(TSX Venture Exchange: "IVI")
Issued Common Shares: 40,164,866
CALGARY, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Ivrnet Inc., (TSX-V: IVI), would like to
announce a number of significant changes to the Board of Directors and
In the fall of 2012, longtime Chairman Bob Blackshaw announced his
retirement. Ivrnet's Board, Management and shareholders thank Bob for
his long time service, tireless efforts, and significant contributions
to Ivrnet since its inception. Bob was with Ivrnet for more than 10
years and has left an enduring stamp on the company.
During the 2013 AGM, two new Directors were elected to the Board to
replace Mr. Blackshaw. The company is thrilled to add the following
extremely talented individuals.
Marcel Jacques, currently a semi-retired business development consultant
and former Chairman of Replicon Inc, joins the Ivrnet Board with over
35 years of information systems experience. Mr. Jacques' interest in
technology has revolved around the introduction of leading edge
technologies such as supercomputers (managed four installations in
Calgary) and fiber optics (co-founder of OilNet later known as MetroNet
Communications which was sold to AT&T). His entrepreneurial career
includes co-founding International Productivity Solutions Inc., known
as PreferSoft Inc. that was sold to Pangaea Inc. Mr. Jacques was
Chairman for PreferSoft Inc. and has sat on a number of boards within
Calgary. Mr. Jacques continues to advise, direct and mentor numerous
small private Alberta companies. Formerly, Mr. Jacques has held
various positions with ACTC Technologies Inc., Control Data Canada
Ltd., and Fujitsu Canada.
Andrew Watts joins the Board with a plethora of business acumen and
experience as the current President and CEO of Hansar Energy Corp., a
private junior oil company with assets in the Western Canadian
Sedimentary Basin. Mr. Watts has previous oil & gas experience through
Tier One Energy and Player Petroleum; both successful Junior Energy
companies in Central & South Eastern Alberta. Mr. Watts' previous
business ventures include his tenure as CEO of Watts Mechanical
Services Ltd., which was included in Alberta Venture Magazine's "Fast
Growth 50", ranked 1st in 2009 in the over $20 million category. As well, Mr. Watts is a
graduate of MIT's "Entrepreneurial Master's Program", 2012 and was
notably included in Avenue Magazine's 2009 "Top 40 Under 40" (at age
32) and is a member in good standing of the Young Presidents
With the expiry of management contracts that were inherited from the
acquisition of ITSportsNet, Ivrnet has rationalized the management
teams, reducing operating costs by $60K per month while still being
able to add a number of key new people.
Chris Topolniski takes over as VP Finance and Administration. All
finance, administrative, and legal functions report to Mr. Topolniski,
who has been actively involved in Corporate Finance, Marketing and
Strategic Business Planning in the public & private sectors for over 25
years. Mr. Topolniski held numerous management, Vice President,
Director and business ownership positions throughout his career.
Particularly applicable to his role at Ivrnet, Mr. Topolniski was CFO
for the Calgary Stampeder Football Club from 1996 - 2001, and had years
of banking experience as a manager within the Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce. Mr. Topolniski conducted his Post-Secondary Degree studies
in Economics & Business Administration and also holds a Professional
Investment Funds in Canada designation.
Mr. Kevin Wolff takes over as Vice President and Chief Technology
Officer. A passionate technology enthusiast, Mr. Wolff combines
tremendous breadth of technical knowledge with a strong business sense
and understanding. Over the past two decades Mr. Wolff has used
technology to drive profit, not build toys. His entrepreneurial skills
and senior positions in product development and IT have equipped him
with the ability to conceptualize, plan and strategically implement
next generation solutions for multiple businesses and market verticals.
Kevin is responsible for all aspects of software development, server
architecture, professional services and Ivrnet's overall technological
vision. He is currently working to streamline and optimize Ivrnet's
technology and products, including a soon to be launched next
generation of the ITSportNet platform. Using cutting edge
infrastructure, Kevin focuses on security, stability, performance and
Mr. Hanif Mohamed takes over as Vice President, Product & Sales. The
former founder, CEO, and majority owner of TxtMeNow, an industry
leading mobile marketing company acquired by Ivrnet in 2011, Mr.
Mohamed quickly demonstrated his value as a key member of Ivrnet's
management team. During his entrepreneurial time at TxtMeNow, Mr.
Mohamed worked with such clients as Microsoft, Open Text, Canada
Safeway, Mr. Lube, Old Dutch Foods, the Calgary Stampede, and more. He
has nine years of experience managing diverse teams in the technology
sector. He has a strong technology vision, and is particularly adept at
understanding and predicting the market's acceptance and adoption of
new technologies. Mr. Mohamed holds an MBA, a B.Sc. in Computer
Science, a BA in Psychology, and is PMP certified. He regularly guest
lectures for numerous University of Calgary Entrepreneurship, Marketing
and MBA courses.
About Ivrnet Inc. - Ivrnet is a software and communications company that
develops, hosts, sells and supports value added business process
improvement software applications, delivered through the traditional
phone network and the Internet. These applications facilitate automated
interaction through personalized communication between people; mass
communication for disseminating information to thousands of people
concurrently; and personalized communication between people and
automated systems. Ivrnet's applications are accessible through nearly
any form of communication technology, at any time, from anywhere in
North America via voice, phone, fax, email, texting and the Internet.
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information release may contain certain forward-looking information.
Actual future results may differ materially from those contemplated.
The risks, uncertainties and other factors that could influence the
actual results are described in documents filed with regulatory
SOURCE: IVRnet Inc.
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