Ric Asselstine   Geeq Project Lead and cofounder, CEO and Board Chair of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada’s Terepac Corporation, R. Richard (Ric) Asselstine is a seasoned executive and accomplished business builder. From search to nanotech, IoT to blockchain, his unique understanding of the success formula for value creation balances speed and substance. Holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration and bringing an uncommon blend of charisma, energy, context and content creation to projects he selects, Ric has a knack for attracting the best and the brightest. Immersed in block chain technology since 2014, learning of it while a speaker at Singularity University’s Exponential Manufacturing Conference in 2014, that pattern is repeating at the Geeq Project. Feel free to connect:   ric.asselstine@geeq.io

Ric Asselstine

Geeq Project Lead and cofounder, CEO and Board Chair of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada’s Terepac Corporation, R. Richard (Ric) Asselstine is a seasoned executive and accomplished business builder. From search to nanotech, IoT to blockchain, his unique understanding of the success formula for value creation balances speed and substance. Holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration and bringing an uncommon blend of charisma, energy, context and content creation to projects he selects, Ric has a knack for attracting the best and the brightest. Immersed in block chain technology since 2014, learning of it while a speaker at Singularity University’s Exponential Manufacturing Conference in 2014, that pattern is repeating at the Geeq Project. Feel free to connect:  ric.asselstine@geeq.io

  Dr. Eric Ball   Dr. Eric Ball is Co-Founder and General Partner at Impact Venture Capital, an early stage venture investment firm in information technology. From 2015-16 he served as Chief Financial Officer of C3 IoT. From 2005 to 2015 he served as Senior VP and Treasurer of Oracle Corporation and was named as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” in 2011 by the editors of  CFO  and  Treasury & Risk Management  magazines. His team raised $52 billion in acquisition financing for Oracle and managed investments of over $60 billion. He has worked as a finance executive at Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Avery Dennison, Cisco Systems, and Flextronics.  After studying at the University of Michigan and University of Rochester, Eric earned a Ph.D. in management from Claremont’s Drucker-Ito Graduate School of Management. He served as co-editor of the  Journal of Applied Finance  from 2012-16. Eric is also a Kauffman Fellow – a selective program to groom leaders of the venture capital industry. He has taught at Rochester, Rutgers, and USC, and co-authored (with Joe LiPuma) the 2012 book  No Ivory Tower: What Management Research Can Teach You About How to Run Your Business .  He serves on the Board of Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU, where he chairs the audit committee), and on the Board of Answers (where he chairs the audit committee), and serves as board advisor for Kyriba.  He lives in Menlo Park, CA with his wife, Sheryl Axline, their two sons Spencer and Carter, and a golden retriever named Cookie.

Dr. Eric Ball

Dr. Eric Ball is Co-Founder and General Partner at Impact Venture Capital, an early stage venture investment firm in information technology. From 2015-16 he served as Chief Financial Officer of C3 IoT. From 2005 to 2015 he served as Senior VP and Treasurer of Oracle Corporation and was named as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” in 2011 by the editors of CFO and Treasury & Risk Management magazines. His team raised $52 billion in acquisition financing for Oracle and managed investments of over $60 billion. He has worked as a finance executive at Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Avery Dennison, Cisco Systems, and Flextronics.

After studying at the University of Michigan and University of Rochester, Eric earned a Ph.D. in management from Claremont’s Drucker-Ito Graduate School of Management. He served as co-editor of the Journal of Applied Finance from 2012-16. Eric is also a Kauffman Fellow – a selective program to groom leaders of the venture capital industry. He has taught at Rochester, Rutgers, and USC, and co-authored (with Joe LiPuma) the 2012 book No Ivory Tower: What Management Research Can Teach You About How to Run Your Business.

He serves on the Board of Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU, where he chairs the audit committee), and on the Board of Answers (where he chairs the audit committee), and serves as board advisor for Kyriba.  He lives in Menlo Park, CA with his wife, Sheryl Axline, their two sons Spencer and Carter, and a golden retriever named Cookie.

  John Conley   The Geeq Project’s Technical Advisor and White Paper Author is Dr. John P. Conley. John is a Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  John has been working on the economics of information and communications technology for several years. He spent the 2016-2017 academic year on sabbatical at Microsoft in Seattle working on projects involving cryptography, privacy and security issues for biometric identification systems, protocols for incentive compatible blockchain systems, and token economics. GeeqChain brings these elements together with economic mechanism design in the form of a blockchain validation protocol that is more secure, scalable, and inexpensive than any alternative currently available.  jpconley.com

John Conley

The Geeq Project’s Technical Advisor and White Paper Author is Dr. John P. Conley. John is a Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  John has been working on the economics of information and communications technology for several years. He spent the 2016-2017 academic year on sabbatical at Microsoft in Seattle working on projects involving cryptography, privacy and security issues for biometric identification systems, protocols for incentive compatible blockchain systems, and token economics. GeeqChain brings these elements together with economic mechanism design in the form of a blockchain validation protocol that is more secure, scalable, and inexpensive than any alternative currently available. jpconley.com

 
  Gene Deszca   As a consultant and advisor in organizational change, Gene has focused on the development of organizational and individual capacities to effectively adapt to their changing realities, strategy enactment, and change leadership.  He has delivered developmental initiatives for middle and senior level managers in public and private sector organizations and mediated educational labour disputes. An interest in entrepreneurship has led to his involvement with a number of early stage firms. He has served on private sector advisory boards, was a member of a publicly traded board (Turbosonic) for 4 years, prior to its acquisition in 2013, and completed 6 years on the Board of Directors of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada in 2011.     Gene has published and/or presented over 100 papers, cases, monographs, and technical papers and 5 books.  Gene retired as a Professor and the Associate MBA Director at Wilfrid Laurier University in July 2017. His current research interests are focused on the evolution of organizations under the stress of market and technical disruption, organizational change and transformation, and the effects of such factors on the capacities and behaviours of the people who work there.

Gene Deszca

As a consultant and advisor in organizational change, Gene has focused on the development of organizational and individual capacities to effectively adapt to their changing realities, strategy enactment, and change leadership.  He has delivered developmental initiatives for middle and senior level managers in public and private sector organizations and mediated educational labour disputes. An interest in entrepreneurship has led to his involvement with a number of early stage firms. He has served on private sector advisory boards, was a member of a publicly traded board (Turbosonic) for 4 years, prior to its acquisition in 2013, and completed 6 years on the Board of Directors of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada in 2011.

 

Gene has published and/or presented over 100 papers, cases, monographs, and technical papers and 5 books.  Gene retired as a Professor and the Associate MBA Director at Wilfrid Laurier University in July 2017. His current research interests are focused on the evolution of organizations under the stress of market and technical disruption, organizational change and transformation, and the effects of such factors on the capacities and behaviours of the people who work there.

  Murray Gamble   Murray Gamble is President of The C3 Group of Companies, a multi-discipline engineering, contracting and applied technology organization headquartered in Waterloo Region. Murray and partner Cameron Wood, have founded and grown a number of successful technical companies, and maintain active networks in the Canadian business and academic sectors.     Murray is the past Chairman of the Innovators Alliance, a not-for-profit networking organization for the Presidents and CEOs of Ontario's fastest growing companies. Murray serves on the Advisory Board of Waterloo Engineering’s Centre for Business Entrepreneurship and Technology, and has served as an advisor to the Queen’s School of Business, Centre for Enterprise Development.  He is on the Advisory Board for the Colleges of Ontario Network for Industry Innovation, and has served as a technical advisor to the Ontario Centres of Excellence. In 2013, he won The Record Barnraiser award for his work in giving back to the community, sharing his business expertise, mentoring young entrepreneurs and assisting a wide variety of local groups. 

Murray Gamble

Murray Gamble is President of The C3 Group of Companies, a multi-discipline engineering, contracting and applied technology organization headquartered in Waterloo Region. Murray and partner Cameron Wood, have founded and grown a number of successful technical companies, and maintain active networks in the Canadian business and academic sectors.

 

Murray is the past Chairman of the Innovators Alliance, a not-for-profit networking organization for the Presidents and CEOs of Ontario's fastest growing companies. Murray serves on the Advisory Board of Waterloo Engineering’s Centre for Business Entrepreneurship and Technology, and has served as an advisor to the Queen’s School of Business, Centre for Enterprise Development.  He is on the Advisory Board for the Colleges of Ontario Network for Industry Innovation, and has served as a technical advisor to the Ontario Centres of Excellence. In 2013, he won The Record Barnraiser award for his work in giving back to the community, sharing his business expertise, mentoring young entrepreneurs and assisting a wide variety of local groups. 

  Kurt Hoppe   For more than 15 years, Kurt Hoppe has focused on emerging product and service innovation at the intersection of Connected Consumer IoT devices, digital services and Tier-1 service providers, developing and launching award-winning value-added services for more than 75 million users worldwide. He currently leads global business innovation efforts at General Motors, driving rapid prototyping and inmarket testing of new Connected Car services that are adjacent to traditional GM and OnStar businesses. Prior to General Motors, he was Vice President of Applications & Services at Prodea, the international IOT Platform company, creating a compelling portfolio of multi-screen media & entertainment, home automation, eHealth and eGovernment services for the world's leading service providers and their subscribers. Before that, he was Head of Smart Home Product Innovation and Director of Smart TV Solutions for LG Electronics North America, where he led IOT strategy formation and B2B solution development for DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon, Time-Warner Cable, Rogers, ADT, Best Buy and CenturyLink. His team also prototyped and integrated various next-generation UX/HMI technologies such as NLU, AI digital assistants, far-field voice, discovery & recommendation, computer vision, multi-screen solutions and wearables.  Kurt has held business development, product marketing, and product management leadership roles at Paul Allen’s Digeo/MOXI, 2Wire, Amdocs and Netscape, working with global customers such as AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy, British Telecom, Time Warner Cable, Chrysler, Telstra, and DISH, to name a few. He graduated at the top of his Computer Science class at the Royal Military College of Canada and studied Human Computer Interaction and AI at the University of British Columbia.

Kurt Hoppe

For more than 15 years, Kurt Hoppe has focused on emerging product and service innovation at the intersection of Connected Consumer IoT devices, digital services and Tier-1 service providers, developing and launching award-winning value-added services for more than 75 million users worldwide. He currently leads global business innovation efforts at General Motors, driving rapid prototyping and inmarket testing of new Connected Car services that are adjacent to traditional GM and OnStar businesses. Prior to General Motors, he was Vice President of Applications & Services at Prodea, the international IOT Platform company, creating a compelling portfolio of multi-screen media & entertainment, home automation, eHealth and eGovernment services for the world's leading service providers and their subscribers. Before that, he was Head of Smart Home Product Innovation and Director of Smart TV Solutions for LG Electronics North America, where he led IOT strategy formation and B2B solution development for DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon, Time-Warner Cable, Rogers, ADT, Best Buy and CenturyLink. His team also prototyped and integrated various next-generation UX/HMI technologies such as NLU, AI digital assistants, far-field voice, discovery & recommendation, computer vision, multi-screen solutions and wearables.

Kurt has held business development, product marketing, and product management leadership roles at Paul Allen’s Digeo/MOXI, 2Wire, Amdocs and Netscape, working with global customers such as AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy, British Telecom, Time Warner Cable, Chrysler, Telstra, and DISH, to name a few. He graduated at the top of his Computer Science class at the Royal Military College of Canada and studied Human Computer Interaction and AI at the University of British Columbia.

 
   Blaire Gateman     After graduating from the University of Guelph, Blaire started a construction company. An expert in scale ups and organic growth, he built the business to over 500 employees over 34 years. Completing projects across Canada, including the build of some of Canada’s most prestigious golf courses, he sold this group of companies to his partner in 2016 where the business still thrives today. He has since started a home building company and follows his passions of mentoring new businesses, building custom furniture and spending time with family and friends.

Blaire Gateman

After graduating from the University of Guelph, Blaire started a construction company. An expert in scale ups and organic growth, he built the business to over 500 employees over 34 years. Completing projects across Canada, including the build of some of Canada’s most prestigious golf courses, he sold this group of companies to his partner in 2016 where the business still thrives today. He has since started a home building company and follows his passions of mentoring new businesses, building custom furniture and spending time with family and friends.

   Tom Hunter     Tom Hunter is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Waterloo region office. His particular areas of focus include assisting entrepreneurs with startup and growth-oriented companies, M&A, and all aspects of equity and debt financing. In addition, Tom serves as an office leader member of the firm's Technology Industry Group. Tom has served as lead counsel for over $1.5 billion of profitable exits for high-tech and traditional economy clients and currently serves on eight private technology company boards which are based in the Waterloo region technology cluster. Tom is a strong community supporter and is currently the co-Chair of the Resurrection Secondary School Council, past Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Mary's General Hospital and the past Chair of the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation. He is actively involved with the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of Waterloo. Tom is a frequent guest lecturer on matters relating to M&A, financings, corporate governance, entrepreneurship and privately owned enterprises. Tom was a contributing author to the recently published book,  The Entrepreneurial Effect: Waterloo .

Tom Hunter

Tom Hunter is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Waterloo region office. His particular areas of focus include assisting entrepreneurs with startup and growth-oriented companies, M&A, and all aspects of equity and debt financing. In addition, Tom serves as an office leader member of the firm's Technology Industry Group. Tom has served as lead counsel for over $1.5 billion of profitable exits for high-tech and traditional economy clients and currently serves on eight private technology company boards which are based in the Waterloo region technology cluster. Tom is a strong community supporter and is currently the co-Chair of the Resurrection Secondary School Council, past Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Mary's General Hospital and the past Chair of the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation. He is actively involved with the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of Waterloo. Tom is a frequent guest lecturer on matters relating to M&A, financings, corporate governance, entrepreneurship and privately owned enterprises. Tom was a contributing author to the recently published book, The Entrepreneurial Effect: Waterloo.

  Simon Wilkie   Simon Wilkie is a Professor of Economics and of Communications Law at the USC Law School. He is currently on leave from the University of Southern California Economics department and is serving as the Senior Economist at Microsoft.  His research focuses on game theory, its application to business strategy, economic and regulatory policy design, and the economics of the communications industries. His most recent research is on the wholesale telecommunications market and the concept diversity in media markets.   Professor Wilkie’s work has been widely published on subjects of spectrum auctions, game theory, and telecommunications regulations in leading scholarly journals, which include Economic Theory, The Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Regulatory Economics, The Review of Economic Studies and Social Choice and Welfare. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Economic Theory and the International Journal of Communication.  From July 2002 to December 2003, he served as Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission reporting to Chairman Michael Powell. The major proceedings during his tenure include the regulatory framework for broadband, the creation of secondary markets for spectrum licenses, and the ATT Broadband/Comcast merger. Prior to joining USC, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology and a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Communications Research. He was also formerly a faculty member of Columbia University and the University of Rochester.

Simon Wilkie

Simon Wilkie is a Professor of Economics and of Communications Law at the USC Law School. He is currently on leave from the University of Southern California Economics department and is serving as the Senior Economist at Microsoft.

His research focuses on game theory, its application to business strategy, economic and regulatory policy design, and the economics of the communications industries. His most recent research is on the wholesale telecommunications market and the concept diversity in media markets.
 
Professor Wilkie’s work has been widely published on subjects of spectrum auctions, game theory, and telecommunications regulations in leading scholarly journals, which include Economic Theory, The Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Regulatory Economics, The Review of Economic Studies and Social Choice and Welfare. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Economic Theory and the International Journal of Communication.

From July 2002 to December 2003, he served as Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission reporting to Chairman Michael Powell. The major proceedings during his tenure include the regulatory framework for broadband, the creation of secondary markets for spectrum licenses, and the ATT Broadband/Comcast merger. Prior to joining USC, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology and a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Communications Research. He was also formerly a faculty member of Columbia University and the University of Rochester.

 
  Lun-Shin Yuen   Lun-Shin Yuen is a Silicon Valley technologist and entrepreneur, who has been involved in startups throughout his career.  He is currently an active advisor and investor in startups.  Lun graduated in 1988 with a MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, after which he started as the third engineer at Intuit.  While at Intuit, he also oversaw the development of the international versions of Quickbooks.  In 1996 he became the co-founder and CTO of Career Central, a job matching SAAS company.  It was later rebranded as Cruel World Inc, and acquired by Spencer Stuart in 2000.  He later joined Paycycle, a payroll SAAS company, in its formative years, and became the head of Engineering until it’s acquisition by Intuit in 2009.  Since then Lun has focused on startup ideas and investments, with a 2 year stint as a Principal Architect at Quicken Inc, which was divested from Intuit in 2016.  He enjoys juggling his active home life with his wife and three children between conversations about technology and games of ultimate frisbee.

Lun-Shin Yuen

Lun-Shin Yuen is a Silicon Valley technologist and entrepreneur, who has been involved in startups throughout his career.  He is currently an active advisor and investor in startups.

Lun graduated in 1988 with a MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, after which he started as the third engineer at Intuit.  While at Intuit, he also oversaw the development of the international versions of Quickbooks.  In 1996 he became the co-founder and CTO of Career Central, a job matching SAAS company.  It was later rebranded as Cruel World Inc, and acquired by Spencer Stuart in 2000.  He later joined Paycycle, a payroll SAAS company, in its formative years, and became the head of Engineering until it’s acquisition by Intuit in 2009.  Since then Lun has focused on startup ideas and investments, with a 2 year stint as a Principal Architect at Quicken Inc, which was divested from Intuit in 2016.

He enjoys juggling his active home life with his wife and three children between conversations about technology and games of ultimate frisbee.