachelor of Laws, 1994) and Osgoode Hall Law School (Masters of Laws, 2009). He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1996. Mr. Irwin represents several public companies, is an officer and/or director of several public companies and serves or has served on the audit committee of several public companies.



Jim Pirie- Director

In the past Dr. Pirie occupied the position of President for Gold Summit Mines Ltd., Independent Director at Seafield Resources Ltd., Vice President of Platinova An and Vice President-Exploration for Platinova Resources Ltd. (a subsidiary of Platinova A), Exploration Manager at Granduc Mining Corp., Exploration Manager at Esso Minerals Canada Ltd., Exploration Manager at Homestake Canada, Inc. and Exploration Manager at Breakwater Resources Ltd.

Dr. Pirie received a doctorate from Queen's University.


Jim Borland - Director

Since 1992, Mr. Borland has served as an officer or director of several public companies, primarily in the mineral exploration industry, and on the audit committee of companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and on the TSX Venture Exchange..




Art Fröhlich - Advisor

Mr. Art Froehlich, past President and managing partner of AdFarm and is currently Strategic Advisor and Board member at AdFarm, one of North America’s largest agriculture and food marketing and communications companies. 

Over the last 30 years, Mr. Froehlich has held senior executive positions with Hoechst Canada Inc (Bayer), Alberta Pool (Viterra), and Westcan Malting (RAHR). He continues to work with Canadian food and agricultural companies in developing international markets for their products.  Mr. Froehlich currently is Chair of FBSciences and Chair of AG-West Bio Sciences and Froehlich Farms. In addition, he sits on many corporate boards including: RR46, AVAC Ltd. (past chair), ABIC Foundation, JEH Enterprises, Richardson International Limited and the Board of Governors of Olds College.

Art is a past Board Chair of the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute, Genome Alberta, University of Alberta Faculty of Agriculture Industry Advisory Board, and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.  Art is also a past board member of Prince Rupert Grain, ATB Financial, POS Bio Sciences and the Canadian Agricultural Policy Research Institute.  In addition, he has also served on the Boards of the Malting Barley Research Institute, Western Grain Elevator Association, and the Canadian 4-H council.



Dave Masotti - Advisor

Mr. Masotti has an Electrical Engineering Degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Masotti was a member of the board of directors of COM DEV International Ltd., a former TSX company that specialized in satellite technology and was
acquired by Honeywell in 2015 for CAD$ 415 m. Mr. Masotti is currently a member of the board of Firan Technology Group (TSX:FTG) a leading North American manufacturer of high technology printed circuit boards and precision illuminated display systems. Mr. Masotti is also the co-founder and a Director of Defyrus Inc., a life sciences biodefence company.

Previous positions include President of Rogers Telecom Inc. President of Spar Space Systems, a manufacturer of space robotics and satellite components and systems and Vice President and General Manager of Rogers WAVETM (@HOME), a provider of high speed internet services. Mr. Masotti is also a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 business achievement award.



Ian Grant - Advisor

Dr. Grant started his agriculture career in 1984 working for Allelix Crop Technologies. In 1991, he joined Pioneer Hi-Bred as a Canola Research Director before transferring to corn research in1997. Shortly after, he became the Product Commercialization and Characterization Director for Europe, located in Toulouse, France and was then appointed Worldwide Director in 2000. He was named Pioneer Vice President, Maize Product Development in 2002 and appointed President of Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited Canada in 2007. In 2008 Ian was named Business Director for the Canada
Business Unit. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Crop Life Canada and a former board director of the Canola Council of Canada. He earned a doctorate in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Guelph.


Jay Deen- Advisor

Mr. Deen has 25 years of experience in software development. Most recently, he was the Chief
Technology Officer of UXP Systems Inc., which was acquired by Amdocs Inc., for $102 Million. Throughout his career he has been part of over $40 Million in venture capital funding in the technology space. He has advised numerous companies including SocialDeck, which was
acquired by Google and currently serves as an advisor to Rubikloud, a world leader in AI and Machine Learning for enterprise retailers that is backed by Horizon Ventures.