Shahrzad Rafati, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chair

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Ms. Rafati is the founder of BBTV and has held the position of Chief Executive Officer since the Company’s founding in 2005. She has built BBTV as a quadruple bottom line business which measures success across financial, people, environmental and social KPIs. She also serves on the board of directors of numerous for-profit and non-for-profit entities, including: Invest In Canada, Hootsuite Media Inc., and Bjarke Ingels Group, and has previously served on the board of directors of the Forum of Women Entrepreneurs and the Vancouver Economic Commission. In 2018, Shahrzad was selected by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to represent Canada as part of the G20 Business Women Leaders Task Force, and in 2020 she was selected to Co-Chair G20 EMPOWER as Canada's representative. Ms. Rafati has received numerous recent awards and accolades, including being named the 2018 Ernst and Young Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the technology category, awarded Person of the Year by the British Columbia Technology Association, named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, selected as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful Women in Global Television, the AdAge Creativity Award 2019 Visionary/Founder of the Year, and was named to TheWrap’s Innovators List. Earlier awards and accolades include being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women, winner of the CEO World Awards Founder/Entrepreneur of the Year and named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. Ms. Rafati holds a BSc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, is a Graduate of the Young Global Leader, Oxford Module: Transformational Leadership at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and received her honorary doctorate from University Canada West in 2020.

Hamed Shahbazi, Lead Independent Director

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Mr. Shahbazi is a technology focused operator and investor with more than 20 years of experience. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of WELL Health Technologies Corp., a company listed on the TSX. He founded TIO Networks Corp., a TSX Venture Exchange listed company, which was acquired by PayPal Holdings, Inc. in 2017. Mr. Shahbazi served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of TIO Networks Corp. from its inception in August 1997 until its acquisition in 2017. Mr. Shahbazi owns and operates Impactreneur Capital Corp. which has more than a dozen investments in leading digital content, ehealth, insuretech and other technology inspired companies.

Marcel Reichart, Director

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Dr. Marcel Reichart is an international advisor and executive in culture, creative and tech industries. Other than BBTV, he currently serves on the board of directors of Fotografiska NeueHouse Inc. He was previously Executive Vice President of RTL Group and served as Director on the BBTV Board from 2015 to 2019. Dr. Reichart was also previously the Executive Vice President Digital Development and a Member of the Corporate Centre Board for Bertelsmann and served on the Investment Committees of Bertelsmann Investments in the US, Europe and China. He is co-founder of the DLD Conference and was a Managing Director of Hubert Burda Media. Dr. Reichart is a graduate from the Otto-Beisheim-School of Management (WHU) and holds a Doctorate in Economic Sciences from the University of Stuttgart.

Ryan Holmes, Director

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Mr. Holmes is currently the Chairman and a director, and previously served as Chief Executive Officer from 2008-2020, of Hootsuite Inc., a company that provides social media management tools for businesses which he founded in 2008. He has also served on the board of directors of Aritzia Inc., a TSX listed company, since 2016. Prior to founding Hootsuite, Mr. Holmes founded Invoke Media, a digital marketing agency in 2000. Mr. Holmes currently serves as a director of Payfirma and Invoke Media. He co-founded and serves as chair of the board of directors of The Next Big Thing, a national charitable organization focused on entrepreneurship. Mr. Holmes supports youth entrepreneurship through his charity, League of Innovators, offering online and in-person programs for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Mr. Holmes is the author of the Amazon-best-selling guide to social media for leaders, The $4 Billion Tweet.

Michele Romanow, Director

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Ms. Romanow is the Co-Founder of Clear Finance Technology Corp., a technology company that provides financial services for freelancers in the United States. Previously, Ms. Romanow was the Co-Founder of Snap by Groupon (previously SnapSaves), which was founded in March 2012 and acquired by Groupon, Inc. in June 2014. She served as a senior marketing executive for Groupon, Inc. from June 2014 until March 2016. In February 2011, Ms. Romanow also founded Buytopia.ca, a Canadian e-commerce leader. Prior to that she was Director, Corporate Strategy & Business Improvement for Sears Canada. Ms. Romanow is also one of the venture capitalists on the CBC series Dragons’ Den. Ms. Romanow is also a Director of SHAD, a registered Canadian charity that empowers exceptional high school students. Ms. Romanow is a current director of Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) and a previous director of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. Ms. Romanow holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and an M.B.A. from Queen’s University.