Mr. Kevin R. Callahan, President and Chief Executive Officer
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 Callahan has over 15 years of consumer goods product development and marketing experience globally working with some of the world’s biggest brand names.
Mr. Dan MacDonald, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. MacDonald's 20 plus years of experience in leading both technology and consumer goods businesses through periods of growth and transition has equipped him with the skill set to help lead Pioneering in its next phase of development. Mr. MacDonald's specific knowledge of technology businesses, product development, finance, sales, marketing and branding will be valuable assets as he joins the Pioneering management team in guiding the strategic direction and future growth of the business and its transition to retail markets.
Mr. MacDonald was most recently VP Sales/Country Manager for Kodak Canada, where he led Kodak Canada's industry transition from analog to digital imaging. Mr. MacDonald was also the VP General Manager for the Toronto office of TMP Worldwide, a global direct marketing and advertising business, where he led the transition from a print based media sales company to an Internet Advertising, Search Engine and on-line strategy driven business. Prior to that Mr. MacDonald spent 13 years in the consumer packaged goods industry with Pillsbury, Maple Leaf and Kraft General Foods. Mr. MacDonald holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the University of Windsor.
Mr. Laird Comber – Vice President of Sales
Mr. Comber is Vice President of Sales for Pioneering Technology. Mr. Comber has over ten years of sales leadership experience, the last three of which were spent building Pioneering’s Safe-T-element business throughout North America. Prior to Pioneering Mr. Comber spent 7 years in sales with Johnston Equipment, Canada’s largest engineered systems and material handing company.
Mr. Wayne Zu, Director of Engineering and Manufacturing
Mr. Zu’s experience in managing the design, development and commercialization of product innovation in a number of different product categories enables Pioneering in its efforts to bring new products to market and in taking existing products to the retail market. Mr. Zu is an electrical/electronic engineer with over 20 years of R&D experience and has led the engineering and R&D developments for a number of different product designs and testing initiatives for power industry, automobile and consumer products. Mr. Zu has been a licensed professional engineer in Ontario since 2006, who earned his Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ryerson University in 2005 and a B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990. He has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility with companies in both China and Canada and has helped design, develop, manage and bring to market new technologies and products with these companies.
Mr. Earl Diment - Chief Safety Officer
Mr. Diment is Chief Safety Officer for Pioneering Technology. Prior to that Mr. Diment spent 24 years with Portland Fire & Rescue, in Portland OR.
Starting as a line firefighter he has spent the last 20 years as a fire prevention and life safety specialist teaching, lecturing, and authoring papers throughout the United States on the subject.
Mr. Diment is currently Vice Chair of the Executive Board (of the Education Section) for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in Boston, Massachusetts.