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The Venture Coaches Team

Claude Haw May 2011

Claude Haw, PEng, ICD.D

Claude founded Venture Coaches in 2000 and has acted as its President since its foundation. As a professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience, Claude has worked in a variety of roles in the high technology sector and has been actively involved in more than 30 companies.
From 2009 to 2011, Claude was President and CEO of OCRI (now Invest Ottawa), Ottawa’s leading member-based economic development corporation for fostering the advancement of the region’s globally competitive knowledge-based institutions and industries.
Prior to founding Venture Coaches, Claude held several executive positions at Newbridge Networks, Mitel Corporation and Leigh Instruments.  As Vice-President of Corporate Business Development at Newbridge, Claude managed strategic investment in more than 20 companies. During Claude’s tenure as Vice-President and General Manager of the ATMnet Business Unit at Newbridge, the unit grew from inception to a $200-million-per-annum business.
Presently, Claude acts as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of publicly traded Dragonwave Inc (TSX: DWI) and as a member of the Board of Directors of Edgewater Wireless (TSX-V: YFI). Additionally, Claude is a charter member of TiE, a global network of entrepreneurs and professionals and past board member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA). Claude is also a founder of Mindtrust, an exclusive networking forum for technology company CEOs, and The Ottawa Network, an entrepreneurial group in the National Capital Region.
Claude holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Lakehead University. He has completed the Canadian Securities Course and is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario. Furthermore, Claude has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Directors Education Program and has attained the ICD.D designation.