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Board of Directors

Mr. Richard D. Adair - Director

Mr. Adair is a practiced financial professional with a career spanning more than 20 years.  Currently Mr. Adair is President and Chief Operating Officer of Symbility Solutions  a wholly owned subsidiary of Automated Benefits Corp (TSXV:AUT) a leading provider of software for the Property and Casualty Insurance industry.  Previously, Mr. Adair has acted as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a series of small to medium-sized private and public technology companies. From 2001-2005, he acted as Chief Financial Officer of Systech Retail Systems Corp. (TSX:SYS), a U.S.-based retail technology company. From 2006-present , Mr. Adair has held a series of roles in Automated Benefits Corp. including Chief Financial Officer.


Ms. Meredith K. Appy - Director

Ms. (Meri-K) Appy is an internationally-recognized leader in fire and life safety education.  She is a highly respected and sought after safety expert and spokesperson, with broadcast appearances on every major U.S. network.   Ms. Appy is currently President of Appy & Associates in Washington D.C..  Previously, she served as President of Safe Kids USA at the Children’s National Medical Center; as President of the Home Safety Council in Washington, D.C. from March 2003 to December 2010; and as Vice President for Public Education at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from 1989 – 2003.  She currently serves on several national Boards and Advisory Committees including: the Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee; the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Advisory Committee, the International Association of Fire Chiefs' Fire and Life Safety Section Board, John's Hopkins School of Public Health Center for Injury Research and Policy Advisory Board  and the Vision 20/20 National Strategies for Fire Loss Prevention’s Executive Committee.    


Mr. John Bergsma - Chairman
John Bergsma is the Commissioner of Corporate Services for the Regional Municipality of Niagara. He currently sits on the Boards of St. Catharine’s Hydro Inc., Horizon Utilities Corp., Quartet Services Inc., and the Ontario Clean Water Agency.

Mr. Bergsma has served as President of Lennox Canada Inc., President & CEO of Union Gas Ltd., President of Massey Ferguson Research Ltd. and Columbus McKinnon Ltd. John has also served on the Board of Directors of CFM Corp., various natural gas utilities, pipeline companies and industry associations, including the Executive Committee of the Board of the International Gas Union.


Mr. Kevin R. Callahan - Director

Mr. Callahan is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pioneering Technology Corp. and its subsidiaries. Mr. Callahan is a partner in Upstream Capital Inc., a private investment company and President of The Upstream Group Inc., a private company that works with emerging business ventures.

Prior to forming The Upstream Group, Mr. Callahan worked with EcomPark Inc., a public venture investment firm, as an advisor and as President of one of their investee companies from March 2000 to March 2001. EcomPark was sold in 2001. From November 1994 to March 2000, Mr. Callahan worked in consumer products marketing with BBDO Canada, a division of BBDO Worldwide as Vice-President, Group Director.


Mr. David L Dueck - Director

Mr Dueck is an owner and operator of National Importers Inc., a privately held company that buys, distributes and manages retail products throughout North America; specializing in marketing/ distribution solutions and expert brand, trade and logistics management.

Mr Dueck is also a principle of McAllister Holdings Ltd, a private investment firm focused on investing in and developing early stage companies.


Mr. Paul H. Harricks - Director

Corporate Lawyer and Senior Partner of the law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. Prior to joining Gowling, Mr. Harricks was a partner with Smith Lyons LLP (Gowlings predecessor firm) where he began his career in 1978.

Mr. Harricks has a transactions-based practice in the areas of securities and corporate finance, project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions (in a variety of sectors) and energy law. He acts for a wide range of Canadian and foreign corporations, investment dealers, banks and financial institutions. He is Vice-Chair of the firm’s Energy Group.


Mr. Michael P. Kraft - Director

Mr. Michael P. Kraft is the Chairman of Buckingham Group Limited, a private merchant banking corporation and President of MPK Inc., a consulting corporation to private and public companies since 1994.

Mr. Kraft is also President, CEO and a Director of Lingo Media and has been so since its inception in 1996 along with being a Director of Estrella Gold Corporation since July 2007, both TSX Venture Exchange listed companies.