Jim Skippen, CEO of Ottawa's Wi-LAN, is Cantech Letter's 2011 Canadian Tech Stock Executive of the Year.
We have a winner.
A panel of five judges; Tom Liston, Director of Research for Versant Partners, Barry Richards, Managing Director of Research for Paradigm Capital, Tom Astle, Managing Director, Research Technology for Byron Capital, Byron Berry, Equity Research Strategist Byron Capital, Ron Shuttleworth, Technology Analyst, M Partners and the readers of Cantech Letter have chosen Jim Skippen, CEO of Wi-LAN, as Cantech Letter’s 2011 Canadian Tech Stock Executive of the Year.
MOSAID DRAMA WON’T DEFINE JIM SKIPPEN, WI-LAN
Thoughts on Cantech Letter’s 2011 Tech Stock Exec of the Year
by NICK WADDELL, FOUNDING EDITOR, CANTECH LETTER
It wasn’t exactly Shakespearean, but it was close.
In early 2006, Jim Skippen was employed by MOSAID, an Ottawa company that had been around since the 70's and built its reputation in semiconductor technology. Skippen, a lawyer with a strong background in intellectual property, patent licensing and technology law, was MOSAID’s Senior VP Patent Licensing and General Counsel.
As Postmedia News’ James Bagnall wrote, after he was rebuffed on his recommendation that MOSAID should focus solely on its patents, the ultra-competitive Skippen decided it was time to jump ship. A few years later Wi-LAN, which had next to no revenue, would become the largest technology company in Ottawa, by market capitalization. MOSAID, soon after, became a pure patent play.