Board

Chairman

Randall Howard

An investor, entrepreneur and software visionary, Randall is a founding partner of Verdexus, a boutique firm providing management and financial services to large corporations, venture capitalists, and technology firms.

The Founder and former Chairman and CEO of MKS Inc., one of Canada’s leading enterprise software vendors, he was the 1997 High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2005 recipient of the Impact Award from Communitech. In 2014 he was named Canadian Angel of the Year by the National Angel Capital Organization (www.nacocanada.com). Randall also serves on the board of Gore Mutual (www.goremutual.ca).

Randall has an infectious passion for social innovation, emerging mobile media, the consumer web space and good wine and food.

His favorite vegetable is the beet. “The fact that I learned to like beets as a kid makes them more special,” he says. “So many people I know hate beets, so it’s great to eat something that’s in the long tail of vegetables. I like them in borscht, hot or cold. I especially like cold soups.”

CEO

Jason Martin

Jason is an investor and operator, who has been on the board of iotum since 2006. He became CEO IN 2011.

In 1988, Jason co-founded Navantis and led growth as President for thirteen award-winning years. Navantis was sold to Datavail in 2017.

Jason has served boards for several North American private companies and he chaired one public company. He advocates for entrepreneurial spirit in young people and has mentored or taught for the University of Toronto, Queens University and for NEXT Canada. He has been an active member of YPO (www.ypo.org) since 2004 and was YPO Toronto Chapter Chair 2015-2016. Jason’s business articles have appeared on MSNBC.com and in Inc. Magazine.

Jason lives with his wife and children in Toronto.

Jim Estill O.Ont. 

Jim Estill is a technology entrepreneur and has been an investor in iotum for several years.

He started his technology distribution business from the trunk of his car while in his final year of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He grew that business to $350 million in sales prior to selling it to SYNNEX. He was then CEO of SYNNEX Canada growing sales over 5 years from $800 million to $2 billion.

He has been an investor, advisor and board member to many technology businesses including RIM where he was a founding board member. He joined the RIM board just prior to their IPO and served them for 13 years.

Jim continues to invest in companies through his New York-based fund, Canrock Ventures. In addition to substantial community-building and charitable activities, Jim’s day job is being President and CEO of leading appliance manufacturer Danby.

Gord Forsythe

Gord has been an expert in the conference calling space for years.

As President of Accutel, he led exponential growth for years before Accutel was acquired by Bell in 2004. Prior to this he was President of Ascom and had senior positions at Cantel.

Gord has been a sought-after advisor at MaRS and the Next36. He is President and CEO of Acculink, one of Canada’s largest call centre outsourcers (www.accu-link.ca).

Gord is a bon vivant and is very fond of excellent food and good wine.