Our Team

Officers and Directors

President & Chief Executive Officer
Samer Bishay
Chief Financial Officer
Kyle Appleby, CPA, CA

Board of Directors

Samer Bishay
Mr. Bishay is President and CEO of Iristel & Ice Wireless, Canada’s leading provider of wireless and wireline IP services. As Iristel’s founder, Mr. Bishay led the company from a small start-up to an international telecommunications service provider with domestic infrastructure licenses on three continents (North America, Europe and Africa). Mr. Bishay also actively participates in many public forums that are helping shape Canadian broadband policy; a key to Canada’s future, especially related to rural broadband development and bridging the digital divide. A licensed jet pilot, Mr. Bishay was appointed Honorary Colonel of 34 Signal Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces in 2019. Prior to founding Iristel, Mr. Bishay was a lead systems engineer in the Radarsat program at the Canadian Space Agency. He is a graduate of the Space & Communications program at York University, with an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree.

Magdi Wanis
Mr. Wanis has been the Chief Financial Officer of Iristel since 2016 with 30 years prior experience in finance and accounting obtained at Government Corporations, NGOs, Non for Profit Organizations and Private Consulting. Mr. Wanis is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Mr. Wanis is an accounting finance professional with extensive experience in framework to decisive accounting, strategic planning, budgeting, internal controls and governance.

Robert Khoury
Mr. Khoury is a global sales management and business development professional with over 20 years of experience. He has spent most of his time managing high performing sales teams in the telecommunications and high growth technology sectors. He spent 10 years at Pulse Networks as the VP of Global Sales and as a co-founder until its subsequent acquisition by Enghouse Networks in 2010. Mr. Khoury helped to build the company and its revenues by successfully delivering its suite of advanced intelligent networks services to customers globally. For the past 5 years Mr. Khoury managed the global strategic account team at Neustar, servicing customers in the area of cybersecurity, DNS and identity management before joining Iristel in 2016 as SVP of Sales and Marketing.

Eric Rothschild
Mr. Rothschild heads Rothschild & Co., a Toronto-based boutique consulting firm which he founded the company in 1993 after a successful career with several broadcasting companies in Montreal and Toronto. From 1983 until 1987 Mr. Rothschild headed Maclean Hunter’s national radio news network NewsRadio. Under his stewardship NewsRadio conceived and built Canada’s first audio satellite delivery network in 1984. NewsRadio was sold in 1987. Mr. Rothschild was appointed VP Corporate Affairs and oversaw various Maclean Hunter broadcast operations and was responsible for dealings with the CRTC until his resignation in 1993.

Mr. Rothschild is a former Director of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters where he chaired the Government Liaison Committee and is a past President and Vice President–Radio of the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada.

Mr. Rothschild holds a Bachelor of Arts, Communications Studies, Cum Laude, Concordia University and CEGEP Certificate, Commerce, Sir George Williams University.

Steve Gregory
Mr. Gregory is President, Chairman and the controlling shareholder of IsaiX Technologies, a privately held consulting and technology company headquartered in Montreal. IsaiX Technologies works extensively in organizational development and performance systems with more than 100 companies in the technology, finance, banking and insurance sectors. For the past 7 years Mr. Gregory has been a Director of Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation, (ASP on the TSX) and lead the Compensation Committee and has been an active member of the Governance committee. He sits on the Board of Myca, a technology firm specializing in electronic medical records in international markets such as Australia and the Middle East.

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