Ross Finlay, a Co-founder and Director of the First Angel Network Association has been an angel investor since 2000. He has assisted many companies in raising private equity, is a Board Member of the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO), Director of the Angel Capital Association (ACA), and a Trustee of the Angel Resource Institute. Mr. Finlay is a recognized facilitator, senior business consulting professional and strategic change consultant who has an extensive background in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has implemented major business changes in a number of organizations and has experience in conducting organizational reviews in the public/private and the not-for-profit sectors. He has extensive business networks throughout Atlantic Canada. He has been Executive Director of a provincial professional association and President of a national consulting company working with scientific, engineering and technical areas. Since his move home to Nova Scotia, Ross has managed his own successful consulting practice. He returned to the corporate world for a time with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and SolutionInc Ltd. – a Halifax based software development company. In 2002 Ross was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service through his efforts in numerous charities.
Brian E. Lowe
Brian E. Lowe is co-founder and director of the First Angel Network Association, Atlantic Canada’s largest association for private investors and is a shareholder and director of several operating companies throughout Atlantic Canada. As an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader with over 35 years experience, he has been involved in a number of start-up companies throughout his career. Mr. Lowe raised millions of dollars for these companies. He has been responsible for taking technologies to market internationally resulting in mergers and acquisitions. As a co-founder of Immunovaccine Technologies Inc., Mr. Lowe brought invaluable expertise having been responsible for the incorporation and raising the necessary start-up funding totalling $10 million. On October 5th, 2009, Immunovaccine Inc. (TSX-V: IMV) became a publicly traded company. Past experience includes serving as the President/CEO/Founder of three environmental companies based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Mr. Lowe successfully negotiated the sale of these companies to Laidlaw Environmental Services Ltd. of South Carolina. He is the Chair of Bio Nova’s Board, Nova Scotia’s Industry Life Sciences Association, a past director of the National Angel Capital Association and the current Chair of Springboard Atlantic’s Board, a network with a mandate to support the commercialization of research throughout the 19 universities and colleges in Atlantic Canada. Mr. Lowe served the past seven years as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship under the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University.
Angela has been consulting with business owners for over 25 years. With a diverse industry background and experience in marketing, sales, human resources, production and finance, Angela is able to look at a company in a holistic way and see how all the individual parts come together to make a whole. With strengths in strategy development, team development, and negotiations, Angela works to find mutually beneficial solutions to intricate challenges. Angela is a former Board Member of the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada, as well as the Halifax Developmental Centre for Early Learning, and she currently sits on the Board of the Centennial Pool Association. In the role of Regional Chapter Director Angela will provide support to the Provincial Directors as well as the Members and Directors of FAN.
Provincial Director, Newfoundland & Labrador
Gary Dinn, Provincial Director, Newfoundland & Labrador. Gary runs M3 Sonar Consulting, a management consulting company helping companies with marketing, commercialization of research outcomes and strategic planning. Formerly the CEO of Propel ICT, he comes from a career covering more than 25 years of innovation, including the founding international companies, and managing research teams in new technology development. He started his first company in 1985 as a newly minted professional engineer. His experience includes being a founder of Rutter Inc., and serving on its board from its beginnings through to listing on the TSX. More recently he has served as VP of Technology Development for an oil & gas technology company with extensive VC backing. Gary’s community related activities include serving on the board of the MUN Centre for Entrepreneurship, and formerly as chair of the Ocean Tech Cluster (OceansAdvance) in St John’s, as well as serving on the board of the NL Research and Development Corp. He has extensive experience in marketing internationally including such countries as Brazil, China and Australia, as well as Europe. In his role with First Angel, Gary is an active mentor, working to bring his life experience to the task of helping startup companies in Atlantic Canada.
Provincial Director, New Brunswick
Johannes background as a public servant, business leader and entrepreneur has spanned the commercial enterprise and innovation domain for operations of all sizes. Among his many achievements, he was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs in 2001 by Atlantic Business Magazine. 15 years with National Research Council/Industrial Research Assistance Program, where he among many other activities, assisted in establishing and nurturing an Angel Investor Network, attended European Angel Conferences EBAN, attended Canadian Angel Conferences NACO.
He has acquired and applied a wealth of business expertise, gained over 35 years in public and private sectors across the globe. C- level skills include: management, business development, international sales and marketing, technology licensing and management advisory. His aptitude for networking, developing connections and relationships as well as negotiating multinational contracts at the highest level, are his strong areas of competence. While working at the executive level for several international firms, Johannes has: marketed technology; developed and signed licensee agreements in Japan, Singapore (Indonesia, Malaysia) Taiwan and Mexico; and established joint Ventures in Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Argentina with assistance from the Canadian International Development Agency. He served as Vice President of Sales for Avis Car Rental for the Europe, Africa and Middle East Division, where he led and managed a large diverse sales/reservation staff, and in the process, established close relationships with key multinational companies in fifteen European countries and USA.