Frank Franczyk P.Eng., MSc., MBA


Frank Franczyk is the founder and President of the company. Frank’s career spans 28 years with a background in satellite communication systems and international business development. He has held senior management positions in private and public operating companies in both Engineering and Product Marketing and has been instrumental in creating and financing new technology ventures. Frank earned his post-secondary degrees at the University of Manitoba including a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration degree, specializing in General Management and Leadership.

Frank began his career in Ottawa, working as a systems and spacecraft engineer with Telesat Canada, and spent three years in Buenos Aires Argentina working as a technical consultant for various telecom and cable companies. In 1996, Frank co-founded IMT Comsys and later Spectraworks, both of which were acquired by Norsat International. During his years with Norsat, Frank gained considerable international business experience marketing and supporting sales of technology solutions across Europe and Asia, working with international satellite and telecommunication organizations such as Duetsche Telekom, Singapore Telecom, Hong Kong Telecom, MediaSat (Australia), and People’s™ Daily (China).

Mark Ahrens-Townsend B.Sc. (Eng.), MBA

President and CEO of Kane Biotech

Mark Ahrens-Townsend is a graduate Engineer and MBA from the University of Manitoba who has spent the past 25 years in the Venture Capital, Engineering and Information, Communications and Technology industries. Mark is currently the President and Chief Executive officer of Kane Biotech.

Mark was previously an Executive Vice President of at Librestream. Before Librestream, Mark was Vice President, Investments with ENSIS Growth Fund, in Winnipeg, Manitoba from 2002 until 2007.

Prior to ENSIS, Mark was the President & CEO of Norsat International Inc., located in Burnaby, British Columbia, and before that President & CEO of Infocorp Computer Solution Ltd., located in Winnipeg. Mark has worked extensively in the private sector for firms including IBM Canada Limited and Acres Engineering Consulting Services. With IBM, Mark held a variety of positions over 8 years including Regional Product Marketing for new product technology and Account Executive responsibility in both private and public sector accounts.

Dr. Lot Shafai Ph.D., P.Eng., Distinguished Professor

Senior Chairholder

Acknowledged as one of the world’s most innovative antenna researchers, Dr. Lotfollah Shafai’s ground-breaking research has led to a range of developments that are already in wide use in the broadband wireless and satellite communication industries.
Dr. Shafai is Canada’s leading expert in the field of applied electromagnetic and radiating systems. His early work led to the development of the first generation picoterminals for the Canadian Hermes satellite ultra-small fully portable satellite ground stations with antennas now in use around the globe, making direct satellite broadcasting accessible to the public. The ability to broadcast from anywhere in the world via satellite phone systems was also developed by Dr. Shafai’s team, giving broadcast journalists the unique opportunity to deliver live coverage from remote locations across all continents.
His research, in addition to telecommunications, has contributed to the advancement of new technologies, smart structures, remote sensing, telemedicine and medical imaging. He also spearheaded the establishment of the premier Canadian conference on telecommunications, antennas and microwaves.

In recent years, Dr. Shafai’s work has also focused on the electromagnetic mapping of Arctic sea ice. His research team is providing critical data for understanding the effects of climate-warming trends and more accurate predictions of the seasonal behavior of Arctic ice.

Dr. Shafai received his PhD in Applied Sciences from the University of Toronto and is currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a Canada Research Chair in Applied Electromagnetics and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Canadian Academy of Engineers, the Engineering Institute of Canada and the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Cyrus Shafai Ph.D., P.Eng., Associate Head Electrical Engineering

Director Nano-Systems Fabrication Laboratory

Dr. Cyrus Shafai is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1990, and the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1993 for his development of the Scanning Resistance Microscope. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1997. His principle research was the development of a micromachined on-chip Peltier heat pump.

Cyrus’ current research includes RF MEMS, micro-sensors (electric, magnetic, gas), micro-actuators, applied micromachining, microfluidics for thermal management, biomedical microdevices, and process simulation. His investigations have focused on adaptive antenna with continuously variable frequency control and analog/digital phase shifters. The MEMS lab is a highly interdisciplinary and dynamic environment, and Cyrus interacts with many research groups from across campus.

Douglas Forbes Bachelor of Laws

Doug Forbes practises in the areas of Corporate/Commercial Law with an emphasis on transactions and financing; in Real Estate Law, with an emphasis on buying, selling, financing, development, and leasing; and in Condominium Law with an emphasis on development, governance, buying, selling, and financing. Doug also assists many organizations, profit and non profit, corporate and non corporate with governance and general operational issues. Doug acts for a wide range of clients, including large, medium, and small businesses, public and private corporations, professional corporations, non profit organizations, real estate developers, property management corporations, and condominium corporations. Doug advises clients on local, provincial, national, and international matters.