External Advisory Council

The External Advisory Council plays a valuable role in advising the Dean on matters relating to the activities and future directions of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.  The Council consists of external members, including senior leaders from industry, government and professional organizations; in addition, members from SFU include the Associate Deans and School Directors.

Amyn Rajan (Chair)

Chief Executive Officer
Rajan Holdings Inc.

Amyn Rajan is a software industry veteran with over 20 years of expertise in mobile, BI, OLAP, data access, data analytics, cloud, and Big Data. Amyn has built two very successful companies that sold software to great companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, SAP, and Teradata. His work includes investing in local universities to educate our leaders of tomorrow.

Bill Tam

Co-Chair, Digital Technology Supercluster
Former President and CEO, BC Tech Association

Bill Tam is the former President & CEO of the BC Tech Association. He has been guiding the success of entrepreneurial companies for over 20 years. He was the CEO of EQO Communications and a Partner at SpringBank TechVentures, where he led investments in software and wireless.

Colin Quon

Chief Executive Officer
Connected Displays Inc.

Colin Quon is currently leading Connected Displays Inc., a product development consultancy and developer of the chatnels chat messaging platform. Prior to his latest start-up, Colin was Head of Mobile & Corporate Advisor at Global Relay Communications, Founder & Founding CEO of EQO Communications.

Don Wakefield

VP Engineering
SAP Analytics

Don Wakefield is an accomplished Software Development Executive with over 25 years of experience with multi-site, global delivery in both the product and services environment. Don has held business, technical and management positions responsible for all facets of software product and services delivery. He is also one of four founders of IBM Canada’s Pacific Development Centre.

Donna Jones

General Manager of Investment and Intergovernmental Relations
City of Surrey

Donna Jones is the General Manager of Investment and Intergovernmental Relations for the City of Surrey. Donna oversees the work of the Economic Development Division and the Intergovernmental Relations Division. She is also a member of the City’s Senior Management Team, which provides overall corporate leadership to the organization.

Igor Faletski

Chief Executive Officer

Igor Faletski is the CEO of Mobify, a global mobile commerce platform with almost 100 full-time employees, powering some of the largest retailers in the world, including Starbucks, Garmin, Toyota and Expedia, and tens of thousands of developers globally. Igor is a passionate spokesperson for the future of mobile and its positive impact on society.

Jessie Adcock

Chief Technology Officer
City of Vancouver

Jessie Adcock is the City of Vancouver’s Chief Technology Officer. As one of the first public sector CDO’s in Canada, Jessie led the execution of a multi-year digital strategy focused on the growth of direct channels; enhancing citizen services and engagement; improving the City’s data and technology infrastructure; and enabling a more digital workforce.

Mark Rigolo

Associate Director, Engineering Admissions
Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia

Mark Rigolo is responsible for all aspects of the engineering admissions process at Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. His duties include improving the efficiency of intake and evaluation of applicants, ensuring the effectiveness of Registration Outreach Programs, and managing all facets of Customer Service related to the admission of members.

Shanna Knights

Research Director
Ballard Power Systems

Shanna Knights is the Director of Research at Ballard Power Systems. Her fuel cell research areas since joining Ballard in 1995 include durability, reliability, performance, and operational behavior, and span several fuel cell applications, including bus, light duty automotive, materials handling, back-up power, stationary power generation and cogeneration.

Simon Mok

Senior Business Consultant

Simon Mok has over 20 years of experience working in a wide range of industries, businesses, and community organizations. He focuses on connective strategies, people, and technology to create innovative solutions. That includes managing the professional services division with new business models and KPIs.

Tim Botham

Managing Partner
Aqua Mergers + Acquisitions

Tim Botham has over 20 years of experience starting and building tech businesses within startups, mid-size, and large technology firms. Currently, he is a Managing Partner at Aqua Mergers + Acquisitions, an M&A advisory firm specializing in early stage high-tech and life-science companies with disruptive intellectual property.

Tom Nyberg

Performance Solutions Leader and GM
Finning Digital

Tom Nyberg has established, built, transformed and led international cross-functional organizations that build products, services and solutions. At Finning Digital, he is leading a Performance Solutions team that is creating and bringing to market the latest technology in many areas, such as connectivity, condition monitoring, autonomy, and drone technologies.

Victor Goncalves

Chief Technology Officer
Alpha Technologies

Victor Goncalves has over 30 years of leading R&D teams that conceptualize, design and develop technology products for the power supply industry. In his current position as Chief Technology Officer, Victor is responsible for establishing the company’s technical vision and leading all aspects of the company’s technology strategy.

William Waung

Director, Intellectual Property
Sierra Wireless

William Waung is the Senior Director, Intellectual Property at Sierra Wireless, Inc. In the past 15 years, William’s focus has been on intellectual property and is tasked with the establishment and management of Sierra Wireless’s patent program. His responsibilities include management of the patent prosecution activities and the support of IP licensing and litigation activities within Sierra Wireless.