Desmond Griffin, CFA
CEO & Founder
Desmond co-founded PayByPhone (formerly Verrus Mobile Technologies) and was its CEO from inception through to a successful exit, during which time PayByPhone went from a concept to a platform processing tens of millions of mobile payments annually for millions of consumers in over 100 cities around the world. Desmond is an active advisor to early stage technology companies. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Penny Green, LLB
COO & Co-Founder
Penny has 20 years of experience as a business founder, entrepreneur and lawyer. She is the founder and CEO of Bacchus Law Corporation, which in 2015 was named in Profit Magazine’s list of the top 500 fastest growing companies. Penny was a co-founder and a director and officer for two years of Merus Labs International Inc. (TSX:MSL, NASDAQ: MSLI), a specialty pharmaceutical company which now does approximately $32 million in annual EBITDA. Penny has been ranked #61 by PROFIT Magazine’s 13th annual W100 list of top Canadian female entrepreneurs. Penny was one of five national finalists for the 2012 Royal Bank of Canada Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.
Peter Haggarty, MBA
Peter has been the Director of Sales & Marketing, Shaftebury Brewing Company Ltd. and Director of Marketing, Cactus Restaurants. Peter was responsible for leading the executive team of the Elephant & Castle Restaurant chain in its rebranding process that resulted in a 10% increase in sales and a $26 million buyout. As President of ROMD Marketing & Design Inc., Peter has been responsible for clients that have included the Grey Cup Festival 2009, 2011 and 2014, Verrus Mobile Technologies (now PayByPhone), and more. Peter has a Political Science degree from Western University, a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from Fanshawe College, and an MBA from Western Washington University.
Laura Gallagher, CA
Laura is an experienced Chartered Accountant, with a broad range of business knowledge. She has a unique blend of skills, which includes coordinating financial audits across various industries, as well as extensive knowledge of marketing and strategy initiatives. Ms. Gallagher spent four years working as an Auditor at KPMG, where she worked with publicly listed companies, and has been working for Glance as its Vice President of Finance since September 2016.
Angela Griffin, BSc
Angela has worked as the head software developer of Glance Pay since its inception. Ms. Griffin brings extensive business and software development experience to the company. For the 3 years prior to her appointment as Glance's CTO, Ms. Griffin served as President of Zoink Technologies Inc. Previously Ms. Griffin worked for 8 years at View Assessments Inc. where she started as a developer and ended as Chief Technology Officer. Ms. Griffin holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of British Columbia.
VP Investor Relations
Christina brings extensive business, corporate development and investor relations experience to Glance. She has significant experience with not only rebound bull markets, but more importantly volatile bear markets. Ms. Rao has been executing corporate communications campaigns for various companies for over eight years, as CEO of Ascension Corporate Relations Inc.
James Topham, FCPA, FCA
James is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA and FCA) specializing in technology companies. James was an audit partner in KPMG’s Technology Group in its Vancouver, B.C. office for 20 years, and currently sits on the boards of several companies. Since 2011, James has sat on the board of Norsat International Inc., since November 2014 he has sat on the board of 3 Tier Logic Inc., and since May 2015 he has been a director of UrtheCast Inc. From 2013 to 2015 he was the chair of the board and audit committee of Epic Fusion Corp., and from 2011 to 2014 he was a board member and audit committee chair of DDS Wireless International.
James was awarded the designation of Fellow Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.
James has a computer science major and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with Honours from the University of Saskatchewan, from where he graduated as a most distinguished graduate. He was awarded the designation of Fellow Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.
Kirk is an experienced software executive with over 30 years of diversified experience in designing, developing and bringing to market world-class software products and solutions. Recently, Kirk co-founded Connect2Classes, a Discovery Platform for Continuing Education. During his tenure as CTO of Pivotal Corporation, Pivotal was awarded the 2nd fastest growing company in Canada and one of the top-10 fastest growing high- technology companies in North America. Pivotal had over 3,000 clients by the fall of 2002 and Kirk was involved with many of the top customers, particularly those in the financial services sector. Kirk was also a recipient of the prestigious Top 40 under 40 executive award and has a degree in advanced technology management from Simon Fraser University.