Our leadership team is comprised of individuals with a diverse range of experience, viewpoints, and expertise, who ensure IMS' continued success.
Dr. Otman Basir is a world renowned expert in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), biologically inspired computing and their application in human machine interfacing, connected vehicles and intelligent transportation systems. It took a serious car accident involving his family, however, to inspire Dr. Basir to launch a company. Convinced that technology could make driving safer, he founded Intelligent Mechatronic Systems in 1999. The vision of the company – to bring purpose to every journey by enabling drivers to be safer, smarter and greener – has been the starting point for a host of products and services that improve the lives of many.
Dr. Basir’s academic background is extensive. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tripoli University, Libya, a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Queen’s University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Basir is involved in teaching and mentorship at the University of Waterloo. He is the Founding Chair of Engineering Systems and Computing at the University of Guelph and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Basir has authored/co-authored over 200 patents and patents pending and 400 scientific publications used for journals and conferences. He has won several prestigious awards for his work, including Leadership Award, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation award, the Premier of Ontario Excellence award and the University of Guelph Leadership award. He was a past nominee for the Manning Innovation Award and the Premier’s Catalyst Award. Dr. Basir is the Chairman of the Libya-North America Chamber of Commerce.
In his role as Chief Corporate Officer, Jeoff Shiekh is responsible for overseeing IMS’s Legal department and is instrumental in key negotiations with global partners and clients. He maintains a strong focus on developing relationships with customers and strategic partners, with a particular emphasis on advancing the commercial objectives of the company. As Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors, he manages all aspects of Board affairs and is actively involved in all matters of corporate governance.
Jeoff is also responsible for managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio, the Human Resources department and works closely with Finance on investor relations and governance matters. He also collaborates with senior members of IMS to execute on the strategic direction of the company. Prior to joining IMS, Jeoff was Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at RAND, a TSX listed technology company. During his tenure at RAND, Jeoff played a key role in various areas, including managing the company’s mergers and acquisitions portfolio, overseeing the company’s legal department and leading negotiations in international commercial transactions. Jeoff was also instrumental in guiding RAND through a privatization process. Prior to joining RAND, Jeoff worked at the Attorney General’s office and as a Compliance Officer at Dundee Bancorp.
Jeoff holds a Juris Doctor degree in Law with a specialization in Business Transactions from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Jeoff also holds an Honours B.A. Double Major in Psychology and Mass Communications.
In expressing his views on how to be successful in business, Jeoff favors the saying, “Knowledge overcomes fear. Explore and be bold.” He employs this philosophy in all that he does.
As the Chief Financial Officer, Brian is a partner in delivering on the IMS vision through strategic financial leadership and proactive corporate involvement. The position has oversight of strategic and tactical planning, financial reporting and analysis, treasury, accounting and tax. In addition, Brian is the prime interface for investor relations and governance in conjunction with the IMS Legal team.
Brian is involved in the broader community as a Board member and Chair of the finance committee of ABC Life Literacy Canada.
Brian’s career includes leadership positions in telecommunications at Nortel Networks, software at RAND Technologies and mining at IAMGOLD. In addition to positions in Canada, Brian has gained international experience working in Paris and New York.
Brian is a graduate of McGill University’s accountancy program, holds a Concordia University honours Commerce degree and is a certified public accountant (CPA, CA).
In expressing his personal view on success, Brian believes the way to bring about change is to be proactive and treat every challenge as an opportunity. ”Do today what others won’t, so tomorrow you will have what others can’t.”
In his role as President, Sales and Business Development, Steve is responsible for leading IMS’ future connected car growth strategies, with a focus on North America business development and sales, as well as the global OEM automaker strategy.
Steve has been a leading figure and influencer in the development of the connected car industry. He has successfully led a number of tech start-ups, including ATX Group where he held the position of CEO. ATX Group was the first connected car provider in the US and Europe and was acquired by Sirius XM in 2013. Most recently, Steve was Managing Director of Aeris, a Silicon Valley IoT provider, where he developed a disruptive business model and technology for auto OEMs.
When it comes to business success, Steve lives by and reinforces a famous quote, “The people who are crazy enough to think they change the world, are the ones who do.”
Blair Currie is an experienced global marketing and business development leader, having held senior and international roles with Aegis Media (Japan and Korea), DDB (Japan), Fujitsu (Japan), McCann Erickson (Canada, Thailand, Hong Kong and Vietnam), Saatchi & Saatchi (Singapore), and TBWA (Japan and the UAE).
At IMS, Blair has led our marketing efforts, and now spearheads global business development and growth, as well as industry alliances. He is one of the industry’s leading speakers and writers on telematics and infotainment.
Blair holds an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the Rotman School of Business, as well as a Bachelor of Science, from the University of Toronto.
As Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Mohamed Hamoodi plays a key role at IMS in developing and executing strategic plans to achieve business objectives while establishing strong business networks. With more than 35 years experience in multiple disciplines, Mohamed has served both the private and public sectors in the Middle East, Europe and Canada. Prior to joining IMS, Mohamed led public and governmental affair efforts at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), where he collaborated with key stakeholders to build a network of external relationships, cooperation and partnerships. He also served as Vice President and Deputy Executive Director (Projects) at CIGI. Mohamed also serves as an Advisor to the Quantum Valley Investments, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Institute of Quantum Computing of Waterloo, Ontario.
In the past, Mohamed lent his many talents to Communitech, Agfa Canada, Primal and BlackBerry (Research in Motion).
Mohamed holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mathematics, a Post graduate diploma in Applied Mathematics & Physics, and a Post graduate diploma in Business Administration.
Dr. Ben Miners provides innovation leadership to guide next-generation solutions, strategic technology initiatives, and beneficial partnerships that deliver continuous value and high quality experiences far into the future. Innovation and emerging concepts are embraced and catalyzed across the connected vehicle ecosystem and beyond to define and realize solutions over the horizon. Untraveled paths are cleared to drive continuous innovation, realize increased value for all stakeholders, and exceed future expectations. Current activities and areas of interest include technology innovation evangelism, intelligent transportation systems, data intelligence and analytics to deliver enhanced contextually-relevant value and enable intelligent decisions, understanding human intent, and intuitive user-centric solutions.
Dr. Miners holds a Doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Science from the University of Guelph, and is a licensed professional engineer.
He believes that the keys to unlocking revolutionary advancements lie along untraveled paths created through innovation, and is in agreement with Theodore Levitt’s observation, “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”
As the Vice President of Quality, Michael is responsible for defining and operationalizing corporate quality strategy and objectives company-wide to achieve business results. His responsibilities include all aspects of customer-driven quality, business process improvement across all functions, new product development, product improvement and compliance.
Michael has held leadership positions in several companies, including GE Healthcare where he served as the Director of Quality for Canada and was a member of the GE Healthcare Canada leadership team. Prior to GE Healthcare, Michael occupied senior positions at Deloitte Management Services LP, in the areas of Quality Policy and Measurement, Operational Excellence and Client Service.
Michael is a Business Process Improvement expert and holds a graduate certificate in statistical process control from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. He is also Lean Six Sigma Certified and a Lead Auditor/Assessor. Michael believes that processes should not be a barrier to success; instead, when properly defined and implemented they should enhance, simplify and streamline the way business is done. Overriding all is his belief that the ultimate measure of quality is delighted customers and when they speak we listen.
As Vice President, Sales Europe, Ben Borsetzky is responsible for continuing the IMS success story on the European continent. Ben is the dedicated contact person for European customers and prospects, making sure that their specific local needs are well understood and addressed by IMS headquarters.As a proven and experienced insurance telematics expert, Ben has spent more than 12 years working within the connected car industry, managing innovative telematics projects and high-profile accounts. As the Insurance Telematics Lead of a global mobile network operator, Ben managed the launch of the first commercially available UBI product in Germany and consulted notable insurance companies in defining and launching SaaS solutions. Ben holds a Diploma in Business Management from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and is a certified business mediator. Before joining the IMS team, he gained valuable experience as a vehicle telematics consultant for various leading companies in the car OEM and insurance industries.Ben’s hands-on, forwarding-looking business acumen is summed up in his favorite Hermann Hesse quote, “Every beginning holds its own magic.”
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