Allan C. Silber
Allan C. Silber is the Chairman of Verity Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on legacy therapeutically relevant agents for the Canadian health care community, whose mandate is to ensure Canadians have access to prescription products that have been withdrawn from the market, or are in short supply. He is also Chairman of Heritage Global Inc., a global financial services and asset trading company providing corporate and financial asset monetization, advisory, and valuation services. Mr. Silber has an extensive background in the private equity, real-estate and financial services fields.
Allan is actively involved in a number of cultural, charitable and community-based organizations, including participation at the board level, and has been Chairman of numbers fundraising events for community-based, international organizations. Allan is a Life Governor of The Jewish National Fund and was a Negev Dinner Honoree in recognition of his community leadership and dedicated public service. Allan’s philanthropic initiatives include the Chair for Holocaust Studies at York University, the Silber Centre for Camping in Canada, partnering with Hillel on their talent initiative on university campuses across Ontario, partnering with JNF in Israel, responding to the social needs of the underprivileged, and focusing primarily on providing funding to enable transformative change based on goal oriented performance metrics.
Mr Silber attended McMaster University and received a BSc from the University of Toronto.
Ross M. Dove
Director and CEO. Ross Dove previously served as Managing Partner of Heritage Global Partners (“HGP”), a global leader in asset advisory and auction services and a subsidiary of Heritage Global Inc.
Ross Dove has over thirty years of auction industry experience. Starting out at a small family auction house in San Francisco with his father and grandfather, Ross Dove became an industry pioneer and innovator, responsible for countless advancements and industrial auctioneering firsts. Before co-founding Heritage Global Partners with his brother Kirk Dove, he helped build a leading auction company into one of the largest and most respected global industrial asset and commercial property auctioneers today. His success has been widely chronicled in major publications, including Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and the Economist, among others.
Director. Mr. Perlis previously served as President of Counsel from 1992 until 2001, a period of tremendous success that included guiding the Company’s health care strategy, resulting in the superior growth of three investee companies: American HomePatient, PharMerica and Stadtlander Drug. In addition to his past experience at Counsel, Mr. Perlis brings a wealth of expertise gained in senior strategic and management roles with other leading organizations. He spent 13 years with American Express Inc., including five years as President of American Express Canada. During that time he obtained approval for, and directed the launch of, the AMEX Bank of Canada, for which he also served as CEO. Among his other responsibilities with American Express, Mr. Perlis served as Executive Vice President, responsible for the company’s US personal card division, and was a key member of numerous senior level US executive committees, including the Chairman’s Policy and Planning Committee. Mr. Perlis’ background also includes entrepreneurial activities. He spent four years as President & CEO of Mad Catz Interactive, during which time he completely re-engineered the company. Under his leadership, Mad Catz became the largest third party manufacturer in its industry. Mr. Perlis is active on a number of private and not-for-profit boards including DayMen/Lowepro, Associated Brands, York University’s Schulich Business School Advisory Board, Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation and Baycrest Centre for the Aged Foundation, among others.
J. Brendan Ryan
Director. Mr. Ryan joined the Board of Directors on August 8, 2011. He has had a distinguished career in the advertising industry, most recently with Foote Cone & Belding Worldwide (now DRAFTFCB) as Chairman and Chairman Emeritus from June 2005 to December 2010, and as Chief Executive Officer from March 1996 to June 2005. He has served on the boards of several public companies and currently serves as a board member of several non-profit corporations. Mr. Ryan received his BA in History from Fordham College and his MBA in Marketing from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Samuel L. Shimer
Director. Mr. Shimer was appointed by the Board of Directors as a Class I director on April 15, 2001 to fill a board vacancy. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Development on February 12, 2003 and he terminated his employment with the Company on February 27, 2004 to join Whitney & Co., an asset management company. From 1997 to February 2003 he was employed by Counsel as a Managing Director. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Shimer worked at two merchant banking funds affiliated with Lazard Frères & Co., Center Partners and Corporate Partners, ultimately serving as a Principal. Mr. Shimer earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Director. Mr. Hexner was appointed by the Board of Directors as a Class II director on August 4, 2016. Mr. Hexner was Founder, CEO and Chairman of Wheel Works. He sold it in 1999 when it was ranked the 15th largest independent retail chain in the U.S. He then became President, COO, and CIO of Morgan Tire Company, dba Tires Plus, the 5th largest independent tire retailer in the U.S. He left Morgan at the end of 2002 after he helped build it to the largest independent retail tire chain in the U.S., with over 6,000 employees, and locations in 25 states. After leaving Morgan, he was President of the NCGA Foundation. During this time, he founded Youth on Course, raising over $1 million per year to provide a green venue for kids to learn values and life skills. He was then elected President of the Northern California Golf Association. In 2007, he co-founded and served as CEO and Chairman of SmartPillars, which developed and sold online marketing software. In 2010, he took over as managing partner of DealerFusion, an online video company. Both companies were sold in October 2014. He is currently Executive Chairman of Zoomvy, a new communications application with breakthrough co-browsing technology. Mr. Hexner is a graduate of Williams College and has a Masters of Mediation and Conflict Resolution from Creighton University.