J. Ian Giffen serves as an advisor and/or director to technology companies and investment funds. Mr. Giffen is currently a director of Absolute Software Inc (ABT.TSX ), Kinaxis Inc. (KNX.TSX) , and a number of private companies and serves on the Advisory Board of OMERS Ventures .
From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Giffen was Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Alias Research Inc. until it was sold to Silicon Graphics for approximately $500 million. Since 1996, Mr. Giffen has advised several private venture investment funds, and has served on the boards of a number of public and private companies including Macromedia Inc., (from 1997 – 2005 until it was sold to Adobe Systems Inc for $4 billion), Mosaid Inc., Ruggedcom Inc., MKS Inc., Descartes Systems Group Inc. (Chairman), DPS Inc., MGI Software Inc., Delano Technology Inc., Corel Corporation Inc., Certicom Corporation Inc., Financial Models Inc., 724 Solutions Inc. (Chairman)., Sierra Systems Inc., Open Text Corporation Inc., DWL Inc., Algorithmics Inc., BTI Systems Inc., and Changepoint Inc. Mr. Giffen is a Chartered Accountant and has a Designation in Corporate Finance. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and worked with KPMG in Glasgow from 1978-1982.