Chief Executive Officer
John Simmons began his career in 1976 by joining multi-national Deere & Company. In 1983 Mr. Simmons began a lifelong pursuit of entrepreneurial activities by founding (or co-founding) three companies in succession - Contour Window Fashions Ltd., InsulPro Industries Inc. and Integrated Paving Concepts Inc. - each of which grew from startup to become TSX listed. In 1998, Mr. Simmons briefly stepped away from operating management and founded JC Simmons & Associates, Inc., which participated, directly or indirectly, in the early stage financing of several companies including Aspreva Pharmaceuticals, Protox Therapeutics (now Sophiris Bio) and Contigo Systems.
In 2000 Mr. Simmons was appointed CEO of TSX listed Bridges Transitions Inc. a position he held until its sale in 2006. Following this assignment Mr. Simmons returned to Integrated Paving Concepts Inc. as its CEO and led it to a successful restructuring and turnaround. Between 2011 and 2013 Integrated Paving spun out and divested two of the company’s brands and businesses which were followed by a concluding sale in 2013. In 2008 Mr. Simmons acquired Boulevard Magazine. This company was sold to Black Press Group in 2013.
Mr. Simmons graduated from the University Of Western Ontario School of Business (now Ivey School of Business) in 1976.
Chief Operating Officer
Tammy Neske is Carmanah Technologies Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the day to day management of the Company, its business divisions, subsidiaries and shared services. Ms. Neske has over 20 years of experience integrating, restructuring, building and growing BC technology-based organizations both organically and through acquisition, locally and globally. During her career, she has participated in concluding corporate transactions valued cumulatively in excess of $2 billion.
Ms. Neske spent 10 years at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc. most recently as Chief Business Officer. In this role she was directly responsible for overseeing all financial, commercial, and operational aspects of the company, including corporate strategy development and implementation of operational objectives. Prior to joining Angiotech, Ms. Neske worked at Ballard Power Systems, Inc., a global leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology development. During her time at Ballard, Ms. Neske participated in several major transactions and initiatives, most notable the restructuring and integration of acquired European operations. Previously, she built and led the Human Resource function at Mainframe Entertainment during its growth as an industry leader in CG animation for TV and film.
Tammy received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and a Master of Arts in Organization Development from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.
Evan Brown, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
As Carmanah’s Chief Financial Officer, Evan Brown is responsible for the overall financial management of the Company, including, but not limited to, the management of the financial and accounting functions of the Company and its operating subsidiaries; the management of all regulatory and stock exchange matters and the management of relationships with capital and debt market corporate relationships.
Evan has over 15 years of experience and has held senior financial positions in Canada and abroad, including Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, York Capital and State Street.
While with Goldman Sachs, Evan co-managed key high value relationships, lead wide reaching accounting platform upgrades and participated in investor due diligence initiatives and in the management and hiring of teams. At York Capital, Evan again led a team to complete a complex conversion of high value funds to a new accounting/operating platform.
Evan returned to Canada in 2012 and most recently was Vice President with State Street, a leading provider of financial services to institutional investors.
Evan is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University.