Nizar J. Somji, M. Eng., P. Eng.
Mr. Nizar Somji is an entrepreneur, corporate executive and board director with a proven track record of growing businesses. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Jaffer Inc., a real estate investment and hospitality company with assets in Canada and the USA. He is the founder and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Matrikon Inc., a leader in industrial intelligence for the oil and gas industry which was acquired by Honeywell in 2010 for $144 million. At the time of its sale Matrikon employed over 600 employees on six continents. A sought after corporate director, Mr. Somji sits on several boards including EPCOR Utilities Inc., Redline Communications, Zafin, Critical Control Energy Services Corp., and the University of Alberta Board of Governors. Mr. Somji holds a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Landon Gourdreau is a successful entrepreneur and corporate executive. With over 30 years experience in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, Mr. Goudreau has a sophisticated understanding of manufacturing and distribution processes, practices and management techniques. He is currently the President of Endura Manufacturing Ltd., a global manufacturer and distributor of high performance industrial coating products with facilities in Canada, the USA and Australia, where Mr. Goudreau has led several acquisitions and overseen the company’s expansion into new markets. Prior to Endura, Mr. Goudreau was the founder and President of a specialized manufacturer providing services to the Western Canadian oil and gas services industry.
Dr. Nimet Jinnah, D.D.S.
Dr. Nimet Jinnah is the founder and president of Smilemakers Dental Centre, a private dental clinic located in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta where she maintains an active dental practice. She holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Alberta where she continues to remain involved in proctoring dental students and has taught as a sessional instructor. Dr. Jinnah is the founder and president of Imarae Corp., a private investment firm and mezzanine lender with experience in multiple facets of commercial and residential real estate assets throughout North America (including hotels, land development and multi-family housing) as well as providing bridge financing to operating companies. An active volunteer, Dr. Jinnah is a participant in Shine Dental Clinic, an Edmonton based dentistry clinic providing free dental services to vulnerable populations.
Mr. Harry Kipnes is a serial entrepreneur and corporate executive. With over 30 years experience in business to business and retail sales Mr. Kipnes was a pioneer in the wireless and telecommunications sectors. As the founder, President and Managing Partner of Digital Communications Group (an Edmonton-based retailer of wireless devices and accessories), Mr. Kipnes was an early adopter of innovative sales and delivery models, successfully expanding the business throughout Western Canada before divesting to Rogers Communications in 2015. An experienced investor and venture capitalist, Mr. Kipnes is the founder and President of Digcomm Investments, a private investment company focusing on various asset classes throughout Canada and the USA. For over 20 years Mr. Kipnes served as committee member and previous Chair of the Cross Cancer CCI Golf Classic, held in support of the Alberta Cross Cancer Institute.
Mr. Jamie Scott is Operations Officer and Legal Counsel for Ventura Interests Inc., a private investment firm with interests in traditional and alternative assets throughout North America including residential and commercial real estate developments, structured debt financing, energy and venture capital. Mr. Scott oversees a wide variety of areas within Ventura’s portfolio in his capacity as Operations Officer including operational oversight, oversight of investment managers, deal origination and strategic planning and execution. In his role as Legal Counsel for Ventura Interests, Mr. Scott has responsibility for transactional negotiation and due diligence, amongst other matters. Prior to joining Ventura Interests, Mr. Scott had a successful commercial and corporate law practice with a Vancouver based international law firm, with a specific focus on matters related to commercial real estate and secured lending.