The Board of Directors
George Lowenfeld | Chairman of the Board
George Lowenfeld is a founding shareholder and former Chairman of the Board of Chemical Computing Group, a global software company, which was sold profitably in 2011. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Fortem.
A retired Chartered Accountant, George was active throughout his career in professional and educational roles. As a partner at Cabral & Lowenfeld Chartered Accountants, based in Montreal, Canada, Mr. Lowenfeld provided audit and tax advisory services to small and medium businesses. Later, Mr. Lowenfeld and partners founded Chemical Computing Group which they grew into a global software business, providing research tools for university and industry laboratories throughout the world.
Throughout a successful career as an entrepreneur, Mr. Lowenfeld, who speaks six languages, has always placed a high value on learning and mentorship. A professor of accountancy at Concordia University for 34 years, Mr. Lowenfeld was instrumental in broadening accounting education in Montreal. Mr. Lowenfeld is a founder of the Goodman Institute of Financial Management and the MBA CFA program at Concordia University, one of the most successful CFA training programs in Canada. He also began the Graduate Diploma in Accountancy program at Concordia, a diploma which has now been given by the university for 35 years.
Mr. Lowenfeld continues to be active in the field of technology entrepreneurship as an angel investor, where he brings a career full of entrepreneurial and mentoring experience to promising, growing companies. Mr. Lowenfeld is a member of Anges Quebec, a group of angel investors in the province of Quebec, Canada. A successful racehorse owner in his spare time, Mr. Lowenfeld’s champion standardbred horses have won major titles including the 2007 Breeder’s Crown.
Jean-Guy Gourdeau, CA, CFA
Jean-Guy Gourdeau is the Founder and President of Solstice Financial Group Inc., which provides Business Owners, Boards and CEOs with strategic advisory services, guiding them through key stages of their business development. Services offered include Family Business Planning, Business Consulting, Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory, Corporate Finance and Divestitures, Treasury, Cash and Risk Management Advisory, and Merchant Banking. Since 2009, Jean-Guy has been a senior advisor to Meadow Lake Tribal Council Resource Development (RDI), the for-profit arm of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) consisting of nine northern Saskatchewan First Nations communities. MLTC has been doing business in Saskatchewan for over 25 years and has become one of Saskatchewan’s largest private equity investment managers.
Mr. Gourdeau has over 20 years of financial services experience, leading and building teams in a variety of large publicly traded companies, family-owned and controlled businesses, as well as in the launching of new business ventures
Mr. Gourdeau was a founding shareholder and Chief Investment Officer of Richardson Financial Group from its inception in 2003 to 2007. He also served as Managing Director of Richardson Capital Limited, the private equity arm of Richardson Financial Group, and as a Board member of Richardson Partners Financial Limited, the family wealth management arm of Richardson Financial Group. From 1999 to 2003, Jean-Guy was part of the senior management teams at Power Financial Corporation, and from 1992 to 1999 at Power Financial’s publicly traded subsidiary, Investors Group Inc. Previously, Jean-Guy was part of the senior management team in the Brookfield Group, working at Trilon Financial Corporation and Brascan Limited from 1989 to 1992. Initial professional experience was obtained from Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte).
Mr. Gourdeau is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Accountant (C.A.). Jean-Guy obtained his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McGill University, with great distinction, as a university scholar.
As an active Anges Quebec member, Mr. Gourdeau is currently a Board member of GCS Medical Inc., developer of a new surgical positioner using innovative materials and advanced design to redefine limb positioning during arthroscopic and open shoulder procedures. Jean-Guy is also active with community organizations as Board and Executive Committee member of the YMCA of Quebec Foundation, a Board and Investment Committee member of the Foundation of Greater Montreal and a member of the Audit Committee and Investment Committee Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation. Jean-Guy previously served on a number of other corporate and community boards in Toronto and Winnipeg.
In 1977 Mr. Waxman joined Frisco Bay Industries (a privately held security company) to run their manufacturing division. At the time they were involved in bank security and financial processing systems. In 1987 he became a partner and the company did a financial private placement. In 1993 as President and COO he helped take the company public on NASDAQ. In 2004 after successfully expanding the business in Canada and the US the business was acquired by The Stanley Works of Connecticut (a Fortune 500 Company). At the time of sale the company was doing $60 million in revenue with 200 employees and 12 offices across Canada and the US. As President and COO he was responsible for all aspects of the business with special emphasizes on operations and sales.
From 2004 to 2006 Mr. Waxman became COO of Stanley Security Solutions Canada with responsibilities of running the integrated security offerings in Canada for Stanley Security Solutions of the US. From 2006 to 2009 Mr. Waxman headed up the Canadian Strategic Initiatives and M&A work for Stanley Security Solutions in Canada.
Mr. Waxman has over 30 years of integrated security and financial services experience. He has extensive experience running private and public companies and presently sits on the Board of a private Canadian Bank. He is also the President of LRJ Consulting, a private security and banking consulting firm.
Mr. Waxman obtained his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Sir George Williams University and is presently very active in the health care sector. Ron is currently the President of the Centre Board of Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre. Mr. Waxman has been involved at Maimonides since 2004, first as a member of the Foundation Board of Directors then as a Centre Board member. He has sat on numerous committees including Foundation Executive, Strategic Planning, Risk Management and Audit/ Finance. Mr. Waxman’s community work extends to his association with the JGH Foundation for 20 years and is also a member of the Jewish Eldercare Centre Board of Directors.
Christian Laforte l President & CEO
Christian Laforte is the President and CEO of Fortem, which he founded in 2005 to solve complex real-life problems using their expertise in 3D graphics software development.
While his responsibilities include managing the company’s financing and strategic growth, he continues to maintain a focus on his passion: integrating and creating new high-technology solutions to solving critical physical security problems. Since 2008, he has consulted on high-profile projects including city- and state-wide information-sharing initiatives, the protection of military bases, palaces, mass transit systems and large universities in the USA, Asia, Middle East and Canada.
During the early years of Fortem, formely known as Feeling Software, Christian negotiated and helped successfully deliver over 50 mission-critical custom-engineering projects for more than 30 clients including Google, Sony, Apple and Autodesk. Before Fortem, he spent ten formative years as a software engineer and manager at industry-leading companies including AMD (formerly ATI Research), Autodesk (formerly Alias), Sanyo Electric and Dakis Decision Systems. One highlight of Christian’s early career is the Academy Award (Oscar) he received with his team for their contribution to the Maya software, the industry standard for 3D special effects in the movie industry.
Christian is a Software Engineering graduate of the École Polytechnique de Montréal and a co-inventor of 3 patents applying advanced 3D technologies to physical security.