Chairman of the Board
Bruce Lazenby brings over 30 years of experience in leadership, senior management, and growth of technology companies to Solacom. Before joining Solacom, Bruce served as the Founding President and CEO of Invest Ottawa, where he designed and implemented job creation strategies, working with over 1,000 technology startups to raise venture capital and create over 4,700 jobs.
Before that, he held senior executive positions, including six years as CEO with FreeBalance Inc., an enterprise software company, where he raised millions of dollars in venture capital and debt financing and helped grow the company by 300 percent while moving into new international markets.
Bruce graduated from the Royal Military College, and the Command and Staff College, and served for 20 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and Air Force. In addition to managing the accounting systems for the Department of National Defense worldwide, he was a Navy Diver and underwent jet pilot training before retiring as a Commander in the Logistics Corp.
Founder and Board Member
Franz Plangger is the founder of Solacom Technologies and was co-founder of CML Technologies in 1982.
During his tenure at CML, Franz spun off two new companies in 1998: Versatel Networks and Solacom Technologies.
Upon the sale of CML Technologies to Patricof and Company in 1999, Franz took over as CEO of Solacom. Under his leadership, Solacom grew to a company of 95 employees and revenues of $16 million for the fiscal year 2009. In July 2009, Solacom sold its Air Traffic Control business unit to Harris Corporation and focused on mission-critical solutions for the public safety and military/security markets.
Franz obtained his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree, with High Distinction, in 1975 from Carleton University. He was awarded a National Research Council Scholarship to continue his engineering studies toward a Master of Electrical Engineering, obtained in 1978.
Donna Ronayne is an experienced marketing executive with a 30-year track record of helping startup and established high-tech companies achieve market leadership and high growth. She has a passion for helping organizations set vision and build strategic and operational plans, modern revenue engines, and business development and product marketing programs, as well as building and leading high-performing teams.
Until July 2016, Donna was Chief Marketing Officer at Halogen Software, where she fueled double-digit growth for over 12 years helping to transform this SaaS company from a startup to a publicly traded market leader.
Prior to joining Halogen, Donna was Vice President of Business Development at BitFlash (Opentext), where she defined market strategy and secured and managed strategic/channel partnerships across the globe. She also led the marketing team at QNX Software (BlackBerry) for seven years, establishing the company as an industry leader in the embedded space.
Donna holds a Bachelor of Commerce, High Honors, from Carleton University.