Smart Skin Technologies is a technology development company based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Smart Skin has developed and commercialized a pressure-sensitive skin technology that is aimed at a variety of applications.
Evan is an experienced leader with world class expertise in manufacturing process improvement and analytics. A visionary thinker, Evan has a proven track record of seeking out and leading step change innovations over a career spanning 15 years in the canning, food processing, and heavy industrial manufacturing sectors. He has a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as an MBA from the University of New Brunswick and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Kumaran developed the initial concept of Smart Skin. He first developed the technology for use as a prosthetic glove or touch sensor for prosthetics in 2008. Since then, several other commercial markets were also identified, including sports training and industrial packaging. Smart Skin Technologies has won a variety of awards since its inception in 2008, including several business plan and engineering competitions and a Special Award for Social Awareness at the Canadian Engineering Competition in 2009. At the NBIF Breakthru Competition in 2009, Smart Skin won four awards: Best Young Entrepreneur, Best Presentation, Best University Venture and the Viewers’ Choice Award. Kumaran himself has been recognized as a promising young entrepreneur and has raised $6 million to fund the research and commercialization of Smart Skin’s novel sensor technology.
Joe is an experienced packaging professional with global experiences, leading to new consumer packages and product commercialization. . He was part of Global Packaging teams at Colgate-Palmolive Co. in New York and New Jersey, and at The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, Georgia, where he retired in 2013. Joe's work is built on a foundation of consumer insights, packaging technology development, and novel package converting methods. His responsibilities included early pipeline ideation, identification of opportunities, project business case development, sell-in with business teams and intellectual property development. He holds 12 US patents, and has six pending applications. He won the Colgate Global Technology Award for Dual Tube Commercialization in 2001 and has won five Colgate "You Can Make a Difference " Awards sponsored by the Chairman. He is President of Packaging Strategies and Solutions LLC and is a Smart Skin Technologies advisor. Education BS Mechanical Engineering, with focus on Material Sciences, Union College, Schenectady, NY Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) member.
Dr. Franz Mader is former Division Head of Technology Management of KHS GmbH and Project Manager / Division Head of TCO-Concepts of Krones AG. In these positions he gained a wide range of experience and has a proven record of success in international project management, R&D, packaging line management, technology and logistics. He has considerable analytical, conception, strategic and operative skills.
Dr. Chibante is an expert in the field of nanoscience. He conducted research under the mentorship of the late Dr. Richard Smalley, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry. He has on-going collaborations with NASA, the US Dept. of Defence, and national laboratories in the US, France and Germany. Dr. Chibante brings with him a wealth of business development experience; he founded two companies in Houston, BuckyUSA and NanoTex Corp., to promote nanocarbon manufacturing, application research and commercialization. He has significant experience and expertise in this ground-breaking research, and his contributions to Smart Skin Technologies as Research Director will make Smart Skin a market leader in compliant thin film sensors.
Gerry Pond has over 45 years of in-depth experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. As the CEO of NBTel and the President of its successor, Aliant Telecom, he was at the helm during a period of significant deregulation in the Canadian industry. Under his innovative leadership, NBTel emerged as an international ICT leader.
Born in Quebec and raised in New Brunswick, Gerry Pond’s educational achievements include a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick; Organizational Effectiveness Program, Harvard University; Executive Program, McGill University; and Senior Executive’s Program, University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Pond is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Mariner Partners Inc., and has co-founded a numberof successful ICT start-ups in Atlantic Canada, including iMagicTV, Q1 Labs, Brovada Technologies, Radian6, Shift Energy and Cirrus9. He is also the Co-Founder of Propel ICT, a start-up accelerator, the Co-Founder of the Pond-Deshpande Centre at the University of New Brunswick, and the Co-Founder and Chairman of East Valley Ventures, an incubator for Atlantic Canadian start-up companies with a mission of helping passionate entrepreneurs launch meaningful and enduring technology companies.
Gerry Pond has received many honours, both regionally and nationally, including the prestigious 1997 Canadian Information Productivity Association (CIPA) Innovator of the Year and Hall of Fame, the NB Knowledge Industry Recognition and Achievement (KIRA) Awards Person of the Year in 2002, the 2003 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO Award in Atlantic Canada in 2003 and 2005, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of New Brunswick, and an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University.. For his tireless contribution to regional economic development, he was inducted into the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame in October 2007.
An inspiring innovator and social entrepreneur, Gerry Pond also earned recognition as 2011 Canadian Angel of the Year from Techvibes & KPMG. In 2012, he received the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian award for New Brunswick. He was twice honoured in 2013, first by The Learning Partnership as a Champion of Public Education, and then as the recipient of the Order of New Brunswick for his innovative spirit and critical contribution to many of New Brunswick’s IT and telecommunications success stories. At the 2014 Canadian Startup Awards, Gerry Pond’s passion for supporting innovation and entrepreneurship was recognized with the prestigious Wolf Blass Lifetime Achievement Award.
Most recently, he was awarded the first-ever Business Development Bank of Canada Entrepreneurship Champion – a national award that recognizes the achievement of a Canadian entrepreneur and community leader who has created and grown one or many successful small or medium-sized businesses while significantly contributing to the prosperity of the Canadian entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Jeff Grammer is a partner of Rho Canada. With nearly 31 years of operational and venture experience, Jeff seeks entrepreneurs who see market opportunities and possess the business acumen to nurture young companies to become industry leaders.
He joined Rho Canada in 2006 and focuses primarily on investments in new media, information technology (hardware and software) and communication companies – mostly at the seed and early stages of development. Prior to Rho Canada, Jeff worked operationally at Intel, Chips and Technologies, N*Able Technologies and Ember Corporation. His venture capital experience also includes Techfarm Inc. and Sigma Partners.
Jeff’s interests also extend to working with young, first-time entrepreneurs to help them build world-class management teams. He volunteers much of his free time to coaching his children in youth sports.
Jeff received a B.A. and M.A. in international economics from Boston University.
Peter, having joined GrowthWorks Atlantic Ltd. in 2006 as the Regional Investment Manager for New Brunswick, now serves an expanded role within the investment team as Vice President Investments. He brings a depth of experience executing corporate development transactions and conducting financial planning and analysis. Prior to joining GrowthWorks, Peter held increasingly senior positions with large corporations (Teletech, TCI Communications) and start-up companies (Covad Communications, Barrett Xplore) in the United States and Canada.
Peter is using his knowledge of leading investments, acquiring companies, and establishing joint ventures to help GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund expand its investment portfolio throughout the Atlantic provinces.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. In addition to his responsibilities as a Director of Smart Skin, Peter serves on the Board of Directors of Introhive, Enovex Technologies, Lymbix and Spinzo. Also, he serves on the Board of Advisors of the Huntsman Marine Science Center and is Past-Chair of the Board of the Fredericton Community Foundation.