Board of Directors

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Board Members

Mark Leonard – President and Chairman of the Board

Mr. Leonard founded CSI in 1995. Prior to founding CSI, Mr. Leonard worked in the venture capital business for eleven years. Mr. Leonard holds a BSc. from the University of Guelph, and a MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Lori O’Neill

Ms. O’Neill joined the Board in March 2018. Ms. O’Neill is a FCPA, FCA, corporate director and independent financial and governance consultant. She provides governance and financial consulting services to growth companies, after serving over 24 years with Deloitte LLP. As a partner at Deloitte LLP with various National and Industry leadership roles, she focused on advising growth companies from startup to multinationals, supporting complex transactions, private and public equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions in Canada and the U.S She serves as board member and chair of the Audit Committee for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Defence Construction Canada, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Startup Canada, Ashbury College, and Pythian Group. She is member of the board of directors and finance committee of Hydro Ottawa. Ms. O’Neill graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce Highest Honors in 1988, achieved her CPA, CA designation in 1990, her U.S. CPA designation in 2003, and completed the ICD Director Education Program attaining the ICD.D.

Steve Scotchmer – Director, Manitou Investment Management Ltd.

Mr. Scotchmer has been a member of our Board since 2000. He is currently a director of Manitou Investment Management Ltd., which he co-founded in 1999. From 1982 until 1987, he served as President of Bay Mills Ltd., a TSX listed company in the business of manufacturing engineered materials. Mr. Scotchmer is an engineering graduate of Queen’s University.

Meredith (Sam) Hayes

Mr. Hayes joined The CSL Group Inc. in 1981. He served as President and CEO from 1995 until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Hayes served as Executive Vice President and CFO from 1992 to 1995 and also served as a Vice President and Treasurer from 1989 to 1992. Prior to that, Mr. Hayes was The CSL Group Inc.’s Director of Finance. He currently holds a director or advisory position at a number of organizations including The CSL Group Inc., CSL Pension Fund Society, Horizon Capital Holdings Inc., Canadian Executive Service Organization, and Cape Breton University’s Shannon School of Business. Mr. Hayes holds a BA (honors) from Bishop’s University in Quebec and attended the Western Executive Program at the University of Western Ontario.

Robert Kittel

Mr. Kittel joined our Board in 2013. Mr. Kittel has been the Chief Operating Officer of The Westaim Corporation since January 2013. The Westaim Corporation is a Canadian-based publicly traded financial and investment holding company. Previously he was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Goodwood Inc., an investment management firm that he joined in 2002. From 2000 through 2002, he was Vice President and Analyst of a Canadian-based hedge fund investment firm. From 1997 through 2000, Mr. Kittel was employed by the Cadillac Fairview Corporation, a commercial real estate development company in the investments area. Prior to 1997, Mr. Kittel was a staff accountant at KPMG LLP. Mr. Kittel has served as a director on several public boards, both in Canada and the United States. Mr. Kittel holds a BBA Honours (Gold Medalist) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Paul McFeeters

Mr. McFeeters retired from OpenText in September 2014 where he served as the Chief Financial Officer from June 2006. Mr. McFeeters has more than thirty years of business experience, including previous employment as Chief Financial Officer of Platform Computing Inc., a grid computing software vendor from 2003 to 2006, and of Kintana Inc., a privately-held IT governance software provider, from 2000 to 2003. Mr. McFeeters also held President and CEO positions at MD Private Trust from 1997 to 2000. Between 1981 and 1996 Mr. McFeeters worked at Municipal Financial Corporation and held various progressive positions there including CFO, COO, President and CEO. Since 2007 Mr. McFeeters has been a member of the board of Blueprint Software Systems Inc., an enterprise requirements software solutions provider. Mr. McFeeters holds a B.B.A (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Mark Miller – Director, Chief Operating Officer, CSI and Chief Executive Officer, Volaris Operating Group

Mr. Miller has been with CSI, holding positions with us and our subsidiaries for well over 20 years. Mr. Miller currently spends the majority of his time as the Chief Executive Officer of Volaris Operating Group and Trapeze Operating Group, but also acts as our Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Miller received a B.Sc. in Statistics and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. In addition, Mr. Miller has attended the Executive Marketing Program at the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Miller is also on the Board of Directors of Medgate Inc. and pVelocity Inc., two private software companies both headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.

Jeff Bender — Director and Chief Executive Officer, Harris Operating Group

Mr. Bender joined CSI in 1999 after spending 7 years at Deloitte LLP. Mr. Bender has been the Chief Executive Officer for Constellation’s Harris Operating Group since 2002 and was appointed to the Board of CSI in 2013. Mr. Bender is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a BCom from Carleton University. Mr. Bender also serves on the Board of Directors of PDI Inc. and MRI Inc., two privately held vertical market software companies.

Lawrence A. Cunningham

Mr. Cunningham, who joined our Board in 2017, is the Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor at George Washington University Law School, lecturing on its main campus in Washington DC and as Founding Director of its business law programs in New York City. Mr. Cunningham is best known for collaborating with Warren Buffett in self-publishing, since 1997, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, as well as for books such as The AIG Story (with Hank Greenberg) and Quality Investing (with AKO Capital). He has been on the boards of other private and public companies as well as non-profit organizations. Previous positions include practicing corporate law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore and serving as Academic Dean of Boston College Law School. Mr. Cunningham holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Delaware and a law degree from Yeshiva University, both with honors.

Robin Van Poelje — Director, Chief Executive Officer, Total Specific Solutions (“TSS”) Operating Group

Mr. Van Poelje has been with CSI since January 2014 when CSI acquired TSS. From January 2010 to now, Mr. Van Poelje has been the Chief Executive Officer of TSS, based in the Netherlands. Mr. Van Poelje holds a BSc. in Economics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and is a post graduate in Marketing and Strategy from École Supérieure de Commerce de Montpellier, France.