Meet the Team
Dr. Michael C.J. Cowpland
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.
John Chapman has served as Chief Financial Officer since November 2007 and has provided consulting services to the company since July 2007. Mr. Chapman provides virtual CFO consulting services to various companies. From 2003 to 2005 Mr. Chapman held the positions of Director of Finance and Program Management Office at Amdocs Canadian Managed Services. From 1988 to 2003 Mr. Chapman held various positions at Bell Canada and BCE companies in the areas of Finance, Human Resources and Engineering.
He received a Bachelor of Technology (Mechanical Engineering) from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1988 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa in 1999. Mr. Chapman is a member of, and holds professional designations, with the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario.
For more information: