Founder & CEO
Mr. Sukkarie is a founder of Saturna. Mr. Sukkarie has over 25 years of experience in the Telematics, telecom and wireless industries, including ten years spent in fleet Telematics as the Co-Founder, President & CEO of WebTech Wireless Inc. (TSX: WEW). At WebTech, Mr. Sukkarie was responsible for growing the company from a start-up to an international- scope TSX-listed issuer among the top ten technology companies in Canada, with sales of over $50 million. Subsequently, WebTech Wireless Inc. was acquired by BSM Technologies Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Sukkarie gained international sales and partnering experience as Business Development Director for the Middle East, Africa, and the UAE with Motorola’s Cellular Division, Wireless Data Group, and Motorola EME, selling GPRS technology to network operators. Mr. Sukkarie holds a Master’s Degree in Sciences, Electrical Engineering, from the University of Calgary.
VP Engineering Software
Mr. Siira has been involved with LoopShare and it’s affiliated company Saturna Green Systems for over 5 years, leading the various aspects of system and software development. In his 20 years’ of engineering development experience, Mr. Siira has designed software systems at all levels; from embedded assembler to highly scalable, fault-tolerant web portals, capable of processing hundreds of transactions per second from many thousands of users and mobile devices. In his most recent role as Director of Research at Webtech Wireless, Mr. Siira was responsible for leading product innovation, road mapping and planning; as well as development process modernization. Mr. Siira has a BASc in Engineering Physics (Mechanical Engineering option) and a MASc in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA from McGill University.
VP Business Development
Mr. Christopher Lyon is a Canadian national with extensive international business experience having worked and studied in China, France, Guinea, Jamaica, Niger, South Africa and the US over the last 30 years. He holds a bachelor degrees in Political Science and has worked at highest levels as a strategist for governments, political candidates and multinationals. Mr. Lyon is also a World Nuclear University Fellow and most recently, the founder of a Colombian based renewable energy company, which he is a board member. Christopher worked in the Mining and Energy Space, specializing in the development and operations of mineral exploration projects in West Africa. Prior to that, he worked in project management and community development in Jamaica and the US, respectively. Chris is an expert on external relationship management, operations, business development and government relations. He has been pivotal in the development of large scale international projects. Mr. Lyon is dynamic business development specialist with more than 10+ years experience delivering projects in China, Colombia, Niger, Jamaica and Guinea on time and exceeding expectations.
Chris is married and is the father of 2. He currently resides in Shanghai, China.
Brooke Hurford is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. Ms. Hurford spent several years in public practice at a major Canadian accounting firm prior to holding a role in the treasury department at the Bank of Montreal. Ms. Hurford has more than ten years of financial reporting and corporate services to public companies.
Board of Directors
Olen Aasen is a corporate and securities lawyer with more than 12 years of experience in corporate, securities and regulatory matters. He has been the Corporate Secretary, General Counsel or Vice President, Legal at various Canadian and U.S.- listed companies. Olen did his undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia Law School and is a member of the British Columbia Bar. Olen was named to the 2016 Legal 500 General Counsel Powerlist: Canada
Thomas Stephenson is the founder and CEO of Heated Details, a Seattle based design and development agency, that provides services to Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft,
Google/YouTube, Starbucks and Mercedes Benz.
He has served in that role for over twenty years.
Joel was the founder and creative visionary behind Naked (NASDAQ: NAKD) which recently metered with Australian-based industry powerhouse, Bendon Lingerie. He helped raise over $17m, Establishing retail distribution at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Hudson Bay, and Bloomingdales. Joel has appeared on CBC’s Show Dragons Den and was selected by BC Businesses as one of the Provinces top 30 under 30 Entrepreneurs. Joel has spoken on stages all over the United States and Canada at universities, conferences, banking & investor events, private events, and Chamber of Commerce functions
Paul Chucrallah is the Chairman-General Manager of BTFM, a Beirut based venture capital fund managing funds received from major banks in Lebanon. Mr. Chucrallah holds a degree in Telecom Engineering (ESIB) and an MBA (INSEAD).