Management & Board

Jo-Anne O’Connor

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jo-Anne has more than 30 years of financial, capital markets and corporate experience working initially with one of Canada’s largest banks, and more recently has provided the investment and strategic advice to family offices. Jo-Anne is responsible for setting and executing the company’s strategic plans.

Carol Fozo, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Carol is a CPA, CMA with extensive operational and financial experience with public and private investment companies, mining entities and global retail manufacturers. She is responsible for all of Strategem’s financial issues, banking, regulatory and statutory filings, shareholder communications and day-to-day operating management of the company.

Board of Directors

Honorable Stockwell Day, PC, ICD.D

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Hon. Stockwell Day, as a public official was elected and re-elected 9 times over 25 years at the provincial and federal levels in Canada. His federal portfolios included: Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition, Minister of Public Safety, Minister of International Trade, Minister for the Asia Pacific and President of the Treasury Board. At the provincial level in Alberta he held the portfolios of Minister of Labour, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Social Services, and Minister of Finance.

Post politics he has served on a broad variety of boards and associations, nationally and internationally and advises a diverse range of clients in the public and private sectors through his international consulting agency.

Desmond Balakrishnan


Chairman, Audit and Corporate Governance Committee

Des is senior partner with McMillan LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms.  Des, specializes in commercial law, capital and investment management expertise, has extensive experience with public and private companies and acts as a director of various entities. His expertise includes audit oversight, governance, regulatory and corporate matters.

Matthew Cicci, CFA


Member, Audit and Corporate Governance Committee

Matthew is Senior Managing Director with Cannacord Genuity, one of Canada’s largest client-focused financial services and wealth management firms. Matt has extensive experience with public companies across multiple industries. His expertise includes financial analysis, capital markets and governance.

Gordon Flatt


Chairman, Office of the President

Member, Science and Technology Advisory Committee (“STAC”)

Gord is Bermuda- based and has extensive operating and investing experience in public and private companies with specific expertise in financial services, real estate and energy. He is Managing Partner & Chief Investment Strategist with Strategem Capital.

Graydon Flatt

Chairman, Science and Technology Advisory Committee (“STAC”)

Graydon received his postgraduate degree in theoretical physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) and is completing his PhD in Applied Physics at Columbia University. His academic focus has also included research at the Institute of Quantum Computing and the California NanoSystems Institute.

John Waterer, PhD. PAg.

Member, Science and Technology Advisory Committee (“STAC”)

John was born and raised in Winnipeg and completed his PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Manitoba. John has worked with several global companies and has consulted on agriculture and food production around the world. Current areas of interest/expertise include global food challenges, sustainable crop production and value added crop production.