Fintech Select’s Board of Directors and Advisors
Andre Itwaru – Executive Chairman
Mr. Itwaru has been the President, CEO and Chairman of First Global since 2003. He has held senior management and executive level positions along with various directorships at small to medium sized businesses and large global organizations, including successful tenures at Sprint Canada, AT&T Canada Corp. and AT&T Solutions.
Mr. Itwaru held various positions at AT&T from 1989 to 1999. Some of these key responsibilities included; establishing and managing the first Operations Process and Quality group at AT&T Canada; Managing the Global Client Support Center responsible for business life cycle management for large strategic clients. Mr. Itwaru was also one of the architects of AT&T Canada’s Network Modernization Programme which involved a major shift in the way business was conducted in the company at the time.
Mohammad Abuleil – CEO
Mr. Abuleil has been the President, CEO, and a board director of SelectCore/Fintech Select since March 2015. He has been with the Corporation since February 2007, and has held several different roles throughout, such as VP Sales, Chief Operating Officer between 2009 and June 2011, and then as executive VP business development and IT management. Mr. Abuleil has more than 25 years of IT and business management experience, where he held a position of Computer Department Manager at Jordanian Petroleum Refinery, a Software Development Manager at Digital Equipment Corporation in Saudi Arabia and EDI Manager at Moore Business Forms in Canada. Mr. Abuleil has a Bachelor of Computer Science and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Naveed UL-Hassan – Director
Mr. Ul-Hassan holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce and a Bachelor degree in Law (LLB), and has over 33 years of experience in the banking industry. Mr. Ul-Hassan has been the Assistant Vice President of Habib Canadian Bank since 2006. Habib Bank was founded in 1941 has over 17,000 employees across the globe.
Marty Bernholtz – Director
Martin Bernholtz, BBA, CPA became a Chartered Accountant in 1983 and has held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Kerbel Group Inc. an integrated real estate developer and property owner since 1988. He has served as a Director and Officer of public, private, not for profit and condominium corporations over the last 25 years. Mr. Bernholtz has successfully taken several companies public on the TSX and TSX-V and continues to serve as a Director on Titan Medical Devices Inc.; Covalon Technologies Inc. and Loyalist Group Limited. Mr. Bernholtz has been involved with over $ 1 billion in financings during his career and has a significant network of relationships. Mr. Bernholtz previously spent six years with Laventhol & Horwath in the Litigation Support and Business Valuation areas. Mr. Bernholtz graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from York University in 1981.
Aaron Grinhaus: Advisor / Corporate Development
Aaron Grinhaus is a business and tax lawyer who has established himself as a Fintech consultant, specializing in advising companies on reducing business costs, hedging institutional friction and expediting capital raises and cross-border wealth transfer transactions through the use of Fintech strategies. Mr. Grinhaus frequently gives presentations on a variety of business and law related topics and has acted as chair, presenter and lecturer through a number of organizations including the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Ontario Hospital Association, RBC Dominion Securities, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and Michigan State University College of Law.Mr. Grinhaus holds law degrees from the University of Ottawa (LL.B.), Michigan State University College of Law (J.D.) and a Masters in Tax Law from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University (LL.M.).
Rasool Verjee: Advisor/Corporate Development
Rasool Verjee is an opportunistic Serial Entrepreneur with a depth of experience in telecommunications, technology, and an extensive diverse global network. He holds degrees in Law from Cambridge University. His career has been marked by the early adoption of emerging technologies recently focusing on blockchain’s disruptive potential to reshape and transform the financial markets and the growing public interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. He has delivered high returns on equity from start-up operations as evidenced by Telemagix, Canada’s first interactive Information service; Telepersonals that went on to become LavaLife Inc: North America’s leading provider of phone and Online Dating Services. World Phone Inc: that partnered with Tier One carriers including AT&T, Teleglobe Canada and Codetel generating over 10,000,000 minutes a month of International Audiotex Voice traffic; Atlas Telecom Network a leader in Wholesale VOIP Termination; MobileMiser Inc: a disruptive service helping consumers reduce their international cell phone charges. He has joined FinTech Select as an advisor/spokesperson as he believes that the company can leverage its existing assets and become a leading force in providing easy access to the public growing demand to buy and sell Bitcoin and participate in the crypto economy. “The company has a unique opportunity to be innovative and immensely profitable”
Sheldon Inwentash: Advisor/Corporate Development
Sheldon Inwentash is a Serial entrepreneur, chairman and chief executive officer of ThreeDCapital Inc., a Toronto-based venture capital firm specializing in investments in junior resources, technology and biotechnology. Mr. Inwentash brings more than 30 years of experience in the investment side of the resource and technology industries. He co-founded Visible Genetics, the first commercial pharmacogenomics company, in 1994 and exited in 2001 to Bayer. Through two decades leading Pinetree Capital, Mr. Inwentash created significant shareholder value through early investments in QueenstonMining (acquired by OsiskoMining Corp. for $550 million), Aurelian Resources (acquired by Kinross for $1.2 billion), and Gold Eagle Mines (acquired by Goldcorp for $1.5 billion) to name a few.