John is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the Managing Partner of Magellan Angel Partners an innovative “Mentor Capital” approach to Angel Investing in the high-tech community.
In 2005 John was the recipient of the Faculty of Engineering Alumni Achievement Medal from the University of Waterloo recognizing his achievements and contributions to the Canadian High Technology Community.
In 2004 John was named “Person of the Year” by the British Columbia Technology Industries Association (BCTIA) for his continued entrepreneurial achievements.
John was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cray Canada Inc., which was formed after the acquisition of OctigaBay Systems Corporation in April 2004. John held positions as the Chairman, President & CEO of OctigaBay, a development stage company he co-founded in December 2001 which pioneered a new Supercomputer platform. OctigaBay closed the largest seed financing in Canadian history of over $24 million CDN in December 2002. Only 14 months after financing, OctigaBay was acquired for over $155 million CDN by Cray Inc., the world leader in Supercomputer systems.
Previous to OctigaBay John was the President & CEO of Abatis Systems Corporation, a Vancouver High Technology telecommunications vendor that was acquired in September 2000 by Redback Networks of San Jose, California for $1.3 billion CND. This represents the largest sale price of any private Canadian High Technology company to date. Following the acquisition John was the Vice-President of Business Development for Redback Networks until his departure in 2001.
John has over 28 years of experience in the telecommunications, networking, and high- performance computing industries and has held leadership roles in the sales, marketing and business development aspects of several early phase companies. He has also held senior positions in large industry leaders, such as DSC Communications Corporation, and Nortel Networks.
John is a founding partner of Magellan Angel Partners, an Angel investing arm focused on high technology opportunities across North America. He is a co-founding Limited Partner of Yaletown Venture Partners an early stage Venture Capital group focused on high technology companies in Western Canada.
Johnʼs depth of professional experience is supplemented by a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA and received the “Outstanding Graduate Student Award”, and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.