Charlotte Savage

FOUNDER & CIO

Charlotte Savage, founder of HaiLa Technologies, is a proven technology executive in the low power wireless IoT space, most recently featured in Forbes 30 under 30 Energy division for 2020. With experience in the medtech and semiconductor industries validating prototypes, product market fit and fundraising, Charlotte launched her company out of TandemLaunch, a deep tech incubator, where she and her team demonstrated the commercial viability of the technology through proof of concept partnerships and high profile pitch competitions such as winning the Nokia Open Innovation Challenge in 2019. Before founding HaiLa, Charlotte studied mechanical engineering, specializing in biomedical applications, at Concordia University and was simultaneously working as a product developer & manager at NXTSENS Microsystems.

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Derek Kuhn

Derek Kuhn is CEO & President of HaiLa Technologies. Derek is a high-tech executive with more than twenty years of international experience. Before joining HaiLa he worked as a strategic advisor and consultant to companies in Canada and abroad, including ML for IoT focused Acerta, embedded computing focused Arcane Software and he was advisor to the CTO of Panasonic. Prior to this he was the president of Sciemetric Instruments, an IIOT company (sold in 2018), as well as Senior Vice President of Blackberry’s IOT business unit, and VP of sales and marketing for QNX Software Systems and for Blackberry Technology Solutions. Prior to Blackberry Derek held multiple senior roles at Alcatel-Lucent, including VP Emerging Technology in the office of the CTO where he received the company's 2010 CEO Award. Derek also conceived and led the ng Connect Program, a multi-industry initiative dedicated to the development and rapid deployment of next-generation broadband services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE). From 2003 to 2006, Derek served as Chair of the Broadband Content Delivery Forum, which focused on content streaming over broadband for the content community. He also sat as a board member of the University of Southern California’s Entertainment Technology Center from 2008 to 2010 and was on the Board of Directors for the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association from 2012 to 2016 and again from 2019 to 2020. In 2005, Derek was granted a Top Forty Under 40 award by the Ottawa Business Journal. Derek holds a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

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Ramzy Metwalli

CFO

Mr. Metwalli brings over 25 years of financial executive experience to HaiLa. He is a board-certified CPA, CMA with experience in a wide range of technical industries from biocosmetics to lighting and videoconferencing equipment manufacturing. He has served as Chief Financial Officer to both private and public companies, assisting in numerous key milestones including fundraising and M&A transactions. Prior to joining HaiLa, Mr. Metwalli held the position of CFO and GM at Zorah Biocosmetics. Mr. Metwalli received his BAC in accounting from HEC Montreal.

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Vytas Kezys

CHief scientist

Vytas Kezys is a seasoned technical strategist and recognized leader in mobile wireless. His career focuses on leveraging a broad technical background and concept-to-product experience to develop leading wireless solutions. He pioneered work in array signal processing including early development of MU-MIMO and has demonstrated expertise in a wide range of fields including Wi-Fi, RF propagation, statistical signal processing, indoor navigation and sensor fusion/SLAM. Prior to working with HaiLa as Chief Scientist, he was Director of Advanced Connectivity at Blackberry where he developed and launched their first Wi-Fi enabled handhelds and drove the adoption of various connectivity technologies. Vytas was the Founder and President of TalariCom where he led the development of cost effective smart antenna technologies. He was Principal Research Engineer at the Communications Research Laboratory, McMaster University, focusing on array signal processing, radar and smart antennas. Vytas has held numerous consulting positions and is an inventor on over 30 patents. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from McMaster University.

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Guy Kamendje

ASIC lead

Guy-Armand Kamendje is the Lead ASIC Design Engineer at HaiLa. Guy-Armand has over two decades of ASIC design and RFID development experience. Most recently Guy-Armand led the ASIC team at Huawei Canada for 8 years. Prior to Huawei he was the Senior FPGA Design Engineer at Intelcam Technosystems Inc. He has also worked as a Product Design Engineer at PMC-Sierra and as the Senior ASIC Designer at McGill University.

Guy-Armand graduated from Graz University of Technology where he also worked as an ASIC designer and researcher in the Institute for Applied Information Processing and Communications. He has more than a half a dozen patents to his name.

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Greg Allen

Chairperson

Greg Allen most recently served as the CEO and is currently a Director of Wellington Drive Technologies (WDT), a New Zealand public company and a leading global industrial equipment and IoT company. At WDT he successfully led a financial turnaround and oversaw the pivot of the company from industrial hardware to IoT sensors and cloud based software services, resulting in record revenue and profit growth. Prior to WDT Greg led the Green Technology and Industrial business unit for Celestica, a Toronto based manufacturing and supply chain services company. With a focus on complex financial turnarounds, innovative product and customer strategies and business scale-up; Greg has developed and executed growth and operating plans within a broad range of tech and industrial markets. Based in Vancouver Canada, Greg holds an MBA from Napier University, Edinburgh and gained his education in radio and electronics qualifications in the New Zealand Army. Greg has successfully completed the University of Toronto Rotman Directors Education Program. In addition to HaiLa, Greg sits on the board of a Mining IoT start-up developing new sensor technology to measure equipment wear and provide actionable insights to the equipment operator. He also serves on the Richmond, British Columbia Economic Advisory Committee supporting the city in developing new growth strategies.

 “I joined the HaiLa board because of the caliber of the team. A team with deep engineering experience and a passion for customers dedicated to bringing a new sustainable, ultra-low power Wi-Fi IoT solution to the world.”

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Helge Seetzen

Director

Dr. Seetzen is general partner, founder and CEO of TandemLaunch, the Montreal based deep tech incubator where HaiLa was originally founded. To date, TandemLaunch has helped over 25 technology companies. Prior to founding TandemLaunch, Dr. Seetzen was co-founder and chief technology officer at BrightSide Technologies, a display technology company that was subsequently sold to Dolby Labs in 2007. Dr. Seetzen brings with him decades of experience successfully commercializing academic research and technology, negotiating strategic agreements with most major consumer technology companies, and executed dozens of technology transfer agreements with a global network of over 50 universities. Dr. Seetzen earned his B.Sc and PhD in physics at the University of British Columbia.

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Sam Heidari

Board Member

Dr. Sam Heidari is a connectivity and communication technologist with extensive experience in the semiconductor and telecommunications industry. Over his 25 year career, Dr. Heidari has held a variety of senior management and technical positions including VP of R&D, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Executive Officer at various companies leading to multiple successful exits. Dr. Heidari joined Quantenna in 2009 as vice president of R&D, leading the innovation effort in WiFi communication before being appointed CEO in 2011. Under his leadership, Quantenna underwent a successful IPO in 2016 before being acquired by ON Semiconductor in 2019. Prior to Quantenna, he served as CTO and VP of Engineering at Ikanos Communications, a firm he joined in 2006 via its acquisition of Doradus Technologies, where he served as president and CEO. Dr. Heidari earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Southern California, and a B.S. degree from Northeastern University, all in Electrical Engineering.

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Richard MacKellar

Board observer

 Vytas Kezys is a seasoned technical strategist and recognized leader in mobile wireless. His career focuses on leveraging a broad technical background and concept-to-product experience to develop leading wireless solutions. He pioneered work in array signal processing including early development of MU-MIMO and has demonstrated expertise in a wide range of fields including Wi-Fi, RF propagation, statistical signal processing, indoor navigation and sensor fusion/SLAM. Prior to working with HaiLa as Chief Scientist, he was Director of Advanced Connectivity at Blackberry where he developed and launched their first Wi-Fi enabled handhelds and drove the adoption of various connectivity technologies. Vytas was the Founder and President of TalariCom where he led the development of cost effective smart antenna technologies. He was Principal Research Engineer at the Communications Research Laboratory, McMaster University, focusing on array signal processing, radar and smart antennas. Vytas has held numerous consulting positions and is an inventor on over 30 patents. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from McMaster University.

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Serge Lavergne

Board OBSERVER

Mr. Lavergne is a business leader with thirty years of experience. He started his career as an engineer in metallurgy and waste management and moved on to manage major engineering, construction, and transportation companies before finally orienting his career towards financing and venture capital. Mr. Lavergne has served on the boards of several technology and manufacturing/construction companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke, a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the Université de Sherbrooke and a Certified Corporate Administrator certification from the College of Corporate Directors of Laval University.

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