The Board of Directors meets quarterly and is comprised of Members and Sponsors. Meet the current Board:
PJ Ferguson – Chair
PJ Ferguson is Founder and President of ABL Employment. ABL has grown from a single office in 1999 to now 13 offices across Ontario and B.C. 2016 saw the launch of the newest division of ABL called ABL Careers, which focuses primarily on administrative and call centre staffing with a variety of unique hiring plans for higher end placements.
PJ has been nominated for the RBC Entrepreneur of the Year Award twice and has made the Profit W100 list of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs for the last 11 years. ABL Employment has appeared multiple times on the ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by Canadian Business Magazine with a 5 year growth consistently over 200%.
ABL has thrived due to a commitment to continuous analysis and innovation, and has been recognized for innovation in the areas of social media presence, business model, and cultural approach.
PJ has been a member of Innovators Alliance since 2007 and starting in 2016 moved into the position of Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
Simon Feddema – Treasurer
Grundfos is the largest pump manufacturer in the world, selling product in domestic, commercial, municipal, and industrial applications. The company started to sell to Canada in 1984, establishing a dedicated sales company for Canadian sales, service, and marketing in 1992. Simon Feddema was a key member of this new company as the Finance Manager, and became the President in 2003.
Since 2003, Grundfos Canada has grown its sales with a compounded growth of 10% annually, establishing its business in new markets and growing its team to over 85 individuals with the goal of providing solutions and quality products for customers.
CrossLink Technology Inc.
John is a graduate from the University of Toronto with an Honours B.Sc., has earned a post-graduate degree from McMaster University with C.Dir., and has the Toxic Substance Reduction Planner License from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. He is also a Designated Official for the Controlled Goods Security Plan (meets the requirements of the U.S. 2011 ITAR).
He is a cofounder and President of Crosslink Technology Inc. and is very involved in industry organizations. He has been the Chairman of the ERF (Epoxy Resin Formulators) Committee for SPI in Washington DC, as well as a founder and President of the TRFA (Thermoset Resin Formulators Association) in Chicago IL. John has given presentations to the ERF Division of SPI, to the TRFA, and to PMA and CUMA. He also holds two U.S. patents.
Septimatech Group Inc.
Sharron Gilbert is the President and CEO of Septimatech Group Inc. Septimatech is a leading provider of quick change container handling products and solutions for packaging machines and conveyors. Septimatech serves customers globally with efficient changeover products for quick, repeatable machine and line performance. It is a full service, innovative manufacturer of custom engineered solutions for new and existing equipment. Septimatech prides itself on proven performance in every packaging change.
Steve McGowan is the cofounder of Matias, a manufacturer of computer keyboards most known for its high-end mechanical keyboards, assistive technology keyboards, slim aluminum keyboards, and ergonomic keyboards. Steve is a Chartered Professional Accountant, with a B.Com. degree from the University of Toronto and a M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics. He joined Innovators Alliance in 2008, and is an enthusiastic proponent of continual learning and innovation.