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Our leadership team
Meet the ILLUMENAI senior team members
Meet the highly experienced leadership team at illumenai. Between them, they have built and run multiple companies, with over 85 years of business knowledge, 30 years of technology experience, and 55 years of domain leadership and expertise in building controls.
CPO – Chief Product Officer
Alun’s objective is to use his skills and experience in business together with his technical knowledge to build highly effective teams and deliver strong customer value within an organization that matches his values of innovation, passion, disruption and above all, conviction that people can do amazing things given the right incentive, goals and leadership.
Alun started his working life in aerospace electronics, then moved into automotive research hardware and software, followed up with stints in finance, oil, retail, government, defense and others. He has worked as a hardware/software engineer, manager and executive in small startups through to huge multinationals. Alun was a technology and process consultant for 10 years with clients across the globe.
Alun has started several businesses over the years, focusing on innovation in technology, and he certainly favors the startup environment, as he seems to enjoy the lack of sleep, constant pressure and a never ending list of to-do’s…
When he does get some downtime, he enjoys walking his dogs, going on photography outings with his youngest daughter and tinkering with the many IoT projects he has on the go.
In his 23 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, Military Engineering Branch, Wayne served as an architectural and engineering manager, project manager for multi-million dollar construction projects and construction engineering team leader for one of the largest air bases in Canada.
After his military career he held numerous positions in large outsource facility management companies. In the last 20 years he worked as a Director of Health, Safety, Security and Environment and a Director of Facility Management. More recently as a Regional Director, Wayne led a team in support of the efficient operations and maintenance of approximately 8 million square feet of client work space in Eastern Ontario.
Wayne has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of the ISO 9001 and 14001 international standards. Wayne is a great problem solver and enjoys taking on any work challenge. Outside of work, Wayne enjoys taking on do-it-yourself jobs at home and at the cottage and amateur acting with local theatre groups.
Richard St Jacques
Chairman of the board
CXO – Chief eXperience Officer
Richard has 25+ years of experience and expertise in the structured wiring industry. As the owner of Vac-O-Bec Systems Inc. and Concept Home Theatre Networks, he guided the businesses through rapid growth of 2,000% in seven years.
In 2010, along with his brother Mike on a trip in the outdoors, they came up with an idea and launched Rimikon Inc. after being inspired by the incredible potential of extra low voltage LED lighting solutions with DC power in residential and commercial applications.
In 2013, he launched Concept Electric, which surpassed $2M in revenues within three years. In 2017, Richard launched iOL Systems Inc. in the field of Agricultural Artificial Intelligent Lighting. As Richard continues to expand his technical knowledge, patent new products and develop new accessories, Rimikon and iOL are emerging at the forefront of global lighting market trends. All that creativity with the help of nature.
So if you can’t find him at the end of an email or phone, look for him on the lake.
Janet is Chief eXperience Officer at Illumenai. Her 25 years of experience working with Deloitte, School Boards and start ups have given her many workplace talents, and a love for working with people. Janet’s skills include building corporate culture, funding, people talent, communication, corporate governance, best practices, client and employee care.
An expert at finding and retaining talent, she is dedicated to crafting the best possible culture and workplace experience. She plays and teaches piano and vocal students outside of her nine to five, giving her an appreciation for creativity in all aspects of life.
Janet is a team leader, and uses her skills and experience so that our talented team of trail blazers and clients may thrive. Her British accent and humour light up the office, and she is passionate about the technology and the advances it will make in improving our planet and people’s workspaces.
CFO – Chief Financial Officer
With more than 35 years experience in public accounting, Gary has worked extensively with businesses of all sizes. Co-founder and partner of Logan Katz LLP, Chartered Accountants, his expertise includes corporate income tax, cross-border transactions, auditing, business advisory services and real-estate. Gary is involved on multiple board of directors of various community organizations.
Gary loves biking, and has been on many biking trips overseas.
I’m thrilled to be back in the commercial interiors sector.
Our initial product offering is a unique #smartspace PoE lighting solution with an ever-expanding list of innovative applications designed to support employee’s wellness, bottom line cost savings, and contribute to a greener planet.
It’s challenging to achieve all three in any decision today. Unfortunately for our next generation, it’s the environment that typically loses. Not here though!
That’s why #illumenai.
Thanks to the vision, ingenuity, dedication and drive of our founders, we are here, ready to help.
What I bring to the illumenai team, is a unique mix of skills and knowledge from 30+ years representing ethical people & planet-first industry leaders like, Farm Radio, Heart & Stroke, Steelcase, Teknion, and Yamaha. My diverse career gives me perspective; and my volunteering gives me renewed energy, and boundless hope for our future.
If you want to know how you can bring #smartspace applications to your organization, please reach out today.
Hope to connect with you soon – for now virtually of course. But soon, we hope to invite you to a live showroom demonstration.