Board of Directors
V. Paul Lee (Chair)
Paul Lee is a Co-Founder and General Partner of VanEdge Capital Inc.
He has worked at Chrysler Canada as an Investment Manager for the pension
fund and health and welfare benefit plans. He joined Distinctive Software
as a Principal, having been a member of its board for several years prior.
Distinctive was a leading independent videogame developer when it was acquired
by Electronic Arts. Mr. Lee was a member of the executive management team of
EA, holding a variety of positions including President of EA World-wide
Studios, from the time it was acquired until he left to form VanEdge Capital Inc.
Mr. Lee was Co-Chair, along with the Premier of British Columbia, of the Premier's
Technology Council from its inception in 2001 and remains a member of the Council.
Mr. Lee currently serves as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council at the UBC
Sauder School of Business and as a member of the Board of Directors for the
Vancouver Board of Trade. He has served as Chair of the British Columbia Technology
Industry Association (BCTIA) from and was awarded the BCTIA Person of the Year
Award for his outstanding leadership in the high technology industry.
Mr. Lee graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours Degree and was one of six students selected to enter the prestigious Portfolio Management Fund program at the UBC Sauder School of Business. Mr. Lee is a Leslie Wong Fellow and a designated Chartered Financial Analyst. In 2005 he was recognized as an Honorary Fellow of UBC's Sauder School of Business as one of the people "who have achieved the pinnacle of success and embody the spirit of the school".
Alexei A. Andreev Ph.D.
Mr. Andreev has served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Harris and Harris Group since March 2005.
From 2002 to March 2005, he was an Associate with Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), a venture capital
firm, where he was exclusively focused on nanotechnology and material science investment opportunities.
While at DFJ, he played an integral role in sourcing and funding EoPlex, Intematix, Solicore and
D-Wave Systems, for which companies he served as an active Board Director or Observer. Previously,
he worked for TLcom Capital Partners, a London-based venture capital fund backed by Morgan Stanley.
Prior to that, he was employed by Renaissance Capital Group/Sputnik Funds, a venture capital fund in Moscow, Russia. Before he started his business career, he was a researcher at the Centre of Nanotechnology, ISAN (RAS), in Troitsk, Russia, where he was focused on optical and electrical properties of Quantum Dot heterostructures.
He was graduated from the Department of Theoretical Physics of Moscow Steel & Alloys Institute (Ph.D.), where he was a recipient of the Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists of Russian Academia of Sciences, the Scholarship from the International Center of Fundamental Physics and Soros Scientific Foundation. He also was graduated from Moscow Steel & Alloys Institute (B.S.) with honors in Engineering/Material Sciences and from Stanford Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.).
Mr. Catherwood is a Director, Venture Capital for BDC, and has been a D-Wave Board
member or Board Observer for the past 8 years. Mr. Catherwood has 14 years
experience as a professional engineer in industrial automation and process
control. Prior to joining BDC in 2001, he worked for a large multi-national
industrial process automation supplier. He has diverse operational experience
in the process automation industry; his experience includes field service,
system commissioning, engineering, management, and sales.
Mr. Catherwood holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Rolf Dekleer is Vice President of Investments at GrowthWorks Capital, manager of the
Working Opportunity Fund. Mr. Dekleer joined GrowthWorks in 2000, bringing
eighteen years of operating experience in the technology sector with Agilent
Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Cymbolic Sciences, MacDonald Dettwiler and Schlumberger.
He has extensive experience in product management and business development,
including 10 years with venture capital backed companies. Rolf graduated from
BCIT's Electronics Engineering program, and has an MA and an MBA from York University.
Current and past board positions include Angstrom Power, BC Photonics Industry Assoc., CoolEdge Lighting, D-Wave Systems, Dyaptive Systems, JGKB Photonics, General Fusion, NxtGen Emission Controls, Radiant Communications, Switch Materials and Zeugma Systems.
Dr. Haig Farris, LLD
Haig Farris is one of Canada's best-known venture capitalists and experts in high-technology start-ups
and turn-arounds, with a varied 30+ year history of involvement, commitment, and management. He has a
law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-founder and former Executive Chair of the Board
of Directors of D-Wave, and he is the President of Fractal Capital, a private venture capital company
financing high technology start-ups and resource service technology companies.
Previously, Dr. Farris was a co-founder and partner of the Ventures West Management group of venture capital funds (1972-1990). In 2001, he received the British Columbia Technologies Industry Association's (BCTIA) Bill Thompson Award. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UBC in 1997 and named A Pioneer of Innovation by the Vancouver Board of Trade in 2001.
Steve T. Jurvetson
Steve Jurvetson is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. He was the founding VC
investor in Hotmail (MSFT), Interwoven (IWOV), and Kana (KANA). He also led the firm's
investments in Tradex (acquired by Ariba for $6B) and Cyras (acquired by Ciena for $2B),
and most recently, in pioneering companies in nanotechnology and molecular electronics.
Previously, Mr. Jurvetson was an R&D Engineer at Hewlett-Packard, where seven of his
communications chip designs were fabricated. His prior technical experience also
includes programming, materials science research (TEM atomic imaging of GaAs), and
computer design at Hewlett Packard's PC Division, the Center for Materials Research,
and Mostek. He has also worked in product marketing at Apple and NeXT Software. As a
Consultant with Bain & Company, Mr. Jurvetson developed executive marketing, sales,
engineering, and business strategies for a wide range of companies in the software,
networking and semiconductor industries.
At Stanford University, Mr. Jurvetson finished his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2.5 years and graduated first in his class, as the Henry Ford Scholar. He also holds an Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from the Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Mr. Jurvetson also serves on the Merrill Lynch Technical Advisory Board and is Co-chair of the NanoBusiness Alliance. He was recently honored as "The Valley's Sharpest VC" on the cover of Business 2.0 and chosen by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner as one of "the ten people expected to have the greatest impact on the Bay Area in the early part of the 21st century." He was profiled in the New York Times Magazine and featured on the covers of Worth and Fortune magazines. Mr. Jurvetson was chosen by Forbes as one of "Tech's Best Venture Investors," by the VC Journal as one of the "Ten Most Influential VCs," and by Fortune as part of their "Brain Trust of Top Ten Minds." Mr. Jurvetson has written several columns on nanotech and other developing technologies.
Steven M. West
Mr. West, a 30-year veteran of the information technology marketplace, is the founder and a
partner in, Emerging Company Partners LLC, a technology-consulting firm located in Incline
Village, Nevada. Mr. West has held executive leadership positions in both large and early
stage information technology companies located in North America, Asia and Europe.
His leadership positions have included President and CEO of Hitachi Data Systems (a division of Hitachi Japan) responsible for over $2B USD in revenue, Group Executive / President Infotainment Business for EDS in Plano Texas, and COO of nCUBE Video Technologies in Portland Oregon. As a partner in Emerging Company Partners LLC, Mr. West has successfully completed engagements with numerous companies specializing in early stage firms. The engagements have included restructures, acquisitions and shutdowns.
During his career, Mr. West's commitment to outstanding operational management, financial frugality, along with a solid technical expertise and proven sales / marketing results, have earned him a strong reputation among his colleagues. For every customer, Mr. West brings true on the ground general management experience and a realistic vision for the future direction of the information technology marketplace.
Currently Mr. West serves on the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems, a position he has held since 1996. He is chairman of the Cisco Systems Audit Committee and a member of the Investment Committee. He is also a board member of Autodesk and is chairman of their Compensation Committee. Previous private and public board experience includes LogLogic, CreekPath Systems, Landsonar, Corvigo, Gadzoox Networks, Florida A&M School of Engineering, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation San Jose Chapter.
Mr. West is a 1979 graduate of Siena Heights College with BS in Electronic Engineering. He is also a 1992 graduate of the University of Michigan Global Leadership Program. Mr. West is a licensed Broadcast Engineer by the Federal Communications Commission. He also is an active member in the Audit Committee Leadership Network, Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).