Our Team

Advisors

Greg Hope

Technical Advisor

BIO

Drawing on his more than 30 years experience in the software industry, Mr. Hope will provide technical leadership for ProSmart’s platforms, including hands-on mentoring and advice on business and technical direction.

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Drawing on his more than 30 years experience in the software industry, Mr. Hope will provide technical leadership for ProSmart’s platforms, including hands-on mentoring and advice on business and technical direction.
After a successful six year career with Geac Computers where he was lead developer on the Geac Financial System, American Financial System, and the Bank of America Signature Capture andRetrieval system, in 1984 Mr. Hope co-founded Prologic (which became Fincentric/Open Solutions) where he was co-architect and co-developer of PROBE, RBS and Ovation. In 1995, Mr. Hope was recruited by Microsoft in Redmond, WA as Partner Architect and Product Unit Manager, in the Windows engineering organization building key components of the Windows Server and Tools business which now does over $20B in annual revenue and operates on over 1 billion Windows PC’s worldwide every day. Mr. Hope’s “Ship It” awards include Transaction Server, VB5, NT4 Option Pack, Windows 2000 and Windows XP, SQL Server 2000, Visual Studio .Net and the .NET Framework. His other activities while with Microsoft included numerous cross company technical initiatives in Enterprise Computing, Schema and Programming models. Mr. Hope also lead technical due diligence on the Great Plains and nCompass acquisitions and performed many keynotes and talks at industry conferences including a live TV appearance on CNN with Bill Gates. Hope is also co-inventor and patent holder on various products.

Dean Bender

Brand Advisor

BIO

Dean’s career has spanned 30 years in Sports Media and Marketing, with his very first job working at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens on Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts.

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Dean’s career has spanned 30 years in Sports Media and Marketing, with his very first job working at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens on Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts.
His first ten years was spent in production travelling the globe producing 3 Olympics and World Championships in multiple sports, and across North America covering all of the Major League sports and championships.
In 1998, Dean transitioned into Creative leadership and helped launch Sportsnet as the first regional sports network in Canada. After a successful 2 years, he joined Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, producing broadcasts at Leafs and Raptors TV and then leading the MLSE Design Group, supporting the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Marlies and Toronto FC. These services included print, web, arena, broadcast, and advertising creative, along with developing and helping launch the Real Sports Bar & Grill and Real Sports Apparel brands, along with e11even restaurant.
In 2011, he returned to Rogers to become VP, Media Creative, and relaunch the Sportsnet brand, helping it become the #1 Sports Media brand 4 short years later. During this time, he became SVP, Rogers Creative, leading an internal Creative Agency of 322 people, specializing in Brand development, while supporting all Rogers Media brands in print, web, and promotion and advertising, and the holistic creative direction for the Rogers Coporation. The Agency grew to support Rogers retail stores, Human Resources, Corporate Real Estate, and acted as an partner with the Agencies of Record for Rogers, Fido and chatr telco brands.
Dean is a collaborative and motivational people leader who can translate vision into successful implementation, while delivering large scale projects and impactful campaigns with industry leading creative.

John von Stade

Growth Advisor

BIO

John von Stade has built a reputation over the past 25-years as a consumer marketing and media expert who can develop highly focused strategies around revenue generation

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John von Stade has built a reputation over the past 25-years as a consumer marketing and media expert who can develop highly focused strategies around revenue generation, market/share growth and business development for product, brand and service companies. von Stade’s career has evolved from managing major Fortune 100 brand in sports marketing such as Pepsi, Visa, Verizon, Eli Lilly and P&G, to negotiating national/global sponsorship deals with USOC, NFL, PGA+LPGA TOUR, NCAA, MLS, while building major new revenue channels for Gannett/USA Today Sports Media Group and Sports Illustrated with Properties such as SI Swimsuit, SI Sportsman of the Year, USA Today Ad Meter and USA Today Coaches Poll

Merrill Squires

Growth Advisor

BIO

Merrill Squires is a 25-year sports marketing veteran, entrepreneur and industry leader in international and domestic sports and entertainment marketing and content and cross-platform media.

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Merrill Squires is a 25-year sports marketing veteran, entrepreneur and industry leader in international and domestic sports and entertainment marketing and content and cross-platform media. Merrill specializes in utilizing sponsorship, event marketing, consumer activation and digital platforms to grow brands and improve communities through lifestyle marketing. Merrill spent his career across major media and agency companies including; Sports Illustrated (12 years) where he launched SI International; a founding member of USA Today Sports Media group; and Managing Partner at The Marketing Arm and Active Equity Partners.

Paul Reinhart

Senior Advisor

BIO

Paul Reinhart is the President of Vanhart Capital Corporation (Vanhart), a family held investment company, specializing in early stage businesses in the resource and life sciences industries.

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Paul Reinhart is the President of Vanhart Capital Corporation (Vanhart), a family held investment company, specializing in early stage businesses in the resource and life sciences industries. Vanhart has been actively investing in Canadian based companies for over 30 years, providing early stage financing and services. Initially focused on the exploration industry, Vanhart expanded into the life sciences industry with its early role in financing companies in the early 1990’s, including Angiotech Pharmaceuticals and EnWave Corp. In addition to providing capital, Paul has been a founding shareholder and director of many such ventures over the years and includes resource companies such as Kokanee Explorations and Far West Mining (now Capstone Mining).
Presently, Paul and/or Vanhart provides capital markets services to a select group of companies, including strategic advice and planning, mergers and acquisitions, and special situations/projects.
Paul also had a successful 11 year NHL career, including playing in two NHL All-star games. He has three boys all presently playing professional hockey too.
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