Chairperson and CEO
Neil Sweeney founded Killi in 2018. Over his +20 years in the industry, Neil Sweeney established an industry-wide reputation for his visionary entrepreneurship and his ability to develop bleeding-edge technologies before others. Technologies Neil created are used by Fortune 500 brands like Coca-Cola, Lowe’s, Walmart, General Motors, Unilever, and Mondelez. They are also the core component of the top media demand-side platforms, including Adelphic, The Trade Desk, AppNexus, MediaMath, RocketFuel, and TubeMogul. A two-time Finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Neil was also the recipient of Deloitte’s ‘Fast 50’ award three consecutive years for the growth of the organizations he created.
After graduating from the University of Toronto with distinction, Mr. Fernicola began articling at Ernst and Young, working in audit and assurance. During his time at Ernst and Young, he obtained his CA (CPA). He decided to leave in order to further his academic interests at the London School of Economics where he earned a Master’s of Science in International Accounting and Finance and graduated with merit. Shortly after, he returned to Ernst and Young and joined their Mergers and Acquisitions Due Diligence service line, where shortly thereafter, he became a senior manager. He was involved in audit and assurance engagements in addition to multiple mergers and acquisitions of public companies. In 2005, Mr. Fernicola left his role as Senior Manager at Ernst and Young to pursue a career in real estate development. In 2012, he founded his own development and management company, Carringwood Developments. Mr. Fernicola recently completed a 53-unit residential development in Vaughan and is currently developing a 14-unit estate project in Caledon. Mr. Fernicola is a successful entrepreneur and highly educated individual. With his professional credentials and broad experience, Mr. Fernicola will bring a unique perspective to Freckle.
Mr. Marks has over 25 years of experience developing innovative new products with emerging technologies for many of the world’s largest brands, service providers, and media companies. Mr. Marks led all product initiatives sequentially at Killi, Freckle, Vemba, Juice mobile and before that BlackBerry Ltd (Research in Motion Ltd (RIM)), where he was responsible for bringing to market the BlackBerry Advertising Service as well as strategic partnerships, product development and corporate development activity related to mobile advertising. Brad has been issued multiple patents related to mobile advertising, data targeting, and content delivery. Prior to BlackBerry Ltd, Mr. Marks began his career with ExtendMedia (acquired by Cisco) where he led product, engineering and consulting teams working with such companies as NBC Interactive, Bell Canada, Microsoft and RealNetworks.
Mr. Maguire has over 25 years of leadership experience in various senior roles in sales, marketing, finance and IT. He is currently the Chairman of Hailus Financial Group Ltd. (formerly Heritage Financial Group Ltd.) and Tall Tale Spirits Inc.
Mr. Shea has extensive experience in the technology industry and brings invaluable insight to Freckle. Mr. Shea has held the positions of President of YTV, President of Atlantis Communications, President of Global Television Network and President of Sirius Satellite Radio Canada. As President of Sirius Satellite Radio Canada, Mr. Shea’s role was, among other things, to attain the CRTC licence, which he accomplished. In 2006, former Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, appointed Mr. Shea to Chair of the Ontario Media Development Council for a 3-year term. Mr. Shea was then reappointed for two additional terms and held that role until 2015. Mr. Shea has sat on numerous technology boards, as both an advisor and director. He is currently an advisor to Infuicity.com and to Slate Entertainment Group, a blockchain technology company. He also serves as the Chairman of ChezShea Communications, a role he has had for the last decade. He is continually retained by companies to provide advice in marketing, strategy and government relations.