Chief executive officer
Stephen is a serial entrepreneur who has founded companies in various industries—including in manufacturing, retail, real estate, investment banking, healthy restaurants (LYFE Kitchen) and CPG food brands (Luvo)—raising over a billion dollars in the process. He has been featured in business publications as an industry disrupter by Bloomberg, Fast Company, Fortune, NY Times, CNBC, and Huffington Post among others.
Stephen is committed to creating a greener, healthier planet for future generations. His current mission is to revolutionize the global construction industry, using Nexii’s building technology to create a brighter future for people and the planet.
Co-founder, co-inventor & senior vice president of product development
Ben has been a creative problem solver, innovator and inventor his whole life, with experience founding several ventures and bringing multiple products to market. He is the co-founder of Energy Sustainable Structures Inc., a building research and development company based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, which formed the basis and inspiration for the Nexii assembly system and Nexiite material.
As the vice president of business development, he helped lead the company in developing numerous products and processes in the area of materials sciences and manufacturing that are revolutionizing the way buildings are constructed.
Co-founder, co-inventor & senior vice president of building technology
Michael is a prolific inventor and developer of building products and systems with a passion for sustainable structures and sustainable living. Most notably, Michael is the inventor behind the Nexii whole building solution. For over 40 years, he has designed and built projects from custom residential to multi-family, commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. During that time, he also manufactured the structural steel and precast concrete for this wide range of buildings.
In addition to his numerous inventions, Michael’s creativity flourished with the notable accomplishment of the design and construction of Tunnels of Moose Jaw — a national award-winning tourist attraction that has boasted over 2 million tourists from around the world over the last 20 years.
Chairperson, Mogan Daniels Slager Law Firm
After a long career as a commercial lawyer and of Western Canada’s leading M&A specialists, Peter is now focused on board governance. Having served on over 30 business and not-for-profit boards over the past 30 years, in addition to his role at Nexii, Peter is currently on the boards of a leading Canadian wealth management firm, a major regional construction and development company, a leading regional window and siding manufacturer and installer, a mid-level global relief and development INGO, two disruptive platform businesses – one in the fintech sector and the other in health and wellness – and an African microfinance bank. He chairs four boards, vice-chairs another and sits on an audit committee. Peter is also a chief executive officer at Peer Forum Group Chair.
F. William McNabb III
Vice chairperson, former chairperson and CEO of Vanguard
F. William McNabb III is the former chairperson and chief executive officer of Vanguard. He joined Vanguard in 1986. In 2008, he became chief executive officer; in 2010, he became chairperson of the board of directors and the board of trustees. He stepped down as chief executive officer at the end of 2017 and as chairperson at the end of 2018. Earlier in his career, he led each of Vanguard’s client-facing business divisions.
Mr. McNabb is active in the investment management industry and served as the chairperson of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors from 2013 to 2016. A board member of UnitedHealth Group, IBM, and Axiom, he is also chairman of Ernst & Young’s Independent Audit Committee. In January 2021, he joined the board of Tilney Smith & Williamson, a U.K. wealth management and professional services group, as a non-executive director.
He is a board member of CECP: The CEO Force for Good, a board member of the Philadelphia School Partnership, and the chairman of the board of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia. In addition, Mr. McNabb is the executive in residence at the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute at the LeBow College of Business and a member of the advisory board of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School. He is a senior fellow of the Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management. He also serves on the Dartmouth Athletic advisory board.
Michael S. Burke
Board of directors, retired chairperson and chief executive officer of AECO
Michael is a former business executive and leader in the engineering industry. He previously served as the chairperson and chief executive officer of AECOM where he oversaw the successful IPO on the NYSE. He also served on the board of directors of KPMG and the board of directors for Archer Daniels Midland Company.
As a global leader in business, Michael is also the former co-chair of the steering committee on Infrastructure and Urban Development Industries for the World Economic Forum. Michael brings to Nexii a wealth of experience and knowledge of particularly with managing the designing and building of global infrastructure assets.
Dr. Ronald Sugar
Board of directors, chairperson of Uber and board member of Apple
Ron is a global business leader in technology, manufacturer, aerospace and defense, previously serving as the chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman. He now serves as the chairperson of Uber and sits on the board of directors for Apple. Ron is also a member of the board of trustees of the University of Southern California and of the National Academy of Engineering.
As a member of Nexii’s board of directors, Ron brings his expertise in managing and overseeing many of the most successful multinational corporations in their respective industries. Ron’s guidance will be valuable to the entire Nexii leadership team as the company scales globally.
Board of directors, global business advisor and speaker to GE, KLM, Bank of America, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Verizon, 3M, and more
Ram is a global business consultant with more than 35 years’ experience advising CEOs at GE, KLM, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, Coca-Cola, Merck, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Tata and Aditya Birla.
Ram specializes in developing strategies for growth, talent development, corporate governance, and profitability. Ram has authored more than 25 books on business leadership skills, selling more than two million copies worldwide and reaching #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.
Ram brings his expertise in business leadership to Nexii where he will support the senior executives in scaling the business from start-up to a global business that transforms the construction industry with sustainable, cost-efficient solutions.
Board of directors, former chairperson, president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation
Marillyn was formerly the chairperson, president, and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin. Under her leadership, Lockheed doubled its market capitalization and implemented energy and environmental stewardship initiatives that resulted in a range of recognition, including CDP’s ‘A List’ for global climate change practices.
Throughout her 39-year tenure, she held multiple Lockheed leadership positions, including executive vice president Electronic Systems; president Systems Integration; executive vice president Global Sustainment for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and president and general manager of Kelly Aviation Center, L.P.
Repeatedly recognized for her outstanding leadership on a world stage, Marillyn was ranked number one on Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” list and top ten for their “Businessperson of the Year”; “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine; and in top ten of Forbes’ “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”.
Marillyn currently serves on the boards of Johnson & Johnson and Chevron and brings her extensive business expertise and understanding of global partnerships, government alliances and expansion strategies to the Nexii team.
David S. Taylor
Board of directors, Procter & Gamble chairman of the board, president & CEO
David S. Taylor will be Procter & Gamble’s executive chairman, effective November 1, 2021. Currently he is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. As P&G’s chief executive officer, David is credited with implementing key environmental and social initiatives, navigating the company through the pandemic, and, along with P&G people, leading the transform of the 180-year-old consumer-packaged goods company, returning it to sustainable, balanced growth and value creation.
David has over 40 years of experience across many of P&G’s core categories and markets, including product supply, brand management and leading global businesses. He was named P&G’s president and chief executive officer in November 2015 and became chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer in July 2016.
In addition, David serves on the board of directors of Delta Air Lines and as the chairman of The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a CEO-led, cross value chain initiative to advance solutions to eliminate unmanaged plastic waste in the environment.
In joining the Nexii board, David will contribute his extensive experience in manufacturing production, brand building, and marketing strategies, supporting Nexii as it scales across North America, with a sight to future international expansion.
Board of directors, vice chairperson of Korn Ferry International
Dennis is a seasoned advisor, helping companies identify, recruit and retain top-tier executives. For the past 12 years, he has served as vice chairperson of Korn Ferry International where he recruits board directors, chief executive officers, and senior leadership executives.
Dennis has authored six books and published more than 50 journal articles on leadership and talent development. Serving on the board of directors for Nexii, Dennis will provide strong leadership support as the company scales globally and attracts top-tier talent.
Advisor, founder and president of Lotus Capital Corp.
Shenoor brings over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate investment, leading transactions totaling more than $2 billion across all real estate classes in major and secondary Canadian markets as well as select US markets. She has particular experience in originating off-market deals and structuring value-aligned joint venture investments. Currently, Shenoor is the founder and president of Lotus Capital Corp.
Advisor, retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Michael brings extensive board governance experience with private companies, public companies and crown corporations. He is a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, having held various senior local and global management positions during his career with the firm, including global chief information officer.
Michael also served as the BC chair of the Institute of corporate directors, promoting and educating individuals on corporate governance best practices. He currently chair’s a number of corporate board audit & conduct committees where he also acts as the lead director, providing technology expertise and governance to the board. Additionally, Michael serves on the board of the business Development Bank of Canada, Mundoro Capital Inc. and several private company advisory boards.
Michael is now offering guidance and support to Nexii, ensuring it has robust and secure information technology and data systems in place as it scales.
Advisor, founder and chief creative officer of Tether
Stanley is the founder and chief creative officer of Tether, a creative agency with clients such as Nike, Gatorade, BMW, and Microsoft. Previously, Stanley spent many years at Nike as a creative director before moving to Denmark to take on the role of global creative director for Lego. He later returned to the Pacific Northwest as vice president, global creative at Starbucks in Seattle before launching his own company. Stanley currently advises on brand strategy and development.
Advisor, former global president and COO of McDonald’s