Board of Directors
Gerald Solensky Jr.Executive Chairman
As Chairman and CEO of Zomedica, Gerald Solensky is determined to revolutionize the animal health industry by building an unprecedented business model alongside a world-class leadership team. With a 20-year track record building successful operations within start-up, turnaround and rapid-change environments, Gerald is committed to helping animals by ensuring the success of the veterinarians who care for them.
Gerald began his career with Yamaha Motors as the youngest executive to command national and international accounts averaging US$50 million in total sales. He entered the banking industry serving as Regional Vice President of Fifth Third Bank, where he managed US$250 million portfolio, and subsequently as Senior Vice President at IndyMac Bank where he managed the P&L statement in the mortgage-backed security division. Before joining Zomedica, Gerald served as Director, President and CEO at Dynamic Fuel Systems (now dynaCERT Inc.), a TSX-V listed fuel system technology firm. Most recently, Gerald completed over 800 observation hours in pre-veterinary medicine to garner a more complete understanding of Zomedica’s veterinary customer and their associated needs.
James LeBarIndependent Member
With more than 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive leader, James “Jim” LeBar is an expert in building and operating start-up companies and establishing corporate structures for profitability and success. He served as president and CEO of numerous Canadian companies and was founder and operator of the largest importer of seafood products in North America. His supreme talent for sales and customer service have directly contributed to profitable market expansions for enterprises throughout North America.
Most recently serving as a turnaround consultant for a specialized health training company, Jim transformed operations and established realistic sales goals, taking the company from negative to positive cash flow in under 12 months. His consulting experience further complements his accomplished background in investor and customer communications and regulatory compliance specific to imports and exports.
Shameze Rampertab, CPA, CAExecutive Member
Based in Canada, Shameze Rampertab is Zomedica’s Chief Financial Officer and corporate secretary. He leads the company’s finance operations to maximize profitability, shareholder value and brand excellence.
With 20 years of experience in the life science sector, Shameze has served as chief financial officer for multiple publicly traded healthcare startups, worked as an investment banker, and thrived as a sell-side health-equity research analyst. Before joining Zomedica, Shameze served as CFO and secretary at Profound Medical Corp., a TSX-V listed medical device company, and as CFO and Vice President of Finance for Intellipharmaceutics International Inc., a NADSAQ and TSX listed pharmaceutical company.
He received his chartered professional accountant (CPA) and chartered accountant (CA) designations from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants after earning his MBA from McMaster University and Bachelor of Science in molecular genetics and molecular biology from the University of Toronto.
Jeff RoweIndependent Member
With over 30 years of experience in the specialty pharmacy industry, Jeff Rowe most recently served as Executive Vice President and board member of Diplomat Inc., the largest independent specialty pharmacy company in the United States. During his tenure with Diplomat, the company grew from a single location with less than US$5 million in revenue, to 16 locations and US$3 billion in sales, and became publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to that, Jeff owned two successful community pharmacies in Genesee County, Michigan.
An authority in pharmaceutical operations, Jeff offers critical insights into fundamental business strategies involving accreditation, contracting, cybersecurity and regulation, combined with an expertise in compounding and integrative medicine. He is uniquely qualified to identify process improvements and efficiencies while maintaining compliance and quality standards, for increased revenue, profitability and customer satisfaction. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Ferris State University and has completed many health-related credential courses.
Rodney J. WilliamsIndependent Member
With over 20 years of medical technology and related healthcare experience, Rodney (Rod) Williams has demonstrated incredible agility and success in leading both large and small cap companies through growth cycles, while strengthening their product portfolio and boosting commercial planning competencies. He is currently the Global Vice President of Portfolio and Services with Align Technology, Inc., which designs and manufactures products for dental professionals, including the Invisalign® system. Prior to Align Technology, he was an entrepreneur-in-residence with the private equity investment firm PTV Healthcare Capital and before that was president and CEO of Heart Rhythm Society Consulting Services. He also served in senior executive positions with St. Jude Medical, GE Healthcare, Johnson and Johnson, and Bausch & Lomb.
Rod earned both his MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Southern California (USC) and attended the General Management Executive Leadership Program at The Wharton School of Business. While at USC, on football scholarship, he gained NCAA Academic All-American honors and numerous academic awards as the TOP student-athlete. Rod was drafted into the National Football League in 1985.
Johnny D. PowersIndependent Member
Dr. Powers has more than 30 years of experience leading business strategy, operations, sales and marketing, and product development in the human and pet medical diagnostics markets. Notably, he held executive roles at animal health industry leader IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (IDEXX), where, prior to his retirement, he served as executive vice president responsible for business performance, product innovation and commercial effectiveness across multiple point-of-care and reference laboratory businesses. Currently, Powers is the president and founder of JD Powers Consulting Group, which provides strategic and executive advisory services in the healthcare industry. Dr. Powers holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University, an M.S. in chemical engineering from Clemson University, an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from North Carolina State University.