A partner with iNovia Capital, Shawn Abbott has a passion for building communications and Internet start-up companies. Shawn is presently an investor and board member at Tynt, CoolIT Systems, SiXtron, Peraso and Reflex Photonics. He has played entrepreneur, investor, technical and general management roles across fifteen technology start-ups in three continents over 20 years. Shawn's work pioneering internet security as CTO, then President, at Rainbow Technologies (NASDAQ:RNBO) saw the company grow ten-fold in profitability before being sold to SafeNet (NASDAQ:SFNT) for nearly a half billion dollars. In the late 1980s, he established and built the AND Group, which pioneered the CD-ROM locking used on several million discs.
Brian Antonen joined Celtic House in 2000. Originally an electrical engineer, Brian has over 21 years of technical, business operational, and capital markets experience. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business. During his nine years at Celtic House, he has established himself as a domain expert in video and multimedia processing and is viewed by his peers as a leading semiconductor investor in Canada. His knowledge of the sector has unique breadth and depth, from the technicalities of the product to the intricacies of the market. His record of success includes ViXS Systems and Camilion Solutions. He has held directorships on 13 private boards, and currently serves as a board member of eight Celtic House companies.
Roadmap Capital Inc.
Mr. Zine is the Executive Chairman of Roadmap Capital Inc. Previously, Mr. Zine was a Managing Director in Global Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets, where he was responsible for providing strategic and financial advice to many of Canada’s largest corporations, entrepreneurs and private equity firms. Mr. Zine has over 15 years of experience executing public or private equity and debt financings, as well as mergers & acquisitions for a wide range of Canadian companies in the consumer, retail, healthcare, transportation and industrials sectors. Notable transactions include the $7.5 billion acquisition of Viterra by Glencore, a $500 million Canadian Pacific equity offering, $750 million Teranet IPO, $900 million Tim Hortons IPO, $5.6 billion sale of Dofasco to Arcelor, and $300 million private debt offering by MDS Heathcare.
Ron has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in both the technical and commercial aspects of the business. He founded Peraso Technologies in September 2008, and closed $10M Series A financing for the company in October 2009. Ron was also the founder of Cogency Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company focused on the development of modems for use in powerline networking. While at Cogency, Ron sat on the Board of Directors of the HomePlug Alliance, the predominant standard in the powerline networking market. Cogency was sold to Intellon Corporation in 2004, and he become President of Intellon at that time. Intellon was subsequently purchased by Atheros (NASDAQ: ATHR) for $244M in December 2009, and the bulk of the original Cogency engineering team continues to operate in Toronto, ON.
VentureLink Group of Funds
Jim joined the predecessor manager of the VentureLink Group of Funds in March 2003 after more than eight years with Working Ventures Canadian Fund Inc. where he led the Information Technology Team and was a member of the Management Investment Committee. While at Working Ventures Jim led investments or acted as Board member in approximately twenty companies. Prior to joining Working Ventures, he worked in a number of practice areas at Ernst & Young providing financial advisory services to mid-market companies in a wide range of industries. Jim is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator.
Mr. McLean has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Mr. McLean was the CEO of Ozmo Devices, focused on WiFi Direct. Ozmo Devices was acquired by Atmel where Mr. McLean was the Vice President and General Manager of their WiFi Solutions Business Unit. Mr. McLean was also the co-founder and CEO of GloNav which developed GPS solutions for the mobile industry. GloNav was acquired by NXP. As well, Mr. McLean was Chairman of Firecomms which developed optical solutions for the plastic optical fiber market. Firecomms was acquired by the ZJF Group in China. Mr. McLean also held executive positions at Anadigm and Parthus.
Imed Zine received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada, in 2006, with a focus on Radio Frequencies devices and MEMS fabrication. He joined CMC Microsystems in 2007 as a Senior Engineer and was involved in projects related to GaN MMIC, Silicon photonics, Nanotechnology and packaging. In 2010, he moved to the Business Development Department to work as a Technology Advisor, Microsystems and Nanotechnology where he worked on different projects in order to grow the organization activities in Semiconductors and Microsystems. Currently, he is a principal at Roadmap Capital. Roadmap invests in mid to late stage companies in technology-oriented companies.