Board of Directors
Lori S. Ell, Chairman
Ms. Ell holds over 25 years of broad-based executive experience working with multi-billion dollar, start-up, and mid-market companies in diverse industries including oil & gas, technology, and food manufacturing. Her most recent position was President of Agristar Inc., and prior to that, CFO of Quortech Solutions Ltd. Currently, Ms. Ell consults with business leaders to help construct processes for strategic execution. She is also a Chair with TEC-Canada, where she leads a select group of CEOs through confidential peer advisory forums and provides one-to-one executive coaching. Ms. Ell sits on several private and not-for profit boards. She holds a Bachelor of Management, is a CPA, CMA and has also received her ICD.D in Board Governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Scott B. Edmonds, Chair of Audit Committee
Mr. Edmonds' 30+ year career has been a unique blend of operational, strategic and financial leadership roles in Canada, Europe and Asia. Mr. Edmonds governance experience includes more than ten years as a board member and committee chair in both private and public companies. As CEO Mr. Edmonds lead the turnarounds of high-tech hardware manufacturers Photon Control and Webtech Wireless prior to which he held senior leadership positions in the software industry after a 10 year career with the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Edmonds, a CPA holds a degree in finance, completed the Executive Development Program at The Kellogg School and holds the ICD.d designation.
Ryan J. Levenson, Chair of Compensation Committee
Mr. Levenson is Founding Principal, Managing Member and Portfolio Manager of Privet Fund Management LLC, a firm he founded in 2007. Mr. Levenson currently serves on the board of directors of Frequency Electronics, Inc., (NASDAQ: FEIM), Hardinge, Inc. (NASDAQ: HDNG), and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Corp. (NASDAQ: GLDD). Prior to founding Privet Fund Management LLC in February 2007, Mr. Levenson served as Vice president of Business Development at MSI, a privately held building products distributor and construction services company, from 2003 until 2006. Prior to his service with MSI, Mr. Levenson served as a financial analyst of Cramer, Rosenthal, McGlynn's long/short equity hedge fund after working at SAC Capital Advisors LLC in a similar capacity.
Jose Suarez, Director
With more than 15 years of experience in venture capital, Jose Suarez serves as Managing Director for Patricia Industries (formerly, Investor Growth Capital Inc.), focusing on infrastructure technology, ranging from semiconductors to hardware systems and software. Previously, Jose was based in IGC’s Asian office where he managed a broad range of investments both in the public markets and in privately negotiated situations. Jose received a B.A. in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.
Jonathan W. Ladd, Chair of Governance Committee
Mr. Ladd has over 35 years of senior management experience in the GPS/GNSS and the wireless industries. Mr. Ladd was Senior Advisor to the CEO and a Board Member at Novariant until its merger with AgJunction Inc. Mr. Ladd’s past board positions include; Trusted Positioning Inc., Nexteq Navigation, RF Monolithics and Hemisphere GNSS Inc. Mr. Ladd’s past executive positions include; CEO and Chairman of Brilliant Telecommunications prior to its sale to Juniper Networks and President and CEO of NovAtel Inc. prior to its sale to Hexagon AB. Mr. Ladd had held past executive positions at Thales Navigation, Magellan Inc. and Ashtech Inc. Mr. Ladd received a B.S. with distinction in Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine and is a member of Tau Beta Pi.
David E. Vaughn, Director
Mr. Vaughn joined Novariant in May 2012 as President and CEO with over 20 years of senior executive experience in precision guidance and agri business at companies including Topcon, NovAtel, Magellan and Trimble. He has served on the board of Directors for a number of high tech corporations and has extensive professional experience in that field, including serving in an executive capacity with Apple and Hewlett Packard. Mr. Vaughn has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics and a MBA Degree in Operations Research from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.