Peter Copetti has over 25 years of capital markets and management experience in key leadership roles. He has been the chief architect and strategist of the transformation at POET Technologies, since joining the company in June 2012. Mr. Copetti was personally responsible for the restructuring of both secured and unsecured debt, negotiated new equity infusion into the company, and re-focused the company on its original technical vision of monolithic optoelectronic integration, leading to POET’s resurgence as a leading platform innovator in the semiconductor industry. Mr. Copetti is Chairman of the Special Strategic Committee responsible for maximizing the shareholder value of the POET Platform Technology.
Mr. Manocha has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry with deep knowledge of semiconductor technology and operations. He has worked in all aspects of the business from Research, to Applied Development, to Manufacturing, to worldwide sales to Global Supply Chain & IT, and his most recent role has been as CEO of GlobalFoundries (multi Billion US$ revenue). He has wealth of experience by working in companies like AT&T, Bell Labs/Microelectronics, Philips Semiconductors (now known as NXP), Spansion, and GlobalFoundries. He has managed at various executive levels and successfully led very small organizations with <15 people to very large organizations with well over 25,000 people. Having worked in three continents (Asia, Europe and North America), he has deep knowledge of diversity and various countries’ cultures. He has led more than 20 M&As successfully. He has also served on various boards as director and chairman. He is currently representing GlobalFoundries on the Semiconductor Industry Association Board and also serving on the U.S. Presidential Committee for Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.
He is well established in the industry and known as a visionary, thoughtful leader and has strong credibility with customers. He has a passion for people to lead businesses and grow shareholders’ value. He is often labeled as “Mr. FIX IT” – His most recent achievement was to very successfully turnaround GlobalFoundries (which was economically challenged in 2011) within 2+ years. GlobalFoundries under Mr. Manocha’s watch gained significantly higher revenue (2nd ranking) with the development of several new tier-1 customers.
Mr. O’Donnell earned a BA (Economics) and a LLB and has practiced law in the City of Toronto since 1973. He is currently counsel to Stikeman Keeley Spiegel Pasternack LLP. His practice is primarily in the field of corporate and securities law and, as such, he is and has been counsel to several publicly traded companies. Mr. O’Donnell is currently also a director of Nerium Biotechnology, Inc.
Mr. Tsiofas earned a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree from the University of Toronto in 1991 and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario since 1993. He is a partner with the Toronto Chartered Accountancy firm of Myers Tsiofas Norheim LLP. Mr. Tsiofas has also been involved as an operating partner in various private enterprises over the years and is able to offer managerial and operational insight.
He is Chief Scientist at POET Technologies and has led development of the Planar Optoelectronic Technology (POET) platform over the past two decades, directing a focused team at the ODIS subsidiary of POET. Dr. Taylor possesses an extraordinary technical background made-up of 30 years of design and development experience in electronic and optical device physics, circuit design, opto-electronic technology, materials and applications. He is concurrently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Photonics at the University of Connecticut and is responsible for ODIS’ development efforts at the gallium arsenide (GaAs) growth and fabrication facility. With over 150 papers in the world’s most respected journals, and dozens of patents, Dr. Taylor is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on GaAs solid-state physics, III-V opto-technology, as well as the pioneer in the development of monolithic integrated opto-electronic circuits.
Previously, Dr. Taylor served as a Distinguished Member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs, developing inversion channel technology for III-V materials. At Honeywell and Texas Instruments he helped to develop critical optical technology for the Jupiter Orbital Probe as well as the development of key circuits and devices for very-large-scale-integrated (VLSI) chips. Dr. Taylor holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University.
Mr. Inwentash is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Pinetree Capital where he is responsible for creating the overall strategic vision and setting the direction for Pinetree. Mr. Inwentash brings more than 25 years of experience in the investment industry and a deep understanding of progressive investment and financial management strategies. Sheldon obtained his B.Comm from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant. In 2012, Sheldon received an honorary degree, doctor of laws (LLD) from the University of Toronto for his valuable leadership as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and inspirational commitment to making a difference in the lives of children, youth and their families.