Board of Advisors

Direct Leap Technologies benefits from and draws on a fantastic network of experts and visionaries. We are honored to work with such inspired creative visionaries and entrepreneurs.

  • Michael Ellis.
    Co-founder of Command Post & Transfer, with over 400 employees at five locations in trend?setting visual effects, editorial, post-production and digital sound design. Later sold to Thompson Corp, Michael built Canada's leading publicly-traded creative resource for motion picture studios, television networks and commercial advertisers. Samples include the effects for movies Fight Club and The Cell, with an industry reputation as a technical pioneer.

  • Francis Fast.
    Working now through an investment banking firm, Frances has spent years connecting growth companies with capital. She is past founder of the Toronto Angel Network, affiliated with the Toronto Venture Group and the National Research Council's Canadian Technology Network.

  • Mark Federman, P.Eng.
    Former CEO of PersonaMedia, a Toronto firm developing rich media networked communication software for businesses. A twenty-five year career in the high technology industry from applied research and development, marketing, sales, and senior operational management at IBM. Following IBM, Mark was an independent business strategy consultant for small and large enterprises. The author of McLuhan for Managers, through McLuhan for Managers, Inc., Mark bringing many of Marshall McLuhan's nontraditional approaches and thinking into business practice. Degree in Engineering Science at University of Toronto in 1977.

  • Robin Ingle.
    Founder and Chairman of Ingle International, a group of insurance companies serving millions of customers worldwide, and CEO of Imagine Insurance, a one—stop direct brokerage for insurance and financial services. Founded Ingle Life and Health, a insurance firm with more than 300 employees and several million subscribers, which was sold to BMO Nesbitt Burns in 1998. Actively involved in many of world's leading global interest groups including the World Travel and Tourism Council, Green Globe, and the World Economic Forum. At one point, Robin gave 1,000 media interviews per year.
    Ingle International Website

  • Derrick De Kerckhove, Ph.D.
    Founding Director of McLuhan Global Research Network, Director of the high—profile McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, and author of several books concerning technology, society, and the intersection of psychology and technology. Founder or involved in many innovative technology companies and enterprises.
    Derrick de Kerckhove on Wikipedia

  • Daniel Ondrack, MBA, PhD.
    Director of Executive Programs at the Rotman School of Management. A seasoned management consultant and professor of organisation design and international business, and is a respected expert in organisational behaviour and strategic human resources management. Previously the Associate Dean for Ph.D and International Programs. Served on a multitude of advisory boards and committees at the industry, business community, and government, university and faculty levels.
    Daniel Ondrack at Rotman

  • Roger K. Yang.
    Founder and CEO of Avema. Since the mid 1990's, he has been a pioneer in the telecom and wireless cost optimization software industry. Avema has been contracted by leading global companies including many of the Fortune 500. Recently, Mr. Yang introduced Avema's innovative 100% ROI guarantee. He is the author of several articles and information guides on Telecom Expense Management, as well as the book "What Great Telecom Managers Know". Mr. Yang attended the University of Waterloo in Engineering.


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