Board of Directors
Gerry Smith, President and CEO
Howard Gwin, Consultant
John Mandile, Managing Director, Sigma Partners
Andre Gauthier, Managing Partner, Tandem Expansion Fund
Barry Goldsmith, Partner & Co-founder, Updata Partners
Ed Kilroy, CEO, MedAvail
Board of Directors
Gerry Smith assumed the role of president and CEO of Cirba in November 2005. Prior to joining CiRBA, he served as executive vice president of IT Governance solutions at Compuware Corporation, a publicly traded company.
Smith was previously CEO and a founder of Changepoint Corporation, an IT Governance software company acquired by Compuware in 2004 for $100 million. During his tenure at Changepoint, Smith raised over $40 million in venture capital and grew the business from $0 to over $30 million in revenue. He is a member of the Young Presidents Association (YPO) and was honored in 2002 as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40™.
Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from McMaster University.
Howard leverages more than two decades of executive- level operating experience helping software companies scale. As an independent Corporate Director, Chairman, and Operating Chairman, Howard has helped more than two dozen software, SaaS and digital media companies build, scale, and drive positive outcomes. Howard has experience in all major software industry segments, and has focused on both the large enterprise and SMB marketplaces. Howard has served as a senior operating executive or independent corporate director with three software/ SaaS companies that scaled from <$60M in revenues to >$1Billion outcomes. In addition, Howard has venture capital experience, acting as a partner for firms in the Silicon Valley and Canada.
In 2000, Howard was President/COO of Solect Technology Group, sold to Amdocs Inc. for US$1.4B. Prior to Solect, Howard was EVP World Wide Operations at Peoplesoft Inc., responsible for company revenue streams and field employees. During his tenure, the company grew from less than $100M in revenues to $1.3B. Howard began his career spending 13 years in senior sales, marketing, and operations roles with IBM and Xerox.
Howard has a Bachelor of Business degree from Simon Fraser University
Michael Woeller most recently served as Chief Information Officer and EVP of CIGNA Corporation. Prior to that, he held senior executive roles at three of Canada's financial services organizations: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Toronto-Dominion Bank, and Canada Trust.
Woeller was vice chairman and CIO at CIBC, responsible for information technology, banking operations, and investment banking operations worldwide, as well as CIBC's market leading Visa credit card business. Prior to CIBC, Woeller was an executive vice-president for Toronto-Dominion Bank, where he developed the merger integration plan for TD Canada Trust, at the time Canada's largest financial services merger. Previously, he held a number of senior executive positions at Canada Trust, including executive vice-president of direct banking and information services.
Woeller has served on a number of industry boards, including the Interac Association of Canada and MasterCard Canada. He is past chairman of the board of directors of Intria Items Incorporated, a joint venture between CIBC and Fiserv Solutions. Currently he sits on the board of directors for Prinova Inc. and Cirba.
John Mandile is a Managing Director with Sigma Partners. With over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, a business unit manager, and an investor, John uses motivation, enthusiasm, and his own technology and operational expertise to support Sigma's portfolio companies.
Prior to Sigma, Mandile was the President & CEO of Vermeer Technologies, Inc., the developers of FrontPage, the leading Web authoring tool. Vermeer was acquired by Microsoft, providing Sigma and the other venture investors a very successful return. Previously, he was an early principal at SQL Solutions, where he created and led an engineering organization chartered to build heterogeneous database tools. Following an acquisition of SQL Solutions by Sybase, he took responsibility for the new Systems Management Product unit, which he grew to $55 million in sales in 30 months. Early in his career, Mandile was recruited to Honeywell, where he worked on a variety of engineering projects in the areas of communications, operating systems, and unix co-processor design.
Mandile is a graduate of Tufts (BSE in Engineering Science and Mathematics) and Worcester Polytechnic University (MS in Computer Science).
André Gauthier has 25 years of business and management experience. Throughout his career, Gauthier has acquired vast experience in every aspect of financial management, including multi-jurisdiction mergers and acquisitions ; raising financing from private and public equity; and debt capital markets, debt restructuring, investor relations, reporting, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance of U.S. and Canadian listed companies.
Gauthier served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Telesystem International Wireless Inc. ("TIW") until it was sold to Vodafone Group Plc ("Vodafone") in 2005 in a transaction valued at US$4.5 billion.
Gauthier holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from HEC Montreal and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1984 and the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.
Barry Goldsmith is Co-founder of Updata Partners and has spent more than 35 years in the information technology industry, as a founder, senior executive, investor, and advisor to leading software and IT services companies.
In 1968 Barry founded CGA Computer, Inc., which became one of the top providers of information technology consulting services and software products to Fortune 500 companies. CGA went public in 1969, and later was taken private with General Atlantic Partners in 1984 through a leveraged buyout. Two years later, when CGA's divisions were sold to Computer Associates and CapGemini, the firm had grown to employ approximately 1,200 people and had annual revenues in excess of $90 million. After the sale of CGA, Mr. Goldsmith co-founded Updata Software, a provider of DB2 tools and Sablesoft, which were acquired by Online Software and Platinum Technologies, respectively
Barry co-founded Updata Advisors in 1987 and Updata Partners in 1998. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University and has served on the boards of several publicly-traded companies, including Goal Systems (GOAL), Compuware (CPWR), Alphanet (ALPH), Astea (ATEA), and Frontstep (FSTP).
Ed Kilroy is CEO of MedAvail, a healthcare technology company commercializing a self-service kiosk solution, the MedAvail MedCenter™, supporting the dispensing of prescription drugs and Over-The-Counter medications. Ed has more than 30 years of technology industry experience and an extensive track record managing large, complex organizations.
Ed has held executive roles in the hardware, software, and services business units of IBM in Canada, Australia, and the USA. His most recent position with IBM was President of the Canadian operation. After leaving IBM, Ed became CEO of Symcor Inc. in 2005. During his tenure at Symcor, he added significant new revenues while improving operational efficiencies and customer satisfaction. During his professional career, Ed Kilroy has provided direction on growth strategies, product strategy, and investment as well as cost structure management to private firms in the software and services industry.
Ed holds a B.A., Administrative Sciences from Yale University, an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Ryerson University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Nipissing University. He has Board affiliations with Ballard Power systems as Chair of the Audit Committee. Ed is also a past Chairman of the Board of the Conference Board of Canada.