Management Team

Rob Barlow, President & Chief Executive OfficerRob Barlow, President & Chief Executive Officer

An entrepreneurial leader by nature, Rob Barlow has been a key force in the introduction of several high profile technologies into the Canadian Telecommunications sector.

Rob brings 14 years of progressive senior experience in the IT, Wireless Internet, Energy and Telecommunications sectors. He has held various strategic positions at TELUS and Hydro One.

In 2007, Rob created WireIE – an emerging leader in Next Generation Communication Solutions with a vision to do socially responsible business.


Les Gower, CFOLes Gower, CFO

Les Gower has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior Finance and Administration executive. He has acted as President, General Manager, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer over the course of his career. He has also served on the Board of Directors of a number of private and small public companies.

Through his management consulting firm, CFO Services, Gower has provided strategic and financial planning services to software, manufacturing and distribution companies.

Gower is a graduate of McMaster University and holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.


Neil Buchanan, EVP MarketingNeil Buchanan, EVP Marketing

Neil is the Executive Vice-President, Marketing for WireIE with over 20 years of agency and client side experience in marketing communications. He has worked with many world-class brands including: Coca-Cola, Rogers Wireless, Nike, Mercedes-Benz, Bell and BMO. Neil combines unique, creative ideas with his entrepreneurial mindset in order to create high performing teams that continually exceed expectations.

Neil graduated from York University in 1991 with a BA, Majoring in Economics.


Jon D’Alessandro, EVP Networks and OperationsJon D’Alessandro, EVP Networks and Operations

With over 25 years of leadership experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries, Jon has held various positions including VP of IS Operations at TELUS, where his vision and leadership were vital to the realization of numerous successes, contributing to the national growth strategy and evolution of TELUS into a global telecommunications leader.

Previous to this, Jon held various management positions with GE Capital. Jon is passionate, driven and a goal oriented leader with demonstrated successes in planning, developing, implementing and supporting complex solutions, systems, organizations and strategies that enable critical business operations and growth.


George Kaichis, VP TechnologyGeorge Kaichis, CTO

George has 20+ years of technical, management, and business experience in telecommunications and RF systems. He has worked at Bell, Rogers and Clearnet/TELUS in various engineering, technology strategy, and vendor management roles. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and graduated from University of Toronto in 1988 with a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering.


Brian Walters, VP Product DevelopmentBrian Walters, VP Product Development

Brian is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur having been involved in the start-up of 4 companies in the telecom market over the past 30 years. Prior to joining WireIE, he founded W3 Connex Inc. (W3) in 2002 and was recognized as a pioneer in the development of rural broadband networks in Canada. Brian graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Systems Engineering.


Chris CoreyChris Corey, VP Sales and Global Business Development

Chris has over 25 years of leadership and business development experience in the Pharmaceutical, Information Technology, Telecommunication and Consulting Industries. Chris has held various senior positions with Bristol Myers Squibb, IBM, including President of Borland Canada, Central and South America, as well as Regional Vice President, Borland International.