Board of Directors
Art Mesher is a pioneer in harnessing the integration of business communities and is considered one of the founders of SaaS networks and cloud computing. Mesher began building SaaS-based technology to automate freight processes in the 1980s and helped start and grow Vocam Systems, a logistics network software company which went public before being acquired by Pitney Bowes in 1990. Subsequently, Mesher was President of Advanced Logistics Research, where he helped leading companies such as AMR (Sabre), CSX and Caterpillar develop and deploy emerging technology-based supply-chain strategies. He also launched the Integrated Logistics Strategies Services practice at Gartner Group Inc., a leading technology research, and advisory firm, and built it into one of the premier advisors to major global corporations. Art is currently the Chancellor of CleanSL8.DNA and the Chairman of the Board of The Core Group. He also sits on the Board of Directors for QHR Corporation, Nulogy, and Difference Capital Financial Inc.
More recently, Art was the CEO and Chairman of the board of The Descartes Systems Group Inc., leading the creation of the first on-demand logistics network that provides application and communication capabilities. Appointed CEO in 2004, he spearheaded the company’s turnaround from large losses to awarding-winning accolades and financial performance. During his tenure, Descartes was awarded Best Canadian Corporation (from Canadian Business magazine) and Best Business Turnaround (International Business Awards) in 2006, along with winning one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures (from Waterstone Human Capital) in 2012. Most notably, Art was selected as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s (CSCMP) 2008 Distinguished Service Award recipient.
Prior to joining VersaPay, Craig was the co-founder and CEO of Xeye and the driving force behind its flagship WealthManager product. In this role, Craig directed the company’s growth of over 40% per year and ultimate sale to Odyssey Financial Technologies. Subsequent to the sale of Xeye, Craig remained with Odyssey as President of Odyssey Financial Technologies, North America and SVP of Corporate Development. After the sale of Odyssey to the Temenos Group, Craig became SVP WealthManager Strategy and Development.
Craig has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Math, and Economics from the University of Toronto.
Brandon has almost 20 years of experience as a technology executive. From 2000 to 2007, he was in a series of roles with increased responsibility at The Descartes Systems Group ultimately being appointed as the CFO of the business in 2003. He helped lead a turnaround of the business that resulted in significant operational improvement and numerous industry awards. After serving as an Executive in Residence at Communitech helping early stage companies in all aspects of their business, Brandon joined as CFO and member of the Board of Directors for D2L Inc (formerly Desire2Learn), a SaaS based education technology provider where he held that role for 8 years. He led the company through hyper-growth and drove the company’s growth financing of $165 million from top tier investors. Currently Brandon is CFO at Lightspeed POS Inc. At Lightspeed he leads the company’s finance, legal, human resources, data and IT teams. Brandon is also Treasurer and Board member for the Loran Scholars Foundation, one of Canada’s most prestigious scholarship programs, and named one of the Financial Post’s Top Charities in Canada.
Mr. Dobson joined Digital River in February 2013 as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Digital River currently operates as a private company, being acquired by Siris Capital for US$850 million in 2015, representing a more than threefold increase in enterprise value. Prior to his current role, Mr. Dobson served as executive vice president and group executive at CA Technologies Inc. His team had responsibility for a US$4 billion P&L. Prior to joining CA Technologies, Mr. Dobson served as president of Pitney Bowes Management Services (PBMS), a $1 billion revenue division of Pitney Bowes Inc. Previously, Mr. Dobson was chief executive officer of Corel Corporation, a $300 million global provider of leading software titles, including CorelDraw, WordPerfect and WinZip. During his three years at Corel, the company grew -8- revenue 20% year over year, completed three successful acquisitions, and increased profits by more than 30% each year. In 2006, he was instrumental in leading the company’s successful initial public offering. During Mr. Donson’s leadership at Corel, the company’s market value increased more than six times. Before joining Corel in 2005, David spent 19 years at IBM, where he held a number of senior management positions, including Corporate Vice President, Emerging Business Opportunities, and General Manager, IBM Printing Systems Division. He was a member of IBM’s Senior Leadership Team and is a member of the board of directors of John Wiley & Sons.
Mr. Kohler is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exelerate Capital, a strategic advisory group specializing in corporate development and growth capital funding. Over his 30 year career, Mr.Kohler has held C-level positions at many leading North American organizations including, a Schedule I bank in Canada called Jameson Bank where he was the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer, and Corporate Secretary, and also at the Hostopia Division of Deluxe Corporation, a NYSE-listed corporation serving the banking industry where he was the Senior Vice President Corporate Development. From 2002 to 2007, Mr.Kohler was the Executive Vice President Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of AirIQ Inc. and a corporate director of that company during 2004 and 2005. He also held senior executive roles at Spectra Securities Software Inc. prior to its sale to Sanchez, and Personus Inc., prior to its sale to CGI. He currently serves as a corporate director at BeWhere Holdings Inc., a TSXV-listed company, and previously also served as Chairman of the board at Community Trust Company, a federally regulated financial institution. Mr. Kohler is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Corporate Director, having obtained his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in 1987 from Queen’s University, where he was awarded the D.I. McLeod Scholarship and Edyth Whyte Prize for highest standing in Economics at the university.
Mr. Pollack is an entrepreneur and investor, having started his first venture at the age of 16. Mr. Pollack has played an active role in starting and funding a number of successful technology ventures. He co-founded OnX Enterprise Solutions in 1983 with just $10,000 in start-up capital. Mr. Pollack took OnX public in April 2000 and subsequently re-privatized the company in April 2009. Today, OnX has revenues nearing $1 billion and offices throughout Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Mr. Pollack was an Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2000 and OnX was designated as one of Canada’s Best Managed companies in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Mr. Pollack currently serves as Vice-Chairman of OnX. In addition, Mr. Pollack serves as chairman of the board of Acuity Ads Holdings Inc., a TSXV-listed company. Mr. Pollack founded www.abilitygives.org, a charity focused on providing specialized equipment to children with special needs.