Board of Directors
Until he resigned in December 2018, Mr. Adams served on the Board of Directors and Audit and Human Resource Committees of Club Premier, AeroMexico’s frequent flyer program and previously was a board member of Nectar Italia and Prisma in Brazil.
Before joining Aimia, Mr. Adams was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Photowatt Technologies Inc. Prior to Photowatt, he acted as Senior Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of SR Telecom Inc. Mr. Adams has also previously held a variety of executive positions at CAE Inc., a global market leader in the production of flight simulators and control systems. Prior to these roles, Mr. Adams held a number of progressively senior roles with the Bank of Nova Scotia and Clarkson Gordon (Ernst & Young). Mr. Adams is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance Degree from the University of Toronto and has completed the Stanford Executive Program.
Ms. van Leeuwen-Atkins (Atkins) is a board member, and Audit Committee Chair, of Seven Generations Energy (TSX). She is also on the board of Cameco Corporation (TSX and NYSE) and EPCOR Utilities Inc. (one of Canada’s largest municipally-owned utilities).
Ms. Atkins previously served, until the end of 2018, as a board member of KPMG Canada LLP’s Board of Directors, and its Acquisitions and Admissions and Succession committees. Ms. Atkins served as a Partner with KPMG Canada from 2006 until early 2019 and with KPMG Netherlands until she moved to Canada in 2006.
Ms. Atkins has extensive experience in M&A and post-merger integration, as well as transaction and deal advisory. She is a past member of the board, and chair of the Audit Committee, of Calgary Economic Development. Ms. Atkins is a member of the Executive Committee of the Calgary Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and is an Alumni of, and guest speaker with, ICD’s Director Education programme at the University of Calgary.
In addition to her CPA, CA and ICD.D designations, Ms. Atkins holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Acadia University and a Masters of Business Administration from Dalhousie University.
Christopher is the President and Co-Founder of Points. He is responsible for corporate strategy, corporate development and investor relations. He has also held various interim operating positions including CFO and VP of Product Development and Marketing.
Christopher has been instrumental in developing Points’ significant commercial relationships and key strategic partnerships, and has led the company’s three corporate acquisitions. In 2015 he was named one of the 100 most influential leaders in FinTech globally. In his corporate development capacity, Christopher has been instrumental in raising capital for Points, including multiple equity financings and a strategic investment from InterActive Corp/IAC, a New York based, NASDAQ 100 leading internet firm.
In 1998, Christopher co-founded Canada's first internet business incubator, Exclamation International, from which Points was created. Prior to Exclamation, he was with HDL Capital, a Toronto boutique merchant bank, where he assisted a number of companies in entering the public markets. He holds an MBA from Western University's Ivey Business School.
Mr. Beckerman’s sales and marketing career spans over twenty years, three continents and several industries. His experience has included senior roles in Canada, Europe and Asia. At the start of his career, Mr. Beckerman was responsible for marketing of the NIKE brand across Asia-Pacific and later in Europe. He was at the helm when NIKE was named Brand of the Year.
He then served as Vice President, Marketing for Canadian Airlines, where he led a comprehensive rebrand. Subsequently, he headed up Marketing and International expansion for MVP.com, a high- profile e-commerce site.
In 2001, Mr. Beckerman took on the role of Chief Marketing Officer for Bank of Montreal where he was responsible for increasing the marketing orientation and customer focus throughout that organization. In 2006, he joined digital, CRM and content agency, Ariad Communications, as President. During his ten-year tenure at the company, Ariad enjoyed record growth and won numerous awards, including being named as one of the Top Places to Work in Canada.
Mr. Beckerman is currently the Chief Client Officer at Torstar Corporation. Prior to this he was President and CEO of global lifestyle marketing agency, MKTG Canada.
Mr. Beckerman is a sought-after speaker on marketing trends, branding and consumer behaviour. He is a frequent judge for industry events and asked to sit on numerous industry panels. He often lends his marketing experience to help charities and foundations clearly articulate their cause and generate uplift for their fundraising campaigns.
Rob has served as Points’ CEO since co-founding the company in 2000, and is a member of its board of directors. Rob champions the vision for the business and directs an exceptional team of executives. He has led his team to deliver a suite of innovative technology solutions for the global loyalty industry, earning a growing number of partnerships with the world’s leading loyalty programs as well as numerous industry technology providers. Rob is an active member of the global loyalty community and speaks at industry events worldwide.
Prior to founding Points, Rob recorded an impressive list of achievements with 12 years in the airline and loyalty industry. As Vice President, Sales with Canadian Airlines, Rob led a North American team delivering over $2 billion in annual revenue, and was responsible for the award-winning Canadian Plus loyalty program. Rob has also served as a senior representative on the Oneworld Alliance's Customer Loyalty Steering Committee. He is a member of the board of directors of Prodigy Ventures, and a past member of the board of directors of the national charity Hope Air.
Independent Corporate Director. Ms. Skoblo has extensive financial services, payments, customer loyalty and digital and technology experience. Most currently, she was Vice President, Digital Operations at Rogers Communications, leading digital transformation for the company. Ms. Skoblo was previously CFO of AMEX Bank of Canada and has deep experience in the customer loyalty industry, having acted as CFO, Global Rewards for American Express (USA). Prior to that, she was CFO and COO of two start-ups - myNext Mortgage Company and Mortgage Architects Inc.
Ms. Skoblo has been appointed to the Board of Directors and to the Chair of the Audit Committee for Teranet, the exclusive provider of electronic land and commercial registration services on behalf of the Provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. She also serves on the board of Allstate Canada Group, a wholly owned Canadian subsidiary of Allstate Corporation (USA) and is a member of both Audit and Governance Committees. Ms. Skoblo is on the board of New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO), a national not-for-profit organization that supports a collaborative and agile digital research infrastructure community across Canada, where she chairs the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, as well as the Investment Committee.
Ms. Skoblo was previously a board member of AMEX Bank of Canada between 2011 and 2016. Ms. Skoblo was a member of the Advisory Board at the University of Waterloo School of Accounting and Finance from 2010 to 2020.
Ms. Skoblo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She also holds a CPA, CITP designation (from the AICPA), as well as an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and has completed the Director’s Education Program.
From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Thompson was a managing director of Kensington Capital Partners, the investment and advisory firm that did the first fund raise for Points in September 2000. At that time Mr. Thompson made his first investment in Points and has held it since.
Prior to joining Kensington, Mr. Thompson spent more than twenty years with Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s leading grocery chain, last serving as Executive Vice President and prior to that as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration. Mr. Thompson’s responsibilities at Loblaws included, amongst other things, responsibility for human resources and President’s Choice, one of the largest, most recognized and most profitable brands in Canada.
Mr. Thompson is currently a member of the Governing Council of the Sunnybrook Foundation, the fundraising foundation for Sunnybrook Hospital, a premier academic health sciences centre in Canada, that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. He is a past member of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Finance Committee of The Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall, two of Canada’s finest concert venues.
Mr. Thompson holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Thompson is also a CPA, CA.