Dr. Mackworth is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. He was educated at Toronto (B.A.Sc.), Harvard (A.M.) and Sussex (D.Phil.). He works on constraint-based artificial intelligence with applications in vision, robotics, situated agents, assistive technology and sustainability. He has authored over 130 papers and co-authored two books: Computational Intelligence: A Logical Approach (1998); and Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational Agents (2010; 2nd Ed. 2017).
He was the founding Director of the UBC Laboratory for Computational Intelligence and the UBC Centre for AI Decision-making and Action (CAIDA). He has served as the President of International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Inc. (IJCAI Inc.), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Inc. (AAAI) and the Canadian Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAIAC) managing their executive boards. He is a Fellow of AAAI, CAIAC and the Royal Society of Canada.
From 2014 to 2018 he served the non-profit AGE-WELL (Canada’s network of aging and technology research) as the Chair of its International Scientific Advisory Committee, as a Director on its Board and as an Executive Committee member.
Mr. Tillman is the manager of Pi Consulting, LLC, a private company focused on providing third-party representation and advisory services for complicated special situations, work-out and turn-around opportunities.
Mr. Tillman started his career on Wall Street in 2001 at CBA Securities and joined Harbinger Capital Partners, a New York based hedge fund in 2003. As Vice President and Director of Investments at Harbinger, he helped chart the future of many companies, overseeing ownership stakes and bankruptcies involving billions of dollars in a variety of sectors.
In 2008 Mr. Tillman left Harbinger and went on to provide myriad consulting services to hedge funds and family offices, as well as sponsoring various business deals. His marquee transactions ranged from being the sole independent board member of Gawker Media Group, Inc. during their bankruptcy, sales, and litigation resolution processes to the purchase, repositioning and ultimate sale of a 108,000ft downtown Chicago data center. He was involved in early work with the heuristic identification verification start-up Socure and has been CEO since 2009 for the long-term liquidation and repositioning of a former aluminum smelting company (GNAHC) with land sales to Google in Oregon. GNAHC is currently working on development of the world’s first carbon-free hyperscale data center campus with on premise wind, solar, and up to 1,200MW of pumped storage battery capacity in Washington State in what would be North America’s first such facility in over 30 years. Mr. Tillman holds dual BSM's from Tulane University.
Mr. Smyth is a geologist and software developer with 40 years of experience in minerals exploration, resource evaluation and mining, 25 of those with one of the largest mining companies in the world. He began his career as a De Beers Consolidated Mines student at the University of Cape Town in 1974, moving to the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa with a BSc (Hons) in geochemistry in 1978. He served Anglo American in diverse roles throughout Africa and Australasia. In 1985 he was sent by Anglo American to Imperial College, London, to study artificial intelligence applications in geology, and in 1996 he moved to Singapore to establish Anglo American's exploration presence in that region. During his career with Anglo, he held various responsibilities in exploration geochemistry, resource evaluation, software development and corporate management. Mr. Smyth and his team discovered the Buzwagi deposit in Tanzania in 1996; the Boyongan Cu-Au porphyry deposit in the Philippines in 1999; and GT Gold Corp’s Saddle Gold Project in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle in 2014.
In 2000, as Vice President (Exploration) in Johannesburg, he resigned from Anglo American and co-founded Georeference Online Ltd (GOL) in Canada. GOL provides consulting services to the minerals exploration and mining industry and develops software applications for mineral exploration and the earth sciences in general. In 2017 Minerva purchased GOL’s artificial intelligence software and intellectual property, and appointed Mr. Smyth as its CEO. In October, 2019, Mr. Smyth moved to the position of CTO.
Mr. Thomas is a principal of Vaughn Holdings, LLC and Firogo Opportunities, LLC, private investment and advisory companies. Mr. Thomas began his career in 1998 as a corporate finance attorney at Stoel Rives LLP, in Portland, Oregon advising companies on corporate governance, finance and M&A matters. He joined ESCO Corporation, a private company operating in multiple industries, in 2003. During his time there, he held multiple roles including management of legal, compliance, risk management, human resources, information technology, real estate and communications. In 2018, as Senior Vice President of Administration, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, he ended his career with ESCO with the sale of the company to The Weir Group plc, a publicly listed company and member of the FTSE 250. Mr. Thomas a board member of CMD, a diversified advertising and marketing agency. Mr. Thomas has a JD from Vanderbilt University, an MBA University of Oregon, and an AB Wabash College
Mr. Elliott is an independent investor, corporate finance advisor and entrepreneur specializing in natural resources and technology. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Elliott was a co-founder of Croesus Capital Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager with $1 billion under management. Since 2001, Mr. Elliott has been a co-founder of F3 Capital management, an alternative investments advisory that specializes in early stage financings. In addition, he is a co-founder and non-executive Chairman of Minds + Machines Group Limited, an AIM-listed technology company. Mr. Elliott is a former director of GCM Resources Plc, an AIM-listed natural resource company. He has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.