Stephan Ouaknine - Managing partner

Stephan Ouaknine is founder and Managing Partner of Inerjys. A proven entrepreneur and investor, Stephan has been a visionary leader across multiple technology sectors, from clean technology to telecommunications. His career has spanned three high-tech ventures, creating significant shareholder value with three successful exits. Stephan founded Inerjys with the insight that new deployment approaches and proven technologies could overcome the challenges of the cleantech sector and power a better tomorrow.

Prior to Inerjys, Stephan founded Blueslice Networks, a leading provider of evolved Subscriber Data Management (eSDM) solutions for telecom carriers. Stephan led Blueslice from its foundation in 2001 until its acquisition in 2010 by Tekelec (NASDAQ: TKLC). At the time of its acquisition, Blueslice was the global leader in cross-platform eSDM solutions deployed in tier 1 accounts in over 25 countries. Stephan’s other successes include Emblaze (LSE: BLZ), a next-generation mobile multimedia company which reached a $6 billion valuation during his tenure, and Airslide Systems, a leader in next generation signalling which merged with Cantata Technology and was acquired by Dialogic (NASDAQ: DLGC).

Stephan is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the TED community, a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos and a recipient of the Annual Honoree Award from the Canadian Technion Society. He is frequently invited to share thoughts on entrepreneurship, investing and the clean energy sector at global events.

stephan@inerjys.com

Stephan Head shot

Dave Furneaux - partner

Dave Furneaux has spent his 20 year career as an entrepreneur, investor and venture capital fund manager. During this time, he has played active roles in building some of the leading technology and Internet companies in North America. He also started and operates 2 investment companies; Furneaux Capital Holding Company, LLC and Kodiak Venture Partners.

A sample of successful companies include Aironet (IPO and acquired by Cisco Systems), ALIS (acquired by Karl Zeiss), Auroranetics (acquired by Cisco Systems), Enfora (Acquired by Novatel), Extreme Packet Devices (acquired by PMC-Sierra), Philsar (acquired by Skyworks), RMI (acquired by Broadcom), Smartcells (acquired by Merck) and Watchfire (acquired by IBM). Recent successes from Furneaux Capital and Kodiak Venture Partner's investments include BLAZE.io's acquisition by Akamai, WHERE.com's acquisition by EBAY and Channel Advisor's IPO on the NYSE.

Areas of interest include Internet and communication technologies, agriculture and food technologies and sustainable power generation.

dave@inerjys.com

geneviève Laniel - Director of operations 

Genevieve completed a Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University with a major in marketing. She most recently worked in operations for Structube, where she was involved in developing and implementing a new ERP system, including a new point of sale. She also took an active role in preparing the infrastructure of the company to launch an e-commerce website for both Canada and the U.S, and coordinated the opening of 3 new store locations in Canada. During her studies, Genevieve has also gained experience in the field of finance at Virage Capital, an advisory firm offering services related to the financing and formation of funds, and other investment vehicles. She further deepened her marketing knowledge at one of North America`s largest Youth Resort, Muskoka Woods, where she was involved in brand management, and the implementation and commercialization of new services. Geneviève also worked as a new business development intern for Canadian advertising agency Marketel.

Geneviève is responsible for running the daily operations at Inerjys, and is a sports enthusiast during her spare time.

genevieve@inerjys.com

 

George Smitherman- Advisory Board Member

Chairman & Principal, G&G Global Solutions, a firm pursuing business development in the global cleantech sector. Mr. Smitherman is a trailblazing advocate for renewable energy and a noted expert on energy and infrastructure policy. During a 12-year career in politics, Mr. Smitherman has held several key positions in the Ontario government, from Minister of Health to Deputy Premier. His tenure as Ontario Minister of Energy & Infrastructure was distinguished by the seminal Green Energy Act, arguably the most significant renewable energy legislation in Canadian history. Most recently, he was a candidate for the mayoralty of Toronto.

Gaétan lantagne - advisory board member

Scientific Director, IREQ (Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec). In his role at IREQ Dr. Lantagne is responsible for the scientific direction of 300 researchers and plays key roles in Hydro-Québec’s energy efficiency and renewable energy research activities. Among other roles, he is currently chair of the Hydro-Québec steering committee on wind energy. Dr. Lantagne is additionally vice-president of the board of directors of C3E, the Centre of Excellence in Energy Efficiency, and a member of the NSERC focus group on energy technology.