Board of Directors

Norsat’s Board of Directors brings together an international group of individuals with a broad range of expertise in technology, business, finance and related disciplines.

Director and Chairman of the Board

Mr. Doninelli is President and Board Member of Prismafin S.A., an international investment organization with offices in Chiasso and Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Doninelli has extensive experience in strategic advisory, portfolio management, and structuring funds. From 1982 to 1986, Mr. Doninelli served as Vice President of Trading for the Zurich Stock Exchange. Mr. Doninelli also serves as Strategy Advisor to the Boards of several public and private companies around the world. Mr. Doninelli is also Chairman of Lifeware SA, which is an online life insurance software company with offices in Chiasso, Lugano, Zurich and Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Doninelli, who lives in Mendrisio Switzerland, exercises direction over the 198,558 Norsat common shares held by Prismafin S.A.

Director and Chair of the Compensation Committee

Joseph M. Caprio has 35 years of experience as a recognized organizational development expert. Mr. Caprio is a former Associate Dean at Colgate University and has served as a management consultant and as the operating officer of entrepreneurial businesses. Mr. Caprio, who lives in New York, is a strong proponent of the participative management philosophy of the American Management Association and has counseled a number of successful organizations. Mr. Caprio holds a BS degree in management from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI and an MA degree from Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.

Director and Chair of the Audit Committee

Mr.Topham has 30 years of public practice experience as a Chartered Accountant and prior to his retirement in 2008, was a Technology Partner of KPMG’s Vancouver office. Mr. Topham currently serves on the Board of another public technology company and also works with several other private technology companies. Mr. Topham was also a founder and for the first nine years, board member of the BC Technology Industry Association (“BCTIA”). In 2003, Mr. Topham founded the predecessor to the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, to promote the cleantech industry in BC. He is a founder of Social Venture Partners Vancouver, which has raised several million dollars towards funding specific community projects. Mr. Topham has a computer science major and a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours, and was the most distinguished graduate, from the Commerce Faculty of the University of Saskatchewan (1972).



 Peter Ciceri, a successful CEO, corporate director, and international executive, is currently Chairman of Archipelago Marine Services and a corporate director of Terapeak Data Inc.  Mr. Ciceri’s executive experience includes President and CEO of Custom House Global Payments which was successfully sold to Western Union for a 4X shareholder return and President and Managing Director of Compaq Canada where he managed the merger and integration of Digital Equipment, Tandem, and Compaq into a single $1.7B company. Mr. Ciceri is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. His other corporate board experience includes Lead Director and Chairman of Sierra Wireless Inc., MDSI Mobile Data Solutions, as well as the University of Victoria Board of Governors.  Mr. Ciceri has also served as a member of British Columbia’s Premier’s Technology Council.


Dr. Amiee Chan has over 15 years of experience in executive management and research & development in the telecommunications industry. Offering a rare blend of technical and corporate strength, Dr. Chan’s strategic vision has driven Norsat’s innovative product development program and resulted in consistent revenue growth since her appointment as CEO in 2006.  In 2012 Dr. Chan won a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award, ranked third in PROFIT/Chatelaine’s list of Top Female Entrepreneurs, and led Norsat to win a BC Export Award for Advancing Technology & Innovation. Dr. Chan holds an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University where she majored in Strategy and New Ventures and  a Ph. D. in Satellite Communications from the University of British Columbia. An accomplished engineer, she has been published over a dozen times, holds three US patents, and has been involved in high level research teams such as the NASA ACTS Terminal Program.  Dr. Chan is a member of the UBC Engineering Advisory Council and serves on the Dean’s External Advisory Board for the Beedie School of Business at SFU.


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