TVWS deployment in Iron Bridge by Leepfrog Telecom
Stephen J. Kovacic, Chairman of the Board
Steve was called to the Bar of Ontario and Massachusetts in 2006 following a 15+ year career in engineering and research and completing articles at Fraser Milner Casgrain (Ottawa) and Goodwin Procter (Boston). He is currently Registered Counsel in California. Stephen has held a variety of engineering, management, and board positions in the semiconductor industry including consultancy and venture capital. He was previously a board member serving the C2Mi and currently serves on the board of other start-up companies.
Robert Barlow, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Rob is a successful growth executive, skilled at helping mid-size SaaS, AI, IoT, telecom and data platform organizations to scale. His 25-year technology career began with Clearnet Communications Inc in 1997 and was followed by serving as Director of New Technology Introduction and R&D at TELUS until 2006.
In 2007, as Founder, President and CEO of the award-winning WireIE Group, Rob became a sought-after thought leader on delivering broadband to the unconnected. WireIE delivered broadband to resource extraction, government, and Tier 1 carriers globally to provide connectivity to rural and remote markets throughout the Americas.
After a successful exit from WireIE in 2019, Rob consulted in venture capital while supporting existing management teams with corporate board representation, sales leadership and execution, corporate fundraising, marketing, product alignment and IT operations. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of IVI.TSX.V and MANS.CSE.
As the CEO of 6 Harmonics, Rob uses his expertise and passion for connecting the unconnected to leverage a robust product delivering TVWS to rural and remote markets globally.
Leslie Gower, Chief Financial Officer
Les is a senior strategic financial and administrative leader with over 35 years of experience in telecom, software, environmental, manufacturing, consulting, and banking sectors. He works collaboratively as part of senior management teams in all aspects of business, including business development, marketing, finance, administration, M&A, and strategic planning.
Les’ professional consulting expertise spans raising and managing capital, establishing budgets, reporting and managing results, and all legal and administrative aspects of businesses. He served as CFO of the WireIE group commencing from 2008 to 2020, a Canadian telecom company based in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Previously, he held senior management roles with BPS Inc., New Carbon Economy Fund, Tuttle, Shore & Gower, Mindflight Technology Inc., and the Mercantile Bank of Canada.
Les serves as a volunteer board member and President of the Scugog Chamber of Commerce in Port Perry and with the Durham Region Economic Development Department as a volunteer business networking session leader.
He holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a BA, English and BPE from McMaster University.
Baohong (Peter) Sun, Co-Founder & Vice President Product
Peter Sun has more than 20 years of industrial telecommunication experience. Prior to co-founding 6Harmonics Inc. in 2011, Peter was Software System Engineer with Research in Motion from 2006 to 2010. From 1987 to 2005, he worked as a wireless network engineer with Nortel.
Peter has six patents relating to wireless, plus more than ten articles and one book (WCDMA UTRAN Network Planning Principle and Practice, P&T Press, 2005).
Peter holds a Master, Economy and Banking from the University of International Business and Economics and a Bachelor, Mechanical Engineering from the Nanjing University of Science & Technology
Louis Lambert, Chief Revenue Officer
More than 20 years of experience in global networking and telecommunications. Combines deep listening with technical knowledge and experience in various B2B models to build high-value solutions. Most recently SVP Marketing and Business Development at Redline Communications specializing in service provider, oil & gas, and mining markets. Alumnus of Coppercom, Alcatel-Lucent, Xylan, and Paradyne.
Alex Miller, Vice President Engineering
Technology executive with more than 20 years of experience leading diverse engineering teams and delivering products to market. Global experience in business development and leading multi-site operations. Before joining Cheetah Networks, held leadership positions at Zebra Technologies, Motorola Solutions, and 3M Corporation.
Don Penner, Vice President Operations
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Jim, Vice President Radio Engineering
Jim has had a life-long passion for enabling wireless broadband connectivity. A recognized designer and entrepreneur in the fixed wireless industry, Jim has spent the last 20+ years developing, building and marketing wireless telecommunications systems for remote and rural users around the world. In 1986, Jim and his team began building the industry’s first low-cost wireless local loop products. In 1990, Jim founded Carlson Communications to produce the OptaPhone, a product line of point-to-point and multipoint analog wireless telephone systems used in 55 countries, which was sold to Zhone Technologies in 1999. Jim then worked with engineers at Harris Semiconductor to convert its Prism WLAN chipset into a full-duplex, digital TDMA technology for “Trailblazer,” the industry’s first low-cost transparent nx64 kb/s wireless extension from a Class 5 telephone switch.
In 1999, Jim founded Carlson Wireless Technologies (CWT) to focus on wireless R&D and equipment manufacturing for service providers in rural and hard-to-reach areas throughout the world. Beginning in 2008, Jim has worked closely with U.S. and foreign regulators to pass laws opening the TV “white spaces” spectrum — with its exceptional signal propagation characteristics — for unlicensed broadband uses. Under Jim’s leadership, CWT has successfully demonstrated the new technology in 65 trials and 20 countries in conjunction with Google, Microsoft, and other market leaders. CWT’s current Gen 2.0 and 2.5 product has achieved more than 50% of the total market sales of TV white spaces units in the world. Jim is also a founding member of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance and a long-standing member of the WhiteSpace Alliance, the leading industry trade groups advocating for white spaces deployment in countries throughout the world. Further, he is a frequent speaker before regulators and symposia around the world regarding the industry and market trends critical to the deployment of white spaces and dynamic spectrum sharing technologies.