Joe’s career has spanned over 25 years with roles in Canada, the US, and India having conducted business in over 40 countries around the world. Joe has always been an innovator in whatever role he has held. His career started with Northern Telecom after he graduated from Engineering at Memorial University. After he finished his Executive MBA at the University of Toronto, Joe joined Nortel’s first IP business unit and moved from business development to mergers and acquisitions. After completing $700M in acquisitions Joe moved to California to join the Shasta Networks business and became the youngest Vice President and General Manager in Nortel.
After Nortel, Joe became CEO of two venture-funded startups, both of which were later acquired. Afterwards, Joe moved to India as the SVP Customer Relations for ACME Telepower transforming the company from a product sales focused business to a managed services business, winning a major contract with Aircel worth $400M. After returning to Canada Joe joined Ultra Electronics in a Global VP Business Development and Marketing role where he was responsible for a $650M contract with the US Army and the lead in the creation of a next generation radio product, now known as Orion. After Ultra, Joe joined Christie Walther Communications, a small family-owned business where he turned the company into a profitable, award-winning company and helped them to achieve the accolade of becoming the first Canadian Dealer for Motorola to win their Global Customer Excellence Award in 2015. After the acquisition of the company Joe embarked full time in running ROCK Networks.
Joe is the founder and majority shareholder of ROCK Networks. Headquartered in Ottawa the company’s name is based on his native province of Newfoundland. ROCK has grown from a local two-way radio supplier to a leading innovator in rural broadband, satellite, and wireless networks across Canada. ROCK also offers next-generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) and IoT, cloud, and predictive analytics expertise. With a 54% growth rate, ROCK earned a spot on the Globe and Mail’s 2022 Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies.
Joe has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland and an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto. Joe spends his volunteer time on boards including the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Center (2004-2008) and CENGN (2014 to 2021) and in his local community church. Joe and his wife Jeanette have 5 children, 2 grandchildren, and 2 dogs.