Don has 35 years of experience in managing new engineered product development for oil and gas production, primarily in developing and commercializing flexible pressure pipe technology for production operations with all major oil companies. Mr. Wolfe also has 20 years of experience in new product development, establishing international revenue and supply infrastructure for a bicycle component brand.
Ms. Courtenay Wolfe is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience with a proven track record of success in various fields, including corporate strategy, turnarounds, restructuring, strategic negotiations, marketing and business development. Courtenay is active in the areas of venture capital and private equity in a diverse range of sectors. She is an accomplished board member with significant experience on for profit and not-for-profit boards. From October 2013 to February 2016, Courtenay served as the Executive Chair of the company now called Founders Advantage Capital Corp. (formerly FCF Capital Inc. and prior to June 2015, Brilliant Resources Inc.) (TSXV: FCF), where she undertook a significant turnaround by restructuring the board and management, cutting costs, personally directing and leading an arbitration against the government of Equatorial Guinea that led to a very significant cash settlement and then using that settlement to attract and develop a new strategic plan and business. Her efforts resulted in an increase of market capitalization of FCF Capital from approximately $7 million to over $100 million, plus a cash return of capital to shareholders of over $21 million. Also, from 2008 to 2013, during Ms. Wolfe’s tenure as the President and CEO of Salida Capital (a Canadian private investment management firm), she led a landmark negotiation, settlement and recovery, after a series of successful lawsuits over 3 years, of $350 million of client assets (100% recovery) caught up in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Courtenay is also the former President and CEO of SCM Securities (a Canadian investment dealer), and former Senior Vice President at Tricycle Asset Management, a Canadian investment firm with over $1 billion of assets. Courtenay is currently the principal of Canopy Capital Inc., a venture capital company, and sits on the boards of FBSciences, Inc. and Vital Alert Communication Inc. Courtenay has appeared on BNN, CNBC and Bloomberg Television and has done one-on-one speaking appearances with notable world and business leaders such as Warren Buffet, former President Bill Clinton and Richard Branson. Courtenay was recognized in 2011 as one of the top 50 global Leading Woman in Hedge Funds.
Joe MillerBoard Member
Joe Miller brings more than 16 years of mining, communications and technology experience to Vital Alert. He is a fast-track, highly motivated, team-oriented executive with a successful background in the achievement of strategic and operating objectives. From 1989 to 1995, Joe was co-founder and president of VLF Magnetic Systems Inc. and a key figure in the development of digital technology for the global mining industry. During that time he developed ultra-low frequency communications technology for the Canary Mine Messenger System. Vital Alert Communication Inc. was founded in October 2001 just after 9/11, and incorporated in 2003 by Miller. He recognized that his technology had even greater potential in rescue operations beyond mining and since that time, considerable attention has been focused on urban applications for Through-the-Earth Communication.
Peter McRaeBOARD MEMBER
Mr. McRae is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of the Director’s Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors with an ICD.D designation. He is currently the Chairman, and between 1994 and 2015 was the President and CEO, of Freedom International Brokerage Company, Canada’s largest inter-dealer broker. Mr. McRae’s earlier career involved four years in Abu Dhabi as a financial administrator for an engineering firm before joining the investment dealer Wood Gundy, first in the Treasurer’s office in Toronto, and subsequently as a bond trader in New York. Mr. McRae was the Chair of both Ryan Gold Corp. and Corona Gold Corporation until their acquisition by Oban Mining Corporation in August 2015. He is also a director and Chair of the audit committee of Focused Capital Corp.