About Librestream

Providing a way for teams to effectively collaborate on ‘things’ and environments virtually.

The Librestream founders shared a similar vision that still guides the company today – to provide a way for teams to effectively collaborate on ‘things’ and environments virtually.

This vision came from the founders’ direct experience in developing mobile technologies and witnessing the high costs and delays caused by inefficient communications. As specialists, they often found themselves on airplanes to travel onsite to help correct defects or processes. Often, it took only 15 minutes after arriving to see the issue and resolve it. Why not do that remotely?

With that thought, the team formed Librestream in 2003 and spent the next few years inventing an entirely new product category and solution. In 2006, Librestream launched its first Onsight branded collaboration solution to the market and also signed a complementary private label arrangement with Tandberg, the largest video conferencing company at the time, which was subsequently acquired by Cisco Systems.

Librestream’s initial customers were Fortune 500 enterprises with demanding security, bandwidth control, and collaboration workflow requirements. Guided by these customers, Librestream enhanced the Onsight Collaboration Platform to provide an enterprise-grade offering to meet these stringent requirements, the realities of field environments, and workflow simplicity. Those areas remain relevant today and customers continue to positively affect the product roadmap. These customers include some of the most innovative brands in their industries.

Since the initial launch, Librestream has advanced the Onsight Collaboration Platform extensively to include a full range of collaboration products. The Onsight Collaboration Platform is now available on over 10 Million devices globally, bringing the eyes and ears of experts into the field virtually all over the world.

Board of Directors

John Bishop B.Sc.

John Bishop is currently Chief Technology Officer at Akamai, the global leader in Content Delivery Network services. Prior to Akamai, John was Director Strategic Initiatives at Cisco Systems and co-founder and Senior Vice President of Products and Business Development at Inlet Technologies, which was acquired by Cisco in April 2011. He is recognized as a digital video industry expert and pioneer and was responsible for Inlet’s leading infrastructure products and solutions.

John began his career at IBM where he served as a product engineer with IBM’s Aptiva PC Division. John then served as the Director of Business Development and Product Management for Osprey Technologies. In 2003, John co-founded Inlet Technologies and led product management, product marketing, systems architecture, business development and strategy. He was the vision and leadership behind Inlet’s leading products and positioned Inlet to have numerous market firsts. These innovations included being the first encoding technology provider to support Silverlight Smooth streaming as well as the first to support iPhone and iPad streaming. He holds B.S. degrees in Chemical and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Geoff J. Catherwood B.A.Sc. (Mech. Eng.) P.Eng. MBA

Geoff J. Catherwood is a partner in the Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Venture Fund. He joined BDC in 2001.

Geoff is a registered professional engineer who has 14 years of experience in industrial automation and process control. Prior to joining BDC, he worked for Bailey Canada and Asea Brown Boveri, two large multinational industrial process automation suppliers. Geoff has diverse operational experience in the process automation industry, including field service, system commissioning, engineering, management and sales. He administers the ICE portfolio in Western Canada and is active on the boards of several early-stage companies. He also volunteers in a number of programs promoting entrepreneurship, including New Ventures BC, an annual business plan competition.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University. He has also completed the Canadian Securities Course.

Steve B. Peri ESQ.

After beginning his career as a litigation associate in a large New York firm, Steven Peri held senior legal positions at two Fortune 500 companies. He re-entered private practice as the co-founder and partner of Peri & Stewart, LLC, a New York area law firm where he represented a large number of privately held and foreign based companies in their US legal affairs. These efforts included management of sophisticated litigation, internal investigations and the drafting and negotiation of contracts, technology licenses and transactional documents, such as acquisition agreements.

In 2005, Mr. Peri became the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Tandberg, ASA a publicly traded video conferencing company which was later acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc. In September 2011, Mr. Peri returned to private practice and the representation of a diverse group of clients, serving as the de facto General Counsel for several of them.

Steven Peri has been active in numerous business and charitable organizations. He is an Executive Trustee of the American Scandinavian Foundation and has served as the President of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Peri holds a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania law school and an AB in History, cum laude, from Princeton University.  He is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the District of New Jersey and the Court of International Trade.

 

James A Richardson BA

Jim Richardson is a retired Vice President of James Richardson & Sons Limited and the current President and Director of Westmead Limited. A graduate of Queens University, Jim has a broad business background and is a major investor in several technology and oil and gas companies. Jim is currently on the Board of Directors of several private Canadian companies including Intelligent Hospital Systems, Ki Exploration Inc., Librestream Technologies Inc., PSI Peripheral Solutions Inc., TelPay Incorporated, and Tundra Oil and Gas Ltd.

Jim is extremely active in the community as the Senior Manitoba Director of Ducks Unlimited, Chairman of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (Manitoba Region), a trustee of the Richardson Foundation Inc. and the University of Winnipeg Foundation. He was Chair of Sport for the 1999 Pan American Games, Past President of Big Brothers of Canada, former Regent of the University of Winnipeg and has served on the boards of numerous other community organizations.

Kerry Thacher B.Sc. (Eng.) P. Eng, MBA

Kerry Thacher is a graduate Electrical Engineer and MBA from the University of Manitoba. He is currently CEO and founder of Librestream Technologies Inc.

Prior to founding Librestream, Kerry was Vice President of Symbol Technologies Inc., a New York based global leader in the Enterprise Mobility market. He was responsible for Symbol’s Winnipeg operations that developed a variety of mobile computing products that achieved revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Kerry had previously founded and was CEO of AirWire Mobile Technologies, which was acquired by Symbol in 1999. AirWire was involved in the development and manufacturing of hand held devices for the health care marketplace.

Kerry’s entrepreneurial career began in 1988, when he co-founded and acted as CEO for Ubitrex Corporation. The company developed a system to automate the capture of clinical data by nursing staff. The company was venture capital backed and was acquired by Continental Healthcare Systems of Overland Park Kansas in 1994. Kerry was responsible for Continental’s Canadian operations, until he founded AirWire in 1996.

Charles Vaslet B.Eng (Hons), MBA

Charles Vaslet is a Partner with Emerald Technology Ventures with more than 10 years of venture capital experience.

Prior to joining Emerald, Charles held the position of Vice President with ABB Equity Ventures, one of the world’s leading engineering companies, responsible for the development of large renewable energy projects in Europe. Previous to ABB, Charles led the business development activities of the cogeneration business of Innogy, a large UK electric utility, and has ten years of power utility experience, both engineering and commerce in the fields of renewable energy and thermal energy plants.

He currently serves on the Boards of Emergya Wind Technologies, P97 Networks, Senscient and River Basin Energy. In addition, Charles spearheads the European Energy Venture Fair, the preeminent European cleantech investor conference. Charles graduated with a Bachelor degree with Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds and a Master of Business Administration from Henley Management College.

Ben Weinberger

Ben Weinberger is the co-founder and CEO of Digitalsmiths, the technology leader in the field of video search and recommendations. Under his leadership, Digitalsmiths developed game-changing video discovery solutions that are being adopted by several of the biggest names in cable, satellite, telco and broadcast . The company’s product, Seamless Discovery, revolutionized the speed and ease with which consumers can find personally relevant, engaging video content across multiple sources of entertainment and devices.

In February 2014, Ben was instrumental in Digitalsmiths being acquired by TiVo for $135 million in a move to expand on new opportunities to commercialize and deploy TiVo’s cloud based services and technologies to operators in conjunction with TiVo’s renowned user interface. Since the acquisition, Ben lead Digitalsmiths’ efforts in Latin America and Europe.

Ben also serves on the boards of the Southern Illinois University Alumni Association and Council for Entrepreneurial Development, a Durham, North Carolina nonprofit. Ben graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University.

Management

Kerry Thacher B.Sc. (Eng.) P. Eng, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Kerry Thacher is a graduate Electrical Engineer and MBA from the University of Manitoba. He is currently CEO and founder of Librestream Technologies Inc.

Prior to founding Librestream, Kerry was Vice President of Symbol Technologies Inc., a New York based global leader in the Enterprise Mobility market. He was responsible for Symbol’s Winnipeg operations that developed a variety of mobile computing products that achieved revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Kerry had previously founded and was CEO of AirWire Mobile Technologies, which was acquired by Symbol in 1999. AirWire was involved in the development and manufacturing of hand held devices for the health care marketplace.

Kerry’s entrepreneurial career began in 1988, when he co-founded and acted as CEO for Ubitrex Corporation. The company developed a system to automate the capture of clinical data by nursing staff. The company was venture capital backed and was acquired by Continental Healthcare Systems of Overland Park Kansas in 1994. Kerry was responsible for Continental’s Canadian operations, until he founded AirWire in 1996.

Jereme Pitts Executive MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Jereme is a graduate of the Executive Program at the Anderson School of Business of the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined Librestream as Chief Operating Officer in 2013 to lead the company’s sales, marketing and business development initiatives.

He brings a proven track record in sales leadership and deep experience in the video technology market as well as enterprise software sales. In 1999, Jereme co-founded Accordent Technologies Inc., a leading provider of video content management and delivery solutions, where he served as its Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In this role, Jereme grew revenue from $0 to $20M resulting in the sale of the business in 2011 to Polycom Inc., a global leading unified communications company. While with Polycom, Jereme successfully integrated the business and achieved 100% growth in revenue year over year.

Jereme had previously served as Vice President of Sales at Downtown Button & Supply and at Security Printing. He has broad knowledge and understanding of the webcasting, web conferencing and web collaboration industries and their associated business models, technologies, products, pricing and competition.

Bill Gillanders B.Sc. (Eng.) P. Eng

VP Engineering

William (Bill) Gillanders is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He is currently Vice President of Engineering and a founding member of Librestream Technologies Inc.

Prior to Librestream, Bill was Senior Director of Programs for Symbol Technologies Inc. Winnipeg Product Development office. Bill’s responsibility at Symbol was the establishment and maintenance of the Project Management Office, while overseeing the development of various Enterprise Mobility products. Bill led and guided project teams to deliver products on time and within budget, achieving revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Prior to Symbol Technologies, Bill held progressively more senior roles with Lockheed Martin Corp. developing airborne electronic systems ranging from mission computers to radars. His entrance to the industry began on the operations side of electronic product development for Unisys.

Charlie Neagoy

VP Business Development

Charlie brings more than 20 years experience in technical business development, sales, and product management to Librestream, where he is responsible for sales expansion via strategic partners and channels. His diverse industry experience includes digital , optical communications, aerospace, and industrial process measurement.

Prior to Librestream, Charlie was VP of Partner Sales at Inlet Technologies, a leader in live, over-the-top video streaming. In this role, he established relationships with systems integrators, content owners, and broadcasters to deliver live and on-demand video to any device, anywhere. His customers included ESPN, Major League Baseball, Apple, Microsoft, NBCU, and others. Inlet was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2011.

Previously, Charlie held increasingly senior roles at JDS Uniphase, ultimately as Director of JDSU’s Integrated Optics Business Unit, where he led the growth of its high speed optical components business to over $100M annually. He began his career with AT&T, where he held various roles in sales, product management, and finance.

Marieke Wijtkamp MBA

VP, Marketing & Client Services

Marieke holds her Bachelor of Commerce and MBA degrees from the University of Manitoba. She brings 15 years of marketing and senior leadership experience to Librestream where she is responsible for marketing and customer service.

Marieke has held prior positions in marketing, business development, strategic planning and corporate leadership in several technology companies. Most recently she was the President & COO of OMT (TSX:OMT). In that position, she spent six years leading the company’s two technology service-based operating divisions. Customers included large music service providers, radio broadcasters, and global retail chains.

Prior to OMT, Marieke was VP Marketing/Strategic Planning at Norsat International Inc. (NASDAQ:NSAT, TSX:NII), a global satellite technology company, and Infocorp Computer Solutions (TSX:INP), an international point of sale software solutions company.

Michael Murphy PhD, B.Sc.

VP, International Operations

Mike has an extensive background in business development and operations with technology and industrial enterprises, and is responsible for expanding Librestreams international sales and presence.

Prior to Librestream, Mike was the VP Asia Pacific for the CiDRA Corporation, a US based instrumentation solution provider, and successfully expanded their marine, mining and energy business within new territories. Other previous roles included senior commercial positions with SENSUS, who provides smart radio measurement networks for the energy and utility industry, and Inlet Technologies, which developed video streaming encoder head end products. Mike has a BSc in Physics from the University of Sheffield, and a PhD in Electronic Engineering from Liverpool University, is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics and accredited by the UK Engineering Council.  Mike brings over 20 years of high technology experience in business development and sales, including strategic partnership and channel development.

Careers

We are always seeking high energy and talented people to continue expanding our products and services in the global enterprise collaborative video market. If you are interested in working at a fast-paced, high growth entrepreneurial company, Librestream may be the place for you.

Please forward your resume by email to Librestream Careers.