Board 2018-01-23T01:04:27+00:00

Board of Directors

BLOK Technologies Inc. Lui Franciosi

Dr. Lui Franciosi, PhD


Dr. Franciosi has more than 20 years of experience conducting pharmaceutical and medical device studies in academia and industry. Previously, he acted as the Chief Operating Officer at Verona Pharma PLC, London Stock Exchange (AIM: VRP).

Prior to Verona Pharma, Dr. Franciosi completed his post-doctoral research in COPD progression modeling at the Clinical Pharmacology & Discovery Medicine Unit, GlaxoSmithKline, UK. He obtained his Doctorate & Masters degrees at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada – and pursued business studies at the University of Warwick, UK.

He is currently an adjunct professor at UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

BLOK Technologies Inc. Jamie Hyland

Jamie Hyland


Mr. Hyland is a founding partner with Tribeca Capital Partners and provides corporate development services on behalf of several publicly listed companies in Canada. Mr. Hyland has over 25 years of experience as a financial and marketing consultant, a corporate founder, director and manager of a number of early-stage public and private Canadian businesses. His industry experience includes hospitality, publishing, mining, financial services, technology, alternative energy, telecom, and healthcare.

Mr. Hyland has an extensive network of contacts within the financial community including fund managers, family offices, industry analysts, and media throughout North America, the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Mr. Hyland has also worked in advertising with a major mining and resource publication based in Vancouver BC.

Mr. Hyland earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University of Victoria, BC. Canada and received a Certificate in Private Capital Markets from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, Los Angeles, California.

BLOK Technologies Inc. Joel Yaffe

Joel Yaffe


Joel is an established technology professional of the Montreal startup community, agitating and mentoring tech- entrepreneurs while incubating and launching many ventures.

Joel founded iTechnique a popular Montreal and Toronto Apple Service Centre in 2005 and then MConcierge Systems in 2009, a hospitality engagement platform (app) for the hotel industry. Rebranded as GuestDriven, the platform was acquired in 2016 and today is deployed in hundreds of properties and cities worldwide.

Joel is also a member of The Founder Institute where he is a mentor to tech startups in Montreal and around the world. Aside from Joel’s many experiments in disruption, his current interests include robotics, brain-computer- interfacing (BCI), and environmental-technologies


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