Dr. Michael Cowpland is a world renowned leader and entrepreneur in hardware and software development. In 2001, Mike acquired a majority interest in ZIM Corporation and took over as President and CEO, bringing his experience and business savvy to the burgeoning mobile market. Mike began his career at Bell Northern Research in 1964, working on electronic telephone systems, before moving to MicroSystems International where he became manager of silicon chip design. In 1973, he founded MITEL with Terence Matthews and was the company's CEO for 10 years. During this time, MITEL achieved a 100 per cent annual growth rate and sales of more than $300 million. Attracted to the explosive growth in the software market, and eager for a new challenge, Mike founded Corel Corporation in 1985. Over the next 15 years, he led Corel to become one of the world's top software companies, with 50 million users of CorelDRAW and WordPerfect worldwide.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Engineering) at Imperial College in England, a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University. He also holds many honorary degrees and is a member of the development advisory board of Imperial College.