Chairman and CEO
Neil Sweeney founded and serves as Chairman and CEO of Freckle and Killi. Freckle is a global data company specializing in media measurement and identity. The Freckle offline media measurement solution determines the effectiveness of media to drive customers into a physical location. Killi, the consent management solution for privacy and compliance challenges facing consumers and companies. Technologies Neil created are used by Fortune 50 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.
Since November 2013, Mr. Atkinson has been the President and CEO of Earlston Investments Corp. a private merchant bank specializing in mortgage and bridge loans. Since 2008 he has been President of Maverick Projects Inc., a private consulting company focused on providing structured finance products and advice relating to strategies involving financing, mergers and acquisitions within the junior resources and technology sectors. He has over 25 years of expertise in the investment and venture capital industry and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Western Ontario. He also services as director and officer of several other public companies.
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. 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.