Howard Smith LL.B.

Director, Business Development 

Responsible for channel development in North America for the portfolio companies and supporting them throughout their sales cycles. Over 25 years’ experience in business development and sales. Graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Licensed lawyer in the province of Ontario.

Ross Johnson BMASc., CPP

Strategic Advisor - Infrastructure Security

Critical infrastructure security and contingency planning professional. Served for 24 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an infantry and intelligence officer (rank of Major).

Gary Barnea MA

Strategic Advisor - Integrated Security

Former Director of ISA Protection & Security Division. Former Deputy Director of Mossad Special Operations Division. Served for more than 30 years in Mossad and ISA. M.A. in National Security.

leadership and management

Josh Gutenberg BA

Director of Finance, Controller

Responsible for the monitoring of Fund and portfolio companies’ budgets, finances and performance. Graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics from Yeshiva University. CFA Level III Candidate.

David Posluns MBA

Partner

​Chairman and Managing Director of Cedarpoint Investments Inc., a private equity and alternative investments management firm​. Co-Founder and Chairman of T4G Limited, an IT professional services firm

AWZ’s leadership & Advisors include former senior executives from Canadian
​& Israeli INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY AGENCIES (Mossad, ISA, CSIS, CAF),
​AS WELL AS GLOBAL BUSINESS & venture capital EXPERTS

The Rt. Hon. Stephen J. Harper P.C.

Partner, President of the Advisory Committee

Mr. Harper served as Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister for nearly ten years, winning three successive national elections.
Mr. Harper is Chairman and CEO of Harper & Associates, a global strategic advisory firm. He is also the recent author of “Right Here Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption”.

Mr. Harper chairs the International Democrat Union, the global alliance of conservative political parties, and the Friends of Israel Initiative.

professional team

Howard Tanenbaum LL.B.

Partner

Lawyer, financier, domestic & international real estate developer and art collector. Former director and officer of Warren Paving and Materials Group Ltd.Currently a director of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada; also serves on several community and charitable organizations’ boards.


Haim Tomer MA

Strategic Advisor - Intelligence

Former Head of Mossad Intelligence Division, Mossad Counter-Terrorism Division and Mossad International Division. Served for more than 30 years in Mossad. M.A. in National Security.


Daniel Mak Hon. B.A.

Partner, Strategic Growth

​Early stage technology investor in SaaS, AI, IoT solutions & hardware in AR/IoT/Robotics. Incubator fund investor. Advisor to multiple early-stage technology entrepreneurs.

strategic advisory committee

Michael Fromstein CPA, CA, TEP, MSC, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Experienced in the acquisition & disposition of intellectual property for pooled investor funds.20 years as tax partner in national/regional firms. 10+ years of tax consulting - providing services to accounting firms and private companies seeking financing or structuring for liquidity events.

Erez Kreiner MA, B.Eng.

Fund Manager - Israel
Cyber Security Domain Expert

Former Director of National Cyber Security Authority, under the Israel Security Agency (ISA), defending critical entities and assets, and developing Israel’s cyber defense capabilities.


Holds computer engineering degree from Technion University, and a Master’s degree in National Security. Served in the IDF as a Navy SEAL.

Edward Sonshine O.Ont., Q.C.

Founder, Partner & Chairman of the Board

Founder & CEO of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, one of Canada’s largest REITs. 
Oversaw RioCan’s growth from an enterprise value of less than CA$100 million when it went public in January of 1994, to approx. CA$14 billion, currently.

Invested into the Order of Ontario in 2011; named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year in 2013.

Richard Fadden O.C.

Strategic Advisor - ​National Security 

​​Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, former Deputy Minister of National Defence and former Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).


Eli Alony LL.B.

Strategic Advisor, Investor Relations, USA 

Former Senior Director of Strategic Development in large not-for-profit entity. Former VP Acquisitions, in New York real estate company. Registered lawyer in New York state.​

Dr. Eli David PhD

Strategic Advisor - Artificial Intelligence

International Artificial Intelligence expert, specializing in Deep Learning (neural networks). Selected as one of “Top 10 AI Leaders in Israel”. Successful AI technology entrepreneur.

Avi Libman BASc

Director, Technology & Operations 

​​Responsible for review of Fund technologies, investor relations, and internal operations. Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Toronto. Specialized in Mechatronics Engineering which involves the integration of computer, electrical and mechanical systems.

Nadine Miller MBA, P.Eng.

Strategic Advisor

Over 17 years in engineering design & project management in mining and transportation industries. Led business development in Toronto for two leading engineering consulting firms. MIT M.Eng. Oxford MBA.

Lt. Gen. (Ret) Michael Day C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Strategic Advisor - Law Enforcement Agencies​​

Former Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Special Operations Forces Commander, CAF senior Military Officer in the Defense Policy Group, and Chief Strategic Planner for the future of the CAF.

Your Safety. Our Mission. 

Elad Hava BSc.

Project Manager

​​Responsible for market research and data analysis. Background in digital project management in the aerospace and mining industries. Industrial Engineering and Management graduate from Shenkar College (Israel).

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Yaron Ashkenazi LL.B.

Founder & Managing Partner

30 years of senior management experience in the fundraising and high-tech sectors, with extensive understanding of the HLS arena. 
In 2016, launched Awz Ventures Inc. Serves as a Corporate Director for eight start-up technology companies.

Served for a decade in the Israel Security Agency (ISA) VIP Protection Division, leading teams that protected several Israeli prime ministers.

LL.B. in England; Registered lawyer in Israel.

Hon. Stockwell Day P.C.

Strategic Advisor - ​Public Safety 

Has held several Canadian federal offices, including Minister of Public Safety, International Trade Minister, President of the Treasury Board, and Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition.

Patrice E. Merrin 

Strategic Advisor 

Former President and CEO of Luscar Ltd. International business executive and corporate director who currently serves as a director for Glencore PLC and other leading multinational corporations.

Kenny Finkelstein CA

Partner

​President & CEO of Knight’s Bridge Capital Partners, an opportunistic and diversified venture capital and private equity manager.Has extensive history of investing in, providing ongoing management, guiding and mentoring of portfolio entities, and delivering effective exit strategies.