Mark is a serial entrepreneur who is a leading innovator in new technologies. He’s created solutions for mobile commerce, mobile marketing, social media, social-marketing, ecommerce and payment processing. Mark is the innovator of 900 Pay, real-time checking, online debit and many other disruptive payment technologies. He holds several technology patents in mobile commerce and payment processing. His previous endeavour , Navaho Networks Inc. pioneered an e-wallet solution for payment processing that processed billions of dollars in transactions. He’s founded firms that have featured interactive Ad Network platforms and mobile, e-wallet payment technologies. Prior to this Mr. Itwaru was an internet engineer on the design team at AT&T Canada for CIBC INTRIA, RBC/TD Branch Network, Scotiabank Caribbean Network, Transport Canada and for the CP Rail train Switch Network.
Mr. Lavin is the President of Terrific Corporation, a software development firm he founded in 2000. Prior to founding Terrific Corporation, Mr. Lavin was Vice President of MegaChain.com Ltd. from August 1998 to February 2000, a company listed on the NASDAQ OTC. Mr. Lavin was also the President of IGN from July 1995 to July 1998, a publicly traded company on the Vancouver Stock Exchange. Through his service with these public companies Mr. Lavin has gained knowledge of corporate governance matters. In addition, Mr. Lavin has an expertise in credit card acquisition and marketing having served as Project Manager at American Express from 1979 to 1988.
Mr. Westlake has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently serving as Group Head, International Banking and Insurance, Royal Bank of Canada. Previous roles at RBC included oversight of: retail and commercial banking activities in Canada; RBC Dominion Securities; and RBC Asset Management. Mr. Westlake was also a member of RBC’s Group Executive, being one of nine executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC. Prior to joining RBC, Mr. Westlake spent 19 years with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, his last role being Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Operations. He is a former Chair of the Canadian Bankers Association and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He also sits on the board of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and chairs their foundation, and sits on the board of Oakville Enterprises. Mr. Westlake holds an MBA from Queen’s University.