Bergsma will also assume an active role with Pioneering's Management
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Pioneering Technology Corp.
("Pioneering" or "the Corporation") (TSX Venture: PTE), an energy smart
product innovation and consumer goods company, announced today that
John Bergsma has been appointed Chairman of Pioneering's Board of
Directors. Mr. Bergsma brings deep domain and channel experience to the
Pioneering team and a long history of corporate stewardship.
Mr. Bergsma has served Pioneering Technology and its shareholders well
since joining the Board in July 2008. John who recently retired from
his appointment as the Commissioner of Corporate Services for the
Regional Municipality of Niagara will now take on a more active role at
Pioneering working closely with Pioneering's Management team.
Bergsma said of the appointment, "I appreciate the confidence that the
Board has shown in naming me Chairman and I am committed to adding
value to Pioneering at this very exciting juncture in its history. I
intend to take on a more active role in helping management develop and
execute its business strategy".
Mr. Bergsma has two Engineering degrees from McMaster University and an
MBA from the University of Waterloo. He has served as President of
Lennox Canada Inc., President & CEO of Union Gas Limited, President of
Massey Ferguson Research Ltd. and Columbus McKinnon Limited. He has
also served in the past on the Boards of Directors of CFM Corp.,
various natural gas utilities, pipeline companies and industry
associations, including the Executive Committee of the Board of the
International Gas Union.
Mr. Bergsma currently sits on the Boards of St. Catharines Hydro Inc.,
Horizon Utilities Corp., the Ontario Clean Water Agency and the Niagara
Health System Foundation and has served over 20 years on the Board of
Governors of the University of Waterloo, including a term as Board
Chair. He also served his community on the Boards of the Stratford
Festival of Canada, Ontario Great Lakes Renewal Foundation, the
Canadian Urban Institute, and various United Ways across Ontario.
John is an avid lacrosse fan and has been an investor and Managing
Partner of professional lacrosse's San Jose Stealth and Toronto Rock.
He was also a Governor of the National Lacrosse League.
Pioneering CEO Kevin Callahan said, "John has been a tremendous asset to
our board over the past two years. While we are very happy that John
has agreed to step up as Chairman, his decision to commit his time to
working directly with the Pioneering Management team on a regular basis
is a coup for the Company."
About Pioneering Technology Corporation:
Pioneering is an "Energy Smart" product innovation company based in Mississauga, Ontario, that
engineers and brings to market energy smart solutions for consumer
products making them safer, smarter and/or more efficient. The patented
Safe-T-element® cooking system is engineered to help prevent stove top
cooking fires, the number one cause of fire in North America, and to
reduce the amount of electricity required to cook. The patent pending
Safe-T-sensor is designed to detect burning conditions in microwave
ovens shutting it off before it causes a fire or triggers a fire alarm.
Pioneering trademarks include Safe-T-element®, Safe-T-Sensor™,
Powergrill™, Battery Eliminator®, Powerpak™ and the Hydro-free Furnace
Fan™. For more information visit: www.pioneeringtech.com.
The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy and accuracy of this release.
SOURCE Pioneering Technology Corp.
For further information:
Kevin Callahan, President & CEO at (905) 712-2061 ext. 222