Meet Our Management Team

Turnium Technology Group Inc. is managed by technology executives with over 100 years of combined investment experience in IT, telecom, software, and technology.

Derek Spratt

Derek Spratt
CEO and Board Chair

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Derek is a 38-year veteran of the Canadian tech space, having founded and lead publicly and privately firms in the mobile, IoT and Analytics market segments (PCS Wireless, Intrinsyc, Mobidia), as well as being a board member and angel/seed investor in many other tech firms. He has engaged in the VC community with board, advisory, and partnership positions (BC Discovery Fund, BC Advantage Fund, Quorum Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, ScaleUP Ventures). Derek has always taken a strong interest in the non-profit side of the tech community as a board member of AceTech, Wavefront, WinBC, DigiBC, and Vancouver Enterprise Forum. Derek has personally funded Science World’s Scientist in Residence Program, and Earth Justice. He has an Electrical Engineering degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Juliet Jones

Juliet Jones
CFO and Corporate Secretary

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Juliet Jones, CFO and Corporate Secretary, has over 25 years experience. As CFO of NubevaTechnologies, a Silicon Valley cyber security company, and LOOPShareLtd., she completed reverse takeovers, listing on the TSXV in 2018 and 2016 respectively. Juliet was also CFO at WebTechWireless, a TSX listed SaaS company, raising over $50M in equity and held CFO and CEO roles at Peace Arch Entertainment, a TSX listed company that completed a US IPO.

Haresh Kheskani

Haresh Kheskani
Chief Technology Officer

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Haresh Kheskani, CTO, has over 37 years of experience in technology and software development. Haresh has led teams at ONStor and Cisco, including leading development of cloud, container and network function virtualization solutions. Prior to joining Turnium, Haresh was VP Product Management, Cloud at Loodse.

Career Highlights

  • Led several Large projects in Cisco Systems including building Routers, switches and Cloud platform.
  • 2000 – Led a large Engineering team to deliver CRS-1 the biggest router in the world including the first multi-chassis version of it.
  • 2008 – Led the IOS SW team to deliver the next generation IOS on a wired and wireless switch to fulfill Cisco’s leading edge Wireless strategy.
  • 2014 – Built and led a high powered team to deliver Cisco’s OpenStack platform – CVIM which has had great traction in the Telco customer base of Cisco.
  • 2018 – Led Loodse (German Startup) in representing the company in the US market wrt partnerships, strategic sales etc in the Cloud Platform area.
  • 2020 – 2020 – Joined Turnium Technology to provide leadership on the strategic partnerships and sales front towards fulfilling the full potential of Turnium’s SDWAN technology.

Geoff Hultin

Geoff Hultin
Chief Marketing Officer

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Geoff has been involved in the internet and telecom industries since 1994. He has grown new business units, products, and sales at companies including Telus, Sporg.com, Talemetry, Bell Canada, Allstream, and Urbanfibre.

John Wigboldus

John Wigboldus
Chief Revenue Officer

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As Chief Revenue Officer, John is accountable for growing Turnium’s business. Prior to joining Turnium, John was the sales leader at Rise People and before that, SVP Sales at CounterPath, a Vancouver-based software company recently acquired by Alianza.

At Rise, John grew ARR by 50% while at CounterPath, John increased revenue by 56% over 4 years, while transitioning the company to a SaaS revenue model, resulting in 60% of CounterPath’s total revenue being recurring revenue.

An entrepreneurial veteran of the technology industry, John brings sales, marketing, and business development experience to Turnium. Prior to CounterPath, he worked at Icron Technologies, Allstream, and Sutus. He was a senior leader and founder at ADZILLA new media, and has held sales leadership and operational roles at Voyus, C1 Communications, MetroNet, AT&T International, and TELUS.

John holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and sales and marketing accreditations from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Logan Campbell

Logan Campbell
EVP Global Sales

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Logan is a highly successful sales leader with over 12 years’ experience with direct sales. He has represented Fortune 500 companies and sold over $250M in annual recurring revenue. Logan opened his first direct sales business when he was 24 years old.

Roger Bell

Roger Bell
Director of Technical Sales Solutions

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Roger has over 8 years of experience selling and supporting solutions for SD-WAN deployments. In prior roles, he spent over 20 years at Apple and IBM selling and designing solutions for the Big 4 accounts: Banks, Healthcare, Provincial and Federal Government.

Nicky Kearns

Nicky Kearns
Global Account Executive and Co-Founder

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Graduated in Engineering, in his native Dublin, Nicky took on a wide and varied career from TV broadcasting to fiber and satellite system, from TDM to IP, and from support, project management, and sales engineering in three countries on two continents. Most recently, he had a 20-year career at Cisco Systems working on most of the solution sets Cisco offers and with some of the largest enterprises in the world, alongside partners and service providers. Following Cisco, Nicky was a co-founder and COO of Turnium, building up the SD-WAN as a Service offering in the Canadian market. Nicky, in his spare time, is an avid Liverpool FC fan and loves to ride bicycles and motorbikes whenever he can, alongside many other hobbies and volunteering.

Arturo Fermill

Arturo Fermill
Channel Sales Manager

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Arturo has been a leader in Sales & Recruitment for the last 15 years of his career. He’s worked for and represented several Fortune 500 Companies such as LEDCOR, Yellow Pages & Business Objects (now SAP) where he’s been integral in developing, leading, and recruiting sales teams. Arturo’s alter ego “DJ Buddha Sax” has been a Vancity staple in the nightlife scene for the past 20 years.

Remi Gagnon

Remi Gagnon
Head of Sales, APAC

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Remi is a seasoned manager with a strong background in technology and technology Sales. He has more than thirty years’ experience in the Telecom and IT industry and has held different management role in Sales and General Management in Canada, Europe, and Asia for a number of multinationals including Newbridge Networks and Alcatel where he was GM of the Carrier Division in Thailand. Before joining Turnium, Remi was an entrepreneur, running a company in Thailand offering IT solutions for SMEs and Enterprises. He has lived in Asia for more than 20 years and brings extensive business experience in the region.

Colin Atkinson

Colin Atkinson
Chief Operating Officer – Technology

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Colin has been involved in management and leadership roles for over 25 years. His industry experiences range from technology to commercial construction and his teams have successfully completed millions of dollars of projects including being part of the renovations of the Telus World of Science, several new buildings at the University of British Columbia, and the homes of two of the most prominent families in British Columbia. Colin’s ability to build and create successful teams has consistently led to sustained growth in every industry in which Colin has worked.

Andrea Pearmain

Andrea Pearmain
Chief Operating Officer – Business

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Andrea has been in executive management and leadership roles for over 25 years. She has managed and motivated teams and operations at multi-million dollar waterfront restaurants, in asset management, and project managed large residential construction projects. Andrea is the “Go To” person who gets things done, solves problems, builds culture, and creates processes to deliver efficient operations.

Our Board of Directors

Derek Spratt

Derek Spratt
CEO and Board Chair

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Derek is a 38-year veteran of the Canadian tech space, having founded and lead publicly and privately firms in the mobile, IoT and Analytics market segments (PCS Wireless, Intrinsyc, Mobidia), as well as being a board member and angel/seed investor in many other tech firms. He has engaged in the VC community with board, advisory, and partnership positions (BC Discovery Fund, BC Advantage Fund, Quorum Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, ScaleUP Ventures). Derek has always taken a strong interest in the non-profit side of the tech community as a board member of AceTech, Wavefront, WinBC, DigiBC, and Vancouver Enterprise Forum. Derek has personally funded Science World’s Scientist in Residence Program, and Earth Justice. He has an Electrical Engineering degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Johan Arnet

Johan Arnet
Director and Founder

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Johan has founded and grown six IT, internet, and telecom companies since 1995. He began developing the proprietary software that is now Turnium’s SD-WAN platform in 2009. Johan studied Computer Science at Simon Fraser University and left after two years to become an entrepreneur and continue the IT Consulting work that he had started in high school. In 1999, Johan received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). In 2009, Johan also started Rocket Networks, an Internet Service Provider business, and sold it to TeliPhone Navigata in 2014.

Evelyn Bailey

Evelyn Bailey
Director

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Evelyn Bailey, ICD.D, has over 30 years of experience at IBM. She has supported the BC Government (Public Sector), Bell Canada (Telcomm), and recently Scotiabank (Financial), driving double-digit growth through transformational IT. By aligning financial objectives with talent and collaboration with partners, Ms. Bailey has led complex turnarounds for IBM’s multi-billion-dollar Storage & Systems (Mainframe, UNIX/AIX) and Data & AI divisions. Outcomes included balanced improvement in the P&L, double-digit revenue growth, and increased client satisfaction. Ms. Bailey is Global Managing Partner, Scotiabank – Kyndryl (an IBM spin-off). Her prior roles include Global Managing Director, Scotiabank – IBM, Senior Vice President, Data & AI – IBM, and Senior Vice President, Systems Technology – IBM. Ms. Bailey completed her ICD.D in March 2020.

Ralph Garcea

Ralph Garcea
Director

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Ralph co-founded Focus Merchant Group in September 2018 and has more than 22 years experience in senior positions at major domestic, international, and boutique investment firms. He was a top-ranked research analyst, well regarded for the depth and breadth of knowledge of Canadian technology, gaming and industrial companies across a broad range of market capitalizations. Over the years, he has received top three rankings from Brendan Woods, Greenwich, Starmine and Thomson Reuters surveys.

Before becoming a sell-side analyst, Ralph was a research engineer for Bombardier Aerospace, and a business unit manager for Michigan-based LMS North America, managingsales, marketing, and servicess. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Engineering Science (Aerospace) from the University of Toronto and an M.B.A. (Honours) from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Ralph is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He currently serves as a Director on the board of TSX-listed Converge Technology Solutions, TSXV-listed Edgewater Wireless Systems, and TSX-V listed Spitfyre Capital.

Peter Green

Peter Green
Director

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Peter Green is an accomplished telecommunications executive and sales leader with a career spanning over three decades in the UK and Canada. Previously, Peter served as President of TELUS Business Solutions where he oversaw an organization with over 25,000 medium and large enterprise customers generating $1.4 billion in revenue annually. Peter initiated and led the negotiation of a $1 billion contract with the province of British Columbia, representing the then-largest commercial transaction in TELUS history.

Jim Lovie

Jim Lovie
Director

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Jim Lovie has over 30 years of experience in the technology and communications sectors. He has held senior executive roles with Xerox, Bell Canada, and most recently, with Rogers Communications. Jim’s expertise in Sales, Service and Distribution have allowed him to support the growth of these corporations. Jim is very community minded and has participated on the board of Southlake Regional Hospital for 12 years and was the Chair of the Southlake Foundation.

Our Advisors

David J. Raffa

David J. Raffa
Corporate Finance Advisor

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David has been in the technology space for more than thirty years in a variety of roles including scientist, corporate finance lawyer, and venture capitalist. He currently is President of Valeo Corporate Finance Ltd. (www.davidraffa.com) where he provides sell-side M&A services to small to mid-cap technology looking to exit, as well as longer-term advisory services for companies looking to accelerate growth. David has been involved with numerous successful exits including Parasun Technologies (acquired by Uniserve), ActiveState (acquired by Sophos PLC), Wolf Medical (acquired by Telus), RFind (acquired by Constellation Software), TSC Software (acquired by Stardyne), In Motion Technologies (acquired by Sierra), Liquivision (acquired by Huish Outdoors), Scorpion Software (acquired by Kaseya) and iCompass Technologies (buyer’s name confidential), to name just a few. David has been an advisor to Flickr (acquired by Yahoo), Layer 7 Technologies (acquired by CA) and Avigilon (TSX: AVO), companies having achieved successful exits or gone public. David retired from law in 2002 when he moved into venture fund management and investment banking. He also currently serves on the TSX-V Advisory Board as a representative of the technology community. David has a BSc Honours First Class (Biology) from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC, Canada) and LLB (Law) from Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

Erin Campbell

Erin Campbell
Founding Partner & CEO of ECMB Capital Partners

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Erin is a capital markets expert with over two decades of hands-on experience in corporate finance. Her focus is providing strategic advice to CEOs and senior leadership teams in growth-focused public and private companies that wish to shift away from entrepreneur and sub-market capital and into senior private or public equity. In 2019, Erin was appointed Partner at Raiven Capital’s Silicon Valley-Canada Cross Border Fund, a role in which she connects Raiven’s technology fund with compelling investments.

Erin has particular expertise in projects requiring complex financing solutions, including off-take and multi-lateral government banking group investments. She has developed key relationships with global technology stakeholders including manufacturing and financial groups, and from 2010 to 2015, she led a multi-national and multi-disciplinary team to finance and develop a major cobalt mine in Russia. In 2011, Erin was recognized by Business in Vancouver’s “40 under 40 Award” for her outstanding accomplishments as a young CEO.

Active in Canadian politics since her youth, Erin has managed and advised campaigns and leadership races at all levels of government. She has served on the staff of federal and provincial cabinet ministers and political leaders, including the BC’s Leader of the Opposition the Canada’s Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Minister of National Defence.

Erin splits her time between Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, BC. She is Chair of the Canada-Eurasia Russia Business Association.

Turnium Technology Group Inc. invests in companies that are creating software-defined networks for competitive service providers, enterprises, and small-medium business.

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