Directors and Officers

James (Rik) Bond, BComm - Director; Chief Executive Officer and President

Mr. Bond is the President of Bondwest, a Canadian company established in 1988 that specializes in corporate architecture, financial networking, entrepreneurial management, strategic business development and distress turnarounds. Over the past 35 years he has served in advisory, consulting, executive management, director and corporate officer roles in numerous private and public companies conducting business in the technology, manufacturing and processing industries.

Anthony (Tony) Andrukaitis, B.Sc., MBA, CPA - Director; Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Andrukaitis has over 25 years of senior corporate management experience in finance, accounting, strategic planning, business development and turn-around activities. He was the Chief Operations Officer of TrinityRail and former President of Trinity Tank Car, Inc., both subsidiaries of Trinity Industries of Dallas, Texas. Prior to that, he was the President and CEO of GATX Terminals Corporation of Chicago, IL. Mr. Andrukaitis is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois and Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University.

Richard Lee, CMA - Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lee is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. In addition he is a Certified Management Accountant having obtained his designation in 1991. Mr. Lee spent more than 25 years working for public accounting firms or for companies that trade on recognized stock exchanges. He has gained a wealth of experience in corporate finance, acquisitions and accounting while working with and for listed public companies trading in Canada as well as registered with the SEC in the United States.

Kathy Love, Corporate Secretary

Ms. Love has over 20 years of experience in the corporate industry as a paralegal specialist at securities firms and as Corporate Secretary of a number of publicly traded companies managed by the Lundin Group of Companies in Vancouver, BC.

Peter R. Hughes, B.Sc. - Independent Director

Mr. Hughes has 25 years’ business experience including executive and director positions in pharmaceuticals, alternative energy and mining. Mr. Hughes has built industrial and resource companies from the ground up and has obtained regulatory and exchange approval for numerous reporting issuers. He has also worked with National Research Council of Canada providing alternative energy companies with market intelligence and strategic planning. Mr. Hughes has a Bachelor of Science from UBC and completed the Canadian Securities Course and Directors & Officers Program.

Phillip (Phil) Dyer, BBA, MBA - Independent Director

Mr. Dyer is an experienced banking professional and a past President and Director of LegacyTexas Bank based in Plano, TX.  He served as mayor of Plano, TX, from 2009 to 2013 and city councilman prior to that.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and an MBA from East Texas State University.  Mr. Dyer will serve as an independent director and a member of the Audit Committee.

Paul Cass, MBA, BASc, P.Eng - Independent Director

Mr. Cass is currently COO of Whitewater West Industries, a privately held design/manufacturing firm for waterpark and amusement park equipment installations around the world.  Previously Mr. Cass was COO at Ballard Power Systems Ltd., a public company specializing in the development and manufacture of fuel cell technology for automotive and non-automotive markets.  Mr. Cass holds an MBA and BASc and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (P.Eng).
 

Laura B. Roach - Independent Director

Ms. Roach is partner at Albin Roach, a law firm located in Collin County, Texas. Ms. Roach’s practice consists of both litigation matters and mediation for businesses and individuals. She has the role of operational leader at the law firm. Ms. Roach is also an entrepreneur, founding and running a referral and marketing business. Ms. Roach has been recognized many times for the quality of her legal practice, including being named one of Texas Monthly magazine’s super lawyers every year since 2013.  

Jesse V. Crews - Independent Director

Mr. Crews' career in executive management, asset finance and equipment leasing spans over 40 years.  He is currently the Chief Investment Officer of Trinity Industries Leasing Company and prior to that was COO of Willis Lease Finance Corp, Managing Director for Fortress Investment Group, and President and CEO of GATX Financial Corporation.  Mr. Crews earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Yale University.