Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board
Martin Burian
Managing Director, Investment Banking at RCI Capital Group

Dr. Mohamed Abousalem, P.Eng.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Industry Alliances & IP Commercialization University of California, Santa Cruz, Founder

Mr. Burian is Managing Director, Investment Banking at RCI Capital Group and part-time CFO of Heffel Gallery Limited. Formerly CFO of ML Gold Limited and Tinkerine Studios Ltd. He has extensive experience in Investment Banking and M&A.

Dr. Abousalem has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Calgary and an MBA from Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley where he currently works at UCSC. He has 25 years of engineering, marketing, M&A, and operations management experience in small and large technology companies. 

Steve Meszaros
Founder, Avonlea Homes

Mr. Meszaros' career spans 35 years in various facets of Real Estate,
Property Management, Construction and Land Development. He holds a Degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University, an honorary Bachelor of Applied Science degree and Distinguished Alumni (2012) from Lethbridge College.  In 1996, he formed Avonlea Homes Ltd. and became the largest home builder and major land developer in the Lethbridge area. He recently sold his interest in Avonlea Homes, but remains active in real estate and land development. Mr. Meszaros serves as a cabinet committee member at Lethbridge College and supports foreign students to attend that institution through a major grant program established in his name in 2012.


Werner Gartner
CMA and Technology Investor

Mr. Gartner has over 24 years executive/board experience with technology based businesses, including NovAtel Inc., Hemisphere GNSS Inc., 4iiii Innovation Inc, Psyko Audio Labs Inc. and Novariant Inc. He is a member of the A100, an organization composed of technology company founders and entrepreneurs focused on growing the Alberta technology sector. Mr. Gartner received a B.Sc. from Western University in Ontario and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

Dr. Michal Okoniewski
Chief Scientific Officer, Co-Founder

Dr. Okonieweski has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University, Gdansk, is a fellow of IEEE and is a Professor for Electrical and Computer Engineering Department with Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.  Michal is a renowned expert in applied electrodynamics and RF/antenna engineering, with a proven history of developing leading-edge scientific solutions for the electronic, medical and energy industries.  Michal has pioneered the field of hardware acceleration of computational electromagnetics, authoring over 350 technical publications and patents.  His GPU accelerated FDTD solver, for example, revolutionized the engineering of electronic devices and are being applied to the energy industry for the production of heavy oils in unconventional reservoirs.

Sean Krakiwsky
President & Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Nanalysis is Mr. Krakiwsky’s third tech start-up over a 20 year period, raising over $25M in equity funding for those companies. Previously he founded and built a high performance computing company called Acceleware (TSXV:AXE) providing software solutions to harness the parallel processing capabilities of multi-core GPUs/CPUs for the Electronic Design and Oil & Gas industries. Mr. Krakiwsky has an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings Hockey club in 1986 – he played in their farm system for two years, before going back to school in 1990.