Adrian Schauer is a serial technology entrepreneur currently working as a VP in the Shared Technology group of JDA who acquired his most recent company, Vortex Connect in fall 2012. While President and CEO of Vortex Connect, he was responsible for establishing the vision of mobility’s role in business-to-employee (B2E) communication in general and Workforce Management in particular. Adrian co-founded Vortex Mobile in 2004, leading the product strategy of this fast growing mobile marketing company and in doing so establishing the enterprise software division which would spin off into Vortex Connect in 2009. Vortex Mobile was recognized for 2 consecutive years as one of Canada’s 50 Fastest growing companies by Profit Magazine and was acquired by Transcontinental in 2010. Adrian is also the co-founder of the Madiro Fund, an organization created to support innovative solutions to the health problems of women and children. It is the first initiative of The Gillian and Adrian Schauer Foundation, which seeks to invest in sustainable local projects promoting the health of communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to founding Vortex, Adrian was a manager in New Product Development at Rogers Wireless, Canada’s largest mobile phone provider. In this role, Adrian owned the SMS and Mobile Content portfolios counting among his accomplishments the launch of North America’s first Mobile Music service. Adrian holds a Masters of Applied Science from the University of Toronto and Bachelor’s of Engineering from Queens University. In the summer of 2000, he volunteered at an orphanage in New Delhi.
Gillian is a pediatrician with a long-standing commitment to working with children in resource-poor settings both within Canada and abroad. Within Canada, she has tailored her practice to children who are refugees and those who are involved with the child welfare system. She has been fortunate enough to work in sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti on a number of occasions.
In 1999, she volunteered at a shelter for street children in Accra, Ghana. In 2000-2001, she was awarded a Hart Fellowship from Duke University and lived in Harare, Zimbabwe where she worked at an orphanage and started a youth group for teenage girls. In 2003, as a medical student, she traveled to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for an elective at a pediatric hospital. In 2007, she completed a research study on the experiences of children living in residential care in Francistown, Botswana. In 2010, she worked at a field hospital in Haiti after the devastating earthquake. In 2011, as a component of her Master’s in Public Health, she spent three months in Eldoret, Kenya where she worked on the pediatric ward of Moi Referral and Teaching Hospital and undertook a research study on prior child abuse and neglect among children living in residential care settings.
Thomas Aust established his own law practice in 2010 after moving on from one of Canada’s most prominent national law firms, where he was a member of the business law group. Working there for several years, he represented leading privately and publicly held corporations in a wide range of commercial transactions and securities law matters.
Having spent the first part of his legal career working with multinationals, Thomas’ practice at Aust Legal Inc. now focuses on providing savvy transactional business law services in corporate and commercial law for innovative small and medium sized organizations.
Thomas comes from a bicultural background (French and English). He has travelled extensively in Asia, Europe, Australia as well as South America and enjoys playing a variety of sports including basketball and squash.
Kennedy Chimsoro has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master’s in Sociology from the University of South Africa. He has worked for a number of non-governmental organizations in Zimbabwe, and has primarily focused on issues related to youth, women and HIV/AIDS. He currently works for the United Nations Population Fund in Harare, Zimbabwe.