Our Board of Directors
Alec Szibbo is a co-inventor of the Jostle concept and a co-founder of Jostle Corporation. He has been recognized as one of Canada's leading legal lawyers in the fields of Intellectual Property, Technology and Internet Law. For over 35 years Alec has represented clients in the acquisition, commercialization, exploitation and sale of technology assets and creative works. His past positions have included in-house counsel for Nortel Networks, Canadian Justice Department counsel, and partner in several Canadian national law firms. He is a current member of the Bars of California and British Columbia, and formerly Ontario (retired). For a number of years he was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia Law School. He has authored numerous publications and lectured at many national and international venues on Technology Law, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
Brad Palmer is Jostle’s CEO and co-founder. He has more than 30 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams and driving the commercialization of technology businesses. Most recently he provided overall leadership to OMNEX Controls where he improved strategy, process and leadership to quickly transform the company, thereby creating considerable value. Prior to OMNEX, Brad led Kodak’s ink-jet proofing and colour management businesses, where he successfully consolidated 15 teams from three companies into a unified worldwide operation. At Creo Inc. he served as a Corporate VP and led the inkjet printing and on-press imaging divisions, both of which introduced highly innovative products. Earlier, he founded ThermicEdge Corporation and built it into a public company that custom manufactured high-performance components for the electronics industry. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Physics from SFU.
Don Bell co-founded WestJet in 1996 and played a key role in quickly growing it to become Canada’s second largest airline. Don’s vision, ideas and leadership were instrumental in creating a powerful company culture based on employee engagement and empowerment. By focusing on its people, Westjet was named Canada’s Most Respected Corporation, won an International Entrepreneurship Award for Outstanding Teamwork in 2001, received the Waterstone Human Capital Award for Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and led the industry in terms of both growth and profitability. Don served many roles in WestJet including Co-Chief Operating Officer, EVP of Customer Service and as a Boeing 737 Captain. Prior to WestJet, Don spent 18 years as President and owner of a Calgary-based company that developed, installed and supported specialized software systems for enterprises. Don is a much sought after speaker on how employee engagement, commitment and teamwork delivers tremendous market advantages and business results.
Gerard de Leeuw
Gerard (Gerry) de Leeuw is a sought-after consultant on oil and gas exploration and has recently joined Surge Energy Inc as V.P. Exploration and Business Development. Previously he was VP, Exploration and Development for Devon Canada for over 10 years, where he led a large team and managed a yearly budget over $1.6B. Prior to joining Devon, he held senior technical and management positions in exploration, marketing and business development positions with Northstar Energy, TCPI, Texaco, Amoco and Esso Resources. Gerry is actively involved in volunteer sporting organizations including past president of Alberta Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined, director of Ski Jumping Canada, director of Nordic Combined Canada, and was the Chief of Distance for Ski Jumping at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. He holds an honours’ BSc in earth science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.
Lee Smith is Vice President, Operations, Canada at Meritage Midstream Services ULC. His responsibilities include ensuring the safe, efficient and effective operation of gas processing assets and pipelines in Northern Alberta. Lee has 30 years of experience in the design, construction, staffing and commissioning of grass roots facilities and prior to Meritage, held similar positions with Pembina, Provident, EnCana and PanCanadian Petroleum. Lee has 25 years of experience building successful teams through employee engagement, empowerment and trust. Lee attended the University of Alberta and Notre Dame University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Management.
Marla R. Gottschalk
Marla R. Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, workplace effectiveness expert, and blogger specializing in workplace success strategies and organizational change. Currently Marla serves as Director of Organizational Development at Allied Talent. Here she helps individuals, teams, and organizations develop intelligently to meet work life challenges. A Charter Member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program, Marla provides insights on workplace topics to over one million followers. Her collection of posts has also appeared at outlets including The Huffington Post, US News & World Report, The World Economic Forum, and Quartz. Her own blog, The Office Blend, explores topics impacting careers and work life. Marla received a Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Wayne State University, with a minor in Multivariate Statistics.
Patricia Phillips is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of PBA Land & Development, a privately owned Calgary company. Here she provides a leadership role in the company’s strategic direction, development, and asset management. Prior to joining PBA, Patricia strategically identified and executed a business model of founding, instrumentally developing growth, and finally exiting through various business combinations, three successful private oil and gas companies as Chairman of the Board and President. In addition to her success as an entrepreneur, Patricia brings a wealth of international experience in economics and finance from her past involvement at the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Geneva, Switzerland, where she developed trade policies for the Tokyo Round. She also has experience as a financial analyst on Wall Street, where she managed the energy and sovereign sectors, working directly with corporate finance, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions. She has served as a director on a number of boards, of both public and private companies, including chairing reserve evaluation committees, compensation committees, and corporate governance committees. Patricia obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) in Economics from Mount Holyoke College, and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas (Austin).