Directors & Advisors

Brian Collie

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Brian Collie serves on SeaWell’s Board of Directors and is the Founder and CEO, responsible for SeaWell’s overall management and strategic direction of the company, as well as business development and partnership activities.

He is a recognized technology entrepreneur who has started five new businesses in the last fifteen years, including co-founding both SeaWell and Chantry Networks. Chantry is a WLAN (WiFi) equipment provider, named one of Canada’s top 10 High Tech Stars in 2002 by the National Post and acquired by Siemens AG in January 2005. While with Siemens, Brian held the role of Senior VP, Business Development and established a new HD Video Conferencing Business Unit. Prior to Chantry, Brian co-founded the first Internet division at Nortel Networks and started their first VoIP business unit. Both of these divisions contributed significant revenue growth for Nortel. Brian has also held positions at Motorola’s Internet and Data Networking Group and started his career with Bell Canada.

Brian holds a B.Sc. in Honors Physics from the University of Waterloo and a M.Sc. in Systems Science from the University of Ottawa. He is in high demand in the tech community, where he spends time sharing his vision and experience with young and aspiring entrepreneurs.

John Major

Chair of Board of Directors

John Major is a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years of business experience leading technology brands. He is currently the Founder and President of MTSG, an investment company and an advisor to Northwater Capital. He has chaired the Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM) board since 2008 and served as a director since 2003.

Prior to his current positions, Mr. Major held various executive and leadership positions with Motorola Inc., the most recent of which was senior vice president and chief technology officer. He was Chairman and CEO at Novatel Wireless, where he led the company’s successful IPO in the fall of 2000 and he also held executive positions with Qualcomm and served as CEO of Apacheta. He participates in multiple industry organizations and holds 10 US patents.

He serves on the University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation, the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Science and as Chairman of the University of Illinois at Chicago-Engineering School Advisory Board. Major also serves as Chairman of the Board of CommNexus, a non-profit telecom industry group, which includes the highly successful incubator EvoNexus. Major received a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Rochester, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola University.

Bob Myers

Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Director

Bob Myers serves on SeaWell’s Board of Directors and is the Founder and CTO, responsible for setting the company’s technology direction and promoting ongoing innovation.

Bob has extensive experience in launching new businesses, building and executing product strategies, managing M&A activities, and developing OEM relationships. He has defined successful high-revenue product strategies for dial access, IP-VPN, VoIP, wireless LANs and video conferencing portfolios. Along with Brian Collie, Bob co-founded Chantry Networks and served as CTO, pioneering the evolution of wireless LAN solutions. After the acquisition of Chantry by Siemens, Bob served as VP of Emerging Solutions at Siemens Enterprise. Bob also helped found several key new businesses at Nortel Networks including the first program to address VoIP for carriers and the first initiative to directly address the Internet Service Provider market. While with Nortel he held several senior positions in product management and architecture, leading product strategy efforts.

Bob holds a BSEE degree from the University of Waterloo. He holds a number of patents on networking technologies, and his work has garnered two “Best of Shows” awards at Network World/Interop.

Nazmin Alani


Nazmin Alani has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Nazmin has worked with incumbent and new service providers involved in wireline, cellular, personal communications systems (PCS), and satellite communications. His work experience includes assignments in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Asia, and Australia. His professional experience includes business development, product planning, product management, strategic planning, market strategy, business modeling, and strategic sales support.He joined BDC in 2004. Prior to BDC, Nazmin spent 6 years with Gartner Consulting.

Nazmin holds a bachelor of applied science (BASc) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and an MBA from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Alani also completed the Executive Telecommunications Program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Joan Gillman


Joan Gillman, executive vice president of Time Warner Cable and president of Time Warner Cable Media, has been on the cutting edge of new technology in media and advertising since she first joined the Internet industry in 1995.

Mrs. Gillman is responsible for the ad sales force at Time Warner Cable and leads the effort to
deliver advanced advertising, data and interactive solutions for advertisers and network
partners. Gillman joined Time Warner in May 2005 as vice president of interactive TV and
advanced advertising. She also served as vice president of marketing for the leading Internet
Service Provider for the healthcare industry, Physicians’ Online, from 1995­-1997. She
has led business development, regulatory and legal teams for British Interactive Broadcasting, and in 2001, served as President of Static2358, the interactive TV, games and production subsidiary of OpenTV. Gillman serves professionally on the boards of NCC, BlackArrow, CAB, WICT and IAB and is a member of CTAM.

In 2009, she was named a Wonder Woman by Multichannel News and was named to the CableFax Sales Hall of Fame. She also serves professionally on the Boards of NCC, CAB and Adlink and personally on the Boards of the College of the Holy Cross, The City Parks Foundation (NYC) and the David T. Langrock Foundation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from The College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, MA and a Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.

Pete Thompson


Pete Thompson, Vice President of Microsoft Mediaroom Division, leads the end-end P&L organization for the B2B Microsoft TV group.  The team consists of sales and marketing, software and hardware design and product development, and service and support.  The team is primarily located in Mountain View, CA, but has additional global development centers in China, UK, and Ireland, as well as worldwide regional centers for sales and support personnel.  Mediaroom is a full-featured, IP-based TV Platform for managed networks.  This award-winning platform currently is deployed at over 50 operators around the world and has over 12 million subscribers and over 24 million set-top boxes connected to it.  Key consumer differentiating features include instant channel change, whole-home DVR, wireless set-top boxes, and an interactive application platform for 3rd party developers.

Since joining Microsoft in 2006, Thompson has focused his talent for developing and scaling popular technologies toward a number of high-profile Microsoft projects. His successes include a breakthrough in Natural User Interface with Microsoft Surface, and leading the world’s largest gaming and social network in the living room with Xbox LIVE. Before joining Microsoft, he was integral in launching and building momentum behind new products including T-Mobile’s HotSpot service, Hewlett-Packard’s OfficeJet multifunction printers and Levi Strauss & Co’s Dockers.

Thompson’s journey into consumer trends and product development started at the University of California, Los Angeles where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in international economics, before acquiring his Master’s in Management at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.