Meet the Right Team

Compiled of Dr’s, Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Business Strategists, and many more skill sets, our team has decades of experience in Mesh technologies and building successful businesses.

Core Team

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Dr. Jason Ernst

Chief Networking Scientist

Jason holds a PhD in the field of Mesh Networking and Heterogeneous Wireless Networks as well as a M.Sc. on Scheduling Techniques for Wireless Mesh Networks, both from the Applied Computing faculty at the University of Guelph. Jason has more than 20 published papers on wireless networks, cognitive agents, FPGAs, and soft-computing topics and has presented his research at international conferences around the world. Prior to joining Left, Jason was the CTO of Redtree Robotics, which designed robots that made use of multiple radio technologies to ensure pervasive connectivity to each other and their operators.

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Dr. David Wang

Applied Research Engineering Scientist

Dr. Zehua Wang received Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. He is also a research fellow at UBC and a faculty member in School of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He has published many research papers in peer-to-peer networks, wireless social networks, cloud and edge computing, and Internet of Things. He has expertise of using optimization and game theories to solve economic problems. He was a recipient of Four-Year-Fellowship and awarded the Graduate Support Initiative Award at UBC.  In academia, he served as the technical program committee (TPC) Co-chair of 2017 IEEE SmartMM and served as TPC members in many international conferences, including IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, and IEEE VTC, etc. He is a member of IEEE.

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Saju Abraham

Chief Product Officer

Saju is a seasoned professional in the realm of mobile and wireless technologies having worked with customers, partners and teams across 19 countries in organizations such as Lucent Technologies, Movius, NEC, OnMobile and Telefónica. His passion for building great products stems from his multifaceted experience as a software engineer, architect and product manager, and he currently thrives in bringing cross-functional and cross-cultural teams together to cohesively execute the product strategy for RightMesh. His credentials include a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a Postgraduate degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

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John Lyotier

Co-Founder & CEO

John is an entrepreneur and a successful marketer with more than 20 years of experience in promoting, launching, designing, and jump starting new businesses and products through innovative marketing concepts. For Left, John is the idea guy. John’s forte is to leverage technology, marketing, and product hacks to bring new ideas to market.

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Chris Jensen

Co-Founder & COO

Chris takes responsibility for motivating and guiding the amazing team at Left. A veteran of many start-ups, Chris looks after logistics and practical matters so that everyone can focus on their area of brilliance. With a background in banking, operations and corporate development, Chris applies best practices to the high growth company that is Left and the RightMesh opportunity.

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Melissa Quinn

Corporate Development Manager

Melissa’s passion to empower people to be their best selves is why she has immersed herself in the blockchain, cryptocurrency, and mesh technology world. Heading up Corporate Development for RightMesh, Melissa works closely with the team while constantly seeking Partners, Advisors, and other game changers who are aligned with our vision. She has a BBA from SFU, a background in HR, and a strong desire to put innovative technology at the forefront of doing business as a force for good.

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Rakib Islam

Co-Founder & CTO

In his role as CTO, Rakib sets the pace for Left’s application development initiatives, including key recruitment of engineering and mobile technologists. Rakib leads Left Technologies Pty Ltd, Left’s ISO-9000 certified subsidiary in Bangladesh. An active member of BASIS (Bangladesh Association for Software and Information Services), he frequently travels abroad to present an example of the ‘new’ Bangladesh and speak about economic empowerment. Rakib’s credentials include a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Applications from Pune University, India, as well as being a participant in the US Department of State Professional Fellows Program for Young Entrepreneurs at the University of Oklahoma.

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Tracy McDonald

Director, Talent & Culture

With over 10 years working with people to grow their potential, Tracy is passionate about creating dynamic teams that facilitate business growth and positive culture. As an early Lefty, she was instrumental in scaling up the team to over 80 people, without losing the culture that makes Left special and unique. Tracy’s coaching and development work with the Lefties has been recognised with many awards including “Best Workplace in BC” and Community Engagement Winner from the BC Tech Association. Her dedication to making Left a premier workplace, was further recognized when Left became a certified B Corporation. Tracy’s belief in the potential of people allows her to lead with compassion, integrity, and trust. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser University.

Dana Harvey

Chief Communications Officer

Dana is excited to spread the word about RightMesh’s mission to connect the world! Dana jumped straight from a corporate communications degree into the world of international communications over 25 years ago, managing international press relations on location for the opening of the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. She went on to complete a Masters of Asian Business and lived for years overseas, employed by Canada’s then-largest telecom equipment manufacturer to create market opportunities for mobile data infrastructure in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Burma. She further developed her communications and technology expertise working both in Canada and abroad for Motorola and IBM before moving to Australia where she ran her own communications consultancy for 13 years. Prior to joining RightMesh, Dana was the Managing Director, Canada, for an American advertising agency.

Advisors

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Daniel Gillis

Associate Professor, Statistician, Director of PSEER

Dan has spent the bulk of his training and career working on multidisciplinary teams which have focused on public health assessment, and natural resource management. This has included collaborative projects with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, Health Canada, Environment Canada, B.C. Cancer Agency, the Government of Brazil, the SON, McGill University, Laurentian University, and numerous departments within the UG including Integrative Biology, Cell Biology, the O.V.C.’s Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Engineering. He is the co-founder of Farm To Fork, the co-creator of ICON, and a fellow lead on the RightMesh project in Rigolet in collaboration with the CIRA.

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Boris Mann

Co-founder, Frontier Foundry Corporation

Boris Mann is a long time Vancouver tech community builder as both company founder, advisor and investor, including founding the first Canadian startup accelerator, Bootup Labs. He is the CEO of Frontier Foundry, a blockchain focused venture creation studio building global platforms.

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Les Borsai

Co-Founder and CEO of SongLily Inc.

Les spent the first decade of his career in the music and entertainment industry focused on touring and artist management. This led him to become one of the top digital music entrepreneurs with a focus on mobile, apps and games, and founding businesses such as gridMob and Songlily.Les is a leader in business development, content and music licensing, branded products, strategic marketing and all things mobile. His passion for innovation and leadership has led him to serve for other companies such as Ripple, Shazam, Giphy, and many others.

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Jason Butcher

Founder Parallel Payments

A seasoned professional with nearly three decades of hands on experience starting businesses globally. Jason specializes in global business development and planning, brand development, consulting and mentoring, entrepreneurship, marketing, strategic partnerships, funding, investing, startups and creating connections.Priding himself on his keen abilities as a solution and problem solver, Jason strives to bring individuals, markets and opportunities together on a global level.Jason Is the COO of CoinPayments which is the oldest and largest Crypto currency payment platforms and he is actively involved as an advisor with the Canadian Blockchain Association, the Fintech advisor for the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, a founding member of BlockChain@UBC, a founder of the Blockchain Innovation Hub and participates regularly in global blockchain and crypto currency organizations.

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Nir Kshetri

UNCG Professor and Author

Nir Kshetri is Professor at The University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He has authored seven books on ICTs and entrepreneurship in developing countries and cybersecurity. Choice Magazine selected one of his books as an Outstanding Academic Title. Nir has also published about 110 journal articles. He has been interviewed and/or quoted in over 150 TV channels, magazines and newspapers.