There are a lot of brilliant business people in our world who are ethical, experienced entrepreneurs who wish to contribute to the business & technology community in a variety of ways. We may regularly post articles from them or even about them. We often hold webinars with them in a Q&A format or “fireside chats” with our President, Bashir Fancy. No slides. Just meaningful and insightful Fancy That! conversations that can inspire thought for those of us in the trenches.

As we launch BIZTEK THINKUBATOR™ Fellows, it is only appropriate for BIZTEK to recognize individuals who have contributed to the business community in a very meaningful way and also have had an impact on Global businesses moving forward, many times in difficult circumstances by sharing their knowledge, experience, and wisdom.  For anyone who is not familiar with these leaders, we recommend you watch the: “Future of Business and Technology” Summit and the CEO Roundtable recordings that are available on our website where the Agenda of Conference for the summit is and you will see get a glimpse of who these individuals are, and why they are being recognized as “Fellows of BIZTEK THINKUBATOR™”

Heartiest Congratulations to the founding Fellows of the BIZTEK THINKUBATOR™


John Ruffolo
Founder, OMERS Ventures and Co-Founder, Council of Canadian Innovators

John Ruffolo is the Founder of OMERS Ventures, the venture arm of OMERS. John is also the Co-Founder of theCouncil of Canadian Innovators. John sits on the board of a number of leading innovation based organizations including SDTC, Ontario Centres of Excellence, and Ether Capital.

Council of Canadian Innovators

A non-profit organization dedicated to helping high-growth Canadian technology firms scale up globally. As Canada’s business council for a 21st century economy the Council is made up of CEOs from Canada’s most promising technology companies. The Council’s position is to promote, share, and collaborate with public policy leaders on key policy levers to optimize the growth of Canada’s innovation-based sector

Peter Schwartz
Founder and Executive Chairman at Kognitiv

Peter Schwartz is an accomplished Canadian technology entrepreneur. Peter was the Chairman & CEO of Descartes Systems Group Inc., a $6 billion global logistics technology company with customers in over 160 countries, that he took public in 1998. Peter is also one of the founders of Communitech, Canada’s pre-eminent technology hub. Communitech serves as a budding ecosystem for the commercialization of innovative technologies and as a model for start-up incubation in Canada.

Since leaving Descartes, Peter founded Laurence Capital which has made over 30 portfolio investments (17 in the technology sector) with some of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs and breakthrough companies. He is presently the founder and Executive Chairman of Kognitiv Corporation which recently completed the successful acquisition of Aimia Loyalty Solutions and Intelligent Shopper Solutions, former business units of Aimia Inc. A founding member of the YPO Great Lakes Chapter, Peter resides in the Waterloo Region and was one of the youngest recipients of the Financial Post’s “Top 40 under 40” award.

Greg Rokos
President CEO at ESI Technologies

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of building and acquiring companies in the information technology and services industry. Seasoned entrepreneur, involved in Personal and Corporate Social Responsibility. Able to build and execute on winning Go-to-market Strategies, mutually beneficial Strategic Partnerships and Alliances. John Molson School of Business Graduate, ( Concordia University Bcomm, Major in Management, Minor in Marketing )

Robert H. Lane
President & Managing Partner, Lane Trusted Advisors

A seasoned business executive, Bob brings many years of C level management with world-class companies such as GE, NORTEL, Commodore Computers and Acklands.

After a successful career, for the past 25 years, Bob has been directing business advisory activities for his own organization, Robert H Lane and Associates Inc., a group that provides innovative, creative problem solving and operational assistance to senior management. Clients include domestic and international groups involved in manufacturing, distribution, utility services, construction of commercial building, providers of communication & computers services, technology start-ups and Government agencies.

Recent projects have been focused upon the role and deployment of ‘smart meters’ for residential and commercial management of electrical energy as well as development and deployment of both residential and commercial intelligence associated with lighting, heating & cooling energy management systems, security and communication platforms for the future. He applies first hand business experience and know how to helping business leaders identify their problems and develop/deploy solutions to move forward. His approach is always to be involved with project from start to finish

Samir Zabaneh