Together we cover a broad spectrumof industries from technology,medicine to fin tech.
Chairman & Founder
About: Grant Furlane
Mr. Furlane brings 30 years of technology experience specializing in the Transportation, Network Security, and Parking industries. He has been involved in over 500 million dollars in Technology investments and was contracted to lead the initiatives of several large public IT companies. He aggressively built three transportation technology companies that established the vanguard for tracking and monitoring vehicle movement. His companies developed and sold integrated control systems for major airports, hospitals and parking lot management companies. Mr. Furlane is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Locomobi, a cloud based provider of product and services in the parking and transportation industry as well as mobile payments.
A former President of the Canadian Parking Association, Mr. Furlane served as Co-Chairman of the first World Symposium on Intelligent Transportation Systems, an international symposium attended by delegates representing 50 countries. As a result of his successful business experience, his companies’ technological innovation, and his international scope, Mr. Furlane is considered to be one of the leaders in this industry. Mr Furlane served as Chairman to the Neurological Hospitals Centers for Ability, and the Board of Governors of Ontario Junior A Hockey, and has investments in the Entertainment and Sports industries.
About: Peter Smiechowski
Mr. Smiechowski brings over 20 years of capital markets and entrepreneurial experience. He started trading options for a large Canadian bank-owned dealer and became the head trader of a multi-strategy hedge fund with a global focus. He went on to head the institutional sales effort for Europe and Australia with a focus on selling Canadian equities. Within this role he gained significant experience in raising capital for emerging companies across the capital structure and agnostic to sector. Mr. Smiechowski earned his BComm from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder.
An entrepreneur at heart Mr. Smiechowski founded and ran Mighty Leaf Canada – an artisanal whole leaf tea product in an oversized silken mesh. Ahead of the curve on wellness and nutrition, Mighty Leaf catered to the likes of Whole Foods, Intrawest, numerous hotels, renowned spas and celebrity chefs.
Mr. Smiechowski represented Canada in the sport of Water Polo and competed in 3 World Championships.
About: Luce Veilleux
Luce Veilleux’s career as a senior financial services executive has been distinguished by breakthrough initiatives in payments, automotive lending, and database marketing. As SVP of Retail Products at Scotiabank International, she launched the first mobile wallet in the Americas, Tcho Tcho Mobile, which was publicly acclaimed by Bill Clinton; it won the Bill Gates Foundation Award, among other global accolades. She participated in more than 20 due diligences, resulting in the acquisition of 11 different banks in Latin America and Asia, and launched a new automotive lending model for Latin America.
While CMO at Aeroplan, Ms. Veilleux renegotiated the CIBC co-brand card contract, resulting in an incremental $100MM annual revenue and $1.3B over the life of the agreement. She ushered in the era of big data at RBC while heading the cards and marketing divisions, and launched Avion, Canada’s leading credit card.
Most recently, she has sat on boards and acted as an advisor in the entrepreneurial space for Yellow Pepper, MoPals, and MarsDD. She is a past member of the boards of the The Children’s Aid Foundation, Scotiabank Chile, the MasterCard Latin American Advisory and the Canadian Marketing Association. Ms. Veilleux holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University. She has three children and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Chief Legal Officer
About: Pearl Chan
Chief Legal Counsel
Pearl brings to ANAi Global extensive experience advising entrepreneurs, startups and established companies in technology, renewable energy, software development and finance, having spent her career in private practice most recently and also previously as general counsel to several Canadian companies in the CPG/retail and energy sectors.
In addition to regularly representing startup companies from formation through all phases of their growth process, Pearl has acted as lead counsel on numerous financing and acquisition transactions, and recently acted for her solar energy client in connection with the establishment of a $50-million multi-tranche term credit facility to finance their construction and long-term operations.
Pearl is licensed to practice law in Ontario and in New York State. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario and her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.
Pearl is mom to a very active one-year old daughter and is fluent in English and Cantonese.
Chief Marketing Officer
About: Brandon Nogueira
Brandon has a strong passion for disruptive technologies that encourage progression and forward movement while simplifying everyday tasks. He has accumulated over 7 years experience working with start up companies to develop software that enhances outdated analogue processes by incorporating digital technologies. His duties encompassed multiple skill sets including managing software and website development, graphic design, UI/UX design, branding strategies, marketing campaigns, patent process, hardware and software pairing, cloud storage, and social media initiatives.
Brandon earned a diploma in Graphic Design for Print & Web and graduated with Honours from the International Academy of Design and Technology.
About: Stephen Kennedy Smith Jr.
Stephen Kennedy Smith received his B.A from Harvard University, J.D. from Columbia University, and M.Ed from Harvard University School of Education. After law school, Mr. Smith served as an assistant district attorney in New York. He later joined the staff of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees. After leaving the Senate, Mr. Smith worked at Conflict Management Group; a nonprofit associated with Harvard Law School, and taught in the advanced program on negotiation at Harvard University Law School. As part of his work at Conflict Management, Mr. Smith consulted with global clients including the Organization of African Unity, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the parties in the Irish Peace process. Mr. Smith is a three-time recipient of the Danforth Award for excellence in teaching at Harvard University and is also the winner of the Lyndehurst Foundation Prize for social and artistic achievement.
For the past twenty years, Mr. Smith has been on the Kennedy board of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, the Kennedy family investment office. He has delivered keynote presentations at the annual conferences of the Family Firm Institute and the Family Office Exchange– the two major family business organizations. He has also served on the board of the John F. Kennedy Library, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, Citizens Energy, the Northeastern University School of Public Policy, and INCAE Business School and the advisory board of the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School. He is a Fellow at the International Economic Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting innovative international trade.
As a partner and board member, Mr. Smith is actively involved in a number of medical and green technology businesses, including Emlink, which develops, designs and manages sustainable technology; The Marwood Group, a healthcare-focused strategic advisory and financial services firm; and Pear Therapeutics, a medical software company.
Mr. Smith was Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator Edward Kennedy during his Presidential and Senatorial campaigns, Youth Coordinator for the campaign of Mario Cuomo, served on the New England Steering Committee for the Obama presidential campaign, and continues to be active in Democratic politics.
About: Barney Pell, Ph.D.
Dr. Pell is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of LocoMobi Inc. Dr. Pell has a long history as a leading technology innovator, product visionary, entrepreneur and angel investor based in Silicon Valley. He is known for being an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mayfield, a top Venture Capital firm, which he left to become Founder and CEO of Powerset, which built a natural-language based search engine that read each sentence in Wikipedia and answered user queries in plain English. Microsoft acquired Powerset in 2008 to help create its new search engine, Bing. Dr. Pell then served Microsoft as Search Strategist, Evangelist, and Chief Architect for Local Search at Bing, until leaving Microsoft in September 2011 to return to the start-up world full-time.
Dr. Pell also has active investor, board member, and advisory roles with multiple start-up companies and non-profits across a variety of industries. He is Co-Founder, Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Moon Express, a private company building autonomous robotic lunar landers to enable exploration and commercial development of the solar system. This builds on his earlier career managing advanced software technologies at NASA. Highlights of innovations during Dr. Pell’s career at NASA include mission critical software to support planning and collaboration for the Mars Exploration Rovers mission; Clarissa, the first spoken dialog system in space; and the development of the Remote Agent, the first AI system to fly onboard and control a deep space probe. Remote Agent is widely considered one of the top achievements in the history of Artificial Intelligence and was awarded NASA’s “software of the year” award in 1999. Dr. Pell is also Associate Founder and Trustee of Singularity University (SU), a new university created to educate leaders for life in a future driven by accelerating technological change.
Other recent active angel investments and advisory positions include: Getaround, Robotex, Halcyon Molecular, SpaceX, and CrowdFlower. Recent start-ups that have had successful exits include: Appjet (now Google), Aardvark (now Google), Hot Potato (now Facebook), Etacts (now SalesForce.com), Movity (now Trulia), and LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional social network which recently went public after acquiring its hundred-millionth member.
Dr. Pell received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and his B.S. degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a National Merit Scholar.
Dr. Pell is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities. These include keynote talks at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computational Linguistics, Search Marketing Expos, International Semantic Web Conference, World Wide Web Conference, the Informational Retrieval Conference, and panels at SXSW Interactive. Dr. Pell has also spoken at the NPA and IPI conferences and has been featured in all major Parking industry magazines.
About: Darryl Sittler
Born in Kitchener, Ontario on September 18, 1950, one of eight children in the Sittler family, Darryl became a star player of the Ontario Hockey Association’s London Knights.
There are very few players in Toronto Maple Leaf history, that captured both the imagination of hockey fans and a place in their hearts, like number 27, Darryl Sittler. He was selected as the Leafs’ first pick and eighth overall in the 1970 Entry Draft. Sittler’s continuous offensive exploits began to shine during his third-season in the league when he scored 77 points. At the age of 24, he became the second youngest captain in team history.
In 1976, Sittler would achieve legendary status, both in Toronto, and across the Canadian hockey world. It began at Maple Leaf Gardens on February 7, 1976, in a game against the Boston Bruins. While centering a line with Lanny McDonald and Errol Thompson, Sittler scored six goals and added four assists to set an NHL record – one that still stands today – for most points in a game with 10. That record-breaking moment helped Sittler become the first ever Maple Leaf to reach 100 points in a single season.
Two months later in April, Sittler’s sensational scoring streak would continue in the Stanley Cup playoffs, when he scored five goals in one game against the Philadelphia Flyers, tying a playoff record.
Nearly five months later at the Montreal Forum, on September 15, 1976 during the Canada Cup, Sittler cemented his standing in Canadian hockey lore. Taking a pass from teammate Marcel Dionne in overtime, he beat Czech goalie Vladimir Dzurilla on a partial breakaway, scoring the tournament winning goal for Canada and securing his place as a national hockey hero.
In 1989, Sittler was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was honoured prior to a home game against the Montreal Canadiens on February 8th, 2003, at the Air Canada Centre. It was an unforgettable, touching tribute to an illustrious Maple Leaf career. The entire organization proudly raised a banner to the rafters with his number 27 and his name!
On September 6, 2014 the Toronto Maple Leafs honoured Darryl again, with the unveiling of his bronze statue outside the Air Canada Centre. He is one of the first three Leaf players to become a member of “Legends Row”
Today, Darryl spends time working with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Inc in areas of Corporate Partners and in community relations. He is an active Member of the Board of Directors of several publicly listed mining companies and is also very supportive of a number of charities. These charities include the Special Olympics Canada, Screen Colons Canada and Colon Cancer Canada in honor of his late wife Wendy who died from colon cancer in 2001.
About: Phil Beecher
Phil Beecher is an experienced realtor and investor that heads up Beecher & Associates which specializes in commercial and residential real estate in the Greater Toronto area. In addition, Mr. Beecher runs a private real estate investment trust which caters to an exclusive list of clientele throughout North America. Phil understands the need for technology and in particular the benefits of marrying innovation with smart city design.
Phil is involved in many charitable organizations such as the Sick Kids Hospital Foundation Innovators group. Phil believes in giving back to the community and working together with like minded people.
Phil has sat on the Board of Directors for real estate condo corporations and other organizations.
About: Mark Hawkins
Mark Hawkins has been a Bay Street leader for over 30 years. He made a name for himself while working at GMP, a leading independent diversified financial services firm, where he became a Vice Chairman.
During his career Mark engaged in investment banking, sales, trading, and research activities both nationally and internationally. When he is not helping build companies, Mark serves as a minor hockey coach for over 15 years. He volunteers his time as a member for the North York General Hospital Foundation Board and their family endowment and sits on the Board of Directors of Fern Resort.
About: Rick West
West FSI is Rick West’s entity working with balance sheet investors and their representatives to acquire or develop as a start-up and operationally public and private parking systems and companies throughout the U.S. Roles vary from asset management, internal operating executive, business strategy, marketing, acquisition, disposition and business development.
Rick’s experience spans over thirty years working in all sectors of parking including CBD public on and off street parking, stadium & arenas, hospital, commercial, retail, office, airport and commuter parking. Additional experience includes start-ups and working in related transportation and real estate sectors.
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