Co-Founder / Chairman of the Board
Russ served as a Member of Parliament in Canada for eleven years before returning to the private sector. During his time in office he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and later Intergovernmental Affairs. He also served on the Natural Resources, Finance, and International Trade committees and as Canadian Chairman and Representative on the 53-nation Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He has held leadership roles on many other international associations; speaking engagements at the European Parliament and at the United Nations.
Russ has developed a worldwide network of contacts in business and foreign governments. He has the ability to connect people with key decision makers, joint venture partners and investors, for the purpose of developing trade and other business opportunities.
He holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). He earned his Law Degree at the University of British Columbia and the University of Sydney, Australia, and practiced as a lawyer at a national Canadian law firm, before completing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). He has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program and has served as a director on a variety of private and public companies