Board of Directors

Backed by engaged and experienced high-tech thinkers.

Amos Michelson

Chairman

Amos Michelson

Amos Michelson is Chairman of three high-tech startups and Director in an additional five high-tech companies in the areas of life sciences, energy, and Web 2.0. Mr. Michelson was CEO of Creo, Inc. from 1991 until Kodak purchased Creo for over C$1 Billion in May 2005. Prior to Creo, he was CEO of Opal Inc., a semi-conductor equipment company, and prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer of Optrotech Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of optical and imaging systems for the electronics industry. Amos Michelson holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He is a past member of the Premier’s Technology Council and in 1999 was named "Entrepreneur of the Year", along with Dan Gelbart, by Ernst & Young. In 2005, Mr. Michelson was named the “BCTIA Person of the Year”, an award presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the technology industry during the year.

Judi Hess

CEO

Judi Hess

Judi took on the role of CEO at Copperleaf in August 2009. Under her leadership, Copperleaf was recognized in 2018 as one of the top 20 biggest software companies in B.C. and winner of Canada's Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures. Copperleaf also made the Growth 500 ranking of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies for the fourth consecutive year, and the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ ranking of the fastest growing tech companies in North America. Judi began her career as a software developer at MDA and spent 14 years there before joining Creo Inc. in 1995. She rose to become president in 2002, a position she held until Creo was acquired by Eastman Kodak for just under $1 Billion USD in 2005. During her four year tenure at Kodak, Judi was a general manager and vice president within the graphic communications group, a corporate officer and vice president of Eastman Kodak, and head of Kodak Canada. Judi is currently a member of the Federal Economic Strategy Clean Technology Table, and on the board of directors of Pason Systems Inc. (TSX: PSI) and Neurio. In 2018, she was the recipient of the BC Tech Person of the Year Award, and recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Originally from Toronto, Judi and her family live in Vancouver. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics Degree With Distinction – Dean’s Honours List from the University of Waterloo and is an avid downhill skier.  

Rolf Dekleer

Director

Rolf Dekleer

Rolf Dekleer is VP Investments at GrowthWorks Capital, and is manager of the Working Opportunity Fund. Rolf has eighteen years of operating experience with technology companies such as Cymbolic Sciences, MacDonald Dettwiler, Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Schlumberger. He has extensive experience in product management and business development, including 10 years with venture capital backed firms. Current and past board positions include Angstrom Power, Cooledge Lighting, Copperleaf Technologies, D-Wave Systems, Distrix Networks, Dyaptive Systems, General Fusion, Radiant Communications, Redlen Technologies, Switch Materials and Zeugma Systems. Rolf has an MA and an MBA from York University, and graduated from BCIT’s Electronics Engineering program.

Manuel Alba

Director

Manuel Alba

Manuel Alba’s career includes the design of consumer electronics products, marketing of technology products, executive management and angel investment in technology companies. Early in his career, he held technical marketing positions at National Semiconductor and Integrated Device Technology, both in Silicon Valley. In 1993, Manuel and Avigdor Willenz wrote the business plan for a new startup, Galileo Technology, which grew into a successful and progressive fab-less semiconductor company, using what is now a well-known formula of engineering talent in Israel and business talent in Silicon Valley. Manuel served as Galileo’s President and as a Director, was responsible for business worldwide and significantly contributed to the operational and financial accomplishments of the company, including an IPO in 1997. Galileo merged with Marvell Technology in 2001 and Manuel served as a Director of the merged company until 2004, as well as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for 2 years. In 2005, he became an investor and active Director of Pixer Technology, helping the company write a new business plan, and secure its first and only round of venture capital before its acquisition by Carl Zeiss in 2008. Manuel is an investor and board member of various international private technology companies, as well as a board member and volunteer of several non-profit organizations in California.Manuel holds a BSEE from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, MS degrees in Computer Engineering and Engineering Management from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Eric MacDonald

Director

Eric MacDonald

Eric MacDonald is an IT executive who has over 20 years of international experience spanning software, business information, legal and education. Eric spent over 13 years in various senior executive roles, including president, senior vice president and general counsel at SAP in Europe and in Asia. Eric has previously been based in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Paris and is experienced in global, regional and country management, board positions, sales and law. Eric graduated from McGill University with a bachelor's degree in Political Science (Honours) and holds a law degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. He was called to the bar of Ontario, Canada in 1992.