Jack Van der Star

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Jack Van der Star, BAsc., MASc., P.Eng., is President and Founder of Vanderstar Engineering & Associates, has over 30 years of relevant telecommunications industry experience and is a world class telecommunications systems designer and project manager capable of undertaking all aspects of system engineering, equipment procurement and commissioning of IP based telecommunication networks. Jack in his 30 year career has undertaken the successful design, procurement and commissioning of integrated communications networks involving microwave, satellite, fibre optics, IP based broadband wireless, telephony, mobile and integrated multimedia systems. Jack has been the CTO for several manufacturing companies of wireless products specifically in Wi-Fi, WiMAX and mmWave technologies and has an extensive experience in RF design and in the successful commercial development of whole product solutions.

Over the past 10 years Jack has focussed in implementing IP based wireless and optical network solutions primarily for remote and industrial communication applications. During this period Jack has been the project manager for three large wireless broadband network deployments involving in excess of 100 sites. Jack more recently has been involved in driving the technology roadmap for a wireless solutions & manufacturing company which includes the addition of wireless sensor data collection gateways and sensor nodes. Jack for the same company was instrumental in the commercialization of a broadband product line and the successful establishment of international sales channels using agents and value added distributors for the USA, South America, New Zealand, Africa, India, China and Canada.

Jack was CTO for a Milpitas, California based mmWave radio manufacturing company where he was directly responsible for the development of a line of foundry-produced millimeter wave chips and radio products based on these.

Jack is a founding member and Secretary of ION - the Innovation Okanagan Network the group responsible for bringing the UBCO Engineering School to the Okanaga Valley, a founder and Vice-Chair of ORIC, the Okanagan Research and Innovation Centre a successful commercial incubator and a past Director of OSTEC the Okanagan Science and Technology Centre. In 2007, he was recognized by OSTEC as Innovator of the Year. He also holds a video-on-demand patent and participated in the development of the IEEE 802.16 (pre-WiMAX) standard.


Paul Cheng

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Paul Cheng, B.S., M.E., P.Eng., is an Assocoate of Vanderstar Engineering & Associates, has over 22 years of relevant telecommunications industry experience as a senior RF network engineer and project manager capable of undertaking all aspects of design and deployment of IP based telecommunication networks. Paul has undertaken the successful design, procurement and commissioning of integrated communications networks involving PDH/SDH microwave, LMDS, WiMAX, Land Mobile, SONET, ATM and IP protocols both in North America and internationally.

Over the previous 10 years Paul was the China in country manager for Motorola Orthogon in charge of the Shanghai office responsible for developing sales channels and responsible for the homologation of the the company's product with the Chinese regulator. Prior to this Paul managed Alvarion's relationship with Seimens as their Telecom Account Manager and was a major contributor to the company being positioned as the No. 1 fixed broadband wireless access vendor for the Chinese market.

Paul's notable achievements include being the lead RF network design engineer of the largest fixed wireless access project in China (Sichuan Telecom PMP FWA Project) and being the Project Manager for Vecima on their WiMAX deployment involving 28 basestations and 5000+ clients for their client Husky Energy's as part of their real-time management system for improving the operational efficiency for their Lloydminister area oil facilities.

Paul is a professional engineer in the province of Saskachewan.


Shawn Lightfoot

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Shawn Lightfoot, is an Assocoate of Vanderstar Engineering & Associates, has over 20 years of relevant industry experience as a senior Project/Development Team Manager capable of leading interdiciplinary wireless product design teams. Shawn has been directly responsible for multiple product engineering teams in the development and life cycle support of high volume portable wireless products with volume in excess of 300,000 per year. Shawn is a highly versatile and self-motivated technology professional with tremendous depth and breadth of expertise in wireless product design, support, manufacturing and engineering management. Shawn has extremely strong communication skills and has a proven abilty to create a strong and effective development teams through his leadership.

Over the previous 5 years, Shawn has held senior development leadership roles, including Director of R&D at (Honeywell)in incremental revenue. In this position Shawn streamlined the embedded and firmware engineering efforts and reduced on-going product support costs through the implementation of cross-functional product sustaining team. Shawn also lead a team in the release of a $30M/year key product redesign effort through to volume manufacturing on time and on budget with the incorporation of six sigma design tools and methodology for improving quality and reducing manufacturing variability.

Prior to this Shawn was the VP Technology and Director, IP technology for WI-LAN one of the early radio manufacturers in the 900MHz to 5.8 GHz supplying the industrial communication market. Shawn led a team of over 50 engineering professionals in the development of their broadband wireless products and provided the direction from concept to product release. Shawn was responsible for adding multiple protocols (proprietary, WiFI & WiMAX) to WI-LAN's technology platform that included the hardware and firmware integration of the various MAC & PHY modules using discrete and VLSI System on Chip (SoC) implementations.

Shawn received his technologist degree from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technolgy.


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