Board of Directors


Gerard Edwards, Chairman

Gerard Edwards holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce and a Masters of Business Administration with a focus in finance. Mr. Edwards has 30 years of independent business experience as a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He has developed companies in the technology sector, oil & gas exploration/development, and real estate development.

Lahav Gil, Director

Lahav is the founder and former CEO of the Toronto based Kangaroo Group, which he built into a national brand and recently sold to Starfish Medical of Vancouver Island. He is passionate about meaning, loves Innovation Culture, Values-Based Leadership, transparency & awareness. 

Lahav has deep experience in Medtech product development and business. He has founded/co-founded 6 companies and has accompanied many Canadian start-ups on their journey from napkin to launch, critically contributing to their investability, clinical and market readiness. He has contributed to over 200 technology product launches and to game-changing innovations for companies such as: IMRIS, FIO, fSona, Cellaegis, XOR, Ultrasonix, Exact Imaging, Sciex, and others.

Sid Thomas, Director

Mr. Thomas is a successful business leader with executive senior management expertise in software development, software project management and sales development. He was a significant leader in the growth of DMC Inc, a developer of a suite of software products targeted to the financial services sector, until its sale in 2000. At the time of the sale he was President of the Company. In 2003, he founded VERAX Solutions Inc. a software development company, and was instrumental in its substantial growth until its successful sale in 2017. It is expected that Mr. Thomas’ expertise in software growth strategies and execution will provide invaluable support for the Company as it enters the next stage of its growth, with a much greater emphasis on software development capabilities.

medhanie Tekeste, Director

Mr. Tekeste is an executive with over 20 years of information systems experience including many years of broad-based management expertise in systems development, implementation and support. He is experienced in strategically and cost effectively utilizing technology to achieve corporate goals. He has extensive global experience in service delivery in the pharmaceutical industry including Quality, Manufacturing and R&D processes. Medhanie also has considerable experience in laboratory quality assurance testing and computer systems validation. Currently, he is the Chief Information Officer at Apotex Inc., where he is responsible for delivery of all end to end IT services globally, including Enterprise Architecture, Cloud and platform services, Service Design, Data Governance, Software Quality Assurance and Security Management, Governance, Program Management and Business Enablement. 

Michael minder, director

Michael Minder is a seasoned finance professional with over 15 years of international banking experience. He held senior leadership roles in Asset and Wealth Management for Credit Suisse Group in both Switzerland and North America, managing assets of high net worth accounts. In 1998 he left the Credit Suisse Group to form his own firm providing international investment banking and investor relations advisory services to numerous U.S., Canadian, and European listed companies.

greg van staveren, Director

Mr. Van Staveren, CPA is the President of Strategic Financial Services, a private company providing ongoing business advisory and support services to emerging companies. In addition to advisory roles, he has acted as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer or as a member of Board of Directors for many private and public companies and has been a key part of management for several very successful high growth companies. Until 1998, he was Partner at KPMG, a professional services firm where he provided compliance, advisory and strategic services for his clients. It is expected that Mr. Van Staveren’s management expertise in supporting developing companies will support the growing structures and systems needed for Relay’s growth.