Board of Directors
Col (Ret) Rakesh Jetly
Dr. Rakesh Jetly has 30 plus years of experience with the Canadian Armed Forces including the last decade as Chief of Psychiatry. During his tenure he has led a complete revitalization of the military mental health system. He has been a mental health innovator and thought leader within Canada and internationally. He introduced novel treatment approaches such as virtual reality, neurofeedback and virtual care to the Canadian Military. He has also chaired NATO workgroups on leveraging technology within mental health.
BGen (Ret) H.C. MacKay
Brigadier General (Ret’d) Hugh Colin MacKay served 34 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, providing heath leadership across a broad range of health services, both at home and abroad. Initially working within primary health care, he then broadened his perspective through post graduate training and positions in Public Health and Occupational Medicine. He has extensive international experience, having worked with multinational vaccine development projects, as chair of a multinational medical intelligence committee, as chair of a NATO medical research group, as well as commanding the NATO multinational hospital in Kandahar. As Surgeon General and Commander of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group he set the course for the modernization of the Canadian Forces Health Services, creating a patient-partnered health system, that optimizes technology to achieve the quadruple aim of enhanced patient experience, improved health of the population, operational excellence and resource stewardship. In retirement he continues to volunteer with several health focused organizations.
Andre Peschong has had a 30+ year career in the Investment Banking, M&A and fund management industry. He has also served as CEO, CSO and other C-level and board member engagements throughout his career.
Currently, Mr. Peschong serves as the managing partner of Bridgewater Capital, a firm he co-founded in 1994. His activities with Bridgewater consist of traditional Investment Banking, mergers and acquisitions and other capital advisory engagements. Mr. Peschong formerly sat on the Board of Directors of ConversionPoint Technologies, an e-Commerce technology company where he previously served as the Chief Strategy Officer and helped co-found. He is currently on the Board of Directors for SVI a leading company in patented LIDAR based technologies used primarily for biometric identification, autonomous vehicles, object recognition systems and other military and commercial applications. Mr. Peschong has had many previous Advisory Board engagements, on both public and private companies, where he added strategic value from a capital markets perspective.
Prior activities - In 1994 he was a founding member of Bridgewater Capital Corporation, a boutique merchant/investment banking firm to public and private companies. During his career in the capital markets he has structured, negotiated and closed over $700 million in equity capital and M&A transactions for both public and private companies. Advised and worked with many early and mid-stage public and private companies providing strategic advisory focusing at the board level as well as traditional merchant/investment banking advisory work, M&A, capital structuring, joint ventures, private placements and business development. Mr. Peschong has been very successful in bringing select companies to Europe exposing them to longer term capital partners, investors, joint venture and business development opportunities.
Mr. Peschong co-founded, managed and deployed capital for 3 different fund strategies over his career, with a combined assets under management of $150 million. Mr. Peschong was also the CEO of a consumer products company in the health and wellness industry for 5 years. During his career Mr. Peschong has experienced all sides of a financing transaction which gives him unique insight and perspective into what risks are being looked at by investors and allows him to properly guide entrepreneurs and management teams through the process of raising capital from diligence, packaging and structuring, to an ultimate capital raise. Mr. Peschong has been authored and quoted in many articles on Angel investing and the economic landscape for Forbes, Businessweek, New York Times, Blogging stocks and Seeking Alpha.
Dr Carl Castro
Col (Ret) Carl A. Castro is an associate professor, also serving as the director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families. Castro joined the faculty in 2013 after serving 33 years in the U.S. Army, where he obtained the rank of colonel.
Mr. Namer is an innovative thinker with broad-based expertise in operations, finance and business development. He has proven ability to quickly analyze key business drivers and develop strategies to grow the bottom-line. Entrepreneurial and driven Chief Executive, with more than 20 years’ experience in numerous companies in domestic and international marketplace.