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Managing Board of Directors


Jonathan W. Ladd - Executive Chairman of the Board

Jon Ladd is a precision GPS/GNSS and wireless industries veteran with over 30 years of development and management experience. Jon began his GPS adventure in 1982 working with Chuck Counsel man and his MIT team on the world's first commercial geodetic GPS surveying system: The Macrometer(tm). Jon also serves in a variety of advisory and director positions, including: Senior Advisor to the CEO and a board member at Novariant, Inc. in Fremont, California, member board of directors at Trusted Positioning Inc. in Calgary, Alberta and as an advisory board member at NavtechGPS of Springfield, VA. Jon was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Brilliant Telecommunications, Inc. from December 2009 to February 2011. Prior to that Jon served as Special Advisor to the CEO of Hexagon, AB and he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of NovAtel Inc. (NASDAQ:NGPS) from February 2002 to December 2008. Hexagon purchased NovAtel in December 2007. Prior to leading NovAtel, Mr. Ladd served as Senior Vice President, Engineering at Thales Navigation. Prior to Thales purchasing Magellan Corporation, Jon held a variety of positions at Magellan including President of Magellan's Russian subsidiary, Ashtech A/O, Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology and Vice President and General Manager of the Ashtech Precision Products Business Unit. Jon also served in a number of executive positions at Ashtech, Inc. starting in 1990 including Vice President of Surveying and Navigation Systems, Vice President of Engineering and Vice president of Marketing until the merger with Magellan Corporation. Jon has also held a variety of board seats including RF Monolithics (NASDAQ:RFMI) until the recent sale to Murata and Brilliant Telecommunications Inc. until the sale to Juniper Networks. Jon was Executive Director at NovAtel Inc., and was a director at Point Inc. (a joint venture between NovAtel and Sokkia of Japan) until Sokkia's sale to Topcon. Jon received a B.S.S.V.E with distinction in Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine in 1980 and is a member of Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society).


Werner Gartner - Finance & Audit Chair


Rodger Conner - Secretary & Legal

Rodger Conner is a lawyer with over 35 years of experience in corporate and commercial law both in private practice and in industry. Prior to establishing Conner & Conner Professional Corporation, Rodger was a partner with McCarthy Tetrault, a national Canadian law firm. Prior to that Rodger was Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Bralorne Resources Limited. Over the course of his career Rodger has advised a number of clients in the GPS/GNSS field. Rodger has provided legal advice to both private and publicly listed companies. Rodger received his law degree from the University of Alberta in 1975.


Philip W. Gabriel - President & Executive Board Member

Phil has been working in the precision GPS/GNSS and Wireless fields for over 25 years and in technology for over 30. He currently serves as President of Hemisphere GNSS with offices in Calgary Alberta and Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to that, he served for over seven years as Vice President and General Manager of the Precision Products business unit at Hemisphere GPS (TSX: HEM) based in Calgary, Canada. During Hemispheres’ Wireless days, he worked for the Wireless Business Unit based in Milpitas, CA and led the Telematics group as VP Sales. Phil joined Communications Systems International or CSI in 1996 before the company was renamed Hemisphere GPS. He grew CSI’s business in Marine DGPS markets worldwide and was instrumental in expanding the company’s overseas businesses, throughout South America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Prior to joining Hemisphere GPS, Phil held various Sr. Management and Business Development positions with AlliedSignal Aerospace, before they were acquired by Honeywell. Part of that mandate included his position as Canadian National Sales Manager for Furuno. At that time Furuno was the largest Marine Electronics manufacturer in the world. He also managed Allied Signal’s Aeromarine business Division in Marine Electronics, Airport Runways systems and Weather Radar sales and distribution. Prior to Allied Signal, Phil worked for 5 years with a startup company in Montreal, Canada called Digidyne. He established their Service and Repair facilities before becoming their first Applications Engineer, supporting the National sales team with technical support. Phil’s educational background includes a Diplôme d'études collégiales in Electrotechnology as well a Business Diploma and later a Marketing Diploma from Montreal’s McGill University Business School. He is also a Certified Sales Professional (CSP).