ThoughtWire is honoured and proud to have the following outstanding individuals serving on our Advisory Board:
John M. Thompson
John recently retired as the Chairman of the Board of TD Bank and previously was the executive Vice-Chairman of the Board of the IBM Corporation. He began his IBM career in Canada as a systems engineer in 1966. He held a variety of management jobs before being elected Chief Executive Officer of IBM Canada in 1986. In 1991, he moved to the USA to develop IBM's strategy for entering the computer services business. Subsequently, he ran IBM's worldwide computer hardware and software businesses before being elected executive Vice-Chairman of the Board.
John served as Chairman of TD Bank from April 2003 to January 2011 and remains a director. He is also a director of Thomson Reuters Corporation, Vice-Chairman of Supervisory Board of Royal Philips Electronics and is an Advisory Board member of Opus Capital, a California-based venture company. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Hospital for Sick Children, Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario, and is a Director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. Past public board directorships include IBM Corporation, IBM Canada Ltd, Robert Mondavi Corporation, Hertz Corporation and TD Waterhouse.
John is a previous director of the Conference Board of Canada and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He served on past Premier of Ontario's Councils for education reform, human resources reform and industrial policy, as well as on the Canadian Council of Academies task forces on Business Innovation in Canada and on The Digital Economy.
He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Engineering Science and completed executive management programs at the University of Western Ontario and the Kellogg Graduate School of Business. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at the University of Western Ontario in 1994. John was born in Montreal and lives in Toronto with his wife Melinda.
D. Scott Campbell
Scott was the first Corporate CIO for the Government of Ontario, a position he held until he retired from the Ontario Public Service (OPS) in 2001 after almost 30 years of service. During his career in the OPS Scott worked in seven different Ministries and all functions of the Public Service.
For nine years after his retirement Scott ran his own consulting company providing strategic advice on using information technology to change large complex organizations. During that time he held a number of executive positions including the CIO for the Government of British Columbia, the Interim CIO for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) and the Interim CIO of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP). He also provided management consulting services to the Governments of Canada, Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia and to a number of private sector companies.
Scott's time is now focused on corporate directorships. He is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of Trillium Health Center, an 850 bed hospital in the Toronto area. He is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the OPSEU Pension Trust and also serves as a member of the Telus Toronto Community Board. He is a past member of the Editorial Advisory Board of CIO Governments' Review.
Scott holds a BA and an MPA and is a graduate of the National Defense College of Canada. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada and a Fellow of the Institute for Citizen Centered Services in Canada. He was recently invested into the Sovereign Order of Saint John's of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta.
Larry is an angel investor in a number of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies in Waterloo and surrounding regions. He is the founder and president of Innplay® through which he provides strategic advice and consulting services to these and other companies.
Larry is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario Law School and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is an Advanced Management Program (AMP 156) graduate from the Harvard Business School and had a 23 year career with Labatt Brewing Company and Interbrew North America where he served, among other roles, as its EVP General Counsel and VP of Strategic Planning Services. Larry is a member of Communitech and the Golden Triangle Angelnet in the Waterloo Region.
Mauro is a technical futurist and business leader, helping organizations evolve into the next generation of solutions that help keep their businesses thriving. As the co-founder of several IT related companies, his expertise and ability to predict, analyze, and embrace emerging technology trends helps to keep organizations at the forefront of innovation and business achievement. With 25 years of experience in selling, applying and managing information technologies, Mauro acts as a trusted advisor and board member for several organizations.
Outside Mauro's technical strength, he has established a broad professional network of clients who regard him as a strategic advisor in matters of both business and technology. Having helped them create outstanding results from intricate problems, organizations rely on Mauro's integrity and ability to translate technical complexity into effective business value.
In addition to being a long-term CCIE, he has journeyed through the development of the modern networking industry, having interacted with Cisco Systems since 1987. Mauro is a sought after industry speaker and has made various television appearances. He is a published author and is regularly quoted by IT industry media on technological and business trends.
Richard C. Owens
Richard is a lawyer specializing in business and commercial law, intellectual property and technology. Richard is past chair of the board of directors of the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation, and a member of the advisory committee to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. He is a member of the board of the Center for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and has been a long-serving director of the International Technology Law Association, and has led several of its committees.
Richard also teaches courses on the law of information technology and electronic commerce, innovation law and policy, intellectual property, digital content and the interests of the artist, and the law and policy of biotechnology, all at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he also served as the Executive Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy. Richard has written and published widely on the law of information technology, privacy, and the regulation of financial institutions. He has been repeatedly recognized as one of Canada's leading technology lawyers and recently included in the 2010 edition of "PLC Which Lawyer?" in the area of outsourcing law and the 2009 edition of "The Best Lawyers in Canada" in the area of technology law. He makes his home in Toronto.