Kevin Gregor takes on new leadership role at RGO Office Products

It’s appropriate that the head of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce should act as a role model for adaptability in a fast-changing economy.

President Kevin Gregor has done just that by becoming one of the many job jumpers in the city. He recently accepted a position as vice-president and chief operating officer of RGO Office Products.

At 42, Gregor is the youngest-ever president of the Chamber (he took the job at age 41), and has made three career moves in the last five years.

His advice to workers: understand who you are and what you want, while knowing that you have to be flexible and adaptable because what you want will change. Previously, Gregor was Western Canadian vice-president of Crain Drummond, an integrated document solutions company. Replacing Gregor at Crain Drummond is Ron Pasini of Edmonton, who was promoted internally.

Derek Manns is the new Calgary president of the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS). The local section of CIPs, which is the largest organization of IT professionals in Canada, boasts 950 members. Manns is manager of client services for GDS & Associates Systems Ltd.

Other executive members of CIPS in Calgary are past-president Zahir Teja, vice-president Maria Anderson, secretary-treasurer Rob Carruthers and Alberta regional director Barrie Cameron.

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Barbara van Noord has been appointed vice-president of global operations for Alterna Technologies Group Inc., a provider of Internet-based liquidity, cash and treasury management solutions.

She will be responsible for planning, implementing and managing infrastructure to support services to Alterna’s global clients. Before joining Calgary-based Alterna, van Noord was with ExxonMobil as project manager for its Americas desktop messaging rollout.

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SMART Technologies Inc. of Calgary has a new vice-president of legal affairs, Barbara Munroe. The company, owned by Nancy Knowlton and David Martin, has also hired Heather Fookes as its manager of competitive intelligence. Before joining SMART, Fookes was co-ordinator of competitive intelligence for Computing Devices Canada.

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Cybersurf Corp., an Internet technology company trading on the Canadian Venture Exchange, has announced the appointment of Alejandro Lozano to its board of directors. As managing director of Mesoamerica Investments in San Jose, Costa Rica, Lozano was instrumental in forging a joint venture between Cybersurf and Latin Net S.A., a Mesoamerica-controlled company.

The companies launched the partnership to introduce Cybersurf's Internet technology to Latin America. Lozano, who has a degree from ICADE, Madrid, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, has worked in the U.S., U.K., Spain, and Asia.

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CSI Wireless Inc., a provider of wireless and GPS vehicle and asset management hardware for the automotive, commercial and consumer markets, has appointed Chris Carver as vice-president of marketing, mobile computing and automotive telematics.

Carver has worked in consumer product development for 15 years at companies including Magellan Systems, Orbital Sciences and BAE Systems. Before joining CSI Wireless, he was president of Motal Networks, the first company to deliver e- mail and Internet content to passengers aboard corporate jets. Subsequent to Motal, Carver led the product-marketing efforts at InfoMove, one of the first companies to bring the Internet to mobile users in vehicles. Both companies have headquarters in Seattle.