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John Read

Advisor Nova Scotia, Canada, CA

President, Colibri Software. Previously Adjunct Professor, Acadia University.

President, Colibri Software. Previously Adjunct Professor, Acadia University.

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President Colibri Software November 2010 - present
Adjunct Professor Acadia University 2008 - 2015
Professor of Computer Science Acadia University July 2007 - August 2010
Team Lead ORION ELECTRONICS LIMITED August 2005 - June 2007
Senior Software Engineer Xilinx June 2004 - August 2005
Team Lead Lucent Technologies June 2000 - June 2004
Senior Software Developer Spatial Technology December 1996 - June 2000
Software Developer Autotrol August 1996 - December 1996
Post Doc Researcher Simon Fraser University 1995 - 1996
Post Doc Researcher University of Waterloo 1995 - 1996


Technische Universität Darmstadt Applied Mathematics 1989 - 1994
The University of Texas at Arlington Applied Mathematics 1987 - 1988
Wheaton College Mathematics 1980 - 1981

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Market research
  • • Sales Strategy
  • • Guerrilla Marketing
  • • Product Marketing
Markets of Interest
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Local
  • • Green

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Key Strengths

Project management • Linux • C++ • Marketing Strategy • Public speaking

Key Accomplishments

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Michael Hathaway
We worked together  •  Founder, President,CEO, Information Xchange, Inc (Formerly EnergyIX).
John has proven he can build a solid team and has an entrepreneur's vision
Emily Lutz
We worked together  •  Community Relations Intern, Colibri Software and Dance Instructor/Choreographer, Cadance Dance Academy.
John has many skills and is incredibly smart. He's great at what he does and inspires others by thinking outside the box. He's patient and ... takes time to ensure you understand each thing you've been assigned to work on, and is always looking to help his partners and employees better themselves with different opportunities. I enjoyed my time working with John and believe he has a lot of knowledge to share and sets a great example as an incredibly hardworking start up owner.
Oksana Kovalenko
We worked together  •  Project Manager, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance. York grad.
John is ethusiastic, outside-of-the-box thinker who relentlessly pursues his ideas and inspires other to do the same. He is a pleasure to co ... llaborate with!
Jake MacKinnon
We worked together  •  Vice President, Rx Security. Previously General Manager, JYSK.
John is beyond insightful. If there is a way to get something done, and done effectively, John will find it. He is quick to understand a pro ... blem and quick to finding a solution. He has always had an answer to any dilemmas presented to him, no matter what restrictions would be placed on him against finding it. He is always up for a challenge, and always has an insightful project or two in the works over-and-above his regular day-to-day work. It would be a privilege to have the opportunity to work with him on such a project.
Chris Kergin
We worked together  •  Founder, Arvossa. Previously Product Owner, Rogers Communications. University of Waterloo grad.
John has both vision and ability to deliver on that vision. He's has every necessary skill in order to make a startup come to life.
Charlie Greene
We worked together  •  Senior Software Developer, The REDspace and Administration Officer, RCSCC 76 Minas.
John was an excellent boss when I worked at Colibri. He was great at coming up with unique solutions to problems, technical and otherwise. ... He defiantly knows how to get a startup off the ground.
Shawn Carver
We worked together  •  Co-Founder and VP Product, Fiddlehead Technology Inc.. Previously Advisor, G2 Research Ltd.
John is exceptionally intelligent, hard working, and honest. He is one of those entrepreneurs that you feel compelled to help and root for f ... rom the moment you meet him.
Chris Mathis
We worked together  •  President and CEO, Springboard Atlantic Inc.. Previously Knowledge Transfer Manager, University of New Brunswick.
John has an ability to work well with people and listens to counsel before developing his own plan.
Alex Sanford
We worked together  •  Software Developer, Colibri Software. Previously Software Developer, STI Technologies Limited.
John has several years of experience getting a startup off the ground. He's a great team player, and loves to come alongside people and help ... them out in whatever way he can.

Shawn Carver
Co-Founder and VP Product, Fiddlehead Technology Inc.. Previously Advisor, G2 Research Ltd.
Shawn is a great advisor to fellow entrepreneurs. He spent a great deal of time listening to ideas and helping weigh options for product pos ... itioning, marketing strategies and even went with me to a couple of potential customers. He offered constructive feedback and actual practical suggestions. Shawn is always ready to listen and provide a well considered, new approach to a problem.

Charlie Greene
Senior Software Developer, The REDspace and Administration Officer, RCSCC 76 Minas.
Charlie is an excellent developer. He is able to handle what ever comes his way, and just get it done. I was happy to have Charlie on my tea ... m, and hope to work with him again in the future.