Advisory Board Members
PhD, Partner GhSmart
Mario advises BluWave-ai on marketing and sales strategy, VC engagements, and strategic partnerships.
Montana has held several positions during his 15+ years with IDT, including Director of the IDTSerial-Switching division. Before transitioning to the Serial-Switching division, Montana wasdirector of the IDT strategic marketing group, where he was instrumental in many of thecompany’s acquisitions, including ZettaCom and IMC, which set the stage for the company’sentry into the serial-switching business, and prompted opportunities for the company to have astronger presence in key market segments, including servers, storage and communications.Montana also served as product line director for the company’s telecommunications, FIFO, logicand timing groups, respectively.Prior to joining IDT, Montana held several product marketingand development engineering positions with companies such as Zarlink Semiconductor, Exar,Raytheon and Hewlett Packard.Montana received a Bachelor of Science degree in ElectricalEngineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration degreefrom Santa Clara University.Johanne Sevigny, Managing
Senior VP IDT
Paul Georges LeRoux
Board Member, Co-Founder BluWave-ai
PhD, Professor and Hydro One Endowed Chair, University of Waterloo
Claudio advises BluWave-ai on smartgrid technologies and emerging grid technical strategies.
Dr. Claudio Cañizares is a Full Professor and the Hydro One Endowed Chair at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (E&CE) Department of the University of Waterloo, where he has held various academic and administrative positions since 1993. He received the Electrical Engineer degree from the Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN) in Quito-Ecuador in 1984, where he held different academic and administrative positions between 1983 and 1993, and his MSc (1988) and PhD (1991) degrees in Electrical Engineering are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research activities focus on the study of stability, control, optimization, modeling, simulation, and computational issues in bulk power systems, microgrids, and energy systems in the context of competitive energy markets and smart grids. In these areas, he has led or been an integral part of many grants and contracts from government agencies and private companies, and has collaborated with various industry and university researchers in Canada and abroad, supervising/co-supervising a large number of research fellows and graduate students. He has authored/co-authored many highly cited journal and conference papers, as well as several technical reports, book chapters, disclosures and patents, and has been invited to make multiple keynote speeches, seminars, and presentations at numerous institutions and conferences worldwide. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (IEEE), as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, where he is currently the Director of the Applied Science and Engineering Division of the Academy of Science, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is also the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, the 2016 IEEE Canada Electric Power Medal, and of various IEEE PES Technical Council and Committee awards and recognitions, holding leadership positions in several IEEE-PES Technical Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces.
Johanne is a board observer at BluWave-ai and advises the company on Fundraising, VC engagement, corporate structure, and business planning.
Johanne is the Vice-President of Ecofuel Accelerator and a Managing Partner of the Ecofuel Fund. She boasts 15 years of experience in VC, financing and management of a cleantech startup and 10 years of operational experience in engineering totaling 25 years of various business experiences. Before joining Ecofuel in 2016, Johanne was a senior director at BDC. She also and worked at Negotium, a technology solutions provider, as the head of finance and M&A. Johanne was a portfolio manager at Entrepia Capital, Innovatech Montreal and Multiple Capital founded in 2005 to manage the portfolio of Innovatech Montreal, an early stage venture capital fund based in Montreal, later sold to Coller Capital in a secondary transaction. Johanne sat on the board of several technology-based companies. Her experience also includes serving as the president of the Board of a fast growing RFID gaming start-up for two years. Earlier in her career, she held project management positions for ten years at SNC Lavalin and Dessau-Soprin. Johanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and an MBA from the HEC Montréal.
Reshmi advises BluWave-ai on corporate strategy, go to market, and all aspects of human resources. and executive leadership.
Reshmi is a Partner at ghSMART and is an expert in CEO succession. Her 20 years of strategy and leadership consulting make her a valued trusted leadership advisor for Boards, CEOs and senior teams of Fortune 500 companies globally. Reshmi uses her expertise in CEO succession and strategic succession management, C-suite executive assessment, on boarding and development, and senior team effectiveness to deliver value to clients through their leaders. Prior to joining ghSMART, Reshmi was a Partner at RHR International. She served as the Global Practice Leader for RHR's Management Due Diligence serving private equity clients. She co-led the development of RHR's Executive Women Leadership initiative and has been a speaker in several conferences and round tables on the topic. Prior to RHR, Reshmi spent nearly a decade at the Monitor Group where she advised senior executives on company strategy and organizational change. She has extensive experience in a number of industries including financial services, private equity, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, professional services, consumer products, retail, media and communications. Reshmi serves on the Board of Trickle Up, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower ultra-poor women in building sustainable livelihoods through seed grants, skill-building and participation in savings groups. Reshmi holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University in New York, a Masters of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors degree with Honors from Queen's University in Canada in Math and Economics. Reshmi lives in New York with her husband and three children. Reshmi has lived and worked in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Japan, France, India and Liberia.
Mahshad advises BluWave-ai on startup strategies, fundraising and entrepreneurship challenges
Mahshad is a business veteran who created and led a number of technology companies (SpaceBridge, Lantern Communications, Nimcat Networks, Protecode), raising significant venture financing and providing substantial returns to his investors. As a serial entrepreneur, he thrives on expanding the boundaries of innovation, in technology and in business. In addition to his twenty years of success in startups, Mahshad also has fifteen years of executive experience in large organizations such as Nortel, Alcatel and Avaya. He is currently advising and mentoring entrepreneurs in Canada and in Europe, and learning about medieval history by hiking through ancient European backroads. Mahshad has a Doctorate degree in Predictive Control Systems from University of Sussex in England.
PhD, Serial CEO
Managing Partner Ecofuel Fund, BluWave-ai Board Observer