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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
August 29, 2015
Canadian Excellence


Randall Howard, General Partner, Verdexus

Randall Howard is a senior serial technology executive committed to building world leading, high growth technology organizations through the transatlantic “Venture 2.0” boutique VERDEXUS. Randall is "hands-on" Chairman at VERDEXUS portfolio investments iotum and Maintenance Assistant. From its acquisition in May 2004 to April 2006, Randall served as CEO of portfolio company, Coreworx,  since acquired by Acorn Energy (NASDAQ: ACFN).

Returning to Canada from his first US startup, Coherent, in 1984, he founded MKS (TSX: MKX) one of Canada's leading enterprise software vendors and whose products optimize internal software development within large corporations. As founder, Chairman and CEO he led growth to $45 million revenue and 375 employees worldwide, including seven acquisitions.

To help jumpstart the Waterloo investment scene, he helped launch Golden Triangle AngelNet where he serves as Board member and chair of the Selection Committee. He is also on the Wireless Advisory Panel at MaRS and Dean’s Advisory Council for Laurier Business. He is a past director of Communitech and formerly CFO of Uniforum Association. As a seasoned board member/advisor, Randall has served a huge array of firms including Gore Mutual Insurance, Iotum, Coreworx, Necho, GoodContacts, Whitehill Technologies, Waterloo Maple Software, ARISE Technologies and Nanodesign many of which were successfully acquired or taken public.

Randall holds an Honours B.Math from University of Waterloo and was the 1997 High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2005 recipient of the Impact Award from Communitech. He is an actual social entrepreneur being Treasurer of Roseneath Theatre Company, Co-founder/director of Elora Environment Centre and Chair of the new Centre Wellington Community Foundation.