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The Team

MANAGEMENT TEAM

J. Graham Simmonds – Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Simmonds has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since May 14, 2015 and as Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation since November 15, 2012. Mr. Simmonds has over 18 years of experience in public company management and business development projects within both the gaming and technology sectors. Mr. Simmonds is licensed and/or has previously been licensed/registered with a number of horse racing and gaming commissions in the United States and Canada. Mr. Simmonds developed and launched the first in-home digital video horse racing service in North America and is a former director and partner in eBet Technologies Inc., a licensed ADW operator and software developer for the online horse racing industry in the United States. eBet Technologies Inc. was successfully sold to Sportech PLC in December of 2012. Mr. Simmonds is a director and the CEO of Baymount Incorporated, a diversified investment and venture capital firm, and is the former chairman and CEO of DealNet Capital Corp., a consumer finance company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Toronto, Canada.

 

Ashish Kapoor – Chief Financial Officer and Interim Corporate Secretary

Mr. Kapoor has served as the Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer since November 15, 2012 and as the Corporation’s Interim Corporate Secretary since May 5, 2015. Mr. Kapoor has over 15 years of experience in providing capital markets advisory and assurance services as a finance professional. After obtaining his Chartered Accountant designation at Ernst & Young, Mr. Kapoor has gained over 10 years of experience in investment banking, advising clients across various industries. As a senior vice president at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., Mr. Kapoor was responsible for the Canadian telecom, media, entertainment and technology investment banking and principal investing group. During his 10 years at Macquarie, Mr. Kapoor completed in excess of $3B in successful principal investments and advised on a further $4B of mergers and acquisitions for third party clients. Mr. Kapoor is currently a director of The Mint Corporation, a vertically integrated prepaid card and payroll services provider, and was formerly the CFO of DealNet Capital Corp., a consumer finance company, and Transeastern Power Trust, an independent power producer focused on renewable energy sources. Mr. Kapoor obtained his Chartered Accountant designation as part of the Ernst & Young’s Toronto practice and was awarded the Gold Medal for first place in Ontario, and the Bronze Medal for third place in Canada on the 2000 Chartered Accountancy Uniform Final Examination. Mr. Kapoor is also a CFA Charter holder and holds a Masters of Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Waterloo.

 

Beju Lakhani – Chief Customer Officer

Mr. Lakhani has served as the Corporation's Chief Customer Officer since August of 2017. Mr. Lakhani was the founder and CEO of Vape Brands International Inc (VBI), which became one of the largest E-liquid distributors and manufactures in Canada prior to being acquired in 2017. Mr. Lakhani successfully founded VBI with the E-liquid brand Moshi, which became one of the best selling brands in Canada under his direction. Prior to founding VBI, Mr. Lakhani enjoyed a successful career in the technology sales industry with Oracle and Salesforce.com. Mr. Lakhani was also one of the founding directors of the Canadian Vaping Association (CVA), the largest industry association of its kind in Canada. Mr. Lakhani served as the President of the CVA from 2015-2016, and was heavily involved in working with the Federal Government and Provincial Governments in Canada to achieve suitable vaping regulation.

 

Danny Yuranyi – Director and Chief Procurement Officer

Mr. Yuranyi has served as a Director and officer of the Corporation since November 15, 2012. Mr. Yuranyi has over 30 years of experience in the transportation, logistics, and distribution businesses having successfully built and operated his own companies on a number of occasions. Mr. Yuranyi has held senior positions with Loomis and Gelco Express which was later sold to Air Canada. After helping build a division of Gelco Express from $1M to more than $12M in annualized sales, Mr. Yuranyi left to start a new business of his own called United Messengers which quickly grew to become the largest same-day messenger service in Canada. Most recently, Mr. Yuranyi has invested in building distribution relationships with European brands in the energy drink and bottled water businesses.