Board of Directors

Solantro’s board of directors is composed of proven semiconductor veterans and entrepreneurs who have jointly and severally built billions of dollars in shareholder value as entrepreneurs in the field of mixed signal analog/digital Semiconductors and advanced systems design.


Antoine Paquin

Antoine is a serial entrepreneur currently serving as the founder, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Solantro, an Ottawa based fabless semiconductor company delivering next generation semiconductor based solutions for distributed power generation solutions. He is also a partner at Rho, a diversified private equity firm based in New York, Montreal and Palo Alto, CA.

For more than 20 years, he has defined and shaped the direction of several notable and groundbreaking technology firms, including Axiom Microdevices Inc. (sold to Skyworks NASDAQ: SWKS), Philsar Semiconductor Inc. (sold to Skyworks Solutions – NASDAQ: SWKS) and Skystone Systems Inc. (sold to Cisco Systems – NASDAQ: CSCO).

Mr. Paquin serves as a director on the board of Accedian Networks. Prior to that point, Mr. Paquin served on a number of prominent public and private company boards, including GMP Capital, one of Canada’s premier investment banks, and Public Mobile, one of Canada’s new Cellular Operators.

Antoine has received several awards during his entrepreneurial career, including Entrepreneur of the Year for the Nation's Capital, recipient of the National Research Council's Innovator of the Year Award, and recipient of the IWAY awards for exceptional entrepreneurial achievements (Canada's Information Highway Initiative).
Antoine was born in Montréal, Canada and raised in Canada, France and Africa.


S. Atiq Raza

Atiq is an industry veteran and has been working in engineering leadership and senior management positions for the past thirty-two years. He was Chairman and CEO of NexGen, the first company to offer competitive products to Intel in microprocessors. NexGen became a public company and subsequently was acquired by AMD for approximately $850 million in AMD stock in 1996. Atiq became the President and COO of AMD and served on its Board of Directors. At AMD, he laid the foundation of its processor business and brought the AMD-K6 and Athlon products to market and established the Opteron 64-bit instruction set architecture. Prior to NexGen, Atiq held various management positions at VLSI technology Incorporated, most notably the Vice-President of Technology Centers.

Atiq is currently Chairman & CEO of CALIENT Technologies, a leading MEMS Photonic Optical Switch Manufacturer. He also serves as Chairman of the Board at Validity, a biometric solutions company. In addition to Solantro, Atiq is also on the board of Seeo, a next generation Li-ion battery company as well as the board of eASIC, a structured ASIC company. Atiq also serves on the Stanford University School of Engineering Advisory Board.

Post AMD, Atiq founded Raza Microelectronics Incorporated (RMI). RMI was acquired by NetLogic in October 2009. RMI as part of NetLogic started shipment of the XLP Multi-issue Multi-threaded Processor, and is recognized by the Microprocessor Report as one of the most outstanding Processors in the industry today. NetLogic was in turn acquired by Broadcom on the strength of its Processor.

Atiq served as Chief Technology Advisor to NetLogic and has been on the boards of several successful start-ups including Mellanox (now a public company), SiByte (acquired by Broadcom for $2.2 billion), Siara (acquired by Redback for $4 billion), VxTel (acquired by Intel for $500 million) and Magma (formerly a public company which was recently acquired by Synopsys).

He has several degrees, including his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Physics from Punjab University, a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from the University of London, and a Master’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University.


Scott Marshall

Scott has 30 years of networking and telecommunications experience in product and architecture strategy, engineering management, product development and executive leadership. He has served on the boards of more than a dozen companies including ACC, sold to Ericsson, Vienna Systems, sold to Nokia and Extreme Packet Devices, sold to PMC Sierra. He also served on the boards of  ITRC, TRIO and CITO Ontario Centres of Excellence. He is currently a director of Magor Corp, a leader in the Visual Collaboration market.

Scott most recently held the post of Senior Vice President of Engineering, Product Management and Business Development with Redback Networks. His responsibilities included technical and product leadership as well as business partnerships. Redback Networks was sold in 2007 to Ericsson for $2.1B.

Previously, Scott was a Group Vice President of Cisco Systems with responsibility for multiple business units, including Dial Remote Access Servers and Concentrators, DSL, Cable, Wireless, Multi-service Switching, Voice over IP and Integrated Access Devices.
Scott served as President and Chief Executive Officer of optical start-up Ceyba Corporation and Executive Vice President of Research and Development of Newbridge Networks as well as in various senior product management and engineering roles at Newbridge, Mitel and Nortel.
Scott was born and raised in Toronto and received a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.


Christian Zabbal

Christian Zabbal is the Managing Director of Black Coral Capital. Black Coral Capital is a large family office that invests significant resources in Cleantech and renewable energy. BCC deploys capital at all stages of growth, from venture to infrastructure, and does b
oth direct investments (in companies) and indirect investments (through private equity funds that focus on the Cleantech space).

Christian helped set up Black Coral Capital in 2009; prior to that, he was a founding partner at ghSmart, a management consulting firm specialized in talent assessment and development for the private equity industry. The firm serves most of the large players in the venture and private equity space on management and talent issues of all types. At ghSmart, Christian launched and managed several offices and practices for the firm.

Prior to ghSmart, Christian was a junior partner at McKinsey & company, a management consulting firm. He was a leader in the media practice and worked in the New York, Amsterdam and Montreal offices. Christian also published several thought-leadership articles on broadband deployment and the evolution of new media while at McKinsey, and occasionally still speaks at various events on these topics.

Christian started his career as a cancer researcher, developing new types of cancer therapy. He founded and then sold a small research company before doing an MBA and joining McKinsey & Company. Christian lives in Montreal with his wife and 4 daughters , and consequently spends a lot of time and expenses on Disney Princess-related activities and merchandise.


Dave Furneaux

Dave is an experienced investor and entrepreneur currently serving as the founder, and Managing Partner of Kodiak Venture Partners, a formation stage venture capital firm headquartered in the Boston area. In addition, Dave also has been launching and financing companies through Furneaux Capital Holding Company, LLC since 1995.

For more than 20 years, he has participated in building market leading companies including ALIS (sold to Karl Zeiss), Auroranetics (sold to Cisco Systems), Enfora (sold to Novatel), RMI (sold to Broadcom), Philsar Semiconductor Inc. (sold to Skyworks Solutions), Watchfire (sold to IBM), Blaze (sold to Akamai), Smart Cells (sold to Merck) and Skystone Systems Inc. (sold to Cisco Systems).

Dave presently is involved on the boards and is playing an active role in the development of numerous ground breaking companies including Application Security, NewLans, Solantro Semiconductor, Little Duck Organics, Lufa Farms and IDEA.
Dave was born in Kodiak, Alaska and raised in the Northeast of the United States.


Larry Lam

Mr. Lam is a partner in the Energy/Cleantech Venture Fund. Before joining BDC in 2003, Larry was an entrepreneur/founder, gaining over 18 years of operating experience primarily with early-stage semiconductor companies. He has held senior management roles in marketing, product development and R&D at Intelligent Photonics Control, SiCon Video, Symagery Microsystems and Semiconductor Insights.

Prior to joining the E/CT Ventures group, Mr. Lam was an investment director at BDC Venture Capital in the areas of Energy, Environment, Electronics and Materials. And prior to this he was a director in BDC's Technology Seed Investments group, where he partnered with and helped entrepreneurs realize their vision.

Mr. Lam actively supports and promotes entrepreneurship through his volunteer work in his community.
He holds an MBA from Queen's University and a B.A.Sc. (EE) from the University of Waterloo.


Wen Tao (Steve), Liu

Mr. Liu has 30-year professional career encompassing biomedical, clean energy and semiconductors industries.
 
Mr. Liu was Chairman and CEO of Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc, a regenerative medicine company to which he now serves as Executive Chairman. Mr. Liu served as President and CEO of Seeo Inc where he led a team of scientists and entrepreneurs for the development of next generation lithium ion battery.  Before that, Mr. Liu had a 25 year successful career in semiconductor industry. He was President and CEO of Shanghai Huahong NEC Electronics Company (now HHGrace), Vice President and General Manager of Peregrine Semiconductor, Integrated Device Technology, and Quality Semiconductor Inc.  Mr. Liu started his career at Cypress Semiconductor in 1984.

Mr. Liu earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Nanjing University, Nanjing China. He holds a Doctorate in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy New York. 


Adam Chowaniec

Former Solantro Chairman of the Board

Major figure in Ottawa Technology community and mentor to Antoine Paquin, Solantro's CEO. Recognized by the California Computer Museum as one of the founding fathers of the computer industry. 

Passed away in February 2015 at the age of 64. He will always be remembered...