Board of Directors

Judi Hess

CEO

Judi Hess

Judi has been the CEO of Copperleaf since 2009. Under her leadership, Copperleaf was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, winner of Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures, and winner of Tech Culture of the Year. In 2021, she led the successful completion of Copperleaf’s IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Prior to Copperleaf, Judi was the president of Creo Inc., 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 a member of the board of directors of Pason Systems Inc. (TSX: PSI). She is the YWCA’s 2022 Women of Distinction Awards Event Chair and was recently named one of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs, an EY Entrepreneur of the Year National Winner, and winner of the BC CEO award. 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.

 

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.

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.

Michael Calyniuk

Director

Michael Calyniuk

Michael Calyniuk is an experienced professional accountant, senior executive, independent corporate director, and advisor to public and private companies. Michael served for 24 years as a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) in audit, advisory and various global senior management roles, including Global Chief Information Officer. Michael also served as CEO of PwC’s Global Services Company where he was responsible for the global sourcing and contracting of technology products and services deployed worldwide.

Michael is currently an independent director of Mundoro Capital Inc., where he serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation, Nominating & Corporate Governance Committees. He is also an independent director of Tricor Automotive Group Inc. Previously, Michael served 8 years on the Board of the Business Development Bank of Canada as Audit Committee Chair and a member of the Governance, Risk, and Investment Committees. Michael was the past Chair of the British Columbia Chapter of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors which fosters excellence in Directors and advocacy of best practices in governance.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting & Management Information Systems from University of British Columbia. He is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA), a Certified IT Professional (CITP). He is a certified ICD.D graduate of the Institute of Corporate Director’s education Program.

Rolf Dekleer

Director

Rolf Dekleer

Rolf Dekleer has eighteen years of operating experience with technology companies such as Cymbolic Sciences, MDA (MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates), 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.

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.

Paul Sakrzewski

Director

Paul Sakrzewski

Paul is the President of Copperleaf and leads its growing global go-to-market team, product development, marketing, technology experience, and regions, which include the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ).

Paul joined Copperleaf in 2018 as the Managing Director of Asia Pacific and Japan, where he was instrumental in establishing and growing the business and team in the region. He has a proven track record as an effective business and people leader with deep client and partner relationships and industry knowledge. Prior to Copperleaf, Paul held regional and global executive positions at blue-chip multinational companies such as SAP, the Linde Group, Ingram Micro, and Goodman Fielder.

He has lived and worked in Australia, Japan, Singapore, China, and the UAE. Paul graduated from the University of Queensland in Australia and Jochi University in Tokyo, Japan with an undergraduate degree in Japanese and Chinese Studies. He has also undertaken studies at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Paul enjoys spending time sailing and swimming with his son Otto, playing golf, and is an occasional age-group triathlete.