Board of Directors
Lori S. Ell
Chair of Board
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.
Jonathan W. Ladd
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.
Scott B. Edmonds
Lead Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee
Mr. Edmonds’ 30-year career has been a unique blend of operational, strategic and financial leadership roles in both large and small companies in Canada, Europe and Asia. Most recently Mr. Edmonds lead the turnaround of Webtech Wireless, Mr. Edmonds held leadership roles with two other Vancouver area software companies after spending 10 years with The Walt Disney Company in France, Indonesia and Singapore. Mr. Edmonds governance experience includes more than ten years as a board member and committee chair in both private and public companies. Mr. Edmonds holds a degree in finance and is a CPA, he has also completed the Executive Development Program at The Kellogg School and holds the ICD.D designation.
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.
M. Brett McMickell, Ph.D.
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. McMickell joins AgJunction from Honeywell Aerospace where he most recently served as Senior Director of Engineering in charge of Actuation Systems. He brings experience from leading electrical, software, and mechanical system development. He was awarded the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Lawrence Sperry Award for his achievement in the advancement of small satellite technology, Dr. McMickell holds an MBA in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He received his MS and PhD in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He also received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.