Pivotree’s Advisory Board is comprised of a group of successful business leaders with a collective breadth of knowledge and experience in the areas of cloud computing, technology, finance, and retail. Currently composed of six members, the group meets on a regular basis and they provide valuable input and support of Pivotree’s business direction and vision. The participants in the advisory board offer ideas, insights, and perspective that helps Pivotree continually improve operational excellence and innovation for ecommerce and other clients.
Stephanie Coyles is an experienced corporate director with experience as a strategic consultant and advisor to a diverse clientele across North America and Asia, including retail, consumer distribution, private equity, and business consulting organizations. She has a depth of exposure to the marketing technology and digital ecosystems.
She was previously Chief Strategic Officer at LoyaltyOne Co from 2008 to 2012 and a partner at McKinsey & Company Canada from 2000 to 2008. Ms. Coyles is currently a member of two corporate boards of directors: Sun Life Financial and Metro Inc. She also serves on the board of The Earth Rangers Foundation. Ms. Coyles holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree from the Smith’s School of Business at Queen’s University.
Tom Predovic is a senior executive leader of technology companies focused on delivering high quality, enterprise software solutions. As a results-driven senior executive, Tom has over 20 years of industry relevant leadership experience and an extremely successful track record within the software start-up arena of rapid growth companies delivering packaged, custom, and SaaS solutions.
His career is built on the foundation of an Aerospace Engineering MASc and years as a software designer, developer, and architect.
Vernon is Managing Director of Mosaic Capital Partners and was founder and Managing Director of Mosaic Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm. Through 22 years in the investment industry, Vernon helped build several companies from start-up to acquisition or public listing, seven of which achieved valuations in excess of $100 million. Earlier in his career, Vernon was a consultant with McKinsey & Company and software engineer at Nortel Networks.
Vernon sits on the boards of several public and private companies. He holds a BASc in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Harvard where he was a Baker Scholar.
Prior to joining Eventi full-time, Scott was co-founder and EVP, General Counsel of Grocery Gateway. Scott structured numerous venture capital financings at Grocery Gateway, raising in aggregate more than $130 million from angels, strategic partners, VCs, and institutional investors such as the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He also managed communications for Grocery Gateway’s Board of Directors and provided leadership to its HR function, growing the company from 40 to 500 employees. After completing the sale of Grocery Gateway and its subsidiary, Gateway Delivery Ltd. in September 2004, Scott joined Eventi in order to continue working with high growth businesses.
Scott started his law career at Toronto firm Miller Thomson, focusing on corporate/commercial and technology. While at Miller Thomson, Scott was seconded to Star Data Systems, a TSE-listed technology service provider to the financial sector. He brings considerable experience in deal structuring, human resource management, and corporate governance. With a background in private practice and extensive in-house experience, Scott has a practical, productive approach to legal and human resource issues.
Jim McGill brings 25+ years of leadership experience in manufacturing, logistics, ecommerce, and retail. Currently head of the Peter Gilgan Family Office, Jim sits on a number of other corporate boards. Over the past 5 years, Jim held a number of interim executive positions, including as CEO of Angoss Software. He spent 7 years at Indigo Books as CFO and eventually COO, where he was accountable for all corporate finance functions, supply chain, HR, as well as the IT and legal groups. Jim brings strong operational and corporate finance experience in the retail and distribution sectors.
Early in his career, Jim held positions with Deloitte & Touche and Proctor & Gamble, followed by 9 years at Purolator (where he was CFO for the last 4). He then spent 3 years building the finance function at Grocery Gateway, a successful online retailing start-up. Jim holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Waterloo.
Brian O’Neil, CFA, is the Managing Partner of A Faire Aujourd’hui Inc. (“AFAI”) – a Toronto-based family office and private equity fund. He has 20 years of work experience, primarily advising, working with and investing alongside small and medium sized Canadian companies, including 10 years of Board of Director service.
Brian sits as a Director, Advisor, or Observer on the Boards of Blue Ant Media, Ecowaste Industries / Montrose Property Holdings, Eventi Capital Partners, Fowler Construction, Huys Industries, and Pivotree Managed IT Services.
Prior to investment management, Brian was a consultant at a global human resources consultancy and a senior advisor to a Minister in the Government of Canada. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and an undergraduate degree in Economics.