The WIP Team
Founder & CEO - Caroline Lewko
A consummate ‘connector’ with a passion for wireless!
Caroline has been in the wireless/ telecom industry since 1995, as a coder, funder, business developer and entrepreneur. She is sought out by investors and C level executives for insights, contacts and advice; and has advised and funded hundreds of companies.
She started WIP in early 2006 while talking to colleagues in the industry about this “little utility project” to make her knowledge and contacts in mobile development available on-line. She thought that providing open information, resouces, and a voice for mobile developers would make the path easier to get to market, reduce cycle times and increase innovation in the mobile ecosystem.
Caroline founded the Wireless Innovation Network of BC (WINBC) in 2001, and Wavefront, a wireless development center, and is Past Chair of both organizations. Caroline has also worked for a Hong Kong consultancy marketing an industrial park in China and was in the Telecommunications Industry Group of Anderson Consulting (Accenture). She received her MBA from Dalhousie University and BA from the University of Manitoba.
Caroline was named by Fierce Wireless as one of the Top Ten Women in Wireless for 2009.
VP, Developer Partnerships - Thibaut Rouffineau
Community and passion builder with a mobile LTE.
Thibaut has been active in the mobile, telecom, software world for the past 10 years as an all-rounder from the research labs, to the telecom shelter, from core network to core OS, from photons to airwaves and from product management to community strategy.
Thibaut joins WIP from Symbian Foundation where he was the Head of Community Management accompanying the Symbian developer and partner community in its migration to open source. Over the past few years has been heavily engaged in the migration of the mobile industry towards a more open and community led approach to development and innovation,especially active in developing the Eclipse and Symbian communities but also supporting operators and OEMs devise their developers program.
Thibaut joined WIP as a shareholder in 2010 and leads WIP activities in EMEA.
Thibaut holds an Msc in telecommunication from Telecom SudParis and is an Accredited Chartered Marketer.
VP, Marketing & Partnerships - Teresa Ostman
Teresa is a marketing consultant with over 20 years of experience. She has worked with a wide variety of companies across many industries. Her extensive experience includes marketing strategy development, research, event management and marketing partnerships.
Teresa joined WIP in early 2008 where she is in charge of WIP’s marketing partnerships. WIP partners with hundreds of events and companies on an annual basis. She provides event marketing and management for WIPJam sessions, activities and receptions held all over the world.
Teresa holds an honors degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Manitoba.
Director of Developer Marketing Services - Carlo Longino
Carlo has been active in the mobile industry as a consultant, analyst, writer and blogger for more than 10 years, building online communities and helping companies with marketing and product strategy.
Most recently, Carlo worked as a freelance consultant and writer while he completed an MBA; prior to that, he was Senior Analyst for Floor64, a Silicon Valley-based analyst firm, where he covered the mobile and fixed telecom industries. He also helped launch and spent five years running TheFeature.com, a thought leadership site owned by Nokia. Carlo is a well-known mobile blogger at MobHappy.com, and his writing has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Business 2.0 magazine and on Dow Jones Newswires.
Carlo joined WIP in 2010 to focus on building its community of developers, with particular emphasis on delivering online content and tools to support their success.
Carlo has an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Communication Coordinator - Sam Chan
Sam started his second stint at WIP in early 2012 to enhance its web content and social media capabilities internally, and to add capacity for customer content projects. Sam has experience building and managing online media properties, and his previous mobile experience includes working for RIM. Sam is based in Vancouver and has a degree from Simon Fraser University. Follow him @anothersamchan.
Manager, Developer Engagement - Rod Burns
Rod has been working in the mobile industry for more than 10 years with Symbian, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Marmalade. During this time he has worked in a variety of technical and marketing roles having been involved in making the first camera phone in Europe, the first Walkman branded phone and helping companies like Spotify, Square Enix and Electronic Arts make great apps.
Rod joins WIP from Marmalade, where he was responsible for building and growing their developer program, technical support team and open source community. Follow him @RodBurns
The WIP advisors
Douglas H. Blakeway
Mr. Blakeway is Chairman and CEO of Wireless2 Technologies Inc., a publicly traded international wireless RFID company which he founded in 1985, and Managing Director for G4S Justice Services (Canada) Inc. He is presently an entrepreneur in Residence at Simon Fraser University, Venture Connection. As an entrepreneur and investor, over the past 40 years, he has founded and operated a number of successful endeavors from service oriented companies to high technology electronic manufacturing. Mr. Blakeway has extensive connections in the security and policing sectors and has security clearances from Canadian and U.S. Government law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Blakeway is a proven inventor with a variety of diverse patents for such things as a rotary engine; a portable diamond drill feed, a fluid management system, GPS asset and personnel tracking systems and an infrared night viewing system. As a helicopter pilot, his vision and tenacity resulted in the founding of WM Aviation Inc. – the parent company of Helijet Airways, the first regional helicopter service in B.C. He mentors companies and individuals and is a member of the BC Angel Forum and an investor in early stage companies.
Since 1982, Mr. Blakeway has been a director of a number of public companies on the TSX & Venture Exchange. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Wireless2 Technologies Inc., iDit Technologies Corp., iDme Technologies Corp., Cantest Ltd, Legend Power Systems Inc, Tactical Technologies Inc, Wireless Industry Partnership Connector Inc, QHR Technologies Inc. and RFind Systems, Inc. Mr. Blakeway serves on audit, compensation and corporate governance committees and with his knowledge of the policies and procedures for listing Capital Pool Companies (CPC’s) has facilitated the successful qualification of a CPC to a Tier 2 issuer on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Blakeway is a member of Simon Fraser University Surrey - Business Advisory Council, British Columbia Securities Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC), Canadian Listed Company Association, Wireless Innovation Network of BC, Wavefront Wireless Innovation Society of BC and TEC (The Executive Committee), an international organization for CEOs.