Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Michael Blank, CPA, CA
    Michael Blank, CPA, CA
    Member of the Audit Committee, Acting Chief Financial Officer, and Director
  • Dr. Virendra Jha
    Dr. Virendra Jha
    Director
  • P. Peter Pascali
    P. Peter Pascali
    President, Chief Executive Officer
  • Robert M. Radin
    Robert M. Radin
    Director
  • Andrew Abdalla, CPA, CA
    Andrew Abdalla, CPA, CA
    Chair of the Audit Committee and Director
Michael Blank, CPA, CA
Member of the Audit Committee, Acting Chief Financial Officer, and Director

With over 30 years of executive experience in leading finance and operations for private and public organizations, Mr. Blank has a sound professional judgement in business plan preparation, budgeting, cash flow management and internal control implementation. As the Chief Financial Officer of global publicly held corporations, Mr. Blank has gained significant experience in financial reporting, accounting, finance and capital management, investor relations, and international operations. Mr. Blank has acquired an extensive knowledge of taxation and audit over 10 years at KPMG, a leading international public accounting and consulting firm, in Canada and Europe. Adept at explaining complex accounting and tax rules and their impacts on businesses, he provided corporate tax consulting and the information clients rely on to make strong business decisions. Mr. Blank holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce with finance and accounting major with honors, from Queen’s University and a Diploma in Public Accounting from McGill University.
Mr. Blank is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and qualifies as a Chartered Accountant (CA).

Dr. Virendra Jha
Director

Dr. Jha, Member of the order of Canada, has over 42 years of experience in the Canadian Space Program ranging from in-depth engineering work to senior management positions in both the Private and the Public Sectors. Dr. Jha began his space career in 1972 when he joined the Aerospace group of RCA Limited Montreal, which later became Spar Aerospace Limited. In 1988, he became the Director of Engineering at Spar Aerospace Limited. In 1991 Dr. Jha joined the Canadian Space Agency as Director of the Space Mechanics Group. In 1996, he was promoted to the position of Director General, Space Technologies Branch of the CSA. From 2003 till 2008, he was the Vice-President responsible for Science, Technology and Programs at the Canadian Space Agency. As Vice President, Dr. Jha provided strategic direction, vision and leadership to all core technical sectors of the Agency. From November 2005 until February 2006, Dr. Jha also served as the Acting President of the Canadian Space Agency. He was Chief Engineering Adviser at the Canadian Space Agency until his retirement in 2014.

Dr. Jha received his B. Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India, his Master’s degree in Mechanical engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and the C.Dir. (Chartered Director) Degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. Dr. Jha’s technical contributions in Canadian Space Program as
well as in International Space activities have been significant. His leadership and commitment to the profession is reflected by his recognition and active participation in many groups, committees and advisory boards.

Dr. Jha currently serves as a director on the Board of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (“AECL”), a Canadian federal Crown Corporation and Canada’s largest nuclear science and technology laboratory.

P. Peter Pascali
President, Chief Executive Officer

After graduating with an MBA from McGill University, Montreal in 1983, Mr. Pascali became an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions and then public offerings. He initially worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia and then, in 1987, joined Westpac Banking Corporation. In 1989, he was recruited by DeGeorge Financial Corporation as a strategic advisor. Mr. Pascali joined the Corporation in 1992 where he has been responsible for developing the business strategy and marketing focus for commercializing the Corporation’s technologies and running the business. Mr. Pascali continues to develop the Corporation’s strategy and oversee the operational management as the President and Chief Executive Officer. In his leadership role, Mr. Pascali spearheads the Strategic Management Team which is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the company’s business plans.

Robert M. Radin
Director

Mr. Radin has recently retired from the U.S. Army after serving for over 35 years and attaining the rank of Major General. His last assignment was as the U.S. Army Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, (Logistics), the Pentagon, Washington, DC. In this position he was responsible for policy development, strategic planning and budget programming for distribution, logistics force structure, readiness reporting, Army pre-positions stocks, contingency contracting and support of U.S. Army worldwide operations. Prior to joining the Army Staff, he served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island, Illinois. Other key assignments include: Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Logistics for the U.S. Army Materiel Command form 2005 to 2007; Commanding General of the Joint Munitions Command form 2004 to 2005; and from 2003 to 2004 was deployed to Kuwait as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command-SWA and was responsible for support of U.S. land forces in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Djibouti. After retiring from the Army in June 2011, he founded Radin & Associates Consulting, LLC, a firm that assists clients with supply chain related issues. Mr. Radin has graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds postgraduate degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology and the National Defense University.

Andrew Abdalla, CPA, CA
Chair of the Audit Committee and Director

Mr. Abdalla, CPA, CA, is a partner at MNP, a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada. Mr. Abdalla brings to the Board of Directors of the Company more than 20 years of strategic planning, and tax advice, with a specific focus on sales and income tax, acquisitions and divestitures, business valuations, corporate reorganizations and spinoffs. Mr. Abdalla received his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation in 1987. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a graduate diploma in public accounting from Concordia University in Montreal.