Board of Directors

Stéphane Tremblay

Stéphane Tremblay's experience in the Canadian TMT industry spans more than two decades. Mr. Tremblay joined Novacap in 2006, leaving his position as investor and CEO of Memotec Inc., a data communication equipment manufacturer, which he bought, restructured and then sold to Comtech/EF Data. Mr. Tremblay's prior experience includes working at Future Electronics, a leading electronic component distribution company. From 1989 to 1993, he held a Regional Sales Manager position at Allan Crawford, a data communication equipment company. Mr. Tremblay is a founding team member of Microcell, where he was responsible for building the first GSM network in Canada. In 2000, Mr. Tremblay became President and CEO of Espion/ESP Media, the first MVNO in North America. From 2001 to 2003, he was President and CEO of Kontron Canada, a division of Kontron A.G. Mr. Tremblay holds a BSEE from Université de Trois-Rivières, which he earned in 1985.

Mr. Tremblay is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Dialogic Inc, Oxford Networks, Technomedia, Host.Net, Fibrenoire and SynergX. Previously, Mr. Tremblay was on the Boards of iWeb, Kontron and Memotec.

Francois Laflamme

Francois Laflamme is Senior Partner at Novacap, a leading private equity firm with over $1.6 billion of assets under management. Mr. Laflamme has been involved in the technology sector as entrepreneur, technology innovator and private equity investor. Mr. Laflamme has over 25 years of experience in managing technology companies. He was President and CEO of LiquidxStream Systems, a telecom equipment company in the Novacap portfolio. He was also a Partner at IUGO Ventures, a venture-capital fund specialized in the TMT industry, where he led several investments in technology companies based in Canada and the US. In addition, he was Vice-President of IP Telephony at Videotron, where he pioneered the introduction of the local telephony service using next generation VoIP infrastructure.

Mr. Laflamme currently sits on the Board of Directors of Fibrenoire, Oxford Networks and Dialogic. He holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from École Polytechnique of Montreal and an MBA in Finance from HEC Montreal. Mr. Laflamme also completed the Entrepreneurship Development Program from MIT.

David Lewin

David Lewin is a Vice President at Novacap, a leading private equity firm with over $1.6 billion of assets under management. Since joining Novacap in 2011, Mr. Lewin has been involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in a number of TMT and industrial companies. Before joining Novacap, Mr. Lewin was a Manager at PSP Investments in Montreal where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of private equity transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Lewin worked in investment banking at National Bank Financial Markets, where he focused on TMT as well as diversified clients. In addition to Dialogic, Mr. Lewin currently serves on the board PKWare and is a board observer of Chemical Computing Group and Technomedia. He was previously a board observer of ViXS Systems. 

Mr. Lewin received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in public accountancy from HEC Montréal, where he graduated with Great Distinction. Mr. Lewin also earned an MBA from McGill University, where he graduated on the Dean’s Honour List.

Harald Braun

Harald Braun has had a prestigious career in leading several top companies in the private and public telecommunications industry as president and CEO, including Siemens Networks USA, Nokia Siemens North America, and Aviat Networks. In 2009, while president and CEO of Aviat Networks, he was named “International Telecom CEO of the Year” by Africa IT & Telecom.

For more than 10 years, Mr. Braun has been a prominent standards influencer and spokesperson for the telecommunications industry. He has served as treasurer of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), and was a member of its executive board. He was also a former board member of BigBand Networks. He serves on the Board of Directors of Tarana Wireless, Inc. and is chairman of its advisory board. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of CLAdirect, a solution technology provider, and serves on the advisory board of Pillar Capital Advisors. He has been recognized as one of America’s “Top 100 Voices of the IP Communications Industry” by Internet Telephony magazine.

Chris Burke

Chris Burke has spent more than 30 years in the telecommunications, IT, and technology industries. His career spans across Europe and North America. After graduating, Mr. Burke spent the first 15 years of his career with Bell Northern Research and Nortel. From 2004-2009, he was the Managing Director for Research in Motion (RIM) in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Before his time at RIM, he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Vodafone, responsible for Vodafone UK’s technology and product architecture, design, procurement, development, support, and operations. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Burke was CTO at Energis Communications, forming part of the executive team that led Energis through IPO and into the FTSE 40.

Since leaving Vodafone in 2004, Mr. Burke has spent most of his time developing his own Investment Fund and Advisory Business achieving substantial successes across a number of ventures. Presently he sits on the Public Company Board of Dialog Semiconductor (Frankfurt Exchange) and is Chairman at MusicQubed. He also sits on the Boards of a number of Venture and Private Equity backed companies.

Bill Crank

Bill Crank is Dialogic’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Crank has been with Dialogic since late 2012 and previously served as SVP of Worldwide Field Operations, responsible for sales, channels, business development, services, and global strategy. Prior to Dialogic, he was Vice President of Sales & Business Development for Ubiquity Software where he provided the sales leadership and partner strategy to help the company to an IPO and eventual acquisition by Avaya. After Ubiquity, Mr. Crank became President of NCI where he drove a significant strategy change that led to an eventual acquisition. He has also held executive management roles as President of Wireless Systems Consulting (acquired by BCI), Executive Vice President of CI Wireless (acquired by EMS Wireless), Vice President Sales & Marketing of Ortel - Wireless Systems Division (acquired by Lucent), and senior leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Allen Telecom Group and Motorola where he started his career.

Mr. Crank has a BBA in Marketing from Western Connecticut State University and an Engineering background from Motorola’s Fast Leadership Track Program. 

Christian Primeau

Christian Primeau has over 20 years industry experience, much of it in executive roles with tier 1 vendors, tier 1 service providers, and private growth-oriented companies in operations, engineering, delivery, sales, and general management roles. After spending a decade with Sun Microsystems in increasingly responsible positions, Mr. Primeau joined Bell Canada as General Manager of Infrastructure Services. He subsequently held the roles of Vice President of Client Service Delivery, and Vice President of Sales with Bell Canada. He then took on the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of iWeb Technologies, a leading provider in cloud solutions. Mr. Primeau currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at Syntax.

Mr. Primeau has attained a Bachelor Degree in Management Information Systems, a Certificate in Executive Development, and a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.