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Board & Advisors

Devashish Paul

Devashish Paul founded BluWave-ai in 2017 and has built out one of the world’s premiere renewable energy and transport electrification companies, based in Ottawa, Canada. In his role at BluWave-ai, he has taken AI concepts to live working systems from Asia to Europe to North America, successfully navigating the growth of the company through the critical COVID-19 pandemic, onboarding new customers worldwide and growing the team with an international employee group from 15 different countries. Devashish has taken the company to multi-million dollar SaaS revenue and has been an inventor on several of the company’s patents.

Prior to BluWave-ai, Devashish had an extensive career in the semiconductor industry focused on supercomputing, artificial intelligence, and networking. During his 20+ years in the tech world, Devashish has led successful innovations in a diversity of markets at Canadian start-ups, Toronto Stock Exchange-listed, and Silicon Valley public companies. He has grown businesses in Europe, Asia, and North American from the startup level to $110M annual revenue. In industry leadership roles, he ran the High Performance Computing Group in the Open Compute Project (started by Facebook) to create open industry computing platforms for low-latency workloads. Devashish also served as an advisory board member for the CERN Open Lab. Devashish earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Royal Military College followed by a Masters in Electrical Engineering (Digital Signal Processing) and an MBA in Marketing, both from the University of Ottawa. He is a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Devashish is a life-long cyclist and nature enthusiast using human powered energy for personal transportation to explore the world. He is a 31-time Ironman triathlon finisher, has coached masters athletes to 100+ finishes, was a coach for 14 years with the Kanata Nordic Ski Club, and has raced for Canada in 10 world championships. He is also a world traveler who loves connecting with people in diverse cultures both for personal interests and driving BluWave-ai's goal to become the premier global renewable energy AI company.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Mario Montana

Mario Montana advises Bluwave-ai on marketing and sales strategy, venture capital (VC)engagements and strategic partnerships. Mario has more than 30 years of experience in technology companies primarily in the semiconductor industry holding positions in General Management, Marketing and Sales.

Currently, Mario is CEO of Lumatus Semiconductor Inc, a Waterloo ON based start-up focused on advanced IP and technology development for next generation displays used in AR/VR headsets and other power sensitive applications. Prior to this, Mario was with Integrated Device Technology (now Renesas Electronics America) for over 20 years whereas Vice President and General Manager he ran various businesses such as Automotive, Industrial and Enterprise Computing.

Mario joined the Bluwave-ai Board of Directors in late 2018 and is an early investor in the company. Mario is also a board member of DNA algo Inc, a storage IP company based in Milan Italy focused on DNA-based storage technology, the next generation in archival storage.

Mario received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master in Business Administration degree from Santa Clara University.

BOARD DIRECTOR

Pierre Rivard

Dr. Pierre Rivard has been a champion of cleaner and renewable energy for three decades, and a passionate supporter and developer of the energy technology industry. He has served as CEO, co-founder, chairman, board member, angel investor, advisor, and philanthropist for several innovative companies in California and Canada, from hydrogen fuel cells and electrolysers, to energy storage, wind, flywheels, electric vehicles, aerospace, waste management, and water treatment. He has also chaired national and regional industry and research associations. More recently, he served on Canada's Clean Technology Economic Strategy Table.

Dr. Rivard's successes include the launch and IPO of NASDAQ-listed hydrogen fuel cell company Hydrogenics (HYGS), where he served 12 years as founding President & CEO and later as Executive Chairman.  At Hydrogenics, he built an award-winning, high-performance team that was recognized as Canada's fastest-growing company (#1 on Profit 100 list in 2003).

Presently, Dr. Rivard serves as Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of TUGLIQ Energy Corp., dedicated to energy diversification of Northern mining sites through renewable energy. Earlier on, he served 21 years in the Canadian Air Force.

Dr. Rivard holds a Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto (Honoris Causa, for lifetime achievements in clean technology), an MBA from the University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business, and a Baccalaureate in Mechanical Engineering from Kingston's Royal Military College of Canada. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in Quebec and Ontario, and formerly in California and Norway. Mr. Rivard is married to Catherine Paquet-Rivard, a Cisco-Press author and network security architect, and is the loving father of a daughter Laurence and a son Simon.

Dr. Rivard was appointed to the NRC Council in June 2019.

BOARD DIRECTOR

BOARD ADVISOR

Rade Kovacevic

Rade Kovacevic currently serves as co-CEO of Invert Inc., a carbon reduction company, and as a Founding Partner of The Greater Return, investing in disruptive companies making the world a better place.

Rade is the past President of the NASDAQ listed Canopy Growth Corporation, which was named the TMX’s top performing stock over the preceding three years in 2019, one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, and attracted a $5B investment from Fortune 500 Constellation Brands. He led a team that built a portfolio of award-winning brands, established new product categories and scaled revenue from $2.4MM to over $540MM annually with operations across four continents.

Rade previously co-founded MedCannAccess (2013 - acquired by Canopy Growth in 2015), the Cannabis Council of Canada (2013), the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers (2010), the Medical Cannabis Centre of Guelph (2006) and Cerium Media (1998).

Rade holds a Baccalaureate of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and graduated from the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

BOARD DIRECTOR

James Brewer

James Brewer is currently OPG’s Vice President, New Growth and Business Development, tasked with executing OPG’s growth strategy over the short to medium term as it relates to commercial matters including partnerships and acquisitions. Prior to taking on this accountability James has held various roles within OPG, including leading corporate strategy, business development and trading electricity in markets across eastern North America.

James Brewer is passionate about the role the energy transition can play in both reaching global climate change goals as well as advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and reconciliation through the next generation of energy professionals. For over 25 years, James has been an engine of growth for large and small entities within the energy space in Canada and overseas. This includes senior roles in businesses such as Superior Energy Management, Magellan Fuel Solutions, Hydro Tasmania, Ergon Energy, and RBC Capital Markets.

James received a Bachelor of Science degree in Theoretical Physics from the McMaster University, a Master in Business Administration degree from Queens University and a Master of Laws from York University.

Paul Georges LeRoux

CO-FOUNDER (RETIRED)

A co-founder of BluWave-ai, Paul LeRoux was a leader in Deloitte Canada’s efforts to understand the critical issues affecting companies in industries such as energy and resources, telecommunications, cleantech, defence,  aerospace, information technology, digital media, and social media.

Paul provided consultative advice to technology, media and telecom companies developing new technologies, helping them understand the requirements of their end users and their marketplace. He built relationships with suppliers and customers and guided them as they navigated the challenges of business.

As a market facing, project delivery partner, Paul was a leader of teams that provided companies access to the consulting resources they required to be successful. Paul also worked with a large, strong network of innovative organizations at in government, investors, inventors and organizations deploying new technology.

Today, Paul runs his own consulting business, Skate Lace Consulting Inc., providing critical business advisory services to companies seeking to build, grow and extend their value proposition in various marketplaces.