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I have 35+ years in the technology industry, built a successful tech career at Cisco (#2 executive), been the CEO of a public company, invested in several other leading technology companies, and founded the Canary Foundation in 2004 to focus on early cancer technology. I currently serve on nine boards, am the CEO of iSchemaView, Inc., and also serve as a technology partner at Sequoia Capital and Rally Ventures.


With a focus on developing networking and data center technologies for the Internet, I began my career in 1980 at Develcon in Canada, marketing data switching technology for the mini-computer era. In the mid-1980s, I relocated to Silicon Valley and joined Cisco Systems in 1990. During a 10-year tenure at Cisco, I built the IBM business unit, the Access business unit, and the Service Provider line of business —overseeing business totaling more than $12 billion in annual revenue. In 2000, I became CEO of Openwave, which invented much of the early mobile Internet technology.

After 25 years of senior leadership operating experience, I founded the Canary Foundation in 2004 and dedicated myself to philanthropic work in science and technology for early detection of cancer. The Canary Foundation is the world’s first non-profit organization focused solely on the funding, discovery, and development of tests for early cancer detection. I continue to be deeply involved with other cancerrelated organizations. I am a member of the Stanford Advisory Board for the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection at Stanford. In 2009, I was appointed to the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Advisors.

I live part time in Belize where I scuba dive daily and work on restoring and protecting the barrier reef. My wife and I built the non-profit to support local education initiatives and have created a partnership with Stanford to deliver eye care for the local community. In 2018, I joined iSchemaView as CEO. iSchemaView is the worldwide leader in cerebrovascular imaging analysis, delivering the proven software tools that healthcare professionals around the world use to successfully identify and treat more stroke patients than ever before. I am honored to be a 2018 recipient of The Dean’s Medal, one of the highest honors bestowed by Stanford University School of Medicine, presented to individuals whose scientific, medical, humanitarian, or other contributions have significantly advanced the mission of Stanford Medicine. I am also a consulting professor at Stanford University.

A native of Canada, I hold a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada where I continue to actively support student entrepreneurs.

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BelizeKids Canary Foundation (Founder & Chairman) AwareX Calix D-wave iSchemaView POET Technologies Robin Systems Teradici

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My investments range from seed through sizable stakes in public entities.

I like helping to solve technology and market development problems. As an engineer and entrepreneur, I think just about any problem can be fixed with the right amount of leadership, intellect, and time. I believe in a systematic approach that involves many disciplines collaborating to share information and working together around the world to give an edge. This is how we do groundbreaking work bringing new products to market.


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