IP - based datacasting solutions
Broadband multicasting via satellite.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ron Clifton, is a systems engineer by trade and high-tech CEO by vocation. Since joining IDC as President and CEO in late 1997 he has been successful in leading the company into the newly emerging high growth market for broadband distribution of multimedia data.
Prior to joining IDC Ron was President and CEO of Senstar-Stellar Corporation - a Daimler Benz Aerospace company - growing it into profitability with operations in US, UK, Mexico and Germany. Before that he was General Manager of Zenon Environmental Systems, Inc. - leading international expansion and helping to take the company public in 1996. Previously Ron was with Computing Devices Corporation (now General Dynamics) - as Manager New Product Development and later Director of Surveillance Systems Division. While with CDC, Ron was seconded to Hughes Aircraft Company in California for two years.
Memberships / recognition: Elected to Executive Committee, IEEE Carnahan Conference since 1996, appointed member Canadian NATO Industrial Advisory Group, awarded two patents (1983 and 1996), honorary Kentucky Colonel, Warden of Calling of an Engineer (the Iron Ring ceremony), for Ottawa and Carleton Universities and he is listed in the Canadian Who's Who 2005 Directory. Ron also serves on the Strategic Advisory Boards of Storm Internet Services in Ottawa and ECRM Networks, a VoIP technology company in Halifax.
Ron is an accomplished public speaker and frequent presenter at international conferences, panels, and forums. He has had numerous papers and articles published and have been awarded a number of patents in surveillance technology. He holds a Bachelor's degree of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering (with specialization in computer systems and communications) and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Ed DiCarlo oversees sales, marketing and new product/service development for IDC worldwide. He has served in various senior level positions at Loral Skynet and Loral CyberStar, including; VP General Manager Marketing & Product Management, and VP General Manager for Latin America, and Vice President Europe. He was instrumental in opening and operating sales regions and developing a suite of satellite-based IP and managed data network products. Ed also held the position of Director of Marketing for CBS (Westinghouse) where he was responsible for domestic and international marketing and sales of satellite networks and strategic alliances. He has an engineering degree from Capitol College and an MBA from the University of Baltimore. Ed resides in the Washington DC area.
Susan Robbins Parsons
Chief Financial Officer / Corporate Secretary
Ms. Robbins Parsons has many years of experience in corporate senior management - most recently serving as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Services with Kinaxis Corporation headquartered in Kanata, Ontario. As Chief Financial Officer, she is responsible for the company’s corporate services, which include accounting, finance and legal. She is proficient with both US and Canadian GAAP and holds an MBA from Dalhousie University. She also has solid financial and operational experience and strong background in investor relations.
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Gary is responsible for the development of new products and implementation of cutting-edge applications. He joined International Datacasting in 1987 as Director, Systems Engineering and later held positions as General Manager and President of IDC's US subsidiary. Gary has many years of experience in the communications technology field. Before joining IDC, he worked at Canadian Satellite Communications (CANCOM) in the development of a DIrect-To-Home platfform and the implementation of MSO based cable TV systems. Prior to that he worked in line-of-sight microwave communications at Raytheon Canada, and held product management positions at Varian Canada and General Instrument Canada.
Vice President of Operations
Chris heads up IDC's Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Development Groups, being responsible for all IDC internal product development and new product research. Managed disciplines include systems, hardware, software, and firmware development. Chris joined International Datacasting in 1991 as a Senior Software Engineer and was promoted to Vice President in 1996. He began his career as a software systems analyst with Cableshare, Inc. and progressed through increased levels of management responsibility with Kellogg-Salada Canada, Inc., Dynacomp Research Corporation, Allied-Signal Aerospace (Canada) and European Helicopter Industries (Canada), Inc.
Peter Scovell, Director and Chairman of the Board,
President of Newlyn Technologies Ltd. In this capacity he works closely with Warburg Pincus LLC as part of their New York based technology practice. Since 2001, Dr. Scovell has also been a Director of COM DEV International and has also served as former Chairman of STC France and SpaceBridge Semiconductor Corporation. Dr. Scovell has held various senior positions in Bell Northern Research, Nortel Networks and COM DEV during his 30 years of experience in the telecommunications sector.
Denzil Doyle, Director,
is Chairman of Doyletech Corporation (a consulting company) and has been a long-time leader of the venture capital investment community in Ottawa. He has also been a Director of the National Research Council, Newbridge Networks, Mitel Networks, and Med-Eng Systems and has successfully founded a number of high-tech companies. From 1995 to 2005, he served as Chairman of Capital Alliance Ventures Inc., an Ottawa-based venture capital firm specializing in technology investments. He is also the author of Making Technology Happen. In 2005, Mr. Doyle was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada.
Ron Clifton, Director,
is President and CEO of International Datacasting (see management team profiles).
Denis Colbourne, Director,
has been the President of DC Technologies Ltd. (a business management and technology consulting company) since 1998. Mr. Colbourne served on numerous corporate boards and is currently a member of the board of several high-tech companies including Opel, Inc (Connecticut). He is a member of the advisory boards of Spectalis Inc. (Ottawa), Avalon Micro Inc. (St. John’s) and the National Research Council’s Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre). He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Ottawa Hospital. Prior to retiring from Nortel in December 1998, Mr. Colbourne served as Vice President and General Manager of Nortel Semiconductors He was also Chairman of Shanghai Nortel Semiconductor (SNS), a Nortel joint venture based in Shanghai, PRC.
Mark Norton, Director,
has been the President of Pakenham Holdings Limited, a private investment company since 1981. Mr. Norton is a director of Green Avenue Ventures Inc., an investment and management company, Med-Eng Systems Inc., a manufacturer of body protection and electronic counter measure systems, and CMA Holdings Inc. the principal holding company of the Canadian Medical Association.
Dr. Stuart L. Smith, Director,
is the founder and President of RockCliffe Research and Technology Inc. (a company that manages the commercialization of technology) since 1987. Dr. Smith is also the Chairman of the Board of Ensyn Technologies, Inc. (a developer of industrial energy applications) and of Esna Technologies Inc. (a developer of unified communications software), and a director of Acura Masstech (a company developing software and providing systems integration for digital video technology).
Neil Bauer, Director,
is President of Orion Associates, where he provides consulting services to investment firms and satellite operators. He was President & CEO of Loral CyberStar and a corporate officer of Loral Space & Communications. Mr. Bauer held a number of key financial planning and business leadership positions at GE Americom and its parent, GE/RCA. He served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Operations for GE Americom.
Kevin Rankin, Director,
is President of Fidus Systems, where he is responsible for the day to day leadership of the company. He was CEO of Tropic Networks from its inception in 2000 to its acquisition by Alcatel-Lucent in 2007. Throughout his career, Mr. Rankin has held a variety of senior management positions at Newbridge Networks, LSI Logic and Northern Telcom. Mr. Rankin serves as a board member for The Bridge Wesleyan Church and the Ontario Centre of Excellence Centre for Photonics, and is also involved in the Mindtrust Leadership Development Program,which is an executive mentoring program for both Carleton and Ottawa University students.